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Alan W.

Experienced Teacher Ready to Help You Achieve Academic Excellence

Experienced Teacher Ready to Help You Achieve Academic Excellence

$95/hour

  • 145 hours tutoring

  • Palo Alto, CA 94303

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Bio

Hi! I'm enthusiastic about helping young people become outstanding students by assisting with writing skills and tutoring in math and physics. I'm most interested in improving reasoning and communication skills essential for academic success. I prefer to work with families and students who value education; I'm not so interested in assisting someone whose only concern is passing tomorrow's test. A student who insists on simply being told the steps to solve a particular homework problem, who is...

Hi! I'm enthusiastic about helping young people become outstanding students by assisting with writing skills and tutoring in math and physics. I'm most interested in improving reasoning and communication skills essential for academic success. I prefer to work with families and students who value education; I'm not so interested in assisting someone whose only concern is passing tomorrow's test. A student who insists on simply being told the steps to solve a particular homework problem, who is unwilling to take time to understand underlying principles, should choose another tutor.

I have a lifelong interest in education and a track record of academic success including undergraduate work at Reed College and graduate work at Oxford University and U.C. Berkeley (where I received a Ph.D. in Philosophy and an MBA). I have experience teaching college students and assisting my two daughters with middle school and high school courses. I also have excellent standardized test expertise and experience, including authoring test preparation course materials. I received top scores on the SAT (792 verbal, 800 math), and on the GRE and GMAT. I offer coaching that improves thinking skills needed for superlative test performance, such as ability to use shortcuts to find answers instead of performing much more time-consuming calculations.

I prefer working with a limited number of students who are serious about academic excellence. I'm glad to arrange a reduced rate for those with financial constraints.


Education

Reed
Philosophy
UC Berkeley
PhD
UC Berkeley
MBA

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $95
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 15 miles of Palo Alto, CA 94303
  • Lesson cancellation: 4 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 10/1/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

GRE

Computer

C,

C

I have many years of experience programming in C, primarily in Windows and Unix environments. While a grad student at U.C. Berkeley I used C to develop a computer-based system of exercises for improving English writing skills. I later used C to develop simulations of psychological processes. I wrote a popular Windows screensaver (Seascape) in C (using Microsoft C and later Visual C++). I have extensive experience in software development in C and other languages (including Java, Lisp, and SQL) at Sun, HP, and several startups.
Computer Programming,

Computer Programming

I have several years of experience in software development and quality assurance (at Sun, HP, and many startups), including programming in C, C++, Java, SQL, Pascal, and Lisp. I have expertise in many scripting languages, including sh, csh, bash, perl, tcl, expect, javascript, and actionscript. I'm experienced with IDE's including Eclipse, Visual C++, and Flex Builder. I'm the author of a tutorial introduction that shows a beginner how to create a useful time-tracking app.
Java,

Java

I have several years of experience in software development and quality assurance (at Sun, HP, and many startups), including programming in C, C++, Java, SQL, Pascal, and Lisp. I have expertise in many scripting languages, including SH, CSH, Bash, Perl, TCL, Expect, JavaScript, and ActionScript. I'm experienced with IDE's including Eclipse, Visual C++, and Flex Builder. I'm the author of a tutorial introduction to Java.
Linux,

Linux

I have many years of experience with Linux as a user, developer, and system administrator, including 12 years as Test and Tools Architect and then as Director of QA at Dorado/Corelogic. Prior to working with Linux, I had many years of experience with Unix, including 5 years working at Sun doing QA work that involved a lot of scripting and some programming, always working with Sun's version of Unix. I wrote an article on "Varieties of Unix" that was published. (In case any readers don't know it, Linux is an open source operating system so similar to Unix that it is often described as a Unix clone; thus Unix expertise largely translates into Linux expertise. For instance, expertise with bash, a standard Unix shell, carries over directly to Linux, where bash is also standard.)
UNIX

UNIX

I have many years of experience using, administering, and doing development on Unix systems. I began using and doing development on BSD Unix as a grad student at Berkeley. During my 5 years of employment at Sun Microsystems I worked daily with Unix. I have successfully tutored students who needed help with various Unix topics including Unix utilities and shell scripting.

