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Brandon R.

Tallahassee, FL

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Math Sci MIT Guy

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I enjoy tutoring because I thoroughly enjoy learning. I have a few years of tutoring experience both paid and volunteer and I have been hired by a high school as well as the MIT Tutorial Services Room to help students exceed expectations and score high marks with confidence. Now, I am a graduate student working on my PhD in mechanical engineering here at FSU, but my life is far more than academics. Sports, music, and church are big parts of my life and although I balance more than the typical graduate student, I prioritize my students and am dedicated to people first.

Experience 1: As a high school and undergraduate student I did not look for students, my peers came to me when they needed to do better in their classes. In this time I tutored Algebra II, Geometry, Discrete Math, and Physics. Each of my students met or exceeded their goals including one who graduated with his diploma after failing a math course twice and another who passed the AP exam after being moved from his AP Physics class into a regular physics class.

Experience 2: As an undergraduate student I was employed by the MATCH School in Boston, a charter school serving underprivileged students with a desire to attend college. These students I tutored in preparation for the MCAS state graduation examination. The subjects that I tutored were math and language arts and each student was an intensive year long commitment. The two students that I worked with passed their examination, but more importantly we were able to discover aspects of their education that inspired them. I forgot a years worth of complaining about practice problems in a heartbeat after hearing these students decide on goals after high school and finding inspiration to work towards them.

Experience 3: This was a shorter experience also as an undergraduate student. I was employed by MIT to serve my peers as a Tutorial Services Room tutor. The subject I tutored was JAVA Programming and I worked with two students. Working with my peers was slightly stressful, but it was a worthwhile challenge. The first student I tutored was a solid student with a B average, wanting to do better and boost her GPA. I was glad to see such dedication in the last semester of the student's senior year. We worked hard not only to complete the assignments but to understand the concepts in depth. She aced her final exam, not because of how much she knew, but because we had rehearsed the thorough process of problem solving. The other student I worked with was struggling and had a C midway through the semester. I only worked with this student a couple of times but she was able to do quite well, making a B and actually enjoying the subject that she once dreaded.

Testimonials

"Very helpful."

- Courtney, Tallahassee, FL on 11/13/13

"Amazing!"

- Kai, Tallahassee, FL on 11/11/13

"Fantastic Tutor"

- Melissa, Tallahassee, FL on 10/30/13

"Responsible, reliable, and knowledgeable"

- Hanh, Tallahassee, FL on 11/17/12

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Diane, Tallahassee, FL on 9/9/11

"Brandon R. in Tally"

- Jorge, Tallahassee, FL on 2/17/11
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Discrete Math,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading
Science:
ACT Science, Mechanical Engineering,
Physical Science, Physics
Computer:
C++,
Java, MATLAB
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GRE, SAT Math, SAT Reading
Corporate Training:
C++,
Java, Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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C++

I have taken many courses in programming including C++/JAVA/MATLAB, and I have self-taught myself various other programming languages. I have taken advanced coursework in object-oriented programming and use these skills day to day in my work as a graduate research assistant.

I have specialized professionally in streamlining code to make it run more efficiently, and I stress practicing sound disciplines when writing code because a little care on the front end will save a lot of time in debugging.

Discrete Math

Discrete Math covers graph theory, combinatorics, set theory, logic, discrete probability theory, number theory, certain topics in algebra (numerical semigroups and monoids, for instance), discrete geometry, and several topics in game theory. My coursework background in pure and applied math has covered set theory, logic, game theory, and discrete probability, and I have taught myself number theory, combinatorics, and graph theory. I use many of these topics when tutoring for math competitions. I have tutored multiple students in the Discrete Math I and II courses at FSU.

Linear Algebra

I have taken two courses in linear algebra, one as an undergraduate (18.06 with famous author and MIT professor Gilbert Strang) and one as a graduate student (Analysis I in Mechanical Engineering with Leonard van Dommelen). Among math courses, the concepts in linear algebra come especially intuitively for me, and I stay current with the identities, properties, and techniques taught in the subject because I deal with matrix manipulation extensively in my current research (Control Theory) and coursework. I will be able to show students tips on how to remember the steps to solving problems and teach them several alternate ways of getting to the correct answer that could possible save time and cut down on mistakes. Additionally, I can point students to high-quality online material for further practice and study.

MATLAB

I have extensive programming experience in C/C++, JAVA, and MATLAB, although my current research has me working with MATLAB and C code day in and day out. I will be able to introduce you to effective programming techniques that I have picked up in my undergraduate and graduate studies, internships and research, and I can also instruct in proper use of Simulink modeling software and several toolboxes. I typically provide plenty of well-documented example code and basic instruction on how to efficiently navigate and use the MATLAB help file documentation.

Mechanical Engineering

I offer tutoring in Mechanical Engineering core subjects, as well as advanced subjects in my specific discipline (dynamics and controls). I have teaching/TA experience in Advanced (Digital) Controls as well as Multivariable Controls. Typically, the broad range of courses in Mechanical Engineering share a common backbone in math, physics, and/or programming, so if you are needing help in any of these within a specific course that I didn't list, I would be glad to help you with that as well.

