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Alexander B.

Scarborough, ME

$50/hr

Experienced Math Tutor

Background check passed as of 10/16/14
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Hello! My name is Alex, and I specialize in mathematics tutoring. I am based out of Scarborough, ME, providing in-home tutoring to students from middle school up through college.

I take a student-focused approach to teaching, creating custom educational materials and lessons that suit the student’s needs best. The reason why is simple: there is no such thing as “one size fits all” when it comes to education. Students benefit tremendously from personalized instruction, whether it is to catch up in class, accelerate ahead to new material or learn something completely new and different.

Contact me today to learn more about how I can help you achieve your educational goals.

A bit about my background:
I received my Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Master's degree in Applied Mathematics. I have almost 10 years of tutoring and teaching experience in a variety of subjects across many grade levels, from one-on-one tutoring to large formal college-level classes. Students learn in a variety of methods, and I always tailor the tutoring to my students' needs. Part of my teaching style involves working with my students to strengthen their study skills, note-taking skills, and test-taking skills.

Testimonials

"Perfection"

- Julie, Scarborough, ME on 10/29/14

"Alexander is AMAZING"

- Kate, Standish, ME on 10/31/14

"Making the Progress I Need to Make"

- Matt, Portland, ME on 8/28/14

"Creative Approach!"

- Kim, Falmouth, ME on 8/13/14

"The Best Math Tutor"

- Yvonne, Windham, ME on 6/3/14

"Simply the best!"

- Pam, Falmouth, ME on 3/25/14

"The Best!"

- Audrey, Scarborough, ME on 1/27/14

"Very calm & patient"

- Cari, Falmouth, ME on 1/21/14

"The best!"

- Shirley, Yarmouth, ME on 11/19/13

"Patient, thorough and knowledgeable"

- Amy, Portland, ME on 11/5/13

"Alex is the man!"

- Corey, Westbrook, ME on 10/10/13

"Alex was great"

- Steve, Millbrook, NY on 9/5/13

"First Meeting"

- Molly, Portland, ME on 9/3/13

"Amazing tutor! Better than my actual college professor! "

- Derek, Biddeford, ME on 8/31/13
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Test Preparation:
SAT Math
Corporate Training:
General Computer,
HTML,
Java

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

I have a Master's degree in Applied Mathematics, and I have tutored Algebra 1 for about 8 years. I find connecting Algebra 1 topics with real world applications is one of the best ways to teach this subject. I take topics that may seem overwhelming and break them down into manageable pieces.

Algebra 2

I have tutored algebra 2 for about 5 years, and I have a Master's degree in Applied Mathematics. Algebra 2 can be a very difficult subject, often requiring significant symbol manipulation and abstract thought. Through practice, real world concepts and careful teaching, I teach students algebraic rules and reasoning.

Calculus

Calculus is one of my favorite subjects. I have taught and tutored calculus for about 6 years, and I have a Master's degree in Applied Mathematics. I tutor both differential and integral calculus, which are usually listed as calculus 1 and 2, respectively, at most high schools and colleges.

Calculus has many applications in the real world; I use these applications as part of my teaching methods. Symbol manipulation (e.g. computing derivatives or antiderivatives) is a common theme throughout calculus, and I am familiar with many tricks and methods for helping solve the variety of problems that arise in calculus. I also tutor multivariable calculus, sometimes called advanced calculus. This is sometimes also listed as calculus 3 (or higher) at the college level.

Computer Programming

I have a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. Many of the courses I completed for the degree were solely about programming languages. A couple examples include Java and Perl. The programming language C++ was used throughout the 4-year degree program in many classes. Part of the degree program also required studying the fundamentals of how to create a programming language; studying assembly language; and debugging code.

Differential Equations

I have a Master's degree in Applied Mathematics. My area of expertise is partial differential equations. I taught Differential Equations courses at my university in the capacity of a Graduate Teaching Assistant.

I am familiar with a wide range of differential equations topics, including various solution methods, Laplace transforms, eigenvalue problems, initial value problems and mass-spring systems among many other topics. I particularly enjoy boundary value problems, such as the heat, wave and Laplace equations. Having been a Teaching Assistant in differential equations, I have detailed knowledge of the material that most differential equations courses cover.

