Andrew Wilcox

Academic Tutor

I was born and raised in Morgan Hill, California, where I spent my K-12 years. After graduating from high school, I went to West Valley College to study physics. My degree, however, also required math courses. I found college-level math easy and enjoyable, and I proceeded to take higher level math courses: calculus, statistics, linear algebra, differential equations. Never satiated, I attended UC Berkeley to finish my undergraduate degree in applied mathematics with an emphasis in physics.

Physics and math are ubiquitous, beautiful, and teach valuable lessons and skills. After high school, I desperately wanted to understand the world around me. I sought out and studied psychology, philosophy, and anthropology; I found that these subjects explain the human experience internally, but physics and math explain the human experience externally. There’s so much to learn, teach, and discuss about math and physics.

I began tutoring during my time at West Valley College. I received formal training from the college and continued tutoring there for a year and a half. It was an enlightening and meaningful experience, and I have I been tutoring since. All students work at different paces, and everyone has a different learning style. What’s difficult for one student can be easy for another, and vice versa. Every student is unique, and that’s one thing about tutoring I find exciting, challenging, and engaging. There’s not just one way to tutor—every student expects different outcomes and learns in their own unique way. My junior college tutor mentor told me, “Tutoring requires not just one tool, but the whole toolbox.”

Practice problems are the best way to get better at math and physics.The challenging problems are even better: the ones that make you pull out your hair and push you to your limits. If you can do those problems, you can do the easy ones. This is precisely what math and physics teach: patient problem solving and creativity. I am here to guide the student, explain difficult concepts, and help them learn to approach such problems. I am not just a math and physics tutor; I am a problem solving tutor. I also emphasize the verbal aspect of physics and math. I encourage students to demonstrate conceptual understanding by talking to me about the subject.

Free time for me is time to self-improve. Weightlifting, fishing, archery, shooting pool, Magic the Gathering, and reading science fiction, horror, and fantasy are my outlets for relaxing.

Subjects Tutored:

Academic Algebra 2
Academic Pre-Calculus
Academic Calculus
Academic Statistics
Academic Physics
AP Physics 1
AP Physics 2
AP Physics C
AP Statistics
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC




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