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JOSEPH P.

Erie, PA

$120/hr

In-Person or Online Math/Physics/SAT/GRE Tutoring

Background check passed as of 4/13/12
Usually responds in about 2 hours

In-Person or Online Math/Physics/SAT/GRE Tutoring

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Hello! I graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania in May of 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in math. In high school I was a national merit finalist and scored a perfect 1600 on my SAT. I took the GRE in 2008, attaining a perfect math score of 800 and similarly high scores for the verbal and analytic sections. I worked for three years as a systems engineer for a defense contractor in the Washington DC area, and I have a strong interest in teaching others to excel in math and science. I moved back to Erie and I now work as a mechanical engineer.

It is very important to me that my students truly understand the concepts they bring to me for help. Too often I find that students are simply following recipes to arrive at answers. Usually, the main ingredient in that recipe is their calculator. I like to teach them to rely not on memorization or technology, but instead on building strong fundamentals and learning to apply those fundamentals deliberately to solve any problem they face. Ultimately, my goal is to help them develop the skills they need to solve problems independently.

Testimonials

"Ready, Willing and Able!"

- Ron, Woodbridge, VA on 5/15/12
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus,
Discrete Math,
Geometry, Prealgebra,
Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math,
Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry,
Ecology, Physical Science, Physics,
Physiology
Elementary Education:
Elementary Science
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus,
Chemistry,
Geometry, Physics,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
Statistics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, ASVAB, GRE,
PSAT,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
General Computer,
HTML,
Java,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word,
Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Calculus

As an undergrad, I majored in mechanical engineering and minored in mathematics. This included the full offering of calculus available at my institution, for a total of 12 credit hours of calculus. I graduated with a 4.0 GPA overall, so I am very comfortable with calculus.

Chemistry

In high school, I took honors chemistry junior year, and AP chemistry senior year. I received A's both years, and I did well enough on the chemistry AP exam to receive college credit for the class. In college, I took a chemistry lab senior year and received an A.

Discrete Math

I took a discrete math course in college and received an A. The course was counted toward my minor in math that I got along with my math-heavy mechanical engineering degree.

General Computer

I am very comfortable with all aspects of computing. I have used computers and been involved with programming since grade school, so I have very extensive knowledge in many areas of computing. I have used productivity suites such as Microsoft Office for many years. I also have experience in a variety of programming and scripting languages, also, including Java, C++, perl, MATLAB, Visual Basic, HTML, Javascript, CSS, and more.

GRE

I took the GRE in 2008 and scored a perfect 800 on the math portion, and similarly high scores on the other sections. I have always done well on standardized tests, including getting a perfect score on the SAT, which has content very similar to that of the GRE.

HTML

I have been making websites for fun since grade school. Besides HTML, I also have experience with Javascript, CSS, php, and a few other web technologies.

Java

I have been involved with programming since grade school, so I have over 10 years of programming experience in various languages. I have been working with Java specifically for 3 years through various projects at home, including several projects utilizing the WorldWind Java API, NASA's open source 3d globe API that allows you to create program with functionality similar to that of Google Earth.

Microsoft Excel

I have used Microsoft Excel extensively throughout my academic and professional experience. I have experience with many advanced features of Microsoft Excel, including writing macros and full VBA modules with customized toolbars and forms.

Microsoft PowerPoint

I have used Microsoft PowerPoint extensively throughout my academic and professional experience.

Microsoft Word

I have used Microsoft Word extensively throughout my academic and professional experience.

Physics

As a part of my undergraduate mechanical engineering program, I took numerous calculus-based physics courses.

Prealgebra

I have completed math courses up to and including calculus and differential equations, and I have always done well in them, so my math fundamentals are very strong.

PSAT

I scored the equivalent of a 1470 when I took the PSAT. As a result of my score, I was selected as a National Merit Finalist.

SAT Math

I scored a perfect 1600 when I took the SAT in October 2004.

SAT Reading

I scored a perfect 1600 when I took the SAT in October 2004.

SAT Writing

I have considerable experience with both creative and technical writing. In high school I was a member of Fresh Ink, a program run by the Erie Times-News in Erie, PA that published articles written by high students from the area. My articles were published on a number of occasions. In college, I wrote numerous lab reports. Through these reports, I sharpened my ability to write concisely and clearly. These qualities are very desirable when completing the SAT writing sections, including both the multiple choice sections and the essay.

Trigonometry

I have completed math courses up to and including calculus and differential equations and I have always done well in them, so my math fundamentals are very strong. My mechanical engineering program also involved a lot of trigonometry, so I have a particular fondness for this subject.

JOSEPH’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 JOSEPH. View all of JOSEPH’s resources

| x - 110 | = 5   First solution:   x - 110 = 5   x = 115   Second solution:   -(x - 110) = 5   x - 110 = -5   x = 105

We have two ships.  We'll call their lengths A and B.   The total length is 2039:   A + B = 2039   The difference is 11:   A - B = 11   We have a system of two equations with two unknowns, so we can solve for both.   Since...

Gannon University
Mechanical Engineeri

Education

Gannon University (Mechanical Engineeri)

Ready, Willing and Able! — Mr. P. is a very able and knowledgeable tutor! He was very ready to work with me using past work which I did not understand and help link that to the studies leading up to current work. He does the very best at giving examples as well as providing me with practice problems that allowed me to work it out until it is known completely. His technique of teaching involves allowing me to take down notes ...

— Ron, Woodbridge, VA on 5/15/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $120.00

Travel policy

JOSEPH will travel within 40 miles of Erie, PA 16509.


About JOSEPH

Hello! I graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania in May of 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in math. In high school I was a national merit finalist and scored a perfect 1600 on my SAT. I took the GRE in 2008, attaining a perfect math score of 800 and similarly high scores for the verbal and analytic sections. I worked for three years as a systems engineer for a defense contractor in the Washington DC area, and I have a strong interest in teaching others to excel in math and science. I moved back to Erie and I now work as a mechanical engineer.

It is very important to me that my students truly understand the concepts they bring to me for help. Too often I find that students are simply following recipes to arrive at answers. Usually, the main ingredient in that recipe is their calculator. I like to teach them to rely not on memorization or technology, but instead on building strong fundamentals and learning to apply those fundamentals deliberately to solve any problem they face. Ultimately, my goal is to help them develop the skills they need to solve problems independently.

Testimonials

"Ready, Willing and Able!"

- Ron, Woodbridge, VA on 5/15/12
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Education

Gannon University
Mechanical Engineeri

Education

Gannon University (Mechanical Engineeri)


Tutor Policies

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Erie, PA 16509

JOSEPH’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus,
Discrete Math,
Geometry, Prealgebra,
Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math,
Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry,
Ecology, Physical Science, Physics,
Physiology
Elementary Education:
Elementary Science
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus,
Chemistry,
Geometry, Physics,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
Statistics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, ASVAB, GRE,
PSAT,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
General Computer,
HTML,
Java,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word,
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.


JOSEPH’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 JOSEPH. View all of JOSEPH’s resources

| x - 110 | = 5   First solution:   x - 110 = 5   x = 115   Second solution:   -(x - 110) = 5   x - 110 = -5   x = 105

We have two ships.  We'll call their lengths A and B.   The total length is 2039:   A + B = 2039   The difference is 11:   A - B = 11   We have a system of two equations with two unknowns, so we can solve for both.   Since...


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