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Gil Z.

MIT Grad with "No Fear" Approach to Technical Topics

MIT Grad with "No Fear" Approach to Technical Topics

$250/hour

  • 760 hours tutoring

  • Oakland, CA 94610

"Perfection"

Catherine, 4 lessons with Gil

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About Gil


Bio

** June 2017 Update: Please note that I presently work largely with students seeking extracurricular or advanced instruction in programming, robotics, and mathematics. I work with other students on a case-by-case basis. ** It's much harder to learn something when you don't care about the topic. That's why I've always approached learning as two step process. The first step is getting to the "hmm!" moment -- that moment when you realize that the particular topic you're studying really does m...

** June 2017 Update: Please note that I presently work largely with students seeking extracurricular or advanced instruction in programming, robotics, and mathematics. I work with other students on a case-by-case basis. **

It's much harder to learn something when you don't care about the topic.

That's why I've always approached learning as two step process.

The first step is getting to the "hmm!" moment -- that moment when you realize that the particular topic you're studying really does matter. It has applications in the real world. It's useful. Your interest is piqued.

The second step is getting to the "aha!" moment -- the moment when you've broken down a topic into its individual, understandable pieces and can put them all together to solve the problem you've been working on.

I do my best to go through both steps with my students. You can't force passion and enthusiasm, but you can develop it when you have a better idea of how the topic you're studying applies to the real world.

I focus on technical topics (math, biology, chemistry, physics, and economics), and I especially enjoy teaching hands-on topics that aren't covered in most high school curricula, including electronics (Arduino) and programming (Scratch, for younger students; Python, for those just coming in to programming; and Objective C -- for making iPhone and iOS apps in general -- for more advanced learners). I prefer to work with students from middle school through high school, but I'm happy to work with students outside this range on a case-by-case basis.

In my spare time, I've taught electronics and Arduino at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire, at the Exploratorium's Open Make, and at the Crucible in Oakland. I co-founded and help run Workshop Weekend, a Bay Area weekend program designed to give kids and young adults hands-on experience in topics not typically covered in schools, with workshops ranging from robot building to cheesemaking, and from wearable electronics to 3D printing!


Education

M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
undergrad

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $250
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 14 miles of Oakland, CA 94610
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 1/27/2015

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

Schedule

Gil hasn’t set a schedule.


Subjects

Business

Marketing,

Marketing

In college, I took undergraduate-level courses focused purely on marketing, including "Marketing Management" and "People and Organizations;" these gave me a solid footing in the fundamentals from both an applied as well as a theoretical point of view. I later took several graduate-level MBA courses, such as "New Enterprises," which focused strongly on applying marketing techniques.
Macroeconomics, Microeconomics

Computer

Computer Programming,

Computer Programming

I've been programming since middle school, when I was introduced to "Scheme" through a summer program. I worked through JavaScript in high school, and moved on to study Java formally in college. Since then, I've expanded my toolkit to include C, PHP, and Python. In a formal setting, I've taught basic C for Arduino programming through Workshop Weekend and the Crucible in Oakland. Programming is fun -- it doesn't matter what language you get started in; all that matters is that you're working on a project that deeply interests you!
HTML, Java

Corporate Training

Chinese,

Chinese

I studied Chinese for two years in college. After the first year, I began to lose interest in the textbooks we were using to study, and I decided to supplement my classes on my own. I went on a buying binge, purchasing my favorite films and young adult novels dubbed and translated into Chinese and having them shipped to my dorm room! Chinese is a difficult language, but things will go much faster and be less painful if you have source material that's fun and that you're interested in. I'm happy to work with you to find interesting source material and to help you work through it! I spent a year living in Beijing after college, where I solidified my speaking and reading abilities.
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, HTML, Java, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Spanish

Elementary Education

Elementary Math, Grammar, Vocabulary

English

English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary

Homeschool

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Spanish

Language

Chinese,

Chinese

I studied Chinese for two years in college. After the first year, I began to lose interest in the textbooks we were using to study, and I decided to supplement my classes on my own. I went on a buying binge, purchasing my favorite films and young adult novels dubbed and translated into Chinese and having them shipped to my dorm room! Chinese is a difficult language, but things will go much faster and be less painful if you have source material that's fun and that you're interested in. I'm happy to work with you to find interesting source material and to help you work through it! I spent a year living in Beijing after college, where I solidified my speaking and reading abilities.
ESL/ESOL, Romanian, Spanish

