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Jeffrey M.

San Mateo, CA

$79/hr

Enthusiastic Tutor of Mathematics and Physics

Background check passed as of 10/11/13
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Enthusiastic Tutor of Mathematics and Physics

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I have over 30 years of experience as a tutor and lecturer in mathematics and physics, both before and after I completed my physics PhD at the University of Illinois. I like tutoring so much that I started doing it as a sophomore in college and have been doing it ever since. I am available for tutoring at middle school, high school, and college levels.

My students feel comfortable telling me what they didn't get in class in school or from their textbook, and so we are able to address those issues right away. I like to first establish the knowledge base of my student. We then work together to build on it, with lots of supervised practice and homework, to expand knowledge and mastery. Pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, analytic (e.g., Cartesian) geometry, calculus, simple differential equations, matrices; classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, elementary atomic and quantum physics. I teach as far north as Burlingame and as far south as San Carlos.

I offer a "Friday discount" to clients who hire me for weekly sessions on Fridays.

Testimonials

"Outstanding and extremely talented Calculus tutor"

- Martie, San Mateo, CA on 9/7/14

"Excellent Tutor"

- Ashi, San Mateo, CA on 12/15/14

"Very Patient"

- Roy, Atlanta, GA on 12/13/14

"Great Tutor"

- Zack, El Granada, CA on 12/8/14

"Great tutor"

- Chris, San Carlos, CA on 11/15/14

"Best math tutor ever!"

- Collin, San Mateo, CA on 10/13/14

"Great teacher!"

- Lorraine, Burlingame, CA on 7/3/14

"Another satisfied customer!"

- Steve, Redwood City, CA on 6/12/14

"Raised grade two levels"

- Howard, Belmont, CA on 5/28/14

"Online tutoring was very helpful"

- Mary, Bartlett, IL on 2/26/14

"A phenomenal talent"

- Kovyon, Redwood City, CA on 1/24/14

"Great tutor. "

- Jim, San Mateo, CA on 1/23/14

"Great tutor!"

- Danielle, Redwood City, CA on 1/10/14

"Astounding geometry tutor!"

- Deborah, San Mateo, CA on 12/15/13

"Excellent Tutor with proven results -- A in an AP class"

- V, San Carlos, CA on 7/15/13

"Takes an active interest in the student"

- Maria, San Mateo, CA on 5/8/13

"Very knowledgeable!"

- Stephanie, Menlo Park, CA on 4/17/13

"Extremely happy with Jeffrey M.!"

- Frank, San Mateo, CA on 4/17/13

"Great tutor for Math SAT."

- Ann, San Carlos, CA on 1/22/13

"Great tutor."

- Akram, Redwood City, CA on 1/16/13

"Love this tutor!"

- Maria, San Mateo, CA on 1/2/13

"Great tutor"

- Gwen, San Mateo, CA on 12/28/12

"Great help with any questions and patient when topic is difficult."

- Christopher, San Mateo, CA on 12/22/12

"Great math tutor"

- Sunny, San Mateo, CA on 9/17/12

"Very helpful session"

- Rebecca, San Carlos, CA on 8/8/12

"Knowledgeable, Patient and Responsible"

- Manfred, Millbrae, CA on 6/3/12

"Excellent, punctual and diligent "

- John, San Carlos, CA on 5/4/12

"Amazing"

- Heather, San Mateo, CA on 3/16/12

"very passionate about both physics and mathematics"

- Jackie, San Mateo, CA on 3/3/12

"Dedicated and Patient!"

- Brenda, San Carlos, CA on 10/31/11
Science:
Physical Science, Physics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math,
Elementary Science
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Elementary (K-6th), Geometry,
Physics,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
SAT Math
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ASVAB,
GRE, ISEE,
SAT Math

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

Before we jump into Algebra, I make sure that my client has mastered pre-algebra subjects. Many students entering algebra need work on arithmetic with fractions, how to calculate least common denominators, etc. I very often start by showing my student how to write out the prime factorization of the integers from 1 to 50, and then having the student continue, as a homework exercise, from 51 to 100.

Algebra 2

I have found it to be critical to be sure that the student has mastered skills from Algebra 1 before going forward. My first session thus usually involves some diagnosis of which skills the student needs help with before going on to Algebra 2. A firm base on which to build is required.

ASVAB

I have helped several people with the math section of the ASVAB test, but do not consider myself qualified to teach the rest of the test, certainly not the mechanical aspects of the subject. I have found that my ASVAB test prep manual has superb word problems for doing math, and I share them with my ASVAB (math) students.

Calculus

It is essential when teaching calculus to make full use of graphs, even when problems can be solved exclusively with equations. There is frequent confusion between a function and its derivative function, and this confusion can be remedied only by lots of practice with graphs.

