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My name is Brian and I majored in Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. In middle school and high school, I took every Honors and Advanced Placement math and science class offered. In college I have taken differential equations, single and multi-variable calculus and physics for engineers. I have always excelled in math and in high school I found that I am also good a teaching it to others.
I do not have a lot of formal tutoring experience. I mainly have just helped out friends and friends' siblings whenever it was needed. In high school I helped classmates when they did not understand certain concepts in our math classes. I also tutored a friend's younger brother for about a year and a half, in Geometry and Algebra 2. His parents asked if I could help him because he was struggling in geometry and we succeeded in raising his grade from a D on his progress report to a B on his first report card. Then to an A on his second report card. Due to the immense progress that he made, his parents asked me to help him the following year in Algebra 2. I have not tutored very much during college, but I have helped my younger sister, who is in high school, in Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus the past two years and I know I will be helping her in Calculus next year.
I think that math is a subject that is easiest to learn through repetition. Because of this, I will not simply do your homework for you. I help walk the student through the steps that need to be taken to solve a problem, and if necessary I make up problems on the spot to ensure that the student really understands what steps need to be taken. I truly think that people can learn anything. It is simply a matter of how much work is put in. School can be very hard for some, but the right help can make it much easier and less stressful.
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Although I never took the ACT, I feel that I am pretty strong in the areas of math that it covers. Pre-algebra, algebra 1 and 2 and geometry were all classes that I took in middle school and high school. I received A's in every class. Like I said in my profile, I tutored a friend's younger brother in both geometry and algebra 2.
Algebra 1 is the basis of most math. The key concepts from this are used in EVERY other math class that you can take. So it is essential that this subject is understood completely. When I took this class in middle school, I was one of the few people in my class that actually understood it. Many of my friends would ask me for help, and I would help them. Some of them probably would not have passed if it were not for my help.
Algebra 2 can be a tricky subject. I remember when I took it, I felt that it was a much bigger jump in difficulty from Algebra 1 to 2 than from Pre-algebra to Algebra 1. I remember seeing matrices for the first time and having no clue what was going on. However, after a little practice, they became one of my favorite parts of the class. I ended up doing very well in my class, all while helping out just about every single one of my friends that was in my class.
Calculus has to be my favorite math class. When taking it in high school I did not completely understand it, but after taking it in college, I fell in love with it. I always helped classmates in my classes when they needed it. I find calculus to be very simple, once it is understood.
The only experience I have with differential equations is from the college class I took. For me, it was one of the easiest math classes I had ever taken. I finished my midterm for the class in 10 minutes and got 100%, and finished the final in 25 minutes. There are basically just simple ways to solve different differential equations and once you understand those ways you can solve any equation given to you.
Geometry can be a difficult class for some to visualize. I have about two years of experience tutoring geometry, and after my sessions my students understood the concepts better and in turn got better grades. A majority of geometry is really just knowing which formula to use and once you understand that, everything else just falls into place.
I took physics in high school and got an A. I have also taken three physics for engineers classes during college, covering kinematics, wave motion, electricity and magnetism. I did fairly well in the courses, having one of the higher grades in each class.
I have found that many people find precalculus a difficult subject. I took the class in high school and did very well. I also spent the past year helping my younger sister through her precalculus class. She was in danger of not passing the class, until my parents suggested she ask me. She finished the class with a B.
Great tutor! — Brian is always on time and considerate. He makes sure my son Alex understands the lesson before he leaves. ...
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