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University of Texas, San Antonio
University of Texas, San Antonio (Master's)
University of Texas at Austin (PhD)
I received my Bachelor's and Master's in Mathematics from the University of Texas at San Antonio. I finished there with a 4.0 GPA while in the graduate program. I then was rewarded with the South Texas Fellowship to attend the University of Texas at Austin as a doctorate student.
I have several years' experience as a college professor. I have learned in that time how to present information so that it is not only understandable but meaningful to the persons learning. I not only understand the roots of mathematics but where it all eventually leads at the highest levels.
My approach to tutoring is the same as the approach even the greatest mathematicians use. And that is to break new problems down until they look like old problems. The reason students have trouble with math is they don't see the connection between two problems that might have different variables and numbers but are solved in exactly the same way. Once they see the connection their whole attitude towards the subject changes dramatically.
I have tutored over 175 students with WyzAnt and have amassed over 4500 hours in the last 30 months. I received my Bachelor's and Master's in Mathematics from the University of Texas at San Antonio. I finished there with a 4.0 GPA while in the graduate program. I then was rewarded with the South Texas Fellowship to attend the University of Texas at Austin as a doctorate student.
Brandon has an incredible ability to understand his students' unique approach to mathematics and style. And rather than make you change or adapt to his style, he begins by seeing math the way you see it. He adapts to your style, sees exactly what you see on the paper, and then masterfully (and without you noticing) he walks you into the halls of formal systematic mathematics.
This highly experienced tutor reads students like an open book. He knows where you are coming from and where you need to be when it comes to math. My experience with him was awesome. I would highly recommend him to anyone studying math at any level. He is the Michael Jordan of mathematics!!
I met with Brandon weekly for the semester to go over concepts and do homework problems for my Calculus II class at my local University. He is very patient with his students and really does a good job explaining the concepts. He makes sure that you really understand the information. Sometimes, when the lesson was over and we did not finish the work because of a lack of time, he would do the problems on his own time and contact me to see if I figured it out on my own. If I did not he would give me hints as how to go about solving the problems. Overall Great Tutor, Highly recommended.
Brandon has helped my son with geometry this year and has helped immensely with understanding the small things, and instilling confidence.
Brandon's form of teaching matches my son's learning style very well and my son enjoys his regular weekly meeting with him! Brandon has also been very willing to accommodate us when our schedule gets hectic! My son really get's the feeling that Brandon cares and wants him to do well. We went from " O,K, I'll try it".....to "When am I seeing Brandon this week?"
Brandon always shows up to our weekly meetings full of energy and ready to work! Professional and fun!!
" Can I keep him, mom?"
THANK YOU SO MUCH BRANDON!!
Brandon has clear explanations, is patient and knows material (AP Calculus). Son has benefited from tutoring to get deeper understanding. I know calculus but am a not up to task of tutoring, glad we got a pro to help.
Brandon is dependable, flexible and the best tutor I have ever had ! He is the reason I can brag that I got an "A" in Calculus. In fact he is the reason I have continued on to take Calculus 2. I give Brandon 6 out of 5 stars. I can't thank him enough!
Brandon motivates his students. He really knows his higher level math too! Awesome tutor. Well worth the investment of time and money. Makes students feel comfortable.
I recently went back to college after 15 years to obtain another degree. I had forgotten EVERYTHING about math, even simple things like division of fractions. In one semester of seeing Brandon, he has re-taught me every single mathematics level up to and including calculus. He has gone above and beyond any expectations I had. He even works after our hours and keeps me on my toes by texting me (on his free time and at no cost) mathematics problems throughout the day for me to solve.
I felt so overwhelmed before I met him, just with the sheer amount of mathematics I needed to learn (engineering degree), that I almost dropped out soon after my first semester began. I'm so content with him now that I plan on having him as my personal tutor throughout the next 3-4 years of college (at least). There's no way I'm entering any more math courses in the future without him at my side. I honestly don't know what I would do without him. He's like my own personal math bodyguard as I enter a rough mathematics neighborhood!
Easy going, flexible, patient, a vast knowledge of anything mathematics based, and a way of making mathematics fun are just a few of his talents. Mind you, I hated math before I met him, and doing a subject which you don't like to do makes it that much harder and tedious...NOT ANY MORE!! Thanks Brandon!!!! I've never learned so much from any individual teacher/tutor in my life! He's been a life saver!
