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.
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