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Sona A.

Austin, TX

$60/hr

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I am a Phd student at UT Austin, currently teaching/TA-ing various math courses here. I have taught math for 6 years now, both individually as well as in small groups and in a classroom. My office is always packed with students coming in for help because they say I explain it better than the professor. I even have other TAs' students asking for my help.

I usually figure out how a student thinks fairly quickly, and after that, it is easy to adapt to their mode so that it's almost as if they are figuring it out on their own. I can usually foresee the mistakes they are about to make, and by the time we are finished they can foresee them too and hence are able to avoid them.

In my experience one of the main reasons why people can't succeed in math is that they are just too afraid of it, and this compromises their ability to learn it. My goal is to get rid of this fear by making the material as simple as possible. Once this is established, students are able to understand and reason through problems much better. In some instances they even begin enjoying it; in fact, a few of my students who used to hate mathematics ended up majoring in it in college!

I believe that the right teacher can get any student to succeed in mathematics; it is simply a matter of acclimating to the student's needs. This is exactly what I am good at and why people keep coming to me for help. If you need help with math, I can get you back on your feet!

Testimonials

"Couldn't have asked for more"

- Steve, Austin, TX on 1/30/14

"Sona helped my daughter get a 100 on her final exam."

- Chris, Austin, TX on 1/26/14

"So helpful"

- Catherine, New York, NY on 11/22/11
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Language:
French, Russian
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, French, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math
Test Preparation:
Regents, SAT Math
Corporate Training:
French, Russian

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Differential Equations

My research interest has always been in partial differential equations, so naturally I have taken and done well in every undergraduate differential equations course offered in college.

Now, as a graduate student I am constantly learning about and working with differential equations so I am basically surrounded by them all the time.

As far as teaching experience is concerned, I've TA-ed and tutored the basic differential equations course for undergraduates countless times. It is obviously my favorite math course to teach so I love helping people who are new to it discover for themselves how cool it can be. And for those who aren't so thrilled about it, I always enjoy finding new and better ways to explain it to them so that they can understand it better and move on.

Linear Algebra

Linear algebra is an extremely important part of math without which mathematicians would not be able to do most of their work. I have studied linear algebra thoroughly in college, including the theory itself and many of its applications, particularly to differential equations.

Later, in graduate school I learned about so many computational techniques presently used to solve differential equations, all of which require solving systems of linear equations. I have constructed and deconstructed countless matrices and used them to write programs that solve differential equations. This requires a very deep understanding of how matrices interact with each other and figuring out key properties of a matrix using the linear algebra I was taught in college.

I have tutored undergraduates who were taking Linear Algebra as well as those taking courses such as differential equations and vector calculus, where linear algebra is extensively used throughout the course but is not actually a prerequisite.

Linear algebra is something everyone who does any math must know inside and out in order to succeed in what they are doing, and I am here to get those who need help past the stage of not knowing it so that they can keep going towards their goals and eventually achieve them.

Carnegie Mellon University
Mathematics
University of Texas at Austin
PhD

Education

Carnegie Mellon University (Mathematics)

University of Texas at Austin (PhD)

Couldn't have asked for more — Sona really took the time to understand how my son processes information. She figured him out and was able to convey the material to him in a way that was easy for him to understand. She also developed "homework" assignments for him to do in between tutoring sessions that proved to be very helpful. Overall, the experience my son had with Sona was extremely productive. Her grade was an A++ in o ...

— Steve, Austin, TX on 1/30/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

$30 cancellation fee.

Travel policy

Sona will travel within 10 miles of Austin, TX 78751.


About Sona

I am a Phd student at UT Austin, currently teaching/TA-ing various math courses here. I have taught math for 6 years now, both individually as well as in small groups and in a classroom. My office is always packed with students coming in for help because they say I explain it better than the professor. I even have other TAs' students asking for my help.

I usually figure out how a student thinks fairly quickly, and after that, it is easy to adapt to their mode so that it's almost as if they are figuring it out on their own. I can usually foresee the mistakes they are about to make, and by the time we are finished they can foresee them too and hence are able to avoid them.

In my experience one of the main reasons why people can't succeed in math is that they are just too afraid of it, and this compromises their ability to learn it. My goal is to get rid of this fear by making the material as simple as possible. Once this is established, students are able to understand and reason through problems much better. In some instances they even begin enjoying it; in fact, a few of my students who used to hate mathematics ended up majoring in it in college!

I believe that the right teacher can get any student to succeed in mathematics; it is simply a matter of acclimating to the student's needs. This is exactly what I am good at and why people keep coming to me for help. If you need help with math, I can get you back on your feet!

Testimonials

"Couldn't have asked for more"

- Steve, Austin, TX on 1/30/14

"Sona helped my daughter get a 100 on her final exam."

- Chris, Austin, TX on 1/26/14

"So helpful"

- Catherine, New York, NY on 11/22/11
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Education

Carnegie Mellon University
Mathematics
University of Texas at Austin
PhD

Education

Carnegie Mellon University (Mathematics)

University of Texas at Austin (PhD)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
12 hours notice required

$30 cancellation fee.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Austin, TX 78751

Sona’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Language:
French, Russian
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, French, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math
Test Preparation:
Regents, SAT Math
Corporate Training:
French, Russian

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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