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Sal V.

Experienced, Approachable Math Tutor (Not accepting new students)

Palo Alto, CA (94303)

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I love making an intimidating subject approachable to students. I've received feedback that I make them feel more comfortable and confident about learning math. I agree strongly with psychologist Carol Dweck that success has to little to do with inherent "smartness" and comes from effort, practice and trying new things.

I prefer to allow students to explore multiple ways to solve a given problem. I believe that reasoning out a formula is far better than memorizing it. In a good tutoring session, the student will do 50% or more of the talking, discovering the solution rather than being told how to get there. I understand that math is about clear communication and that a 'right answer' has no value if it's not well communicated.

I am comfortable tutoring students in middle school and above.

I'm an experienced STEM tutor from the the area. I have conducted over 2000 short sessions in math while working at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz as well as group sessions and longer one-on-one sessions in most STEM subjects. I graduated in 2012 from UCLA with a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering. I have worked as a mechanical engineer for in the Palo Alto and am now a freelance consultant. I will be returning to Stanford in the fall to begin a master's degree in computer science.

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Sal’s subjects

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
MATLAB, Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Excel
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics
Test Preparation:
SAT Math
Corporate Training:
Microsoft Excel, Statistics

Algebra 2

I have 2 years experience tutoring Algebra 2 through a College Math Learning Center. I have 3 years experience tutoring Algebra and other levels of math privately. I have received excellent feedback directly from students, as well as the staff at the learning center.


I have 2 years experience tutoring calculus through a College Math Learning Center. I have also tutored calculus privately. I have experience using calculus in science applications and in more advanced math classes such as differential equations.


I have 2 years experience tutoring Geometry through a College Math Learning Center. I've received excellent feedback from students and staff at the learning center. I've also had 1 year experience tutoring geometry privately. I'm comfortable integrating geometry with subjects like physics, engineering, and art.


I have used MATLAB heavily in six of my upper-division courses during my undergraduate degree at UCLA. I use MATLAB on a daily basis at my current job as a mechanical engineer in R&D. I write original scripts as well as use and modify scripts from my peers. I have been employed at my current job for two years using MATLAB for most of that time.

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University of California, Los Angeles (Aerospace Engineerin)

Personable and Immediately Helpful! Sal was easy to work with and even after a first meeting, my daughter said, "I think this is going to be really helpful." What a start! ...

— Kimberly from Atherton, CA on 8/26/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $100.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sal will travel within 6 miles of Palo Alto, CA 94303.

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