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Colin S.
Albany, California
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Linear algebra takes a big leap into the abstract, and this can be a bit challenging after spending years doing analytical geometry. I once had a professor tell me that linear algebra didn't really have application to the real world, and that it didn't need to, because it was beautiful in and of itself. That's a nice sentiment, but it's not true, actually. Linear algebra is vital in engineering and the sciences precisely because it has some very real applications in regards to systems and their stability. I understand this, and I can help you form a solid understanding of linear algebra as well.
About Colin S.

Hello there! My name is Colin, and I have seven years of experience tutoring math and science. I am a PhD candidate in the UC Berkeley-UC San Francisco joint bioengineering program. My strong background in STEM qualifies me to tutor math and science up through lower-division college courses. Aside from my academic qualifications, I believe that it is my genuine passion for math and science that makes me an effective tutor for students of all learning styles. As a tutor, my goal is not to impress students with how much I know. Rather, my goal is to show my students how easily math and science concepts can come to them when they are presented the material in a straightforward way. The late physicist, Richard Feynman, posited that the ability to explain complicated ideas in a simple manner is the true mark of understanding. I agree with this assertion, and I make it my goal each tutoring session to explain even the most complex phenomena in a simple way, so that my student will come away from the lesson with confidence that they grasped the information. Additionally, I emphasize a strong understanding of the fundamentals, because both math and science are heavily inductive disciplines; many of the theorems and laws are founded on other, more fundamental principles. I have personally experienced the discouragement of trying to learn material that is beyond my level of preparedness, and so I can empathize with students who are in that boat. Fortunately, I have learned that the remedy is always a return to, and a strengthening of, the basics. That is the approach I take with students who find themselves struggling in a course. My online teaching platform is a “black board” drawing program that my students can follow along with as I explain concepts and solve problems. I simply share my screen with them during the session, and at the end, I take a screenshot of the notes and email it to my students for their reference. I hope this brief explanation of my qualifications and teaching style has provided a clear image of what you can expect from me as your tutor. I am eager to hear from you and help you succeed in your academic goals!

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Colin S.
Albany, California
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Learn Linear Algebra from a Berkeley PhD Student in Computational Biology
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Linear algebra takes a big leap into the abstract, and this can be a bit challenging after spending years doing analytical geometry. I once had a professor tell me that linear algebra didn't really have application to the real world, and that it didn't need to, because it was beautiful in and of itself. That's a nice sentiment, but it's not true, actually. Linear algebra is vital in engineering and the sciences precisely because it has some very real applications in regards to systems and their stability. I understand this, and I can help you form a solid understanding of linear algebra as well.
About Colin S.

Hello there! My name is Colin, and I have seven years of experience tutoring math and science. I am a PhD candidate in the UC Berkeley-UC San Francisco joint bioengineering program. My strong background in STEM qualifies me to tutor math and science up through lower-division college courses. Aside from my academic qualifications, I believe that it is my genuine passion for math and science that makes me an effective tutor for students of all learning styles. As a tutor, my goal is not to impress students with how much I know. Rather, my goal is to show my students how easily math and science concepts can come to them when they are presented the material in a straightforward way. The late physicist, Richard Feynman, posited that the ability to explain complicated ideas in a simple manner is the true mark of understanding. I agree with this assertion, and I make it my goal each tutoring session to explain even the most complex phenomena in a simple way, so that my student will come away from the lesson with confidence that they grasped the information. Additionally, I emphasize a strong understanding of the fundamentals, because both math and science are heavily inductive disciplines; many of the theorems and laws are founded on other, more fundamental principles. I have personally experienced the discouragement of trying to learn material that is beyond my level of preparedness, and so I can empathize with students who are in that boat. Fortunately, I have learned that the remedy is always a return to, and a strengthening of, the basics. That is the approach I take with students who find themselves struggling in a course. My online teaching platform is a “black board” drawing program that my students can follow along with as I explain concepts and solve problems. I simply share my screen with them during the session, and at the end, I take a screenshot of the notes and email it to my students for their reference. I hope this brief explanation of my qualifications and teaching style has provided a clear image of what you can expect from me as your tutor. I am eager to hear from you and help you succeed in your academic goals!

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Teaches Elementary, Middle School, High School, College

Teaching since

Teaching since 2014

Education

Ph.D. Computational Biology

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 12+

Speaks

Speaks English, Japanese

Speaks

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Colin is an incredible tutor. He makes

Posted Apr 21, 2022
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Really smart and knowledgeable, he breaks the problems down into easy to understand chunks and explains complex topics very well.

Posted Apr 1, 2022
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I am taking a doctoral statistics class where the assignments are all theory and understanding of research versus specific math equations. Colin is great at helping me understand the material. I appreciate his tutoring skills. I will be using him again when I take my intermediate statistics and research class.

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Linear Algebra
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Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
60 minutes
$130
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30