Wade Hampton

Academic Tutor

I was born in Sacramento but spent most of my childhood in El Dorado County. After high school, I spent six years in the Navy working as an engineering laboratory technician onboard a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. During that time, I completed my B.S. in nuclear engineering technology, and since then, I have completed my master’s in mathematics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

I’ve always been drawn towards mathematics, but it wasn’t until late in high school that I realized how much fun math could be and how much more there was to learn beyond what was being taught in the standard curriculum. I knew that I wanted to make a career out of working with numbers, so I took as many math-related classes as I could in college and eventually decided to pursue math at the graduate level. At times, mathematics can be a daunting and discouraging task, but I enjoy the challenge of learning and applying new concepts—both in the abstract sense and to real-world problems.

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as seeing a difficult concept finally ‘click’ for someone, and it’s always a great thing to see students actually enjoy math after telling me that it was their least favorite subject. In graduate school, I worked as a teaching assistant and had the opportunity to work with small groups of students. In many instances, I worked one-on-one with students who required additional help. Many of these students admitted that they hated everything about math and felt hopeless and lost during lectures. With my help, not only did these students stay enrolled in their courses, but they went on to admit that they were actually having fun by the end.

My philosophy is that everyone can learn math. The problem is that most people struggle with the fundamentals early on, and those challenges carry over from one year to the next. In many cases students aren’t able to learn effectively in a large classroom setting and begin to feel like they are falling behind. The one-on-one environment allows me and my students to identify areas in which they struggle and to target fundamental concepts and misconceptions as needed. Addressing these points improves students’ confidence, and they are more successful back in the classroom. My aim is for every student to feel like they can walk into the classroom the next day and feel like a rockstar at math.

When I’m not buried in a math book or tutoring, I love spending time with my wife and daughter and playing heavy metal on the guitar.

Subjects Tutored:

Academic Algebra 1
Academic Algebra 2
Academic Pre-Calculus
Academic Calculus
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC




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