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Ilia V.

New York, NY

$55/hour

Columbia Instructor for Math and Computer Science

In-person lessons
10+ Hours
4.9 average from 14 ratings
Amazing chess teacher
— Isabel, New York, NY on 2/17/16

$55/Hour


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Stevens Institute of Technology
Mathematics
Stevens Institute of Technology
Master's
Columbia University
Master's

Education

Stevens Institute of Technology (Mathematics)

Stevens Institute of Technology (Master's)

Columbia University (Master's)

About Ilia

Many educators seem to agree that the focus on standardized exams and breadth (rather than depth) of knowledge is not conducive for the student's development. Yet, despite so many tools and services (many available for free) to help the student with learning material, there has been little change in attitude at the high school and college level. As a motivated student, I found this extremely frustrating. As a teacher, I have tried to focus on what matters in the long run, namely, the student's ability to think about the subject.

Briefly, I care very little about the student's grades or exam scores, but I spare no energy showing the student all the methods for solving problems, applications to real-world ideas, and broader insight into the whole subject. To me, one of the most satisfying aspects of teaching is seeing a student reason about concepts in ways they could not have earlier.

While doing my PhD in Machine Learning (a field at the intersection of Math and Computer Science) at Columbia University, I was also an instructor for various undergrad and graduate courses. Specifically, I taught Calculus, Discrete Math, Intro to programming and CS, and Machine Learning. Much of my research was based on Linear Algebra and Probability and Statistics.

If you are a curious learner whose priority is profound understanding and insight (specifically in Math or CS) rather than excelling in exams and churning high grades, feel free to reach out even if your field of interest does not exactly match the ones listed above.

Programing languages which I have used regularly: Python, C++, Matlab, Perl.
Computer science concepts that I have substantial expertise with: basics, data structures, algorithms, compilers, software.
Many educators seem to agree that the focus on standardized exams and breadth (rather than depth) of knowledge is not conducive for the student's development. Yet, despite so many tools and services (many available for free) to help the student with learning material, there has been little change in attitude at the high school and college level. Read more

Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required

The rate listed here is for the first lesson only. If there is a good fit, we can agree on a personal rate for subsequent lessons based on the student's needs.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of New York, NY 10016
In-person lessons

"Amazing chess teacher"

- Isabel, New York, NY on 2/17/16
Math:
Calculus,
Discrete Math,
Linear Algebra,
Precalculus, Probability, Statistics
Sports/Recreation:
Chess

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 have taught the Calculus 3 undergraduate course at Columbia University.

Chess

International Master (IM). FIDE rating of 2450+ and USCF rating of 2500+.

Computer Programming

I have taught the Intro to Computer Science and Programming undergraduate course at Columbia University.

Computer Science

I have taught the Intro to Computer Science and Programming undergraduate course at Columbia University.

Discrete Math

I have taught the Discrete Math undergraduate course at Columbia University.

Linear Algebra

I have taught the graduate Machine Learning course at Columbia University. Linear algebra is a prerequisite, and is the basis for understanding many algorithms.

Stevens Institute of Technology
Mathematics
Stevens Institute of Technology
Master's
Columbia University
Master's

Education

Stevens Institute of Technology (Mathematics)

Stevens Institute of Technology (Master's)

Columbia University (Master's)

Amazing chess teacher

I really look forward to my next lessons. He is patient, smart, engaging and knowledgeable. I learned so much on our first meeting. He takes a very gentle approach to chess with an emphasis on fun and an appreciation of the game.

— Isabel, New York, NY on 2/17/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

The rate listed here is for the first lesson only. If there is a good fit, we can agree on a personal rate for subsequent lessons based on the student's needs.

Travel policy

Ilia will travel within 10 miles of New York, NY 10016.