Hello, My name is Brian and I graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. I have taken pretty much every core math class from Algebra to Vector Calculus. I have always excelled in math and during high school I found that I am also pretty good a teaching it to others. I have been a tutor on this site for almost 2 years now. I have helped students at all levels, but a majority of my students have been in high school or college. I tutored a bit... [more]
Algebra 1 is the basis of most math. The key concepts from this are used in EVERY other math class that you can take. So it is essential that this subject is understood completely. When I took this class in middle school, I was one of the few people in my class that actually understood it. Many of my friends would ask me for help, and I would help them. Some of them probably would not have passed if it were not for my help.
Algebra 2 can be a tricky subject. I remember when I took it, I felt that it was a much bigger jump in difficulty from Algebra 1 to 2 than from Pre-algebra to Algebra 1. I remember seeing matrices for the first time and having no clue what was going on. However, after a little practice, they became one of my favorite parts of the class. I ended up doing very well in my class, all while helping out just about every single one of my friends that was in my class.
Calculus has to be my favorite math class. When taking it in high school I did not completely understand it, but after taking it in college, I fell in love with it. I always helped classmates in my classes when they needed it. I find calculus to be very simple, once it is understood.
Chemistry can be difficult for many people to understand. While I was taking chemistry, I noticed that many people had trouble knowing how to distinguish between the given and necessary information to solve problems. Once it is understood what information is needed to find a solution, chemistry becomes a much easier class to understand.
Geometry can be a difficult class for some to visualize. I have about two years of experience tutoring geometry, and after my sessions my students understood the concepts better and in turn got better grades. A majority of geometry is really just knowing which formula to use and once you understand that, everything else just falls into place.
I have found that many people find precalculus a difficult subject. I took the class in high school and did very well. I also spent the past year helping my younger sister through her precalculus class. She was in danger of not passing the class, until my parents suggested she ask me. She finished the class with a B.
Although I never took the ACT, I feel that I am pretty strong in the areas of math that it covers. Pre-algebra, algebra 1 and 2 and geometry were all classes that I took in middle school and high school. I received A's in every class. Like I said in my profile, I tutored a friend's younger brother in both geometry and algebra 2.
The only experience I have with differential equations is from the college class I took. For me, it was one of the easiest math classes I had ever taken. I finished my midterm for the class in 10 minutes and got 100%, and finished the final in 25 minutes. There are basically just simple ways to solve different differential equations and once you understand those ways you can solve any equation given to you.