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Expert Economics-Math Tutor (W&M/Oxford/LSE/The Fed)(12 Years Credit)

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College of William and Mary
Economics

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College of William and Mary (Economics)

About Lewis

Students and parents! With my BA in Economics with Honors from the College of William and Mary, successfully completing record-breaking triple course loads, quickly earning about 12 years of college credit, and Federal Reserve Board (America's central bank) policy and research experience, I tutor all levels of economics, finance, mathematics, test prep, and almost all subjects:

* Economics: Including Macroeconomics, microeconomics, and econometrics
- Undergraduate-level (100 to 400-level courses)
- Masters/MBA/MPA-level
- Some PhD, working professionals, and high-school (depending on the situation)
* Finance: Quantitative Finance, Derivatives, Engineering Finance, Risk and Portfolio Management, and Introductory
* Mathematics: Calculus 1-3, Differential Equations (ODEs, PDEs, and SDEs), and Advanced and Introductory Statistics
* Test Prep: GRE/GMAT/SAT/ACT/CFA, Study Skills, and College Advising
* With 12 years of university credit...much, much more...

My advanced academic studies, personal enthusiasm, and teaching experience combine to assist you in helping you to find economics and math not just easy but fun. A couple of years ago, I was in your shoes. Economics and math seemed hard; yet once you understand, it becomes really easy. Today, I still remember how to take those ideas and communicate them the way I had wished they had been communicated. No matter how basic or advanced your objectives, I am entirely focused on helping you achieve your goals.

My economics and finance background includes financial economic research and policy experience at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors (America's central bank), completing advanced 400-level coursework across macroeconomics and microeconomics and such graduate-level coursework as Time-Series Econometrics and Cross-Section Econometrics. I have also advanced to being a CFA Level 3 candidate. Beyond Macro and Micro, I have tutored MBA and MFin students, economics and finance undergraduates in special topics like Derivatives and Game Theory and Auction Market Design (including with an eminent Clark medalist professor), honors thesis authors, CFA and actuarial exam candidates, and classes of students as a TA for Econometrics and Applied Financial Derivatives--the hardest rated economics class at the College of William and Mary. Helping teach these classes, I graded assignments and exams and helped students like you successfully complete their homework, develop original research projects, and discover how fun and useful economics truly is. In addition to having read hundreds of original research articles, I have completed dozens of economics projects using advanced concepts from microeconomic and macroeconomic theory and econometrics, culminating in my honors thesis. Further, I have attended PhD-level conferences in which leading academics, including Nobel prize winners and eminent textbook authors (e.g. Wooldridge and Hamilton), and have presented original research. Because of my own academic studies, tutoring experience, and awareness of advanced technical aspects, I understand how difficult economics can be at the beginning, know how useful economics is, and how to make it a delight.

My mathematics background includes coursework through Multivariate Calculus 3, Ordinary Differential Equations, Partial Differential Equations, Vector Calculus, Real Analysis, Complex Analysis, advanced Numerical Linear Algebra, and graduate-level Statistics, most recently at a top-ranked applied mathematics program. Through grade school, my math performance included multiple first place math prizes in city-wide math competitions (e.g. MathCounts, Math Olympiad) and more recently includes work in stochastic partial differential equations, programming numerical solutions to mathematical problems, and original research involving panel data statistical analysis. A strong foundation in mathematics is tremendously useful and makes many other fields much easier, and I would be delighted to help you achieve your goals.

My statistics background includes undergraduate and very advanced graduate-level topics. My undergraduate experience includes Statistics, Econometrics, Political Research Methods, Experimental Psychology, and Nursing Statistics tutoring. My graduate-level background includes Time-Series and Cross Section Econometrics, artificial neural networks, Bayesian statistics (e.g. shrinkage, conditional probabilities, entropy pooling), global optimization (e.g. genetic algorithms, simulated annealing), multivariate statistics geometry (e.g. copulas, Mahalanobis, various advanced distributions), and Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computing (including complex superpositioned probability).

Online tutoring is also really fun, which I discovered originally at a student's request. With Skype, email, and other online tutoring tools, I have taught students economic concepts, mathematics problems and derivations, and Time-Series Forecasting in STATA and Excel. Even if you don't have a webcam, I can still teach you what to learn to get the grade or complete your work project whether you based around Washington, DC or located or traveling worldwide.

My experiences have also included serving in the British Parliament, studying at Oxford University, the London School of Economics, and the top linguistics school in France, and helping businesses and financial institutions make sense of their data. Through these experiences, I have discovered that one of the things I love most is learning and helping students understand new concepts and succeed in-person and online.

Thank you for considering my services. Slots are filling fast. Contact me with questions or to schedule an appointment today!

