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PrepNow Tutor - Brian R.

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Brian's Bio

Brian earned his bachelor’s in mathematics from Union College and his doctoral degree from the State University of New York at Albany. He was invited to join Pi Mu Epsilon (a mathematics honors society) and Sigma Tau Delta (an English honors society). As he tutors for PrepNow, he is pursuing a master’s in computer security.

Brian’s introduction to tutoring occurred in graduate school, where he typically assisted other students in a tutoring room. He has worked with pre-calculus, calculus I, calculus II, statistics, linear algebra, and discrete mathematics students. When asked about his approach to working with students, Brian shared that he ‘is thorough and relies on listening to a student and understanding what s/he needs/wants to know, as well as what issues might be getting in the way of learning the material.’ He recognizes that “math anxiety” and other obstacles, such as difficulty with certain concepts, can present challenges initially. However, learning math can become easier and “fun” as the student overcomes these obstacles with Brian’s help.

During high school, Brian was a member of the cross-country team and participated in the chess and Chinese language clubs. In college, he did not play a sport but participated heavily in the mathematics club and various activities through the physics department. These days, Brian enjoys reading fiction, nonfiction and poetry, and he is a fan of outdoor activities. He and his father backpack in the woods and bike in the summer, and they ski and camp in the winter. In addition, Brian does research on the side in mathematics and programming. Fun fact: Brian has a grey tabby cat named Lovecraft who is very affectionate but also very playful and frisky. He loves to cuddle around Brian’s arm when he is working on the computer and promptly fall asleep.