Hi, my name is Matt. My twin passions are math and computer programming and my goal is to translate those passions into a wonderful and enjoyable tutoring experience for you. I am a summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of New York University (7th in a graduating class of 1100) with a B.A. in math (GPA = 3.96). (I minored in music and it’s been said that math and music go hand-in-hand--I don’t doubt it!) I was elected to Pi Mu Epsilon and also received the senior class mathematics...
Hi, my name is Matt. My twin passions are math and computer programming and my goal is to translate those passions into a wonderful and enjoyable tutoring experience for you. I am a summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of New York University (7th in a graduating class of 1100) with a B.A. in math (GPA = 3.96). (I minored in music and it’s been said that math and music go hand-in-hand--I don’t doubt it!) I was elected to Pi Mu Epsilon and also received the senior class mathematics award upon graduating. At Queens College CUNY, I pursued graduate studies in an applied mathematics M.A. program (GPA = 3.82), with heavy emphasis on statistics and numerical analysis. This coursework led me to sit for and pass five Society of Actuaries’ Associate-level exams (calculus, probability I, probability II, numerical analysis and risk theory) with no score lower than ‘8’ out of a possible ‘10’.
Mathematics subject areas in which I am proficient are algebra, trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, probability, mathematical statistics, and complex variables.
The first computer language I learned in graduate school in conjunction with my numerical analysis coursework was Pascal, and this initial exposure to computer programming led to my eventually choosing programming as a career. I attended New York University’s Continuing Education Institute to learn COBOL and mainframe assembly language, but my career took off when I learned Visual Basic in 1993, and I am still programming in Visual Basic (.NET) twenty-five years later. C# became part of my toolbox when I began writing code for MS SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS).
My SQL experience dates from 1996 when I wrote my first Microsoft SQL Server code. I have stayed fairly up-to-date with SQL Server—the most recent version with which I have worked is SQL Server 2014. Data and databases fascinate me and my interest in them arose from my working with Visual Basic. (I also have experience with MS Access, Sybase, and Sybase IQ.)
In most recent years I have been focused on ‘data wrangling,’ analysis and visualization, using Tableau, KNIME (the open-source cousin of Alteryx), Talend, and Microsoft Power BI.
(In the spring of 2018, I completed a nine-month full-stack web developer training course at a nearby business school, as I am eager to keep my skills current. Most of my career has consisted of creating both front- and back-end business application software using Microsoft tools, and I felt it was time for me to upgrade and enhance my skill set. I have now had a great deal of exposure to the open-source world and I see that the possibilities are pretty much endless. It all depends on how far you want to extend your knowledge.)
But enough about me. (Well, almost….) I am confident that I am able to impart what I know to those whom I am tutoring because of my patience, empathy, and communication skills. Sharing knowledge and articulating it in such a way as to make it immediately accessible is something I do best…I have found myself in numerous work situations where I have had to mentor less-senior staff and they have universally acknowledged my patience, thoroughness and professionalism. This has translated to my tutoring skills.
The best way I can help you is for you to start you by sharing your class work and any textbook(s) or other instructional resources with me so that we can determine where you are ‘stuck,’ and go from there. If you are not ‘stuck’ and would like to do a comprehensive review of the subject matter instead, that is perfectly fine, too.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me at your earliest convenience if you feel my experience and background are a good fit for your needs.
Thanks,
Matt