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University of California, Los Angeles (Computer Engineering)
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. 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 Read more
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 charging extra) to make sure my sons understand the material. Overall I think he is a really dedicated tutor who wants his students to succeed. I couldn't ask for more!
My daughter loves him. She refuses to go to the labs at school, always preferring her tutoring sessions with Sy.
Sy has been a tremendous help this year with pre-calculus lesson for my son. There has been an extraordinary amount of content given during school that the teacher doesn't always have time to properly go over. Sy has been key in 'filling in the blanks' and making sure my son thoroughly understands the material before moving on.
My daughter has been having a difficult time keeping up with her Algebra 2, and she has been grateful to Sy for helping her to understand the subject more thoroughly.
Great tutor. Very patient and eager to teach. Explained physics concepts very well. I was able to understand the concepts because he showed them in a simpler way. I will continue to work with him.
Sy P. is a hardworking and good tutor. My daughter needed help for AP Calculus and AP Physics. His sessions were quite useful to her, especially during finals when she had to prepare all at once and it was a lot of work. He helped her with review sheets and exam prep. He is also very flexible in terms of timing. We were able to hire him for both the subjects and on multiple days. He is quite knowledgeable. He has a lot of practical ideas when teaching and explaining Physics.
My son and daughter both have studied high school math with Sy, and he has been very helpful. Clearly, it's improved their grades, confidence, and enjoyment of the subject. My son especially gets a kick out of Sy and always looks forward to his visits. He is professional, enthusiastic, personable, and has been in this field a long time. Having Sy for the full sequence, from geometry through algebra and calculus, has been a real blessing.
And the good experience continues into another year - Sy gives of himself 110% and we're very happy to have his support.
Three years of great!
Sy worked with my 18-year-old senior and managed to instill a sense of responsibility in him. In addition to knowing his subject matter, he gets to know his pupils quickly. I am very happy that my friend referred him to us. He is unique.
We have had Sy tutoring our high school son in both math and physics since the beginning of the school year. I can't believe how lucky we were to find Sy! He is wonderful in both subjects, easy to understand, great at explaining concepts, and the nicest person you will ever meet. He is very flexible in his scheduling and always on time. His sense of humor is so entertaining and my son has had nothing but a great experience with Sy. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a tutor!
Works on anything my son needs help with. He is so dependable and flexible. Sy is kind and so Knowledgeable. My son is getting all of his math and science so much better. GREAT TUTOR.
Great teacher, knowledgeable, patient. My daughter needed him, she improved. I really appreciate everything he has taught her, I recommend him to any serious student who needs to improve.
Sy is an excellent teacher. He knows how to motivate students and build their interests. He explained the complicated geometry to simple math, the kids can accept them easily. Thank you, Sy.
Sy is a wonderful tutor. He's clear, patient and has a great sense of humor. He really tunes in to the student's understanding of the the session through verbal and nonverbal cues. He responded quickly and made himself available when I needed a tutor ASAP.
Sy has been great with our son. He has been very polite, courteous and accommodating. Bottom line, he's a great tutor and a great person! Without a doubt, he knows his stuff and can easily relate the material to our son so it's easier to understand. He will challenge our son and make him think independently. Our son tells us that Sy is great to learn from and understands the subject better than when he was taught by his 7th grade math teacher. He finds the assignments more interesting and works hard on the off days.
We consider ourselves lucky to have found Sy.
Sy has brought tremendous confidence in my daughter
over the past few weeks, and he is always available
for any consultation even at late hours! Absolutely impressed.
Sy is just amazing! My son eagerly awaits his lessons every week! And he is so happy when he is done learning from Sy. Sy teaches math along with detailed explanation that helps my son truly comprehend math concepts. Also Sy shares his passion about math, science and many other valuable elements in life with my son. He has been a great mentor and guidance to us and we are so fortunate to have him as our teacher!! An absolute high recommendation to anyone who is interested in phenomenal math learning experience!!
