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Brian

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As a graduate of UC Berkeley, I received my Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in Physics. Along with math, these are the subjects I am most passionate about. Having not only tutored students, but also mentored and spent time working in the admissions office advising students, I find that the most rewarding part is helping students appreciate subjects they were once afraid of and find their own way of thinking through the logic of math and science. Although I would consider myself more math and science-oriented, I do like reading books and writing poetry. I also enjoy performing improv comedy, biking, and watching sports and movies during my spare time.
I was not your average student during my school years, and neither do I expect you to be one as well. As a student who recently graduated from UC Berkeley and exceled in high school, I ran the gamut of what it meant to be a student. Although I learned algebra by the 5th grade and calculus by the 9th grade, I also struggled with, and persevered through, math, physics, and economics topics during my college years.
This means I've experienced it all. I know what it's like to be bored of school, whether it was because I was more advanced, disinterested, or unable to keep up. I also know what it's like to be super excited, chomping at the bit for more knowledge and looking for advanced topics on my own. Couple this with my coursework and my experience working with students in middle school, high school, and even peers in college, and you get a tutor who not only has in-depth knowledge of multiple topics, but also understands and can help with some of the troubles and roadblocks that come from a rigid curriculum with glosses over important background information.

Brian’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Berkeley - Bachelors, Economics

Hobbies

Finance, music, poetry, sports, movies, and radio shows

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Prep

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

AP Calculus BC

AP Physics 2

Business

CAHSEE Prep

Calculus

College Algebra

College Business

College Economics

Economics

Geometry

High School Business

High School Economics

Homework Support

Math

Middle School Math

Other

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

PSAT Prep

Science

Trigonometry


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

There is no such thing as a stupid question. I always try to give the most detailed and precise information I can at any given level, no matter how insignificant the problem might be. If you think you understand the problem, then you don't fully understand the problem.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I always emphasize that a student should review their work and try to actively find something wrong with it. If not, I don't mind being the one asking quirky questions and challenging their logic to make sure they completely understand the topic.