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Sy P.

Math, Science, Engineering and Computing Tutor

San Jose, CA (95134)

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My years as a UCLA student were great memorable years. I worked as TA and RA at UCLA, while attending classes. I tutored my classmates as well as middle school, high school and college students outside UCLA, in math (prealgebra to calculus at all levels, including multivariable, and more), and also physics at all levels including college and university, supporting myself financially that way. It was lots of fun working with students, as it is still today.
During my many years of work in the industry as an engineer and also computer software developer, I was actively involved in C programming, UNIX core/kernel system software and device drivers, X server and X Windows, and other software and firmware design and development.
I've also worked for many years in areas of technology involving electronics, mathematical modeling and simulation, design and development of precision laser sources, and also critical components of several supersonic aircraft designs, with high national visibility, including the stealth bomber. My work was primarily applying my knowledge of advanced mathematics and physics to practical design problem solving projects.

Over several decades of teaching and tutoring experience, I've come to the realization that different students think and learn in different ways; thus, my tutoring style must be adapted to particular talents, aptitude, resources and needs of each student individually, and as such there is no "one size fits all" style.

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Algebra 1

I've tutored students in most Bay Area school districts and schools on algebra 1.

Algebra 2

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.


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.

Computer Engineering

I got my BS in Computer Engineering from UCLA in 1982.
I worked as TA and RA (in Computer Lab) at UCLA, while attending classes; tutored my classmates in compuetr science (C, C++, Assembly, Algol60, Algol68, PASCAL and engineering, as well as general high school and college math and physics outside UCLA; .

After I graduated with flying colors I went to work in the industry: Computer Architecture and Design, C and C++ programming, UNIX core/kernel, device drivers, X Windows, and other system software design, development and implementation, including embedded UNIX style device drivers and run-time library modules and compiler code optimization for IBM clone, CADAM and CATIA emulation, and graphics workstation line of products. for many years.

Later on with my improved Computer Engineering and Computer Science, C, C++ programming and code debugging skills, had numerous other C programming jobs (including teaching the same), involving anything from application programming and engineering, 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, C++ and later on, Simulation and Math Modeling (augmented by using (and teaching) MATLAB) for Electronics, Wireless communications and power transfer, Mechanical, Electro Mechanical and Hydraulic Control components e.g. for high dynamics, high performance, high flight envelope and range on stealth supersonic aircrafts, all written in C/C++.

Currently, I write computer 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 and routinely coach colleagues on the same too.

All and all, I've been working in, almost all areas of, computer science and engineering, writing applications and system software computer programs and code, and coaching and teaching others learning (and debugging) C code, for more than 30 years; and I've loved every second of it all.


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.


Years ago while working at Lear Astornics Corp. in Santa Monica (and Woodland Hills) California, on high bandwidth servo control systems for high dynamics aircraft surface control hydraulic subsystems, I came across a simulation tool called Control-C. and used it extensively. Control-C over the years evolved into what's known as MATLAB today, which I use on a daily basis for research work I do today;
I've taught MATLAB certificate courses at Silicon Valley Technical Instute (SVTI, in San Jose, California) and also International Society for Quality Electronics Design (ISQED, in San Jose California).


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.


I've tutored students who are in most bay area middle schools and districts, in prealgebra.


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.

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University of California, Los Angeles (Computer Engineering)

Very knowledgeable and sincerely wants student success — Within a couple of sessions of tutoring with Sy my son's grade and understanding of the subject (pre-calculus) greatly improved. His teacher was pleasantly surprised by the change. Our confidence with Sy increased and he has tutored Physics and Algebra 2 as well - with the same positive results. Sy comes on time, is flexible and very personable. He often stays beyond the scheduled time (without ch ...

— Shereen, Fremont, CA on 12/13/11

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Standard Hourly Fee: $64.00

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Sy will travel within 35 miles of San Jose, CA 95134.

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