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Mason K.

Forest Grove, OR


Mathematics Graduate Student and Professional Tutor

Background check passed as of 7/17/15
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Reed College


Reed College (Mathematics)

About Mason

Hello potential tutee! If you are looking for a mathematics tutor who will help achieve independent competency in your desired area of math, then look no further! By working with me you will learn to figure out your own problems by asking yourself the necessary questions.

I am currently a graduate student studying mathematics at Portland State University. I have a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Reed College where I worked (for Reed in an official capacity) as a tutor for 3 years, helping other Reed College students with many different subjects, such as Introductory Physics (Mechanics / Electricity and Magnetism), Calculus, Intro Real Analysis, Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Abstract Algebra. At Reed I tutored in both a one-on-one context and with slightly larger groups at the tutoring centers. I cultivated a classic approach to tutoring at Reed, based on the Socratic Method: I ask you questions to find the limits of your knowledge, filling in gaps with information when necessary, and eventually you will be able to solve your own problems! Of course, I also work to your strengths and your unique learning style to help you learn as smoothly and naturally as possible.

Feel free to contact me if you (or someone you know) would like to master an area of mathematics (or any of the subjects I have listed on my profile) and have some fun doing it!
Hello potential tutee! If you are looking for a mathematics tutor who will help achieve independent competency in your desired area of math, then look no further! By working with me you will learn to figure out your own problems by Read more

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Music Theory

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Algebra 1

I graduated from high school, and then from Reed College with a Bachelors in Mathematics, after which I scored a 168 (98th percentile) on the quantitative section of the GRE. None of these accomplishments would have been possible without a rock-solid understanding of Algebra 1. Moreover, the concepts and skills one acquires in Algebra 1 are invaluable in general for any person who wishes to function optimally in the 'modern real world': it is necessary for the modern individual to become not only literate, but also numerate. The material covered in Algebra 1 (concepts and skills) is ubiquitous across many different 'real world' and 'theoretical' domains: from getting a good deal out of your grocery shopping, taxes, insurance, or investment portfolio, to learning about how quantum mechanics or general relativity accurately describes aspects of our universe in precise mathematical terms. No matter what you want to do with your life, you would do well to have material from Algebra 1 (and Algebra 2) down cold. Here is where I can help you: I already have Algebra (1 & 2) 'down cold' and would love to share my knowledge and skills! I have worked with countless people on their Algebra skills (via a semi-Socratic Method) and have never failed to help someone improve. On top of improving your skills and conceptual understanding, I hope I can convince you that algebra is fun and easy!

Algebra 2

With a BA Degree from Reed College in Mathematics, you'd better believe I have beyond mastered Algebra 2. I have tutored many people in Algebra 2 (from High School level to College-aged individuals) using an "I ask, you do" or Socratic Method. I would love to help you reach the point where manipulating rational algebraic expressions, logarithmic and exponential functions, and factoring polynomials are all second-nature, because that's how it should be and it's fun!


I got a 5 on the AP calculus test. I have a college degree in Mathematics. I have ample experience tutoring Calculus. I use the Socratic method.

Music Theory

I took AP music theory in high school and got a 5 on the AP test (5s on both aural and nonaural components). I've continued playing a lot of music (guitar, bass, piano, brass instruments, saxophone) since then, so my theory and ear training skills have not gone rusty. My style for tutoring music theory and ear training consists of 'hanging out' with a piano and playing and talking about music and music theory.


After successfully completing the introductory General Physics (Mechanics & Electromagnetism) course at Reed College with a grade of "A", I tutored for the same Introductory course throughout my sophomore, junior and senior years at Reed, to much acclaim.

Physics is a challenging, and consequently fun, subject to tutor. Students of typically must overcome deeply held, but nevertheless false intuitions about concepts like motion, force, momentum, weight, etc. alongside this remedial aspect of the subject (as it is traditionally taught), the student must also develop technical proficiency with the formal language of the subject, I.e., mathematics, and more generally with the process of using an *a priori* (scientific) theory (Newtonian Mechanics, or Maxwell's Equations) to describe/explain *a posteriori* "real world" phenomena. As always, the devil is in the details, and the subject comes down to mastering mathematical techniques (calculus, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, etc.) and applying them in the context of simplified, and therefore theoretical, physical problems.


In order to graduate from High School and Reed College with a bachelors degree in Mathematics I had to first grapple with the concepts that are subsumed under the ominous course title "pre-calculus". Well, I grappled with them and came out on top (going on to grapple with much greater Mathematics and Physics) and you can too! Precalculus isn't actually difficult: there aren't many new concepts other than those introduced in Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry, and those that are introduced (Trigonometric functions, maybe imaginary numbers) are mostly tedious to get a handle on, rather than being deep or elusive. I've helped copious students in the past with their Precalculus qualms, and I'd be happy to help you with yours! I follow an "I ask, you do the work, I demonstrate" procedure whereby eventually you will be able to solve your own problems involving trigonometric functions, or whatever else they are calling "precalculus" these days.


Probability can be a difficult subject area to grasp: the material requires mathematical agility and the problems can be hard to visualize when one's intuitions don't seem to match the formulae one is expected to (somehow) master: including combinatorial arguments ('counting methods') as well as means, variances, various obscure distributions.

This is where I believe I can help: I can translate the formalism of probability theory to into your language and examples you understand.

I have a BA in Mathematics from Reed College where I tutored many students taking probability over the years. I still think about probability theory from day-to-day, so I am still fresh on the subject.

Reed College


Reed College (Mathematics)

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Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Mason will travel within 15 miles of Forest Grove, OR 97116.