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Thomas B.

Patient, experienced UCLA Mathematics graduate. Math is my passion!

Los Angeles, CA (90049)

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Whether you need a quick review session before a test or a patient long-term tutor to teach you the details of a subject, I can help. I specialize in tutoring math because it is my passion and my expertise, and I hope I can help you enjoy it too.

Math is a daunting subject for many students because it is cumulative. If you missed a past topic or simply forgot it, new material can quickly become confusing or meaningless. A normal teacher can't always address this problem, because he or she must always continue with the course material. When learning from me however, the time is yours and we can focus on nothing but your weak points, getting you caught up fast and prepared for your next lecture or test.

I have a degree in Mathematics from UCLA, but that is not really important. I understand that being good at math and being good at TEACHING math are two different things. I won't simply do math problems in front of you and hope that you followed along. Rather, I will ask you questions that build your understanding, and I will show you the way I think about problems as I do them. On the other hand, if all you need is someone to check your answers on a review test or follow along with you as you do your homework to build your confidence, I can do that too. I am very patient and will do anything that you think will help.

My students have ranged in age from 5 years to 45 years, in subjects as simple as basic arithmetic and decimals to subjects as advanced as Vector Calculus, Combinatorics, and Analysis. I have been tutoring for several years, and in that time I have learned how to help many types of students with various needs.

If you're unsure as to whether I can meet your specific needs, feel free to send me a message and ask!

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Thomas’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Statistics
Test Preparation:
SAT Math
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations, Discrete Math, Econometrics, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry

Algebra 1

I have had dozens of Algebra 1 students, and I feel that it is a subject in which my teaching style really shines. Algebra 1 is a difficult subject for many students, because it is an entirely new way of thinking. When I teach Algebra 1, I really try to stress intuition over memorization of techniques and mindless repetition, because I believe algebra is actually quite straightforward if it is taught in a natural way. I aim for "light bulb moments" in which my students learn a concept they'll never forget.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is one of my most tutored subjects. I have helped students study Algebra 2 for hundreds of hours, and I now know the Los Angeles high school Algebra 2 books from cover to cover. Still, I am always refining my teaching methods, and I find new approaches to teaching the topics of Algebra 2 almost every day. I have also learned which topics are commonly forgotten by students over a year of geometry (this gap in algebra is one of the biggest reasons a tutor can be so important during Algebra 2). So if you're feeling overwhelmed by all the material you are expected to know from Algebra 1, I can get you back on track and build your confidence fast.

Calculus

Calculus is one of my favorite subjects to teach. I took eight different courses in either Calculus or Calculus-related subjects during my college career, so it's a bit of a specialty. It is a brand new way of thinking, and because of this it can be either refreshing (and fun) or endlessly frustrating.

Since Calculus is a new way of thinking, it can be very useful to have a tutor with whom you can discuss the new topics and build your intuition.

Prealgebra

I have had countless prealgebra students, and I have worked with all different learning styles and personalities. Along the way, I have found that prealgebra is a subject in which private tutoring can have a huge impact. It is important for a student to build a lot of intuition during this critical period before Algebra 1, and having a private tutor for one-on-one discussions can make the difference. Many of my students have seen an improvement of a letter grade or more on tests after only a couple of sessions, and some have said that our sessions have been the difference between hating and loving math altogether.

Precalculus

I enjoy teaching Precalculus because, while many Precalculus teachers simply ask students to memorize seemingly complicated concepts (such as the unit circle), many of the concepts in the class can be made quite simple if the student is shown where the ideas come from, or simple tricks for understanding them. Precalculus is one of my most tutored subjects, so I am familiar with common student mistakes and misunderstandings, and can get you caught up fast.

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Education

UCLA (Mathematics)

Life changing for me Tom is a wonderful tutor. He is clear, concise and unbelievably patient. He is certainly not the type of tutor who does your work for you. He breaks the overall lesson down into easily digestible segments that build on one another. Most of the difficulty that I have had in the past was with connecting some seemingly irrelevant principle that meant nothing to me at the time it was introduced (whet ...

— Kara from Los Angeles, CA on 4/4/13);

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Thomas will travel within 10 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90049.

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