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Alfred P.

Ivy League (and Real Life) Trained Math Tutor

Ivy League (and Real Life) Trained Math Tutor

$65/hour

  • 161 hours tutoring

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Math is taught Completely Wrong in America!!! You see, we started Standardized Testing decades ago in an attempt to make our failing math programs better. The result was a litany of unintended consequences.

In short, good teachers became pressured to teach the material on the test over actual math. Their promotions were tied to the performance of their students. They even at times faced losing their jobs. Schools funding became tied to these tests and the pressures from school...

Math is taught Completely Wrong in America!!! You see, we started Standardized Testing decades ago in an attempt to make our failing math programs better. The result was a litany of unintended consequences.

In short, good teachers became pressured to teach the material on the test over actual math. Their promotions were tied to the performance of their students. They even at times faced losing their jobs. Schools funding became tied to these tests and the pressures from school administrations across the country forced teachers to "Teach to the Test". Instead of learning Real Math, students across the country were forced to memorize what they needed to pass the test.

Why is this bad? Because Mathematics is unique among the subjects we teach in school. Everything you learn at any given point in your math career...is needed to succeed in the future. Math builds upon itself and if there are even just a few holes in your mathematical foundation, the whole thing will eventually crumble. You see the better you master Arithmetic, the easier Pre Algebra is when you take it. The more you understand Pre Algebra the easier Algebra and Geometry become. And so it goes from Algebra/Geometry to Precalculus: Precalculus to Calculus and so on and so forth.

As a result of the testing, we have had decades (generations even) of teaching the minimum necessary to pass that test in order to optimize the results. And at each iteration, something is left behind. Year after year students are left with an ever increasing gap in the foundations necessary to survive the next math class. We teach them to memorize an unconquerable mountain of formulas and equations and the vast majority of students simply give up. They take what they need to take to graduate and never look back. They end up thinking that they hate math. But they really don't. I've seen it. What they really hate is this nonsense that has been forced upon us. This is NOT Mathematics!

So what is Mathematics? Math is problem solving and critical thinkin


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Calculus,

Calculus

I studied and then tutored Calculus in high school, College (UC Berkeley) and then in grad school at Harvard. In grad school, I went way past Calculus to topics including: Linear Algebra (Applied and Pure); Several Analysis Courses (Real and Complex); Abstract Algebra; and Topology. I also did Probability Theory, Combinatorics as well as many classes on Pedagogy (Teaching Math). Suffice it to say that I got really comfortable with the basics (Calc 1 and 2). I only teach Business Calc, Calc 1 and Calc 2 for now. I am planning on starting Multi and Linear Algebra early in 2021 after I have reviewed it to my satisfaction.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I studied Precalculus in high school and then tutored it in College (UC Berkeley) as well as in grad school at Harvard. In grad school, I went way past Precalculus to topics including: Calculus (1 and 2), Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra (Applied and Pure); Several Analysis Courses (Real and Complex); Abstract Algebra; and Topology. I also did Probability Theory, Combinatorics as well as many classes on Pedagogy (Teaching Math). Suffice it to say that I got really comfortable with the basics (Precalculus). One thing I realize is that Precalculus is supposed to be the introduction and foundation for all these later Math classes. If you want to do well in these classes...it is a good idea to do extremely well in precalculus. I also have a very short review book that costs $15-20 on Amazon that took me very little time to go over. I am considering designing a course after I get a feel for how prepared students are across the country.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry

Math

Calculus,

Calculus

I studied and then tutored Calculus in high school, College (UC Berkeley) and then in grad school at Harvard. In grad school, I went way past Calculus to topics including: Linear Algebra (Applied and Pure); Several Analysis Courses (Real and Complex); Abstract Algebra; and Topology. I also did Probability Theory, Combinatorics as well as many classes on Pedagogy (Teaching Math). Suffice it to say that I got really comfortable with the basics (Calc 1 and 2). I only teach Business Calc, Calc 1 and Calc 2 for now. I am planning on starting Multi and Linear Algebra early in 2021 after I have reviewed it to my satisfaction.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I studied Precalculus in high school and then tutored it in College (UC Berkeley) as well as in grad school at Harvard. In grad school, I went way past Precalculus to topics including: Calculus (1 and 2), Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra (Applied and Pure); Several Analysis Courses (Real and Complex); Abstract Algebra; and Topology. I also did Probability Theory, Combinatorics as well as many classes on Pedagogy (Teaching Math). Suffice it to say that I got really comfortable with the basics (Precalculus). One thing I realize is that Precalculus is supposed to be the introduction and foundation for all these later Math classes. If you want to do well in these classes...it is a good idea to do extremely well in precalculus. I also have a very short review book that costs $15-20 on Amazon that took me very little time to go over. I am considering designing a course after I get a feel for how prepared students are across the country.
Trigonometry,

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is the driest math subject there is when you first encounter it. There is no real attempt to explain what motivates the study of trig. When students first encounter Trig, it can be a nightmare of memorizing "useless stuff." However, Trig informs and is central to most Math, Science and Engineering. You may not realize it but trig allows even Wyzant to exist. I have studied math far beyond Calculus and I can tell you this...Trigonometry never went away. I learned to love it and maybe I can help you get there too.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry

