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Ming Z.

Math can be fun and easier than you think!

Houston, TX (77030)

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I have a Ph.D. degree from Rice University with background in math and computer science. I am now an independent investment advisor. Before this, I was a financial advisor. Before that, I was an assistant professor. Even before that? I was studying at Rice University.

I love teaching. Being able to explain math in a way that most people can understand is so rewarding to me! To some people, math is hard or scary and the step-by-step reasoning seems like a magic show. It does not have to be this way! In fact, understanding the fundamental concepts and getting a clear big picture will help the students a lot. Quite many times, when I tell tutees that logarithm is just taking the exponents, they will stare at me with disbelief and shock. Then after trying some simple examples, they can actually appreciate the logarithmic operations.

As a tutor, I have found that many times, the small tips and tricks can shed light to the tutees. Then many things can turn out to be bright as if a new window has just opened. Going from the initial frustration to the enlightening “click” in their mind, the tutees become excited and the subsequent homework/test will not seem to be a daunting mountain any more.

I have two daughters, one in elementary school and one in middle school. As they grow older, I become very interested in helping them learn faster and more efficiently. I wrote a computer program "DearBank" so that they can deposit (or withdraw) their allowance money into this bank and enjoy a much higher interest rate (for example, 3 percent per month!). Inside this program, they use algebra and calculus to handle banking and also play the stock market game.

Math can be fun and easier to learn than you think, if you know how to explore that amazing world from an appropriate angle!

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Ming’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Business, Chinese, Economics, Finance, General Computer, GMAT, Java, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Statistics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, GED, GMAT, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Series 7
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Economics, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics
Business, Economics, Finance, GMAT, GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Biostatistics, Physics
Computer Programming, Computer Science, General Computer, Java, MATLAB, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations, Discrete Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
SAT Reading, SAT Writing


I was an assistant professor in the division of biostatistics at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. I performed data analysis for research and clinical studies. I have also kept providing similar services for biologists and physicians at the medical center area.


I am an investment advisor, helping people to manage their investment portfolios, with a balance between their expected return and tolerated risk. I also train people to trade in the equity market using derivatives as speculation and protection. With over 15 years of trading experience and my self-developed simulator, I can help students thoroughly appreciate the risks and money management skills. Students can get a copy of this simulator for free. Moreover, I can help students on business registration, pros and cons of different investment vehicles, and tax issues.


I am a native Chinese speaker. I like composing couplets and poems in the ancient Chinese style. I teach my children to learn Chinese and appreciate the beauty of the language and culture.

Computer Programming

Computer programming is the process of translating what we human beings think to what computers understand and execute.

I have been writing computer programs for over 15 years. The languages that I have used for programming include Fortran, C, C++, Java, Mathematica, and Matlab.

Computer Science

Computer Science focuses on the science part for tasks involving computers (as opposed to computer engineering). On one side, computer science studies how to make computers work (e.g., operating systems and compilers). On the other hand, computer science addresses how we can use computers to solve problems (such as algorithms, data structures, programming languages).

I have a Ph.D. degree in computer science.

Differential Equations

I hold a BS and MS degree in mathematics from University of Science & Technology of China, one of the top universities and top math departments. Differential equations were part of the core curriculum. If you need further information, please let me know.

Discrete Math

I have BS and MS degrees in mathematics from University of Science and Technology of China, one of the top universities and top math departments. Discrete math was part of the core curriculum. If you need further information, please let me know. Thanks!


I can proudly help you on the math in finance. Particularly I can help people prepare for the Series 3 and Series 7 exams.

I teach people about the investment concepts: stocks, bonds, open or close funds, and derivatives.

Also I have developed a FREE computer program to train people on stock trading with real data.

Linear Algebra

I had heavily used linear algebra in my studies and research for over ten years. From the algebraic viewpoint, linear algebra is the "art" of manipulating matrices. From the geometric viewpoint, it is the study of vector spaces. One trick in linear algebra is to "dig holes". If you have not heard about it before, this idea will definitely help your understanding of linear algebra.


I had rigorous and formal training in mathematical analysis. I also had extensive exposure to logic in computer science study and research. During my previous logic tutoring sessions, I had covered the topics of set theory, propositional and first-order logic, completeness, and other logical issues.


I have used MATLAB for over 10 years on daily basis. I develop most of my computer programs in MATLAB now.

Series 7

I held a Series 7 license when I worked as a financial advisor. Many people find the Series 7 exam hard because of the options problems. I have developed my own trading algorithms based on options (calculation and valuation). The math behind the options can be explained and learned in a relatively easier way.

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University of Science & Technology of China (Mathematics)

Rice University (PhD)

Great overall tutor and subject mentor Finished up for this year and Ming was outstanding. He both grasps Portfolio Theory very well and is very good at communicating it. As with any tutor, it is important to be able to supplement the instructor, so it's a win-win situation. I felt with my instructor, his TA, and Ming, I could grasp the subject and understand its content better. It takes a village sometimes to learn. Also, it can be ve ...

— Timothy from Fort Lauderdale, FL on 8/4/14);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $75.00

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Ming will travel within 20 miles of Houston, TX 77030.

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