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Hi! I'm Alex, and my goal is to help you not just learn to do your math and science assignments, but to really love and appreciate the subjects as much as I do. For math in particular, most people never really understand how creative, intuitive, and wonderful it can be. Everyone can learn it. I want to pass on some of my extensive knowledge and enthusiasm to anyone who's willing to listen, namely YOU!
I have a lot of experience with one-on-one tutoring. After I graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 2006, I spent a year tutoring at Mount Hood Community College, working with all students of all levels at the Learning Center. After that, I spent six years completing my Ph.D. in Mathematics at UC San Diego, where I worked as a TA in the Math department, helping students in small classrooms or in office hours (which were frequently busy). I've also worked as an Instructor for a test prep center called Elite, and I've tutored numerous students privately. Although I am qualified to teach courses at the college level, one-on-one tutoring is my favorite and I never want to give it up. It's not even about the money for me. I will offer to renegotiate my hourly rate if you are on a tight budget.
Even though I love to explain things (and I'm very good at it), my tutoring style is based on Active Listening, which I originally learned through MHCC's tutor training program. Mostly I will let you hold the pencil, and if you get stuck I will ask questions intended to get you thinking in the right direction. This is the best way to tutor in problem-solving disciplines, because it focuses exactly on where you need help. Of course, I will also give a review/overview if necessary (I can tell based on your work). I will always be as friendly and supportive as I can. It doesn't matter to me whether you're having trouble with a Calculus concept or whether you never really learned Algebra 1 and need to go back; having studied advanced mathematics for years, all of it is second-nature to me and I just want to help you wherever you are.
Math is clearly my specialty, but I am well-versed in most scientific subjects and test preparation, and have plenty of experience tutoring those. I am also pretty good at piano, clarinet, drums, Spanish, and Chess, although I haven't taught those as much.
I taught myself to program in C++ in middle school by reading programming books. Ever since then, I have been programming as a hobby, and I have taken numerous computer science courses in college. Most of these were taught in Java, but on my own I have created large projects in C++ (more than 2000 lines). I know multiple languages and I have helped students learn C++ who first learned in Java. I am confident I can do the same for you.
I have a Ph.D. in math, which means I have lived and breathed Calculus (and beyond) for years. I have been the Teaching Assistant for college-level Calculus on at least a dozen occasions, and I have Calculus students through WyzAnt and TutorDoctor. High-level math is my specialty, so I hope you will consider me as your tutor.
As a Harvey Mudd graduate, I've been through their required year of Advanced General Chemistry, which is like AP chem on steroids. I also took two years of IB chemistry in high school. It is still fresh for me as I've had the chance to tutor chemistry to numerous students since graduating.
I have studied Differential Equations and other cornerstone mathematical subjects extensively at Harvey Mudd College and during my 6-year Ph.D. program at UC San Diego. I am qualified to teach college level mathematics; my teaching experience includes one semester of Differential Equations, which included a computer lab component. I also have five years of experience teaching numerous other math courses including the Calculus series, Linear Algebra, Complex Analysis, and Number Theory.
I have studied Discrete Math and other cornerstone mathematical subjects extensively at Harvey Mudd College and during my 6-year Ph.D. program at UC San Diego. In fact, my Ph.D. is in Probabilistic Combinatorics, an area of Discrete Math. I am qualified to teach college level mathematics and have done so for numerous topics including the Calculus series, Linear Algebra, Complex Analysis, and Number Theory (which is usually covered briefly in Discrete Math courses).
I have taken a standard Intro to CS course in Java, at Harvey Mudd College, and a couple of higher-level CS courses as well: Intro to Programming Languages, and Algorithms. I also have experience helping students with computer-lab assignments (namely MatLab and Minitab), but not Java specifically. I have also taught myself C++ programming as a hobby. (C++ is similar to Java but includes even more features).
I have studied Linear Algebra and other cornerstone mathematical subjects extensively at Harvey Mudd College and during my 6-year Ph.D. program at UC San Diego. I was the Teaching Assistant for UCSD's Linear Algebra course during two different semesters. This course included all the usual topics on matrices and linear systems, plus a computer lab component using Matlab.
I have always been naturally gifted at test-taking. In high school I got a perfect score on my SATs (although there was no Writing section back then). Being good at doing something doesn't necessarily make you good at teaching it, but I have also been teaching math for years in numerous capacities (private tutoring, tutoring centers, office hours, and classroom teaching). I will let my WyzAnt ratings speak for themselves.
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