Thanks for your interest in my tutoring services. Here's a brief description of myself and my background.
-I have a B.S. in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), one of the country's leading schools in engineering.
-For three out of my four years at RPI, I served as a Teaching Assistant for two different introductory computer science classes. One was aimed at Computer Science majors and was taught in C++. The other was aimed at non-technical majors (e.g. Management) and was taught in Visual Basic.
-I have one year of experience tutoring young children in Math and Reading through the America Reads, America Counts, and Tutor Time programs.
-I'm currently a working professional for a large consulting firm. I work mainly on developing software and performing security evaluations of IT products, while tutoring on the side.
Areas of Expertise:
Regarding Math, I am comfortable tutoring from elementary math topics up to college level calculus (i.e. what most schools would consider Calculus 1). This range includes arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus and calculus. I am also more than happy to assist with SAT and GRE Math sections. I have taken both tests and received high scores on the Math sections.
For Computer Science, I have experience tutoring introductory topics up through data structures and algorithms (i.e. what most colleges would consider Comp Sci 1 through Comp Sci 3). I am proficient in C, C++, C#, and Visual Basic. I also have some experience working with Java.
I strongly believe that the best way to learn is by doing. I shy away from the use of slides and reading through every word in a textbook. I know from first-hand experience that it is very difficult to learn without getting your hands dirty, especially for topics like Math and Comp Sci. I'll use textbooks at times as a reference or for having a plentiful set of examples. For Math topics, I'll typically come up with examples on the fly so that I can focus on areas where students have most trouble. For Computer Science topics, I like to work through writing practice programs from start to finish. I'll also come up potential test questions given that most Comp Sci. professors like asking tricky questions outside of a coding environment.
I love to teach. I find it very rewarding and just plain fun. I have a very large extended family and as I grew up I was put into the role of family tutor. From this, I have a lot of experience working with small children and helping give them confidence in their ability to understand Mathematics. This was the driving factor for me to become a teaching assistant and a professional tutor. Through my experience, I have seen time and time again the common pitfalls and hangups that students face in Math and Computer Science. I'd love to assist you or your child in overcoming those struggles and working toward better grades. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
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