Calculus classes now include some physics, particularly the physics of trajectories. As a physicist, I am especially well prepared to help students with such physics-based problems.

Elementary Math

Elementary math is a fabulous opportunity to lay down a firm foundation for more advanced mathematics. Indeed, much of my time teaching advanced math is remedial work concerning concepts that students should have gotten in elementary math, such as how to do arithmetic with fractions, which operations permit the distributive property (and which don't!), etc.

Elementary Science

As is true at all levels, it is especially important at the elementary level to teach concepts in terms of concepts already known by the student. Elementary science is best taught not in terms of abstractions but rather in terms of phenomena with which the student has already had direct experience.

Geometry

It is often necessary to brush up on arithmetic and algebra while concurrently working on geometry. I do such review on an as-needed basis. An essential part of that review is supervised practice of techniques.

ISEE

I prepare my students for ISEE by working problems from ISEE prep books together with them, focusing on those subjects with which the student has the greatest difficulty. For example, one of my current lower level ISEE students needs much remedial work in arithmetic, but is already very good at reading comprehension. For both vocabulary and for mathematics preparation, I find that flash cards are a very useful tool for my students.

Physics

In addition to the course work that I did for my physics master's and Ph.D degrees, I did research in the dynamics of protein molecules, including light-harvesting proteins and proteins found in nerve cells. Most of my career was spent in corporate engineering departments doing structural dynamics (including the dynamics of rotating structures),acoustics, and psychoacoustics. I've been teaching and tutoring students and engineers in all these topics over the years, including full-fledged physics courses at University of San Francisco and College of San Mateo. I wrote "Handbook for Centrifuge Designers" while at Beckman Instruments in Palo Alto, California.

Prealgebra

It is critical, before going into pre-algebra, that students have a firm command of arithmetic. My experience is that many such students have troubles adding and subtracting fractions, and my first task with such students is to make sure that they have mastery of that kind of calculation.

Precalculus

Much of my work with precalculus students has consisted of a thorough review of trigonometry, finite and infinite series and sequences, and analytic geometry. My approach is always to be sure that the basics are mastered before attempting more advanced topics (e.g., students need to have mastered the graphical properties of linear functions before working on quadratic ones (hyperbolas, ellipses, parabolas).

SAT Math

The key to studying for the SAT Math section is to get an SAT practice book and work on as many problems as possible. Those practice books contain the right mix of geometry, algebra, probability, etc. I usually work through such books with my SAT math students, giving them supplemental information in those areas where they need extra help.

Trigonometry

Since so many homework and exam problems in trig involve multiples of 30 and 45 degrees, I show all my students how to derive all the trig functions for those angles based on only two facts that need to be memorized: sine 30 degrees= 1/2, and tangent 45 degrees=1. It's nice to go into an exam knowing that one can derive all those trig function values based on just two memorized facts.

Jeffrey’s Resources

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Thought Stimulated By The 30th Anniversary of the Release of the Report "A Nation At Risk"  Apparently, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is in the midst of a program whose stated purpose is to enhance the quality of teaching in the United States.  One of the implications of their program is that insufficient teaching at a high quality level is an important... read more

The math textbook of a student that I'm working with posed the following problem: Solve e^x=x^5 The student told me that she couldn't do the problem and so, with an air of authority, I started to show her how to solve it...until I realized that I couldn't solve it, either! I believe that there is no closed-form analytical solution to such an equation, and that the best that one can... read more

Something that I've just started doing is enhancing my answer to a student's question by sometimes formulating (when possible, of course) a theorem and proof that are directly related to the question. For example, when one of my students asked me to describe the symmetry of an odd function, i.e., a function for which f(x)= -f(-x), the theorem I cooked up was: For an odd function: a)... read more

University of California, Berkeley
BA-Physics and Biology
San Francisco State University - Physics
Master's
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Physics
PhD

Education

University of California, Berkeley (BA-Physics and Biology)

San Francisco State University - Physics (Master's)

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Physics (PhD)

Outstanding and extremely talented Calculus tutor — We contacted Jeffrey to help our daughter prepare for an accelerated series of college Calculus courses at a top private university on the peninsula. He did an outstanding job of evaluating her current knowledge, strengths and weaknesses. Then he patiently set to work building a foundation of concepts to help increase her skill set and enable her to think through and tackle any type of calculus pr ...

— Martie, San Mateo, CA on 9/7/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $79.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

My hourly rate for tutoring sessions that occur on Fridays is $69.

Travel policy

Jeffrey will travel within 5 miles of San Mateo, CA 94403.


About Jeffrey

I have over 30 years of experience as a tutor and lecturer in mathematics and physics, both before and after I completed my physics PhD at the University of Illinois. I like tutoring so much that I started doing it as a sophomore in college and have been doing it ever since. I am available for tutoring at middle school, high school, and college levels.

