Patient and Flexible Caltech Math Tutor

Grant M.
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Patient and Flexible Caltech Math Tutor

Grant M.
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## Fantastic and helpful tutor

Vishan, 4 lessons with GrantGrant has been a great tutor. He's extremely knowledgeable and is able to help with whatever you throw at him. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a tutor

Hi, my name is Grant. I graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied and Computational Math. After graduation, I was recruited as the Robotics Program Developer at the Pasadena Educational Foundation, serving middle schools across Pasadena, California. I moved to eastern Pennsylvania at the end of 2016 to be closer to family.

I've been tutoring math and physics for almost 8 years, starting in my junior year of high school. At...

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Elementary Math

Algebra 1,
#### Algebra 1

Algebra 1 was the last subject I explored in my homeschool math curriculum before transitioning to an actual junior high class in 7th grade. I tested into an Algebra 2 class with high school students at that point, which reinforced and built upon the topics I had learned in my last few months of home schooling. I've helped numerous students with Algebra 1 over the years I've been tutoring. I've found that Algebra 1 is often a significant turning point in a student's math studies, in that the introduction of concepts such as variables and functions and the math you can do with them seem completely foreign compared to what they've done before. However, Algebra 1 is foundational for every math subject that comes after it, so it's important that these concepts are grasped firmly by the student.

Algebra 2,
#### Algebra 2

Upon transitioning from homeschool to junior high in 7th grade, I tested into an Algebra 2 class that was otherwise populated by high school students. Since it was my first actual math class with other students, it was a great learning experience for me in how to not act like a know-it-all, and help my fellow students with patience and understanding. I've had many great teachers over the years, but the teacher for that Algebra 2 class really instilled in me a love of sharing my knowledge with others.

Geometry,
#### Geometry

Many students I've worked with have been of the opinion that Geometry is primarily about the mathematics of shapes and figures (triangles, quadrilaterals, polyhedra, sets of intersecting lines, and so on). I believe the more valuable concepts in Geometry have to do with logical, proof-based reasoning skills, as these can be applied to other subjects as well. Being able to start with a set of given facts and theorems, and use them to prove or disprove a given hypothesis, is useful not only in theoretical domains, but everyday life as well. This was the theme of the Geometry class I had in 8th grade, and it served me well when I got to the more rigorous and proof-based classes at Caltech.

Calculus,
Physics,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
SAT Math,
Statistics
Algebra 1,
#### Algebra 1

Algebra 1 was the last subject I explored in my homeschool math curriculum before transitioning to an actual junior high class in 7th grade. I tested into an Algebra 2 class with high school students at that point, which reinforced and built upon the topics I had learned in my last few months of home schooling. I've helped numerous students with Algebra 1 over the years I've been tutoring. I've found that Algebra 1 is often a significant turning point in a student's math studies, in that the introduction of concepts such as variables and functions and the math you can do with them seem completely foreign compared to what they've done before. However, Algebra 1 is foundational for every math subject that comes after it, so it's important that these concepts are grasped firmly by the student.

Algebra 2,
#### Algebra 2

Upon transitioning from homeschool to junior high in 7th grade, I tested into an Algebra 2 class that was otherwise populated by high school students. Since it was my first actual math class with other students, it was a great learning experience for me in how to not act like a know-it-all, and help my fellow students with patience and understanding. I've had many great teachers over the years, but the teacher for that Algebra 2 class really instilled in me a love of sharing my knowledge with others.

Differential Equations,
#### Differential Equations

I first took a class in differential equations at a local community college while I was a junior in high school. I helped one of my classmates improve his understanding of the material over the second half of the semester. At the California Institute of Technology, I learned about more techniques, both numerical and analytic, used to solve various types of differential equations.

Discrete Math,
#### Discrete Math

Discrete math is a broad term for the study of mathematical objects that are discrete (i.e. separate or countable) by nature. Examples include integers, graphs, sets, and sequences. I took a series of classes at Caltech in discrete math, which were some of the best classes I had there because they covered such a range of topics, including logic, combinatorics, and number theory. These topics permeate many of the subjects I've tutored.

Finite Math,
#### Finite Math

Finite math is closely related to discrete math, in that both are subjects involving a wide variety of topics, such as matrix algebra, linear programming, and probability. The difference between them is that discrete math is a collection of topics involving discrete objects (integers, sets, graphs, etc), while finite math has to do with topics which don't involve infinity or infinitesimals (so no calculus topics). A lot of topics which could be considered components of finite math were part of the standard curriculum at Caltech, and afterwards worked their way into subjects I tutored.

Geometry,
#### Geometry

Many students I've worked with have been of the opinion that Geometry is primarily about the mathematics of shapes and figures (triangles, quadrilaterals, polyhedra, sets of intersecting lines, and so on). I believe the more valuable concepts in Geometry have to do with logical, proof-based reasoning skills, as these can be applied to other subjects as well. Being able to start with a set of given facts and theorems, and use them to prove or disprove a given hypothesis, is useful not only in theoretical domains, but everyday life as well. This was the theme of the Geometry class I had in 8th grade, and it served me well when I got to the more rigorous and proof-based classes at Caltech.

