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Sam T.

Patient, Professional and Proven Physics and Math Teacher

Oakland, CA (94618)

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Thank you for reading my page. I am looking to tutor college and high school students in Physics and math. Recently, I have tutored several students in the Berkeley courses Physics 8A/8B and 8BX with success.

I have been teaching and tutoring students in Science and Mathematics since my graduation from UC Berkeley in 2006. My passion in life is learning. I love to learn most about physics and biology, but also enjoy learning music and languages. Right after graduating from college I decided to work as a teacher so I could transfer some of my excitement for the sciences to a younger generation. I have been teaching professionally and have earned a Clear California Credential in Physics, Biology and Multiple Subjects. I am also experienced in teaching English Learners and students with special needs.

My approach to tutoring and teaching is simple: help the student find a way to learn better by explaining the concepts in many different ways and going through many sample problems. Then I have the students teach the concept back to me. These methods have had proven results: for 4 years in a row, more than 90% of my physics students scored proficient or advanced on the California STAR Physics tests. Last year one of my students also scored 800 on the Physics SAT2.

My areas of strength are Undergraduate College Physics, Conceptual Physics, Honors/AP Physics, Precalculus, Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry and Biology

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Sam’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Algebra 2, Geometry, Physics, Precalculus
Physical Science, Physics
Algebra 2, Geometry, Precalculus

Algebra 2

I have taught Advanced and Intermediate Algebra at the high school level since 2006 and am currently a College Algebra instructor. Most of my students at the high school level achieved a score of Proficient and Advanced on the CA state exams.


I have a B.A. degree in Physics from UC Berkeley and am currently a Masters of Science in Physics student at SFSU. I have taught Physics in the CA schools full-time since 2007 and have a Clear Professional Physics Teaching Credential in California.


I am a native Russian speaker and have studied Russian at my grade school in Moscow from the age of 6 to 14. I speak Russian with my family all the time and read prose and newspapers in Russian. I have done some translating for Russian-only speakers in the past and am looking forward to helping students learn the Russian language.

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UC Berkeley (Physics)

SFSU (Enrolled)

Excellent tutor! Sam was very accommodating in finding a time to meet me on short notice before a homework assignment I was struggling with was due. He walked me through the problems and helped me feel more confident in my skills. I would highly recommend him as a physics tutor. He is incredibly patient and an excellent teacher. ...

— Amanda from Emeryville, CA on 1/29/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Group Rate = $70 (2-4 students)

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Sam will travel within 20 miles of Oakland, CA 94618.

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