To introduce myself, I am a semi-retired college professor (B.Sc., physics, M.I.T; Ph.D., physics, Brown University; M.A., mathematics, Boston University) currently (and for the past 11+ years, since September 2002) working part-time (about 20 hours per week) as a professional tutor (Math/Physics) at a local community college (Holyoke, MA).
The courses that I tutor range from Pre-Algebra (Basic Math), Beginning Algebra, and Intermediate Algebra to College Algebra, Pre-calculus (including Trigonometry) and Calculus (I, II and III), as well as Elementary Probability and Statistics, and General Physics.
This is the best job I have ever had. I really enjoy working one-on-one with the students. Not only do I enjoy the subject matter itself, but equally, or even more so, the process of asking the student leading questions (as opposed to simply giving the student the answer) so as to help the student discover for himself/herself, as much as possible, the thought processes involved in understanding and then solving the particular problem at hand.
At this stage of my life, helping students is what gives meaning to my life -- in particular, helping to empower students to become independent learners, as much as possible -- this is my passion.
My immediate supervisor (name/email/phone number available on request) would be more than happy to give me a glowing testimonial regarding my talents as a professional tutor, as would all the many students that I've tutored over the past 10+ years. I know this because of the feedback that I've gotten from both my supervisor and from the many students that I have tutored over the past 10+ years.
I also tutored high school students (at a local high school) in mathematics (mainly Algebra and Geometry) in after-school programs (first UPWARD BOUND, and then GEAR-UP) for 5 years beginning September 2004, until the program (GEAR-UP) was de-funded. My supervisors (names, emails and phone numbers available on request) there would similarly be more than happy to be references for my work at Holyoke High School.
In addition to my tutoring at the community college and high school, I have also tutored students, both college students and high school students, privately (again, since September 2002), and again in such subjects as Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus and Physics.
Tutoring has the advantage (over teaching) that I can adjust the pace of the tutoring session, with questions asked back and forth, between tutor and student, to accommodate the needs of the individual student in question, which is to say that we can go as slowly (or as quickly) as need be to make sure that the student is getting the material, 100%.
I do pride myself, perhaps most particularly, on being patient with the students, and also in explaining the subject matter in great, though not overwhelming, detail.
In particular, I would never simply ask the student whether he/she is getting the material. Rather, I would make sure that the student can actually work the problem at hand, with hints if necessary to start with, but then, eventually, with the student completely working the problem on his/her own.
The students I tutor are always appreciative of the help that I am able to give them. Needless to say, this makes the tutoring experience a very positive experience for me as well as for them.
One final thought. When I first started tutoring a Community College some 11+ years ago, I was really not familiar at all with the graphing calculator. However, gradually, yet fairly quickly, I began to familiarize myself with the various features of the graphing calculator, in particular the TI-83 and TI-84 (also, the TI-85 and TI-89), so that now, routinely, on an almost daily basis, I use the graphing calculator in my tutoring of such courses as College Algebra, Pre-Calculus (including Trigonometry), Calculus, and Probability and Statistics, both for routine calculations and graphing (involving polynomial functions, rational functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions), confirmation of problem solving that could be done without the graphing calculator, and investigation and exploration of problems which could be approached only with the aid of the graphing calculator.
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Algebra 1
As may be seen from my Tutor Profile, I am a semi-retired college professor (math, physics), am currently (and for the past 11+ years) working part-time (about 20 hours per week) as a Professional Tutor (math/physics) at a college, and so have much experience and much expertise (and therefore, much to offer your son/daughter, or you) in Algebra 1. In particular, I am very patient, and know how to explain the material (in part, by asking leading questions of the student, so as to stimulate the...
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Algebra 2
As may be seen from my tutor profile, I am currently (and for the past 11+ years) working part-time (about 20 hours per week) as a professional tutor (math/physics) at Holyoke Community College (Holyoke MA), and so have much experience and much expertise (and therefore, much to offer your son/daughter, or you) in Algebra 2.
Calculus
As may be seen from my tutor profile, I am a semi-retired college professor (math/physics), currently (and for the past 11+ years) working part-time (about 20 hours per week) as a professional tutor (math, physics) at Holyoke Community College, and therefore definitely have the experience and expertise to help your with your calculus (Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Calculus 3).
Prealgebra
As may be seen from my Tutor Profile, I am a semi-retired college professor (math/physics)and am currently (and for the past 11+ years, since September 2002) working part-time (about 20 hours per week) as a Professional Tutor (math/physics) at Holyoke Community College (Holyoke MA), and so have much experience and expertise, and therefore (I think), much to offer your daughter/son, or you in Pre-Algebra. Also, I am very patient, know how to explain the material to students of all ages, and most...
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Precalculus
As may be seen from my Tutor Profile, I am a semi-retired college professor, currently (and for the past 10+ years, since September 2002) working part time (about 20 hours per week), and very successfully, as a Professional Tutor (math/physics) at a local community college. I, therefore, have much experience, and expertise, in tutoring students in a variety of math subjects, from Basic Math, Beginning Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra to Precalculus, Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus...
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Trigonometry
As may be seen from my Tutor Profile, I have a B.Sc. in physics (M.I.T.), a Ph.D. in physics (Brown University), and an M.A. in mathematics (Boston University), along with 30+ years teaching (physics, mathematics) at the college/high school level, and therefore have much experience and expertise in such subjects as Trigonometry --- if you want the very best in math tutoring, give me a chance.
SAT Math
I am a semi-retired college professor (math,physics), and so have much experience and much expertise in SAT math.
GRE
I am a semi-retired college professor (math,physics), and so have much experience and much expertise (and therefore, much to offer your daughter/son, or you) in GRE.
GED
As may be seen from my Tutor Profile, I am a semi-retired college professor (math/physics), currently (and for the past 11+ years, since September 2002) working part-time (about 20 hours per week) as a Professional Tutor (math/physics) at Holyoke Community College (Holyoke, MA), and so I have much expertise and much experience, and therefore much to offer, I believe, in helping you get your GED. In particular, I am very patient, know well how to explain the material, and most particularly, perhaps,...
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SSAT
As may be seen from my tutor profile, I am currently (and for the past 11+ years, since September 2002) working part-time (about 20 hours per week) as a professional tutor (math/physics), and so have much experience and expertise to offer your son/daughter in SSAT. My primary interest, and fields of expertise, are in Mathematics and Physics, but I could also help your son/daughter in other areas (for example, vocabulary and sentence structure). I am very patient, and know well how to explain the...
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ACT Math
As may be seen from my Tutor Profile, I am currently (and for the past 11+ years) a Professional Tutor (math/physics) at Holyoke Community College (math, physics), and so have much experience and much expertise, and therefore (I believe), much to offer your son/daughter, or you in ACT math.
Elementary Math
As may be seen from my tutor profile, I am a semi-retired college professor (math, physics), currently (and for the past 11+ years, since September 2002) working part-time (about 20 hours per week) as a professional tutor (math/physics) at Holyoke Community College (Holyoke, MA). So, I have much expertise and much experience, and therefore (I believe), much to offer your son/daughter, or you in elementary math. I am very patient, very good at explaining the material, and most particularly, perhaps,...
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