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Harvey Mudd College
UC San Diego (PhD)
Hi! I'm Alex, and my goal is to help you not just learn to do your math and science assignments, but to really love and appreciate the subjects as much as I do. For math in particular, most people never really understand how creative, intuitive, and wonderful it can be. Everyone can learn it. I want to pass on some of my extensive knowledge and enthusiasm to anyone who's willing to listen, namely YOU!
I have a lot of experience with one-on-one tutoring. After I graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 2006, I spent a year tutoring at Mount Hood Community College, working with all students of all levels at the Learning Center. After that, I spent six years completing my Ph.D. in Mathematics at UC San Diego, where I worked as a TA in the Math department, helping students in small classrooms or in office hours (which were frequently busy). I've also worked as an Instructor for a test prep center called Elite, and I've tutored numerous students privately. Although I am qualified to teach courses at the college level, one-on-one tutoring is my favorite and I never want to give it up. It's not even about the money for me. I will offer to renegotiate my hourly rate if you are on a tight budget.
Even though I love to explain things (and I'm very good at it), my tutoring style is based on Active Listening, which I originally learned through MHCC's tutor training program. Mostly I will let you hold the pencil, and if you get stuck I will ask questions intended to get you thinking in the right direction. This is the best way to tutor in problem-solving disciplines, because it focuses exactly on where you need help. Of course, I will also give a review/overview if necessary (I can tell based on your work). I will always be as friendly and supportive as I can. It doesn't matter to me whether you're having trouble with a Calculus concept or whether you never really learned Algebra 1 and need to go back; having studied advanced mathematics for years, all of it is second-nature to me and I just want to help you wherever you are.
Math is clearly my specialty, but I am well-versed in most scientific subjects and test preparation, and have plenty of experience tutoring those. I am also pretty good at piano, clarinet, drums, Spanish, and Chess, although I haven't taught those as much. Hi! I'm Alex, and my goal is to help you not just learn to do your math and science assignments, but to really love and appreciate the subjects as much as I do. For math in particular, most people never really understand how creative,
Depending on your financial situation, I am willing to lower my rate a bit.
Alex has helped me outline my project and broke it down into pieces easy enough to implement. He taught me syntax as well as gave me hints to algorithms that would work the problem.
We worked on some graph theory such as trails, paths, circuits and matrix representations of graphs. He has helped me get through this term of discrete math which is a lot harder than the last term of discrete math.
Alex was great in providing enrichment in math for our son, who was in 6th grade. We wanted Alex to cover different material than his regular classwork, and he was great at explaining the concepts in a way that was easily understood. Our son enjoyed his lessons with Alex very much...
they did trigonometry just for fun! :)
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I taught myself to program in C++ in middle school by reading programming books. Ever since then, I have been programming as a hobby, and I have taken numerous computer science courses in college. Most of these were taught in Java, but on my own I have created large projects in C++ (more than 2000 lines). I know multiple languages and I have helped students learn C++ who first learned in Java. I am confident I can do the same for you.
I have a Ph.D. in math, which means I have lived and breathed Calculus (and beyond) for years. I have been the Teaching Assistant for college-level Calculus on at least a dozen occasions, and I have Calculus students through WyzAnt and TutorDoctor. High-level math is my specialty, so I hope you will consider me as your tutor.
As a Harvey Mudd graduate, I've been through their required year of Advanced General Chemistry, which is like AP chem on steroids. I also took two years of IB chemistry in high school. It is still fresh for me as I've had the chance to tutor chemistry to numerous students since graduating.
I have long been interested in computer programming and computer science. I took several courses in college, but mainly I am self-taught in C++, Java, and a bit of Python. I know enough to have written some fairly large projects, including a puzzle game in C++ written using MFC (Microsoft Foundation Classes).
I have studied Differential Equations and other cornerstone mathematical subjects extensively at Harvey Mudd College and during my 6-year Ph.D. program at UC San Diego. I am qualified to teach college level mathematics; my teaching experience includes one semester of Differential Equations, which included a computer lab component. I also have five years of experience teaching numerous other math courses including the Calculus series, Linear Algebra, Complex Analysis, and Number Theory.
I have studied Discrete Math and other cornerstone mathematical subjects extensively at Harvey Mudd College and during my 6-year Ph.D. program at UC San Diego. In fact, my Ph.D. is in Probabilistic Combinatorics, an area of Discrete Math. I am qualified to teach college level mathematics and have done so for numerous topics including the Calculus series, Linear Algebra, Complex Analysis, and Number Theory (which is usually covered briefly in Discrete Math courses).
I have taken a standard Intro to CS course in Java, at Harvey Mudd College, and a couple of higher-level CS courses as well: Intro to Programming Languages, and Algorithms. Mostly, however, I am self-taught and I've learned how to use the online documentation to learn how to do new things. I have helped a couple of students with Java through WyzAnt, and also know other languages.
I have studied Linear Algebra and other cornerstone mathematical subjects extensively at Harvey Mudd College and during my 6-year Ph.D. program at UC San Diego. I was the Teaching Assistant for UCSD's Linear Algebra course during two different semesters. This course included all the usual topics on matrices and linear systems, plus a computer lab component using Matlab.
I have a Ph. D in Mathematics, which is impossible to earn without a rock-solid understanding of logic, which is the heart of proof-writing. I know how to teach the rules of logic either in a formal setting, or for the purpose of writing proofs, computer algorithms, etc.
Although Python isn't my primary language, I've done a few basic projects in it and I've learned the nuances unique to the language (whitespace sensitivity, dynamic data types, etc.) My overall programming experience in Java and C++, plus knowledge of Python syntax, is more than enough to teach someone at the basic level. If you're an experienced Python programmer needing help with a complex project, I probably can't help you as much.
I have always been naturally gifted at test-taking. In high school I got a perfect score on my SATs (although there was no Writing section back then). Being good at doing something doesn't necessarily make you good at teaching it, but I have also been teaching math for years in numerous capacities (private tutoring, tutoring centers, office hours, and classroom teaching). I will let my WyzAnt ratings speak for themselves.
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