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University of California, Berkeley (BA-Physics and Biology)
San Francisco State University - Physics (Master's)
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Physics (PhD)
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. 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… Read more
My hourly rate for tutoring sessions that occur on Fridays is $69.
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 problem. Jeffrey provided excellent feedback and analysis to her that far exceeded that of the professors teaching the courses. By semester's end, she mastered the concepts and was able to achieve "A"s in courses that were extremely challenging. We could not recommend a more knowledgeable or patient tutor for your daughter or son.
Parent's Review: From the first email that was exchanged into the first few minutes of my son's tutoring session, I knew Jeffrey was a PROFESSIONAL at what he does. His responses are quick and chock full of information. He took the time to understand what we were looking for in a tutor and basically ran a neat and tidy ship while tutoring my son. He finished on time, as planned, and we did not feel rushed. He comes prepared to work and his pleasant personality makes it rather fun. I immediately made inquiries for more tutoring on a regular basis.
Student's Review: I really enjoy working with Mr. Jeffrey. He really knows the material he is teaching and I think he has been doing this for a long time because he was ready for me with materials and recommended easier ways to tackle the problems. He also doesn't waste time and gets a lot done while he is here. I feel very confident after my lesson.
Jeffrey tutored my son who was struggling with AP Physics coursework. Jeffrey's tutoring method helped my son enormously and built to restore his confidence in this subject. My son found Jeffrey to be a kind, patient and a highly intelligent tutor who thoroughly understands this subject and provided many interesting perspectives on Physics. I have hired several tutors from time to time while my children were in high school and Jeffrey ranks No.1. I would not hesitate to recommend him.
Jeffrey has really helped my son understand the nuances of high school precalculus. My son has always been great at math but in an accelerated course, the concepts were flying by at a torrid pace. After a few sessions with Jeffrey, my son felt much more comfortable and Jeffrey provided much needed review of the complex ideas.
We were grateful for Jeffrey's patience, his ability to simplify complicated math problems, and his easy rapport with a high school student.
My two sons have worked with Jeffrey multiple times and each time has been very positive. He is very patient with kids for whom math doesn't come naturally. He's even made extra time for my sons in anticipation of exams, which has been so helpful. I continue to give Jeffrey the highest rating!
Jeffrey helped me review crucial concepts, clear doubts, and practice problems which resulted in a significant grade improvement in a short time.
Jeffrey is a great tutor and subject matter expert. He conveniently makes himself available both in time and location, while remaining flexible. I have a better understanding of math because of Jeffrey.
Jeff is very professional and always on time. He is able to explain various steps in different ways, which is very helpful.
Dr. M is by far the best math teacher/tutor that I have ever had. I needed help with my Business Calculus college course and from the first meeting, Dr. M not only knew the material extremely well, but he knew shortcuts and alternative ways to solve problems. He also made small flashcards for me with a function/rule on one side and how to solve the problem on the other. He finds and adapts the material to your certain learning style, rather than just sitting there and reading only from the textbook. He makes sure that you fully understand a problem before going on to the next. He makes a very complicated topic seem easy and makes you feel that you have mastered it. I can honestly say that I would be a failure as a calculus student without him.
I STRONGLY recommend him to anyone who is struggling in any type of math coarse. He is a great guy and has the credentials to back it up.
Mr. M allowed me to learn at a good pace. He corrected me when I did something incorrect. He is always patient, and he has tricks and shortcuts for me to recognize different problems and solve them efficiently.
Now that my daughter has graduated from high school, I would like to thank Jeffrey for taking her from being a struggling C grade math student to a B+ for her final grade. He removed her fear of the subject so effectively that she actively looked forward to her coaching sessions!
I would strongly recommend Jeffrey to any parent looking for help with math for their child.
I turned to Jeffrey for help tutoring my son in AP Calculus when his grade dipped from an A to a D. In addition to providing excellent tutoring, he worked to improve my son's motivation and within a month lifted his grades one level. He continues to work with my son on a weekly basis, with the goal to restore his grade to previous level by the end of semester. Jeffrey is knowledgeable, patient, and his experience in what sets him apart as an extraordinary tutor.
Jeffrey continued to work with my son the following semester, tutoring him in Multivariable Calculus in his senior year. Jeffrey's dedication and focus was the difference my son needed to complete the challenging subject matter.
Because there wasn't a tutor available in my area, I decided to try online tutoring with Jeffrey. He was very helpful and it went well. He even took the time to provide notes after every session for me to study.
