Finding a university level tutor while not in uni?

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GigaSweat
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Finding a university level tutor while not in uni?

Post by GigaSweat » Fri Mar 01, 2024 2:49 pm

Hi, I'm trying to learn as much math as possible and my goal is to go to graduate school for math, but I'm at a community college for the next 2 years. The level of math here does not come remotely close to preparing me for honors upper-undergraduate and graduate-level courses in math, but they're also so easy that they don't take up any real time, so I want to use my time to prepare.

I'm studying real analysis through Tao's book at the moment, and I plan to cover at least a first course in abstract algebra within these 2 years as well. But self-studying pure math is hard, and I think working with a tutor/instructor for 1-2 hours per week would lead to a pretty significant increase in effectiveness. The problem is I don't have any resources available to me through my college and any online tutoring service seems to tap out at calculus. How do I find a willing grad student/post-grad?

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Re: Finding a university level tutor while not in uni?

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GigaSweat
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Re: Finding a university level tutor while not in uni?

Post by GigaSweat » Fri Mar 01, 2024 5:53 pm

1. I have tried a few directly, one of the professors even asked around for me, unfortunately, none is confident they remember enough analysis to be of help.
2. Can't register, but I haven't emailed professors to ask if they might have a willing grad student. Will be doing a bit of this.
3. This is what I'm doing now, but I have a feeling having actual mentoring would be a significant improvement.
the most important thing to do to get on the path to graduate school is to get into the best undergrad program you can
Believe me, I am min-maxing my app as much as I can. 4.0 GPA is a given, SAT is 1530 right now but I can get it to 1550+ with a bit of English practice. I've already started on my application essays that I won't be submitting for another year. As far as extracurriculars go, I'm actually non-traditional and have a full-time career which is semi-interesting and gives me stuff to write about.

superfluousviolinist
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Re: Finding a university level tutor while not in uni?

Post by superfluousviolinist » Sat Mar 02, 2024 2:24 am

I would try the tutoring platform, preply.com. Use Google to search their website to get tutors who can teach advanced math. Preply's own search feature isn't specific enough, so you'll be scrolling through a lot of tutors who only tutor lower-division courses otherwise.

MadMenDoMath
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Re: Finding a university level tutor while not in uni?

Post by MadMenDoMath » Sat Mar 02, 2024 5:35 am

I am a graduate student at a top University specialising in pure mathematics. If you wish you can send me a private message. I have done such tutoring in the past.
GigaSweat wrote:
Fri Mar 01, 2024 2:49 pm
Hi, I'm trying to learn as much math as possible and my goal is to go to graduate school for math, but I'm at a community college for the next 2 years. The level of math here does not come remotely close to preparing me for honors upper-undergraduate and graduate-level courses in math, but they're also so easy that they don't take up any real time, so I want to use my time to prepare.

I'm studying real analysis through Tao's book at the moment, and I plan to cover at least a first course in abstract algebra within these 2 years as well. But self-studying pure math is hard, and I think working with a tutor/instructor for 1-2 hours per week would lead to a pretty significant increase in effectiveness. The problem is I don't have any resources available to me through my college and any online tutoring service seems to tap out at calculus. How do I find a willing grad student/post-grad?

GigaSweat
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Re: Finding a university level tutor while not in uni?

Post by GigaSweat » Sat Mar 02, 2024 5:06 pm

superfluousviolinist wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2024 2:24 am
I would try the tutoring platform, preply.com. Use Google to search their website to get tutors who can teach advanced math. Preply's own search feature isn't specific enough, so you'll be scrolling through a lot of tutors who only tutor lower-division courses otherwise.
The Google search advice was helpful! Found a couple of potential people, thanks.

ramhuw
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Re: Finding a university level tutor while not in uni?

Post by ramhuw » Mon Mar 04, 2024 8:04 am

I’m a grad student in algebraic geometry and number theory and have some experience as TA. If you don’t mind, we can discuss about math together.



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