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Asher B.

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No-judgement, enthusiastic math support
No-judgement, enthusiastic math support
Asher B.

46 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

46 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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12 years' formal teaching experience across high school & university, and a tutor since grade school
Math is my absolute favorite thing ever and I'm big into trying out different explanations & approaches to find what makes a given concept "click" for you. Anything we realize you aren't solid on is a chance for me to help you grow & better understand this whole subject - you'll never hear anything like "you should have learned this years ago" or "why can't you" from me, it's all about...

12 years' formal teaching experience across high school & university, and a tutor since grade school
Math is my absolute favorite thing ever and I'm big into trying out different explanations & approaches to find what makes a given concept "click" for you. Anything we realize you aren't solid on is a chance for me to help you grow & better understand this whole subject - you'll never hear anything like "you should have learned this years ago" or "why can't you" from me, it's all about providing a supportive environment to get you more comfortable & fluent. You don't have to love math the way I do, but I'm definitely gonna do everything I can to make our sessions and whatever you're studying a more pleasant experience than it's been!

I'm patient, passionate, and confident in my knowledge - that includes having no issue naming when I need to take a minute to think or need to look something up, I'm not gonna mix you up on something by pretending I know what I'm doing. I'm always happy to backtrack if there's something from earlier on you find is holding you back on current material, and will come up with however many different explanations you need until we find something that helps you understand. I have multiple degrees in math - did everything but the big paper at the end of the PhD program which I left because I was more excited to go teach high school - and over a decade's experience in the classroom. I'm especially excited about Calculus (which is funny because it was probably my least-favorite math class when I was a student), having revamped the whole BC Calc curriculum for my school to make it more holistic, accessible, and supportive.

Whether you need support for one niche concept within a single unit or are looking to adjust your experience with math as a whole, I'm here for you. Zero-judgement space, ready to help wherever you need... and whether you know what you need or not. My students (and their parents!) consistently comment on my energy & enthusiasm for the subject... come talk math w


Education

University of Chicago
Mathematics
Northeastern University
Masters

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Art

Needlework

Needlework

I've known how to knit for as long as I can remember; along with general orientation and problem-solving, I can help you learn to "read" your work and understand the structure of a pattern using my mathematics background/instinct. Tatting I picked up in 2010; Crochet is most recent, as of 2019, though I'd played with the basics before that point. Though knitting is definitely where I have the most experience and technical skill, I have made my own designs in all these crafts.

Business

GRE

Homeschool

Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I was so frustrated and intrigued by my first taste of Algebra: a student-teacher did a presentation to my 6th grade class and, excited by the idea of a letter representing a number but not realizing that 2x meant "two times x" rather than "twenty someodd", I got all the answers wrong (and may have actually had a short argument with her after the class about believing the answer to not exist)! Once that notation was cleared up, I was voracious for this field; my graduate work was in Abstract Algebra (well, ok, I took a fair amount of courses in Topology, too, but that's not what I researched) and I've delighted to teach many sections of Algebra II since becoming a high school teacher. One of my favorite concepts to teach is Completing the Square... in no small part because it's so often a point of confusion for so many, so it's really satisfying to link the name to the process and help it all "click" and be a lot more memorable than it was for me when I was in high school. Looking forward to helping you feel a bit more excited about this field, too!
Calculus,

Calculus

I strongly believe that math in general but calculus especially is taught far too detachedly - there are core principles that link together the whole of AP calculus into really just a bunch of applications of a few ideas, and given the opportunity of heading into a full year of Pandemic School summer of 2020, I got to rearrange our Accelerated Calculus course (AB+BC in one year) to be a lot more holistic. I've always loved mathematics, but Calculus was my least-favorite course when I was in school... I'm much more excited about it now that I've had the chance to make these deeper connections that no one pointed out to me back when, and I'm especially excited to help things "click" for you, too.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

My first experience teaching Precalc goes all the way back to when I was still a high school student myself, giving my little sister tips to help her pass her trig test... I will never forget her holding up her curly hair to model a sinusoidal wave. I've since gotten a Bachelor's and Master's in Math and spent much of the past decade teaching high school, with at least one section of Precalc almost every year of that time. The term "Precalculus" is a pretty vague descriptor - there's a lot of different topics that different schools choose to include/not within that year of math - but what hasn't been a core part of my particular school's curriculum I've kept fresh by teaching our Math Club/Team. It being such a broad, disconnected set of topics makes it an especially fun course for me to tutor... looking forward to seeing what questions you have!
SAT Math

