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Leena L.

Santa Clara, CA


Mathematics: The Secret Code of Existence

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Background check passed as of 3/19/14
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The Cooper Union, School of Engineering


The Cooper Union, School of Engineering (BSEE)

About Leena

Teaching mathematics, I aim to convey to my students the thrill of discovery that comes with true understanding. To do mathematics effectively is to learn actively, through some degree of struggle and trial-and-error. Otherwise, mathematics remains a disjointed jumble of intimidating facts, easily forgotten and never appreciated.

I meet students with varying skill levels, mathematical backgrounds, and academic goals, and I tailor my lessons accordingly. I bring out hands-on materials when a student needs help visualizing and making abstract concepts more concrete. I ask questions to encourage new ideas and involved learning.

Mathematics is such an important subject to get a grasp of, and is a prerequisite for a multitude of exciting professions. It is also a practice that can help a student develop as a critical thinker: learn to notice relevant information, make logical connections, and develop attention to detail.

Growing up in the former Soviet Union, I had difficulty with mathematics for many years, until one day my grandmother found me a tutor. With a little bit of help, I gained confidence, curiosity, and passion for this subject. I know how powerful and helpful a few hours of tutoring can be.

After moving to the United States, I graduated high school as a valedictorian, scoring 99% on my SATs, 5s on multiple Advanced Placement tests, and receiving full scholarship to the Cooper Union School of Engineering. I’ve taken multiple mathematics electives in college. For the past 6 years I’ve been working as a Web Engineer in the tech industry. Math and science are my favorite subjects to learn and teach.

I am always working to improve my tutoring sessions. I welcome all feedback, and will not accept payment unless you are completely satisfied.

I look forward to hearing from you and would love to help you gain success in your studies!
Teaching mathematics, I aim to convey to my students the thrill of discovery that comes with true understanding. To do mathematics effectively is to learn actively, through some degree of struggle and trial-and-error. Otherwise, mathematics remains a disjointed jumble of Read more

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Travels within 10 miles of Santa Clara, CA 95050
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ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Trigonometry
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HTML, Java, JavaScript, MATLAB,
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Chemistry, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math
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I began learning C++ in high school, when I took the AP computer science course. I've also taken the C/C++ programming course in college. I have used C++ extensively throughout my software development career. I know this language inside out and can teach the basics as well as more advanced features, including data abstraction, function and operator overloading, virtual functions, polymorphism, templates, and exception handling.

Computer Programming

I started learning Computer Programming in High School when I took my first C++ class. I have also taken multiple programming courses in college as part of my Electrical Engineering degree. I've worked as a Software/Web Developer for 6 years, writing computer programs in many different languages, including C/C++/C#, Java, JavaScript, and PHP. I can teach fundamentals of computer programming as well as language-specific features.

Computer Science

I have industry experience as a Web Engineer for the past 6 years. I have developed and maintained web applications and services using a variety of technologies. I am comfortable with APS.NET, C/C++/C#, Java, PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS.

I have university background in Computer Science. I can teach fundamentals, including data structures, algorithms, object-oriented programming, classical inheritance, as well as specific languages and/or technologies. My favorite topics to teach are functional languages, JavaScript - closures, prototypal inheritance, etc., as well as cutting-edge web technologies - Node.js, AngularJS, HTML5, and more.


I worked with MATLAB extensively while studying Electrical Engineering in college. MATLAB was used in multiple Digital Signal Processing classes. I also developed a video compression program in MATLAB for a video processing elective.


I have 4 years experience developing web sites using PHP. I have unit-tested my code with PHPUnit and know how to set up an automation framework. I have in-depth understanding of PHP expressions, operators, conditionals, casting, functions, objects, arrays, file handling, interfacing with MySQL, forms, cookies, and sessions.

The Cooper Union, School of Engineering


The Cooper Union, School of Engineering (BSEE)

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Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $70.00

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Leena will travel within 10 miles of Santa Clara, CA 95050.

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