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Chance G.

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Columbia Engineering Grad: Your Personal Math and Science Guru!

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— Muki, San Francisco, CA on 9/15/15

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Boston University
Mathematics
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science
Master's

Education

Boston University (Mathematics)

Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science (Master's)

About Chance

I am a curious, goal-driven, and compassionate person who loves to both learn and teach. I have broad interests and an innate drive to understand the world, but a passion for mathematics and the physical sciences. I was the valedictorian of my high school senior class, and I turned down offers of admission from Harvard and Yale to accept a full-tuition scholarship from Boston University, where I graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Mathematics and minors in Physics and Chemistry. I went on to earn my M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, and during my studies there I began working as a professional tutor. I've been tutoring ever since, and have loved every minute of it!

I've privately tutored high school and college students for thousands of hours during the past four years in NYC, one of the nation's most competitive tutoring markets and educational environments. I will stop at nothing to make sure my students understand the concepts we are working on and achieve their academic goals. Nothing brings me greater pleasure than helping my students succeed, and I can't imagine making a happier living doing anything else!

I specialize in math and science tutoring, for both pure academics and standardized test-prep (SAT, ACT, GRE, and NYS Regents exams). I tailor my lessons and my homework assignments to my students' particular needs, but always with one goal in mind: clear and thorough understanding. I'm excited to help you achieve your next goal, so reach out to me and let's hit the ground running!
I am a curious, goal-driven, and compassionate person who loves to both learn and teach. I have broad interests and an innate drive to understand the world, but a passion for mathematics and the physical sciences. I was the valedictorian of my high school senior class, and I turned Read more

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Algebra 1

Algebra I holds a special place in my heart, because it's the first abstract mathematics class I took in a long series of courses through high school, college, and graduate school. In fact, proficiency in algebra is the #1 indicator of a student's likelihood to pursue education and a career in STEM fields. I therefore find it extremely important and take extra care to make sure my Algebra I students build a strong foundation and deeply understand what they are doing and why they are doing it.

Algebra 2

My Algebra II teacher in was my favorite high-school math teacher, and she paved the way for me to fall in love with algebra and mathematics as a whole. I therefore strive, in the same spirit as hers, to inspire my Algebra II students to appreciate the beauty and power of what they are learning. I have very extensive experience tutoring Algebra II both in-person and online, perhaps in the hope that I am someone's favorite tutor as well!

Calculus

I have had extensive experience with calculus during my education in mathematics, sciences, and engineering. I took Calculus I, Calculus II, Multivariate Calculus, and Advanced Calculus as an undergraduate. In addition to that I completed many science and upper-level math courses that required the use of calculus, such as Honors Differential Equations, Mathematical Methods of Theoretical Physics and Calculus-Based Probability, to name a few. Furthermore, I have worked in-person 1-on-1 many high-school students in both AB and BC Calculus as well as several university students in Calculus I and II. I have also tutored calculus online for over 2.5 years with an online tutoring company.

Chemistry

During my undergraduate studies at Boston University, I earned a minor in chemistry. I completed a full year of General Chemistry and a full year of Organic Chemistry. I was particularly interested in the intersection of physics and chemistry, so unsurprisingly Physical Chemistry turned out to be my favorite of all the chemistry classes I took.

Differential Equations

While completing the requirements for the Boston University College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, I took a course called Honors Differential Equations and thoroughly enjoyed it. I also completed a course titled Numerical Analysis of Partial Differential Equations during my graduate studies at Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Discrete Math

In addition to my undergraduate degree in mathematics and four years of 1-on-1 in-person tutoring experience, I have been a tutor with an online tutoring company for over 2 years, where I specifically tutor discrete mathematics. I have also read the most widely used textbook in the field: "Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications," so I am often quite familiar with the exact questions for which students ask for my help.

Geometry

During my very first job interview to be a tutor, I was told that geometry is notoriously one of the most difficult math subjects to tutor. Throughout my career that comment has stuck with me, and I therefore take extra care to ensure that my students understand what is happening at every step of their tutoring experience. I have worked through ample proofs, diagrams, and ruler-and-compass constructions with many geometry students throughout the years and have had lots of practice finding multiple ways of approaching the same idea until I find the one that clicks with the student. There's nothing like the "aha moment" of a geometry student seeing a connection for the first time!