Math

Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I was so frustrated and intrigued by my first taste of Algebra: a student-teacher did a presentation to my 6th grade class and, excited by the idea of a letter representing a number but not realizing that 2x meant "two times x" rather than "twenty someodd", I got all the answers wrong (and may have actually had a short argument with her after the class about believing the answer to not exist)! Once that notation was cleared up, I was voracious for this field; my graduate work was in Abstract Algebra (well, ok, I took a fair amount of courses in Topology, too, but that's not what I researched) and I've delighted to teach many sections of Algebra II since becoming a high school teacher. One of my favorite concepts to teach is Completing the Square... in no small part because it's so often a point of confusion for so many, so it's really satisfying to link the name to the process and help it all "click" and be a lot more memorable than it was for me when I was in high school. Looking forward to helping you feel a bit more excited about this field, too!
Calculus,

Calculus

I strongly believe that math in general but calculus especially is taught far too detachedly - there are core principles that link together the whole of AP calculus into really just a bunch of applications of a few ideas, and given the opportunity of heading into a full year of Pandemic School summer of 2020, I got to rearrange our Accelerated Calculus course (AB+BC in one year) to be a lot more holistic. I've always loved mathematics, but Calculus was my least-favorite course when I was in school... I'm much more excited about it now that I've had the chance to make these deeper connections that no one pointed out to me back when, and I'm especially excited to help things "click" for you, too.
Discrete Math,

Discrete Math

A lot of youth contest math is based on Discrete Mathematics, so as a young mathlete I got a lot of experience with the field. I got to work with legendary Discrete Mathematician Laszlo Babai while at University of Chicago for undergrad, not just taking a class but also working two summers in their REU with him. While the nominal focus of my graduate work was Cluster Algebras, there was a ton of combinatorial analysis (aka... you guessed it, Discrete Math!) in the particular niche we were working to carve out at that time. And I've since come back to my first contact with it: having taught high school since finishing my own schooling, I've been the Math Team coach and helped countless aspiring mathletes - including some who think they hate Discrete - hone their skills and their relationship to the field.
Finite Math,

Finite Math

A lot of youth contest math is based on Combinatorics (the fancy word for Finite/Discrete Math), so as a young mathlete I got a lot of experience with the field. I got to work with legendary Combinatoricist Laszlo Babai while at University of Chicago for undergrad, not just taking a class but also working two summers in their REU with him. While the nominal focus of my graduate work was Cluster Algebras, there was a ton of combinatorial analysis (aka... you guessed it, Finite Math!) in the particular niche we were working to carve out at that time. And I've since come back to my first contact with it: having taught high school since finishing my own schooling, I've been the Math Team coach and helped countless aspiring mathletes - including some who think they hate Finite Math - hone their skills and their relationship to the field.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

My first experience teaching Precalc goes all the way back to when I was still a high school student myself, giving my little sister tips to help her pass her trig test... I will never forget her holding up her curly hair to model a sinusoidal wave. I've since gotten a Bachelor's and Master's in Math and spent much of the past decade teaching high school, with at least one section of Precalc almost every year of that time. The term "Precalculus" is a pretty vague descriptor - there's a lot of different topics that different schools choose to include/not within that year of math - but what hasn't been a core part of my particular school's curriculum I've kept fresh by teaching our Math Club/Team. It being such a broad, disconnected set of topics makes it an especially fun course for me to tutor... looking forward to seeing what questions you have!
Trigonometry,

Trigonometry

My first experience teaching trig goes all the way back to when I was still a high school student myself, giving my little sister tips to help her pass this unit of her Precalculus class... I will never forget her holding up her curly hair to model a sinusoidal wave. I've since gotten a Bachelor's and Master's in Math and spent much of the past decade teaching high school, with at least one section of Precalc almost every year of that time. I've got some tips for how to boil down some of the complicated formulas to a core set of principles... if you've got SOHCAHTOA and the Pythagorean Theorem down, I can help you use algebra to avoid having to memorize so much (and if you're not comfortable with those, I can help you solidify your relationship with them, too!)
ACT Math, SAT Math

