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Brandon R.

Tallahassee, FL

$45/hour

Math Sci MIT Guy

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Aerospace Engineering
Florida State University
PhD

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Aerospace Engineering)

Florida State University (PhD)

About Brandon

I enjoy tutoring because I thoroughly enjoy learning. I have over ten years of tutoring experience both paid and volunteer and I have been hired by a high school as well as the MIT Tutorial Services Room to help students learn, test well, and exceed their own expectations by the end of the course. After graduating from MIT with a bachelors in aerospace engineering, I completed my PhD in mechanical engineering here at FSU, but my life is far more than academics. Sports, music, and church are big parts of my life and although I balance more than the typical graduate student, I prioritize my students and am dedicated to people first.

Experience 1: As a high school and undergraduate student I did not look for students, my peers came to me when they needed to do better in their classes. In this time I tutored Algebra II, Geometry, Discrete Math, and Physics. Each of my students met or exceeded their goals including one who graduated with his diploma after failing a math course twice and another who passed the AP exam after being moved from his AP Physics class into a regular physics class.

Experience 2: As an undergraduate student I was employed by the MATCH School in Boston, a charter school serving underprivileged students with a desire to attend college. These students I tutored in preparation for the MCAS state graduation examination. The subjects that I tutored were math and language arts and each student was an intensive year long commitment. The two students that I worked with passed their examination, but more importantly we were able to discover aspects of their education that inspired them. I forgot a years worth of complaining about practice problems in a heartbeat after hearing these students decide on goals after high school and finding inspiration to work towards them.

Experience 3: This was a shorter experience also as an undergraduate student. I was employed by MIT to serve my peers as a Tutorial Services Room tutor. The subject I tutored was JAVA Programming and I worked with two students. Working with my peers was slightly stressful, but it was a worthwhile challenge. The first student I tutored was a solid student with a B average, wanting to do better and boost her GPA. I was glad to see such dedication in the last semester of the student's senior year. We worked hard not only to complete the assignments but to understand the concepts in depth. She aced her final exam, not because of how much she knew, but because we had rehearsed the thorough process of problem solving. The other student I worked with was struggling and had a C midway through the semester. I only worked with this student a couple of times but she was able to do quite well, making a B and actually enjoying the subject that she once dreaded.

Experience 4: Having been a WyzAnt tutor since 2011, I have grown remarkably as a tutor and have worked with students in many subjects: primarily math, physics, and computer science, but also including engineering and standardized test prep. Working with dozens of different students with different needs has taught me to adjust my tutoring style to fit the learning needs and goals of the student I am working with. Over time, I have seen students I have tutored become tutors themselves, which is one of the most rewarding parts of this endeavor. I have appreciated the opportunity to work with each of my students and have not only taught, but have also learned with and from each of them along the way.
I enjoy tutoring because I thoroughly enjoy learning. I have over ten years of tutoring experience both paid and volunteer and I have been hired by a high school as well as the MIT Tutorial Services Room to help students learn, test well, and exceed their own expectations by the end of the course. After graduating from MIT with a bachelors in Read more

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Travels within 15 miles of Tallahassee, FL 32304
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"Patient, well-spoken, knowledgeable, and very helpful"

- Caelan, Tallahassee, FL on 11/19/15

"A+ Tutor!"

- Jamie, Tallahassee, FL on 10/18/15
Brandon replied on 10/20/2015

Thanks Jamie, that means a lot to me. Working with you guys over this span has been great!

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- Courtney, Tallahassee, FL on 11/13/13

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Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Discrete Math,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Mechanical Engineering,
Physical Science, Physics
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GRE, SAT Math, SAT Reading
Computer:
C++,
Java, MATLAB
Business:
GRE

Approved subjects are in bold.

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C++

I have taken many courses in programming including C++/JAVA/MATLAB, and I have self-taught myself various other programming languages. I have taken advanced coursework in object-oriented programming and use these skills day to day in my work as a graduate research assistant.

I have specialized professionally in streamlining code to make it run more efficiently, and I stress practicing sound disciplines when writing code because a little care on the front end will save a lot of time in debugging.

Discrete Math

Discrete Math covers graph theory, combinatorics, set theory, logic, discrete probability theory, number theory, certain topics in algebra (numerical semigroups and monoids, for instance), discrete geometry, and several topics in game theory. My coursework background in pure and applied math has covered set theory, logic, game theory, and discrete probability, and I have taught myself number theory, combinatorics, and graph theory. I use many of these topics when tutoring for math competitions. I have tutored multiple students in the Discrete Math I and II courses at FSU.

Linear Algebra

I have taken two courses in linear algebra, one as an undergraduate (18.06 with famous author and MIT professor Gilbert Strang) and one as a graduate student (Analysis I in Mechanical Engineering with Leonard van Dommelen). Among math courses, the concepts in linear algebra come especially intuitively for me, and I stay current with the identities, properties, and techniques taught in the subject because I deal with matrix manipulation extensively in my current research (Control Theory) and coursework. I will be able to show students tips on how to remember the steps to solving problems and teach them several alternate ways of getting to the correct answer that could possible save time and cut down on mistakes. Additionally, I can point students to high-quality online material for further practice and study.

MATLAB

I have extensive programming experience in C/C++, JAVA, and MATLAB, although my current research has me working with MATLAB and C code day in and day out. I will be able to introduce you to effective programming techniques that I have picked up in my undergraduate and graduate studies, internships and research, and I can also instruct in proper use of Simulink modeling software and several toolboxes. I typically provide plenty of well-documented example code and basic instruction on how to efficiently navigate and use the MATLAB help file documentation.

Mechanical Engineering

I offer tutoring in Mechanical Engineering core subjects, as well as advanced subjects in my specific discipline (dynamics and controls). I have teaching/TA experience in Advanced (Digital) Controls as well as Multivariable Controls. Typically, the broad range of courses in Mechanical Engineering share a common backbone in math, physics, and/or programming, so if you are needing help in any of these within a specific course that I didn't list, I would be glad to help you with that as well.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Aerospace Engineering
Florida State University
PhD

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Aerospace Engineering)

Florida State University (PhD)

Patient, well-spoken, knowledgeable, and very helpful — Walked me step by step explaining all concepts clearly and sequentially. Very friendly and answers all my questions perfectly. ...

— Caelan, Tallahassee, FL on 11/19/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Travel policy

Brandon will travel within 15 miles of Tallahassee, FL 32304.