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I'm a recent graduate of Columbia University and hold a MA in Statistics (2014) and a BA in Biochemistry (2012). I am currently a first year medical student in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. I've spent the last two years helping students part-time in NYC in subjects ranging from chemistry to SAT prep. As an undergraduate I TA'ed introductory physics for undergraduate engineering students.
My philosophy to tutoring and teaching is to emphasize problem-solving skills over rote memorization. I believe that teaching and reasoning through problems enables students to develop critical thinking skills that extend beyond the classroom. By learning multiple approaches to problems, one gains the knowledge base to master a particular subject, alongside creative and abstract reasoning skills that are essential to personal and intellectual growth.
I am available to help high school and undergraduate students in math (algebra, geometry, trig, pre-calc, SAT), statistics and probability, and general chemistry and physics.
Linear Algebra (LA) is the study of systems of equations. Specifically LA teaches an approach to solve complex, multivariable equations, starting with an approach called Gaussian elimination. There is a more abstract way of thinking about systems of equations embodied in the notion of vector spaces, which can be thought of as an extension of the euclidean plane into multi-dimensional spaces. LA has a lot of practical applications including statistics, computer science and probability, so a deep knowledge of LA can go a long way. Understanding LA requires some basic mathematical thinking (solving systems is nothing more than doing simple arithmetic and algebra) - past this there is a lot of abstract mathematics in thinking about how systems of equations take on a spatial meaning.
I've studied Linear Algebra formally (I took it in college my senior year and received an A in the course) and have been exposed to different applications of Linear Algebra in my MA studies at Columbia in various statistics and computer science courses. As a biochemistry student in college I used LA extensively to solve problems in quantum/physical chemistry.
Columbia University (Biochemistry)
Columbia University (Master's)
Such a Skilled Tutor — I saw in him the desire to help others. Such a humble, patient, and trustworthy tutor. He really knows how it feels to be left behind or to not understand a concept, and he presents a positive approach about student’s concerns. I appreciate his words "you can still make up your grades from the remaining weeks of the class". It gave me confidence and the motivation to continue working hard. I’ll al ...
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Dan will travel within 5 miles of Berkeley, CA 94720.
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