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I've really been tutoring ever since I was a student myself, when my friends, knowing how much I loved to explain things, would phone me up after school for help figuring out our math homework.
I began tutoring more officially while earning my bachelor's degree (in Classics, with significant additional coursework in music theory and history), when I helped fellow undergraduates through the university's bureau of study counsel as a paid peer tutor in Latin and calculus. Since graduating, I've taught algebra and grammar in summer school; taught Latin and AP Computer Science (in Java) as a full-time high school teacher; and also done one-on-one tutoring (mostly in Latin, algebra, and world history) with students ranging from the 7th to 12th grade.
My interest in tutoring begins with a deep love for the subject matter, which means that for me there's no substitute for actually understanding it: getting the right answer isn't nearly as important as being able to explain why it's right. As a tutor, my main job isn't to talk, but to listen: I think the real centerpiece is getting my students to explain the material in their own words. Everyone learns differently, and the beauty of tutoring is that we can adapt our approach on-the-fly to address just what it is that one specific student is stumbling over. I've really been tutoring ever since I was a student myself, when my friends, knowing how much I loved to explain things, would phone me up after school for help figuring out our math homework.
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Apart from doing some TA work in college, I have never formally taught Calculus. (Formally, I've taught Latin and computer programming to high schoolers.) But I've helped lots of people with Calculus work over the years, both my classmates when I was a student and, more recently, my students as a teacher and tutor. Calculus remains one of my favorite subjects to this day.
I have tutored math at all levels from middle-school arithmetic up through university-level calculus, as well as teaching AP Computer Science at the high-school level. This has frequently included the topics usually covered under the umbrella of "finite math" — combinatorics and discrete probability, sets and group theory, graph theory, basic number theory, formal logic, algorithmic analysis for computer programming, and so forth. In addition to their many real-world applications, I find each of these topics to be fun and engaging, and I have always enjoyed helping my friends and students to understand them.