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Richard M.

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Orlando, FL (32819)

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I have been an instructor at the University of Phoenix in computer science and mathematics since 2002. I follow the "Socratic Method" of asking questions that help the students reach the concept on their own rather than spoon-feeding the information.
I hold a Math Teaching Certificate for the state of New Jersey.
I have been working with software since 1964. My first job with computers was on the IBM 1401, which got its name because the first model had 1400 bytes of memory. Although the equipment was the size of a few large refrigerators, it had less processing capacity then the keyboard of a modern PC.

After graduation, I worked on what was probably the first computerized job network. The computer was located in Bedford Stuyvesant and communicated with offices throughout New York City via 100 baud modems. The computer installation was also a training facility. Some politicians questioned the wisdom of putting a computer in an "unsafe neighborhood"; however, the facility was never robbed or vandalized. A nearby Government office had their guard dog stolen.

After the cutback in scientific programming in 1971, I learned Cobol in a hurry and switched to banking and insurance. Except for a project computerizing gas-pumps, I did not get back into scientific software until I joined Telos in 1984. I have worked at Telos on automated electronic diagnostic equipment as well as communications. Telos, as part of their education program, subsidized my tuition for my MS in computer science.

I have been living in Freehold, NJ (home of Bruce Springsteen) for the past 40 years. Fortunately, it has been renovated since the song, "nothing but the dead and dying," was written.

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Richard’s subjects

ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, SPSS, Statistics, Trigonometry
English, Writing
Chemistry, Nursing, Physics
C, C#, C++, COBOL, Computer Programming, Computer Science, DOS, Fortran, General Computer, Java, Microsoft Excel, Perl, SPSS, SQL
GRE, Microsoft Excel
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Chemistry, English, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics, Writing
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Corporate Training:
C++, General Computer, Java, Microsoft Excel, SPSS, SQL, Statistics

ACT Math

I have been lecturing on the concepts covered in the Math ACT exam at the University of Phoenix for the past ten years. I hold a New Jersey mathematics teaching certificate. I scored 800 in the math Graduate Record Exam (GRE) so I can teach test-taking methods as well as the subject material.

Algebra 1

I have been covering the concepts of Algebra 1 at the University of Phoenix for the past ten years. I hold a New Jersey mathematics teaching certificate.

Algebra 2

I have been covering the concepts of Algebra 2 at the University of Phoenix for the past ten years. I hold a New Jersey mathematics teaching certificate.


I worked with C# software for over three years at proServices corporation. I developed and maintained software in C#. I also verified and validated C# software from clients, detecting vulnerabilities and other defects.


I used COBOL while employed as Software Design Associates (later became part of Nynex) for several clients, including AT&T, Mutual Benefit Life, and ADP. During the period, 1978 to 1984, I programmed over 40 thousand lines of new code and maintained large systems (over 100 thousand lines). I conducted a seminar on structured code for other consultants.

Computer Programming

I have been programming computers professionally since 1965 in over a dozen different programming languages. I have maintained software systems with over a hundred thousand lines of code. I worked with a variety of applications, including satellite communication, insurance and banking.

Computer Science

I have been teaching an introduction to computer science course, POS 371, at the University of Phoenix since 2002. The topics of POS 371 include control structures, arrays, using parameters in procedures, and recursion. I hold a MS in computer science and have worked with software since 1965.


Many of my algebra students at the University of Phoenix are in the nursing program. I use word problems related to nursing (for example, dosage calculation) in my lectures and discussion questions. Several of the nurses have shared their experiences with algebra in nursing


I began using Perl in the mid '90s to provide common gateway interfaces for web pages. For the past seven years, I have also been using Perl for scripting and text manipulation. Perl provides the portability of working the same on Windows as on Unix.


I studied the Praxis literature prior to taking the exam and mastered some of the suggested test-taking methods. I passed the Math Praxis on the first attempt, earning the ETS "Recognition of Excellence". I coached one of my wife's co-workers who also passed on the first attempt.


I teach Pre-Calculus at the University of Phoenix. I am also licensed to teach the subject in New Jersey High Schools.

SAT Math

I have been teaching math at the University of Phoenix for over ten years. I scored 800 on the Math GRE exam. I have mastered methods for scoring well on College Board tests and I can teach these methods to students.


I have been working with statistics for more than forty years. I developed statistical software packages for Mutual Benefit Life Insurance. I teach Statistics (Math 233) at the University of Phoenix.


One aspect of my job as a software engineer involves technical writing. I have written numerous installation guides, procedure guides and analysis reports. I also engage in peer review, checking the reports of other engineers for grammar, accuracy, and clarity.

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Very patient — I never worked with excel or spread sheets before taking statistics. Richard is very patient with me, most of the time I don't have a clue on how to approach a problem. He asks me in an easier way then we approach the problem. ...

— Sherry from Freehold, NJ on 8/30/13

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Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

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Richard will travel within 10 miles of Orlando, FL 32819.

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