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Calculus,

Calculus

I studied and then tutored Calculus in high school, College (UC Berkeley) and then in grad school at Harvard. In grad school, I went way past Calculus to topics including: Linear Algebra (Applied and Pure); Several Analysis Courses (Real and Complex); Abstract Algebra; and Topology. I also did Probability Theory, Combinatorics as well as many classes on Pedagogy (Teaching Math). Suffice it to say that I got really comfortable with the basics (Calc 1 and 2). I only teach Business Calc, Calc 1 and Calc 2 for now. I am planning on starting Multi and Linear Algebra early in 2021 after I have reviewed it to my satisfaction.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I studied Precalculus in high school and then tutored it in College (UC Berkeley) as well as in grad school at Harvard. In grad school, I went way past Precalculus to topics including: Calculus (1 and 2), Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra (Applied and Pure); Several Analysis Courses (Real and Complex); Abstract Algebra; and Topology. I also did Probability Theory, Combinatorics as well as many classes on Pedagogy (Teaching Math). Suffice it to say that I got really comfortable with the basics (Precalculus). One thing I realize is that Precalculus is supposed to be the introduction and foundation for all these later Math classes. If you want to do well in these classes...it is a good idea to do extremely well in precalculus. I also have a very short review book that costs $15-20 on Amazon that took me very little time to go over. I am considering designing a course after I get a feel for how prepared students are across the country.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry

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Calculus,

Calculus

I studied and then tutored Calculus in high school, College (UC Berkeley) and then in grad school at Harvard. In grad school, I went way past Calculus to topics including: Linear Algebra (Applied and Pure); Several Analysis Courses (Real and Complex); Abstract Algebra; and Topology. I also did Probability Theory, Combinatorics as well as many classes on Pedagogy (Teaching Math). Suffice it to say that I got really comfortable with the basics (Calc 1 and 2). I only teach Business Calc, Calc 1 and Calc 2 for now. I am planning on starting Multi and Linear Algebra early in 2021 after I have reviewed it to my satisfaction.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry

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Amazing Mentor and Teacher

Alfred did such an amazing job tutoring my son in AP Calculus. He explained the topics, their foundations and the why and how of problems. He was able to connect with my son on a level that made Calculus easy. He not only did a great job as a tutor, but he served as a mentor as well. He encouraged my son to be his best self and to continue pushing himself further than he imagined possible. Highly recommend him to assist any level of student.

Natasha, 3 lessons with Alfred

Wonderful Teacher

Alfred has helped my son with Calculus during a crucial time in high school. While Corona has led to limited classroom instruction for my son, Alfred has helped supplement all of the teaching he has missed. With his real world approach to math, as well as his relentless preparation for class, Alfred brings the needed structure to help struggling students focus on the daunting task of Calculus. He is patient, knowledgeable and goes beyond the normal realm of teachers just pushing through the problems as fast as they can. He forces my son to do the problems while he helps guide him down the right decision pathway. Alfred has helped improve my son’s confidence with Calculus which has in turn improved his grade. We are so thankful to have Alfred as a tutor. He deserves more than 5 stars!

Jennifer, 15 lessons with Alfred

Excellent tutor

My son has had several sessions with Alfred and he has raised his grade in his Trig/Pre-Calc class. His careful planning before the lesson, followed by patient teaching has been very beneficial and appreciated. Thank you!

Michele, 8 lessons with Alfred

Serious effort and time dedicated to students

He took the time to assess my current math level and he is great about prepping beforehand with lessons and other material. His teaching style is very straight forward and while he moves quickly he takes the time to thoroughly check for understanding and coherence of a topic. Very impressed with his tutoring!

Caesar, 4 lessons with Alfred

Knowledgeable, patient tutor

Alfred seems to have a shared mission of helping to expand the knowledge of the student and doing everything he can to ensure the student remains open to the learning process. He clearly is working hard to help my daughter be successful and seems to enjoy the challenge. So far, my daughter has had two sessions with Alfred and we plan on many more in the future. Thank you Alfred!

Peter, 21 lessons with Alfred

Great teacher and session

Alfred is a great tutor, not just in his knowledge and teaching skills, but in his thoroughness to provide a good experience, his dedication to what he does and to you, and his adjustability to whatever you may throw at him. Not only is he knowledgeable in what he teaches, but he truly works to teach according to how you’re learning it with your specific teacher — a trait I have not seen in any other tutor. More importantly, he has you work out the problems and try and work through the process yourself, allowing you to retain the information, as well as being more ready to apply it to more difficult problems. He helps you not just solve problems, but truly problem-solve. I would highly recommend Alfred to be your tutor.

Brian and Michelle, 1 lesson with Alfred

Great teacher and session

Takes on student education and their eventual success very seriously. Seems to adjust to varying student learning styles and pace very quickly and easily.

Brian and Michelle, 1 lesson with Alfred

knowledgeable and very patient tutor

Alfred is truly exceptional at teaching. If you want to learn I would suggest him as your tutor. I have been taking Business Calculus for about 6 weeks now and couldn't even figure out the tutorials. My first hour with Alfred helped me more than any class lecture.

Sarah, 9 lessons with Alfred

Great tutor!

My son had an excellent first session with Alfred. He was able to explain Trigonometry concepts to my son that he wasn’t understanding from his teacher in the classroom. We are looking forward to more sessions with Alfred and would highly recommend him as a tutor!

Michele, 8 lessons with Alfred
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