We feel so lucky to have found Brandon! He guides my son to figure out things on his own by posing different situations or asking questions. My son actually ENJOYS his time with Brandon.
Brandon very patiently guided me through a lot of GRE math even though I generally score in the same range as a mediocre seventh grader. My score went up 100% of what it was before! (Sadly, still way under the 50th percentile, but that's not Brandon's fault). Never fear. I want to read Shakespeare, not make calculations that will result in the building of bridges, etc. Anyway, I would highly recommend Brandon. He explained complicated ideas simply, came up with great practice questions, and got me miraculous results that might be high enough not to cause any red flags for admissions committees. I call that a win.
Really pays attention to my child's needs academically and time wise. He is easy to reach and breaks it down step by step.
Brandon is praised every day by my grandson as a wonderful tutor. He is very accommodating and very good to work with.
Brandon is an outstanding tutor. I specifically needed someone to help me prepare for the math section of the GRE. I had always struggled with math and Brandon was patient with me and explained the material in ways I had never heard before. He took the time to figure out my individual learning style and adjusted his teaching to meet my needs. Not only does he know the material better than anyone, he also has an amazing attitude and shows up to the sessions with enthusiasm-and genuinely celebrates the growth of his students.
At no point did I ever feel embarrassed that I didn't know something. I could genuinely learn and ask for help from Brandon with no judgment. After working with Brandon I feel prepared for graduate level mathematics, and as a cherry on top- my GRE score went up 10 points after having Brandon as a tutor!
Brandon works with my daughter's strengths to build up the confusing aspects of the subject. She has a smile while she is working and feels more confident about the material after the session!
Brandon conveys a knowledge of his subject matter. His talent for teaching and enthusiasm keeps my granddaughter focused on the lessons. Superior tutor!
Brandon is great for my sons, who were experiencing a lack of confidence in their mathematical abilities. He is patient, respectful, and the boys enjoy their tutoring sessions.
Brandon is by far the best. He helped me so much. I do not know how I could have excelled in College Algebra without him.
I have been working with Brandon for several months now and found him to be very helpful. He has taken me from basic mathematical concepts to algebra to complex forms of graphing and now to calculus. With Brandon's help, I passed my algebra course and am now on track to pass my calculus course. I know that I would not be doing half as well without his instruction. He explains things well without being too confusing, and really helps reinforce the concepts that are covered in class. Overall I feel like I have benefited a lot from Brandon's tutoring, and I look forward to working with him in the future.
Brandon saved me with his help for Complex Variables and Functions. He was extremely patient and helped me review old concepts to better understand new ones. He worked the problems through with me but always made sure that I could do them on my own. If there was a problem that we couldn't get during our session, he would work on it later and text me with solutions. He was willing to work for extended periods of time (sometimes three to four hours) and start sessions late to accommodate my busy schedule. He also genuinely cared about how I did in the class. I highly recommend Brandon as a tutor and know that I will use his help again in the future.
I cannot say enough about Brandon. I started with Brandon during my Calculus 1 course at UT last semester. I was doing poorly in the course, and with Brandon's help, I managed a B. This semester I again sought out Brandon for help with Calculus 2. With Brandon's help, it looks like I may get an A.
Brandon is extremely knowledgeable in the subject material, and if he is unsure about something, he will always work out the problem on his own time and return with the solution. He is always punctual, and the infrequent times that he was a few minutes late, I could tell that he had been running to try to be on time. Brandon is also extremely flexible. He is more than willing to move his schedule around to make extra time for a student, and he often works very late into the night if necessary. His rates are a bargain for a tutor of his caliber.
Brandon works really well with our son and provides ideas for how he can best support him to do better in Algebra. He is very flexible as well, which we appreciate with our busy schedules.
I am currently working on my Masters and it has been forever since I even attempted any Statistics or Probability math, so when it came up in my program, I began to worry about how I was going to grasp this again. I contacted Brandon and he helped me more than I could have imagined. He will be the only tutor that I contact if I need help again.
My daughter has made tremendous progress with Brandon and she now enjoys doing math. He is very enthusiastic and brings the subject to life. Brandon is very responsive and has been completely flexible with our somewhat changing schedule. I would highly recommend Brandon!
