Nick Tomlin Tutoring
I have vast experience in the field of mathematics as both a student and a teacher. Having been a research mathematician for a number of years, I am confident there is no math course where I would feel unfamiliar. I am an eternal student of mathematics!
Seeing a student's eyes light up when they finally understand a particularly challenging topic is the most rewarding. This is a unique field in that you can gauge your effectiveness in real time. Tutors will always know where they stand because the student's future success reflects back on the tutor's abilities.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I tend to ask a variety of questions off the bat to get an idea of the best way the student learns. I fully understand that each student is unique and we do not all learn the same. After getting well acclimated with the student I am confident that I can cater to the student's strengths to ensure the best opportunity for success.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a Bachelor's degree in applied mathematics from the University of California, Riverside and have been a practicing research mathematician for quite a few years. My journey into the world of mathematics began in high school with my AP calculus course and I have been in love with the field ever since.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
I generally charge $30 for one-hour sessions and $50 for two-hour sessions. More involved sessions for exam time can be negotiated based on the student's needs and situation.
How did you get started teaching?
My teaching career began as a math/chemistry tutor in high school through the peer tutors program. Students and instructors quickly began to observe that I have a knack for teaching. So much so that my calculus teacher trusted me to lead the class on occasions when he was ill or not able to teach.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with dozens of students in subjects ranging from Algebra 1 all the way up to undergraduate real analysis. I am very familiar with virtually any subject in mathematics up to the undergraduate level and have never encountered a student that was unable to benefit from my teaching.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
There have been plenty for sure. My proudest moment as a teacher has probably been tutoring a student from a failing grade all the way up to the top of the class! Sometimes all it takes is for a student to be met with the appropriate strategy and enthusiasm to completely change their view of mathematics.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Ask any and all questions you may have. Do not be afraid of looking stupid. Any teacher worth their salt will appreciate a student's willingness to solidify and challenge their understanding of a topic even if it seems elementary. When it comes to math, there really are no "stupid" questions.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Students should put forth their best effort to understand the way they most efficiently learn. Some are visual learners. Some learn best by brute-force repetition. It is also extremely valuable for a student to try and understand the crux of why they are having trouble on a problem/topic. Communication in this way helps to best ensure a teacher can address the root causes of misunderstanding.