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I am a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (Cal). I received my Bachelor of Arts in English with a focus on British and American Literature. I also received my Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, with an A in the Honors Program. My program in philosophy was an advanced interdisciplinary program, requiring me to specialize in logic and the methodology of science; as such, I intensively studied:

- the foundations of mathematics, including set theory, recursion theory, model theory, and theory of proofs,
- philosophical logic, including modal logic,
- philosophy of mathematics,
- logic in computer science and artificial intelligence,
- theory of computational complexity,
- history of logic,

as well as other areas of research with heavy reliance on formal methods, such as general algebra, tensor calculus, non-standard analysis, decision theory, game theory, probability, philosophy of language, and philosophy of science. I received a score of 170 on my GRE Quantitative (i.e., Math) Section. I have tutored over a hundred students in both K-12 as well as college-level mathematics, from introductory algebra to test prep in advanced Calculus.

I also hold a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, for which my concentrations are English and American Literature, Composition and Creative Writing.

As a former Residential Life Tutor in World Literature and Composition at U.C. Berkeley, I have extensive knowledge of all periods of literature. I have also taught courses addressing a vast array of literary/philosophical movements.

During my time as an Instructional Assistant in English at American River College, I displayed impeccable organizational skills and flexibility, thereby allowing me to manage a full course load whenever necessary. Throughout my academic and corporate career, I consistently demonstrated my ability to work with students from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of learning styles. By utilizing pedagogical approaches that address varied learning preferences, I made abstract concepts fun and understandable. I especially enjoy helping students to cultivate a deep love of, and appreciation for, literature through various state-of-the-art teaching strategies.

Ultimately, I am a passionate learner for life. Studying any subject involves both student and instructor in confidence-building conversations about information which students may wish to understand, intellectually as well as emotionally. I am, therefore, a proponent of non-confrontational learning and use a variety of methods to not only encourage discussion on the issues a course presents my student but also instil the kind of confidence a student requires to return to class with confidence as well as augmented knowledge. Tutoring, consequently, allows me to fulfil what I believe to be a fundamental responsibility of a democratic educational system: to communicate information while also building character and confidence so a student is empowered to make informed decisions regarding her or his intellectual and emotional well-being.

Akiva’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Berkeley - Bachelor of Philosophy, History and Philosophy of Science and Technology

Graduate Degree: Western New Mexico University - Master of Arts, Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Test Scores

GRE Quantitative: 170

GRE Verbal: 168

Hobbies

I enjoy watching foreign films and attending special showings of old movies at my local Art Deco cinema. If I'm not feeding my vision with the splendors of classic cinema, I'm out in nature, either hiking or biking, enmeshed in the joys of the natural world.

Tutoring Subjects

Adult Literacy

History

American Literature

AP Art History

AP European History

AP Research

AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP World History

Biology

Business

Business Ethics

Business Writing

College Application Essays

College English

College Level American Literature

College World History

COMPASS Reading Prep

COMPASS Writing Skills Prep

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

European History

GMAT Verbal

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

High School Biology

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School Political Science

High School World History

High School Writing

IB Biology

IB Extended Essay

IB Global Politics

IB History

IB Philosophy

IB Social and Cultural Anthropology

IB Theory of Knowledge

IB World Religions

Math

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Other

PCAT Verbal Ability

PCAT Writing

Philosophical Ethics

Phonics

Political Science

Pre-Algebra

Psychology

Public Speaking

Science

Social Sciences

Social studies

Spelling Bee

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

World History

World Religions

Writing