The Origin of Typal Academy

Our founder Eric loves learning and sharing new ideas. While in academia, Eric spent a great deal of time helping other students via tutoring and lecturing for STEM courses both through university and privately. But, there was a problem. Although great resources exist for people learning maths for standard courses (e.g. calculus and ODEs), such material for proof-based classes is quite lacking. This shortcoming is, in part, due to the different nature of proof-based courses. Eric had a brutal transition when he started his first real analysis course. It felt like proofs were just obscure paragraphs about quoting theorems and too much was “left as an exercise to the reader.” The struggle to overcome this barrier and see patterns took Eric an extraordinary amount of time (years).

Too often undergrads are dissuaded from mathematics for this same situation: not being able to interact with resources (
e.g. tutors) that can help put abstract ideas in forms they understand (e.g. intuitive graphics). Moreover, many students that may want to learn material like real analysis cannot afford to do so through universities. Typal Academy addresses both matters head on.

Eric knows this struggle personally and believes one important pain can be alleviated: confusion about how to write proofs. The majority of problems in real analysis classes have common patterns that can be replicated to make templates for thinking about new problems. Undoubtedly, a great amount of effort and failed attempts are required to succeed in math studies. Yet, students can be empowered right from the start with simple explanations.

At Typal Academy, 
you are not alone in your math journey.

Eric works in tech and was an assistant adjunct professor at UCLA. He loves surfing and running.