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Todd C.

Dallas, NC

$40/hr

Physics & Mathematics Tutor with Teaching & Research Experience

Background check passed as of 8/11/14
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Physics & Mathematics Tutor with Teaching & Research Experience

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I have taught math (from introductory algebra to calculus I) and physics courses (from conceptual physics to calculus-based physics with labs) for more than 10 years at community colleges. I have worked as a private tutor and a tutor at Gaston College and I also have experience as a substitute teacher in public school. Often the key to helping a student is careful attention to details that reveal what misconceptions are impeding the student's understanding.

I believe all students can benefit from an understanding of physics taught at an appropriate level. Since mathematics is the language of physics, an understanding of mathematics is crucial to the process and may limit success in physics.

I completed a bachelor's degree in applied math/physics with a double major in chemistry. I earned my M.S. degree in applied physics doing experimentation (optics, electronics, & programming) related to measuring air turbulence with a laser. I completed all but the dissertation for a PhD in physics. My research at UNc-Charlotte included construction and use of near-field scanning optical microscopes and spectral measurements of photoluminescence from porous silicon. I also worked a few years at a company developing equipment for creating computer generated holograms.

Science:
Chemistry,
Physics
Business:
GMAT
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, GMAT,
SAT Math
Corporate Training:
GMAT

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

I have more than 10 years of teaching experience at the community college level.
I believe it is important to help students make the connection between what they already know and the new concepts they seek to master.
I enjoy helping students recognize the usefulness of mathematics and how the different things they learn reinforce one another.

Algebra 2

With more than 10 years of teaching experience at the community college level, I believe teachers need to help students make the connection between what they already know and the new concepts they seek to master.
I enjoy helping students recognize the usefulness of mathematics in daily life.

Calculus

I have taught calculus at the community college level. I have also tutored high school and college students in calculus.
Mastery of the algebra and trigonometry in precalculus is essential to prepare for calculus.
I enjoy helping students recognize how useful math is in solving all types of problems.

Chemistry

My second major in college was chemistry. In addition to general chemistry, I took Organic I, Inorganic, Analytic, and Physical Chemistry I & II. My senior lab project involved constructing and interfacing hardware to automate titration. I have tutored a number of students in chemistry.

Geometry

More than 10 years of teaching experience at the community college level has taught me how important it is to help students make the connection between what they already know and the new concepts they seek to master.
I enjoy helping students recognize the usefulness of geometry in so many practical applications.

GMAT

My area of specialization is mathematics (including word problems). Most problems in physics are word problems.
I scored in a high percentile on both the SAT and GRE.

Physics

I have completed undergraduate and graduate level course work required to obtain a Ph.D. in Physics.
I have more than 10 years of teaching experience at the community college level plus supervising students in labs and tutoring.
I believe it is important to help students make the connection between what they already know and the principles of physics.
The beauty of physics and mathematics is that problems can be worked in more than one way, but the same answer will result.

Prealgebra

I have addressed many common misconceptions students have when teaching introductory algebra and when tutoring. I believe it is important to help students make the connection between what they already know and the new concepts they seek to master. I enjoy helping students recognize the usefulness of mathematics and how it applies to daily life.

Precalculus

I have taught math ranging from introductory algebra to calculus at the community college level.
Mastery of the algebra and trigonometry in precalculus is essential to prepare for calculus.
I enjoy helping students recognize how useful math is in solving all types of problems.

SAT Math

I have a strong background in the math required for the SAT (and beyond). Often it is possible to solve the problems without many time consuming calculations if you apply basic mathematical principles.
I have experience teaching math at the community college from the lowest algebra through calculus.
I scored above 700 on the Math Section when I took the SAT.

Trigonometry

I have taught trigonometry at the community college level. Since it is no longer a prerequisite of physics, I found it helpful to teach the essentials of trigonometry at the beginning of most physics classes. Trigonometry is easier when a student realizes how much of it comes from applying the Pythagorean Theorem. I enjoy helping students recognize how useful trigonometry is in applications from art to construction to science.

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Warren Wilson College
Math Physics and Chemistry
Oregon Health & Science University (Oregon Graduate Center)
Master's
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Graduate Coursework

Education

Warren Wilson College (Math Physics and Chemistry)

Oregon Health & Science University (Oregon Graduate Center) (Master's)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 20 hours notice required

Add 25% to rate for tutoring a group of 2 students. For sessions lasting 2 hours or more, the rate will be reduced by 10%. Short commutes may be eligible for a lower rate.

Travel policy

Todd will travel within 20 miles of Dallas, NC 28034.


About Todd

I have taught math (from introductory algebra to calculus I) and physics courses (from conceptual physics to calculus-based physics with labs) for more than 10 years at community colleges. I have worked as a private tutor and a tutor at Gaston College and I also have experience as a substitute teacher in public school. Often the key to helping a student is careful attention to details that reveal what misconceptions are impeding the student's understanding.

I believe all students can benefit from an understanding of physics taught at an appropriate level. Since mathematics is the language of physics, an understanding of mathematics is crucial to the process and may limit success in physics.

I completed a bachelor's degree in applied math/physics with a double major in chemistry. I earned my M.S. degree in applied physics doing experimentation (optics, electronics, & programming) related to measuring air turbulence with a laser. I completed all but the dissertation for a PhD in physics. My research at UNc-Charlotte included construction and use of near-field scanning optical microscopes and spectral measurements of photoluminescence from porous silicon. I also worked a few years at a company developing equipment for creating computer generated holograms.

Education

Warren Wilson College
Math Physics and Chemistry
Oregon Health & Science University (Oregon Graduate Center)
Master's
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Graduate Coursework

Education

Warren Wilson College (Math Physics and Chemistry)

Oregon Health & Science University (Oregon Graduate Center) (Master's)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
20 hours notice required

Add 25% to rate for tutoring a group of 2 students. For sessions lasting 2 hours or more, the rate will be reduced by 10%. Short commutes may be eligible for a lower rate.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Dallas, NC 28034

Todd’s Subjects

Science:
Chemistry,
Physics
Business:
GMAT
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, GMAT,
SAT Math
Corporate Training:
GMAT

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Todd’s Resources

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