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University of San Diego
University of California San Diego (UCSD) (PhD)
My name is Archie, and I LOVE math (math is FUN!)! I have loved math since I was in second grade. I loved math so much that in my senior year in high school, I took AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC at the same time, and then majored in math in college, and went on to grad school to learn as much math as I could!
I earned my bachelor's degree in mathematics (with a minor in computer science) from the University of San Diego (USD) and my doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in mathematics from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). I have been tutoring students since I was in high school, including students from Coronado High School, La Jolla Country Day School, University of San Diego (USD), SDSU, UCSD, and Australia (online)!
I also have teaching experience. At USD, I taught Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Calculus I, Calculus II, Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering I, and Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering II. At SDSU, I taught Fundamentals of Mathematics. When I was in grad school (UCSD), I was a teaching assistant for Math 20D (Introduction to Differential Equations), Math 104 (Number Theory), and Math 110 (Partial Differential Equations).
My approach to tutoring is the Socratic method, which is the use of open-ended questions to engage a student in discussion and guide him/her towards some kind of insight. This dialectical engagement generates a back and forth, a rapport between the tutor and the student.
The subjects that I tutor include (but are not limited to the following [please inquire about subjects not listed below]) Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Discrete Mathematics, Differential Equations, and Number Theory. I can also tutor in the mathematics/quantitative sections of standardized tests such as SAT and GRE (Graduate Record Examinations), plus CST (California Standards Tests), COOP/HSPT/TACHS (Catholic High School Entrance Exams: Cooperative Assessment Exam, High School Placement Test, Test for Admission to Catholic High Schools), SSAT/ISEE (Private and Independent School Admissions: Secondary School Admissions Test, Independent School Entrance Examination), PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), SAT Subject Math (Levels 1 & 2), ACT (American College Testing), AP Calculus AB/BC (Advanced Placement), CAHSEE (California High School Exit Exam), GED (General Educational Development Test), ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery), ASTB (Aviation Selection Test Battery), ELM (California State University Entry-Level Mathematics Test), CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test), CSET (California Subject Examinations for Teachers), GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test), MCAT (Medical College Admission Test), PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test), PRAXIS, TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills - for Nursing School), and DAT (Dental Admission Test).
When I was an undergrad student, I also tutored a couple of students in a Spanish (grammar) class and they went up 2 letter grades from a D to a B!
My name is Archie, and I LOVE math (math is FUN!)! I have loved math since I was in second grade. I loved math so much that in my senior year in high school, I took Read more
I have always felt trapped by mathematics and I have always approached it fearfully and without much excitement, yet, when it comes time for my sessions with Archie I find myself getting excited to go through my GMAT preparation knowing that I'll have the support of a knowledgeable, qualified tutor who not only has the educational background to breeze through my GMAT studies but, more importantly has the personality necessary to listen and learn how I am thinking and then proceed to teach me based on my own personal learning style. Archie is steadfast in his philosophy and his performance is the most consistent I have experienced and I have worked with numerous tutors over the years. Furthermore, whenever I am scheduling meeting times with Archie he makes me feel as though I am his priority and that he is dedicated to do what is necessary for me to get past my troubles with math works with me until we have reached our goal for the day. As a student who is working towards a goal of taking the GMAT, it is important for me to feel as if my goals for the session (not the tutors) have been met and with Archie that is always the case. (On a side note: I rarely invite tutors into my home and after meeting with Archie only a few times I felt comfortable inviting him in my families house. He has been nothing but respectful and trust inspiring).
Thank you, Alex! I really appreciate it!
If it wasn't for Archie, I would have failed the course. Archie is understanding of his student's needs. It was well worth my money. Thanks again.
Archie was an excellent tutor. He was willing to work around my schedule and set times that worked for me, and gave me advanced notice if he ever needed to change the plans. He was very friendly and easy to work with. He was also able to explain the concepts to me better than my teacher could, which was very helpful. My only regret is not hiring him sooner.
Archie was very easy to work with from the get go. He responded the same day by email, and we were able to meet 4 days later. I had set up a meeting for help with the CBEST test. He was very prompt and prepared. I had a series of math problems ready for review, and he was patient when going over them. Make sure you know what subjects and or material you need help with before hand, or its hard for any tutor to help cover the entire course prep. He explains the problems in detail, and helps you along the way. I would suggest Archie for anyone that is a bad in math as I am!
Thank you, Caleb!
Archie was great! He gave me enough time to try to figure out a problem by myself then would step in to guide me through the process if I couldn't get it. He knew what he was doing so there was no confusion when he was explaining the material. He was also super easy to schedule with.
Archie showed up on time for our first meeting and was very professional. He is very knowledgeable in math and really helped me to feel more confident in taking the TEAS exam. He is excellent at breaking problems down and putting them into an understandable form. I look forward to our next session.
Archie is one of the best tutors I have ever had. He makes tough trigonometric proofs so simple and special right triangles a breeze. Archie not only helps you with subjects you may be struggling on, but also gives you a glimpse of what the SATs. He gave me my first ever "A" in geometry; the subject I struggling most on. I look forward to meeting him every time we make an appointment, he's a wonderful tutor and makes each session a blast.
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I am qualified to tutor in CBEST (Math) because the skill areas being tested are estimation, measurement statistical principles, computation, problem solving, numerical, and graphic relationships. These skill areas are well within my capabilities as a mathematician. I have tutored students in similar tests such as SAT Math and TEAS (Math).
I am qualified to tutor in Differential Equations because I took the Differential Equations course at USD as an undergrad. I was also a Teaching Assistant for the Differential Equations course at UCSD for several quarters. I am currently tutoring a student in Partial Differential Equations.
I am qualified to tutor in Discrete Math because I am a mathematician (specifically, a number theorist). Discrete Math includes a number of distinct areas of study such as mathematical logic, set theory, number theory, combinatorics, graph theory, and mathematical relations. My graduate work was in number theory and graph theory. I also took combinatorics in grad school. I tutored a high school student in Discrete Math recently.
I am qualified to tutor in ISEE (Math) because the skill areas being tested are found in arithmetic through pre-calculus. These skill areas are well within my capabilities as a mathematician. I have tutored students in ISEE (Math). I use the Socratic or inquiry method of teaching so that students can arrive at their own conclusions and build knowledge.
I am qualified to tutor in Mathematica because I used it while I was in grad school. I used Mathematica to plot graphs for my dissertation. I also used it in college for plotting graphs in Calculus 3.
I am qualified to tutor in MATLAB because I used it while I was in grad school. I used MATLAB to calculate the eigenvalues of the adjacency matrices of the graphs for my dissertation. I also used it in college for plotting graphs in Calculus 3.
I am qualified to tutor in SAS because I have been using SAS since 1999. I worked as a SAS programmer for several companies. I am the vice president of a local SAS Users Group.
I am qualified to tutor in TEAS (Math) because the skill areas being tested are basic math skills such as whole numbers, fractions, decimals, ratios, proportions, percents, geometry, measurement, probability, statistics, equations, inequalities, exponents, polynomials, and radicals. These skill areas are within my capabilities as a mathematician. I have tutored students in tests such as SAT Math, GRE Math, and TEAS (Math).
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