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Bernardo F.

Carlsbad, CA

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Mathematics and Computer Programming Tutor

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I'm a college professor with 25+ years of experience teaching mathematics and computer programming. My favorite subjects include precalculus, calculus, linear algebra, optimization and numerical analysis.

I believe the only way to learn mathematics or computer programming is by working through many exercises and problems. There's no way around this. It doesn't matter how well a lecture is presented or how good the teacher is. If you don't do the work yourself, you'll probably not succeed. I also think there's a fear factor involving math. Most students think it is a difficult subject and fear they will do badly. This creates an additional barrier for the student to succeed.

Based on this ideas, when I tutor I try to achieve the following:

1. Create a relaxed atmosphere in which to work. Humor is a big part of this.
2. Help the student overcome their fear of the subject.
3. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the students.
4. Ask them to work through problems that test or challenge their weaknesses.
5. Also suggest problems that play to their strengths in order to build up their confidence.

Testimonials

"Awesome Tutor"

- Susan, Carlsbad, CA on 8/12/13

"Grateful "

- Darby , Del Mar, CA on 11/19/14

"Awesome Tutor"

- Alexander, Vista, CA on 10/20/14

"Consumate Professional"

- Olivia, Encinitas, CA on 6/1/14

"Great Tutor!"

- Adam, Encinitas, CA on 5/29/14

"Patient, great sense of humor, worked at my pace"

- Sarah, San Diego, CA on 2/21/14

"Superb Math Tutor (5 stars!)"

- Bill, Carlsbad, CA on 2/8/14

"Super!!!"

- Nav, Carlsbad, CA on 12/19/13

"Great tutor. Extremely patient and always calls me back within the hour!!!"

- Shirly, San Diego, CA on 11/7/13

"A Polished Professional"

- George, Encinitas, CA on 9/18/13

"Knows math very well!"

- Ingrid, San Diego, CA on 9/17/13

"I give him five stars."

- Tam, San Diego, CA on 4/17/13
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Discrete Math,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Computer:
Computer Programming, Fortran, MATLAB,
Pascal
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, GRE, SAT Math

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Discrete Math

I took a course on Discrete Mathematics as part of my distributed minor when pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Sciences. During my teaching career I've taught an equivalent course, Computational Mathematics, several times. I've also covered some of the topics of this subject within other courses, such as Network Flows, Calculus and Scientific Computing.

Linear Algebra

I've taught Linear Algebra courses more than 8 times during my career. I've also applied the techniques an concepts in the subject to many other courses, such as Linear Programming, Numerical Analysis, and other Optimization courses.

MATLAB

I taught a course in MATLAB programming for Scientific Computing several times. Most of the Optimization courses I taught for more than 20 years required students to submit computational projects written in MATLAB. Together with a student of mine, I developed GNUOflox, an open source teaching tool for Network Flows, completely written in MATLAB/Octave.

Bernardo’s Resources

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Let h be the height of the wall in feet and x the length of the ladder, also in feet. First we have: x = h + 2. When the top of the ladder is placed against the top of the wall a right triangle forms, with x the hypotenuse and h the vertical leg. Now the distance from the base of...

If you know how to factor it, you're more than half way there. y2 + 3y + 2 can be factored as (y+2)(y+1) so the equation becomes: (y+2)(y+1) = 0 Now you have a product of two real numbers equal to zero. This happens if and only if one of the factors is zero, that...

Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela
Mathematics
University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI
Master's
University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI
PhD

Education

Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela (Mathematics)

University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI (Master's)

University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI (PhD)

Awesome Tutor — I worked with Bernardo for 2 weeks to prepare for Mira Costa's Intermediate Algebra Test. Prior to that I hadn't studied math for over 10 years. Bernardo was an exceptional tutor. He was able to answer all of my questions and gave me helpful tips and strategies for solving different problems. I passed my exam with flying colors and am grateful to Bernardo for all of his patience and help. I w ...

— Susan, Carlsbad, CA on 8/12/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $49.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

For locations outside my immediate area, the rate is subject to increases, to account for additional gas expenses.

Travel policy

Bernardo will travel within 20 miles of Carlsbad, CA 92009.


About Bernardo

I'm a college professor with 25+ years of experience teaching mathematics and computer programming. My favorite subjects include precalculus, calculus, linear algebra, optimization and numerical analysis.

I believe the only way to learn mathematics or computer programming is by working through many exercises and problems. There's no way around this. It doesn't matter how well a lecture is presented or how good the teacher is. If you don't do the work yourself, you'll probably not succeed. I also think there's a fear factor involving math. Most students think it is a difficult subject and fear they will do badly. This creates an additional barrier for the student to succeed.

Based on this ideas, when I tutor I try to achieve the following:

1. Create a relaxed atmosphere in which to work. Humor is a big part of this.
2. Help the student overcome their fear of the subject.
3. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the students.
4. Ask them to work through problems that test or challenge their weaknesses.
5. Also suggest problems that play to their strengths in order to build up their confidence.

Testimonials

"Awesome Tutor"

- Susan, Carlsbad, CA on 8/12/13

"Grateful "

- Darby , Del Mar, CA on 11/19/14

"Awesome Tutor"

- Alexander, Vista, CA on 10/20/14

"Consumate Professional"

- Olivia, Encinitas, CA on 6/1/14

"Great Tutor!"

- Adam, Encinitas, CA on 5/29/14

"Patient, great sense of humor, worked at my pace"

- Sarah, San Diego, CA on 2/21/14

"Superb Math Tutor (5 stars!)"

- Bill, Carlsbad, CA on 2/8/14

"Super!!!"

- Nav, Carlsbad, CA on 12/19/13

"Great tutor. Extremely patient and always calls me back within the hour!!!"

- Shirly, San Diego, CA on 11/7/13

"A Polished Professional"

- George, Encinitas, CA on 9/18/13

"Knows math very well!"

- Ingrid, San Diego, CA on 9/17/13

"I give him five stars."

- Tam, San Diego, CA on 4/17/13
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Education

Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela
Mathematics
University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI
Master's
University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI
PhD

Education

Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela (Mathematics)

University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI (Master's)

University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI (PhD)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
2 hours notice required

For locations outside my immediate area, the rate is subject to increases, to account for additional gas expenses.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Carlsbad, CA 92009

Bernardo’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Discrete Math,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Computer:
Computer Programming, Fortran, MATLAB,
Pascal
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, GRE, SAT Math

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Bernardo’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Bernardo. View all of Bernardo’s resources

Let h be the height of the wall in feet and x the length of the ladder, also in feet. First we have: x = h + 2. When the top of the ladder is placed against the top of the wall a right triangle forms, with x the hypotenuse and h the vertical leg. Now the distance from the base of...

If you know how to factor it, you're more than half way there. y2 + 3y + 2 can be factored as (y+2)(y+1) so the equation becomes: (y+2)(y+1) = 0 Now you have a product of two real numbers equal to zero. This happens if and only if one of the factors is zero, that...


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