I am an actuary and investment professional who has a deep understanding of how mathematics is applied in the business world. Investment managers, economists, accountants, actuaries, engineers, and many other professionals rely on mathematical models to guide their decisions. And even within these professions, people who are comfortable with mathematics have an advantage over those who aren’t.
Math has been tremendously useful to me in my first career as an actuary. (A career repeatedly rated as the #1 career in America!) But while I have taken a lot of advanced math courses, I still find that the simplest concepts are the most fun to explain and discuss. Math at any level – even basic arithmetic – is subtle and beautiful, once you understand it. And I strongly believe that anyone can understand mathematics.
Drill has its place, but understanding is more important. Once you understand a concept, you don’t need to do a lot of routine exercises. Students who are forced to do hundreds of “plug and chug” exercises often wind up hating and fearing math. Who can blame them? If you’re given rules to follow, but aren’t shown why the rules make sense, then working a lot of similar problems is just a chore. And it’s much harder to remember rules when you don’t know where they came from.
I have experience tutoring students in subjects ranging from arithmetic through algebra 1 and 2, geometry, calculus, and differential equations. I also have tutored students in reading, building vocabulary, and grammar. I achieved high scores on the SAT, AP Calculus, and GRE exams, and can help students raise their scores on both the math and verbal portions of many standardized tests, including the PSAT, ISSE, COOP, SSAT, SAT, ACT, and GRE.
I carefully evaluate each student and construct an individualized action plan to help the student reach his or her goals. Frequent evaluation and two-way feedback is crucially important. And if you could benefit from a different approach than what I provide, I will not hesitate to suggest other alternatives.
I look forward to working with you!
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Discrete Math
I have taken undergraduate and graduate courses in the following discrete math topics: computer science, including data structures; linear algebra; probability theory including combinatorics; set theory and logic; number theory; calculus of finite differences; transformational geometry and topology. My professional training as an actuary included operations research material. Together, these topics, plus a bit of elementary graph theory, make up the content of the typical two-semester undergraduate...
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Differential Equations
My formal academic background includes an undergraduate course in ordinary differential equations at Yale, and a significantly more advanced graduate-level course "Partial Differential Equations in Finance" at NYU.
Although differential equations can be intimidating, the typical introductory course is often easier than most calculus courses. When students have difficulty with differential equations, it is often because they need review of some of the content of the calculus curriculum...
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Linear Algebra
I first took course work in linear algebra as an undergraduate at Yale. A number of years later, as a part-time graduate student at NYU, I took a two-semester graduate-level course in linear algebra and achieved grades of "A" and "A-". In my job as an insurance company actuary, I introduced the matrix-oriented programming language MATLAB to my work group and trained others in its use.
There are two basic types of college linear algebra course. The first type emphasizes concrete calculations...
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