Jeffrey is a phenomenal talent. He not only has the knowledge & skills to understand everything that needs to be covered in lessons, but he is one of those rare tutors who can take a complex concept & relate it in terms that any intelligence level can easily understand and apply it to the educational situation requiring action by the student.
Very good session to start off the second semester. Very helpful to keep the student on track and ahead of the game.
Jeffrey is a excellent tutor, patient, focused and good at connecting concepts. I used him for college level intro to Physics and my grades steadily improved throughout the semester. I would highly recommend him.
Jeff has been an exceptional geometry tutor for our son. His approach to presenting concepts as well as details of geometry have exceeded our son's expectations. Jeff genuinely cares that our son understands the material. We look forward to working with him next semester. Seeking a math specialist like Jeff is the best thing we have done. I highly recommend him!
The hallmarks of a great tutor are one who knows his/her subject, comes up with easy-to-follow ways to go over the subject, and help the child master the fundamentals. The proof as they say is not only with the fact that the student understands the subject but also gets As in AP courses. That is what Jeffrey can help a student achieve. He is very patient and easy to get along with and a student especially a teen will find that to be a plus. I would highly recommend Jeffery.
Jeffrey has been tutoring our daughter in Geometry for the past two months now and we couldn't be more pleased. He is committed to helping her reach her goals and figuring out which tutoring method works best. Just recently, she scored very well on a test after failing the previous two. Our daughter's confidence in math has improved and we strongly feel that consistent tutoring sessions with Jeffrey have made all the difference.
My son was falling behind in his coursework at school due to medical reasons. I contacted Jeffrey for help with Pre-Calculus. I found Jeffrey to be not only knowledgeable and extremely qualified, but he is also patient and has a natural way of explaining even the most difficult concepts so they make sense. I would recommend Jeffrey in a minute.
My 18 yr old son was having problems understanding concepts in his AP Physics class, so we chose Jeffrey to help him. Jeffrey is a great tutor. Not only is his Physics knowledge excellent (both my wife and I are engineers, so we can tell), but he has a great, patient manner with kids. My son sent us a thank you note for hiring Jeffrey! His grade has improved, and even more importantly, he now understands concepts he was missing, so college will be easier next year. Jeffrey did a great job not just helping him with problem sets, but also getting to the root of his difficulties. He reviews old tests, homework sets and has even followed up with extra material on his own.
Jeffrey is always on time, he follows up on communication quickly, and is very flexible. He meets with my son early mornings and weekends to accommodate sports schedules, etc.
I highly recommend Jeffrey as a knowledgeable, skilled tutor. We are very happy with him, as is my son.
Jeffrey really pulled out all the stops when I called upon him on short notice for last-minute tutoring for the SAT math section. Some of the material I had literally never seen before and, when I didn't understand something, he made sure I could before we moved on. - Student from San Carlos, CA
Jeffrey made numerous hours available to my son my son in the final weeks before he took the Math SAT. And he recommended some great resources for us to investigate, should my son decide to take the test again. Jeffrey really couldn't have been more responsive and helpful! We would definitely enlist his help again, should we ever need further tutoring. - Mother of student
I am very thankful we found Mr. M. My son was having some difficulty in his calculus class and Mr. M analyzed his areas of weakness and tailored worksheets to help him overcome his difficulties. All what I can say is my son passed his final and currently has a A in his class. He is more confident, and wants to continue working with Mr. M throughout the school year and as a parent I cannot thank him enough for his dedication and effort.
We love Jeff, he helped our daughter who is in 10th grade with precalculus, she had trouble with it, but with Jeff's help, she got an 'A' in the class. He is very patient, always on time, very easy to reach, and also he is flexible if you need some changes in the schedule. I would highly recommend Jeff as a tutor for students who need help in math.
Jeff was a great calculus tutor for me. I was really struggling in my class, but with his help, I was able to raise my grade. He was patient, gave good explanations, and taught in a way that effectively helped me learn. I could also tell he genuinely wanted to help me succeed. He would ask if I had any questions or if needed him to elaborate and he even took the time to extend the length of the session or send me emails explaining, step by step, how to solve a problem I didn't understand during the session. Overall, I was happy with the results of Jeff's tutoring and would definitely recommend him. Thanks, Jeff!
