Hello! My name is Van and I am a tutor here at MeriEducation! I received my B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Germanic Languages from UCLA; now I'm back at this great school for my PhD in Mathematics. I teach for a number of reasons: I love math and am stoked when I can impart some love for it to someone else; I also love to help people, and showing somebody the sense, power and beauty of a subject which was previously to them merely an obstacle to good grades is one the easiest ways I can do it. If you're gonna study with me, be prepared to really understand stuff—there will be no cold recitation of formulas or rote memorization on my watch. We're gonna draw a bunch of pictures, do a bunch of examples, and have a bunch of fun until you see the real heart of what's going on! When I am not teaching, I enjoy playing music, skateboarding, systematic theology and spending time with my beautiful wife and daughter. I look forward to seeing you around Pasadena or on our virtual platform!