Best wishes,

Lewis
Students and parents! With my BA in Economics with Honors from the College of William and Mary, successfully completing record-breaking triple course loads, quickly earning about 12 years of college credit, and Federal Reserve Board (America's central bank) policy and research experience, I tutor all levels of economics, finance, mathematics, test Read more

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"Great tutor, knows his material"

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Science:
ACT Science, Anthropology, Biostatistics,
Chemistry,
Epidemiology,
Philosophy,
Physics,
Psychology
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Public Speaking,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading, ACT Science, Career Development, CFA,
College Counseling,
GED, GMAT,
GRE,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Computer:
C, C++,
Computer Programming,
Computer Science,
General Computer, Linux,
MATLAB, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, R,
SPSS, STATA,
UNIX
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
French
History:
American History, Anthropology, Classics, European History,
Geography, Government & Politics,
Political Science,
Religion,
Social Studies,
World History
Special Needs:
Elementary Math, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Business,
Career Development, ESL/ESOL,
Finance,
Financial Accounting,
GMAT,
GRE,
Law,
Macroeconomics,
Managerial Accounting,
Marketing,
Microeconomics,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT English

An expert test prep tutor, I have excelled and help students in test prep including ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, and CFA exams. A personal tutor offers you personalized attention to break down difficult topics, teach you the rules and time management practices you need to know, so that you can improve your score. If you would like to prepare for ACT English, please contact me today!

ACT Math

An expert test prep tutor, I have excelled and help students in test prep including ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, and CFA exams. I have also studied math at a top three applied math graduate school so can help you not only prepare for the ACT but also if you wish lay the groundwork for advanced studies. A personal tutor offers you personalized attention to break down difficult topics, teach you the rules and time management practices you need to know, assist you in staying on track, and help you improve your score. If you would like to prepare for ACT Math and other test prep subjects, please contact me today!

Actuarial Science

Academically, I have completed six classes in statistics and probability up to and including forecasting the future in Time-Series Analysis, deriving and using calculus-based probabilities in Cross-Section Analysis, and completing an honors thesis evaluating probabilities. Professionally, I have worked with statistics and probability at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and as a quantitative finance and econometrics TA. I have also advanced to CFA Level 3 candidate and have earned 169/170 on the quantitative GRE. As a tutor, I have helped students prepare for the Society of Actuaries exam, the CFA exam, and quantitative portions of the the GMAT and GRE exam.

Would you like help mastering the actuarial exam? Contact me today!

Algebra 1

I have won many awards in Algebra including for first place individual speed and team awards (MathCounts) and very high awards for Math Olympiad (scoring 24/25). Since then, I have continued to stay sharp in algebra by completing coursework in far more advanced mathematics, by earning a 169/170 quantitative GRE score, and by tutoring students in algebra-related courses (e.g. high school, IB, bachelors, masters degrees), and test prep (e.g. GMAT, GRE, ACT, ACT, CFA) , and of course by applying algebra to everyday life.

Biostatistics

Having completed six statistics classes, including graduate-level Time-Series Analysis and Cross-Section Econometrics, I have tutored dozens of students on statistical concepts and helped them craft their own original statistical research projects. These students have included Nursing Statistics students and others. I have conducted original statistical research in Experimental Psychology, Government Research Methods, and Economics/Finance, including my honors thesis forecasting economic crises using international panel data. (Exceptionally complex panel data combines observations from different places and times.) As a TA and tutor of two Econometrics classes at the College of William and Mary and as a WyzAnt tutor, I have helped dozens of students design their own research and analyze their results in STATA. For personal interest, I have advanced my statistical skills by attending academic conferences hosted by the American Statistics Association, the Econometric Society, the Society for Financial Econometrics, and STATA and might even have met and discussed statistics with the author of your textbook. Through this, I have gained familiarity with many statistical software packages (e.g. SPSS, STATA, EViews, and MATLAB) and various statistical programming languages. While I can mention my statistical qualifications, students totally make my day when they write:

Business

I have applied business coursework across businesses, including advancing from the mailroom to the executive conference room of a multimillion dollar international corporation within three days. In addition to running my own business, I have tutored GMAT, MBA, MFIn students at top universities (e.g. Wharton, Northwestern, Georgetown) who have described my tutoring as "fantastic" and have spoken with dozens of business school admissions officers. At the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, I monitored, analyzed, and reported on business conditions for some of the most important businesses and financial institutions in the world. I have advanced to being a CFA Level 3 candidate, passing exams that most test takers fail that require extensive business expertise spanning: ethics, corporate finance, financial reporting and analysis, equity investments, fixed income investments, portfolio management, derivatives, quantitative methods, economics, alternative investments, and portfolio management. Additionally, I have completed many business-related classes, have previously earned a certificate in Supervisory and Administrative Management, having completed coursework in Business Economics (Industrial-Organizational Economics), Human Relations in Applied Management, Human Resource Management, Independent Study in Management, and Principles of Management. I have completed additional extensive coursework related to business, including Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Business Law, Legal Environment of Business, International Law, Intermediate Microeconomics, and forecasting econometrics. I have benefited from discounted cash flow and comparative analysis valuation methods through specialized training by Training the Street and Kaplan Schweser and have attended Attilio Meucci's highly quantitative Advanced Risk and Portfolio Management. If you want to understand and master your business or MBA coursework or want to discuss admissions to a top MBA program, contact me today!

