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George Q.

Morristown, NJ

$90/hr

Yale math graduate with a love of learning and teaching

Background check passed as of 8/19/13
Usually responds in about 3 hours

Yale math graduate with a love of learning and teaching

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I am an actuary and investment professional who has a deep understanding of how mathematics is applied in the business world. Investment managers, economists, accountants, actuaries, engineers, and many other professionals rely on mathematical models to guide their decisions. And even within these professions, people who are comfortable with mathematics have an advantage over those who aren’t.

Math has been tremendously useful to me in my first career as an actuary. (A career repeatedly rated as the #1 career in America!) But while I have taken a lot of advanced math courses, I still find that the simplest concepts are the most fun to explain and discuss. Math at any level – even basic arithmetic – is subtle and beautiful, once you understand it. And I strongly believe that anyone can understand mathematics.

Drill has its place, but understanding is more important. Once you understand a concept, you don’t need to do a lot of routine exercises. Students who are forced to do hundreds of “plug and chug” exercises often wind up hating and fearing math. Who can blame them? If you’re given rules to follow, but aren’t shown why the rules make sense, then working a lot of similar problems is just a chore. And it’s much harder to remember rules when you don’t know where they came from.

I have experience tutoring students in subjects ranging from arithmetic through algebra 1 and 2, geometry, calculus, and differential equations. I also have tutored students in reading, building vocabulary, and grammar. I achieved high scores on the SAT, AP Calculus, and GRE exams, and can help students raise their scores on both the math and verbal portions of many standardized tests, including the PSAT, ISSE, COOP, SSAT, SAT, ACT, and GRE.

I carefully evaluate each student and construct an individualized action plan to help the student reach his or her goals. Frequent evaluation and two-way feedback is crucially important. And if you could benefit from a different approach than what I provide, I will not hesitate to suggest other alternatives.

I look forward to working with you!

Testimonials

"Listens for understanding."

- Steve, Mountain Lakes, NJ on 7/11/13

"Great at breaking down problems!"

- Lynn, Boonton, NJ on 1/24/15

"Helped my son score 800 on the SAT Math Level II subject test"

- Jude, Scotch Plains, NJ on 11/26/14

"Great Tutor"

- Wendy, New Providence, NJ on 3/9/14

"Got Needed Results"

- Cathleen, Lincoln Park, NJ on 10/31/13

"Helping a great deal!"

- Joseph, Dover, NJ on 7/30/13

"Excellent math tutor!"

- Stephen, Mendham, NJ on 7/16/13
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations,
Discrete Math,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Proofreading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Science:
ACT Science
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, GRE, Praxis, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT
Corporate Training:
Proofreading, Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Differential Equations

My formal academic background includes an undergraduate course in ordinary differential equations at Yale, and a significantly more advanced graduate-level course "Partial Differential Equations in Finance" at NYU.

Although differential equations can be intimidating, the typical introductory course is often easier than most calculus courses. When students have difficulty with differential equations, it is often because they need review of some of the content of the calculus curriculum.

I am comfortable tutoring introductory undergraduate differential equations. In the past, I have followed the popular text by Boyce and DiPrima.

Discrete Math

I have taken undergraduate and graduate courses in the following discrete math topics: computer science, including data structures; linear algebra; probability theory including combinatorics; set theory and logic; number theory; calculus of finite differences; transformational geometry and topology. My professional training as an actuary included operations research material. Together, these topics, plus a bit of elementary graph theory, make up the content of the typical two-semester undergraduate course in discrete mathematics.

Discrete math is tested on the Praxis II Mathematics Content Knowledge exam, which I took in March 2013, receiving a score of 191 on a 200-point scale, and a Recognition of Excellence from ETS indicating that I had scored in the top 15% of test takers.

I would be happy to tutor either high school students or undergraduates who need help with their discrete math courses.

Linear Algebra

I first took course work in linear algebra as an undergraduate at Yale. A number of years later, as a part-time graduate student at NYU, I took a two-semester graduate-level course in linear algebra and achieved grades of "A" and "A-". In my job as an insurance company actuary, I introduced the matrix-oriented programming language MATLAB to my work group and trained others in its use.

There are two basic types of college linear algebra course. The first type emphasizes concrete calculations with matrices of real numbers. The second considers abstract vector spaces over arbitrary fields, and emphasizes proofs of all theorems. I am comfortable tutoring students who are taking either type of course.

Yale
Mathematics
New York University
Master's

Education

Yale (Mathematics)

New York University (Master's)

Listens for understanding. — I really like the way George teaches my son. George really listens to the way my son comes up with the answer, then teaches from there. Tutoring by George has really helped! Thank you!! ...

— Steve, Mountain Lakes, NJ on 7/11/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $90.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

George will travel within 12 miles of Morristown, NJ 07960.


About George

I am an actuary and investment professional who has a deep understanding of how mathematics is applied in the business world. Investment managers, economists, accountants, actuaries, engineers, and many other professionals rely on mathematical models to guide their decisions. And even within these professions, people who are comfortable with mathematics have an advantage over those who aren’t.

Math has been tremendously useful to me in my first career as an actuary. (A career repeatedly rated as the #1 career in America!) But while I have taken a lot of advanced math courses, I still find that the simplest concepts are the most fun to explain and discuss. Math at any level – even basic arithmetic – is subtle and beautiful, once you understand it. And I strongly believe that anyone can understand mathematics.

Drill has its place, but understanding is more important. Once you understand a concept, you don’t need to do a lot of routine exercises. Students who are forced to do hundreds of “plug and chug” exercises often wind up hating and fearing math. Who can blame them? If you’re given rules to follow, but aren’t shown why the rules make sense, then working a lot of similar problems is just a chore. And it’s much harder to remember rules when you don’t know where they came from.

I have experience tutoring students in subjects ranging from arithmetic through algebra 1 and 2, geometry, calculus, and differential equations. I also have tutored students in reading, building vocabulary, and grammar. I achieved high scores on the SAT, AP Calculus, and GRE exams, and can help students raise their scores on both the math and verbal portions of many standardized tests, including the PSAT, ISSE, COOP, SSAT, SAT, ACT, and GRE.

I carefully evaluate each student and construct an individualized action plan to help the student reach his or her goals. Frequent evaluation and two-way feedback is crucially important. And if you could benefit from a different approach than what I provide, I will not hesitate to suggest other alternatives.

I look forward to working with you!

Testimonials

"Listens for understanding."

- Steve, Mountain Lakes, NJ on 7/11/13

"Great at breaking down problems!"

- Lynn, Boonton, NJ on 1/24/15

"Helped my son score 800 on the SAT Math Level II subject test"

- Jude, Scotch Plains, NJ on 11/26/14

"Great Tutor"

- Wendy, New Providence, NJ on 3/9/14

"Got Needed Results"

- Cathleen, Lincoln Park, NJ on 10/31/13

"Helping a great deal!"

- Joseph, Dover, NJ on 7/30/13

"Excellent math tutor!"

- Stephen, Mendham, NJ on 7/16/13

Education

Yale
Mathematics
New York University
Master's

Education

Yale (Mathematics)

New York University (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 12 miles of Morristown, NJ 07960

George’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations,
Discrete Math,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Proofreading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Science:
ACT Science
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, GRE, Praxis, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT
Corporate Training:
Proofreading, 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.


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