Very friendly guy who is willing to meet whenever and doesn't mind staying late to help study for tests and finals. He is truly passionate about the subjects he teaches and is able to teach those like me who do not have the math skills necessary to get through the class without him. 10/10 in my book and I would gladly use him again.
Brandon is one-of-a-kind! SOOO effective! My son was taking Geometry and we set up a weekly schedule to work with Brandon. He was ALWAYS on time and always prepared with materials. My son not only had a clear understanding of the subject at the end but was challenged weekly! He tested exceptionally high on the Final and has great confidence moving forward. I would HIGHLY recommend Brandon as a tutor for ANY math class. His ability to explain concepts at a level where you can understand is remarkable. If it was possible to give more than 5 stars I would! We feel SOOO lucky to have found him!
Brandon is a great tutor for all math skill levels. I knew Calculus 1 was going to be tough for me as my background in algebra and trigonometry is poor, but Brandon has been able to translate it for me into a language I can understand. He is patient and works through problems from the ground up, emphasizing important equations that will be found throughout the rest of the course. Brandon is very personable, encouraging, and flexible to schedule with! I absolutely recommend Brandon, he will develop and enhance your math skills he has definitely improved mine!
Brandon has been a Godsend for my son! Precalculus and SAT math have been our area of focus and we have seen great improvement in his grades. Past tutoring attempts have always been met with resistance, but Brandon makes the lessons fun and my son looks forward to meeting with him. Brandon has been willing to work around some scheduling difficulties and always shows up with a smile on his face. We truly enjoy and are blessed by his tutoring!
Brandon tutored our son in geometry last year and is tutoring him in Algebra 2 this year. Our son feels very comfortable with him. He is prompt and thorough. We have been very pleased.
Brandon is an awesome and reliable tutor! Hired him to work with our daughter, a high school junior, who was struggling with writing. He has been able to help build her confidence in overcoming "writers block". Since school has started back this fall she has shown more ability in tackling her writing assignments.
Brandon has made a huge difference in our daughter's understanding of math. He is incredibly patient & encouraging.
Brandon tutored me for Calculus 1, and he was such a huge help. I'm awful at math, but I ended up making an A in the class because of him. He thoroughly understands the material and he explains all of the concepts in a way that is super easy to understand. I couldn't have gotten through Calculus without him, he was a lifesaver.
Brandon has been tutoring my daughter in PreCalculus for a little while now. He's patient and knows what he's teaching. He gets the student involved by asking questions and walking them through the problem. My daughter is able to work on and finish her assignments in a shorter amount of time because of Brandon's help. She isn't stressed out anymore and her grades have gone up.
My son has steadily improving with Brandon's help. He scores have been going up. Brandon is consistent, reliable and conscientious.
Brandon is an excellent tutor. He is personable, to start with, and very patient. We have worked on some crazy (to me) problems and he does a wonderful job at dissecting and explaining them. He makes math fun, which is quite the talent.
Our teen improved her SAT score by 150 points over her PSAT. As busy as she is, we never have an issue with her wanting to attend tutoring with Brandon.
Always knows the material and can present it in a way that I understand and can learn even difficult topics. I strongly recommend Brandon. He is also very reasonable and flexible with scheduling.
Brandon often tutors my son in precalculus. My son always enjoys the lessons and is doing very well in math thanks to him. He is a night owl and Brandon is always willing to come late in the evening when he is most alert. This is very helpful!
Brandon has been teaching me for the past 6 months. He does a great job explaining concepts and checking if you understood, gives helpful tips to improve skills, easy and friendly personality. Always easy to reach. I feel more confident and my grades have really improved.
Always available, we have cancelled at the last minute a few times, he worked with us despite his busy schedule, I appreciate his sense of humor and dedication to my understanding the subject.
Brandon is always there for me even at short notice. I appreciate his enthusiasm and efforts in improving my math skills.
As a sophomore at UT--Austin, I can tell you there is no better choice you can make than having Brandon help you with your math. I am currently taking Calculus 3 (Multivariable), and all I can say is that I really wish I had Brandon as a resource for Calculus 1 and 2. Not only has he helped me improve my performance, but he has also kindled my interest in mathematics through excellent explanations and understanding. Believe it or not, math does become fun when you fully understand what is going on "behind the curtain", and Brandon delivers the backstage pass to every problem. Moreover, he will work with you for hours at a time, allowing you to rep out problem sets or study sessions in one sitting-- he worked with me on campus from 9pm-2am the night before my test to help me prepare, to give just one example. No matter what level of education you are currently at, I promise you Brandon will make more than a positive impact in your work.
