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Adam F.

Math / Logic / Philosophy / TestPrep Tutor - Columbia Masters Graduate

New York, NY (10027)

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I am a graduate from Columbia University, fulfilling a bachelor's program in mathematics as well as a master's program in philosophy. I completed my undergraduate philosophy degree at Brandeis University. I have also completed some coursework through MIT (introductory programming), a joint offering from Stanford and the University of British Columbia (introductory game theory), Wesleyan University (film theory), the Georgia Institute of Technology (combinatorial game theory), the University of Maryland (history), and FSU (various early undergraduate coursework).

I have six years of experience in education, tutoring and teaching from the high school to the undergraduate level. For one year I was hired by the philosophy department of Brandeis University as a tutor for their course in symbolic logic. During the next year, I tutored privately and through Kaplan Test Prep for symbolic logic, the LSAT, and the GRE. For a year and a half, I served as a teaching assistant in three different courses at Columbia, and for the following year I have tutored independently and as a subcontracted tutor. I am now in the Manhattan area, tutoring independently.

I prefer to meet in Manhattan, anywhere between City College and NYU.

In addition to the subjects listed elsewhere, I am also able to tutor: Proofs or Mathematical Reasoning, Set Theory, Modern Analysis, Modern Algebra, Mathematical Logic/Advanced Logic/Computability/Modal Logic, Game Theory, Topology, Real Analysis, and Complex Analysis. Besides math I can also tutor programming in the Python programming language. I'm also skilled with LaTeX and can tutor the production of mathematical and scientific PDFs.

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Adam’s subjects

Corporate Training:
GMAT, HTML, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Statistics
Sports/Recreation:
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics
Business:
GMAT, GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Science:
ACT Science, Philosophy, Physics
Computer:
Computer Programming, HTML, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Python
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations, Discrete Math, Finite Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

Algebra 2

I have tutored Algebra 1 and 2 for more than 20 students, and have not encountered a problem which I couldn't explain.

ASVAB

In high school, I obtained exceptional marks in the Word Knowledge, Arithmetic Reasoning, Paragraph Comprehension, Verbal Expression, and Mathematical Knowledge sections of the ASVAB. I have an advanced degree in Philosophy, which has made me proficient in the English language sections of the ASVAB; and I've completed a Bachelors program in mathematics, which qualifies me to teach the mathematical sections. I cannot offer tutoring for any of the other sections.

Calculus

I have tutored Calculus I, II, III, and IV, that is to say, the full Calculus series, for several students. There is no topic within the Calculus series which I haven't explained at least a few times.

Chess

I have been playing chess since high school, and in high school I was the co-president of the chess club. My chess rating is 1370 in the Elo rating system, which is by no means a professional chess rating. I am qualified to teach an introduction to chess only.

Computer Programming

I have taken MIT's 6.00x course in Computer Science and gained certification.

Differential Equations

I've read both Zill's introduction to differential equations, and Tennenbaum's more rigorous and proof-based Ordinary Differential Equations. I have also tutored one UCF student for the introductory course, from the beginning of the course until its end, and the student ultimately earned an A. I am thus proficient in ordinary differential equations, though I am not competent to tutor partial differential equations.

Discrete Math

Discrete Math is a collection of various other Math subjects including Logic, Combinatorics, Graph Theory, Algorithms, and more. I have studied each of these, either in a class devoted to the (like a course in Symbolic Logic alone) or in classes which contained them as special topics (for instance I learned Graph Theory through studying Probability, Abstract Algebra, and other subjects). So I am familiar with all of the usual topics covered in such a course.

Finite Math

I've tutored finite Math several times, where courses included sequences, series, algorithms, sets, functions, logic, proofs, combinatorics, linear algebra, graph theory, probability, number theory, and game theory.

Geometry

I have tutored Geometry for at least ten students in the past, and have not encountered any problem which I was not able to explain.

GRE

I have tutored the GRE at least 20 times. I am able to tutor students of all skill levels, from the most elementary students who need to dramatically improve a low score, to those who are already performing well and want to reach for a perfect score.

I often emphasize solution techniques that avoid doing real Math, but instead are test-taking tricks that solve problems much more quickly than a direct mathematical solution; however, sometimes the only solution available is a direct and mathematical one. In all cases, I have not encountered a problem I was not able to solve.

Linear Algebra

I took Linear Algebra and received an A, then took Modern Algebra I and II, receiving a B+ and A respectively. I also obtained an A- average over four Calculus courses and two Modern Analysis courses.

Logic

I have taken Symbolic Logic, Mathematical Logic, Advanced Logic, Computability, and Modal Logic, each with excellent marks. While taking Symbolic Logic the professor requested to refer students in the class to me for questions with the material, and after taking the class, asked me to serve as a tutor for the following classes, which I did for one year. I also served as a reference for students, by request of the professor, in Advanced Logic and Computability. In Modal Logic, I assisted two classmates. I am currently tutoring a high school student in Symbolic Logic. My research in Philosophy and Mathematics is in the field of Logic.

LSAT

I've tutored the LSAT logical and analytical reasoning sections several times. I'm able to provide direct and clear explanations for which choice is the correct one, and why each of the others are false. I am also able to advise techniques for drawing diagrams on the logic games section, and well as general logical rules to help understand the arguments and constraints in each problem.

Philosophy

I have served as a teaching assistant and tutor for a general introduction to Philosophy, a course in Early Modern philosophers, Logic, and a course titled Truth, Value, and Reason. I'm able to tutor any undergraduate subject except Eastern and continental Philosophy subjects.

Probability

I have tutored students in basic Probability as well as Calculus-based courses working out of the texts from Sheldon Ross and Robert Hogg.

I am able to tutor students in courses which cover such topics as discrete probabilities, conditional probabilities, random variables, marginal probabilities, order statistics, and maximum likelihood estimators. I am not able to tutor topics such as Measure Theory and sigma-algebras.

Python

I've tutored Python twice, emphasizing concepts of basic syntax, debugging, computational complexity, object-oriented programming, modeling physical and financial systems, and producing graphical output and Graphical User Interfaces.

SAT Math

I am proficient in the material tested in the SAT Math subject tests, both 1 and 2.

Statistics

I have tutored introductory Statistics and well as Calculus-based courses working from texts by Sheldon Ross and Robert Hogg.

I am able to tutor such topics as standard deviation, Central Limit Theorem, marginal probabilities, order statistics, and maximum likelihood estimators. I am not able to tutor topics such as Measure Theory and sigma-algebras.

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Education

Brandeis University (Philosophy, Math)

Columbia University (Master's)

Columbia College Columbia University (Graduate Coursework)

The best tutor I've ever met I have been working with him to improve my critical and analytical thinking skills for the GRE analytical writing. He proofreads my essays thoroughly and makes perceptive comments on them so that I can learn more from the practice. Besides, he is willing to answer any questions that I may get stuck on and to try his best to help me understand. He can perceive quickly what I have trouble with and ...

— Mioko from Brooklyn, NY on 5/24/12);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

For low-income students who can meet at Columbia University, I can offer a lower rate. My rate does not change for groups, so you can split the $50/hour charge between as many people as you want.

Travel policy

Adam will travel within 8 miles of New York, NY 10027.

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