Sy P is not just a great tutor, but is also an invaluable mentor. He explains the concepts of Geometry in very simple terms and provides helpful tips and strategies with a touch of humor. Sy P frequently incorporates his personal experiences and motivates me to try harder and in the process, has restored my self-confidence and interest in learning. He does not hesitate to stay overtime if he feels it is necessary. Furthermore, he is available by Skype and text in case I have any questions regarding the homework. Sy P is not just a tutor, but has become more of a confidant and life coach. I highly recommend him!
Sy is not just a good tutor but a great mentor. My daughter who consistently got an A in her math subjects in high school was struggling in college. With Sy readily available whenever we need him and his magical advice, motivates my daughter and my son to get back on track, all A's this semester, a great Christmas present!
Sy is very patient and accommodating. He is able to build on what you know and help explain the concepts so that they are easy to understand. There is no other tutor I would recommend!!!! Very glad we got to work with him and look forward to working with him in the future again.
When I lost all hope of finding a tutor to assist me in a very difficult on line mapping class, Sy came to the rescue. he was patient, persistent, and gave me the confidence to tackle this class and in turn, I passed the class and received my college diploma. He is a dedicated teacher and puts his students first. While he does assist you in the class, he makes you think for yourself and thus learn what you are suppose to learn. he is a jewel and my life is better since I met him. Thank you.
Sy turned out to be a great tutor for my H.S. Junior in Pre-Calc. He was very patient and broke things down in a way that helped her to understand the material. We brought Sy in because our daughter's teacher was concerned about her flunking the course and Sy definitely helped her turn this around. I highly recommend Sy as a tutor.
It is a blessing for me to find Sy as a tutor for my daughter. At first I was very skeptical about having a stranger into my own home. I quickly felt at peace about that and Sy becomes our friend now. We actually kinda missed him if he didn't come every week. He is a great listener and his wisdom is admirable. We had 12 hours total with Sy so far but during this short time, my daughter feels very comfortable with him and understands his way of teaching and that's the key importance. He is also very understanding and shockingly generous. I only feel so much gratitude toward Sy and I hope that he will be our tutor forever. We see him like a friend more than a tutor. We learn a lot from him. He is pretty funny and strong. Sy is the very first tutor we've known who doesn't seem to put too much emphasis on how much money he would earn from us, which I think is rare and almost unbelievable in this kind of economy. He never looked at his watch or carried his cell phone while he was teaching my daughter. I always had to remind him of the time and rushed him out of my house. We would go on talking to Sy forever about non-Math related stuff which wasn't very productive but we've always gained a lesson after our conversations. Sometimes we've even bothered Sy with our emotional issues. All in all, I'm so thankful and I wish Sy all the best in life.
Let me tell you it was the best decision I made. My son was having hard time with calculus. Sy is very good in what he does. He is very professional, friendly and always on time. He would not penny pinch the time. After few lessons my son is doing alot better and showing interest in the subject. Infact I ended up buying a $1000 credit today from Wyzant. Every penny is going towards Sy. There is no better option than him. Five star rating.
I came to Sy, one week prior to taking the Vocational Aptitude Test for the military (AZVAB). Upon arriving, I was strongly deficient in mechanics (physics), automotive/shop, and electrical theory and all my practice tests supported this. Upon completion of my Aptitude Test, I learned that there was not a job that I did not qualify for within my military branch. Those jobs would include highly intensive mechanical and electrical jobs. Sy genuinely wants the student to understand the material and will not conclude until that is completed. I am so happy that I met Sy.
Sy knew what I needed help in and helped me in that area. Very patient with my short attention span, and explained things very well. He also gave me me many pointers and tips and tricks that I found very helpful. Would definitely recommend to other peers.
Sy worked with my daughter for hours! His manner and method of tutoring was extremely successful and restored my daughters self-confidence. We would not hesitate to call him again if needed!
Sy is a very experienced programmer and he is a very good teacher. I found right tutor to help my C programming for work.
After a few hours with Sy, I returned home to work on my programming assignments... and they were a piece of cake. Finally, I understood everything that was going on and what what once used to take me 20 hours, took me 4. At last I had found a tutor who knew their stuff. Not only does Sy have the programming knowledge, he has the great teaching ability to convey that knowledge to upstarts like me.
Thanks so much Sy.
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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.
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.
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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