I’m Bill Anderson! I’ve made a FAQ explaining who I am, what I’ve done, and why I do what I do.
1. How long have you been tutoring?
I have been a professional tutor and mentor since 2001. I started tutoring as a volunteer for the Learning Assistance Program at Saddleback College and attended their semester-long tutor training program. In 2003 I quit my job and began tutoring full-time.
2. What was your field of study in college?
I began my college career in 1995 as a music major. Quickly realizing that I was no musician, I slowly made my way through Computer Science, Physics, and, finally, Mathematics. After dozens of classes, I completed my B.S. in Mathematics from University of California, Irvine.
3. What classes did you take, and did you go to graduate school?
Answer to the last question: I tried. I like applied mathematics, playing with computers and modeling, but the graduate program I worked so hard to attend dealt mainly in theoretical mathematics and I didn’t like that very much. The classes didn’t like me very much either and I was gracefully removed from the program.
I have taken the following math and science classes: Algebra 2, Trigonometry, Pre-calculus, Calculus 1, 2, 3, Elementary Differential Equations, Elementary Linear Algebra, Single and Multi-Dimensional Analysis (advanced calculus), Linear Algebra 1 and 2, Abstract Algebra 1 and 2, Partial Differential Equations 1, 2, 3, Number Theory, Complex Analysis, Numerical Analysis, Differential Equation Theory 1, 2, 3, and Statistics (In case you were counting, that was 24 math classes) General Physics 1, 2 ,3, Astronomy 1, 2 as well as a plethora of computer science and music courses.
4. Do you do anything else?
I am the proud father of my sons, Bear and Theo, husband to their mother, and owner of Mathom House Books, one of the last independent bookstores in Orange County. I also repair phones and computers as time permits and work arrives.
5. What is your favorite subject to tutor?
I love tutoring calculus and I encourage all of my students to take calculus at some point. I know that many don’t, but it is an amazing subject. It is one of the first places you get to see math in action in real life. It is said that calculus is the language of science. You cannot have one without the other, and studying calculus gives you a glimpse into why math is so useful.
6. Do you like coffee?
Yes. Yes I do.