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Hello! I have been a professional tutor since 2003, specializing in math (pre-algebra through AP calculus), AP statistics, and standardized test preparation. I am very effective in helping students to not just get a better grade, but to really understand the subject matter and the reasons why things work the way they do. I do this in a way that is positive, supportive, and also fun. I explain difficult math and science concepts in simple English, and continue working with the students until they understand the concepts really well. All my students enjoy improvements in their grades, as well as reduction in their overall stress level.

I was an instructor at some of the top test prep companies, so among my specialties is preparation for standardized tests like SAT, ACT, SSAT, and many others. I am very effective in helping students improve their test scores: in a past testing year all of my SAT students scored 700 and above! Some of them were scoring in mid-500, when I started working with them.

I bring my full attention and dedication to the students that I work with. Since every person is unique, I personalize my approach to each student. This makes my work very effective and allows each student to truly improve! I have helped hundreds of students, both one on one and in a classroom setting, and many of them provide excellent references and referrals for me.

Please get in touch with me – I will be very happy to help you succeed.

I came to find Vladimir on WyzAnt, in April 2013. I am a Junior at University of San Francisco, and enrolled in a college statistics course. I have several learning differences, one of them being dyslexia, which in my case only applies to numbers. It is extremely hard, if not impossible for me to comprehend even simple mathematical arithmetic. Over the years of struggle with math, tutors have given up, or become extremely frustrated with me because I do not get the material in a timely manner. To say that Vladimir is a life-saver, is an understatement! He is the most amazing math tutor I have ever had! Not only did I see him five times a week (sometimes more) in order to pass statistics, he talked me through my anxiety, and calmed me down countless times when I felt stressed. He genuinely cares about his students, and works very hard to explain confusing concepts. He is undoubtedly one of the most patient people on the planet! There is no doubt in my mind I would have failed the class if it were not for Vladimir.

I plan on going to graduate school in the bay area, and I will not hesitate to contact Vladimir in the future. Because of my major, I will be required to take a statistics course again. I know, and trust Vladimir will help me out when that time comes again.

I am so grateful that I not only passed statistics with a good grade, but I also understand the material!! Thank you so much, Vladimir!!!

You really helped me have a clearer and deeper understanding of how to approach solving math problems, understanding the proposed problems, specific terminology, the rules, strategies, and dynamics of math.

I really enjoyed learning from you! Everything you taught as precise and you’re a absolutely intelligent, deep-thinking, and ingenious at understand complex subjects along with communicating complex theories/ideas in layman terms!

I highly recommend Vladimir!

Vladimir is an outstanding tutor for statistics! He can explain difficult concepts in several ways and he meets the student at the student's level.

My son was at risk of failing statistics, with the final a week and half away. Vladimir responded promptly to my urgent inquiry, and emailed us questions to help identify how to come best prepared to dig in quickly to provide the specific help my son would need. He arrived promptly each session and worked with my son over a series of three sessions. My son said, "He was helpful, and he was able to explain the statistics material really well, in a way that I had not previously been able to understand during the class. He went through the chapters and went over what I did not understood and patiently explained to me what to do and when. He also went over with me what situation called for what type of calculator application so that it made sense and I had it all written down in one place." I really appreciated that after each session, my son was feeling more confident in himself and his ability to grasp the material. I definitely highly recommend Vladimir and wrote him right away to let him know that my son had passed the final with flying colors.

I emailed Vladimir as the end of my statistics course was fast approaching. He explained things in a way that made statistics easy to understand. I had saved 3 months of work for the last 3 weeks of class. Thanks to Vladimir, I got 100% on all my homework, 100% on the midterm, and an A on the final!! He was able to work with my schedule and squeeze in extra appointments at the last minute. There is no doubt in my mind that I got an A in the class because of his help. If I ever need help with math again, I am calling him! Thank you!

Our family hired Vladimir specifically to help our daughter raise her score in the ACT Math and Science. She reports that Vladimir is very helpful, focused and has offered a lot of clarity with her specific problem areas. We are delighted with Vladimir - so professional, prompt and helpful.

My son needed someone to teach him math. His teacher at school would not explain things and it was snowballing. Vladimir was able to break things down in pieces and explain it in detail. My son was able to regain the confidence and able to understand the subject. We appreciated his professionalism and approach. I highly recommend him as a tutor.

Vladimir has worked with my son for a little less than 6 months. He is very patient and his schedule is very flexible. Vladimir has helped him achieve more than what he thought he would of this year. Before my son had tutoring sessions with Vladimir, he was barely passing my tests, and now he has a high A in my AP Stats class. Vladimir has well prepare for my son AP test, and he expect to get a 5 on it. Vladimir, is an excellent tutor, and I would highly recommend him to anybody.

If you're looking for a patient tutor for stats, which is my most dreaded of all subjects, Vlad is very patient. The class got more complicated towards the end and I couldn't afford more tutoring sessions, so I ended up with a B overall. I wish I had an A, but I'm just glad it's over. I recommend Vlad for anyone who hates Stats as much as I do, and who needs more explanation than the professor has time for. I only wish he was a little more affordable, I would've possibly spent more time towards the end.

My son has only been working with Vladimir (Algebra 1) for about 5 weeks now and already his math skills have improved dramatically! While my son understood the concepts of algebra, he was rushing and not taking the time to problem solve correctly. Vladimir is teaching him how to be patient, slow down and concentrate. Vladimir is such a good fit. His test scores have gone up 2 letter grades and his attention in his class has gone from distracted to engaged because of the skills he is learning and the success he is having in the class.