Brandon’s Resources

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The point of this blog series is to divulge the plain and simple strategies that have enabled me to score exceptionally well on exams throughout my school career. In short, two individuals whose knowledge in a subject is identical may have very different exam scores if their approaches, or strategies, in test-taking are different. So enjoy the following posts: if something sounds good to you,... read more

The point of this blog series is to divulge the plain and simple strategies that have enabled me to score exceptionally well on exams throughout my school career. In short, two individuals whose knowledge in a subject is identical may have very different exam scores if their approaches, or strategies, in test-taking are different. So enjoy the following posts: if something sounds good to you,... read more

The point of this blog series is to divulge the plain and simple strategies that have enabled me to score exceptionally well on exams throughout my school career. In short, two individuals whose knowledge in a subject is identical may have very different exam scores if their approaches, or strategies, in test-taking are different. So enjoy the following posts: if something sounds good to you,... read more

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Aerospace Engineerin
Florida State University
Enrolled

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Aerospace Engineerin)

Florida State University (Enrolled)

Very helpful. — Met with him two times already and each time he has answered all of my questions with no issues. Will definitely give him a call again if necessary. ...

— Courtney, Tallahassee, FL on 11/13/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Travel policy

Brandon will travel within 15 miles of Tallahassee, FL 32303.


About Brandon

I enjoy tutoring because I thoroughly enjoy learning. I have a few years of tutoring experience both paid and volunteer and I have been hired by a high school as well as the MIT Tutorial Services Room to help students exceed expectations and score high marks with confidence. Now, I am a graduate student working on my PhD in mechanical engineering here at FSU, but my life is far more than academics. Sports, music, and church are big parts of my life and although I balance more than the typical graduate student, I prioritize my students and am dedicated to people first.

Experience 1: As a high school and undergraduate student I did not look for students, my peers came to me when they needed to do better in their classes. In this time I tutored Algebra II, Geometry, Discrete Math, and Physics. Each of my students met or exceeded their goals including one who graduated with his diploma after failing a math course twice and another who passed the AP exam after being moved from his AP Physics class into a regular physics class.

Experience 2: As an undergraduate student I was employed by the MATCH School in Boston, a charter school serving underprivileged students with a desire to attend college. These students I tutored in preparation for the MCAS state graduation examination. The subjects that I tutored were math and language arts and each student was an intensive year long commitment. The two students that I worked with passed their examination, but more importantly we were able to discover aspects of their education that inspired them. I forgot a years worth of complaining about practice problems in a heartbeat after hearing these students decide on goals after high school and finding inspiration to work towards them.

Experience 3: This was a shorter experience also as an undergraduate student. I was employed by MIT to serve my peers as a Tutorial Services Room tutor. The subject I tutored was JAVA Programming and I worked with two students. Working with my peers was slightly stressful, but it was a worthwhile challenge. The first student I tutored was a solid student with a B average, wanting to do better and boost her GPA. I was glad to see such dedication in the last semester of the student's senior year. We worked hard not only to complete the assignments but to understand the concepts in depth. She aced her final exam, not because of how much she knew, but because we had rehearsed the thorough process of problem solving. The other student I worked with was struggling and had a C midway through the semester. I only worked with this student a couple of times but she was able to do quite well, making a B and actually enjoying the subject that she once dreaded.

Testimonials

"Very helpful."

- Courtney, Tallahassee, FL on 11/13/13

"Amazing!"

- Kai, Tallahassee, FL on 11/11/13

"Fantastic Tutor"

- Melissa, Tallahassee, FL on 10/30/13

"Responsible, reliable, and knowledgeable"

- Hanh, Tallahassee, FL on 11/17/12

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Diane, Tallahassee, FL on 9/9/11

"Brandon R. in Tally"

- Jorge, Tallahassee, FL on 2/17/11
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Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Aerospace Engineerin
Florida State University
Enrolled

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Aerospace Engineerin)

Florida State University (Enrolled)


Tutor Policies

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Tallahassee, FL 32303

Brandon’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Discrete Math,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading
Science:
ACT Science, Mechanical Engineering,
Physical Science, Physics
Computer:
C++,
Java, MATLAB
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GRE, SAT Math, SAT Reading
Corporate Training:
C++,
Java, Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Brandon’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Brandon. View all of Brandon’s resources

The point of this blog series is to divulge the plain and simple strategies that have enabled me to score exceptionally well on exams throughout my school career. In short, two individuals whose knowledge in a subject is identical may have very different exam scores if their approaches, or strategies, in test-taking are different. So enjoy the following posts: if something sounds good to you,... read more

The point of this blog series is to divulge the plain and simple strategies that have enabled me to score exceptionally well on exams throughout my school career. In short, two individuals whose knowledge in a subject is identical may have very different exam scores if their approaches, or strategies, in test-taking are different. So enjoy the following posts: if something sounds good to you,... read more

The point of this blog series is to divulge the plain and simple strategies that have enabled me to score exceptionally well on exams throughout my school career. In short, two individuals whose knowledge in a subject is identical may have very different exam scores if their approaches, or strategies, in test-taking are different. So enjoy the following posts: if something sounds good to you,... read more


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