I was raised in Palo Alto and attended Palo Alto High School, where I was a staff writer for The Campanile and a varsity lacrosse player. I received my B.Sc. in mathematics and computer science from McGill University in Montréal, graduating with First-Class Honors. My education was a blend of rigorous coursework and creative projects that deeply informed my approach as an educator, emphasizing the real-world applications and interconnectedness of mathematical and computer science concepts.
I began tutoring at McGill’s Math Helpdesk, assisting undergraduate math majors. It was incredibly rewarding to see students grasp challenging material, and this experience cemented my passion for teaching and sharing knowledge.
My interest in math stems from a deep appreciation of its inherent beauty and interconnectedness. Particularly, the way mathematical concepts come together in complex analysis captivates me, and I find the interplay between algebraic structures and geometric intuition particularly fascinating and profoundly beautiful. As a math tutor, I especially enjoy witnessing the moment of clarity in students when they begin to see how algebra and geometry seamlessly blend to form the foundation of more complex mathematical concepts. It’s rewarding to guide them through this discovery process, helping them build a solid foundation and an enduring interest in mathematics.
My tutoring philosophy is centered around customization and understanding the unique learning style of each student. In one-on-one sessions, I focus on building a connection with the student, understanding their specific challenges, and adapting my teaching methods to suit their needs. I often use visual aids and real-world examples to make abstract concepts more tangible. By addressing common problems like conceptual misunderstandings or anxiety towards complex subjects, I strive to build confidence and curiosity in my students.
When I’m not tutoring, my time is filled with playing the guitar and piano, reading, and running.