C++

I have successfully completed Computer Science for Engineers (calculus-based C programming), Computer Science 2: Object-Oriented C++, and Computer Science 3: Design Patterns and Algorithms. All three were in C++ and earned me an A. Exceptionally, I have also completed Heterogenous Parallel Programming in the C-related CUDA programming language with distinction.

Calculus

I have completed coursework and earned A's through Multivariate Calculus 3 and Differential Equations. Having advanced to a top 3 rated graduate applied math program, I have also completed math classes far more advanced than calculus, including Vector Calculus, Partial Differential Equations, Real Analysis, Complex Analysis, Numerical Analysis, Advanced Linear Algebra, Time-Series Forecasting Analysis, and Cross-Section Analysis and have also completed additional work involving stochastic partial differential equations and stochastic difference equations. I am familiar with real-world calculus and differential equation applications involving such numerical methods as binomial trees and finite difference meshes applied to financial, economic, and physical data, including force fields, densities, business unit optimization, options pricing, springs, mechanical vibrations/oscillations, population modeling with harvesting, and thermal or stock price diffusion. Beyond my advanced mathematical training, what sets me apart from other calculus tutors is the ability to break down advanced ideas step-by-step and communicate them simply and effectively so that students like you can understand. If you would like any help with calculus, I would be delighted to be of service.

CFA

A CFA Level 3 candidate, I have successfully passed and tutored friends for CFA Level 1 and Level 2. In addition to demonstrated accomplishment within the CFA program and 12 years of university credit, I have completed Attilio Meucci's Advanced Risk and Portfolio Management bootcamp, a deeply quantitative program supported by the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute and several local CFA chapters worldwide, and have completed the University of Chicago's second-year PhD-level Coursera course in Asset Pricing, which includes extensive experience working with portfolio analysis. My professional background includes three years of experience at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, conducting policy work and research spanning several of the subject areas of the CFA test, years of private tutoring across almost all of the subject areas of the CFA exam, consulting services related to CFA subject topics for the CFA program, and TA-ing classes including Applied Financial Derivatives and Econometrics. All of this accomplishment is founded on a strong academic background comprising literally dozens of courses and research conferences in economics, finance, accounting, and quantitative methods, which provide insight into the CFA program and help me to connect the key CFA topic areas with other parts of your academic and professional background to help you understand and succeed in taking the CFA exam.

Chemistry

Having completed two years of Honors Chemistry, I would be happy to help you review the basics. I have also tutored a student in Environmental Chemistry (including water chemistry, nuclear chemistry, and more) who the following term asked me to tutor in French, computer science, and U.S. history.

College Counseling

Having studied at five very different universities in three different countries (i.e., Oxford, LSE, William and Mary, in France, and ECC), I can offer unique insight into the college planning process. What is the hidden weaknesses of applying to a community college with the intent to transfer? (it's not what you think.) What are the advantages and disadvantages of the British system? Or of attending college in France? What college's professors present the best original research at academic conferences? What can you do now to strengthen your application? When I originally applied to colleges, I had no clue what to look for. Now I know and can share the knowledge I have learned with you.

Computer Programming

My academic background includes earning "A"s in Computer Science for Engineers, Computer Science 2: Object-Oriented C++, and Computer Science 3: Design Patterns and Algorithms; completing with distinction Heterogenous Parallel Programming in C++-related CUDA; and completing Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computing.

To completement this, my professional background includes programming daily for three years at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, including in such programming languages as R, Splus, SAS, SQL, MATLAB, STATA, VBA, and more; project managing programmers and website developers for my own business; tutoring university students in computer programming, and helping masters-level professionals at international organizations debug programs to impress their managers.

I would be happy to help you master computer programming too. Please contact me today!

Computer Science

I have successfully completed Computer Science for Engineers, Computer Science 2: Object-Oriented C++, and Computer Science 3: Design Patterns and Algorithms. I have also completed Heterogenous Parallel Programming in the related CUDA programming language with distinction, have completed Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computing, and have applied computer science daily in my role at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, including in such programming langauages as R, Splus, SAS, SQL, MATLAB, STATA, and more.

Differential Equations

In addition to partial differential equations coursework at a top three graduate applied math program, I have done coursework and earned A's through Differential Equations and have also earned an A in and TA-ed Applied Financial Derivatives, which involves deriving and solving the Black-Scholes-Merton stochastic partial differential equation and other stochastic differential equations related to derivatives pricing. Additional advanced math coursework I have completed includes Vector Calculus, Partial Differential Equations, Real Analysis, Complex Analysis, Numerical Analysis, Advanced Linear Algebra, Time-Series Forecasting Analysis, and Cross-Section Analysis. To stay current on the latest developments, I have attended partial differential equations research conferences at the University of Chicago. Making differential equations useful, I have applied differential equations modeling to applications involving such numerical methods as binomial trees and finite difference meshes applied to financial, economic, and physical data, including force fields, densities, GDP forecasting, options pricing, the bouncing movement of springs, mechanical vibrations/oscillations, population modeling with harvesting, chemical solutions, anesthetics, and thermal and stock price diffusion. Thus, I can help you gain the understanding of differential equations you need for professions ranging from engineering and physics to economics, chemistry, medicine, and high finance. Differential equations is also one of those difficult classes in which good grades impress when you apply for admission to the most selective universities and graduate institutions. If you would like any help with Differential Equations, I would be delighted to be of service.