Linear Algebra,
#### Linear Algebra

The class in differential equations that I took while I was a junior in high school included a component of linear algebra, and showed the intricate connection between the two subjects. This component of linear algebra, as it pertained to solving differential equations, was part of what I helped my first student with. One of my classes at Caltech was solely dedicated to the study of linear algebra, as a more theoretical concept. However, topics in linear algebra such as vector spaces and matrix manipulation applied themselves in a more concrete way to many of my other classes there.

Logic,
#### Logic

I first had a formal logic class in high school, which focused more on the language aspect of logic than the mathematical side of it. As part of the series of classes I took in discrete math at Caltech, there was an entire term dedicated to the math of logic, how to manipulate syllogisms, relationships, and other kinds of logical statements with mathematical precision. This in turn helped me tutor proof-based subjects such as geometry.

ACT Math,
Calculus,
Physics,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
Probability,
SAT Math,
Statistics,
Trigonometry
Algebra 1,
#### Algebra 1

Algebra 1 was the last subject I explored in my homeschool math curriculum before transitioning to an actual junior high class in 7th grade. I tested into an Algebra 2 class with high school students at that point, which reinforced and built upon the topics I had learned in my last few months of home schooling. I've helped numerous students with Algebra 1 over the years I've been tutoring. I've found that Algebra 1 is often a significant turning point in a student's math studies, in that the introduction of concepts such as variables and functions and the math you can do with them seem completely foreign compared to what they've done before. However, Algebra 1 is foundational for every math subject that comes after it, so it's important that these concepts are grasped firmly by the student.

Algebra 2,
#### Algebra 2

Upon transitioning from homeschool to junior high in 7th grade, I tested into an Algebra 2 class that was otherwise populated by high school students. Since it was my first actual math class with other students, it was a great learning experience for me in how to not act like a know-it-all, and help my fellow students with patience and understanding. I've had many great teachers over the years, but the teacher for that Algebra 2 class really instilled in me a love of sharing my knowledge with others.

Geometry,
#### Geometry

Many students I've worked with have been of the opinion that Geometry is primarily about the mathematics of shapes and figures (triangles, quadrilaterals, polyhedra, sets of intersecting lines, and so on). I believe the more valuable concepts in Geometry have to do with logical, proof-based reasoning skills, as these can be applied to other subjects as well. Being able to start with a set of given facts and theorems, and use them to prove or disprove a given hypothesis, is useful not only in theoretical domains, but everyday life as well. This was the theme of the Geometry class I had in 8th grade, and it served me well when I got to the more rigorous and proof-based classes at Caltech.

Calculus,
Physics,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
Statistics
Physics

ACT Math,
SAT Math

## Patient and knowledgeable

I recently returned to school after many years and as I got into my first math class in nearly 10 years it was clear I would need extra help. Grant was always very punctual with responses and ready to go at the arranged tutoring time. He was always very knowledgeable of the material I brought into the online sessions, and was very patient with me even if I became frustrated with the material. Math not being my strongest subject I am certain I would not have passed the class if it was not for the help I received from Grant. Excellent tutor.

Colin, 12 lessons with Grant

## Great tutor

Glad we found Grant! He helped with polynomial equations and equations involving trig functions. I would highly recommend Grant for math help. Grant is a true asset to Wyzant!

Kelly, 11 lessons with Grant

## Extremely knowledgeable, patent, and flexible

Grant is tutoring my daughter on AP Statistics. Her understanding of the subject matter and her grades have seen a remarkable improvement since she began working with Grant. In addition, we have a very busy schedule and Grant has been very flexible in accommodating the changes. Grants calendar is on Google which makes it easy for us to match his availability with ours.

John, 9 lessons with Grant

## Very intelligent young man!

Grant has made a quick impact on my son. The fact that he knows the material in and out was impressive, and made my teen son less skeptical. His grades in pre calc are coming up and the material is becoming easier to handle and understand with Grant enforcing principles and teaching him.

Leo, 16 lessons with Grant

## Grant was a perfect choice for algebra!

Grant is helping my son prepare for the PA Keystone algebra assessment, and provide some extra reinforcement on skills learned in the classroom. He is patient, but moves quickly enough to not get bogged down in things my son already knows. Got a 100 on his last test! We are very happy.

Silvia, 2 lessons with Grant

## Connects well

Grant works well with my son. Amazed how calm an hour of math tutoring is compared to working with him as a parent!

Kathleen, 2 lessons with Grant

## extremely knowledgeable

Grant did a great job. He has very deep understanding of the subject and was able to answer all the questions my daughter had on the final test prep. Will definitely contact him in the future.

Margarita, 1 lesson with Grant

## Excellent tutor.

Grant has helped my son so much with his AP Physics class. He is very good at explaining how to approach difficult problems and he has given my son a better comprehension of complicated concepts. I highly recommend him.

Calvin, 6 lessons with Grant

## Helpful Tutor

Grant has provided helpful review of geometry theorems and postulates in preparation for upcoming quizzes and test.

Jennifer, 12 lessons with Grant