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Herb K.

Holyoke, MA

$50/hr

Semi-Retired College Professor --- MIT Grad --- Math/Physics Tutoring

Background check passed as of 11/26/12
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Semi-Retired College Professor --- MIT Grad --- Math/Physics Tutoring

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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.

Testimonials

"Fantastic Tutor!"

- Trish, Pinellas Park, FL on 4/10/14

"Herb was great."

- Edward, Westfield, MA on 12/18/13
Math:
ACT Math,
Actuarial Science, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Differential Equations, Discrete Math, Finite Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
Probability, SAT Math,
Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
Physics
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
SAT Math,
Statistics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ASVAB, GED,
GRE,
MCAT, SAT Math,
SSAT
Corporate Training:
Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

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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.

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 student to become increasingly more of an independent learner).

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).

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, very good at asking "leading questions" of the student, so as to guide the student in becoming increasingly more of an independent learner.

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, know how to ask leading questions of the student so that he/she is thereby guided to become increasingly more of an independent learner.

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.

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 importantly, perhaps, know how to ask leading questions of the student so as to help that student become increasingly an independent learner.


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 III, and Statistics and Probability. I could, therefore, definitely help your son/daughter in Precalculus.

SAT Math

I am a semi-retired college professor (math,physics), and so have much experience and much expertise in SAT math.

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 material.

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.

Herb’s Resources

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Consider: 4(30) = 120 then, consider various ways to multiply two numbers together to get 120: 1       120           note:  1 + 120 = 121 2         60          ...

(x+3)(x^2+4x-5) (answer)

x^2 4x -5 x x^3 4x^2 -5x 3 3x^2 12x -15 Answer: x^3 + (4x^2 + 3x^2) + (-5x + 12x) -15 = x^3 + 7x^2 + 7x - 15

M.I.T.
Physics
Brown University (physics)
PhD
Boston University (mathematics)
Master's

Education

M.I.T. (Physics)

Brown University (physics) (PhD)

Boston University (mathematics) (Master's)

Fantastic Tutor! — Herb tutored my daughter, a college student, in statistics and was extremely helpful. Herb was always responsive to emails, phone calls and flexible with tutoring times. He made statistics much easier for my daughter to understand. I would use Herb again without hesitation and highly recommend his services. ...

— Trish, Pinellas Park, FL on 4/10/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Herb will travel within 20 miles of Holyoke, MA 01040.


About Herb

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.

Testimonials

"Fantastic Tutor!"

- Trish, Pinellas Park, FL on 4/10/14

"Herb was great."

- Edward, Westfield, MA on 12/18/13
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Education

M.I.T.
Physics
Brown University (physics)
PhD
Boston University (mathematics)
Master's

Education

M.I.T. (Physics)

Brown University (physics) (PhD)

Boston University (mathematics) (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Holyoke, MA 01040

Herb’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math,
Actuarial Science, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Differential Equations, Discrete Math, Finite Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
Probability, SAT Math,
Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
Physics
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
SAT Math,
Statistics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ASVAB, GED,
GRE,
MCAT, SAT Math,
SSAT
Corporate Training:
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.


Herb’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 Herb. View all of Herb’s resources

Consider: 4(30) = 120 then, consider various ways to multiply two numbers together to get 120: 1       120           note:  1 + 120 = 121 2         60          ...

(x+3)(x^2+4x-5) (answer)

x^2 4x -5 x x^3 4x^2 -5x 3 3x^2 12x -15 Answer: x^3 + (4x^2 + 3x^2) + (-5x + 12x) -15 = x^3 + 7x^2 + 7x - 15


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