He truly understands the material and is able to explain the problems in more than one way. He is really helping me through my calculus class!!!
Brandon was extremely helpful! Honestly, if it weren't for Brandon, I wouldn't have even passed calculus! He is unusually easy to schedule meetings with, and will work around your schedule (he met me at 10 and 11 pm a few times!). Also, there isn't a question or concept in calculus that Brandon can't answer, and he is one of those rare individuals that knows how to keep rephrasing a concept until you can understand it. One of the best tutors I've ever had - I'd give Brandon 10 stars out of 10.
Brandon is an awesome tutor. After just one session I was able to see improvements and developments in my own learning. I highly recommend him for one on one tutoring.
I'm so happy we found Brandon when looking for an Algebra II tutor for my son. We were in desperate need of quick help and Brandon has been very easy to work with. He is very patient and works well with my son and has explained concepts to him that he just didn't grasp in class. Couldn't be more pleased!
Those are my son's words. He really appreciates Brandon. After only a couple of tutoring sessions his grade and confidence in preAP precal have gone up, and all of our stress levels have gone down. Thanks Brandon!
Brandon helped raise my son's calculus grade in a matter of weeks, he helped fill in gaps that my son had from moving to a new high school. He is also really knowledgeable on whatever you need help with math wise. He is able to explain the material in a way that is easy to understand. Brandon is also really easy and flexible to schedule with!!!
Mr. Brandon is a very considerate tutor who takes time and pride into teaching. He shows equations done step by step and assures that you understand the concept of the problem.
Brandon was confident and knowledgeable about the real number system. He approached the concept about operations of addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication without actually performing those operations. Which was very good for me and that's what analysis is all about. If it was not for the distance, I would have scheduled another session. However, I will as soon as logistics permits.
He is diligent in making sure the student understands the concept. Brandon comes prepared with materials to help my son understands the subjects. He is patient and my son understand what is being taught. Good tutor.
First session today and Brandon jumped right in despite our having left the Algebra 2 book at home. Brandon was professional, courteous, and extremely knowledgeable! We left the session and upon closing the door of the car, my son IMMEDIATELY said - "He's the best teacher I've EVER had!"
If Brandon will stick with us, he's stuck with us (LOL!)!
Brandon was a great tutor helping me prepare for the SAT. His extensive math knowledge and tutoring abilities helped me build skills that helped raise my math SAT score. I would recommend him to anyone needing help with math.
My daughter has had many tutors over the years and to quote her, "Brandon is THE BEST of the best". He not only thoroughly understands the subject matter, he knows how to teach it and how to break through the confusion. He is one in a million.
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Besides Pre Algebra, the most covered topic on the ACT is Plane Geometry. Parallel lines are lines with the same slope and perpendicular lines are lines whose slopes are negative reciprocals. The area of a circle is Pi*r^2, the area of a triangle is 1/2*b*h, and the area of a rectangle is l*w. All these formulas constitute Plane Geometry.
At the heart of algebra 1 is the ability to solve linear equations. Equations of the form ax + b = c. There are two steps needed to solve such an equation. First you subtract b from both sides and then you divide both sides by a. It is necessary to understand these two steps before proceeding in algebra.
In Algebra 2 you learn how to solve 2 linear equations with 2 variables. A popular method is to multiply both sides of one equation by a number so that the coefficient on one of the variables is the same in both equations. Then you subtract one equation from the other to eliminate that variable. The problem has then been reduced to a problem from Algebra 1.
Calculus is the derivatives and integrals. Derivatives are instantaneous rates of change and integrals are areas under curves. It turns out that derivatives and integrals are inverses of each other. That is, the area under the curve of a derivative function is the function itself. Fascinating.
A differential equation is one that contains one or more derivatives of a function. To solve any differential equation involves taking antiderivatives of that function. Taking antiderivaties is one of the foundations of calculus, a subject for which I am certified and have tutored over 100 hours since joining Wyzant.