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Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I was so frustrated and intrigued by my first taste of Algebra: a student-teacher did a presentation to my 6th grade class and, excited by the idea of a letter representing a number but not realizing that 2x meant "two times x" rather than "twenty someodd", I got all the answers wrong (and may have actually had a short argument with her after the class about believing the answer to not exist)! Once that notation was cleared up, I was voracious for this field; my graduate work was in Abstract Algebra (well, ok, I took a fair amount of courses in Topology, too, but that's not what I researched) and I've delighted to teach many sections of Algebra II since becoming a high school teacher. One of my favorite concepts to teach is Completing the Square... in no small part because it's so often a point of confusion for so many, so it's really satisfying to link the name to the process and help it all "click" and be a lot more memorable than it was for me when I was in high school. Looking forward to helping you feel a bit more excited about this field, too!
Calculus,

Calculus

I strongly believe that math in general but calculus especially is taught far too detachedly - there are core principles that link together the whole of AP calculus into really just a bunch of applications of a few ideas, and given the opportunity of heading into a full year of Pandemic School summer of 2020, I got to rearrange our Accelerated Calculus course (AB+BC in one year) to be a lot more holistic. I've always loved mathematics, but Calculus was my least-favorite course when I was in school... I'm much more excited about it now that I've had the chance to make these deeper connections that no one pointed out to me back when, and I'm especially excited to help things "click" for you, too.
Precalculus

Precalculus

My first experience teaching Precalc goes all the way back to when I was still a high school student myself, giving my little sister tips to help her pass her trig test... I will never forget her holding up her curly hair to model a sinusoidal wave. I've since gotten a Bachelor's and Master's in Math and spent much of the past decade teaching high school, with at least one section of Precalc almost every year of that time. The term "Precalculus" is a pretty vague descriptor - there's a lot of different topics that different schools choose to include/not within that year of math - but what hasn't been a core part of my particular school's curriculum I've kept fresh by teaching our Math Club/Team. It being such a broad, disconnected set of topics makes it an especially fun course for me to tutor... looking forward to seeing what questions you have!

Sports/Recreation

Needlework

Needlework

I've known how to knit for as long as I can remember; along with general orientation and problem-solving, I can help you learn to "read" your work and understand the structure of a pattern using my mathematics background/instinct. Tatting I picked up in 2010; Crochet is most recent, as of 2019, though I'd played with the basics before that point. Though knitting is definitely where I have the most experience and technical skill, I have made my own designs in all these crafts.

Summer

Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I was so frustrated and intrigued by my first taste of Algebra: a student-teacher did a presentation to my 6th grade class and, excited by the idea of a letter representing a number but not realizing that 2x meant "two times x" rather than "twenty someodd", I got all the answers wrong (and may have actually had a short argument with her after the class about believing the answer to not exist)! Once that notation was cleared up, I was voracious for this field; my graduate work was in Abstract Algebra (well, ok, I took a fair amount of courses in Topology, too, but that's not what I researched) and I've delighted to teach many sections of Algebra II since becoming a high school teacher. One of my favorite concepts to teach is Completing the Square... in no small part because it's so often a point of confusion for so many, so it's really satisfying to link the name to the process and help it all "click" and be a lot more memorable than it was for me when I was in high school. Looking forward to helping you feel a bit more excited about this field, too!
Calculus,

Calculus

I strongly believe that math in general but calculus especially is taught far too detachedly - there are core principles that link together the whole of AP calculus into really just a bunch of applications of a few ideas, and given the opportunity of heading into a full year of Pandemic School summer of 2020, I got to rearrange our Accelerated Calculus course (AB+BC in one year) to be a lot more holistic. I've always loved mathematics, but Calculus was my least-favorite course when I was in school... I'm much more excited about it now that I've had the chance to make these deeper connections that no one pointed out to me back when, and I'm especially excited to help things "click" for you, too.
SAT Math

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ACT Math, GRE, SAT Math

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One of the best Finite Math tutor that I have worked with. She is Excellent in explaining, navigating me with problem solving, making me understand the concepts.

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