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Blake Sims

Brunswick or Parkville, VIC

 

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I am a mathematics graduate with a first-class degree (with honours), and I run my own tutoring business whilst completing my master's degree in pure mathematics at the University of Melbourne. I am also a tutor in the mathematics department at the University of Melbourne, running white-board tutorials for Calculus 2 and Linear Algebra. So far I have tutored over 15 separate university mathematics subjects, as well as many high school students.

I am deeply passionate about mathematics education as evidenced by my numerous talks and interactive classes I have given to undergraduate students, high school students and even the general public. I have self-learned the computer programming language Python to create 3-D animations that I utilised as a part of these talks to help visual learners.

Throughout my first three years at university, I got A's in all of my 12 mathematics subjects. However, I found this to be very difficult and I felt that I had to constantly work hard to reach this goal. I had actually been out of higher education for over 5 years and had a poor high school mathematics education, so reaching this goal was quite difficult for me. As such, I had to relearn all of high school mathematics on my own, before returning to university. Once at university I always felt behind the curve, and that I had to work twice as hard as other students.

Whilst this might not sound like the ideal path for becoming a tutor, on the contrary; I feel it has put me in a great position for tutoring, especially for students that find the subject naturally difficult. Since I have approached my own learning from the perspective of a struggling student, then I am readily able to recognise and even anticipate where issues of understanding and learning can come from, and how exactly to overcome them.

Experience:


I am currently employed by the school of mathematics and statistics as a mathematics tutor for Calculus 2 and Linear Algebra at the University of Melbourne.

I have also been employed as a summer school mathematics tutor at the University of Glasgow in the UK. I have tutored high school mathematics for seven years, but for the past three years I have been tutoring the following university subjects:

MAST10005 Calculus 1
MAST10006 Calculus 2
MAST10007 Linear Algebra
Complex Analysis (MTH328 Charles Stuart University)
Differential Equations and Mechanics (MATH 314 ACU)
Advanced Mathematics for Economics and Social Science (20136 Bocconi University, Italy)
Engineering Mathematics 3B (MTH20014 Swinburne University)
Number Theory and Cryptography (MATH308 ACU)
Linear Algebra for Data Analysis (SIT292 Deakin University)
Discrete Mathematics (RMIT)
Mathematics for Economics
Linear Algebra for Data Analysis (SIT292 Deakin University)
MAST30021 Complex Analysis
MGMT90239 Business Analytics for Decision Making
MAST20026 Real Analysis
MAST30021 Complex Analysis
MAST30024 Geometry

I will be the volunteer subject coordinator for VCE specialist mathematics at the summer school organised by the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU)

I have also given a 90-minute talk to high school students about university mathematics entitled "How to explore higher dimensions" and have written for the undergraduate mathematics magazine, introducing higher maths to interested undergraduates.

I am giving a public talk/seminar aimed at the general public also on "How to explore higher dimensions".

I have also had experience as a volunteer mathematics and English teacher in India for 4 months which developed my communication skills since many of the students had little to no knowledge of these subjects.

Qualifications:


BSci first-class mathematics with honours
Currently studying Masters of Pure Mathematics at the university of Melbourne

Years Tutoring

7

Basic Min.

$50/h

Gender

Male

Tutor's Subjects

Secondary

Mathematics
Mathematical Methods

Tertiary

Mathematics

Tutor's Services

One-on-One Tutoring
In home Tutoring
Out of home Tutoring
Online Support
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Tutor's Contact Information

Location

Brunswick or Parkville, VIC

Region

Melbourne

Mobile

0414244247

Last Updated

29 Nov 2019 5:15 AM

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