I was failing math miserably in the sixth grade. My teacher sensed that I was missing something very basic. I did all of the homework correctly and on time. My Mother had advised me to speak my mind so that the listener could get to the root of my problem. I told my teacher the plain truth. The homework turned in was copied from another “A” student. I did not understand Arithmetic. Without being judgmental or humiliating me, she explained the basic proportion principle in less than 5 minutes without any technical terms. I understood what she had explained. But old habits die hard. I continued copying my homework as usual. A day before the final exams, I broke down since failure was a certainty. My Mom simply asked me what I had been doing all year in school. I told her the honest truth. She advised me to go over the copied solutions and try reading the text book. Shedding tears and feeling sorry for me was not helping. I studied all night using my teacher’s basic technique and the correct copied homework solutions. To my surprise, I passed math exam instead of getting a failing grade. I reasoned that if I can pass with just one day of study, an “A” would be guaranteed if I put in an honest effort for a just a few days.
The confidence gained from that experience was awesome. I was so excited about Math from that time that it transformed my entire life. The DUMMY in me was gone forever. Teachers and students alike would consult me for hard to solve problems. The confidence momentum gained from mastering Math snow balled. The passion for learning became so intense that it transferred to all other subjects. I excelled in subjects where logical deductive reasoning can be applied such as Physics, most Sciences, Geography, Engineering, Programming, Computer Science, etc. In subjects, such as History, Civics, French, Biology, Chemistry, etc. where memorization was key compared to logical thinking, I was better than the average student. I am forever grateful to my teachers, the memorization / visual skills, and shortcut tricks developed from mastering math. My grades sky rocketed. This enabled me to come to USA to become a computer programmer and establish my career.
I want to repay the huge debt to my math teacher. I loved helping my classmates in elementary / high school and college level in math and other subjects. Their success was my success both literally and figuratively. I want to get my blood pumping again by teaching math and programming concepts after a long 30 year career in the Hard / Solid State Disk drive industries as a software, firmware, and verification developmental engineer.
I worked for Western Digital, QLogic, and SanDisk in over 20 hardware and software aspects of computing from the design of individual microprocessors to complete systems on a chip. I specialized in Digital Computer Electronics.
I had to use many different computers to process the information, complete the designs, and then test and validate the Device Under Test (DUT) in a real world environment. Hence my focus was not only how computer systems themselves work, but also how they integrate into the larger picture.
I am an expert in C/C++, PERL, Verilog, System Verilog, and Assembly Languages for all major microprocessors. The concepts of encapsulation and Object Oriented Programming (OOP) are now second nature to me.
I completed my undergraduate (BSEE) from City College of New York with a minor in Math. I completed my Master’s degree (MSEE) from Cal State Fullerton while starting my career at Western Digital. The principles of Math enabled me to implement Error Correcting Codes for my first disk controller design even though I had no prior knowledge of the subject matter.
My schedule is reasonably flexible since I have no full time work obligations. My fees are open to negotiations. No payments are required until 100% satisfied. I am willing to take on students who are struggling or looking to get ahead in their studies.
I may not know all of the answers immediately, but I shall certainly help you find them with the same understanding , respect and patience I got from ALL of my teachers. Discovery and practice, mixed with visualization, are the keys to any learning process. My goal is to build your reasoning skills to last a lifetime with the least amount of time and money!
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