Econometrics

Academically, I have completed graduate-level Time-Series Econometrics and Cross-Section Econometrics. I have TA-ed Econometrics and used econometrics extensively in assignments and in original research (e.g. my honors thesis). I have conducted applied econometrics at the Federal Reserve Board (America's leading economics agency) and have privately helped professionals and tutored students at other international economics institutions and top universities around the world. I have used econometrics in becoming a CFA Level 3 candidate, and in completing Attilio Meucci's highly quantitative Advanced Risk and Portfolio Management bootcamp. Further, I have attended top-tier PhD-level conferences in which leading academics, some with Nobel prizes and eminent textbook authors (e.g. Wooldridge and Hamilton), have presented original research on the forefront of econometrics.

If you would like any help with econometrics at any level, I would be delighted to be of service. Please contact me today!

English

A native English speaker, I have studied English thoroughly including reading grammar guides (e.g. Fowler's, Strunk and White, and over a dozen quotations books) for fun, have professionally written a private verbal SAT practice tests, have always been a voracious reader, and even studied linguistics for a year at a top language school in France receiving a foreign language certification. In addition to my English skills, proficiency in a second language makes me all the more aware of the way language is constructed. Because of this background, my most well-published professor at Oxford wrote that I wrote better than almost any of his American students and awarded me Oxford's highest mark. This background has enabled me to earn in the top percents on standardized tests (e.g. GRE, GMAT, SAT, ACT), and I would be delighted to help you with English too.

Epidemiology

I have privately tutored masters of public health students in epidemiology, have completed coursework using quantitative probability models (e.g., logit and probit probability models) generally applied to epidemiology, have completed original honors thesis research forecasting binary events (e.g., crisis vs. non-crisis), and have performed data analysis involving network analysis. Exceptionally, I can also explain relationships between your epidemiology coursework and other socially networked phenomena, including contagion in financial markets and across national economies.

ESL/ESOL

My academic studies, personal experience, and professional passion combine to assist you in gaining English fluency. Academically, I have studied at the Center of Applied Linguistics in Besancon, France. The CLA is arguably the most prestigious language school in France. Over the course of a year, these intensive studies ranged across all aspects of second language acquisition, including grammar, syntax, and phonetics and have led native French speakers to exclaim, "I have lived in the United States for 8 years, and my English is nowhere near as good as your French!" My additional language studies include accents, accent reduction, and additional classroom study in Spanish, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Turkish. Via private tutoring, I have helped students from native Spanish, French, Chinese, and Arabic speaking backgrounds. Still, what truly sets me apart--aside from having learned a foreign language fluently as an adult--is my sensitivity and affinity for language--acquired over years of riveted study of the great grammar guides (e.g. Fowlers, MLA, Chicago, the Economist, Bierce, Stunk and White), growing up loving the most eminent dictionary in the English tongue (i.e. the Oxford English) and dozens of quotations books that exemplify these concepts in the best way to have ever graced the ear of anglophone-kind. I understand personally the challenges of learning a new language and expressing it with perfection. For these reasons, I can understand and explain language better than other ESL practitioners. So contact me today, and perhaps you will be able to speak perfect English proverbially tomorrow.

European History

I have successfully studied at three schools in Europe Oxford University, the London School of Economics, and the Université de Franche-Comté. I have successfully completed several classes in history within my International Relations major and have tutored students in French and European history.

Finance

Academically, I have earned A's in International Finance, Financial Accounting (including with an online component via McGraw-Hill's Connect), and Applied Financial Derivatives, am a 2018 CFA Level 3 candidate, Attilio Meucci's highly quantitative Advanced Risk and Portfolio Management bootcamp, and have completed additional private training on Discounted Cash Flow and Comparatives Analysis with Training the Street. Professionally, I have conducted financial research and policy work at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors (America's central bank) analyzing public and proprietary data on financial markets and financial institutions for monetary policy and financial stability purposes, up to and including financial network analysis, forecasting future states of the world using advanced foreign exchange extensions to Black-Scholes, compiling the and sending the Federal Reserve's largest regular financial briefing to Janet Yellen and other FOMC members who set the interest rates that determine valuations across all the rest of the financial system. I have tutored MFin students, MBA students, undergraduate finance majors, and professionals at other international finance organizations. In corporate finance, I also served as an Assistant Financial Manager at a major international French corporation and have proposed and led financial data-driven projects to drastically increase company profits at an international market leader. I have attended over 100 finance industry conferences and events, including those hosted by the American Finance Association, the Society for Financial Econometrics, the Hedge Fund Association, CAIA, GARP, QWAFAFEW, Federal Reserve Bank banking conferences, and others that focus on a industry niches from quantitative finance and high-frequency trading to fundamental investing and analysis.

