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Eric C.

Burbank, CA

$65/hour

Engineer, Surfer Dude, Football Player, USC Alum, Math Aficionado

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Background check passed as of 1/25/16
5.0 average from 53 ratings
So smart and amazing tutor
— Sabrina, Beverly Hills, CA on 9/30/16

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University of Southern California
Biomedical Engineer

Education

University of Southern California (Biomedical Engineer)

About Eric

A bit about me:

I began tutoring math as a freshman in high school as I've always had a gift with numbers. I would mostly be called upon to help my classmates with homework, but as my reputation as a math tutor grew across campus I became the go-to guy for all grade levels.

I went to USC to study Biomedical Engineering, and it is here that I started tutoring professionally. I joined multiple tutoring organizations with a variety of student populations in the LA area from kindergarten up to high school. Though I was mostly called upon to teach Calculus and Trig, I am proficient in every math level from Pre-Algebra up to Calculus II.

How I like to teach:

I approach tutoring with the idea that memorization is not the way to learn. Over the decade or so that I've been tutoring I've found that I really can't teach memorization. Instead, I teach my students how to draw numerous conclusions from a very small pool of baseline facts.

As someone who has tried the "cram and regurgitate" approach to academics, I can tell you firsthand that the methodology does not work. The amount of information required to get through trig and calculus can seem overwhelming, but I can show you how to learn all of it by understanding a few basic principles.

Though I generally stick to my method of teaching, I've had to tailor my approach to different students based on how their minds see things. This was the hardest thing for me when beginning my teaching career; not every student thinks like I do. Being able to rephrase and restructure my lessons to make them more understandable for particular students is one of the great strengths of my tutoring abilities.

My schedule:

Beginning July 18th, 2016 I will be on 2nd Shift at work, which is from 1pm - 11pm, Mon - Thurs. As such, I will be free between 8am and 12:30pm Mon-Thurs, and all day Friday-Sunday, though I may be out of town on weekends.

With my decade of experience tutoring for numerous different organizations and a degree in Biomedical Engineering to back up my abilities, I'm the tutor you want to go to when in need of any kind of math help.
A bit about me:

I began tutoring math as a freshman in high school as I've always had a gift with numbers. I would mostly be called upon to help my classmates with homework, but as my reputation as a math tutor grew across campus I became the go-to guy for all grade levels.
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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Burbank, CA 91505
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"So smart and amazing tutor"

- Sabrina, Beverly Hills, CA on 9/30/16

"Very Satisfied!"

- Alexa, Studio City, CA on 9/26/16

"Knowledgeable Tutor"

- Craig, Glendale, CA on 8/29/16

"Patient and knowledgeable"

- Adrienne, West Hollywood, CA on 3/15/16

"Very Personable"

- Kim, North Hollywood, CA on 3/3/16

"Patient, and knowledgeable"

- Brian, North Hollywood, CA on 3/2/16

"Excellent Tutor"

- Nick, Northridge, CA on 12/2/15
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus,
Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus,
SAT Math, Trigonometry
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, SAT Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math

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Calculus

Nobody ever truly mastered Algebra until they took Calculus.

What I have found over the years of teaching this subject is that Calculus is actually incredibly easy; it's the Algebra that gives students nightmares. Calc is nothing more than highly advanced Algebra with two powerful new operators introduced: the derivative and the integral. Most of the time these operators make algebraic expressions very difficult to manage, even though on their own they are generally easy to execute. When I teach this subject to my students I try to point out that a 10-step Calculus problem is usually 4 steps of prep, 1 step of Calculus, and 5 steps of cleaning up. Since everyone who has taken Calc knows Algebra, this approach tends to give them a lot more confidence in their abilities. When I teach Calculus I focus on showing students the most efficient way of tackling seemingly impossible problems with just a little bit of strategic algebraic manipulation. This makes those very messy problems clean up very nicely afterward.

Precalculus

If there were ever a course that drives the point home that "You must learn it the hard way in order to appreciate the easy way," it'd be Pre-Calculus. The Algebra involved in Pre-Calc is incredibly daunting, and when you're first introduced to limits (most importantly, a function's behavior at infinity), it'll likely blow your mind. This course will give you a full year to refine and polish your algebra skills to prep you for calculus, and I will be an incredible help for some of the confusing functions you'll come across. I'll also be able to show you why you're learning the subject at hand and how it'll apply when you jump into calculus as well.

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is my favorite subject to teach, because as an engineer, I love being able to approach a problem from 3 or 4 different angles and arrive at the same conclusion. With Trig, you're able to do just that. If the definition of sine from a right triangle isn't useful for solving a problem, maybe the graph of the sine wave is; if that's not useful, maybe the unit circle will make life easier. Trig is essentially a gigantic toolbox for solving problems, but for many students it's incredibly disorganized and they don't realize when to use one tool or the other efficiently. Everyone knows that a large wrench can double as a hammer but it's not exactly an ideal tool for putting a nail in a wall, so it'll make the job harder than it needs to be. I like to teach this subject with a concept-based approach in order to limit the memorization required as much as possible, and leave students with a very organized toolbox.

University of Southern California
Biomedical Engineer

Education

University of Southern California (Biomedical Engineer)

So smart and amazing tutor — He taught me everything i should have learned in 2 weeks of my precalculus class all in 2 hours! he knows every trick there is to make math easier and is so good at explaining things, patient when you want him to go over something again. Just a great tutor!! highly recommend! ...

— Sabrina, Beverly Hills, CA on 9/30/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Eric will travel within 10 miles of Burbank, CA 91505.