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Brian D.

Fairfield, CA

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Trig identities
— Brittany, Vacaville, CA on 10/24/16

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University of California, Riverside
Electrical Engineering

Education

University of California, Riverside (Electrical Engineering)

About Brian

Hello,

My name is Brian and I graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. I have taken pretty much every core math class from Algebra to Vector Calculus. I have always excelled in math and during high school I found that I am also pretty good a teaching it to others.

I have been a tutor on this site for almost 2 years now. I have helped students at all levels, but a majority of my students have been in high school or college. I tutored a bit in high school, mainly to help out friends and friends' siblings whenever it was needed. I helped classmates when they did not understand certain concepts in our math classes. I have helped many students raise their grades, but one that I will always remember is when I tutored a friend's younger brother for about a year and a half, in Geometry and Algebra 2. His parents asked if I could help him because he was struggling in geometry and we succeeded in raising his grade from a D on his first progress report to a B on his first report card. Then to an A on his second report card. Due to the immense progress that he made, his parents asked me to help him the following year in Algebra 2. I did not tutor very much during college, but I did help my younger sister, who was in high school, in Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus. Even though she is now in college, she still calls or texts me when she needs some help in a math related subject.

In my personal opinion, practice really does make perfect when it comes to math because it is a subject that is easiest to learn and understand through repetition. Because of this, I will not simply do your homework for you. I help walk the student through the steps that need to be taken to solve a problem, and if necessary I try to make up problems on the spot to ensure that the student really understands the process. I truly think that people can learn anything, it is simply a matter of how much time and effort is put in. School can be difficult for some, but having concepts explained from a different point of view can make it much easier and less stressful.

Thank you for your interest!
-Brian
Hello,

My name is Brian and I graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. I have taken pretty much every core math class from Algebra to Vector Calculus. I have always excelled in math and during high school I found that I am also pretty good a teaching it to others.

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Travels within 10 miles of Fairfield, CA 94534
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In-person lessons

"Trig identities"

- Brittany, Vacaville, CA on 10/24/16

"It's working"

- TREVOR, Vacaville, CA on 3/12/16

"Very flexible and responsive"

- Pam, Temecula, CA on 1/14/16

"Patient Tutor"

- Lisa, Fairfield, CA on 10/25/15

"Great tutor!"

- Kathy, Fairfield, CA on 4/18/14
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Differential Equations,
Elementary Math, Geometry,
Prealgebra, Precalculus,
SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
Chemistry
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
GED, SAT Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math

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Approved subjects

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ACT Math

Although I never took the ACT, I feel that I am pretty strong in the areas of math that it covers. Pre-algebra, algebra 1 and 2 and geometry were all classes that I took in middle school and high school. I received A's in every class. Like I said in my profile, I tutored a friend's younger brother in both geometry and algebra 2.

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is the basis of most math. The key concepts from this are used in EVERY other math class that you can take. So it is essential that this subject is understood completely. When I took this class in middle school, I was one of the few people in my class that actually understood it. Many of my friends would ask me for help, and I would help them. Some of them probably would not have passed if it were not for my help.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 can be a tricky subject. I remember when I took it, I felt that it was a much bigger jump in difficulty from Algebra 1 to 2 than from Pre-algebra to Algebra 1. I remember seeing matrices for the first time and having no clue what was going on. However, after a little practice, they became one of my favorite parts of the class. I ended up doing very well in my class, all while helping out just about every single one of my friends that was in my class.

Calculus

Calculus has to be my favorite math class. When taking it in high school I did not completely understand it, but after taking it in college, I fell in love with it. I always helped classmates in my classes when they needed it. I find calculus to be very simple, once it is understood.

Chemistry

Chemistry can be difficult for many people to understand. While I was taking chemistry, I noticed that many people had trouble knowing how to distinguish between the given and necessary information to solve problems. Once it is understood what information is needed to find a solution, chemistry becomes a much easier class to understand.

Differential Equations

The only experience I have with differential equations is from the college class I took. For me, it was one of the easiest math classes I had ever taken. I finished my midterm for the class in 10 minutes and got 100%, and finished the final in 25 minutes. There are basically just simple ways to solve different differential equations and once you understand those ways you can solve any equation given to you.

Geometry

Geometry can be a difficult class for some to visualize. I have about two years of experience tutoring geometry, and after my sessions my students understood the concepts better and in turn got better grades. A majority of geometry is really just knowing which formula to use and once you understand that, everything else just falls into place.

Precalculus

I have found that many people find precalculus a difficult subject. I took the class in high school and did very well. I also spent the past year helping my younger sister through her precalculus class. She was in danger of not passing the class, until my parents suggested she ask me. She finished the class with a B.

University of California, Riverside
Electrical Engineering

Education

University of California, Riverside (Electrical Engineering)

Trig identities

We proved trig identities. Brian uses easy to understand and easily flowing methods. He's very knowledgeable and can even pick out errors which was helpful because I'm quite absent minded at times. Thank you so much!

— Brittany, Vacaville, CA on 10/24/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Brian will travel within 10 miles of Fairfield, CA 94534.