Math

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry

Most Popular

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Spanish

Other

Marketing,

Marketing

In college, I took undergraduate-level courses focused purely on marketing, including "Marketing Management" and "People and Organizations;" these gave me a solid footing in the fundamentals from both an applied as well as a theoretical point of view. I later took several graduate-level MBA courses, such as "New Enterprises," which focused strongly on applying marketing techniques.
ESL/ESOL, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics

Science

Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Summer

Chinese,

Chinese

I studied Chinese for two years in college. After the first year, I began to lose interest in the textbooks we were using to study, and I decided to supplement my classes on my own. I went on a buying binge, purchasing my favorite films and young adult novels dubbed and translated into Chinese and having them shipped to my dorm room! Chinese is a difficult language, but things will go much faster and be less painful if you have source material that's fun and that you're interested in. I'm happy to work with you to find interesting source material and to help you work through it! I spent a year living in Beijing after college, where I solidified my speaking and reading abilities.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Physics, SAT Math, Spanish

Test Preparation

PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Excellent

Best tutor we have ever had! My son felt they worked really well together. Very professional. Looking forward to working with Gil weekly.

Parker, 2 lessons with Gil

This Guy De-codes the Frustration of Coding

Coding truly challenges me. As an MFA student, I am swamped with thesis work. The lack my professors have with expert, specific coding knowledge was keeping me awake at night. I was extremely stressed. Gil took my objective and leveled all the challenges to something I understood and can apply again. And not just how the code works, but why. If you are a student of coding (or know one), do yourself a favor: have Gil guide the way. You will wish you had done so long ago!!

Stephen, 1 lesson with Gil

One of the kindest, most patient, people we have ever met- ever.

Gil is one of the kindest, most patient, people we have ever met- ever. He is thorough, caring, easy going and just an absolute wonderful tutor. We sincerely could not be more pleased. Jon is finding him very helpful and is feeling more and more confident with each lesson. He thinks he is easy to understand, starts at the beginning of a concept and successfully takes him to the end, all along the way making sure that Jon understands everything thoroughly. We are very much looking forward to working with Gil, first to pass the CHSPE exam in March and then move on to SAT tutoring if he will continue on with us.

Kristin, 9 lessons with Gil

We've had a great experience

Gil's help for my son with his Honors Pre-Calc class has made all the difference! He explains things so clearly, patiently, and thoroughly...and has also made the sessions enjoyable.

Jane, 16 lessons with Gil

Reduced my stress significantly

Gil worked with me on a project that was detailed and complicated for me. Start to finish he was excellent. He was responsive, patient, thorough knowledgeable and kind. Made what felt overwhelming doable. I'm much less stressed and ready.

Constance, 2 lessons with Gil

Knowledgeable and super helpful!

Gil lead me through a bunch of code he wasn't familiar with. Also helped with IDE shortcuts and tips on how to best debug code.

Jill, 2 lessons with Gil

Gil has a systematic teaching method that walks you through the topics very nicely and effectively.

Gil teaches me logics and principles of multiple programming languages and he connects the languages through logics and usages. He teaches me how to write and understand programming codes composed with multiple programming languages that with different functionalities for each. The programs have complicated architectures but Gil was able to spot the interconnections straight away. He is a great tutor.

Xiaowen, 3 lessons with Gil

Great tutor

Gil met with my 14 y.o. daughter for two hours to help her learn computer coding. He was really nice and seemed knowledgeable. My daughter enjoyed the lesson and was excited about what she had learned.

Juliet, 19 lessons with Gil

Terrific Tutor

Gil has been a terrific tutor for our son for both high school chemistry and math. He's been very reliable and our son has been very happy with Gil's all around teaching skills.

Steve, 33 lessons with Gil

$250/hour

Gil Z.

$250/hour

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