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Julian C.

San Jose, CA


Experienced tutor in math and music

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Background check passed as of 9/15/15
4.9 average from 87 ratings
Excellent tutor!
— Maggie, San Jose, CA on 4/22/16

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San Jose State University


San Jose State University (Music)

About Julian

I've tutored for three years in Chicago and in the South Bay, mostly in mathematics. In college I took math including real analysis, differential equations, and honors calculus, though I ended up majoring in music. I've taught a variety of math subjects, most frequently algebra and precalculus. This last year I have also done test prep for SAT and SAT II.

Everyone learns from a wide variety of sources, so I like to draw from different places—videos online, books, or lectures. These can make the lesson more entertaining. We all learn better when we are presented with the same information a couple times and in different contexts.

I play piano and hold a bachelor's in music from San Jose State. I have played, listened to, read and written about music from Beethoven to Rachmaninoff. I can teach piano and music theory, including four-part harmony, species counterpoint, and modern techniques.

I'm originally from the East Bay (Oakland) and have lived a few different places before coming to San Jose. To be honest I don't find the South Bay to be the most interesting part of the Bay Area, but in its way it has a lot going on.

If this sounds good to you then let me know and we can schedule a lesson! We could meet in your home, a cafe, or in any place you think is appropriate.
I've tutored for three years in Chicago and in the South Bay, mostly in mathematics. In college I took math including real analysis, differential Read more

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Travels within 12 miles of San Jose, CA 95110
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Excellent tutor!"

- Maggie, San Jose, CA on 4/22/16

"Knows AP Calculus AB very well"

- Mike, San Jose, CA on 11/17/16

"Patient tutor who really wants his students to learn"

- Avani, San Jose, CA on 10/25/16

"Patient Tutor"

- Pramod, San Jose, CA on 10/17/16

"Great tutor!"

- Lori, Los Gatos, CA on 4/5/16

"Great tutor!"

- Sarah, Sunnyvale, CA on 2/23/16
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
SAT Math, Trigonometry
Composition (Music),
Music Theory
Test Preparation:
SAT Math

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Algebra 1

I tutor pre algebra and algebra at a private school in Santa Clara. I've also tutored high school math through Wyzant. I focus on being clear with the basic concepts of equations and graphs so the student feels confident moving on in algebra.

Algebra 2

I have tutored algebra II for over a year, both with Wyzant and through a private agency in Cupertino. This class can be a significant step up from algebra 1, and it often includes a student's first real exposure to trigonometry. It helps a lot to get a solid foundation in this course, especially if you are planning to take calculus later.


I've taught calculus for over a year at a private agency, as well as grading practice AP tests. I took both AP calculus in high school and honors calculus in college (and related courses like differential equations), which gave me a strong background. Calculus is a fascinating subject and often considered the gateway to higher math.

Composition (Music)

I have a B.M. (bachelor of music) degree from San Jose State University. I took the full two years' run of music theory plus two higher-level semesters: one on Form and Analysis, and one on Counterpoint (where you write simple contrapuntal compositions). I also have written several times for the Beethoven Journal, published at SJSU.


I have taught both precalculus and SAT Level 2 (which covers similar material). Most of precalculus is about the basic functions: polynomial, rational, trigonometric, and exponential/logarithmic. If you know how these functions look and behave, I've found that most of the subject becomes easier. I also have a strong background in calculus, so I know what the subject is preparing you for.

San Jose State University


San Jose State University (Music)

Excellent tutor! — My son is a high school junior and Julian helped him prepare for an exam. My son said Julian's explanations were clear and that Julian made sure he was understanding the concepts. We will definitely use him again! ...

— Maggie, San Jose, CA on 4/22/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Julian will travel within 12 miles of San Jose, CA 95110.