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".