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Scott S.

Petaluma, CA

$45/hr

Experienced Upward Bound, MCAT, OU instructor makes Physics fun!

Background check passed as of 1/12/12
Usually responds in about 3 hours

Experienced Upward Bound, MCAT, OU instructor makes Physics fun!

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I love finding out how the world works, and sharing that joy with other people has become one of my passions. (Yes, the same classes that currently induce stress can eventually become sources of joy with some help and effort in the right direction.) My tutoring and teaching experience includes mathematics from algebra I through the junior year of college. The science areas I tutor include physics and closely related subjects like chemistry and meteorology.

Most of my teaching experience is in physics. I have taught an algebra-based high school Physics class for Sooner Upward Bound, both semesters of General Physics Laboratory at the University of Oklahoma, and trigonometry-based physics to upper division students and graduates who are preparing for the Medical College Admission Test. Student evaluation excerpts: “He always went out of his way to make sure we did well.” “… engaging. He taught the concepts very well…” “He is very helpful during the lab. He is approachable. He is very patient." “… available outside class … he was very prompt with returning e-mails.” “Scott really cares about helping his students and overall is a great instructor.”

Any good tutor will tailor his or her approach toward the individual student and assignment in question. That said, we all have our own style. My style is to focus on the concepts and minimize the need for memorization. Physics really does make beautiful sense, but too often, we can't see the beauty in an equation or theorem because our fundamentals aren't where they need to be. So, when a class is overwhelming or you feel completely lost, the fundamental skills are one of the first things I check. This also means that I discourage you from taking extensive notes in class and in our sessions. Flashcards may be a major part of biology, foreign language and social studies, but with math and physics, almost everyone is best off understanding what's going on in "real time."

Testimonials

"Scott is a great tutor."

- Ross, Oklahoma City, OK on 5/29/13

"Fantastic Tutor!"

- Noorain, Norman, OK on 10/24/14
Scott replied on 10/29/2014

Noorain improved her GRE math score by 5 points with two hours of tutoring and a whole lot of studying on her own. Great job, Noorain - your effort has paid off!

"Tutoring sessions very productive."

- Gail, Oklahoma City, OK on 12/17/13

"Great Tutor!"

- Benita, Tulsa, OK on 11/4/13

"Great tutor"

- Amanda, Norman, OK on 11/3/13

"Excellent at what he does."

- Dakota, Tecumseh, OK on 5/23/13

"Highly recommended!!"

- Andrea, El Reno, OK on 2/17/13
Scott replied on 8/22/2013

Andrea was in a brutal Physics 2 class, and still made an A. Way to go, Andrea!

"Scott S. was very helpful."

- Taylor, Norman, OK on 2/13/13

"Beyond Patient!"

- Krystle, Shawnee, OK on 1/13/13

"Awesome Energetic Teacher"

- Don, Oklahoma City, OK on 12/12/12

"Not approved to go over 1 hour, tutor abused time"

- Chi, Oklahoma City, OK on 11/19/12
Scott replied on 12/3/2012

Many students and parents ask me to limit the length of lessons, to keep costs down. I always honor these requests. Even after our lesson is over, I've had students call me to say "I didn't understand how billing works," and we always find a solution.

Chi never asked me to limit the lesson to an hour. Her daughter had already received a free hour of tutoring when we rescheduled our second lesson. Chi said "My daughter is busy and will only be free for one hour," indicating that the time limit was purely a scheduling issue. She never mentioned "I can only afford one hour." Chi's daughter showed up over thirty minutes early, implying that her schedule cleared up.

If Chi had ever said "I can only afford one hour per week" -- even if she had said this after the lesson was over -- I would have made sure she was satisfied with how she got billed.

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Nicole, Norman, OK on 11/11/12

"Great Tutor"

- Heather, Norman, OK on 10/23/12

"Awesome tutor!"

- John, Norman, OK on 10/11/12

"Great Tutor!"

- Neil, Norman, OK on 10/7/12

"Would not have passed the class with out him"

- Kaylie, Oklahoma City, OK on 5/7/12

"Great tutor, very communicative"

- Jaxon, Jones, OK on 2/1/12

"Got the job done!"

- Stacey, Edmond, OK on 12/25/11

"Scott patiently gave our son knowledge and confidence!"

- Judith, Yountville, CA on 11/24/11
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Astronomy, Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics
History:
American History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Chemistry, English, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, Statistics, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, GRE, MCAT, SAT Math, SSAT
Sports/Recreation:
Track & Field
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading, Statistics

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.

