Josh Summers

$24 hour
My goal as a teacher or tutor is to provide access to quality education. Standartized tests, for better or worse, are the current gatekeepers in our society to a shrinking middle class. Suspendisse a sapien consectetur justo pulvinar egestas. Sed imperdiet iaculis arcu, porta semper lacus volutpat et. Aenean ullamcorper tellus et metus facilisis posuere id vitae libero. Nam quis ipsum in metus sollicitudin volutpat eu eget nunc.


1. Content knowledge– I am thoroughly familiar with the entire sequence of American school mathematics, from middle school math through calculus and differential equations. I also have a strong knowledge base in other areas, including social sciences, academic writing, and AP-level history and science. My academic and research background in math means that I know the WHY of each topic, not just the WHAT!

2. Direct experience– I have years of experience teaching and writing curriculum the entire range of the secondary mathematics curriculum. I know where students get stuck, and what will help them succeed.

3. Knowledge of pedagogy– My doctoral research in education means that I have unique insight into how people learn best.

4. A student-centered approach– I will work with you to set meaningful goals, and make sure the learning is relevant and responsive to your unique strengths as a learner. I want you to feel listened to and valued.

5. Excellent standardized test scores, including perfect GRE scores– I’ve studied these tests and know how to succeed at them.

6. Passion– I love to learn, and I want you to love to learn, too!


I am a current doctoral student at the University of California at Berkeley, in the SESAME program in mathematics education– a uniquely interdisciplinary program which combines study in graduate-level mathematics with doctoral research in the learning sciences. Prior to starting my PhD, I worked for 7 years as a high school mathematics teacher, where I’ve taught everything from Algebra 1 through Calculus.

Mathematics is my primary field, and I am comfortable tutoring math at any level from elementary through calculus and linear algebra. In addition to mathematics content tutoring, I have additional specializations in standardized test prep, particularly the GRE (Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical Writing), and in working with students on college essays or personal statements.

I also have a strong background in public speaking and debate, academic writing and research skills, and research methods in the social sciences, and am able to tutor these subjects as well.

As a tutor, my first aim is to help students at all levels set smart, realistic goals for themselves. Then, I backwards-plan my lessons from those goals to make sure my instruction is individually tailored to each student’s individual strengths as a learner, and aligned towards the goals we set together. Where possible, I connect the content to a student’s own interests and experiences, to help make the learning feel relevant.

I know firsthand how frustrating and intimidating math can be– how it can seem like everyone else “gets it” except you, how easy it can be to come to believe that you’re just “not a math person.” But I believe strongly that there is NO SUCH THING as a “non-math person”– just people who have been discouraged or let down by bad experiences. In fact, anyone can learn math, given a positive learning environment and high-quality instruction. Let me help you see math not as an obstacle, but as a tool, that once mastered can empower you to achieve your goals.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions! I look forward to helping you.

My teaching background gives me extensive knowledge of the trouble spots and difficulties that many students encounter in Calculus. Calculus requires very different modes of thinking from students’ previous math classes, and I love teaching Calculus because I get to see that transition in action. There are many opportunities to work in applications and connections to students’ own interests. I also use my expertise as a PhD student in education to make sure that I am using research-based strategies, such as promoting meta-cognition and student ownership of knowledge, in my tutoring.


Carleton College
BA, Mathematics
CUNY – City College
University of California Berkeley (current student)

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