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Alexander S.

New Providence, NJ

$50/hour

Experience math and writing tutor

5.0 average from 3 ratings
Outstanding TUTOR!!!!!!
— Don, Millington, NJ on 9/30/16

$50/Hour


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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Math and English Lit

Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison (Math and English Lit)

About Alexander

I have tutored college writing for three years, and college math for two years. I also have experience in SAT tutoring. I have worked with a wide array of students, from Kazakh exchange students studying political science to first-year Wisconsin undergraduates catching up on algebra.

My tutoring style is extremely student-driven. I ask questions, jog your memory, serve as a sounding board for ideas, and ask you to explain your approach or thought-process. If needed, I provide facts and "mini-lessons," but in general, I try to make the student think as much as possible. People learn best when they learn for themselves: education comes from students developing their own understanding of the world, not from educators shoving information into their heads.

Outside of tutoring, I enjoy pickup-basketball, reading, and travelling.

I received an honors degree in math, published mathematics research, and have extensive experience tutoring calculus (both single- and multi-variable) and college mathematics. I have experience tutoring the SAT/ACT Math exam and the GRE Math exam, and received an 800 math score on the SAT.

I look forward to meeting you and working together. I am very available and can meet when and wherever is convenient for you!
I have tutored college writing for three years, and college math for two years. I also have experience in SAT tutoring. I have worked with a wide array of students, from Kazakh exchange students studying political science to first-year Wisconsin undergraduates catching up on algebra.

My tutoring style is extremely student-driven. I ask
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Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 18 miles of New Providence, NJ 07974

"Outstanding TUTOR!!!!!!"

- Don, Millington, NJ on 9/30/16
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus,
Discrete Math,
Geometry, Linear Algebra, Logic,
Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math,
Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Physics
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GRE, SAT Math,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion,
World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
GRE

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Calculus

I worked for two years as a calculus tutor for first-year students as UW-Madison, during which I received unanimously positive evaluations. I also majored in mathematics, taking an honors course in multi-variable calculus, and received a 5 on the AP BC Calculus Test. I have experience tutoring all levels of calculus, from "business calculus" (basic derivatives and integrals) to theory of multi-variable calculus.

Discrete Math

I took college courses at University of Wisconsin-Madison in real analysis, modern algebra (group theory), mathematical logic, topology, and probability. (As a math major, I did not have to take a discrete math course, and instead learned the concepts in these courses.) I also took two college courses in programming, and therefore am familiar with programming-related applications of discrete math. I should mention that I received A's in all of these classes. I have extensive experience with set theory from these courses, and some experience with combinatorics, induction and recursion, Boolean algebra, propositional and predicate logic, and graph theory. I occasionally tutored students who were struggling with set theory and Boolean algebra in their math courses.

Literature

I received an honors degree in English Literature from UW-Madison, for which I wrote a thesis on Virginia Woolf's novel "The Waves." I also worked for two years as a research assistant for an English literature professor specializing in postcolonial literature from Africa and the Middle East. I have tutored students in literature classes, and received unanimously positive feedback both from them and their teachers.

Logic

I took an honors college course in mathematical logic at University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned an A. (The average was a C+.) We covered sentential logic, first-order logic, Boolean algebra, model theory, graph theory, and the completeness and incompleteness theorems. I have tutored some students in the basics of sentential logic and Boolean algebra.

Religion

I took college courses in Eastern religions (Hinduism, Theravadan Buddhism, Confucianism, and Islam) and in the Hebrew Bible (focusing on its historical background and composition history). I was brought up Jewish in a mixed Christian-Jewish family, and have some familiarity with Christian beliefs and history, and I have spent about three months living in Muslim-majority countries and have attended services at mosques. However, I have not had formal divinity training or done focused religious studies. Therefore, I consider myself qualified to tutor someone in a college survey course or someone who is g interested in religion in general or one of the above in particular, but not someone who is doing an intense course of study in a particular religion.

SAT Math

I currently work as an SAT tutor. I received an 800 on the SAT Math (800 Reading, 770 Writing) in 2010 and am familiar with the new test format. My approach in tutoring the SAT is to go over practice tests to isolate skills that needs improvement, work on those skills, then take more practice tests and see what we still need to work on.

Writing

I have three years of experience as a writing tutor, received over 50 hours of training in tutoring writing, and performed and presented independent research on peer writing tutors. I have tutored a broad range of students in many courses, from Kazakh exchange students studying political science to first-year students writing their first college papers. My writing tutoring style is "facilitative": I prefer to read drafts, offer written comments (not edits) that ask questions or point out where I was confused, then meet in person and ask more questions, serve as a "sounding board" for revisions, and engage in friendly debate to help you sharpen your ideas. I can tutor you in both improving a specific piece of writing or in strengthening your writing skills in general.

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Math and English Lit

Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison (Math and English Lit)

Outstanding TUTOR!!!!!!

Brendan was very anxious and nervous about his first session with Alex. However, Alex quickly put his fears to rest and asked great questions to draw him out. In a matter of minutes Brendan was engaged and Alex was very good at explaining. After Alex left Brendan said wow he is much better than my teacher at explaining the material and when can we have him come back!!!!!

— Don, Millington, NJ on 9/30/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Alexander will travel within 18 miles of New Providence, NJ 07974.