My love of teaching comes from a desire to continuously learn new things and new skills. Teaching affords me opportunities to deepen my understanding of mathematics
, since I must continuously think of new ways to explain concepts and answer questions that students have. I majored in mathematics as an undergraduate at SUNY@Buffalo, receiving a B.A. and have successfully completed all of the course requirements for a master's in math
I began tutoring in math as a freshman in college and later ran tutorial service agencies in New York City and Atlanta spanning more than twenty years. While still in Atlanta, I branched out into publishing and create downloadable study guides, videos and other educational products to accommodate the different styles of learning that students have. It has been a privilege to personally help hundreds of students to achieve their academic dreams and to improve their standardized test scores...some of whom have recognized me on the street years later and hugged me. I started the MathDBase project to provide every resource possible to students taking a math course.
Mostly, I have taught students from middle school through college, tutoring every math course from the Algebras (Pre-, Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced), Geometry
(AP and college level) and Ordinary Differential Equations
. I just recently returned to the U.S. after nearly six years teaching in Germany and the Philippines, so I also have quite a bit of experience teaching English
comprehension and conversation as a second language
I specialize in tutoring math to improve and maintain grades from middle school through college and improved scores on standardized tests. I have taught students as young as age 8, as old as 70 and many college students in between, all require a lot of patience. I don't believe in doing a student's work for him/her but lead them by asking questions, so that they learn how to ask the appropriate questions for themselves, and eventually answer them. My focus is on helping the student to fully understand the underlying concepts as opposed to just blindly following a procedure. Once the student understands, it becomes much easier to reason out solutions to problems on their own.
I have very high expectations for all of my students and will have high expectations for yours. I push my students to try harder, but in a pleasant, nurturing way. Students generally feel comfortable with me and I have often heard that my explanations are better than those of their teachers. Hopefully, we can build a relationship and not only improve your student's grades but also increase their interest in reading
, school and education for a lifetime.
I am available for tutoring in the afternoons and evenings. Also, contact me if you need late-night (9PM until 1AM) or emergency (NEED HELP NOW!) help before a test (but that will cost a bit more).
I have senior master ranking and have been teaching martial arts
since 1995. Though I have taught students as young as 3, my preference is age 13 through adult, with a special emphasis on senior citizens. Mostly, I have been teaching a martial art
system called Choi Kwang Do, but began making modifications in 2005 to develop Kwang Tao. Though Kwang Tao has its roots in Japanese
Shotokan and Korean
Tae Kwon Do, its movements are very smooth and natural, applying kinesiology to maximize power. Kwang Tao is very effective for self-defense on the street, but is also a great way to lose weight, improve muscle tone and get into shape. Much of the last six years have been spent in Germany, as the senior instructor and content developer at a new school called Pil Sung Black Belt Academy, in Andernach. I'm available for private lessons in the full curriculum, self-defense or general fitness
during afternoons and evenings.
Though I do understand that scheduling problems can sometimes occur, I have a 6-hour cancellation policy.