Hello Parents and Students!
First and foremost, I frankly thank you for spending the time in surfing or just happen to stumbling onto this site. Whether you are searching for extra assistance in long-term, short-term, or just to brush-up the concepts for upcoming quiz, test, mid-term, final or standardize tests then you have visit the right place.
My name is Andy, A.K.A the “Mathemagician” preferred by most of my high school students because they always amazed and loved the way I translate complex and difficult problems into very simple ones. Both teaching and tutoring has been part of my life for the pass sixteen years. I possess a bachelor degree in Mathematics with specialization in Statistics from UCI and over 40 credit units in the master degree in math and teaching credential at CSULB. I also passed both CBEST and CSET exams as requirements for subject competency. I always enjoy every single opportunity when it comes to providing tutoring in my expertise subjects which range from Pre-Algebra up to Differential Equations.
Loosely speaking, I can always be related to many students because I was horrible at math in my first two years of high school. That’s right, I struggled and could never grasp the concepts of solving word problems in Algebra 1 and proving problems in Geometry; for me, I thought it was another language of its own—especially when English was my second language. However, I never gave up on math—I kept my motivation intact and continued to “study math the right way” and my math phobia eventually deleted from my memory ever since I got into college. Since then I excelled in math and it still remains as my strongest and favorite subject. One of my college professors once told me that I was a late bloomer.
Over the course of my teaching and tutoring career I have carefully observed and formulated three important components that are valuable access and essential to help students and change the way they think about math. I called these components as Right Styles, Right Techniques, and Right Mathology.
• Right Styles: I help students to identify the right learning styles that best fit his or her learning behavior. Sometimes students feel too overwhelm and can’t figure out what, when, where, or how to study. There are styles that don’t necessarily require to study hard but to study smart and efficient especially when studying for assessments such as quizzes and exams.
• Right Techniques: I help students to learn how to identify and apply the right solving techniques to solve certain problems since most, if not all, problems present in differently. Show them logical ways to translate mathematical language into plain English or math expressions or equations. It’s just like you have a box of tools but need to select the right ones in order to perform the job right. Hence, if a student possesses a set of solving techniques and know how to use it, then it definitely will boot his or her confidence.
• Right Mathology: This is the most important component of the three. Generally speaking, sometimes students misunderstood certain concepts simply because of the way it was presented or students bent the concepts and interpreted to the way they understand it. Since every concept in math are highly interrelated and it can be considered as the foundation and stepping stones to the next level; therefore, as a mentor, I will play the role of the detective to detect students' weakness in order reinforce the concepts in depth.
My desires are not only to help students get through with their daily homework and to ace the test and forget everything afterward, but to help them develop their critical thinking process by providing concise questions and feedback, challenge them with difficult problems to stimulate their brain to enhance long-term memory, and criticize their mistakes for them to acknowledge and improve upon.
At the end of the day, I believe that a good mentor is comparable to a good doctor with magic hands, sound background, and solid experience in their perspective fields of practice that can diagnose and provide the right treatment on the first or second visits to save the patients' time and money.
"I devote my life to teaching and only take pride when students success".
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Andy's subjects
Algebra 1
Algebra 1 is great fun – you get to solve puzzles!
You play some computer games by running, jumping or finding secret doors. Well, with Algebra you play with letters, numbers and symbols. And once you learn some of the “tricks”, it becomes a fun challenge to work out how to use your skills in solving each “puzzle”.
Algebra 2
Algebra 2 is really fun, interesting, and challenging because it required the knowledge and skills of algebra 1 and geometry. In fact, I’ve taught both Honors and regular Algebra 2 for a decade and I’d enjoyed every moment of it. I have many short cuts and tricks to help students to memorize formula, know how to graph different types of functions, and solve certain equations as well as solve word problems effectively.
Calculus
In general, I loved to figure out math problems, especially calculus problems. I guess because there is always a right answer and there can be many ways of going about getting that answer. Unlike English, an essay can never be perfect, it can never be completed—there is always something more that can be done.
I told my calculus students that math skills are like muscles in your body, if you don’t work out you won’t go anywhere. Therefore, you just practice, practice, and practice in...
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Geometry
Geometry was totally a different playing field for me when I first took it in high school because I used to have hard time in grasping the concepts of proofs and know how applied the definitions and theorems.
Geometry is more of a visual subject—requires more abstract thinking in analyzing shapes and figures. But now, after teaching Geometry classes for ten years, I’d really like the subject and I personally think it is easier than Algebra since it doesn’t involve with solving complex...
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Prealgebra
Many students find algebra to be a very interesting subject. However, some students find algebra to be very difficult. Often the reason for this is that they have not yet mastered the concepts of pre-algebra. This is why it’s so important to for students to learn pre-algebra thoroughly before moving on to higher levels of math. If students start doing various kinds of math problems early in their studies, they are less likely to encounter problems further down the road.
Exponents, arithmetic...
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Precalculus
Precalculus prepares students for calculus the same ways as pre-algebra prepares students for Algebra I. While pre-algebra teaches students many different fundamental algebra topics, precalculus does not involve calculus, but explores topic that will be applied in calculus. Precalculus was a fun challenging course that I went through in last year of high school. There are three main components of precalculus that are so vital that I suggest students must know:
1. Know how to represent...
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Trigonometry
Trigonometry is one of my favorite math concepts due to the fact it has many real-life applications. Trigonometry is really isn’t hard. If it seems hard, then that’s because you were taught in a manner that doesn’t work for you. Different people learn different ways, but teachers sometimes only teach one way, whereas the way you are taught needs to be the way you learn.
There are only three important definitions in trigonometry. Everything else is based on those three. If you can understand...
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