U.C. Berkeley (Math Comp Sci)
Please note: I have taken employment in tutoring and will spend only a limited time on other tutoring projects, which will be moderately selective.
I did algebra with quadratic equations before entering kindergarten. In a local math contest in the 7th-9th grade division, I competed as a 6th grader and placed 3rd, placed 1st in 7th and 8th grades, 9th grade I competed in the 10th-12th division and finished in the top 3, 10th and 11th 1st.
I qualified for the U. S. Math Olympiad in 10th and 11th grades (top 100 high school students, mostly 12th graders) and placed 10th in 10th grade. Most of my high school Math was completed in 8th grade in a special class where I did complete coursework for Algebra I, Algebra II, and Trigonometry all in one year (getting an A). Geometry, which I am not offering to tutor, was done at a normal time in the 10th
with an A. I scored 800 on the Math part of the SAT first time I took it, 780 the second time.
I started taking Math Classes at U.C. Berkeley in 8th grade (Calculus I for Math/Science majors), and completed these with A or A+ in a period of 3 years of Math courses before entering U.C. Berkeley as a full-time student after 11th grade (a year early). At U.C. Berkeley, I completed
a double major in Math and Computer Science in 3 years and 1 quarter, with a 3.9 GPA in Math and a 4.0 GPA in Computer Science.
I tutored 5 or 6 middle school students in Pre-Algebra and Algebra, 2 elementary school students in Elementary Math, and 1 adult in Business Math, while I I was at university, all with much success. Students having trouble in Math got back on track in about six weeks, and my first student's parents' delight led to a chain of referrals that led to tutoring the other middle school students. I loved tutoring, especially using my expertise to help young students better understand and appreciate Math, but eventually phased out tutoring, as my pay was raised in a part-time computer programming job.
Also, I have taught bridge to adult partners in a 1-1 basis most years in university years and beyond. This has led to the much improved ability of these adults both in partnering me and in partnering others.
I can gain an understanding on how my students think about Math, and adjust my teaching style accordingly. I guide my students through solving Math problems, in their subject, on their own, giving them the ability to solve similar problems themselves, If, in this process, I identify a stumbling block from a previous level, I will then teach and/or correct it.
I recently tried taking one of the U.S, Math Olympiad qualifying tests, and found I am still extremely well versed in Algebra, Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus. I know also know several tricks to make arithmetic and test-taking easier. Please note: I have taken employment in tutoring and will spend only a limited time on other tutoring projects, which will be moderately selective.
I did algebra with quadratic equations before entering kindergarten. In a local math contest in the 7th-9th grade division, I competed as a 6th grader and placed 3rd, placed 1st in 7th and
Very knowledgeable, on time, focused!
Lin set up a tutoring session with me with very short notice and it made a big difference in my final grade. I would use his tutoring service again.
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I took a course in Algebra 1 in 5th grade, outside the normal school system, and then in 8th grade, under the supervision of the computer teacher, did homework and tests in Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Trigonometry all in a one-year course, with an A. I took a test recently with high school math problems, and got all the Algebra 1 problems correct, as well as 100% on Wyzant's test for prospective tutors.
I took a course in Algebra 2 in 6th grade, outside the school system. In 8th grade, while taking Calculus at U.C. Berkeley, I, under the supervision of the computer teacher, did HW for and some tests in Algebra 2 (and Algebra 1 and Trigonometry). getting an A. I got 100% on WyzAnt's test for prospective Algebra 2 teachers, as well as getting all algebra problems correct on an old qualifying test for the U.S. Math Olympiad in a recent review of my algebra expertise.
I first used C programming in my degree work at U.C. Berkeley. I found myself very capable at this language, and had no trouble with the task of modifying and improving a large block of code for an operating system. Subsequently, I used C language in several full-time jobs, and is my language of choice for personal programs that I write.
I took first and second year Calculus in 8th and 9th grades at U.C. Berkeley. For the first two quarters, I audited a class and finished 2nd in the class of several hundred, even though I didn't participate all-out due to the fact I was auditing. In the third quarter, I took a self-paced class for credit and did the full first year of Calculus in the first year. In 9th grade I took the 2nd year calculus for credit, and got A's.
I remember the first year very well, but some of the second year I may need brushing up, consequently, I'll offer a discount for second year calculus.
I have been programming computers over the last 40 years, and was a computer programming whiz kid. I have used and become accustomed to many programming languages, although I do not have experience with Java. I completed a major in Computer Science at U.C. Berkeley, and although that was about 30 years ago, I remember almost all applicable coursework related to computer programming.
I was so good at Math in elementary school that I paid more attention to how the Math was taught then needing to learn. That was a long time ago, but I looked at textbooks for my stepdaughter's private school, and I still remember everything.
I worked part-time as a FORTRAN programmer for about five years, and was extremely proficient. (I must admit, however, that it was decades ago.) I have a degree in Computer Science, emphasizing software. I am good at explaining computer programming concepts.
I have a lot of high quality experience with PASCAL, although not recent. I excelled in PASCAL programming while completing my degree at U.C Berkeley, when PASCAL was the language used in most of the software courses. I also excelled in working on a large, mostly PASCAL program at one of my full-time jobs, when, among other things, I successfully fixed another programmer's code, of which she was unsuccessful in getting it to work. I also wrote a nice PASCAL program to research the card game of bridge, which worked fast enough long before the big modern improvements of speed.
When I was attending university, I worked with several students in prealgebra in a chain of referrals -- got them on track very quickly and successfully.
I never formally took a Pre-Calculus class, but I learned the curriculum on my own from varous sources, and have full knowledge of the material, as evidenced by my 100% score on the Wyzant qualifying test for that subject.
I scored 100% on Wyzant's trigonometry test, and was nationally ranked in high school in mathematics.