Financial Accounting

I have earned an A in Financial Accounting (including with an online component via McGraw-Hill's Connect). Using these concepts, I have completed additional private training on Discounted Cash Flow and Comparatives Analysis with Training the Street. Further, I have worked in accounting for a year at a major international French corporation and proposing and have lead financial data-driven projects to drastically increase company profits at a market leader. This background means I can explain key US accounting principles (GAAP, double-entry, accrual), their relation to financial statements (balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statements, and retained earnings statement), their vital importance to real businesses, and their relation to common investment bank valuation methodologies. While accounting can seem like a different language when you begin, I can help you achieve fluency (even in French). My objective is to do what it takes to help you reach your goals.

French

My academic studies, personal experience, and personal passion combine to assist you in helping you to speak French, la belle langue, like a native. Academically, I have studied at the most prestigious language school in France, the Center of Applied Linguistics in Besancon, France. Over the course of a year, these intensive French-language immersed studies ranged across all aspects of second language acquisition, including grammar, syntax, and phonetics, enabling me to teach French better than natives who lacks this knowledge, and culminated in my earning the Advanced DELF French Language Studies Diploma from the French Ministry of Education, resulting in skills that have led native French speakers to exclaim, "I have lived in the United States for 8 years, and my English is nowhere near as good as your French!" Via private tutoring, I have helped English-speaking students learn written and spoken French impeccably. Having learned a foreign language fluently as an adult, I still remember the challenges of learning a new language and trying to express it with perfection, which helps me better help and understand you. So if you think French has a certain je ne sais quoi and wish to learn to find le mot juste, then contact me today, and perhaps you will be able to speak French impeccably tomorrow.

Geometry

In addition to introductory geometry, I have studied Calculus 3 with Analytic Geometry, which discusses many of the concepts of Geometry except in multidimensional space instead of only a 2-dimensional plane. I have also tutored geometry as preparation for graduate school entrance examinations.

GMAT

I scored well within the top 4% on the GMAT total category, corresponding to a score of 730. (According to ETS, my GRE score is comparable to a GMAT score of 770). In addition, I have written practice standardized tests for a professional test-prep company and have learned many GMAT tips and tricks.

Government & Politics

Having earned a perfect 5 on my AP US Government test in high school, I have since studied many aspects of Government and Politics at Oxford, at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and within my International Relations major at the College of William and Mary. Professionally, I have worked on a US presidential campaign get out the vote operation in the most fiercely contested battle-ground state and have interned legislatively with five members of Parliament in the "Mother of Parliaments" at the British Palace of Westminster.

GRE

For the GRE, I have scored in the top 2% quant and top 5% verbal. In addition, I have written practice standardized tests for a professional test-prep company and have also learned many tips and tricks. Being familiar with test takers' and test writers' perspective and with GRE tips and tricks, I can help you understand GRE tests, answer test questions correctly, and speed accurately through the test.

Law

I have completed multiple paralegal classes (e.g. Introduction to Paralegal, Business Law) and Jurisprudence at Oxford.

Linear Algebra

My linear algebra background includes many subjects and applications. In our data-driven age, applications of linear algebra are ubiquitous. Linear algebra applies math to such matrices as any Excel spreadsheet, and using the power of matrices, you can calculate millions of values or solve billions of equations simultaneously. I have used linear algebra in such advanced math classes as Multivariate Calculus 3, Differential Equations, and graduate-level Time-Series Analysis and Cross-Section Analysis. Multivariate Calculus 3 uses the basic operations of Linear Algebra, including dot products and cross products, to calculate speeds, positions, and forces in infinite-dimensional space. Differential Equations uses linear algebra to solve high-order systems of differential equations to calculate eigenvalues and eigenvectors using Cramer's rule. Building on Linear Algebra as a prerequisite, Time-Series Analysis begins its first week covering not matrix algebra but matrix calculus, using linear algebra to calculate a plethora of statistics, just as Cross-Section Analysis uses the linear algebra techniques of factor rotation in principal components analysis to reduce the dimensionality of correlated variables. In addition to using linear algebra in this more advanced coursework, I have also used the techniques of linear algebra professionally in calculating portfolio analysis, risk statistics in MatLab, and teaching PCA and (from machine learning) support vector machines to PhDs and engineers. If you would like help with Linear Algebra, I would be delighted to be of service.

Linux

I have used Unix, Linux, Emacs, and shell scripting on a daily basis and would be happy to help you understand and leverage the power of Unix too! BA in Economics with Honors from the College of William and Mary.

Logic

I took logic and earned an A. Since then, I have continued to study additional fallacies and have applied it in advanced philosophy (e.g. Philosophy of Mind, of Law, and of Politics) while studying abroad at the University of Oxford.

