Hi! My name is Anton, and I first became a tutor in 2007, when a close friend of mine, on quitting a part-time tutoring/test prep job he had been working at in my neighborhood, recommended me to his boss as a replacement. My UC Berkeley degree and good SAT
scores (800 Math
, 770 Verbal), as well as my friend's recommendation, got me the job, and I quickly found that I liked it.
I worked there on and off for about a year, but ended up moving on to other jobs, such as sales, which attracted me partly because of the full-time hours. I would still occasionally do small tutoring jobs on the side, however.
I have always loved learning. Virtually every day, I learn something new about math, science
, computers, politics, history
, etc. I am good at teaching myself, which I think helps me to teach others, as well. My ability to teach myself is what got me back into doing tutoring as my main source of income.
It is, I think, an interesting story...
I play guitar
, and have since about the year 2000. In 2009 some of my friends and I started a band. For about half a year, we regularly met to improvise new music and practice. It was one of the most fun things I've ever done. The band ended up breaking up, for a variety of reasons, just when (in my opinion, at least) we were starting to get good enough to play shows.
After the band broke up, the drummer and I would sometimes talk about how we missed it. He was a computer
programmer by trade, and so we started talking about the possibility of writing
computer programs that would, semi-randomly, generate interesting music. I had learned how to program a little bit back in high school, and I felt like I wanted to try it again — so I did, and realized that I had a passion for programming
that I had not previously been aware of.
Working with music software quickly brought something else to my attention: I did not understand some mathematics
that is frequently used in the current theory of sound. I am thinking, specifically, of Fourier Series and Fourier Transforms.
Well, I said to myself, I think that I can teach myself this stuff...
Fourier Series looked a bit hard when I read about them online and in books, just a big mass of unfamiliar symbols and equations. I thought back to high school, and how I had really loved math back then, before my mind moved to different subjects such as Literature
and Philosophy. I decided that I would give it a shot.
It worked... it took a couple of months before I felt like I actually understood what was going on, but it did happen, and I understood what people were talking about when they were talking about Fourier Series.
Along the way, I fell in love with mathematics again. From Fourier Series my interest widened... I read about Set Theory, Number Theory, Multivariable Calculus
, Complex Numbers, and other topics. Another thing happened: my re-awoken interest in math merged with another stream of thought that had been in my mind for a while.
Ever since I was a teenager, I had always wanted to (some day) actually understand modern physics
such as Electromagnetic Theory, Relativity, and Quantum Mechanics. I realized, though, that to really grasp these topics in the form in which they are generally spoken of, I would have to learn a lot more mathematics than I knew at the time. For example, I would have to learn about Differential Equations
, Differential Geometry
, Advanced Algebra
, Linear Algebra
So I began to put in the very rewarding effort of teaching myself about these things, an effort that is on-going.
In late 2010 I needed a job. At this point I had been spending hours per day for months reading
and thinking about mathematics. I thought back to how much I liked tutoring when I did it, and realized that, with all of my recent mathematical work, I would be a better candidate for a tutoring job than I had ever been before.
Full of confidence, I walked into a local tutoring company (TestMagic, Inc. of San Francisco) off the street, talked to them, and got the job. I haven't looked back since...
I am interested in many more things besides mathematics, and this is reflected in my tutoring... as well as math, I have also tutored English
, History, and various sciences, such as High School Chemistry
, High School Biology
, and High School Physics.
My high level of confidence in my ability to learn anything is one of the main reasons why I actually have been able to teach myself many things that most people, if they learn them at all, learn in college. I think that it also makes me a better teacher — since I have taught myself successfully, I believe that other people can teach themselves as well, and that, if they want help, I can effectively help them.
Teaching is very rewarding for me: I love seeing the look of understanding appear on someone's face when they 'get it' and the sense that I am building people's confidence. Teaching also gives me the opportunity to constantly learn myself, and to work on the fundamentals of the subjects that I teach. This practice then translates into making more advanced efforts easier for me.
I would love to put my abilities at your service.