Linear Algebra

While fulfilling the requirements for the Boston University College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, I completed a course in Honors Linear Algebra and actually received the highest grade in the class. My linear algebra professor went on to be my advisor in the math department and wrote one of my recommendation letters for graduate school.

Logic

I graduated cum laude from Boston University with a bachelor's degree in mathematics, and it was there that I learned that doing mathematics at a deeper level is far more about using logic than using numbers! In fact one of my favorite branches of mathematics is that of foundations and logic. Additionally, I have been a tutor with an online tutoring company for over 2 years, where I specifically tutor symbolic logic for students studying both humanities and sciences.

Organic Chemistry

While pursuing my undergraduate degree at Boston University, I completed a full year of Organic Chemistry with labs and loved every minute of it. I was in a class full of pre-medical students, but I was not pre-med myself; I simply wanted to understand it and satiate my curiosity! In the end, I enjoyed Organic Chemistry more than General Chemistry.

Physical Science

Having completed minors in physics and chemistry, a major in mathematics, and a graduate degree in electrical engineering, I have a seasoned perspective to tutoring physical science. I am able to use my experience to help students make connections between seemingly disparate parts of the subject and provide interesting and concrete examples of where the science can be found and how it can be applied.

Physics

In addition to my minor in physics from Boston University, I took many physics courses during my graduate engineering work at Columbia University. I've taken a full year of General Physics, as well as Modern Physics, Classical Mechanics, Thermal and Statistical Physics, and Mathematical Methods of Theoretical Physics. My favorite physics course was a full year of Quantum Mechanics taught by Professor Brian Greene (a renowned quantum mechanics and string theory expert).

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is key to a success in more advanced mathematics. I have worked with many prealgebra students while working in NYC, and my focus has always been on helping them build a strong foundation for what's to come. If a student doesn't understand why he or she has to learn a particular topic, I am ever-prepared to show how the topic will be not only useful, but necessary later on.

Precalculus

I found Precalculus to be more difficult than Calculus while I was in high school, and I believe that that should not be how other students experience the subject, especially because I do not want them to be afraid of the beautiful subject of Calculus. I therefore strive to make sure my students deeply understand the logic of what they are doing, mainly working with functions and advanced trigonometry. I believe Precalculus is the class in which all the math starts to "come together" and students begin to see math as one subject rather than a bunch of fragmented ones (geometry, algebra, arithmetic, etc.), so I do everything in my power to help my students develop that holistic perspective that will help them in their advanced math education.

Probability

During my undergraduate studies, I spent a year abroad at the National University of Singapore, where I took an entire course in calculus-based probability. I found the subject incredibly mysterious at first but came to appreciate and understand its beauty, and it turned out to be one of the best classes I ever took. My professor chuckled every time he called me by name, Chance, which I always found funny. I liked the subject so much that I went on to take and pass the first Actuarial Exam in Probability.

Regents

I tutored in NYC for four years through boutique private tutoring companies while earning my graduate engineering degree. A large part of the tutoring I did for these companies was specifically for math, chemistry, and physics NYS Regents preparation. I have seen and explained literally thousands of Regents questions and have ample experience helping my students pass these notoriously tricky exams.

Trigonometry

I have worked with many students of Trigonometry from all levels, from high schoolers taking for the first time it concurrently with Geometry or Algebra II to college Calculus students who weren't able to build a strong foundation in the subject in high school. I understand the importance of the subject to engineering and the other branches of mathematics and therefore strive to impart a thorough understanding to my students.

Boston University
Mathematics
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science
Master's

Education

Boston University (Mathematics)

Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science (Master's)

Terrific tutor — Chance was an excellent tutor who made sure I understood the material. He was patient and thorough. His explanations were clear and precise. I would highly recommend him if you need math help. He's great! ...

— Muki, San Francisco, CA on 9/15/15

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Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Chance will travel within 0 miles of New York, NY 10028.