Mathematician From Wash. U. Specializing In Standardized Test Preparation
I Love Mathematics. I declared mathematics as my major even before I went to the University. I then graduated from Washington University with a degree in Mathematics and tutored math through college to pay the bills. I have nearly 40 years of experience helping students pass tough Mathematics classes.
At Washington University, the Mathematics Department provides a roster of tutors from which students select their own Math Tutor. While I was there, I had by far the most students of any tutor. I tutored all levels of Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations, and I was the grader for the Math Departments Scientific Programming Class.
After I graduated I became the Lead Math Tutor for Student Educational Services of Saint Louis University and also served as the Math Tutor for Saint Louis University's Athletic Department. While at Saint Louis University I tutored College Algebra, Calculus I III, and the statistics classes Registered Nurse Students, Business Students, and others were required to take.
I spent most of my professional career as an Embedded Systems Programmer during which I wrote operating systems and device drivers for machines containing a Central Processing Unit. Basically I wrote programs for anything with an interface similar to the programming interface that microwaves have today in assembler/machine language, before branching out and designing websites using PHP/MySQL/CSS. I would like to meet students interested in learning to program in the assembler language of machines. All languages currently utilized in computers must eventually be compiled or interpreted into assembler/machine language. It is all the CPU is able to understand.
I truly believe anyone can do well in Mathematics. My goal with students is to quickly make them not need me anymore, by teaching them how to study Mathematics, by showing them how to draw pictures of the of the facts presented in the problems, and by showing the students how to derive equations from the information they are given on their own, so that the student will not have to memorize/remember so much. I also like to present all the material being studied in as few problems as possible, by carefully picking a few problems that demonstrate nearly all the skills necessary to master the topic the student and I are studying. This approach greatly shortens the time it takes a student to master the material by allowing them to avoid repetitious problems that dont teach them significant new material.
I love word problems, they are great fun, and I love teaching students how to solve them. In general however, most students stumble because of arithmetic or algebraic errors they make somewhere in the problems they are solving. I implore my students to be careful and to not skip steps.
I highly suggest that if you or yours needs help with any level of Mathematics, that you contact me, I love meeting and helping students.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Washington University in St Louis - Bachelor of Science, Mathematics
Watching University Alabama Football and Basketball Games, St Louis Cardinals Baseball, St Louis Blues Hockey, Doing Math Word Problems, Doing Back-End Coding for Websites