Over 400 tutoring hours

Charles T.

Alameda, CA


Creative Math - ADHD Students

Background check passed as of 1/20/15
4.9 average from 98 ratings
Learned a lot!
— Matt, Alameda, CA on 12/1/16


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University of Florida
Economics Math
Cal State East Bay


University of Florida (Economics Math)

Cal State East Bay (Master's)

About Charles

When I began tutoring a few years ago, I firmly believed that anyone could do well in mathematics, all the way through Calculus, provided you are relatively fluent in a few formulas and make time for regular problem sets. My experience over that time has only confirmed my suspicions, and its has been a great pleasure to work with many of my students. I have always found joy in getting to the point of a big concept and keeping the focus on the purposeful real-world applications that many of my students' math problems lead to. I think that is why I have been so successful at connecting with a variety of students, and why they have enjoyed working with me. We all agree that math can become boring, but that it really does not have to be.

There are no boring subjects, only boring people. I finished a Master's in Statistics two years ago at CSUEB and work on Finance research and Data Science projects when not tutoring. They are very exciting spaces to be in right now due the new explosive capabilities in stats online and allow for an enormous amount of new discovery. Having previously been an honor student in math, I had to do my fair share of brushing up when going back to school, but still did exceptionally well. Compound that with being an ADHD student my entire academic career, and I feel I have a human element to me that makes me a very understanding academic coach. I have now had success working with students in middle school, high school, and college students. I have also worked with older students returning to school after years away. I have worked with top level advanced students seeking a deeper understanding as well as struggling and ADHD students. As an ADHD myself, I am personally very passionate about working with this group. I have developed several behavioral skillsets that work great for us ADHD creative geniuses. ADHD is not a learning disorder. When not acknowledged, it can definitely hold you back, but once you are conscious of how it affects your short term learning processes, it becomes an enormous asset and unlocks huge visual and creative capabilities.

My teaching is very conversational and interactive. Philosophically, I view tutoring as an interactive coaching experience. I focus on intimate discussions of conceptual learning as well as problem solving and test taking behaviors. These are the very things that a lecture or class cannot shove down a student's throat, yet are vital to long term success. I have gone through training at one of the top corporate test prep companies, and know their standards well, but this is not the right approach to education. Tutors need to have a more holistic view of the individual they are focusing on. We need to breed conceptual independent thinking, creativity, and confidence. These good habits will stick an entire academic career.

If you share a similar outlook to education, please contact me to see if I can help. My first sessions are a team effort with both students and parents, and help lay the groundwork for fundamental success. I keep in regular touch with parents on feedback and give deep explanations of what is going on.

Kind regards and good luck!

Charles T.

When I began tutoring a few years ago, I firmly believed that anyone could do well in mathematics, all the way through Calculus, provided you are relatively fluent in a few formulas and make time for regular problem sets. Read more

24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Alameda, CA 94501
Background Check: Passed

"Learned a lot!"

- Matt, Alameda, CA on 12/1/16

"Very patient tutor"

- Liane, Berkeley, CA on 2/8/16

"Great tutor for my middle school son"

- Tina, Alameda, CA on 10/6/15

"Charles is passionate about tutoring. His awareness of ADHD makes him invaluable to our son right now."

- Kathleen, Berkeley, CA on 8/10/15

"Very highly qualified and patient."

- Devin, Berkeley, CA on 7/28/15
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
ACT Science
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, PSAT, SAT Math, Series 7, SSAT
American History, European History, Government & Politics, Political Science
Special Needs:
Dyslexia, Phonics
Elementary Education:

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I have focused my tutoring practice on ADHD students for the past 3 years, and it is currently about 60% of my regular students. I myself am an academically successful ADHD student and this is a very passionate and personal area for me. I know what it is like to struggle, and I know all the series of paths that students need to take to succeed. Years ago, I began working with Sarkis Family Psychiatry who have been leaders in teaching people what it really means to be ADHD and how to be conscious of it. They have written many best selling books and many of their methods do not require medication. ADHD is no disorder at all, merely a different way of learning/thinking. If not focused on, it can definitely hold a student back, but once unlocked its a great asset. I help students build simple, consistent routines. I teach them to pace study sessions to maximize focus. I also point out just how creative and visual they are and how that is an enormous asset. This all leads to increased consistency and confidence. 80% of my ADHD students see significant improvement in school performance.

University of Florida
Economics Math
Cal State East Bay


University of Florida (Economics Math)

Cal State East Bay (Master's)

Learned a lot! — We went over Linear/nonlinear convergent divergent series and infinite sums etc... Equations of circles parabolas and hyperabolas. Note, Charles is very good at explaining things like asymptotes for rational function, helps you visualize where they would be on a graph without needing to see the graph, and how to identify common mistakes people make, not just for the previously mentioned but for ...

— Matt, Alameda, CA on 12/1/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $100.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Charles will travel within 30 miles of Alameda, CA 94501.