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Ben O.

I'm a Yale math grad. I'll make math make sense for anyone.

Oakland, CA (94618)

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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, 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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Ben’s subjects

Corporate Training:
College Counseling, Economics, Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Statistics
Test Preparation:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Economics, English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Statistics, Study Skills, Writing
Economics, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Grammar, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Biology, Psychology
Microsoft Word
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, Statistics, Trigonometry
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Vocabulary, Writing


I've taught AP Calculus (AB) for 3 years in Oakland. My students (mostly from low-income immigrant families) have outperformed the national average, with more than 70% passing the test.

College Counseling

I graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 2009. I then taught high school in Oakland for 4 years, where I wrote dozens of recommendations for students. I also helped them hone their list of schools, edit their essays, and apply for scholarships. From last year's graduating class of 30, one student will be attending Princeton; another is going to West Point; and another (with whom I worked especially closely) earned a full Questbridge Scholarship to Grinnell. I was at one point offered the job of college counselor at the high school where I taught, but had to turn down the role for scheduling reasons.


I taught geometry at a high school in Oakland. 59% of my students (who come mostly from low-income immigrant families) scored "advanced" on the state tests, compared with only 8% in the rest of the state.


I majored in Psychology at Yale, graduating summa cum laude, with honors in the major. I have taught a high school psychology class for 3 years.

Study Skills

I graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 2009. Since then, I've spent 4 years teaching high school. A large part of my job was working with students to help improve their study skills. Many students don't know how to "study" for math, so I focused in particular on helping them develop a metacognitive approach to material, and improving both their mental and their physical organization of course material. I've also worked with students on their time management and their homework habits.


After graduating in the top 5% of my class from Yale, with a major in Mathematics, I spent three years teaching Trigonometry. It is among my favorite subjects to teach. Students have told me they found my course to be one of the most challenging and rewarding math classes they have ever taken.


As a student at Yale, I was editor-in-chief of the Yale Record magazine, where I worked closely with writers to improve their work and their craft. More recently, my blog "Math With Bad Drawings" has attracted nearly 500,000 visitors in just a few months, with my writing being republished in Slate and elsewhere.

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Yale University (Math, Psychology)

Ben is fantastic! Ben got right back to me, was on time for our meeting, had prepared ahead of time and was so kind and knowledgeable. He worked with my daughter in a very low key but masterful way. We were trying to figure out which math class to put her in and he helped us with that decision in a very professional yet gentle manner. I highly recommend him! You will not be disappointed! ...

— Kaila from Oakland, CA on 9/7/13);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $100.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

1 hour, 1 student: $100 Multiple students or hours: $70 per student per hour

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Ben will travel within 5 miles of Oakland, CA 94618.

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