As a math major preparing to be a teacher, I am an experienced and effective tutor. I enjoy tutoring in all math subjects to calculus II (including statistics). Also physics in mechanics and all SAT Math preparation. I placed 17th (7-way tie) of over 2000 students nationally in the AMATYC math contest in Spring '12. Also 13th (5-way tie) in Spring '11 and 20th in Fall '11 + Spring '12 scores. I was the assistant coach for the middle school program Mathcounts in '06-'07 and '09-'10 at differe... [more]
I took Calculus I at CCSF in Fall 2006 and received an A for the class (CCSF class grades do not have +'s or -'s). I received a perfect score on the final. I took Calculus II at CCSF in Spring 2007 and received an A for that class. I enjoy the real analysis aspect of calculus, including precise definitions of limits, definition of power with irrational exponent, and functions of rational numbers. Also origin of e and transcendental topic infinite series. I have the 5th edition of the Stewart textbook, an excellent book used by many schools, and the student solutions manual 5th edition. I also enjoy the fact that as complicated as calculus is mathematically, many of its concepts and theorems are intuitively clear, such as continuity & differentiability, IVT, MVT, extrema, and some infinite series tests. These aid in teaching to students.
Although I truly love all math subjects I have studied, in many ways geometry is my favorite high school math subject. It is the only one learned as a deductive system (starting with undefined terms and defining all others from them, and postulates and proving all theorems from them). This is the way mathematicians do all areas of math. Basic logical reasoning and methods of proof (deductive, indirect, and possibly mathematical induction) are also great parts of the class. Since geometry works on sets of points that can be easily understood visually, and thus many geometric theorems are immediately visually obvious, it is in a way understandable for a higher proportion of students than other math subjects. It's great that many students who don't love studying other math subjects love studying geometry. I have the '82 edition of the famous Moise / Downs textbook (virtually the same as the '90 edition), an outstanding book full of excellent problems, which is used by some schools.
I received 800 on the SAT reasoning math in 10/10. (I challenged myself to not use a calculator on it.) I received 800 on the subject math level 2 in 6/11. (I chose to not challenge myself in that way on this.)