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Tony K.

Tony the Particle Physics Ninja

Fairborn, OH (45324)

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CERN. Particle Accelerators. Shakespeare. What could these possibly have in common? I've done them all and continue to reach upward and onward. I encourage my students to do the same and many have themselves gone on to countries like Switzerland.

I've been teaching and tutoring for as long as I can recall. I tutored Shakespeare to show that even science-minded people could get A's while in undergrad, taught optional physics-help courses, and was a TA on multiple occasions. I ended up graduating top of my class out of the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

I was a TA and RA during my masters in High Energy Physics working at both UNL in Nebraska and overseas at CERN in Switzerland. I was promoted to assistant lab manager to oversee the other TA's and helped those TA's develop teaching styles for labs. I obtained the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award my first year in.

I am now a PhD student at the Air Force Institute of Technology, where I am getting a PhD in Nuclear Engineering. I often help bridge the gaps between military and civilian students, understanding how both learn and think.

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Tony’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Test Preparation:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Chemistry, English, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Study Skills
Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English, Grammar, Reading

Algebra 1

Need help in Algebra? You've come to the right place! In the math I do for my work, Calculus is like multiplication and Algebra is like addition. I can help clear the mire and muck away, maybe teach also a trick or to along the way.

Algebra 2

I can help your student with Algebra 2. This subject usually covers anything from graphing and plotting of inequalities and basic functions to working with complex polynomials and plotting conics such as ellipses, hyperbolas, and circles.


Need help with the ASVAB? I can help you there. Before I became a research scientist for Uncle Sam, I was considering teaching at the Navy's Nuclear Power School. I took the ASVAB as part of the MEPs process, but they just waved it aside after I passed the practice exam 100%. Turns out Nukes (us eggheads) don't typically include it as part of the officer application package for that very reason.


Ah, chemistry. It haunts us all from junior high school and all through college. Of course, it doesn't need to HAUNT us, it can be fun. While most of my own work nowadays involves nuclear chemistry, the basics of chemistry remain the same. I can help you in that department. Molarity? Mole fractions? Concentrations? Lewis structures? VESPR model? Titration? Mass abundance?

Those phrases give you chills?

They don't have to.


I've been playing chess since I was seven. I even played in some chess circuits in southern California for some school tournaments and events--in one such tournament, three of us were the grandmasters as we could only beat each other in A>B>C>A sort of pattern which goes to show you that there is always someone who can get into your head. Nowadays, I mostly play for fun, but if someone wanted to learn to play and to develop insight I could help them.

Linear Algebra

I've had multiple linear algebra classes, and even numerical linear algebra classes. The former involves understanding, ultimately, the conditions of knowing you have an invertible matrix, and all the perks that go along with that. The latter involves having matrices that are more of the real world, such as massive quantum mechanical equations and solving them with computer codes and software.


I've been using Macs since 2006, when I made the switch after joining the high energy physics world. I've used both Power PC and Intel based Macs. I know many of the short cuts for general users, and I know a lot about working "under the hood" so to speak, installing third party software, compiling codes from source, etc. I'm familiar with also running Wine, as well as, Parallels for those who are mimicking the Windows extensions to use Windows based programs on their Macs.


I've been doing physics since high school. I was one of three who helped take our high school to first place in the Physics Bowl (how nerdy is that!?) I received a full-ride in physics to my undergrad, where I graduated top of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. I then obtained a Master's Degree in Particle Physics.

You could say, physics is in the blood. Certified it at 100% for WyzAnt, easy-peasy.


In that haziness between algebra and calculus lies precalculus. It takes all the concepts of algebra and extends them in a limiting manner (math joke!), teaching more about asymptotic behavior, a more detailed role of complex numbers and trigonometry and ultimately prepares you for all the tricks you'll need to differentiate and integrate functions of one and more variables.

This is where I come in. It's not that unusual for people to struggle at this point in math. Even if you were stellar at algebra, there is a sort of logical twist... like suddenly having to see five moves ahead instead of three in a chess game. I can help guide you through the mire of the in-between and help set you on the path to success in precalculus, making sure you learn the truly important points you'll need in calculus itself!


There is a difference between reading and reading critically. Both have their place. The first is where reading fiction for pleasure comes in. The latter is reading something, say an editorial, speech, or even a textbook and actually grasping what you are reading. The latter helps the former. I aced the test here, I've aced them on the SATs, and I maxed out the writing critically portion (related to reading critically) on the GRE.

Study Skills

My first qualification is in the results themselves. You can read some of the parent or student feedback and see how those I have helped with Study Skills along with their other subjects are more than happy with the techniques I bring to the table.

I have learned a variety of techniques by not only attending multiple schools and incorporating multiple teaching styles into my own technique, but I also have worked in a Faculty Development and Teaching Center where I assisted in helping faculty improve their own approaches in teaching, which includes understanding how people learn and applying many different techniques to the learning and studying process.

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California State University-Bakersfield (Bachelor's of Science)

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Master's)

Air Force Institute of Technology (PhD)

A tutor who goes above and beyond! Tony has been amazing. As a tutor, he has gone above and beyond. He is incredibly patient with my daughter and sends very detailed notes of what they studied during their session. He puts in way more time than the hour he tutors her. I feel that Tony is genuinely concerned about helping my daughter. He is not only helping her in pre-calculus, but he is also guiding her in her college/scholars ...

— Kim from Holly Springs, NC on 10/7/11);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Cancellation Policy. I generally run a very busy schedule. If given 24 hours notice, no charge. I will charge half rate ($17.00 an hour) for lessons canceled in less than 24 hours.

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Tony will travel within 10 miles of Fairborn, OH 45324.

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