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Colin S.
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Learn Calculus from a Berkeley PhD student in Computational Biology
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As an engineer, I use calculus on a daily basis to solve problems, and this includes multi-variable and vector calculus. Taking a calculus course and knowing the steps to solve a derivative or integral is one thing, but applying calculus concepts to problems in engineering and physics (i.e. biomechanics or fluid mechanics) is the true mark of understanding calculus - something I've learned how to do over many years of applying what I learned in my calculus courses. Sure, calculus can be a challenging subject at times, but with a focus on geometric representations, attaining a solid understanding of the concepts is well within reach, and that is the way I approach the subject with my students. For example, I don't just show you how to analytically solve an integral, I show you what an integral is, and what the solution means. When you understand calculus on this level, you'll be able to work through any of the curve ball questions your teacher might throw in on an exam.
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 does a great job of teaching in a very engaging way while also teaching in a way that is very easy to understand.

Posted Jul 28, 2022
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I feared my daughter would not speak to me for days after suggesting she get tutored in geometry to prepare for the upcoming year. Colin has succeeded in engaging her all while keeping it palatable for a 12-13 yr old. Colin is flexible and a good communicator concerning scheduling as well.

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Colin is an incredible tutor. He makes

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Graduate Student Instructor
Aug 2022 - Present
University of California, Berkeley
I am a GSI for the course Introduction to Computational Molecular and Cell Biology: This class teaches basic bioinformatics and computational biology, with an emphasis on alignment, phylogeny, and ontologies. Supporting foundational topics are also reviewed with an emphasis on bioinformatics topics, including basic molecular biology, probability theory, and information theory. I help students with coding in Python for homework assignments, as well as answer general questions about course topics.
Math and Science Tutor
Jan 2014 - Present
Independent
I have been tutoring math and science subjects through online platforms since 2014, and have provided over a thousand hours of tutoring to students of all ages and educational levels.
Math Tutor
Jan 2014 - Dec 2015
San Diego Miramar College
I was a tutor in the Math Lab at Miramar College. Here, I tutored pre-algebra through multi-variable calculus.
Essay Writing Tutor
Aug 2014 - Dec 2014
San Diego Miramar College's The PLACe
At the PLACe I helped students in various English and humanities courses with their essay writing. Generally, students would ask me to read their drafts and I would advise them on grammar, syntax and structure.
Ph.D. Computational Biology
Aug 2018
UC Berkeley-UCSF
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering
Aug 2015 - Dec 2017
University of California, Berkeley
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Japanese
Limited Proficiency
Stem Cell Engineering Pre-doctoral Fellowship
Jul 2019
NIH/Berkeley Stem Cell Center
Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship
Jan 2018
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Jack Kent Cooke Summer Internship Stipend
Jun 2017
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
May 2015
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Phi Theta Kappa
Mar 2014
The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

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Instructor details
Calculus
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
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Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
60 minutes
$130
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