Macroeconomics

My macroeconomics background includes three years of experience conducitng policy work and financial macroeconomics research at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors (America's central bank) including advanced analytics and sending reports to FOMC Chair Janet Yellen, completing advanced 400-level coursework across macroeconomics and microeconomics and such graduate-level coursework as Time-Series Econometrics and Cross-Section Econometrics and now being a CFA Level 3 candidate. Recently, I helped a MS in Economics student study the night before his final macroeconomics exam that he had previously failed so he could earn his masters degree. He succeeded. Over the years, I have tutored many other masters students in macroeconomics. While earning my BA in Economics with Honors from the College of William and Mary, I tutored 400-level macroeconomics and microeconomics and worked for the Department of Economics TA-ing Econometrics and Applied Financial Derivatives, the hardest rated economics class at the College. Helping teach these classes, I graded assignments and exams and helped students like you successfully complete their homework, develop original research projects, and discover how fun and useful economics truly is. In addition to having read hundreds of original research articles, I have completed dozens of economics projects using advanced concepts from micro and macro theory and econometrics, culminating in my honors thesis. Further, I have attended PhD-level conferences in which leading academics, including Nobel prize winners and eminent textbook authors (e.g. Wooldridge and Hamilton), have presented original research, and have continued to learn and tutor advanced special topics like Engineering Economics, Market and Auction Design (taught by a Stanford Clark medalist), and Advanced Game Theory. Because of my own academic studies, tutoring experience, and awareness of advanced technical aspects, I understand how difficult economics can be at the beginning, know how useful economics is, and how to make it a delight.

Managerial Accounting

I have earned an A in Financial Accounting (including with an online component via McGraw-Hill's Connect). Using these concepts, I have completed additional private training on Discounted Cash Flow and Comparatives Analysis with Training the Street. Further, I have worked in accounting for a year at a major international French corporation and proposing and have lead financial data-driven projects to drastically increase company profits at a market leader. This background means I can explain key US accounting principles (GAAP, double-entry, accrual), their relation to financial statements (balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statements, and retained earnings statement), their vital importance to real businesses, and their relation to common investment bank valuation methodologies. While accounting can seem like a different language when you begin, I can help you achieve fluency (even in French). My objective is to do what it takes to help you reach your goals.

Marketing

Professionally, I have experience leading quantitative web marketing (SEO, SEM) campaigns, have written copy, and have marketed businesses online. Well-rounded, I also have additional British political PR experience. In addition to a BA in Economics, I have completed 5 courses and a certificate focused in business and additional familiarity with quantitative statistical, time-series, and cross sectional methods to evaluate marketing campaigns. I have also tutored a NYU student in an MS in Integrated Marketing quantitative methods class including various statistical and ANOVA research designs.

Microeconomics

My economics background includes three years of experience conducing policy work and financial economics research at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors (America's central bank) including advanced analytics and sending reports to FOMC Chair Janet Yellen, completing advanced 400-level coursework across macroeconomics and microeconomics and such graduate-level coursework as Time-Series Econometrics and Cross-Section Econometrics and now being a CFA Level 3 candidate. While earning my BA in Economics with Honors from the College of William and Mary, I tutored microeconomics and macroeconomics and worked for the Department of Economics TA-ing Econometrics and Applied Financial Derivatives, the hardest rated economics class at the College. Helping teach these classes, I graded assignments and exams and helped students like you successfully complete their homework, develop original research projects, and discover how fun and useful economics truly is. In addition to having read hundreds of original research articles, I have completed dozens of economics projects using advanced concepts from micro and macro theory and econometrics, culminating in my honors thesis. Further, I have attended PhD-level conferences in which leading academics, including Nobel prize winners and eminent textbook authors (e.g. Wooldridge and Hamilton), have presented original research, and have continued to learn and tutor advanced special topics like Engineering Economics, Market and Auction Design (taught by a Stanford Clark medalist), and Advanced Game Theory. Because of my own academic studies, tutoring experience, and awareness of advanced technical aspects, I understand how difficult economics can be at the beginning, know how useful economics is, and how to make it a delight.

Philosophy

In addition to majoring in Economics and International Relations, I have completed the equivalent of a major in philosophy, including Introductory Philosophy, Logic, Honors Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Contemporary Analytic Philosophy, Non-Western Humanities, and have completed a self-designed honors independent study in Theoretical Cosmology studying under a PhD in Philosophy of Science. At Oxford, I completed courses (or called there "read papers") in Jurisprudence (i.e. Philosophy of Law), Social Theory (i.e. Philosophy of Politics), and Philosophy of Mind (i.e. Philosophy of Psychology). With this background, I can help you avoid the informal fallacies, perfect the techniques of Aristotilian and Boolean logic, enhance your Millian and Benthamite utility and Kantian deontology, evaluate the logic of St. Anselm's arguments, make wise Pascalian wagers about the existence of God, find the virtuous Nichomachean mean between two vices, and understand like Nagel "What is it like to be a bat". The primary challenge to philosophy is ensuring that all your arguments are indisputably logical according to the mathematical laws of logic so that while meaningfully testable no professor can falsify your statements in the Popperian sense. Then, in an ideal world of forms, you have to express your ideas eloquently. As the tutor Aristotle did for Alexander the Great, I can help you achieve logical rigor and verbal eloquence assisting you on your path to becoming a Platonic philosopher-king.

