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MIT (Chemical Engineering)
I am a MIT graduate, and have been a math tutor/teacher for the last 16 years. I have taught or tutored all levels through Calculus BC -High school, middle school and college. My experience includes being a faculty math teacher at the NOTRE DAME ACADEMY (High School), a home-school tutor in math/honor Chemistry through the LAUREL SPRINGS program, an instructor for the JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY/SYLVAN AIIY program for gifted children, a teacher at MULHOLLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL, an instructor for PRINCETON REVIEW & COMPASS EDUCATION, as well as being a in-home math tutor for numerous students from Harvard-Westlake, Marlborough, Windward, Campbell Hall, Beverly Hills High,
I am very good at focusing on the particular needs of each individual student.
I am patient, relaxed and truly enjoy this work. In addition to my engineering degree, I also come from 2 previous generations of world class science/math academics from both sides of my family (My dad was a MIT professor).
Also having been a professional actor during this entire time, being an educator in math/science has turned out to be a most rewarding and satisfying parallel career, especially given my background. I also believe that my acting background has helped me immensely in relating to kids both challenged and gifted in math.
Here are samples of what parents and students have written about me:
-"Tohoru has an amazing way of connecting with both of my kids, He has made math more understandable and has certainly taken away the apprehension. He is so patient and really makes each session effective and enjoyable. Nick is doing noticeably better in Math and most importantly doesn't fear or hate it anymore. (Parent)
-"They look forward to it because they enjoy him and his style...Tohoru has a great sense of humor, is kind and makes learning easy. He speaks to the boys on their level but never speaks down to them. He gives them the respect they need and in turn has earned theirs. (Parent)
-“He gave her the tools and strategies to cope with the format of the test itself, and simultaneously fine tuned her math skills, allowing her to progress to even higher levels of mathematic understanding and achievement then we had thought possible.”(Parent)
-“Tohoru has an excellent way of relating to young people. His upbeat personality helped to make the process fun, and quite frankly, that is a miracle.” (parent)
-"He makes it fun and easier to understand. He's patient. I really like him a lot. Whenever I need extra help before a test I just text him and he always finds time to help me." (Student)
-"I have had several other math tutors before Tohoru and none of them have helped me as much. I couldn't survived math without him!" (Student)
-“I would recommend Tohoru without reservation”
-“You have helped so much in two hours- it’s really wonderful. My son has been so impressed with how you observed and knew right away the steps he was missing or performing incorrectly. It’s such a relief to him. Just sorry we didn’t find you sooner- would have saved us a lot of worry.” I am a MIT graduate, and have been a math tutor/teacher for the last 16 years. I have taught or tutored all levels through Calculus BC -High school, middle school and college. My experience includes being a faculty math teacher at the… Read more
Tohoru's teaching helped our son get through Geometry! We are looking forward to working with him again next year for Algebra 2. Thank you.
Thank you so much for an amazing year! Tohoru tutored my daughter in Algebra 2 and Chemistry and her grades improved drastically over the course of tutoring. He is always very patient and fun, and my daughter enjoyed being tutored, even in subjects that were not her favorite. He is very good at returning emails and phone calls and always makes time before a test or final for some extra tutoring. We will definitely continue having Tohoru as a tutor for the rest of her math classes, as well as help on SAT math. Thank you again!
Tohoru was able to identify the problem areas and helped get my child get up to speed very effectively. He works with a quiet focus, engaged my child well, and was patient in working toward their goals. He did a great job in preparing my child to successfully pass the course material and move on to the next level. We are very grateful for his help!
Tohoru is very patient and insightful. He was easy to contact and very enjoyable to work with. He made himself available for follow up questions after our session had ended. Tohoru has a very upbeat attitude and i would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to fine tune his or her math skills. Great experience!!
My son has taken the AP exam with confidence today. I don't know the result yet but I'm pretty sure that he did it well. Only three weeks ago, his prep for the AP test was poor. Then I contacted Tohoru and he gave me a quick response and came to save us. After a couple of lessons, my son was totally turned around. Tohoru is great tutor. He is patient and precise. My son respects him because of Tohoru's deep knowledge in math-science field. We are very happy to meet him. Thank you!
I called Tohoru in a panic with two weeks to prepare for my GRE. After 20 years since studying math, Tohoru helped me to quickly grasp the concepts needed to succeed in my exam. He was very patient and always made sure I truly understood each problem before moving on - often offering alternative solutions for reaching the answer when the first route was hard to grasp. Tohoru was very personable and made each session fun and interesting. I passed the exam and was accepted into Graduate School!
I am a returning student. I live in Greensboro N.C. and I was traveling for the entire week of the thanksgiving break, to see family members in Glendale, California. I am taking a pre-calculus class; my class was beginning a new chapter in the text, and unfortunately for me I would be missing two classes. Being able to meet with a wonderful tutor like him in California worked out perfectly. He was an exceptionally patient tutor; he explained the theory behind the math, and was a great help to me. On my return back to school; I discovered that I was a section ahead of the rest of the students and had a better understanding of the chapter overall. Thank you.
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I have taught and tutored in Algebra 1 for many years with great success.
Have taught/tutored college-level calculus as well as on the high school level through calculus BC.
I received a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from MIT. I come from 2 generations of chemists, so passing on the knowledge is something which comes naturally and brings me great pleasure. I have tutored the subject from the intro to the AP level for over a decade.
I taught geometry and honors geometry for several years at the Notre Dame Academy in Los Angeles. I have also home-schooled (Laurel Springs and University of Oklahoma programs) and tutored several students in this subject since 1998
I taught pre-algebra at Mulholland Middle School in Van Nuys. I have also taught pre-algebra for the Johns Hopkins AIIY program for gifted youth. I have also taught this subject for several other program, as well as having tutored in the subject since 1994.
I taught pre-calculus at Notre Dame Academy for several years. I have tutored and home-schooled (Laurel Springs and University of Oklahoma programs) in this subject since 1998.
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