I am a father of an almost two year old and a newborn and am happily married and live in Portland.
I graduated high school in 1997 as a National AP Scholar, receiving a 5 on all eight exams I took (BC Calculus, Chemistry, Physics B, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics, English, US History, European History). I graduated Cum Laude from Cornell University in 2001 where I double majored in Economics and Near Eastern Studies. I wrote my honors thesis on Israeli literature. After college my first and only job was for ten years as a high frequency statistical trader at a major Wall Street investment bank. I retired after 10 years and held Series 7, 24, 55 and 63 licenses. I spent my days coding, performing statistical research, creating custom trading algorithms and then trading using those tools.
I can tutor many levels of math and other subjects but I actually enjoy teaching the introductory level subjects the most. I try to come up with simple intuitive explanations for problems as opposed to just regurgitating formulas or forcing somebody to memorize something. The best way to succeed at any subject is to figure out the best method for you specifically. A good teacher doesn't just have one method. I try to customize my explanations to my students as opposed to employing a one size fits all approach. There is no greater feeling than explaining a concept to somebody that was previously struggling to grasp it and helping them to finally fully understand it.
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