Jeffrey recently helped me with reviewing for my Pre Calculus final which I desperately was in need of passing in order to raise my grade. We started reviewing about a week before the final by going over problems that had given me trouble on previous tests and quizzes. He took the time to show me how to set it up and went over each problem in detail showing me where I made a mistake, after this he would show me short cuts or faster simpler ways of doing the problem. After going over it until I understood I would practice a few from the text book with his supervision and guidance if needed.
I'm very certain that I would not have received as good a grade as I did had I not gotten help from Jeffrey. His tutoring methods are outstanding; he doesn't just give you the answer. He shows you how and then makes you practice it until you no longer need his help. He emphasizes the concept of repetition so that you feel 100% about the topic.
I would highly recommend his services to anyone looking to improve their skills in mathematics or any of the other subjects tutored by Jeffrey.
Jeffrey helped my daughter pass a math test that she had failed twice before. We were very grateful for his help and my daughter said he was a wonderful teacher and very patient with her. I would recommend his services to anyone!
Thank you so much for your help today. It was a productive and successful lesson. The review session has given her great confidence going into her Honors Physics final. Thank you Jeffrey.
Jeffrey M. tutored my son on Pre-Calculus this Spring Semester. He has good mastery of PreCal and has good patience to help my son with his difficulties/problems. Jeffrey is very responsible. He was always on time for the tutoring appointments. And should there be any problem/topics that Jeffrey could not figure out during the tutoring session, he promptly email us the solution/examples after the session. After tutoring help from Jeffrey, my son's PreCal grade improved one whole letter. I would not hesitate to have Jeffrey tutor my younger son next semester.
Jeff has been excellent, punctual and diligent. He has the ability to explain and demonstrate new concepts so that the student will understand them. He has been helping our daughter in pre-calculus and we are seeing steady improvement. He has also been performing some SAT review with her for the upcoming SAT tests. We would recommend Jeff.
Jeffrey has been amazing. He has helped me start to understand things that attempting this class twice with two different instructors, I couldn't make sense, and now they are finally making sense. He has been extremely patient and easy going, but focused. He helps his students find a way to make sense of the material. He keeps the learning environment relaxed but on-task. He has been extremely accommodating with his time to meet the needs I have had with this class. Thanks Jeff
My son who is taking an advanced high-school calculus course needed some support for his studies, but I needed somebody who could work with my son at a pace appropriate for him. He also wanted a tutor with whom he could work on physics ideas and problems. I was not sure that I would be able to find the right person for my son. I even remember expressing my doubts to Jeffrey when we first started talking about setting up an initial appointment.
I need not have worried. Jeffrey has turned out to be just the right teacher for my son. He recognized my son’s need very quickly and has adjusted his pace accordingly. Jeffrey is acting as much as a mentor and my son likes working with Jeffrey.
Something else that makes it a pleasure for my son to work with Jeffrey is that Jeffrey is clearly very passionate about both physics and mathematics. His passion makes his sessions interesting as well as very useful.
Jeffrey seems to have an unusual talent for explaining complex concepts in a readily understandable format. I therefore would recommend him, without reservation, for anybody needing help with mathematics and/or physics.
I hired Jeffrey to tutor my daughter in Physics and I feel fortunate to have found him. I find Jeffrey to be personable, patient, soft-spoken (in a good way) and really wants my daughter to "get it." Though we have only had 3 sessions so far, my daughter tells me that she likes him (and I think it is very important that the tutee likes the tutor!), that she feels very comfortable saying she still wasn't understanding the problem and more than once, and that he is very patient. Jeffrey goes over the physics problem(s) several times showing my daughter how to do it and then making sure she can illustrate the same work/process in a similar problem. My daughter tells me that the repetition of her doing the problem with him has helped her to be more confident in the subject because she is understanding it better by doing it. Sometimes I wish we had an hour and a half with him, which can likely be scheduled, because that little bit of extra time would perhaps make for an even more thorough lesson. After every lesson, Jeffrey emails me a paragraph summary of what they went though with some helpful reminders for my daughter from the lesson. I forward them all to her so she can keep them and refer back to them. After our last session, Jeffrey also emailed us an additional physics problem for her to work on, with explanations and rationale and his openness for her tom call him to discuss the problem on the phone or to save the discussion for the next session. I would highly recommend Jeffrey if your child needs a tutor in physics or another area he specializes in; I think you will find that he truly is all that I describe above. As a side note, he is on-time and responds to emails quickly.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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