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Dr. Geoff A.
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Crush the Math GRE with an empathetic PhD with 20+ years of happy students!
The GRE can be pretty intimidating, especially with so much riding on a good score. If you work with me, you don't have to worry about adding to your anxiety -- I can help you show that GRE who's boss! We can start at whatever level you need and work from there. I can provide test-like questions and monitor your thinking process, or we can cover general concepts in an easy-to-remember way! I'm completely adaptable and can help however you need :) Typically, I use the Zoom whiteboard on my iPad with audio only, which works especially well if you also use a tablet. If you have specific material you would like to cover, please feel free to send me a picture or screenshot and we can use that as the basis for our meeting. Whether you feel hopeless or confident, I can help you improve your mastery of the math asked on the GRE.
About Dr. Geoff A.

Hello! My name is Dr. Geoff Apel, and I have been helping students (dare I say) enjoy math for over 20 years. While I may be new to TakeLessons, I am definitely not new to teaching, tutoring, mentoring, and encouraging. About 20 years ago after receiving my PhD in Math, I became a professor and taught just about every math course offered - from Algebra to Statistics to advanced proof courses along with graduate level courses. My students consistently commented on how approachable I was and how I was able to make difficult topics easy to understand and complete. While there I even tutored a gifted elementary school student, helping her master 8th grade math while she was in 3rd grade! After about 10 years, my wife and I wanted to volunteer our time to help with relief work abroad. Unfortunately, this meant I had to give up my position at the university, but the joys were definitely worth it :) While abroad, I began tutoring math online - helping both high school and college students. They too commented on how I made them feel less nervous about math and how I gave them the confidence they needed to ace their exams. I even helped those with special needs to reach their goals. In short, I love math and really enjoy helping people understand it at all levels. I've worked successfully with student of all different backgrounds and comfort levels with amazing results. I hope to work with you next!

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Dr. Geoff A.
Teaches Online
Crush the Math GRE with an empathetic PhD with 20+ years of happy students!
The GRE can be pretty intimidating, especially with so much riding on a good score. If you work with me, you don't have to worry about adding to your anxiety -- I can help you show that GRE who's boss! We can start at whatever level you need and work from there. I can provide test-like questions and monitor your thinking process, or we can cover general concepts in an easy-to-remember way! I'm completely adaptable and can help however you need :) Typically, I use the Zoom whiteboard on my iPad with audio only, which works especially well if you also use a tablet. If you have specific material you would like to cover, please feel free to send me a picture or screenshot and we can use that as the basis for our meeting. Whether you feel hopeless or confident, I can help you improve your mastery of the math asked on the GRE.
About Dr. Geoff A.

Hello! My name is Dr. Geoff Apel, and I have been helping students (dare I say) enjoy math for over 20 years. While I may be new to TakeLessons, I am definitely not new to teaching, tutoring, mentoring, and encouraging. About 20 years ago after receiving my PhD in Math, I became a professor and taught just about every math course offered - from Algebra to Statistics to advanced proof courses along with graduate level courses. My students consistently commented on how approachable I was and how I was able to make difficult topics easy to understand and complete. While there I even tutored a gifted elementary school student, helping her master 8th grade math while she was in 3rd grade! After about 10 years, my wife and I wanted to volunteer our time to help with relief work abroad. Unfortunately, this meant I had to give up my position at the university, but the joys were definitely worth it :) While abroad, I began tutoring math online - helping both high school and college students. They too commented on how I made them feel less nervous about math and how I gave them the confidence they needed to ace their exams. I even helped those with special needs to reach their goals. In short, I love math and really enjoy helping people understand it at all levels. I've worked successfully with student of all different backgrounds and comfort levels with amazing results. I hope to work with you next!

Levels taught

Teaches High School, College

Teaching since

Teaching since 1999

Education

MS Mathematics

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 5+

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I've been taking lessons from Dr. Geoff since 2015 to prepare for actuarial exams. He has helped me tremendously with understanding not only how to work actuarial problems, but also the theory behind the process. Dr. Geoff is very patient and knows how to explain problems in different ways to make sure students have a clear understanding. I would highly recommend Dr. Geoff!

Posted Apr 7, 2022
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Dr. Geoff is the go to person if you are looking to improve mathematical comprehension. He has mastered not only the complex application of numbers and equations, but the art of teaching material to students in a way that suites each individuals unique needs. I used Dr. Geoff for two years while studying for the preliminary actuarial exams and I successfully passed with great marks. I continue to pass along his information to anyone I encounter that is looking for the extra boost, because his methods are worth every penny spent!! I am so grateful for finding Dr. Geoff and I know others will feel the same

Posted Apr 3, 2022
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Dr. Geoff is an absolute legend and I highly recommend him. He helped me with studying for Exam FM, an actuarial exam that focuses on advanced financial mathematics. The exam was highly focused on applied techniques and I come from a background of theoretical math, so it was difficult for me to grasp concepts from an applied approach. He was able to put things into a theoretical perspective for me and he taught me to think about the material in a new way. He never once made me feel stupid or inadequate. He simply asked lots of questions to get a feel for my skill level and learning style and he was then able to adapt his teaching style to my needs. Math can be a brutal subject but Dr. Geoff is very good at making it approachable and even enjoyable. Again, I cannot recommend him enough and I will absolutely be going to him for help on future exams.

Posted Apr 1, 2022
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Pricing
45 minutes
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60 minutes
$125
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30