University of California, Davis

Education

University of California, Davis

Scott is a great tutor. — Scott is an amazing tutor. He is super intelligent and eager to help. He came prepared to every session I had scheduled with him. He really takes the time to ensure you understand the material. He doesn't just do your homework for you. He explains things so well. If you are not understanding the material he gets creative and tries different approaches to explain things. I felt very well prepared f ...

— Ross, Oklahoma City, OK on 5/29/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Scott will travel within 5 miles of Petaluma, CA 94954.


About Scott

I love finding out how the world works, and sharing that joy with other people has become one of my passions. (Yes, the same classes that currently induce stress can eventually become sources of joy with some help and effort in the right direction.) My tutoring and teaching experience includes mathematics from algebra I through the junior year of college. The science areas I tutor include physics and closely related subjects like chemistry and meteorology.

Most of my teaching experience is in physics. I have taught an algebra-based high school Physics class for Sooner Upward Bound, both semesters of General Physics Laboratory at the University of Oklahoma, and trigonometry-based physics to upper division students and graduates who are preparing for the Medical College Admission Test. Student evaluation excerpts: “He always went out of his way to make sure we did well.” “… engaging. He taught the concepts very well…” “He is very helpful during the lab. He is approachable. He is very patient." “… available outside class … he was very prompt with returning e-mails.” “Scott really cares about helping his students and overall is a great instructor.”

Any good tutor will tailor his or her approach toward the individual student and assignment in question. That said, we all have our own style. My style is to focus on the concepts and minimize the need for memorization. Physics really does make beautiful sense, but too often, we can't see the beauty in an equation or theorem because our fundamentals aren't where they need to be. So, when a class is overwhelming or you feel completely lost, the fundamental skills are one of the first things I check. This also means that I discourage you from taking extensive notes in class and in our sessions. Flashcards may be a major part of biology, foreign language and social studies, but with math and physics, almost everyone is best off understanding what's going on in "real time."

Testimonials

"Scott is a great tutor."

- Ross, Oklahoma City, OK on 5/29/13

"Fantastic Tutor!"

- Noorain, Norman, OK on 10/24/14
Scott replied on 10/29/2014

Noorain improved her GRE math score by 5 points with two hours of tutoring and a whole lot of studying on her own. Great job, Noorain - your effort has paid off!

"Tutoring sessions very productive."

- Gail, Oklahoma City, OK on 12/17/13

"Great Tutor!"

- Benita, Tulsa, OK on 11/4/13

"Great tutor"

- Amanda, Norman, OK on 11/3/13

"Excellent at what he does."

- Dakota, Tecumseh, OK on 5/23/13

"Highly recommended!!"

- Andrea, El Reno, OK on 2/17/13
Scott replied on 8/22/2013

Andrea was in a brutal Physics 2 class, and still made an A. Way to go, Andrea!

"Scott S. was very helpful."

- Taylor, Norman, OK on 2/13/13

"Beyond Patient!"

- Krystle, Shawnee, OK on 1/13/13

"Awesome Energetic Teacher"

- Don, Oklahoma City, OK on 12/12/12

"Not approved to go over 1 hour, tutor abused time"

- Chi, Oklahoma City, OK on 11/19/12
Scott replied on 12/3/2012

Many students and parents ask me to limit the length of lessons, to keep costs down. I always honor these requests. Even after our lesson is over, I've had students call me to say "I didn't understand how billing works," and we always find a solution.

Chi never asked me to limit the lesson to an hour. Her daughter had already received a free hour of tutoring when we rescheduled our second lesson. Chi said "My daughter is busy and will only be free for one hour," indicating that the time limit was purely a scheduling issue. She never mentioned "I can only afford one hour." Chi's daughter showed up over thirty minutes early, implying that her schedule cleared up.

If Chi had ever said "I can only afford one hour per week" -- even if she had said this after the lesson was over -- I would have made sure she was satisfied with how she got billed.

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Nicole, Norman, OK on 11/11/12

"Great Tutor"

- Heather, Norman, OK on 10/23/12

"Awesome tutor!"

- John, Norman, OK on 10/11/12

"Great Tutor!"

- Neil, Norman, OK on 10/7/12

"Would not have passed the class with out him"

- Kaylie, Oklahoma City, OK on 5/7/12

"Great tutor, very communicative"

- Jaxon, Jones, OK on 2/1/12

"Got the job done!"

- Stacey, Edmond, OK on 12/25/11

"Scott patiently gave our son knowledge and confidence!"

- Judith, Yountville, CA on 11/24/11
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Education

University of California, Davis

Education

University of California, Davis


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Petaluma, CA 94954

Scott’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Astronomy, Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics
History:
American History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Chemistry, English, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, Statistics, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, GRE, MCAT, SAT Math, SSAT
Sports/Recreation:
Track & Field
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading, Statistics

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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