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Raffi H.

Glendale, CA

$50/hr

Experienced and Successful Tutor and Former Teacher

Background check passed as of 10/16/12
Usually responds in about 6 hours

Experienced and Successful Tutor and Former Teacher

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It may seem strange to begin with a statistic, but I trust you will agree it's not wholly inappropriate. During the 2009-2010 school year, my 11 AP Chemistry students had a 100% pass rate with the following score distribution: Seven of them scored a 5, three scored a 4, and one scored a 3. The high scores are greater than three times the national average. What makes this even more impressive is that I only saw my students an average of 2.5 times per week (2 days one week, 3 days the next, alternating).

I was trained as a Classicist, a Chemist, and a Mathematician. I have enjoyed tremendous success as a teacher and tutor of Mathematics, Science and Languages, but what I am proudest of is the comfort and trust that I have managed to engender among my students. My students are relaxed around me, and when they are relaxed, they can learn.

I am happy to discuss any and every aspect of my tutoring. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

Testimonials

"Excellent results"

- Elena, La Crescenta, CA on 6/2/12

"Great tutor"

- Joel, Pasadena, CA on 11/8/13

"5 star tutor."

- Justine, San Gabriel, CA on 3/13/13

"Very dedicated"

- Sun, La Crescenta, CA on 7/6/12
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
Grammar, Reading
Science:
Biochemistry, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry,
Physics
Language:
French, Greek,
Latin
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Chemistry, French, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math
Test Preparation:
GRE, SAT Math
Corporate Training:
French, Grammar, Greek,
Latin

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Differential Equations

My background in Mathematics is quite deep and extensive, and Differential Equations has always held a strange fascination for me among the Mathematical sub-disciplines. Where Linear Algebra enables one to start seeing the deep connections that exist among mathematical structures themselves, Differential Equations enables one to start seeing the deep connection between mathematics and the operation of the real world. In other words, one begins to finally understand, fundamentally, why the natural world is described mathematically, and not some other way. The techniques of both Calculus and Linear Algebra are brought to bear on problems of dynamics -- that is how things move and change with respect to one another. I matriculated into the Doctoral Program in Mathematics at University of Illinois. My coursework includes the following: Calculus, Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Partial Differential Equations, Analysis on the Real Line, Analysis in n-Space, Complex Analysis, Abstract Algebra (Groups, Rings, Fields, Galois Theory), General/Algebraic Topology, Measure and Integration Theory.

Greek

My first degree was in Classics, with an emphasis in Greek. My command of Ancient Greek is complete. Authors that I have read include Plato, Herodotus, Homer, Lysias, Demosthenes, Sophocles, Euripides, New Testament, Lucian, and selections of others.

Linear Algebra

Linear Algebra: My background in Mathematics is quite deep and extensive, and Linear Algebra happens to be my favorite of the sub-disciplines. It is where the true beauty of Mathematics begins to be apparent, and where one can finally see the deep connections that exist among mathematical structures. I matriculated into the Doctoral Program in Mathematics at University of Illinois. If interested, my coursework includes the following: Calculus, Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Partial Differential Equations, Analysis on the Real Line, Analysis in n-Space, Complex Analysis, Abstract Algebra (Groups, Rings, further Theoretical Linear Algebra), General/Algebraic Topology.

Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry: I was trained as a Chemist at UC Irvine, and Organic was my area of specialization. I have also done research in Organic Synthesis. I absolutely love Organic Chemistry, and having the opportunity to teach and tutor it is always an extra special pleasure. Coursework, if interested, includes Organic, Advanced Organic, Advanced Organic Synthesis Lab, Research in Synthetic Organic, Medicinal Chemistry.

Raffi’s Resources

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Hi Janie. I hope this helps.... Start by distributing the 5 over the (x-3) to get 5x + 15 -(4x-6) = -4 Now distribute the -1 in front of the (4x-6) over the two terms in parentheses to get 5x + 15 -4x + 6 = -4 (the 6 is now positive b/c -1 x -6 is pos 6) Comine terms...

UC Irvine

Education

UC Irvine

Excellent results — Raffi helped our son improve in AP Chemistry significantly, from a C in the class just six weeks ago to a solid A. Raffi's tutoring skills are amazing, he is extremely patient, understands how to work with an adolescent, and is knowledgeable about standardized testing and college choices, we received excellent advice. The tutoring sessions were truly enjoyable! My son's increased level of confi ...

— Elena, La Crescenta, CA on 6/2/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Raffi will travel within 25 miles of Glendale, CA 91206.


About Raffi

It may seem strange to begin with a statistic, but I trust you will agree it's not wholly inappropriate. During the 2009-2010 school year, my 11 AP Chemistry students had a 100% pass rate with the following score distribution: Seven of them scored a 5, three scored a 4, and one scored a 3. The high scores are greater than three times the national average. What makes this even more impressive is that I only saw my students an average of 2.5 times per week (2 days one week, 3 days the next, alternating).

I was trained as a Classicist, a Chemist, and a Mathematician. I have enjoyed tremendous success as a teacher and tutor of Mathematics, Science and Languages, but what I am proudest of is the comfort and trust that I have managed to engender among my students. My students are relaxed around me, and when they are relaxed, they can learn.

I am happy to discuss any and every aspect of my tutoring. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

Testimonials

"Excellent results"

- Elena, La Crescenta, CA on 6/2/12

"Great tutor"

- Joel, Pasadena, CA on 11/8/13

"5 star tutor."

- Justine, San Gabriel, CA on 3/13/13

"Very dedicated"

- Sun, La Crescenta, CA on 7/6/12
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Education

UC Irvine

Education

UC Irvine


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
1 hour notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Glendale, CA 91206

Raffi’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
Grammar, Reading
Science:
Biochemistry, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry,
Physics
Language:
French, Greek,
Latin
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Chemistry, French, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math
Test Preparation:
GRE, SAT Math
Corporate Training:
French, Grammar, Greek,
Latin

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.


Raffi’s Resources

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Hi Janie. I hope this helps.... Start by distributing the 5 over the (x-3) to get 5x + 15 -(4x-6) = -4 Now distribute the -1 in front of the (4x-6) over the two terms in parentheses to get 5x + 15 -4x + 6 = -4 (the 6 is now positive b/c -1 x -6 is pos 6) Comine terms...


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