Alexander Coward's Classroom
Director of Studies
I mainly focus on helping students studying mathematics.
If you're a student of mathematics, wondering about a good place to start, I recommend the excellent short course Introduction to University Mathematics by Alan Lauder, and completing the two problem sets carefully. Try to understand every single sentence.
I hold office hours from 11am to 1pm on Tuesdays at 85C Bakery Cafe in Downtown Berkeley, and at several other times throughout the week. These are open to everyone. If you can't make it on Tuesdays, and would like to know the other times, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you attend regularly, or simply want to support my teaching, the suggested contribution for office hours is $33 per month, which can be paid here.
I spent most of my career as an academic mathematician, although in my heart I think of myself as a teacher. Now I'm the Founder and CEO of EDeeU, but I still think of myself more as a teacher than an entrepreneur. I have a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Oxford, and another Ph.D. in Education from Thai Nguyen University in Vietnam.
I grew up in London, spent 10 years at Oxford, and have also lived in Vietnam and Australia. Now I live in Berkeley, California, a place that somehow feels like home.
I like reading, playing the piano, and messing about in boats.
"Having Alexander as my Director of Studies has been a huge boost to my learning. He started off by carefully selecting initial mathematics classes based on my level, and then he's available for in-depth one-on-one help whenever I'm stuck, or have completed work to discuss. The one-on-one sessions are fantastic: firstly, it's a friendly, relaxing and informal atmosphere. Partly, we work through problems in detail, which is extremely helpful. Even if an answer is correct, he often shows a better or deeper way of thinking about it, gradually tying together important areas of math, and bringing the ones that you haven't got to yet onto the horizon. In addition to that, he often shows how he (as a professional mathematician) would go about the problem-solving process: starting with a problem statement and a blank sheet of paper, and moving through exploratory phases to a definitive answer. It never occurred to me previously that I'd have the opportunity to have personal help from someone with this level of expertise, and needless to say I'm extremely excited about the prospect of continuing deeper into undergraduate mathematics with his guidance."
- Dan Davison (edeeu.com/dd7)
If you would like me to be your Director of Studies, fill out the following form:
- Software Engineering
- English (fluent)
- German, Vietnamese (conversational)
- M.Math. (2003) and Ph.D. (2008) in Mathematics, University of Oxford.
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education (2004), University of Oxford.
- Honorary Doctorate in Education (2014), Thai Nguyen University.