Tutoring in maths
Training for university admission tests
and in English
I can teach you in English, if you prefer.
and small group tutoring
What interests me more about maths is not its abstraction, which contributes to give this science a convoluted, not-for-everyone appearance. I don’t think the fact that “maths is everywhere” must necessarly attract students either, even though its practical applications are indeed innumerable and fascinating.
Above all, maths appears to me as a powerful instrument of self-knownledge, and a source of awareness of one’s own methods to face the outside world. Being a sort of “simplified” universe, with clear reference points and boundaries, maths can be of help with learning freedom and flexibility, with refining our creative potential, our concentration and simultaneous attention to small details and overall frame.
This perspective, I believe, should be taken into consideration even when strongly focused on results (i.e., exams and entry tests), since it makes the learning process more efficient and its effects durable.
A logo, an identity, a story
The logo “Dfnu” is actually a non-sense. The mathematical symbol usually refers to the partial derivative with respect to a tensor component.
It was “invented” during one of many conversations I have with a dear friend of mine, while trying to discuss, at a very basic level, a topic we could hardly handle. We were having lunch at my place.
Is this possibly the most curious element? My home, and the street I live in, are somehow the “background scenario” of all my lectures, and they definitely (though accidentally) contribute to who I am and what I do.
Altrö, as his name suggests, has northern European origins. He grew up in Switzerland, nurturing his love for contemporary arts and baroque music.
My excellent cuisine and my digital piano – which now I can only play with his permission – transformed a quick detour in via Deffenu into a permanent change of address.
When he is not 100% concentrated on playing Jazz, he tries to help me in my mathematical explorations.
Matteo helped me go from a person not having much understanding of maths to someone that could feel confident when studying a function that before would look uninterpratable. After his lessons I will not only be able to pass my exam, but I will be able to use what I have learned (and now understood) in the future for other subjects and/or programs.
“Numbers and Functions”
An excellent demonstration that even a subject such as Mathematical Analysis, traditionally considered by students to be tough, can be taught in a rigourous and yet comprehensible way. The reader is invited to solve a sequence of problems, that bring him to an autonomous construction of the main definitions and theorems.
“How Humans Learn to Think Mathematically”
This book describes the development of mathematical thinking in kids and adults. It was illumating, when I first read it, and it still comforts and encourages me in my most difficult moments as a teacher, and as a student