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Steve

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I went to Fresno City College for my first years and earned an Associates in Music. I then went to CSU Stanislaus to work on and finish my Bachelors in Mathematics. While going to Fresno City College, I used to tutor to make money to help pay for bills while working on my Associates. It was not until I went to CSU Stanislaus when I worked as a school tutor. The subjects that I tutor is mostly mathematics and music but I have tutored some sciences, linguistics, and some languages, like Mandarin and Japanese.

Each time I tutor, I first study what the student has learned and then take the consideration of approaching subjects, like math, by teaching skills and concepts. It is because I was taught originally by having to memorize certain ways where it was memorizing separate rules, but this only helped me a little. Overwhelmed, I started trying to focus more on the grand picture, which answered more questions I had and streamlined information that I had to learn. This helped with grasping the underlying meaning of what the subject is trying to convey as well as new possible learning skills acquired with it. Although I have seen many students come in wanting to understand how to get the answer to certain questions, I have done my best to tutor the underlying concepts instead. I find that the students have more questions answered and feel more confident in wanting to learn. It is that moment when students gain epiphanies that help the most.

My favorite subject to tutor is mathematics is because of the true nature of the subject. It is one of the only deductive sciences with the true purpose of trying to convey meanings and concepts and using the known knowledge to approaching the newer unknown areas. It is also the easiest to build and fix foundations of subjects to help move on from one level to the next.

Outside of Academia, I take care of my guinea pig, blog about random things, and compose avant-garde orchestral music.

Steve’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Fresno City College - Current Undergrad, Mathematics

Test Scores

GRE: 323

GRE Quantitative: 168

Hobbies

Music

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Math

Algebra

Algebra 2

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

AP Music Theory

AP Studio Art: 3-D Design

Arrangement and Composition

Art

Bass Clarinet

Bassoon

Calculus

Clarinet

College Physics

Composition

Conducting

Elementary School Math

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Euphonium

Flute

French Horn

Geometry

High School Physics

IB Music

Japanese

Languages

Linguistics

Marimba

Math

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing

Multivariable Calculus

Music

Music Theory

Oboe

Other

Physics

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

Science

Test Prep

Trigonometry

Trumpet

Tuba

Xylophone


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

To eliminate unnecessary phobias on learning and to help people in understanding that learning is helpful.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Understand what someone knows and which ways they learn best. Afterward, see what hurdles may affect their learning experience.