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Peter T.

Palo Alto, CA

$80/hr

Experienced, Patient Tutor: Pre-Algebra, Algebra, PreCalc, AP Calculus

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Background check passed as of 9/25/13

Experienced, Patient Tutor: Pre-Algebra, Algebra, PreCalc, AP Calculus

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I have an MA in math from State University of New York and an MS in computers from Case Institute of Technology. Besides 25 years of software experience, I have taught part-time in the math and computer science department at San Jose State University. I love to see my students understand the principles and apply them to solving problems and will try different ways to make these clear to them, depending on their ability and background.

I am teaching subjects from prealgebra, algebra, geometry, precalculus, AP calculus.

"You will NOT find a better math tutor! "

- Rachel, Palo Alto, CA on 5/7/14

"Patient and inspires confidence "

- Molly, Menlo Park, CA on 2/5/15

"Excellent Teacher!"

- Orchid , Los Altos, CA on 8/30/14

"Best tutor of Algebra 1"

- Jane, Palo Alto, CA on 8/18/14

"Patient, kind, and flexible tutor"

- Gina, Palo Alto, CA on 5/20/14

"Knowledgeable and Understandable "

- Bryan, Cupertino, CA on 5/3/14

"Terrific Tutor!"

- Ellen, Stanford, CA on 10/23/13

"Knows his stuff!"

- Nic, Los Gatos, CA on 8/23/13

"The most responsible tutor."

- Maryam, Cupertino, CA on 6/18/13

"Peter is the BEST tutor we have ever hired!"

- Denzel, San Jose, CA on 3/29/13
Science:
Physics
Test Preparation:
SAT Math

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

I have taught intermediate algebra to students from different ages and background for many quarters and understand the difficulties the students may have and how to help them to think in math and learn the computation skills as well.

Algebra 2

I have taught and tutored algebra 2 for many quarters to college students and know how to make the concepts and skills clear and easy for the students to understand.

Calculus

I have been teaching local HS students in AP Calculus for the last 2 years with good responses and results. Besides helping the students to master all the required prerequisite math skills, I try to give the students the intuitive reasoning capability that comes from a deeper understanding of the nature of the subject.

Geometry

I have taught and tutored geometry in algebra and calculus classes for many quarters to college students and know how to make the concepts and skills clear and easy for the students to understand.

Physics

I have taken many Physics classes, including graduate level ones, during college and loved and excelled in them. I found the way to learn Physics is to understand the few crucial concepts really well, then the rest is simply applying them to different situations and, of course, having reasonably good Math foundations is important and necessary. I have been helping students in High School and college level Physics with very good results.

Prealgebra

I have taught pre-algebra to young students for several years and understand well how to help them to think in math and learn the computation skills

SAT Math

I have aced my SAT Math test as well as SAT Math subject test. I believe the way to improve on the SAT Math performance is to systematically work on and improve the underlying math and logic in working the problems. Over a period of time, this will improve both the performance on SAT Math as well as one's Math ability.

Trigonometry

I am helping a number of 10th grade students in algebra and trigonometry (honors) at Paly and Gunn, and my approach is to help them with their basic understanding as well as the reasoning ability in solving problems. The aim is to increase their self confidence as well as their performance when they have to solve trigonometry problems.

San Jose State University
Mathematics
State University of New York, Stony Brook
Master's
Case Western Reserve University
Master's

Education

San Jose State University (Mathematics)

State University of New York, Stony Brook (Master's)

Case Western Reserve University (Master's)

You will NOT find a better math tutor! — Peter is simply the best tutor we've ever come across – by far! My daughter has always had issues with math and then was diagnosed with a learning disability. We've gone through countless tutors. We found Peter to help with both algebra and statistics and he was somehow able to figure out how to explain things to my daughter in a way that she understood, helping her connect the dots. This is an i ...

— Rachel, Palo Alto, CA on 5/7/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $80.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Peter will travel within 8 miles of Palo Alto, CA 94306.


About Peter

I have an MA in math from State University of New York and an MS in computers from Case Institute of Technology. Besides 25 years of software experience, I have taught part-time in the math and computer science department at San Jose State University. I love to see my students understand the principles and apply them to solving problems and will try different ways to make these clear to them, depending on their ability and background.

I am teaching subjects from prealgebra, algebra, geometry, precalculus, AP calculus.

Testimonials

"You will NOT find a better math tutor! "

- Rachel, Palo Alto, CA on 5/7/14

"Patient and inspires confidence "

- Molly, Menlo Park, CA on 2/5/15

"Excellent Teacher!"

- Orchid , Los Altos, CA on 8/30/14

"Best tutor of Algebra 1"

- Jane, Palo Alto, CA on 8/18/14

"Patient, kind, and flexible tutor"

- Gina, Palo Alto, CA on 5/20/14

"Knowledgeable and Understandable "

- Bryan, Cupertino, CA on 5/3/14

"Terrific Tutor!"

- Ellen, Stanford, CA on 10/23/13

"Knows his stuff!"

- Nic, Los Gatos, CA on 8/23/13

"The most responsible tutor."

- Maryam, Cupertino, CA on 6/18/13

"Peter is the BEST tutor we have ever hired!"

- Denzel, San Jose, CA on 3/29/13

Education

San Jose State University
Mathematics
State University of New York, Stony Brook
Master's
Case Western Reserve University
Master's

Education

San Jose State University (Mathematics)

State University of New York, Stony Brook (Master's)

Case Western Reserve University (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 8 miles of Palo Alto, CA 94306

Peter’s Subjects

Science:
Physics
Test Preparation:
SAT Math

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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