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I offer clear explanations tailored to the learner. I enjoy demonstrating the process of building the relevant concepts at hand, so that the learner is guided as if by an usher, shedding light to the path ahead through the aisles of a dark auditorium to swiftly arrive at the seat at the start of a performance.
As a private tutor, academic mentor, community outreach instructor, university teaching assistant/instructor in mathematics & foreign language, as well as a parent, I have been a practicing student of effective teaching and learning for over 25 years. Post-tutorial and end-of-semester feedback by former students and parents have often included exuberant appreciation for having helped reach their goal of understanding.
A few of my students have distinguished themselves by reaching the top 10 in the state at open mathematics competitions. Many have progressed to pursue studies (often with scholarships) in demanding technical disciplines at leading institutions including aerospace engineering at U of Illinois, computer science at Purdue, cyber security at Carnegie Mellon, and pre-med at Case Western Reserve. Several have also been wait-listed or successfully gained admission to U of Chicago, Emory, Georgia Tech, Imperial College of London, U of Kentucky (College of Engineering), U of Louisville (Speed School of Engineering), and MIT. I offer clear explanations tailored to the learner. I enjoy demonstrating the process of building the relevant concepts at hand, so that the learner is guided as if by an usher, shedding light to the path ahead through the aisles of a dark auditorium to swiftly arrive at the seat at the start of a performance.
As a private tutor,
Our Tutor is Victor He has been helping my high school senior prepare and study for the SAT and ACT tests. Not only has his tutoring helped my son attain higher scores each time he takes these tests, he has inspired my son too! Drake, has changed and matured as they have worked together. Victor's enthusiasm and depth of knowledge have impressed Drake. Victor's excitement about learning and his base of knowledge has made Drake want to be smarter as a young man. For the sake of his future!! He wants what Victor has and respects him so much! Victor has made a long term change in my son that will continue his passion for his education through life!! Thank you Victor!!
Victor is a very personable enthusiastic teacher! He is really helping me prepare for the ACT by explaining math problems so they make sense to me. He also provides a lot of visual break down of math problems which helps me so much since I'm more of a visual learner.
Victor has made learning Statistics easy and fun. He explained it in a way I could understand. He is so knowledgeable when it comes to math. He showed me ways to use Excel that saved me so much time! I was failing my class and after getting his help I passed with a 96%. Thank you so much Victor!
He was very knowledgeable on the subject matter which was proved by telling me how the various formulas were founded .This information was factual very interesting and helped me to tie the formula to how they arrived at making it.This helps one to remember when you have this background information.I liked the fact that he was not only knowledgeable in this respect,but also listened to me and will plan our sessions to ensure test success.
Victor is an excellent tutor and he's also a great mentor for my son. He tells it like it is and explains to my son that he must practice, practice, practice! He cares enough to tell my son that he needs to practice at least x amount of problems to increase his understanding of a particular concept. As a parent, I appreciate Victor taking on the role of mentor in addition to tutor!
Very patient with me. When I have a test he works in an extra session if I want it. Calculus would be hard to pass without him
Due to recent testing my son didn't feel that he had anything specific on which he needed to work. Victor offered to come anyway and prepared a lesson that helped reinforce some of the basics. This lesson was geared specifically for him and my son felt it was extremely helpful. There is no doubt that Victor tutors in a way that goes above and beyond my expectations.
Victor has been a great help for my twins! He is very knowledgable, patient, kind and pleasant to work with. My twins are getting As again and gaining their self confidence in Math with Victor's help!!!! He is Awesome, as my kids refer to him!!!
After many many months of search, we finally found a tutor who has a rich math background and is able to help my son in AP Statistics. Victor comes prepared with notes and extra questions for the session. Victor is very respectful, patient,on time and gives my son positive feedback on improvements he can incorporate.
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I have successfully taught Pre-Calculus and Calculus as a university teaching assistant for several academic terms. I also have taught Pre-Calculus and Calculus as an instructor at the University of Michigan while a graduate student.
Students in my discussion sections of approximately 30 students generally performed well above average on uniform mid-term and final exams administered course-wide in lecture courses with enrollment exceeding 500 students. My former students have provided very positive end-of-semester feedback on their learning experiences in both differential and integral calculus.
I have served as a mentor at the Mathematics & Science Student Center at Cabrillo College and provided academic and career guidance to students aspiring to enter a field of their choice. In my own search for an alternative career as a career changer, I pursued a 2nd graduate degree and had ample opportunities to engage in various career guidance literature and activities at the University of Michigan Career Center. What I took away from my experience can be summarized in a quote which I believe provides an anchor to career selection and pursuit: Where your talents meet the needs of the world, therein lies your vocation.
I have taken a rigorous 1-year course sequence in linear algebra & differential equations for mathematics and science majors as an undergraduate at a liberal arts college recognized nationally for its academics. I received a solid A for my coursework in both semesters and have successfully assisted my peers in understanding the various concepts and methods used to prove theorems and/or solve problems.
I lived and went to school in Germany, including a college prep school (known as Gymnasium (as opposed to Realschule or Hauptschule)), for several years during my formative years. I continued to take German classes in high school in the U.S. (received a score of 5 on the AP German test) and have taken college courses in Advanced German & Translation as well as in German Literature. I also have taken a 1-year sequence of graduate courses in Business German Practices and earned a grade of A- on a formal test on Business German proficiency (Pruefung Wirtschaftsdeutsch International) offered by the Goethe Institute.
I have taken a formal college course in computer information systems which included an introduction to MS Access in its curriculum. After earning the grade of A upon completing the course, I have applied and further increased my knowledge of Access in a professional setting for a number of years in the context of actuarial analysis at leading insurance companies. Most recently, I transformed the way data for a monthly dashboard (for senior managers, showing actual to expected ratios of claims & premiums by state) was processed earlier this year. Originally, the dashboard had relied on data processed in Excel, but now it draws data processed in Access.
In addition to many years of private tutoring in Pre-calculus, I have successfully taught Pre-calculus (and Calculus) as a university teaching assistant for several academic terms. I also have taught Pre-Calculus (and Calculus) as an instructor at the University of Michigan while a graduate student.
Students in my discussion sections (of approximately 30 students per section) generally performed well above average on uniform mid-term and final exams administered course-wide in lecture courses with enrollment exceeding 500 students. My former students have provided very positive end-of-semester feedback on their learning experience.