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Sean B.

Pittsburgh, PA

$40/hour

CMU Grad that can Patiently and Effectively Teach Math and Music

$40/Hour


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Carnegie Mellon University
Neuroscience

Education

Carnegie Mellon University (Neuroscience)

About Sean

My tutoring experience goes all the way back to high school, when I was the go-to friend and cousin who could explain Geometry, Algebra and Calc in approachable ways. Fast-forward to now, I recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, where I studied Engineering and Psychology. I learned a lot of math and statistics along the way, both learning from smart teachers and teaching others myself.

I love tutoring because of those aha! moments, when people realize that a concept that they couldn't get before suddenly makes sense. Those are the moments I strive for, and if you commit your time with me I have no doubt you'll have many of them.

My best quality as a tutor is my extreme patience and ability to build confidence in daunting subject matters.

I've enjoyed math ever since it started making sense for me in middle school (with the help of my own tutors). I understand how helpful a tutor can be in any subject matter--it's the difference between encouragement and discouragement, learning and no learning. Reach out, I'm happy to help.

I also give guitar and music theory lessons - beginner and intermediate - so if you're interested please see my profile for more information about learning music!
My tutoring experience goes all the way back to high school, when I was the go-to friend and cousin who could explain Geometry, Algebra and Calc in approachable ways. Fast-forward Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

$40/hr for math $30/hr for guitar lessons & music theory

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Pittsburgh, PA 15232
English:
English, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

I've been using Algebra for a long time, from middle school until graduating undergraduate with engineering minors. There's so much you can do with it, and it's really not a terribly difficult subject. It just takes the right attitude and the right student-teacher chemistry to get you excited and making small wins towards understanding this essential part of math.

I love Algebra the most because when I first started in high school, this was the subject I hated the most! What changed me was my tutor Shannon. Working with her week in and week out allowed me to go from hopelessly confused to finally getting it! I hope to give my students the same opportunity to 'finally get it', because overcoming that hurdle makes for a stronger connection to math and is a whole lesson in itself: learning that you CAN learn something you thought you couldn't before. Talk about a confidence booster!

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 can get trickier, but again, practice practice practice! I enjoy helping students dig into areas that confuse them because once they get the 'aha!' moment, it just takes some repetition before they become comfortable, dare I say adept at it. Each session I aim for a 'small win' and new understanding of the material so each session the student gains progress and confidence.

Guitar

Guitar is my main instrument, which I've been playing consistently for 15 years, writing my own music and collaborating with others. I originally began playing, trying to emulate legends such as Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page. Now I have a deeper understanding of the guitar, after taking lessons with teachers over the years and having studied music theory at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, PA.

I can teach beginners open and barre chords they need to play the songs they love all the way to intermediate players the scales and feel needed to improvise over the blues.

Music Theory

Some musicians make out just fine without music theory. But I'd argue they are missing out on a really rewarding framework for understanding more deeply what's going on when they play their instruments. Even a light grasp on concepts of music theory - the circle of fifths, major & minor scales, chords, and intervals - can help you develop a more solid foundation for your instrument, whether it's songwriting (searching for that 'right' note or chord) or improvising and playing with others, I highly recommend gaining some insight into music theory.

I always strive not to overload students with more theory than they want or need to simply become a better player (unless they're just curious!). This was always a challenge I had with teachers, so I hope to give you enough so that you're 'not drinking from a firehose, but you're thirst for knowledge is quenched' enough to go get more enjoyment from your instrument!

Prealgebra

Pre-algebra was alway a struggle for me, and that's why it's so near and dear to my heart. When I say always, I mean back in middle school. With support from my middle school teacher I overcame hurdles that allowed me to continue through to high school on a faster math track than if I didn't have that support. Having a 'successful' experience with pre-algebra (note: different for everybody) is important for a positive attitude towards math and moving forward into high school to more challenging courses.

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is essential to gaining an intuitive feel and visualization of mathematics and physics. I rocked trigonometry in high school, and later it helped me tremendously with my mechanical engineering courses and audio engineering courses at Carnegie Mellon University, since the sine wave (which trig teaches you about) and equations that use sine functions is fundamental to so many physical systems in nature.

I tutored trigonometry in high school, working for the class textbook with peers who were struggling. Nothing gave me more joy than to see them suddenly understand a concept they didn't the moment before! That takes practice, and support, which I'm happy to give.

Carnegie Mellon University
Neuroscience

Education

Carnegie Mellon University (Neuroscience)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

$40/hr for math $30/hr for guitar lessons & music theory

Travel policy

Sean will travel within 20 miles of Pittsburgh, PA 15232.