My students feel comfortable telling me what they didn't get in class in school or from their textbook, and so we are able to address those issues right away. I like to first establish the knowledge base of my student. We then work together to build on it, with lots of supervised practice and homework, to expand knowledge and mastery. Pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, analytic (e.g., Cartesian) geometry, calculus, simple differential equations, matrices; classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, elementary atomic and quantum physics. I teach as far north as Burlingame and as far south as San Carlos.

I offer a "Friday discount" to clients who hire me for weekly sessions on Fridays.

Testimonials

"Outstanding and extremely talented Calculus tutor"

- Martie, San Mateo, CA on 9/7/14

"Excellent Tutor"

- Ashi, San Mateo, CA on 12/15/14

"Very Patient"

- Roy, Atlanta, GA on 12/13/14

"Great Tutor"

- Zack, El Granada, CA on 12/8/14

"Great tutor"

- Chris, San Carlos, CA on 11/15/14

"Best math tutor ever!"

- Collin, San Mateo, CA on 10/13/14

"Great teacher!"

- Lorraine, Burlingame, CA on 7/3/14

"Another satisfied customer!"

- Steve, Redwood City, CA on 6/12/14

"Raised grade two levels"

- Howard, Belmont, CA on 5/28/14

"Online tutoring was very helpful"

- Mary, Bartlett, IL on 2/26/14

"A phenomenal talent"

- Kovyon, Redwood City, CA on 1/24/14

"Great tutor. "

- Jim, San Mateo, CA on 1/23/14

"Great tutor!"

- Danielle, Redwood City, CA on 1/10/14

"Astounding geometry tutor!"

- Deborah, San Mateo, CA on 12/15/13

"Excellent Tutor with proven results -- A in an AP class"

- V, San Carlos, CA on 7/15/13

"Takes an active interest in the student"

- Maria, San Mateo, CA on 5/8/13

"Very knowledgeable!"

- Stephanie, Menlo Park, CA on 4/17/13

"Extremely happy with Jeffrey M.!"

- Frank, San Mateo, CA on 4/17/13

"Great tutor for Math SAT."

- Ann, San Carlos, CA on 1/22/13

"Great tutor."

- Akram, Redwood City, CA on 1/16/13

"Love this tutor!"

- Maria, San Mateo, CA on 1/2/13

"Great tutor"

- Gwen, San Mateo, CA on 12/28/12

"Great help with any questions and patient when topic is difficult."

- Christopher, San Mateo, CA on 12/22/12

"Great math tutor"

- Sunny, San Mateo, CA on 9/17/12

"Very helpful session"

- Rebecca, San Carlos, CA on 8/8/12

"Knowledgeable, Patient and Responsible"

- Manfred, Millbrae, CA on 6/3/12

"Excellent, punctual and diligent "

- John, San Carlos, CA on 5/4/12

"Amazing"

- Heather, San Mateo, CA on 3/16/12

"very passionate about both physics and mathematics"

- Jackie, San Mateo, CA on 3/3/12

"Dedicated and Patient!"

- Brenda, San Carlos, CA on 10/31/11
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Education

University of California, Berkeley
BA-Physics and Biology
San Francisco State University - Physics
Master's
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Physics
PhD

Education

University of California, Berkeley (BA-Physics and Biology)

San Francisco State University - Physics (Master's)

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Physics (PhD)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

My hourly rate for tutoring sessions that occur on Fridays is $69.

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of San Mateo, CA 94403

Jeffrey’s Subjects

Science:
Physical Science, Physics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math,
Elementary Science
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Elementary (K-6th), Geometry,
Physics,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
SAT Math
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ASVAB,
GRE, ISEE,
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.


Jeffrey’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Jeffrey. View all of Jeffrey’s resources

Thought Stimulated By The 30th Anniversary of the Release of the Report "A Nation At Risk"  Apparently, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is in the midst of a program whose stated purpose is to enhance the quality of teaching in the United States.  One of the implications of their program is that insufficient teaching at a high quality level is an important... read more

The math textbook of a student that I'm working with posed the following problem: Solve e^x=x^5 The student told me that she couldn't do the problem and so, with an air of authority, I started to show her how to solve it...until I realized that I couldn't solve it, either! I believe that there is no closed-form analytical solution to such an equation, and that the best that one can... read more

Something that I've just started doing is enhancing my answer to a student's question by sometimes formulating (when possible, of course) a theorem and proof that are directly related to the question. For example, when one of my students asked me to describe the symmetry of an odd function, i.e., a function for which f(x)= -f(-x), the theorem I cooked up was: For an odd function: a)... read more


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