ThatMathTutorGuy: PhD and 12+ years of tutoring experience
ThatMathTutorGuy: PhD and 12+ years of tutoring experience
I received my PhD in math from Texas A&M University in College Station specializing in Several Complex Variables. While there I assisted with student learning in four big ways. First, I lead recitation, a class for students to repeat and practice the ideas discussed in lecture. The best way to learn math is to do math and with this in mind, I provided students with worksheets, quizzes, and ask them many summarizing questions to make sure they understood the techniques and main ideas. Second,...
I received my PhD in math from Texas A&M University in College Station specializing in Several Complex Variables. While there I assisted with student learning in four big ways. First, I lead recitation, a class for students to repeat and practice the ideas discussed in lecture. The best way to learn math is to do math and with this in mind, I provided students with worksheets, quizzes, and ask them many summarizing questions to make sure they understood the techniques and main ideas. Second, I volunteered in Texas A&M's one-on-one math tutoring service.
This was a very Hands-On learning environment and helps students solidify their understanding. Three, I actively hosted or assisted with office hours for students to seek addition math help. Four, I graded a lot of homework. Through grading assignments and these activities, I learned to identify the common pitfalls for each math course. Many students have come to me after the end of a course and said something like "Thank you so much Zach. I passed this class and it's so much because of you." Courses that I've specifically assisted with include: precalculus, calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, real analysis, and more.
Since graduating I've worked several math teaching and tutoring positions. As a part-time job I started my own business called ThatMathTutorGuy as an online exclusive math tutor service tutoring everything from Algebra 1 to Calculus to Complex Analysis to standardized testing. I've worked with a company to make math videos that provide full solutions to textbook math problems. I've also worked with the company 7EDU to prepare high school students (grades 8-12) for standardized testing such as SAT and ACT and competitive math problem solving such as AMC 12 and AIME.
I’ll end with my main two tutoring philosophy thoughts. 1) To learn math, you need to do math, so do lots and lots of examples and take ownership of those ideas! 2) To be a good teacher, be calm, patient, clear, go slowly, and know your stuff!
Zach has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 2 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.
Zach did a wonderful job helping me go through a Number Theory problem Set. He helped me review concepts I had forgotten and solidified my understanding of the subject. We covered Quadratic Reciprocity, Legendre symbols, Euler’s criterion, and proofs. He’s quite knowledgeable and knows how to teach. I would highly recommend him as a tutor!Tomas, 2 lessons with Zach
The Best Tutor!
Zach helped me with a proof presentation for a college level senior Mathematics course. He was extremely knowledgeable and carefully explained each point. After the presentation I was given some follow up questions. Zach and I could not find a time we could both meet for a tutoring session, but he took time to message me some very valuable notes on my responses. I highly recommend Zach as a tutor!Kevin, 1 lesson with Zach
Zach said he felt uncomfortable during the session because I was unable to talk and he could not adapt to the situation and left the tutor session immediately after that. His actions and tone seemed way too excessive for the small minor set back (no voice) I had. If he DEMANDS voice on for the student to be during the session, he should put it in his tutor information.Alex, 1 lesson with ZachTutor responded:
Alex, to be clear when you say "no voice" what you actually mean is that you remained muted. You told me that you were at Starbucks and therefore didn't want to talk. I thought this was unreasonable but I was polite and professional and we continued at a slower-than-typical pace. I checked in with you often to make sure that you were understanding the concepts and to see if you had any questions, and then I waited for you to type your response. Even though I indicated that communicating without speaking slows the tutoring session and checked in with you several times to make sure the pacing was fine, you felt dissatisfied at the end of the session because we had not completed what you wanted. Despite this, you decided to meet with me for a second time. Again you remained muted and refused to speak because "it's too early in the morning and I am tired." Tutoring is not a one-way street and effective communication is necessary! We continued for a few more minutes until you decided to become unresponsive to my questions and draw circles with your cursor. Despite this nonverbal insult, I politely told you that I was uncomfortable continuing with this session, that you would not be charged for this session, AND that you would be refunded for the first session. You typed "Sounds good." Our second session ended after a total of 6 minutes. I will not do your homework for you. ALEX SAN DIEGO, CA on 12/15/2021 wrote: Zach said he felt uncomfortable during the session because I was unable to talk and he could not adapt to the situation and left the tutor session immediately after that. His actions and tone seemed way too excessive for the small minor set back (no voice) I had. If he DEMANDS voice on for the student to be during the session, he should put it in his tutor information.
my experience with Zach has been very good, he is a great teacher. We have worked on differential equations and other concepts that are related. I was pleasantly surprised at the fact that he is also knowledgeable about other mathematical concepts and I plan on working with him with my other university courses. -SinaSina, 8 lessons with Zach
Very intelligent and patient tutor!
Zach is an awesome tutor. I needed a lot of tutoring in my Calculus II course and he has been very helpful so far. He evidently has a strong understanding of the concepts in the course and has done a great job of explaining them to me. It’s clear that he places an emphasis on understand and will re-explain concepts at a greater depth if they’re not understood the first time. Would definitely recommend!Udoka, 6 lessons with Zach
Knowledgeable and very patient
Zach was very patient and helped me get a better grip on concepts I didn't understand. He explains them very well and step by step so I get a better understanding. I will definitely recommend Zach and I look forward to having classes with him in the future.Kavitha, 3 lessons with Zach
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