Physics

I have helped students learn physics from high school physics to thermodynamics within financial engineering, which I also TA-ed, and have even learned applied mathematics and physics through Partial Differential Equation, Complex Analysis, and Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computing.

Political Science

My background in political science includes getting a perfect score on my AP Government AP test, a major in International Relations that included many political science classes (e.g. Comparative Government, International Relations, International Political Economy, International Law), studying with top political scientists at Oxford University and at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In additon, I have worked as a field organizer in a battle-ground state (Iowa), have worked in the U.S. federal government at the Federal Reserve, and have interned in the British Parliament.

Prealgebra

I have won many awards in Algebra including for first place individual speed and team awards (MathCounts) and very high awards for Math Olympiad (scoring 24/25). Since then, I have continued to stay sharp in algebra by completing coursework in Differential Equations and advanced Calculus, by tutoring students in algebra and in quantitative GRE, and of course by applying algebra to everyday life.

Precalculus

I have completed coursework and earned A's through Multivariate Calculus 3 and Differential Equations and have completed additional graduate-level coursework using trigonometric functions including in Partial Differential Equations. I can help with all aspects of Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry, including trigonometric functions and the unit circle, vector and matrix math, identifying real and complex roots (e.g. via graphs and positive real zeroes), rules of exponents and logarithms, graphing exponential and parabolic equations, identifying equations for exponential and parabolic graphs, arithmetic and geometric series, converting repeating decimals to fractions, probability (e.g. permutations, combinations, conditional and independent probabilities), binomial theorem and binomial trees, and real-world applications for all of these (e.g. firing cannonballs, investment portfolios, options pricing, heat diffusion). As a Pre-calculus tutor, I can break down your Precalculus topics to explain them step-by-step so you can understand them and to prepare you for more advanced mathematical coursework. While I can mention my mathematical qualifications, Precalculus students totally make my day when they write:

"Wonderful Tutor!! We highly recommend Lewis!! My son was failing pre-calculus/trigonmetry before Lewis came along and his confidence was the lowest I've ever seen. After only 3 sessions, his grades have improved tremendously. He received a "B" on a quiz last week, and an A+ this week! Lewis provides clear explanations to a complex subject-matter through real-life examples. His passion for math is contagious!"

If you want help with Trigonometry or Pre-Calculus, contact me today!

Probability

In addition to studies at a top 3 math graduate program and having completed six probability and statistics classes, from introductory Probability and Statistics to graduate-level Time-Series Analysis and Cross-Section Econometrics, I have tutored dozens of students on probability and statistical concepts, actuarial science, and CFA probability topics and have helped those students evaluate probabilities in crafting their own original statistical research projects in psychology, economics, and nursing. I have conducted original statistical research in Experimental Psychology, Government Research Methods, Econometrics, economics, and finance, including my honors thesis forecasting probabilities economic crises using international panel data. (Exceptionally complex panel data combines observations from different places and times.) Empirically, I have familiar with such graduate-level probability models as linear probability models and ordered and multinomial logits and probits and with Bayesian probability. As a TA and tutor of two Econometrics classes at the College of William and Mary, I helped dozens of students design their own research and analyze their results in STATA to help them identify probabilities using data-driven probability models (e.g. Tobit, Probit, Logit). For personal interest, I have advanced my statistical skills by attending academic conferences hosted by the American Statistics Association, the Econometric Society, the Society for Financial Econometrics, and STATA. Through this, I have gained familiarity with many statistical software packages (e.g. SPSS, STATA, EViews, and MATLAB) and various statistical programming languages. If you would like help with probability at any level, I would be delighted to be of service.

Psychology

I have an extensive background in psychology, including Honors Intro, Social Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Child Psychology, Adult Psychology, Marriage and Family, additional training with Dr. Ekman's Micro-Expressions Training Tool and Subtle Expressions Training Tool, and extensive personal reading. This familiarity includes the conceptual elements and the statistical concepts. Exceptionally, I can offer a unique interdisciplinary understanding having examined many psychological topics using the tools not only of controlled psychological experiments but also using social statistics and analytic microeconomic and political science models analyzing individual psychology.

Public Speaking

I have won local speech and case competitions, served as the president of Federal Reserve Board Toastmasters, earned my Toastmasters Competent and Advanced Communicator certification performing among the top 1/3 of 1% of Toastmasters by earning four awards in one year, taken courses in Public Speaking and Argumentation and Debate and numerous courses in acting, performed professional Shakespeare, and prepared a repertoire of technical and general speeches and customizable speeches available on request. If you want a public speaking coach to help you polish your presentation, professional speaker at your event. or a coordinator for a class (perhaps on one of my other areas of expertise), contact me today!

R

In addition to completing courses in Advanced R and attending multiple annual conferences in R in Finance, my R background includes daily coding in R at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, including data manipulation, charting and visualization, regression, time-series analysis, and more. Having helped students and working professionals at various schools and institutions in-person and online across multiple continents debug R code, I would love to help you make sense of your R code or coursework too.

