Seraj - Prof math - Mississauga

Seraj

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  • Hourly rate $65
  • Response Time 1h
  • Number of students 16
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An expert in the Ontario grades 8-12, IB, AP math curricula, math contests, and proofs.

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I see mathematics as the combination of intuitive art and rigorous craft, both of which I teach. I believe in the idea of breaking down each idea into simple, understandable pieces that harmoniously come together. My methodology begins with a free "Lesson 0" to determine a student's background and goals.

After that, there are three areas in which I can help. Firstly, I help students with the grades 8-12 Ontario/IB/AP math curricula:
- Grade 8 Mathematics
- Grade 9 Destreamed Mathematics
- Grade 10 Principles of Mathematics
- Grade 11 Functions
- Grade 12 Advanced Functions
- Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematics
- Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus
Secondly, I help students to learn how to solve creative problems from algebra, geometry, combinatorics, and number theory in order to train for math contests (Waterloo CEMC, CMS COMC, AMC). Finally, for students who are ready, I teach how to do proofs in order to prepare for university.

I assign homework and provide detailed feedback on it. I teach using an interactive pen tablet and screen-sharing via an online video platform called Zoom. I am available via email and text. Please note that I only take on students who are seeking long-term tutoring, meaning at least for a semester, in order for our work together to produce a real transformation.

subjects

  • Math
  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • +3

    Arithmetic

    Geometry

    Logic

languages

  • English

levels

  • All Levels

About Seraj

Academically, I graduated from the University of Toronto in mathematics, with membership at Trinity College. While in university, I was a teaching assistant and grader for an online education company. At the time, I also received two prestigious research grants and presented papers at several conferences. In my senior undergraduate year, I was elected as the President of the student body's Mathematics Union.

After graduation, I joined a world-class education company full-time in San Diego, California. At this company, I spent four years on teaching hundreds of successful students in around a dozen courses, developing the curriculum for an advanced math contest preparation course, and being the direct manager of a team of over 500 educators.

Currently, I am the owner of Existsforall Academy, which is a school of mathematics. In my spare time, I serve the mathematical and problem-solving communities in Canada. For example, I sit on the University of Waterloo's committee for developing their Problem of the Month. Until recently, I was a guest editor at the Canadian Mathematical Society's problem-solving journal, Crux Mathematicorum. I have also taught several extracurricular enrichment courses (on puzzles, math contests, and basic computer science theory) for school students at the University of Toronto's outreach program, Math+. Finally, I had the privilege of being a trainer of Team Canada for the International Mathematical Olympiad in 2022.

Rates

packages

  • 5 h: $325
  • 10 h: $650

webcam

  • $ 65/h

free lessons

  • 1hrs

Details

What you will need to supply for yourself is a computer with a microphone, headphones or speakers, a free Zoom account, a scientific calculator, and a reliable internet connection.

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  • 01

    When and why did you develop an interest in your chosen field?

    Mathematics has been my chief interest since I was quite young. There were two critical events that made me decide to pursue math as a profession. Firstly, I was introduced to math contests run by the University of Waterloo CEMC and the Canadian Mathematical Society, which led to my qualification for the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad in my senior year of high school. Secondly, as a teenager, I read The Man Who Knew Infinity, which is a biography of the great mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, as well as parts of Euclid's ancient Elements of Geometry.

  • 02

    What makes you passionate about your subject?

    My love for math comes from two sources: my desire to understand the interplay of intuitive truth and rigorous truth, and my attraction to symmetry. When I read Eucid's Elements of Geometry as a high school student, it established within me a deep yearning for verifying truth with certainty that is as close to being absolute as possible; when I read about Ramanujan's blinding flashes of insight, it made me wonder if ordinary people such as myself could also learn to intuitively sense mathematical truth. Secondly, math is full of amazing scenarios of invariance or symmetry, where a property remains true despite changes in its environment. This idea of changelessness amidst change is very attractive to me.

  • 03

    What do you like about tutoring? What makes you a "Superprof"?

    As a teacher, I have an opportunity to pass on, not only mathematical knowledge but a mentality of pursuing the truth. While the concrete subject that I teach is math, it is a medium for teaching general problem-solving skills, inductive and deductive skills, and critical thinking skills. I also emphasize the interplay of intuition and rigour in my teaching through a variety of techniques such as visualization. What makes me a "Superprof" is that I seek to instil and have succeeded in instilling this mental framework in my students.

  • 04

    Do you have any role models; a teacher that inspired you? Please explain.

    I had the immense privilege of going to a good high school and great university. Years after graduation, I am still in touch with one of my school teachers. In university, I had the opportunity to do research with three professors and coauthor a paper with one, the latter of whom is still a good friend. In addition, I enjoy reading books by or about mathematicians who serve as examples to me. I was especially influenced by problem-solving books written by George Pólya and Paul Zeitz.

  • 05

    What are your keys to success?

    I believe that the keys to success lie in a few principles: Be intensely curious, be competent, be accountable, and make friends with people who have those three qualities. In addition, it is a good idea to do work in the intersection of what interests you, where your skills lie, and what people value. Finally, sleep adequately, eat well, and exercise.

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