Who I am:
NOT your run-of-the-mill tutor. Before a career on Wall Street, I was a professional, world-class mathematician. I have an MS and a PhD in mathematics
from Yale University, and summa cum laude BS and MS in mathematics from the former USSR. A graduate of one of the Soviet Union's elite math
high schools, I was also a multiple Mathematics Olympiad winner.
What I can do for you:
test prep. Important as they may be, test-taking techniques only scratch the surface of what is possible. By emphasizing *understanding* over tricks, I will unlock your *true* potential, and take you to the heights you have never dreamed achievable.
(2) Gifted-child math. If the school math does not challenge you enough---whatever your age---I can help! In grades 1-3 I recommend Singapore Math (at, and above, the grade level), which I supplement with algebra
(yes, the children ARE ready) and, in grade 3, with my adaptation of the Soviet textbook. For higher grades, I use my adaptation of the standard Soviet textbooks, as well as textbooks created specifically for Moscow's elite high schools with emphasis on mathematics. I also throw *fun* stuff into the mix, from prior-years math competitions, such as Math Kangaroo (all grades) and the AMC (middle and high school). In that program, students can be reasonably expected to ace the math section of the SAT by the end of 7th grade. (My 12-year-old son did just that, scoring 790 on the SAT math
last May while in 7th grade; and 800 this October, at the beginning of 8th grade.)
(3) Gifted-child physics. To the bright middle- and high-school students not content with the cursory treatment of physics at school, I offer an in-depth conceptual journey supported by a collection of challenging physics problems which I have been adapting from various Soviet sources. The latter project is in progress, with its Newtonian Mechanics part essentially completed.
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For these sorts of questions, I prefer using no algebra. First, let me turn Mark into Abby, by giving him 21 more pebbles: now, we have 2 Abbies and James, collecting a total of 294 + 21 = 300 + 15 = 315 pebbles. Next, each Abby can be turned into 3
James, so that it is now...
Summary: Mental math teaches students to see short, efficient solutions—rather than to blindly follow
the brute-force, cookie-cutter, one-size-fit-all, show-all-your-work procedures taught at school.
To my youngest students, I lie—by omission—that vertical arithmetic does not exist. I can usually get away with it for about a year. Until the school shows them the light...