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Lander M.

Pasadena, CA

$50/hour

Attentive and experienced tutor focused on personalized education

Background check passed as of 8/15/16
4.9 average from 57 ratings
Very Knowledgeable Math Tutor - Calculus
— Annie, La Crescenta, CA on 11/5/16

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California Institute of Technology
Electrical Eng.

Education

California Institute of Technology (Electrical Eng.)

About Lander

I have been teaching students from elementary school through adulthood since I was twelve years old. My mother, a teacher herself, showed me that students learn best when they are active participants in every stage of the learning process. Thus, I focus on understanding each student's educational background and learning style, so as to break each task into pieces that are easy for them to engage. I am energized by the tutoring process, and take great joy in seeing my students succeed.

I am a full National Merit Scholar and earned perfect scores on many standardized tests: SAT 2400, ACT 36, SAT II Physics 800, SAT II Molecular Biology 800, SAT II Math Level 2 800, AP Calculus AB 5, AP Calculus BC 5, and AP Statistics 5. I was offered admission to ten top universities, including Caltech, MIT, Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, and Harvey Mudd, and attended Caltech.

I have been tutoring full time for three years through tutoring companies and with private clients, having tutored part time for nine years previously. Throughout my experience as a tutor, I have helped students complete homework and prepare for tests, drilled topics and sample questions for standardized exams (including SAT, SAT II, ACT, GRE and TOEFL), advised for and critiqued individual and team projects, and provided preparation and enrichment courses for subjects from 6th grade life science to AP Physics and much more.

While I have taught many subjects, I specialize in middle and high school mathematics. Math challenges students to reason in new ways as well as applying prior knowledge, so I make sure to test understanding regularly by discussing examples and assigning practice problems. I only move on from a topic once I'm sure the student can explain and apply its content in every necessary context. My students often say they went from just following the rules set out by the book to having a firm grasp on the underlying concepts. I have a friendly, approachable style, and work hard to make even the most arcane topics relatable. Learning should be fun and rewarding, not a grueling chore.

Please feel free to get in touch so we can discuss your needs and goals, and how I can address them. I'm looking forward to working with you.
I have been teaching students from elementary school through adulthood since I was twelve years old. My mother, a teacher herself, showed me that students learn best when they are active participants in every stage of the learning process. Thus, I focus on understanding each student's educational background and learning style, so as to break each Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 3 miles of Pasadena, CA 91106
Background Check: Passed

"Very Knowledgeable Math Tutor - Calculus"

- Annie, La Crescenta, CA on 11/5/16

"Very knowledgeable"

- Engy, San Gabriel, CA on 11/1/16

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Daniel, West Covina, CA on 10/27/16

"An uncommon tutor with a brilliant mathematical mind"

- Josh, Pasadena, CA on 9/8/16
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math,
Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science,
Biology, Chemistry, Physics
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
English, Grammar, Literature, Reading, SAT Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
History:
Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
GRE

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT, including ACT English. I can point out common grammatical errors, train vocabulary, and teach strategies to answer test questions efficiently.

ACT Math

I earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT, and since then I've spent years helping students maximize their scores. I can train students to interpret tricky word problems, quickly identify applicable math concepts, and use knowledge of the ACT format to answer questions efficiently.

ACT Reading

I earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT, and since then I've spent years helping students maximize their Reading scores. I can help interpret dense passages, discuss themes and literary devices, and teach strategies to answer test questions efficiently.

ACT Science

I earned a perfect score on the ACT. For the Science section, I can guide you through analysis of complex graphs and charts, discuss the implications of competing theories, and clearly explain any requisite scientific background.

Algebra 1

I've been teaching algebra 1 to students of all ages for nearly 10 years. I introduce new concepts through examples and collaboration, keeping the student engaged in the problem solving process at every stage.

Algebra 2

I have taught Algebra 2 topics to middle school, high school and college students for nearly 10 years, both freelance and through education centers.

Calculus

I've been teaching calculus to high school and college students for years, and I understand the common conceptual and mechanical difficulties which give students trouble. I can explain the conceptual basis of derivatives and integrals, help students translate real world applications into mathematical language, and untangle complex calculations into readable form.

SAT Math

I earned perfect scores on the SAT and the SAT II Math Level 2 subject test. Since then, I've spent years helping students maximize their scores. I can train students to interpret tricky word problems, quickly identify applicable math concepts, and use knowledge of the SAT format to answer questions efficiently.

SAT Reading

I earned a perfect score of 2400 on the SAT, and since then I've spent years helping students maximize their Reading scores. I can help interpret dense passages, discuss themes and literary devices, and teach strategies to answer test questions efficiently.

California Institute of Technology
Electrical Eng.

Education

California Institute of Technology (Electrical Eng.)

Very Knowledgeable Math Tutor - Calculus — Lander helped me understand the concepts of calculus, and not just blindly follow the steps. Also, he was very good at explaining what confused me in an easy way. Lander is very helpful. ...

— Annie, La Crescenta, CA on 11/5/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Lander will travel within 3 miles of Pasadena, CA 91106.