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Shane S.

Encino, CA


Tutor for Excellence in Math and Science

Background check passed as of 10/17/16
5.0 average from 15 ratings
— Sandy, Glendale, CA on 10/29/16

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California Institute of Technology


California Institute of Technology (Mathematics)

About Shane

I am a recent graduate from Caltech, where I studied mathematics. My interests range from the sciences to humanities, focusing especially on math, physics, and philosophy. I am currently focusing on research, and attending a graduate program for a PhD in mathematics.

I have been tutoring for 9 years now, and I've had the pleasure of working with many students of different levels. Most of my students are high-school and college students. The subjects I specialize in tutoring are mathematics and sciences, ranging from classroom help, to preparation for standardized testing, or even competitions. This includes AP level classes, SAT, ACT, college application prep, college level intro and advanced classes, as well as competitions such as AMC or AIME.

I really enjoy tutoring, and I try my best to get to know my students. I have a friendly but thorough approach to teaching. I focus on finding the weakest points of knowledge in every student, and working on solidifying that knowledge. I emphasize problem solving skills by working through many examples, and encouraging visualization of the problems at hand. My goal is to bring students to a level of understanding that will make them succeed and inspire them with confidence.

In high-school I performed very highly in mathematics competitions such as the international mathematics olympiad, and then I moved to studying mathematics in college. At Caltech, I took many advanced classes in all core subjects of mathematics as well as special topics, and performed highly on the Putnam exam. During this time, I helped teach a class preparing other students for this sort of competitions. Ever since then, I've enjoyed teaching and tutoring students that are passionate about learning or making progress in math and science. After many years of experience, I have developed a very strong understanding of different curricula that students are exposed to, and I've learned to help them avoid the various pitfalls they may encounter.

I look forward to hearing from you, whether it is to schedule a lesson or to answer any questions you might have.
I am a recent graduate from Caltech, where I studied mathematics. My interests range from the sciences to humanities, focusing especially on math, physics, and Read more

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Travels within 28 miles of Encino, CA 91316
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- Sandy, Glendale, CA on 10/29/16

"Explained topic clearly."

- Pamela, Chatsworth, CA on 10/27/16
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations,
Discrete Math,
Econometrics, Elementary Math, Finite Math,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
ACT Science, Astronomy, Biology, Biostatistics, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics, Psychology
Art History, Art Theory
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GMAT, GRE, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Mathematica, MATLAB
Italian, TOEFL
European History, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Economics, GMAT, GRE

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Differential Equations

I took a differential equations class my freshman year in college and got fascinated by the subject. Afterwards I took two advanced classes in this topic and became familiar with the relevant literature and methodology. I have helped numerous college students prepare for this class.

Discrete Math

I have taken 5 discrete mathematics classes in my undergraduate program, one was intermediate and the others were advanced. I have always had a passion for combinatorics and I am familiar even with current research in most discrete math fields. Not only have I studied this subject for a long time, but I have also taught students at the college level with great success.

Finite Math

Finite math is a subject I fell in love with since the first time I was exposed to it in a summer camp. I studied it in college, and even proceeded to do research in this field. I have experience tutoring students in both beginning and advanced finite math classes.

Linear Algebra

Linear algebra has always been one of my favorite subjects to tutor. I took two advanced linear algebra courses as an undergraduate but I've continued to tutor students at the college level in this subject for a long time now. I have experience teaching through different curricula and through different textbooks.

California Institute of Technology


California Institute of Technology (Mathematics)

Brilliant! — Shane is very nice and patient, and he is very smart! He always shows me the way or tricks to deal with complicated problems. I know he is very busy, but he still always tries his best to fit my schedule. I would definitely recommend him ! ...

— Sandy, Glendale, CA on 10/29/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $75.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Shane will travel within 28 miles of Encino, CA 91316.