Corporate Training

Java,

Java

I have several years of experience in software development and quality assurance (at Sun, HP, and many startups), including programming in C, C++, Java, SQL, Pascal, and Lisp. I have expertise in many scripting languages, including SH, CSH, Bash, Perl, TCL, Expect, JavaScript, and ActionScript. I'm experienced with IDE's including Eclipse, Visual C++, and Flex Builder. I'm the author of a tutorial introduction to Java.
Grammar, Proofreading, Statistics

Elementary Education

Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

English

English,

English

I'm a skilled writer myself and enjoy helping students with their writing skills. I've had good success helping students who are sufficiently motivated to work on improving their writing. I'm less likely to succeed with (and less eager to work with) students who lack motivation.
Writing,

Writing

I have a lot of experience writing and helping college and high school students improve their writing. I'm the author of a book (Argon Desaki's Report from Earth) and of various articles, especially on topics related to the future of humanity.
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary

History

Philosophy

Homeschool

English,

English

I'm a skilled writer myself and enjoy helping students with their writing skills. I've had good success helping students who are sufficiently motivated to work on improving their writing. I'm less likely to succeed with (and less eager to work with) students who lack motivation.
Writing,

Writing

I have a lot of experience writing and helping college and high school students improve their writing. I'm the author of a book (Argon Desaki's Report from Earth) and of various articles, especially on topics related to the future of humanity.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics

Math

Discrete Math,

Discrete Math

I have many years of experience with application of discrete math in development of computer programs. I have studied and developed algorithms for encryption and many other purposes. I have studied logic and metamathematics at U.C. Berkeley. I have taught logic and set theory at U.C. Berkeley and Cal State University at Chico.
Linear Algebra,

Linear Algebra

As an undergraduate majoring originally in math, I studied standard linear algebra topics such as vector spaces, linear maps, determinants, and eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Later, doing graduate work in business administration at Berkeley, I applied linear algebra in operations research and finance. In tutoring linear algebra and other math subjects, I focus first on making sure the student has the solid understanding of fundamental concepts and theorems needed for success with more advanced work. Generally, I favor a Socratic approach, asking questions or offering hints to help students gain experience solving problems themselves, rather than telling them in detail what to do. I encourage students to take time to be clear about the details of definitions and concepts, rather than simply memorizing theorems and procedures for solving particular problem types. For linear algebra, I find it especially helpful to use realistic examples that reveal the value of studying what otherwise can appear to be elaborate theoretical construction lacking any clear motivation.
Logic,

Logic

I have taught critical thinking courses at CSU Chico and CSU Fresno. These courses included substantial coverage of topics in propositional logic and predicate calculus. I have done tutoring on logic topics for students in discrete math courses. I studied logic as a grad student at Berkeley.
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry

Most Popular

English,

English

I'm a skilled writer myself and enjoy helping students with their writing skills. I've had good success helping students who are sufficiently motivated to work on improving their writing. I'm less likely to succeed with (and less eager to work with) students who lack motivation.
Writing,

Writing

I have a lot of experience writing and helping college and high school students improve their writing. I'm the author of a book (Argon Desaki's Report from Earth) and of various articles, especially on topics related to the future of humanity.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, Statistics

Other

Philosophy

Science

Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics

Summer

Writing,

Writing

I have a lot of experience writing and helping college and high school students improve their writing. I'm the author of a book (Argon Desaki's Report from Earth) and of various articles, especially on topics related to the future of humanity.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Physics, Reading, SAT Math, Statistics

Test Preparation

ACT Math, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

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Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews

Knowledgeable tutor

He helped me understand more about C. He is very willing to help students out in learning code. He is patient and works well with students. He'll answer questions that you may have about coding.

Teri, 1 lesson with Alan

Enthusiastic educator

Alan has been teaching our son calculus in the past year. During this period our son, currently in 9th grade, has significantly advanced in his understanding of the basic ideas and concepts of calculus, learned how to think like a mathematician, and construct a proof. But most importantly - during the course of his lessons with Alan we have seen his love for math and excitement about it grow and develop, and witnessed his ability to apply these new ways of thinking to different problems he encountered outside of class. We highly recommend Alan to anyone who is interested in developing a deeper understanding of math.

Merav, 37 lessons with Alan

A very knowledgeable tutor for Middle school Math and Science

Alan was able to patiently go over a broad range of subjects with my son as he prepared for his 8th grade Math and Science tests. Thank you Alan for all of your help this semester.

Jayne, 7 lessons with Alan

Professional and responsible tutor

Alan has excellent knowledge in computer science and knows how a student should learn the subject. He is also very responsible as he helped me make a plan in computer science learning.

Hongyu, 2 lessons with Alan

Calming presence, patient and knowledgeable

Alan breaks down concepts with patience and takes the time to make sure that you understand the underlying concepts so you can work through problems yourself. Highly recommend. I am receiving tutoring for discrete mathematics.

Susana, 2 lessons with Alan

Very sincere and helpful

Very sincere and helpful tutor who has helped my son a lot. He is willing to spend a lot more time than the one hour to help him out with his problems. He communicates well to make them understand the basic concepts of each unit. Another plus point is he is easy to schedule with. I highly recommend Alan!

Deepika, 3 lessons with Alan
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