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The Cooper Union, School of Engineering (BSEE)
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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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.
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.
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