Vladimir is a great calculus tutor. He is very patient even after tutoring me for several hours straight. He explains each concept such as Riemann sums, integrals, and limits and then shows examples to help me understand. Vladimir not only shows how to do the problems I don't understand but also goes through them with me so that I know how to do them on my own.

My child began tutoring with Vladimir this summer. She has really taken to him due to his knowledge in math. He understand the subject very well and also gets it when my daughter is completely lost. He makes sure she not only gets the right answer, but really understand how to get the answer. He is always on time and is always in a very good mood. I look forward to our continued relationship with him. I would recommend him to anyone needing a math tutor.

We have worked with Vlad for about 2 years and have been very happy. My son is currently in pre-calc at Lowell and Vlad has helped him stay focused and on track. He always arrives on time, is flexible, and has been kind enough to reschedule for emergency review sessions before big tests. Vlad is a professional tutor and takes his job seriously. He probably is not perfect for under 8 or 9 year olds, but for early to late teens who want to master difficult upper level math and prepare for the SAT, he is excellent.

I highly recommend Vladimir as a Math tutor because of his ability to slow down and make it clear what is being covered in class. He will take you to the next letter grade and then help you to truly understand what you are learning. He has a methodical math approach and a vast knowledge of mathematics that makes him a valuable resource. I have spent numerous hours working with him to get an A in calculus, he has helped me learn everything and unlike most students feel I can use what I'm learning better and more effectively. I don't recommend cramming for math test but if you work with him regularly he will help you truly understand the subject you are struggling in. If Its worth knowing its worth knowing well, he can help you find your mistakes and then has experience in correcting them so you don't make them on test. He's also a very nice man, who is very level headed and if you just cant get it will keep working until he feels he has made it clear to you, a valuable tool in learning something most teacher never do in class or in there offices hours. All in all I recommend him to any student at any level trying to get a better grade, while actually learning more, and even becoming interested in something many call a boring subject.

Math:

ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Science:

ACT Science
Corporate Training:

Statistics
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Algebra 1 methods and concepts are quite new and confusing for most of the students who encounter them for the first time. They are also the foundation for the algebraic manipulation work used in all of the mathematics based classes that follow.

Given that this material is so new and foundational, I teach my students to do the work in a disciplined and organized way: write all the steps down, quickly check the results at each step, and organize their written work, so that it's visually clear; this minimizes the chance of making careless error. I also take the opportunity to introduce students to the functionality of the graphing calculator; it's the skill that would serve them well now, and in the future. Other areas that I address are test taking skills and better studying skills.

There are many different methods learned in Algebra 1. Most students, that I tutor in upper level math, do not have good understanding of these methods, so I invariably end up teaching them Algebra 1 material from the beginning.

If you are currently taking your first course in calculus, then you have already discovered that the concepts studied here are very new and different. They are also very confusing.

I can help you with some of the new concepts that are introduced in Calculus. They are: Limits, Rules of Differentiation, Related Rates, Optimization problems, Riemann sum, Techniques of Integration, Differential Equations, Parametric Equations, Polar Coordinates, and Partial Derivatives.

Calculus work requires extensive use of the many different methods learned in Algebra 1. I can review these methods with you, or teach them to you from scratch. And the way I do this will make it easy for you to understand and remember.

Study of Precalculus serves as a preparation for Calculus and other higher level math subjects. It deepens student's understanding of the concepts learned previously in Algebra 2 and Geometry, as well as introducing new concepts and ideas, like Polar coordinates, Vectors, and Parametric equations.

When I work with students in Precalculus, I teach them extensively the concepts of Trigonometry, various families of Functions, Analytic Geometry (Parabolas, Ellipses, etc.), and Sequences/Series. In addition, I teach them how to use the graphing calculator more effectively. Graphing calculator is a very useful tool in understanding difficult concepts, applying these concepts to problems, and checking the results of one's work.

I prepare students for the following SAT tests: Math portion of the “big” SAT and the SAT Subject Math Test, Levels 1 and 2. I began prepping students for these tests as an instructor for a couple of premier Test Prep companies. In the 10+ years since then, I have honed my skills and knowledge by prepping hundreds of students one-on-one.

In addition to teaching you the timing strategies, the multiple choice based strategies, ways of using the calculator effectively, and working efficiently on each problem, I can work with you on the topics that require remediation.

With this approach to standardized test preparation, I can help you improve your test score whether you are quite new to the test, already had a lot of prep, or somewhere in between.

I tutor AP Statistics and college level introductory statistics courses for various disciplines: behavioral sciences, economics, health sciences, business, etc.

Many students, who are new to statistics, think of it as “pure math” subject. However, a big part in learning statistics is to apply statistical reasoning to the real world situations. I teach my students both the mathematical concepts of statistics and probability, and how to apply these concepts to word problems: recognize the statistical setting described in the scenario, then apply the correct method to solve the problem.

The many positive reviews left by my students attest to my effectiveness in helping them with statistics.

**Fantastic math tutor! Life (grade) saver! ** —
I came to find Vladimir on WyzAnt, in April 2013. I am a Junior at University of San Francisco, and enrolled in a college statistics course. I have several learning differences, one of them being dyslexia, which in my case only applies to numbers. It is extremely hard, if not impossible for me to comprehend even simple mathematical arithmetic. Over the years of struggle with math, tutors have give
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