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Angel M.

Oxnard, CA

$30/hour

Ventura College Undergrad for Math and Physics Tutoring

5+ Hours
3.0 average from 2 ratings

$30/Hour


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Ventura College
Physics

Education

Ventura College (Physics)

About Angel

The ability to approach a problem through different methods is the key for success in any math-based subject. During the two years and a half that I've tutored as a volunteer at my community college (under a MESA program), I learned a lot from the inquiries that college students had and, as a consequence, from my mistakes as well. I realized that the processes taught by their professors more frequently confused most of the students in science classes--such as physics, math, and chemistry. As an inexperienced tutor back in those days, I tried my best to make them understand or in the critical cases to memorize those processes. However, as I gained experience as a student myself and passed through those moments, I came to the conclusion that sometimes more complex problems need the student to employ his own tools to approach a problem. From that moment on, I implemented my own methods and those from other students to attempt different paths to solve problems. To my surprise, this new way of tutoring was very efficient because it increased the capacity of other students to tackle problems by themselves, and that is my ultimate goal as a tutor. In other words, my role as a tutor consists in picking up the ideas that students developed in the process of solving a problem and to try to arrange them in a way that they are able to see how powerful their own ideas are to solve problems. This as well, makes them feel exited and gives them the sensation that they always had the answer, but they couldn't see it. Thus, they develop this inspirational motor or engine that allows them to keep on trying till they reach a solution. To summarize, my technique as a tutor has been efficient because students get to use their own ideas to develop their own source of inspiration and continue tackling problems from their own perspective that will allow them to identify their mistakes efficiently.

I currently tutor calculus-based physics (mechanics, electricity and electromagnetism, optics, heat, and part of Modern Physics) single and multivariable calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, as well as college algebra—among other related subjects. I identify three different aspects to teach, and they depend on the type of problem being solved. To begin with, problems in math and physics could range from practical to theoretical problems. Practical problems usually vary from pure simple mechanical to complex puzzling problems, and theoretical problems are always puzzling and challenging. For the problems that are simple, like finding the value of an unknown from an equation, the processes followed to achieve the answer follow the same algebraic rules—which limits the amount of work a student needs to do when trying to figure out how to approach a problem. However, when dealing with more complex problems like proofs or applications, students need more background knowledge of the situation before attempting any approach. Finally, for theoretical problems, students need to have a good domain over the two aspects I mentioned before.
The ability to approach a problem through different methods is the key for success in any math-based subject. During the two years and a half that I've tutored as a volunteer at my community college (under a MESA program), I learned a lot from the inquiries that college students had and, as a consequence, from my mistakes as well. I realized that Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Oxnard, CA 93035
Background Check: Passed
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Differential Equations, Elementary Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Trigonometry
Science:
Chemistry, Physics
Language:
Spanish
Special Needs:
Elementary Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 2

I've tutored algebra for about 2 years and a half under a MESA program at Ventura College. I've tutored high school and college students. What I've found really helpful when tutoring students in algebra is to show them the shortcuts they can take to simplify operations in the process of finding an answer.

Calculus

I have tutored all calculus series at the MESA center at Ventura College for about 2 years. I tutored college students that struggled to either understand the graphical meaning of the mathematical expressions or the mathematical reasoning of every method behind any problem being solved. I have taken all calculus series at a college level and got A's in all of them. I emphasize a lot the connection between a mathematical expression and its graphical representation because calculus can only be understood entirely when both of these aspects are mastered.

Physics

I've tutored calculus-based physics (including mechanics, electricity and electromagnetism, optics, heat, and modern physics) for about two years. I regularly tutored sophomore college students that were struggling with the understanding of the main concepts underlying a problem. I personally learned that, in order to achieve a great understanding of the physical concepts surrounding a problem, you need to play with the math tools that you have under your control and arrange them using your common physical sense. That common physical sense, everyone has it, but it needs to be addressed by a mentor who has passed through the process by himself.

Ventura College
Physics

Education

Ventura College (Physics)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Angel will travel within 10 miles of Oxnard, CA 93035.