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Caius L.

Mill Valley, CA

$35/hour

Experienced Math Tutor: Calc I-III, Linear Algebra, Precalc, Trig etc.

Background check passed as of 9/23/11
4.9 average from 8 ratings
Very helpful tutor
— Claire, Berkeley, CA on 1/22/15

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UC Berkeley

Education

UC Berkeley

About Caius

Hi, my name is Caius,

I graduated from UC Berkeley six ago and have been working as a math tutor in the SF Bay, Boulder, CO & Orange Co. on and off. Currently I am in Marin County! I offer instruction in all Calculus courses (I-III) to both college and high school students.

A little about me: I've loved math since I was a very young kid, taught and inspired by my mom. I participated in Math Olympiads on the national level in Romania, where I grew up. In high school, by which time I was already living in California, I scored a perfect math SAT score, 5's on both AP Calculus tests, and received an award as math student of the year from my Calculus teacher. During college, I studied conservation and natural history with an emphasis in mathematics, and my math coursework included: Multi-variable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Abstract Algebra, Mathematical Logic, Differential Equations.

A review from a previous student:

"Caius really stepped in for me when I was struggling with a new calculus teacher who had no idea what the course content was herself. He helped explain concepts to me that I had repetitively struggled with before looking for help and is a very patient and extremely intelligent tutor. I was a senior at Berkeley High taking AP Calc last year, and with the help of Caius, I'm now at UC Santa Cruz and have a very strong calculus base. Along with some college credit from the AP course. I highly recommend him as a tutor."
- Sami, student at Berkeley High School
Hi, my name is Caius,

I graduated from UC Berkeley six ago and have been working as a math tutor in the SF Bay, Boulder, CO & Orange Co. on and off. Currently I am in Marin County! I offer instruction in all Calculus courses
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Groups of 2+ are also welcome and encouraged, if you have one or more friends you wish to split the cost with! In general, you would simply split the default hourly rate between everyone.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Mill Valley, CA 94941
Background Check: Passed

"Very helpful tutor"

- Claire, Berkeley, CA on 1/22/15

"Patient and helpful tutor"

- Alison, Corte Madera, CA on 11/10/16
Science:
Chemistry
Test Preparation:
SAT Math
Computer:
DOS, Java
Language:
Romanian

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Algebra 1

High school students depend on the skills they learn in Algebra I throughout the rest of their high school and college career, not only in higher math classes, but in biology, chemistry, physics, etc.

While teaching algebra skills to many different students I have learned various techniques for helping students grasp the ideas and workings of exponents, factoring, how to think about functions, how to become comfortable with fractions etc. I also focus on making sure students understand how all the different skills tie together. It is important for everyone to really have a solid understanding of the material in this class so that they don't trip up on poor algebra skills in higher classes. Algebra really becomes easy when it is explained clearly.

Algebra 2

If you are taking Algebra II chances are you are either taking a college course as a prerequisite for an altogether different major, and mathematics is not your focus, or you (perhaps your daughter/son) are taking a regular high school class.

A majority of the students I've had experience working with over the years have been college students outside a mathematics major and often without too strong of an interest in mathematics but needing to take an algebra, algebra II, or precalculus course as part of their required framework.

I also have extensive experience working with high school students in various grades who are enrolled in the various high school classes such as geometry, algebra II, precalculus, or Calculus AB/BC.

Calculus

I find Calculus to be the most interesting and fun subject for me to teach; I have extensive experience with Calculus I-III (single variable, multivariable, vector calculus, etc.)
Here are some reviews from previous students:

"Caius really stepped in for me when I was struggling with a new calculus teacher who had no idea what the course content was herself. He helped explain concepts to me that I had repetitively struggled with before looking for help and is a very patient and extremely intelligent tutor. I was a senior at Berkeley High taking AP Calc last year, and with the help of Caius, I'm now at UC Santa Cruz and have a very strong calculus base. Along with some college credit from the AP course. I highly recommend him as a tutor."
---Sami

"[Caius's] patience and understanding helps you retain information and do well on your exams. After struggling with my class I started meeting with Caius regularly. Once he explained it to me my grade and my understanding of math improved. I couldn't have succeeded without him!"
---Isaac, Berkeley City College (now at University of California, Santa Barbara)

Geometry

Geometry as we learn it in high school is still surprisingly similar to the way it looked when it was developed by Euclid in ancient times! This is one of the most useful branches of mathematics in everyday life to anyone who likes to work on projects like woodworking, making things at home, etc. And it's all very visual so it doesn't involve too many scary equations.

Geometry is not often included at a course in college, so a majority of the students I have tutored in geometry have been high school students, or sometimes those taking courses through a university online.

Java

Hi,

If you are interested in working with me on understanding the fundamentals of object-oriented computer programming and computer science in the context of learning Java, let me know! I am quite proficient with the key concepts of Java, fairly knowledgeable about .swing and other commonly used libraries, and have delved a little bit into using Java3D for graphics rendering.

My experience is ideally suited to teaching high school students who are taking 1st or 2nd AP computer science, or those relatively new or inexperienced who'd like to learn more.

Linear Algebra

In college I took two classes on linear algebra, which turned out to be one of my favorite topics in mathematics. I have tutored students in this subject before, in the type of class for which linear algebra is paired up with differential equations, as well as in pure linear algebra introductory courses intended for math majors. Let me know if all those vector and matrix operations are starting to crash down over your head, I'd be happy to help you sort it out.

Precalculus

Precalculus is a common course at both the high school and college level. This has been one of the most common subjects that I have tutored; for many students both in high school and college, precalculus will be the highest-level math class they take if they don't choose to / are required to go on to calculus. I have tutored a number of students who wish to transfer from community colleges to a university and need to do well in this course in order to transfer into a particular major; here is a review from one particular student at BCC (Berkeley Community College):

"Caius's patience and understanding helps you retain information and do well on your exams. After struggling with my class I started meeting with Caius regularly. Once he explained it to me my grade and my understanding of math improved. I couldn't have succeeded without him!"
---Isaac, Berkeley City College (transferred to University of California, Santa Barbara)

Romanian

I grew up in Romania and lived there until I was a teenager. I still speak Romanian with my family, and occasionally read in Romanian, and so have retained my fluency. My conversational Romanian and reading Romanian are my strong suits, while writing is somewhat of a weakness that I haven't practiced with much in recent years. The advantage of having me as a tutor is that I am also fluent in English, as it has been my primary language for the last 15 years. Let me know if you are one of those (very) rare people taking up the journey of learning Romanian! I'd be happy to help and my rates are negotiable.

Trigonometry

If you are taking Algebra II/Trigonometry chances are you are either taking a college course as a prerequisite for an altogether different major, and mathematics is not your focus, or you (perhaps your daughter/son) are taking a regular high school class.

A majority of the students I've had experience working with over the years have been college students outside a mathematics major and often without too strong of an interest in mathematics but needing to take an algebra, algebra II, or precalculus course as part of their required framework.

I also have extensive experience working with high school students in various grades who are enrolled in the various high school classes such as geometry, algebra II, precalculus, or Calculus AB/BC.

UC Berkeley

Education

UC Berkeley

Very helpful tutor — Caius helped me to prep for my calculus final, and was very helpful with explanations, managing our time, and working at my speed. I don't think I would have done nearly as well on the final without Caius' help. ...

— Claire, Berkeley, CA on 1/22/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Groups of 2+ are also welcome and encouraged, if you have one or more friends you wish to split the cost with! In general, you would simply split the default hourly rate between everyone.

Travel policy

Caius will travel within 15 miles of Mill Valley, CA 94941.