Credentials:

I am a graduate with honors from Connecticut College with a double major in mathematics and philosophy. I have studied nearly every area of mathematics up to the undergraduate or graduate level. In high school, I took AP courses in statistics (5 on exam) and BC calculus (4 on exam). In college, in addition to my coursework I worked in the college's math help center, tutored privately, participated in the mathematics team and the prestigious Putnam Exam, and I was a three-time recipient of the Julian Wells-Bower prize for distinction in mathematics from Connecticut College.

My favorite subjects to tutor are Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics, Set Theory, Graph Theory, and Logic, but those are by no means a limitation.

Personality:

I believe anyone can get excited about math if it's done right. I don't talk about math in a boring, complicated way because I do not believe math is boring or complicated.

If you present it in the right way, math is amazing, and very intuitive. I do not make any of my students memorize equations or formulas. Instead, I teach them how to think about math and mathematical concepts and what the best way is to approach problems, and this gives them the tools to solve whatever problems mother nature throws their way.

My other passion is music. I work in a recording studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I have been playing guitar for over 14 years and I compose and perform regularly. I have taught private guitar lessons to students of all ages. When I'm not thinking about music or math I love reading Philosophy and playing Halo 4.

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Algebra 1

Algebra becomes second nature when you start doing upper-level mathematics. Every course I took used it in one place or another. The next levels of algebraic thinking- linear algebra and abstract algebra, were also mainstays in my studies. I believe that studying higher levels of the subjects gives you a real understanding of them that you cannot get from only studying the basics. I think it's sort of akin to a writer who gains command of grammar by doing higher level writing where she is not...
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Philosophy

I majored in Philosophy at Connecticut College and was awarded the Anita and Eugene TeHennepe Prize for enhancing Philosophical life on campus. I have studied many areas of both analytical and phenomenological philosophy, which specific interest in life and death, the self, aesthetics, and philosophy of law. Since my other major was mathematics, I also feel very comfortable with the principles of logic.

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Probability

While majoring in math I covered probability in many of the courses I took, but it was most prominent in discrete mathematics. We calculated specific probabilities, created situations that would have certain probabilities, and did many formal proofs that used probability. I feel comfortable helping students work in any area of probability up to advanced college-level courses specifically focusing on probability- at that point you probably know more than me!

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General Music

I have played guitar for over 14 years, was two courses shy of a third major in music while in college, and I am currently working in a recording studio. I have been around music my whole life and it continues to be a daily activity. I think my approach to teaching music differs from the norm in that it is more conceptual and ear-based. I can teach how to read music, analyze chords, etc., but I'd rather teach students how to listen to it and think about it.

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Guitar

I have been playing guitar for almost 14 years. I took 6 years of private lessons to start, and then expanded upon that on my own. I have played in many bands, done many solo performances, released two albums, and currently work in a recording studio where I am around guitars all day long!

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Discrete Math

I completed Discrete Math and Graph Theory (which uses discrete math) in college with an A in both courses. Various parts of discrete math were used in all the other math courses I took as well. I used elements of discrete math and graph theory to invent a new online authentication method. The company I worked for (RSA security) has filed for a patent and listed me as the primary inventor.

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Linear Algebra

I completed both linear algebra and advanced linear algebra in college. I also took a graduate-level course in group theory while I was abroad at the university of St. Andrews that frequently used linear algebra as well. Both during the courses and after they were completed, I worked in my college's math help center to assist other students in these subjects.

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Logic

I was a double major in Mathematics and Philosophy--the two subjects that deal in logic the most. Courses I took in discrete mathematics, set theory, graph theory, modern philosophy, etc., used logic as a foundational element of the course, using logical symbols in proofs, argument reductions, etc. was a daily task.

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