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Eric C.

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

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

$90/hour

  • 480 hours tutoring

About Eric


Bio

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....

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.

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.


Education

University of Southern California
Biomedical Engineer

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Homeschool

Calculus,

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,

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.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra

Math

Calculus,

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,

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

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.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra

Most Popular

Calculus,

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,

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.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra

Summer

Calculus,

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.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry

Examples of Expertise


Eric has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 209 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Eric has been helpful for months

My 14 year-old daughter has been working with Eric for months to improve her understanding of pre-Calc. Her grades are improving and so is her confidence. Eric has been able to explain the subject matter in a way that she can understand which is quite different than how her school teacher approaches the subject.

Toni, 13 lessons with Eric

Honors Pre Calc - He knows his stuff

Eric is really good at explaining concepts and making it resonate with my son for his Honors Pre Calculus class. He knows the material inside and out and has a good way to make it simple for my son to understand. Very easy going and easy to work with from a scheduling perspective.

Ki, 14 lessons with Eric

Fantastic Tutor

My son was getting a D in Algebra 2, and within 3 weeks, after taking a chapter exam and final exam, his grade went up to a solid C. Eric was amazing at teaching and helping my son understand. We are so grateful for all of his help and will continue to have him tutor in the next semester.

Theresa, 2 lessons with Eric

Excellent tutor

Eric really is the best. Thankful we found him. Knowledgeable, patient and encouraging. My son is already doing better in Algebra after only two sessions. We are very happy and will continue to use Eric.

Tenea, 11 lessons with Eric

Responsive and knowledgeable

Eric responded to last minute request to tutor my son in Calculus. Was able to meet up same day within a couple of hrs. Went over concepts, was patient, checked that son understood before moving on. Did not waste time, went straight to tutoring. Gave encouragement. I would definitely hire him again.

Lianne, 1 lesson with Eric

Knowledgeable and engaging

Eric is tutoring our son in PreCalculus, in the first session he covered concepts in trigonometry, reviewed his previous quizzes and instructed him on how to do problems he had gotten incorrect previously. He kept him engaged, actively participating and eager to learn more. Looking forward to his next session.

Marcy, 7 lessons with Eric

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

Eric, is really knowledgeable in Calculus and made sure that my daughter understood the content and was able to follow. If needed he went over the question until she understood the content. He was also very clear in how he explained the concepts and made sure that she was comfortable with how to answer the question herself.

Celeste, 4 lessons with Eric

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

Eric was on time, so patient, and knew exactly how to answer each of my daughter’s questions. I am so happy to have connected with him. I definitely would reach out to him again for future sessions!

Youn, 1 lesson with Eric

Initial tutoring session with a knowledgable and patient tutor

Eric worked with my son mostly on graphing parabolas and he found it very helpful. My son will have work completed for review in the next session so that he can leverage Eric's knowledge to help him master the material.

Dori, 2 lessons with Eric
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Response time: 41 minutes