Ask A Way Tutoring provides tutoring services for students (K-12, college) and beyond.
My name is Archie and I LOVE math (math is FUN!)! I have loved math since I was in second grade. I loved math so much that in my senior year in high school, I took AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC at the same time, and then majored in math in college, and went on to graduate school to learn as much math as I could!
I have been tutoring students since I was in high school, including students from Coronado High School, La Jolla Country Day School, University City High School, Torrey Pines High School, Westview High School, Bishop High School, Grossmont College, San Diego Mesa College, Southwestern College, USD, San Diego State University (SDSU), UCSD, and Australia (online)! I have also tutored professionals studying for the TEAS V and GMAT and professionals taking courses in Matlab.
I have been teaching at San Diego Mesa College since Spring 2015 -- classes ranging from Math 38 (Pre-Algebra and Study Skills) all the way to Math 255 (Differential Equations).
My approach to tutoring and teaching is the Socratic method, which is the use of open-ended questions to engage a student in discussion and guide him/her towards some kind of insight. This dialectical engagement generates a back and forth, a rapport between the tutor/teacher and the student.
I love helping students and seeing them understand the material is the best feeling in the world!
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Archie Medrano turned my world around. When I met Archie, I had just retaken Calc I and was terrified to begin Calc II. After barely scraping through Calc I, I thought that the summer Calc II course that I was taking was going to be next to impossible. I not only was able to pass, but I rebuilt my mathematical base so I would be more prepared going forward. I continued on to Ordinary Differential Equations, which is the weed-out course at my school, and I became one of the top students in my class. By the time I arrived at Calc III, I was the top student in my class, competing with Math majors and for the first time in my life falling in love with math. This led me to choose a math minor where Archie guided me through Partial Differential Equations, Linear Algebra and Applied Probability and Statistics for Engineers. While these were some of the most challenging classes I have ever taken, I have developed a confidence in mathematics which I would have never believed possible only a few years ago. Archie sat with me hour after hour patiently guiding through my mistakes and plugging any holes in my mathematical knowledge. Not only have my academic skills improved but I have gained a friend in the process. I simply can’t give Archie any higher praise, whether you’re struggling to get started or you have hit a high level math you just can’t grasp, Archie is your man. Thank you Archie!!
Archie is awesome. Helped me with my my math 109 class at ucsd. 109 is introduction to reading and writing proofs and it was a bit difficult at the beginning. However, Archie broke down the proofs I was struggling with in a very simple and understanding way. He clarified some definitions, and helped me with induction, algebraic statements, and division algorithm. Patient and knowledgable tutor! Overall great experience !
I like to get to know the new student, find out his/her learning style, and find out what his/her expectations are.
I have a bachelor's degree, a master's degree, and a doctorate degree in mathematics. I have been teaching for five and a half years.
I started tutoring when I was in high school and have tutored since then.
I have worked with a wide range of students -- struggling students, last-minute students, smart students -- elementary, high school, college, and beyond.
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