I love math. And I love sharing it with all students - those who love it, and those who don't.
After graduating summa cum laude from Yale in 2009, I taught at a charter high school in Oakland. Our population was 85% low-income, and 95% first-generation immigrants. The students came from little privilege, but they excel - their test scores ranked 4th-highest of all high schools in California.
I believe in a balanced approach to learning. When a student struggles, any of a thousand things can be the cause: subtle misunderstandings, shaky conceptual footing, lack of motivation, computational errors. Having taught almost every subject in high school math, I've grown skilled at recognizing students' needs, and designing instruction to meet those needs. Sometimes filling a few gaps in background knowledge can yield huge benefits.
I enjoy working with all kinds of students. I have a special affinity for students who have specific anxiety or distaste for math. An essay I wrote about math anxiety ("What It Feels Like to Be Bad at Math") was picked up by Slate.com, and hit #1 on their list of "Most Liked" pieces.
A logistical note: I tutor students in libraries or coffee shops in the following neighborhoods: Rockridge, Elmwood, Berkeley, Orinda, Downtown Oakland, and Walnut Creek. I will also consider clients in nearby neighborhoods.
Subjects I've taught: AP Calculus AB, Statistics, Precalculus, Trigonometry, Geometry, Psychology, Biology, English, Earth Science, and SAT Prep.
Results: More than 70% of my AP Calculus students have passed the exam - higher than the national average. When I taught geometry, 59% of students scored "advanced" on the state test, compared with less than 10% statewide.
I have a B.A. in Mathematics & Psychology, summa cum laude, from Yale University.
My SAT Scores were: 800 math, 800 verbal, 800 writing.
I have teaching credentials in K-12 math; K-8 multiple subjects.
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