Religion

I have completed coursework in Comparative Religions, have read religious texts, and/or have visited religious places of worship within the various denominations and sects of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Sikhism, Greek and Roman Mythology (and proto-Greek Indo-European beliefs), Egyptian Mythology, Native American beliefs, Jainism, and Shintoism. I have also studied religion within the context of World History classes, honors World Literature classes, Non-Western Humanities (including the significance of religious artwork), World Philosophy classes (e.g. St. Anselm, Augustine), Chinese and Japanese Politics (e.g. Shinto, Daoism, Confucianism, and US History (e.g. Jonathan Edwards, Great Awakenings, Puritanism, Transcendentalism, Mormonism, Deism). I am somewhat familiar with Christian apologetics (e.g. C.S. Lewis, Lee Strobel) and critical traditions (e.g. Bertrand Russell and Richard Dawkins). Of possible interest, I once saw Pope John Paul II during a Latin mass in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, have toured the cathedrals of Europe and of England, attended the same Oxford college as William Tyndale (who wrote the precursor to the King James Bible), and have inquired about the beliefs of and have joined debates between devotees of different religious traditions found most vociferously at Speakers' Corner, Hyde Park, London. I have friends of many religious traditions who have informed my understanding of their beliefs. Religious beliefs are at the heart of the values and cultures of many of the world's 6.8 billion people, and without value or judgment I can help you make sense of many of the religious traditions of the world.

Social Studies

My BA in Economics and in International Relations provides a solid grounding throughout the social sciences, including extensive coursework in psychology, history, politics, and other social science fields. I have conducted and helped students conduct dozens of social science research projects through the graduate level, have prepared for college and AP tests in social sciences, and would be happy to help you too.

STATA

I have used STATA conducting economic research at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and extensively in such graduate-level econometrics classes as Time-Series and Cross-Section as well as in basic Econometrics. I have used STATA for dozens of class assignments, for original research (i.e. my honors thesis), and in helping 60 students when I TA-ed Econometrics. Furthermore, I have attended a STATA conference and heard the president of STATA present on the latest capabilities of the STATA software and STATA users spanning disciplines ranging from cancer research and genetics to sociology and econometric theory present original research produced using STATA.

Statistics

Having completed six statistics classes, including graduate-level Time-Series Analysis and Cross-Section Econometrics, I have tutored dozens of students on statistical concepts and helped them craft their own original statistical research projects. I have conducted original statistical research in Experimental Psychology, Government Research Methods, and Economics/Finance, including my honors thesis forecasting economic crises using international panel data. (Exceptionally complex panel data combines observations from different places and times.) As a TA and tutor of two advanced statistical Econometrics classes at the College of William and Mary and as a WyzAnt tutor, I have helped dozens of students design their own research and analyze their results in R, Excel, and STATA. A CFA Level 3 candidate, I have also tutored students in statistics for the CFA exam. For personal interest, I have advanced my statistical skills by attending academic conferences hosted by the American Statistics Association, the Econometric Society, the Society for Financial Econometrics, and STATA and have met and discussed statistics with the authors of many statistics textbook. Through this, I have gained familiarity with many statistical software packages and programming languages (e.g. R, STATA, Excel, SPSS, EViews, MATLAB, and SAS). While I can mention my statistical qualifications, students totally make my day when they write:

"Great tutor, knows his material. Lewis is a tremendous tutor. He makes certain of your comprehension of the material. He sends a nice summary of the lesson after. Well worth it! Thanks Lewis." (MFin, Time-Series Forecasting--Advanced Statistics)

If you would like help with statistics at any level, I would be delighted to be of service.

Study Skills

I have completed consecutive record-breaking triple course loads of 46 and 38 (also 28 and 24) semester hours with over a 3.7 GPA and have completed a semester of credit in a trimester of time at Oxford University performing in the top 15% of Oxford students (first honors level). I know how to study very well indeed and would be delighted to help you achieve your goals.

UNIX

I have used Unix, Linux, Emacs, and shell scripting on a daily basis for three years at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, have taken training in Unix, and have tutored students in computer science. I would be happy to help you understand and leverage the power of Unix too. If you would like help understanding and using Unix, contact me today!

Vocabulary

I have a preeminent vocabulary, developed over growing up with the Oxford English Dictionary (the most complete dictionary in the English language), from having read great authors voraciously, and from having successfully earned 12 years of university credit, including a year spent at a top linguistics school in France.

College of William and Mary
Economics

Education

College of William and Mary (Economics)

Great tutor, knows his material

Lewis is a tremendous tutor. He makes certain of your comprehension of the material. He sends a nice summary of the lesson after. Well worth it! Thanks Lewis.

— Brian, Naperville, IL on 6/19/12

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $300.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Discounts for: Extreme financial need • Repeat clients • Referrals • Groups • Money should never stand in the way of achieving your academic goals

Travel policy

Lewis will travel within 40 miles of Washington, DC 20036.