In my undergraduate work I took a class called Foundations of Mathematics. The course goes by many names and many call it Discrete Math. We learn how to do elementary proofs such as those by induction. For instance, how can we derive a formula for the sum of the first n odd positive integers. Notice that 1+3=4, 1+3+5=9, 1+3+5+7=16, and 1+3+5+7+9=25. We can see that each sum is a perfect square. We conjecture the formula 1+3+5+.....+2n-1=n^2. We prove this by induction. 1=1^2 is obvious. Suppose 1+3+5+.....+2k-1=k^2. Then 1+3+5+.....+2k-1+2(k+1)-1=k^2+2(k+1)-1=k^2+2k+2-1=k^2+2k+1=(k+1)^2. Thus if the conjecture is true for any k it must be true for k+1. And since it is true for k=1 it is true for all k.
How would you prove the area of a circle is Pi*r^2. Well, you could inscribe the circle inside an octagon and form 8 triangles within that octagon. The area of each of those 8 triangles is 1/2*r*s where s is the length of each side of the octagon. So we have an area within the octagon of 8s*1/2*r. This is an approximation of the area of the circle that improves if the polygon (in this case, an octagon) has more sides. In particular, a polygon with many sides will have a perimeter very close to the perimeter of the circle which is 2*Pi*r.
The GRE is mostly calculus and algebra. In addition there are questions about sequences and series. A sequence is a list of numbers and a series is the terms of a sequence added together. An arithmetic sequence is when the each term is obtained from the preceding one by adding a certain amount and a geometric sequence is when each term is obtained from the preceding one by multiplying by a certain amount. For instance, 1/2 + 1/4 + 1/8 + 1/16 + .....is a geometric series with the multiplier being 1/2.
I have taken both undergraduate and graduate courses in Linear Algebra and excelled every time. Please check out my new WyzAnt blog which you can access through my profile, and serves as an intro to the subject.
Perhaps the most difficult hurdle in pre-algebra is how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions. Adding and subtracting fractions requires a common denominator. Multiplying fractions does not, and dividing by a fraction is just multiplying by the reciprocal.
One topic covered in pre-calculus is the polar coordinate system. Using the definition of sine and cosine you can express the rectangular coordinates x and y as rcos(theta) and rsin(theta). Then, using the tangent and Pythagorean theorem, you can write polar coordinates in terms of rectangular.
If you draw 5 cards from a 52 card deck there are 52 ways to draw the first card, 51 ways to draw the second card, 50 to draw the third, 49 to draw the fourth, and 48 to draw the fifth. But if we look at the hand 2,3,4,5,6 there are 5 places we could have put the 2 and for each of those 4 places we could have put the 3 and for each of those 3 places we could have put the 4, etc. That means there are 120 repeats. Therefore there are 52*51*50*49*48/120=2598960 possible poker hands
One topic on the SAT includes finding the length of an arc using the Pythagorean Theorem. If the arc is a quarter circle and there is a rectangle inscribed in that quarter circle with the length and width known, then the Pythagorean Theorem will calculate the radius of the quarter circle and from that we use the fact that the arc length is the radius times the angle which in this case is 90 degrees or pi/2 radians.
Trigonometry begins with a right triangle and the pythagorean theorem. After that we label one of the angles not equal to 90 degrees with the greek letter theta and we call the sides the opposite, adjacent, and hypotenuse. From that we can define the sine, cosine, and tangent of an angle.
here is a sample of my writing......In 1988 Larry Brown won the National Championship as coach of the Kansas Jayhawks. Danny Manning was on that team and given the content of my last article "The Culture Of Losing", I now have so much to talk about with Larry Brown accepting the coaching position at SMU. SMU stands for Southern Methodist University. Let's get that out of the way first because I know many of you out there have never heard of the place. But there are some of us who were alive in the 80's who might remember that 1988 was also the last time the Mustangs(yes i had to answer that one too) won an NCAA Tournament game. I couldn't tell you, however, the name of anyone on that team or any SMU team since. So SMU goes with Larry Brown to try and attract first rate recruits to Dallas(admit it some of you were still asking "Where is SMU?"). The last time Larry Brown was relevant in coaching was in 2005 when he coached the Detroit Pistons to the NBA finals. The high school players he will be trying to recruit were 11 years old or younger at that time and many of them living in Texas or surrounding states. I think it's safe to say that not one of them was aware who the coach of the Pistons was in 2005. The point being that the name Larry Brown no longer has the appeal it once did long ago in the college game, ESPECIALLY at a school which has been so bad at basketball for so long.
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