Over 500 tutoring hours

Brian O.

San Francisco, CA

$45/hour

Effective ways to learn math and Chinese

Background check passed as of 2/19/13
5.0 average from 339 ratings
Knowledgeable and patient tutor
— Marina, San Francisco, CA on 11/9/15

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Huddersfield University (England)
B.Sc.(Honors), UK
Graduate Coursework
M.Sc. (Eng)
Graduate Coursework

Education

Huddersfield University (England)

B.Sc.(Honors), UK (Graduate Coursework)

M.Sc. (Eng) (Graduate Coursework)

About Brian

I have got two degrees: B.Sc. (Hons) from Huddersfield University (UK) and M.Sc., (ENG) from Hong Kong University both in engineering.

The areas that I am able to teach and help students to learn are mathematics and Chinese.

My experience from a long education career enables me to better understand students, envisage their difficulties and help them where they need help. I am quite confident that I am able to guide them to understand what they don't understand in class and enable them to master maths and/or Chinese more effectively and independently. I will make good use of private tutoring sessions to help the students with different teaching approaches and supplemented materials.
I have got two degrees: B.Sc. (Hons) from Huddersfield University (UK) and M.Sc., (ENG) from Hong Kong University both in engineering.

The areas that I am able to teach and help students to learn are mathematics and
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1 hour notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of San Francisco, CA 94134
Background Check: Passed

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor"

- Marina, San Francisco, CA on 11/9/15

"Very patient and kind teacher"

- Misako, San Francisco, CA on 8/18/15

"Excellent Tutor"

- Frank, South San Francisco, CA on 6/10/15

"Awesome tutor"

- Marian, Pacifica, CA on 2/5/15

"Great Lessons"

- Carlos, San Francisco, CA on 7/22/13

"Great tutor."

- Kinsley, San Francisco, CA on 5/8/13
Test Preparation:
SAT Math, SSAT
Language:
Chinese
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math

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Algebra 1

Do you need help to learn numbers, equations, graphs, factorization, and solve word problems etc? I would love to help you to understand the keys to the problems and ways to find the solutions.

Algebra 2

Do you have difficulty in solving problems in Algebra 2? I can help you to find ways to solve problems in polynomials, roots and zeros, graphs, algorithms, trigonometry, geometry, complex numbers, matrices and determinants, and word problems.

Calculus

Have trouble with calculus? With over 30-year experience in math, I have ways to lead you to overcome the problems in limits, differentiation, integration and their applications. Plenty of materials and worked examples over all the areas are ready for you which would ease off your study in this difficult subject.

Chinese

I can help you to master Mandarin or Putonghua by guiding you how to read, write, speak, listen, pronounce (pinyin) and complete Chinese assignments. I am familiar with both traditional and simplified Chinese.

Electrical Engineering

I have two degrees in Electrical Engineering: B.Sc.(Hons) and M.Sc.(Eng). I am also the Chartered Engineer of the Institution of Electrical Engineers. I was a lecturer in the Engineering Department of Vocational Education Institute.

Elementary Math

I am tutoring a 6th grader in elementary math and she is a honour student in Alice Fong Yu Alternative School. The topics covered include: Numbers, Fractions, Algebra, Equations and Functions, Probability, Geometry, Statistics, Ratios, and Measurements. The experience helps me to understand what are the difficulties in learning this subject and how to help the students to move forward.

Geometry

In my professional career, I relied on geometry to help my job in finding optimal cutting from a piece of raw material. In order to be good at geometry one needs to be familiar with orientation, lines, figures, shapes, rotation, reflection, transforms and graphical method. Therefore the key to teaching geometry is to be able to use more illustrative examples to let students "see" what is happening or the problem of a question.

Precalculus

Do you have problems with functions, conic sections, complex numbers, vectors, advanced trigonometry, analytic geometry, probability and applications of matrices? There are plenty of materials and worked examples ready for you to get a hard grasping on the concepts.

Trigonometry

In my professional career, I used trigonometry techniques to help me measure lines, angles and estimate the direction of forces etc. I am able to help students to understand Trigonometry and solve problems involving angles, lengths, sin, cos, tan, cot, sec, cosec, double and half angles, compound angles, products and sums, vectors and word problems.

Huddersfield University (England)
B.Sc.(Honors), UK
Graduate Coursework
M.Sc. (Eng)
Graduate Coursework

Education

Huddersfield University (England)

B.Sc.(Honors), UK (Graduate Coursework)

M.Sc. (Eng) (Graduate Coursework)

Knowledgeable and patient tutor — My 10 y.o. son had a good lesson with Brian, for the first time he said that math was kind of fun and he wants to do it again. I am very pleased. ...

— Marina, San Francisco, CA on 11/9/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Brian will travel within 10 miles of San Francisco, CA 94134.