Williams College (Music and Philosophy)
Stony Brook University (Enrolled)
I'm a fifth year PhD student in linguistics at Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY). I specialize in semantics, which is a field dealing with the mathematical modeling of meaning in language. In my research I use a lot of mathematical logic, so I have a particularly strong knowledge of that area, but I can also teach middle-school, high-school, and lower college-level math.
I have previously taught classes on SAT strategies, worked as a teaching assistant in six classes at Stony Brook (plus one abroad), and taught as the primary instructor for a class at Stony Brook as well. For the six classes in which I've been a TA, three of them had recitations (in which the TA teaches the class once a week), so I have significant experience in the classroom. In addition, I have frequent and well-attended office hours, so I know a lot about working with students one-on-one. My SAT Score in Math was 800; Writing, 800; and Reading Comprehension, 710.
Lots of people are good at math. But being a great tutor/teacher involves being able to show patience, understanding, and the willingness and ability to put things in a perspective that makes it easier for the student to grasp the material, without talking down to the student or making them feel inferior or patronized. I take great pride in being able to walk this fine line.
I'm a very enthusiastic, energetic, and passionate teacher with experience in the classroom and one-on-one environments. I hope you'll consider contacting me to learn more. I'm a fifth year PhD student in linguistics at Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY). I specialize in semantics, which is a field dealing with the mathematical modeling of meaning in language. In my research I use a lot of mathematical logic, so I have a particularly strong knowledge of that area, but I can also teach middle-school,
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As a recent college graduate I faced the dreaded GRE examination and being that I have not taken a math class since high school I needed some serious math help. Rob was an extremely helpful tutor going at the pace I needed to be successful as well as knowing where to provide further elaboration on difficult areas that I struggled with. He is a very knowledgeable and efficient tutor that will help you ace a test.
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I have studied mathematical logic since high school, and a great deal of my research is based around logic. In natural language semantics (my research area), the most common form of logic used is simply-typed lambda calculus, but I am also qualified to teach set theory, propositional logic, first-order logic, and modal logic. Given the relation between logic and my field of study, I am also well-equipped to show students real-world applications and helpful examples illustrating the concepts discussed.