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Mihaela D.

High School and College Math and Physics Tutor

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I have earned an A.S. degree in Engineering, a B.A. degree in Physics and I am currently enrolled in a doctoral program in Physics. During the last nine years I worked extensively with college and high school students during classroom instruction, afterschool programs and summer school. I provided Mathematics and Physics tutoring in groups or in one-to-one sessions and I participated in various education workshops as part of continuous development of the methods of learning and tutor training.

I love teaching and working with students. Every student can learn and be successful. I facilitate learning by nudging the students in the right direction, and letting them think and discover the answers. I am patient and supportive and I believe all students are capable to reach their academic potential. My goal is to help the students develop a deep and useful understanding of mathematics and physics and be a guide and a cheerleader for them. I am passionately committed to the academic excellence of my students.

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Mihaela’s subjects

ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
ACT English, ACT Reading, ESL/ESOL, Proofreading, Reading, TOEFL
ACT Science, Mechanical Engineering, Physical Science, Physics
Elementary Education:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, ESL/ESOL, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, GRE, Regents, SAT Math, SSAT, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Proofreading


What is sentient food? It is food good for both your body and mind. Cook with me!

Learn about Food and the Forces of the Universe:

Thousands of years ago, yoga sages realized the tremendous importance of the food we eat on the state of our bodies and minds. Through their deep, introspective investigations into the nature of the universe, those ancient yogis realized what modern scientists since Einstein are just beginning to discover: that the entire manifested universe is composed of vibrations - vibrations of energy and, ultimately, vibrations of consciousness. In this universe of multifarious waves, what we call matter (solids, liquids and gases), sound, light, and thought, are all simply waves vibrating at different frequencies, from gross to "subtle." All foods are also permeated with their own subtle vibrations, at different frequencies, and these vibrations in turn affect the body and mind of the person eating them. After long experimentation with different foods on their own bodies and minds (for the yogis were practical, empirical scientists, not merely theoreticians), those ancient seers characterized foods into three categories, corresponding to the three forces which are operating simultaneously everywhere in the universe, in all entities. When any one of these vibrational flows, or energy forces, predominates in any object or creature, it takes on the qualities of that force.

1. Sattvika ahara (Sentient Food)

The first of these universal forces is the sentient force of self-awareness, love, peace, purity and joy. When the sentient force is predominant in our minds, we feel peaceful, relaxed and calm, and our minds flow easily to higher levels of consciousness. "Sentient foods" are those in which the sentient force is dominant, which make our minds clear and calm. These foods are the basis of the yogic diet, for they are the most conducive to physical health and mental peace; they are the best diet for those who seek to elevate their minds to higher states of consciousness and attain self-realization. This group of foods includes fruits, most vegetables, beans and nuts, grains, milk and milk products, and moderate amounts of most herbs and spices. The sentient diet (sometimes called "lacto-vegetarian" because it includes milk and milk products) provides a wide variety of nutrients supplying proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and all the essential vitamins and minerals.

2. Rajasika ahara (Mutative Food)

The second of these universal flows is the imitative force , the force of restless movement, activity of change. When this force is predominant in our minds, we become agitated, nervous and restless, unable to calm down and relax. Mutative foods are those which stimulate the body and mind, and should be taken only in moderation in order to maintain our mental balance. Indeed, eating too much of these stimulating foods disturbs the mind and makes it impossible to still the mind for subtle mental pursuits such as meditation. Included in this category are: caffeinated beverages such as coffee and tea, carbonated drinks, chocolate, hot spices such as red peppers, fermented foods, and some medicinal drugs.

3. Tamasika ahara (Static Food)
The third force is the static force; the force of dullness, inertia, decay, and death. Death occurs when the other two forces in any living entity have completely waned and the static force alone predominates. When this force is operating in our minds, we feel sleepy, dull and listless, lacking energy and initiative. The static foods include meats, fish onion, garlic, eggs, mushrooms, alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, and food that is fermented, stale or spoiled. These foods should be avoided by those who seek to attain health of body and elevation of mind.

Differential Equations

I have taken classes in Ordinary Differential Equations and Partial Differential Equations. I am also using differential equations in my current graduate Physics courses. As part of my math tutoring duties in colleges, I tutored all three levels of calculus and differential equations.


I worked with High School students for two years in a program called Math-Science Partnership of NYC, to prepare students for the Regents exam. In addition to regular school hours, I worked during summer in six weeks programs designed for students who initially failed Regents.


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Hunter College, City University of New York (Physics, Mathematics)

CUNY Graduate Center, Ph. D. Graduate Student (Enrolled)

great expertise in Physics — Mihaela is a great tutor. She's punctual, patient, intelligent and has a deep understanding of topics in Physics. Thank you so much! ...

— Jane from New York, NY on 1/23/12

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Mihaela will travel within 15 miles of New York, NY 10163.

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