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I've tutored students in most Bay Area school districts and schools on algebra 1.
Over the years, I've tutored students on algebra 2 who were in various bay area (middle or high) school districts, including: PAUSD (Jordan, Palo Alto, Gunn), FUHSD (Fremont, Homestead, Lynbrook, Cupertino, Monta Vista) and more.
After I graduated, Computer Engineering major, from UCLA (with flying colors), I went to work in the industry and my first job was C programming (embedded UNIX style device drivers and runtime library modules for an IBM clone, CADAM and CATIA emulation, and graphics workstation line of products).
Later on with my improved C programming and C code debugging skills, had numerous other C programming jobs, involving anything from application programming, voice, audio, video, data and packet switching (e.g. TCP/IP), display and graphics drivers to high performance digital signal processing algorithm implementations written in C, and later on, Simulation and Math Modeling of Mechanical, Electro Mechanical and Hydraulic Control components of high dynamics, high performance, high flight envelope and range on stealth supersonic aircrafts, all written in C.
Currently, I write C code (as well as MATLAB MEX, C library modules) implementing Mathematical Models for state of the art emerging technologies in evanescent wave communications and energy transfer systems (very cool stuff) and routinely coach colleagues on the same too.
All and all, I've been writing C code, and coaching others learning (and debugging) C code, for more than 30 years; and I loved every second of it.
My calculus tutoring experience includes all levels: Basic (limits & continuity, functions, differential and integral calculus...), AP Calculus AB & BC, differential equations, multi variable calculus, honors and also at college, university levels and engineering.
Calculus can be really easy and fun to learn (and use in real world), if you approach it right, otherwise you may end up not liking it.
Geometry is really fun to learn, if you approach it right, otherwise you may find yourself liking algebra better; I've been told more often than not that I've inspired much interest in learning geometry in my students.
My past and present tutoring in physics includes all levels: Basic, AP Physics B and C, Honors, Modern Physics (including college and university), etc.
I'm told I make physics easy and fun to learn.
Precalculus, in essence, is just a review of algebra 2 with some elaborations and a few extensions and additions (and applications) I've tutored students in almost all bay area school districts and high schools, with their various textbooks, in precalculus.
In most school districts, trig is blended into a course called Algebra 2/Trig, but some (though rarely) also offer a separate trig course; in either case, approached properly it's easy to learn and I've had much success in raising student's grades, along with their focus and interest in the subject, since it's crucial to their success in calculus and beyond.