Elementary Math

I have about 4 years of experience tutoring elementary mathematics, including topics ranging from basic addition and multiplication tables to algebra. Building a strong foundation at this level is essential. I focus on teaching real world applications of elementary math, such as making change or adjusting a recipe, so that young students can make connections and see why learning this math is important.

General Computer

Computers have been my passion for a long time. I have worked with Windows, Mac, Linux and Unix operating systems. I have experience with various software suites such as MS Office, Macintosh iLife and iWork and OpenOffice. I am familiar with many antivirus applications and backup software solutions. I have significant experience with many different types of computer-related hardware such as printers, mice, webcams, routers and networked drives. I also have a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science.

Geometry

Geometry can be one of the most difficult areas of mathematics for students to understand. Besides the multitude of definitions and theorems involved with this subject, we also introduce the notion of proofs. I understand the difficulties involved with learning this material. I have tutored geometry for over 8 years, and I know which methods work and which ones do not.

HTML

I have a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. I have worked as a freelance web developer for about 9 years. I am familiar with several web programming languages such as HTML/XHTML, JavaScript, CSS and PHP. I also enjoy designing sites. The challenge of using HTML and CSS to create a great website is always exciting.

Java

In many of the technologies we use daily, from phones to computers, Java is ubiquitous. I have used Java academically and for my own projects. Java is a great first programming language for beginners, and also has plenty to offer veteran programmers. By breaking down the larger concepts of Java into smaller, manageable pieces, I can help you learn how to program in Java both effectively and efficiently.

Linear Algebra

I have a Master's degree in Applied Mathematics. I taught Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra (combined course) courses at my university in the capacity of a Graduate Teaching Assistant. I have a working knowledge of many linear algebra topics, including eigenvalue problems, vector spaces and matrix properties.

Real world examples lend themselves very well to this particular subject. Many scenarios in real life are described by linear equations and thus fall under the category of linear algebra. I like to use these examples as teaching tools. Connecting the mathematics to real life can help students understand what is really happening behind the mathematics.

Macintosh

I have a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, and am very familiar with multiple operating systems and hardware configurations. I've been using the Macintosh operating system for over 5 years now. I'm extremely familiar with the ins and outs of the Mac OS X software (starting with version 10.6), as well as the hardware. I routinely diagnose and fix family and friends' Mac devices when they are having problems. I also teach them how to use specific functions on their devices when needed.

I am also very familiar with the family of iOS devices (iPhone, iPod, iPad). I can provide tech support when issues arise, and advice on how to use certain functions.

Microsoft Windows

I have a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, and am very familiar with multiple operating systems and hardware configurations. I have used the Microsoft platform for years, using versions ranging from MS-DOS to the current Windows 8.1. I quite often diagnose and fix family and friends' Windows computers when they are having problems. I also teach them how to use specific functions on their devices when needed, such as setting up printers and routers.

Prealgebra

I have tutored prealgebra for about 5 years. Prealgebra is a collection of fundamental concepts, so it is important that students have a strong foundation in this material. I use real world applications to teach this subject, since many daily tasks can be formulated as prealgebra problems.

Precalculus

I have tutored precalculus for about 5 years, and I have a Master's degree in Applied Mathematics. Precalculus topics typically tend to be more abstract, so relating them to real world concepts can be difficult. When possible, I do use concrete examples to make precalculus topics simpler. Practice and careful, thorough examination of precalculus topics are my traditional methods for teaching this subject.

SAT Math

I have tutored SAT math for about 4 years. I believe teaching how to take the SAT exam is just as important as the subject material on the exam. I like to start by reviewing concepts in mathematics, specifically ones that are typically found on the SAT. Then I introduce the method of taking the SAT exam, and I go through many tips and tricks that can be used to navigate the SAT exam successfully. If one knows the subject material and how to navigate through the exam, the results are significantly better than just knowing the material alone. Besides my experience tutoring the SAT math exam, I also have a Master's degree in Applied Mathematics.

