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*about me*

I'm new to tutoring. However, in my years as a student, I've accumulated some perspective on how people can learn differently. I think this perspective to allows me to understand what is difficult for different people about maths, and how we can get around these difficulties.

*my perspective*

There's great difficulty and joy in learning. It can confront us with just how different people's brains are. Techniques which other students might memorise, might be learned instead as processes, where each step comes to mind only after the previous. Some tend to derive an algebraic identity whenever its needed, rather than recall it as a formula. Some are constantly flicking back and forth between a geometric mental picture and an algebraic interpretation, letting tactile instincts inform their algebraic understanding. The difficulty is in that you can only discover how you best solve problems by sitting down and solving problems; it's hard to begin putting effort into something motivated by the desire for an understanding of something you don't yet understand. As for the joy, I'll leave that as an excercise for the reader.

*About Maths*

It takes some effort to get a good picture of what maths is. This is unfortunate, because a good perspective is what you really need to motivate someone to put in that effort to learn. The solution to this is for those with more experience to distill their insights into something anyone can readily absorb. You can find many such people, if you know where to look. Some resources are listed below:

Veritasium: this channel is not just about mathematics, but those videos that are about maths are compelling, less focused on mathematical detail, but on the surprisingly dramatic story of its discovery, invention and application:

https://www.youtube.com/@veritasium/videos

For inspiration: https://youtu.be/lFlu60qs7_4?si=j7Ygy3mreWUVjyCo

Vsauce: you almost don’t realise that he’s talking about maths. This is my personal favourite.

https://www.youtube.com/@Vsauce/videos

Do not do yourself the disservice of not watching this video: https://youtu.be/s86-Z-CbaHA?si=TaDieMEXxkm-ii3U

I really couldn’t pick just one: https://youtu.be/csInNn6pfT4?si=4J6Ny9BZGj60jNM-

3Blue1brown: Grant Sanderson has a unique ability to illustrate (verbally and visually) what maths is about. His videos are both accessible, and remarkably profound.

https://www.youtube.com/@3blue1brown

My recommendation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjBOesZCoqc

Numberphile: Brady Haran is a filmmaker who makes videos focusing on concrete problems, as explained by distinguished mathematicians. These are aimed at anyone interested.

https://www.youtube.com/@numberphile/videos

Another Roof:

https://www.youtube.com/@AnotherRoof/videos

“What is a number?”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKtsjQtigag

Aleph Null:

https://www.youtube.com/@Aleph0/videos

Dan Fleisch: an academic with lots of useful advice for students, aimed mostly at university students, but I think a lot of it applies to those in high school as well.

https://www.youtube.com/@dfleisch/videos

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Italian
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Physics
Psychology
Statistics
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Accounting
Biology
Chemistry
Economics
Engineering
English
ESL
French
Italian
Japanese
Mandarin
Maths
Physics
Psychology
Statistics
UMAT