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Gary P.

Morrisville, PA

$70/hr

Physics PhD and former univ. prof. loves to help young people!

Background check passed as of 2/10/14
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Physics PhD and former univ. prof. loves to help young people!

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I've been tutoring since about 2005, depending mostly on word-of-mouth referrals. I stumbled on WyzAnt and joined in January 2014. My rate is negotiable.

Physics is hard. If you want to make progress learning physics (or math) you'll want to find an instructor who has observed how novices think, who listens to what they say and works to correct misunderstandings, who has taught hundreds of students, and who is dedicated to learning how to be the best instructor possible.

I'm a working scientist, and former professor of physics. I currently teach physics as an Adjunct Professor. I've learned many things about teaching over the years. One thing I've learned is that novices in a subject think much differently than experts. Through years of living with the subject every day, my brain works differently than somebody less familiar with the subject.

So I listen very carefully to you when you speak. I work to understand your thinking patterns and your logic. Very often, beginners have perfectly logical, well-thought-out answers to questions, and often the answers are not quite correct. I consider these to be *valid* answers because you have not guessed. You applied some sort of reasoning. Valid, but incorrect, because your conclusion is based on an incomplete understanding of the subject. However, very often in physics, day-to-day observations are misleading.

I'll explore with you your thinking patterns, and challenge you to think differently. In addition, I've taken and give many exams, and I'll help you learn to think about problem solving. Problem solving is a separate skill that has to be learned and practiced.

None of this is easy. It requires real work. Only you can do your learning for you. Your teachers are there to facilitate that process. That's what I can do for you, one-on-one, intensively.

Testimonials

"Great Teacher!"

- Elena, Southampton, PA on 12/14/14

"Great tutor"

- Anil, Plainsboro, NJ on 11/3/14

"Great Tutor"

- Corina, Trenton, NJ on 6/9/14
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Differential Equations, Geometry,
Linear Algebra, Precalculus,
Probability, SAT Math,
Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
Astronomy, Physical Science, Physics
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Geometry,
Physics,
Precalculus,
SAT Math,
Statistics
Test Preparation:
SAT Math
Corporate Training:
Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 2

I'm a working scientist and teacher. Math is part of my everyday language.

Calculus

As a professional physicist I use calculus almost daily. It's pretty much second-nature for me now.

Geometry

I am professional physicist with a PhD, and lots of experience teaching classes and tutoring.

Physics

I have a B.S. in Physics from MIT and a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Pennsylvania. I have seven years of experience on full time faculty of Rider University. I am an Adjunct Professor at The College of New Jersey.

Precalculus

I'm a professional physicist, and I use this kind of math every day. It's second nature to me. Plus I have a lot of teaching experience.

SAT Math

I'm a scientist, and I use math every day in my job. I have a great deal of experience tutoring young people in math and science.

MIT
Physics
University of Pennsylvania
PhD

Education

MIT (Physics)

University of Pennsylvania (PhD)

Great Teacher! — Gary is a true teacher - wise, patient, and very, very knowledgeable. He was able to help my son in only one lesson. In this one hour he was able to identify what my son was missing and guide him to success. After this one lesson my son took a hard test (honors physics 11th grade) and told me how he applied Gary's methods during his test and was able to complete it 20 minutes earlier. For the firs ...

— Elena, Southampton, PA on 12/14/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $70.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

My rate is negotiable! I take into account the subject being tutored, distance, family circumstance, etc.

Travel policy

Gary will travel within 20 miles of Morrisville, PA 19067.


About Gary

I've been tutoring since about 2005, depending mostly on word-of-mouth referrals. I stumbled on WyzAnt and joined in January 2014. My rate is negotiable.

Physics is hard. If you want to make progress learning physics (or math) you'll want to find an instructor who has observed how novices think, who listens to what they say and works to correct misunderstandings, who has taught hundreds of students, and who is dedicated to learning how to be the best instructor possible.

I'm a working scientist, and former professor of physics. I currently teach physics as an Adjunct Professor. I've learned many things about teaching over the years. One thing I've learned is that novices in a subject think much differently than experts. Through years of living with the subject every day, my brain works differently than somebody less familiar with the subject.

So I listen very carefully to you when you speak. I work to understand your thinking patterns and your logic. Very often, beginners have perfectly logical, well-thought-out answers to questions, and often the answers are not quite correct. I consider these to be *valid* answers because you have not guessed. You applied some sort of reasoning. Valid, but incorrect, because your conclusion is based on an incomplete understanding of the subject. However, very often in physics, day-to-day observations are misleading.

I'll explore with you your thinking patterns, and challenge you to think differently. In addition, I've taken and give many exams, and I'll help you learn to think about problem solving. Problem solving is a separate skill that has to be learned and practiced.

None of this is easy. It requires real work. Only you can do your learning for you. Your teachers are there to facilitate that process. That's what I can do for you, one-on-one, intensively.

Testimonials

"Great Teacher!"

- Elena, Southampton, PA on 12/14/14

"Great tutor"

- Anil, Plainsboro, NJ on 11/3/14

"Great Tutor"

- Corina, Trenton, NJ on 6/9/14
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Education

MIT
Physics
University of Pennsylvania
PhD

Education

MIT (Physics)

University of Pennsylvania (PhD)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
1 hour notice required

My rate is negotiable! I take into account the subject being tutored, distance, family circumstance, etc.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Morrisville, PA 19067

Gary’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Differential Equations, Geometry,
Linear Algebra, Precalculus,
Probability, SAT Math,
Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
Astronomy, Physical Science, Physics
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Geometry,
Physics,
Precalculus,
SAT Math,
Statistics
Test Preparation:
SAT Math
Corporate Training:
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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