Trigonometry

I have tutored trigonometry for about 4 years, with even more experience tutoring trig concepts in courses such as algebra 2, precalculus and calculus. I also have a Master's degree in Applied Mathematics. Trigonometry is found throughout mathematics, especially higher level math, thus a strong foundation in the subject is very important. Since trigonometry is the study of triangles, it has a very real application to the physical world. Relating abstract concepts to real world concepts is a great method for teaching trig and one that I use often.

Alexander’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 Alexander. View all of Alexander’s resources

Note that x2 - 1 = (x-1)(x+1).   Find a common denominator on the left hand side: x2 - 1. This requires we multiply 2x/(x-1) by (x+1).   We then get:   2x(x+1)/(x2 - 1) + (x-5)/(x2 - 1) = 1   Combine the like terms on the left hand...

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Computer Science
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Master's
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Graduate Coursework

Education

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Computer Science)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Master's)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Graduate Coursework)

Perfection — Alex is perfect in every way. He is easy to get a hold of. He is easy to work out a schedule with and very flexible. He is always on time. He comes directly to my home, but was also willing to meet outside the home. He is very well mannered. He is great with my son!!! My son actually looks forward to his meetings with Alex. We have only worked with him for a week now and my son's grades on quizzes ...

— Julie, Scarborough, ME on 10/29/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

$50 hourly rate includes 10-mile travel radius. I will travel outside my normal travel radius for an increased rate. Hourly rate is $45 for sessions held at the Scarborough Public Library.

Travel policy

Alexander will travel within 10 miles of Scarborough, ME 04074.


About Alexander

Hello! My name is Alex, and I specialize in mathematics tutoring. I am based out of Scarborough, ME, providing in-home tutoring to students from middle school up through college.

I take a student-focused approach to teaching, creating custom educational materials and lessons that suit the student’s needs best. The reason why is simple: there is no such thing as “one size fits all” when it comes to education. Students benefit tremendously from personalized instruction, whether it is to catch up in class, accelerate ahead to new material or learn something completely new and different.

Contact me today to learn more about how I can help you achieve your educational goals.

A bit about my background:
I received my Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Master's degree in Applied Mathematics. I have almost 10 years of tutoring and teaching experience in a variety of subjects across many grade levels, from one-on-one tutoring to large formal college-level classes. Students learn in a variety of methods, and I always tailor the tutoring to my students' needs. Part of my teaching style involves working with my students to strengthen their study skills, note-taking skills, and test-taking skills.

Testimonials

"Perfection"

- Julie, Scarborough, ME on 10/29/14

"Alexander is AMAZING"

- Kate, Standish, ME on 10/31/14

"Making the Progress I Need to Make"

- Matt, Portland, ME on 8/28/14

"Creative Approach!"

- Kim, Falmouth, ME on 8/13/14

"The Best Math Tutor"

- Yvonne, Windham, ME on 6/3/14

"Simply the best!"

- Pam, Falmouth, ME on 3/25/14

"The Best!"

- Audrey, Scarborough, ME on 1/27/14

"Very calm & patient"

- Cari, Falmouth, ME on 1/21/14

"The best!"

- Shirley, Yarmouth, ME on 11/19/13

"Patient, thorough and knowledgeable"

- Amy, Portland, ME on 11/5/13

"Alex is the man!"

- Corey, Westbrook, ME on 10/10/13

"Alex was great"

- Steve, Millbrook, NY on 9/5/13

"First Meeting"

- Molly, Portland, ME on 9/3/13

"Amazing tutor! Better than my actual college professor! "

- Derek, Biddeford, ME on 8/31/13

Education

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Computer Science
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Master's
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Graduate Coursework

Education

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Computer Science)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Master's)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
3 hours notice required

$50 hourly rate includes 10-mile travel radius. I will travel outside my normal travel radius for an increased rate. Hourly rate is $45 for sessions held at the Scarborough Public Library.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Scarborough, ME 04074

Alexander’s Subjects

Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Test Preparation:
SAT Math
Corporate Training:
General Computer,
HTML,
Java

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.


Alexander’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 Alexander. View all of Alexander’s resources

Note that x2 - 1 = (x-1)(x+1).   Find a common denominator on the left hand side: x2 - 1. This requires we multiply 2x/(x-1) by (x+1).   We then get:   2x(x+1)/(x2 - 1) + (x-5)/(x2 - 1) = 1   Combine the like terms on the left hand...


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