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Alberto C.

Florence, MA


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U. Santa Maria, Chile
U Santa Maria
The University of Utah


U. Santa Maria, Chile

U Santa Maria (Master's)

The University of Utah (PhD)

About Alberto

I have taught and tutored students for more than 20 years. I have experience in Mathematics, all the way to graduate courses, and I have a working knowledge of computer science and web programming (PHP, Perl, Databases, etc). I have also had the chance to learn photography and Photoshop and I worked for a while as a photographer.

I enjoy working with people and seeing my students learn and progress. I start from where the student is at the moment and bring him along to realize its potential. I try to keep the session lively and relaxed while keeping focus on the task at hand. I have found that the best way to work with a student is to listen and be patient. There are many solutions to problems; the best is always the one that starts from where the student is and builds from there.

I can accommodate my sessions to your needs and priorities. I have worked with student as young as 12 years old, and I also have experience with people coming back to school after many years of not being in school, as well as regular students in high school or college.
I have taught and tutored students for more than 20 years. I have experience in Mathematics, all the way to graduate courses, and I have a working knowledge of computer science and web Read more

24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Florence, MA 01062
In-person lessons
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus,
Differential Equations,
Discrete Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math,
Adobe Photoshop,
Dreamweaver, HTML, Macintosh,
Mathematica, Photography, PHP,
Adobe Photoshop,
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus,
Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math,
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, GRE, SAT Math
Corporate Training:
HTML, Spanish, SQL

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Adobe Photoshop

I have worked with Adobe Photoshop since version 4 up to CS4 (version 11), that means 10+ years of experience. My work has consisted but it has not been limited to:

1. Adjusting photographs for printing
2. Merging photographs to create panoramas
3. Color correction
4. Sharpening (using Photoshop features or plugins)
5. Color matching and printing
6. Scanning
7. Restoration of photographs or other artwork
8. Preparation of photos or other artwork for printing or the web

I have also used Photoshop to create graphics for the web and graphic design. I am experienced using layers, adjustment layers, filters, high dynamic range photographs (HDR), conversion to black and white, techniques to create composites, etc.

I have also have experience using Photoshop RAW to develop photographs digitally and I am experienced on Digital Photography. I also know Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, and I have experience in creating and maintaining catalogs of images using this tool.

I have knowledge of color management and how it is applied in Photoshop and I have worked with color managed workflows.

I enjoy working and teaching Photoshop and I have developed over the years techniques and workflows that work and give consistent results.


I have taught and tutored calculus too many times to remember here. I have taught all levels of calculus from first semester up to multi-variable calculus.

I was once told by a professor of mine that first semester calculus was the class where he introduced more new and deeper concepts in all the classes that he taught (considering he was one of my best professors in graduate school that is saying something). I believe that he is right, the material has been studied and distilled over centuries and the difficulties are still there.

It is important then to approach the subject with care and deep study since it is not easy and everyone may need some sort of help at one point or another.

Many students have told me that my one to one interactions are very useful, and I enjoy understanding each persons learning styles and where he/she is getting confused or needs reinforcement.

Finally I want to say that calculus is one of my favorite subjects to teach, at all levels.

Differential Equations

I have used differential equations (DE) in my professional life, as well as taught them a few times in college levels. I have also taken classes on dynamical systems both using ODEs (Ordinary DE) and discrete systems (iterations, and difference equations). As an engineer, I studied and used Laplace and Fourier transforms, I studied and worked numerical methods to solve DEs and modeled systems. It is a vast subject, but I have at one point or another studied and worked with most of the methods that are used and learned in undergraduate mathematics and some specialized topics as well.

Linear Algebra

I have used linear algebra in my career as a mathematician as well as my studies of engineering. I can teach the subject at different levels, starting from a hands on linear systems of equations point of view, to the more abstract settings. I have also had the chance to learn several applications of the subject.

I will teach the subject (on a more basic hands on level) at GCC on the spring term of 2012.


I have a working knowledge of the Macintosh platform and I have owned several macs over the past 15 years. I maintain them and configure them (I do not repair them though!) and I can set them up and use them to its full potential. I perform periodic backups, I use Dropbox and other online programs to transfer data, etc.

I am familiar with many of the most useful applications for the mac, MS Office to some extent, but mostly Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Dreamweaver, and to some extent Indesign and Illustrator. I also use the iWork suite of applications that to my mind allow me to do all that I need from the MS Office suite at a small fraction of the price.

I also have experience with the Unix underlying system and I have installed and configured applications in my Macs. I run a local server to test web sites that I develop and I have worked programming in several scripting languages for the web (Perl, PHP, JavaScript), using my Mac. I know and use several tools for programmers (SmartSVN, BBEdit, Netgears, Eclipse, the terminal application, etc.)


I have worked for about 10 years as a PHP programmer, involving problems from the simplest e-mail form submission to complex database driven web sites. I am particularly interested in the new PHP 5 features that make it much more object oriented and capable than its previous iterations.

PHP is also a wonderful scripting language for small situations, and I can work in small projects as well as big. My preference is always to make the programming modular and easy to read.

I have also had experience in other programming languages in College and in my profession as a programmer (Pascal, C, JavaScript, Fortran, Perl, etc). This gives me a good perspective to teach since I understand general understanding of programming.

SAT Math

I have been teaching mathematics at all levels for many years, including high school level mathematics as well as other more advanced subjects. I understand the difficulties and challenges some students have with the subject and I also know good strategies to take these type of exams.

I never took the SAT, but I have taken many similar exams over the years and help people prepare for them. Working one on one is very effective since it is easier to identify the areas that need more work or clarify quickly areas that are confusing for the student. Much of what I do is relevant for all types of exams.

U. Santa Maria, Chile
U Santa Maria
The University of Utah


U. Santa Maria, Chile

U Santa Maria (Master's)

The University of Utah (PhD)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Alberto will travel within 15 miles of Florence, MA 01062.

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