Domenic DiPeppe

Academic Tutor

I attended private high school in La Verne, CA, and I made the most of the opportunity I was given: I took 12 AP tests, participated in the marching band and jazz band, and was co-president of the bowling club and the French club.

I then moved on to the beautiful beachside campus of UC Santa Barbara, where I studied mathematics for two years before switching to computer science. The thing that interested me the most about computer science was that it incorporated all the things I had learned in math and allowed me to apply them to communicate with a computer. On the side, I took classes in subjects such as fencing, the history of popular music, and neuropsychology. 

It was in college that I began my first foray into tutoring, helping freshman and sophomore students with their introductory computer science classes. I also worked in a summer camp where I taught computer science to kids by teaching them how to make Minecraft mods.

After I graduated from UCSB, I moved on to industry and became a software engineer. I worked at various companies such as Google and Boeing, developing software for their applications. I made great connections and did a lot of interesting work, but after four years I realized that being a software engineer wasn’t the right fit for me. Instead, I wanted to share my knowledge with others through teaching.

As a tutor, my strategy is to help students become self-sufficient. Rather than merely teaching students to solve a specific problem, I prefer to make sure students understand the core concepts so that they can apply them to a wide variety of problems. One question students ask all the time is, “When are we going to use this in real life?” Left unanswered, this question can lead to a lack of motivation, so I try to include as many real-world examples as I can. Unlike traditional classroom teaching, I make my students active participants in the process by keeping them engaged and encouraging questions.

On the weekends, you might find me skiing near Lake Tahoe, playing music with my friends in my garage, playing video games at home, or cooking.

Subjects Tutored:

Academic Algebra 1
Academic Algebra 2
Academic Computer Science
AP Computer Science A
AP Computer Science Principles


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