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Math, Physics, and Computer Science for Students of All Abilities

Houston, TX (77059)

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I am a computer scientist and Texas-certified teacher who is highly qualified to teach mathematics and software development. Many seek my help with Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, Statistics, and Physics. It is also a joy to teach about algorithms, data structures, information systems, and web development. As a skilled writer, I can also help with vocabulary, grammar, reading, and writing.

I have been successful with gifted, struggling, and special education students. Whether you are struggling to pass the STAAR, want to reinforce or supplement your class work, or just want to learn more about a subject you enjoy, Mr. O can help.

I am available for face-to-face tutoring as well as online tutoring using WyzAnt's shared whiteboard.

I have had a successful 30-year career in engineering and computer science. I owned my own consulting business for 15 years. Now, I am helping the next generation to succeed.

My degrees are from Northwestern and Georgia Tech, both top-ranked schools of engineering. I have also published frequently cited papers about advanced topics in computer science. Even in high school, I was a successful student. I was a National Merit Finalist, an Illinois State Scholar, and the winner of a national writing award. As the editor of the school newspaper, I was named Outstanding Publications Student. I was also a member of the National Honor Society, Quill and Scroll, and the National Forensics League.

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Steve’s subjects

Corporate Training:
General Computer, Grammar, HTML, Java, Networking (Computer), SQL, Statistics, Web Design
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, STAAR
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, English, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics, Writing
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD
Business:
GRE
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Science:
ACT Science, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics
Computer:
Computer Engineering, Computer Programming, Computer Science, General Computer, HTML, Java, JavaScript, Networking (Computer), PHP, SQL, Web Design
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations, Discrete Math, Finite Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing

Algebra 1

As a certified math teacher, I can help you with Algebra I. We can review arithmetical laws, the use of variables, functional relationships, and the use of equations to model word problems. We can also study linear, quadratic, exponential, and inverse functions. Methods for graphing, analyzing, and solving systems of equations and inequalities can also be covered. As needed, we can reinforce pre-algebra concepts such as negative numbers, fractions, and calculator and computational skills.

Algebra 2

As a certified math teacher, I can help you with Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, and College Algebra. We can learn about polynomials, real and complex numbers, and radical and rational functions. We can also study logarithmic, trigonometric, and exponential functions. More advanced topics such as vectors, polar coordinates, parametric equations, matrix algebra, conic sections, sequences and series, and mathematical induction can be covered. I can reteach lessons, help with homework, or guide you through a more rigorous treatment of these topics. As needed, we can reinforce prerequisite topics from algebra and pre-algebra.

Calculus

Calculus is an important part of a student's education. As an engineer with a strong interest in physics, I am eager to help math, science, engineering students understand how calculus can help them solve practical, real-world problems. Calculus has two major branches, differential calculus and integral calculus, which are related to each other by the fundamental theorem of calculus. To understand why calculus works, students must also understand the convergence of infinite sequences and infinite series to a well-defined limit.

Computer Programming

As part of a course on computer programming, I teach the principles of algorithm development, software design, software quality assurance, and software engineering.

I have been professionally involved in software development since 1980 and have a reputation for excellence. My software development experience includes web-based, semantic web, data intensive, and social networking applications. My experience also includes data networking, financial services, telecommunications, and enterprise resource management.

I have a Master's degree in computer science from Georgia Institute of Technology (June, 1980). I have taught computer science and software development courses at the undergraduate and graduate level at Georgia Tech and at Clark Atlanta University.

I have published several frequently cited articles on advanced topics in software engineering.

Computer Science

I encourage students' creativity and innovation by guiding them in the design, implementation and demonstration of software employing a variety of media and technologies. I show students how to identify requirements, design and document large software solutions, develop data structures and algorithms, and connect their code to user interfaces and databases. I introduce students to iterative software life cycles. Finally, I show students how to test their code and evaluate the effectiveness of their solutions from a user's perspective.

I have taught a full range of computer science and software engineering courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. I have taught computer science at Georgia Tech and at Clark Atlanta University. I have published several frequently cited articles on advanced topics in software engineering.

Discrete Math

I help students develop the ability to see computational problems from a mathematical perspective. Discrete math is normally divided into six areas: sets, functions, and relations; basic logic; proof techniques; counting basics; graphs and trees; and discrete probability. I show students how these topics are interwoven with computer science applications. I also help students use the tools of discrete math to see computational problems from a mathematical perspective.

I am a professional computer scientist with 30 years experience and an advanced degree from Georgia Tech's College of Computing.

English

As a tutor, I have guided students to successful, award-wining essays, short stories, and dramas. I believe success as a writer requires a mastery of the mechanics of writing combined with insight and creativity. I can help you with fundamental skills such as grammar, vocabulary, and logical organization. I can also help you develop your insight and creativity by guiding you through important works of literature and philosophy. As a student, my writing won awards; as a professional, my published work has been frequently cited by others.

Finite Math

Finite math is often taught as mathematical models with applications. In this course, students use algebraic, graphical, and geometric reasoning to recognize patterns and structure, to model information, and to solve problems from various disciplines. The course typically provides a survey of mathematical techniques used in the working world. The purpose of the couse is to give students valuable, practical experience at organizing information and then analyzing it.

As a Texas-certified math teacher, I have found many of my students like to use practical, real-world problems as a basis for improving their analytical thinking and for motivating their mastery of computational skills.

Geometry

Geometry originated as a practical science concerned with surveys, measurements, areas, and volumes, making it for me the most fun of the mathematical arts. Consistent with the practical use of geometry, many students study it analytically through the use of coordinates, functions and equations. Some students study it deductively using axioms, definitions, and theorems. Artists use projective geometry to investigate the problem of drawing in perspective. The scientifically inclined may be interested in the application of non-Euclidean geometries to physics. Whatever approach you are taking, I can help you develop your spatial and abstract reasoning so you can discover answers by "seeing" into the problems.

HTML

I have over 30 years of software development experience,including extensive experience using Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to develop websites and web-based software applications. In my work I also use JavaScript, a web programming language, to the mix to provide dynamic styling and content for interactive websites.

JavaScript

When teaching students web development, I teach them JavaScript. JavaScript and its libraries can be used to create highly interactive websites. My students lean about AJAX-based design patterns and standard libraries such as jQuery and mobile jQuery. They will also learn used JavaScript in conjunction with HTML 5.0.

I have been professionally involved in software development since 1980 and have built web applications using JavaScript, PHP, MySQL and platforms such as Elgg and WordPress.

Logic

I help students with Venn diagrams, propositional and predicate logic, brain teasers, and complex problems involving the analysis of language and deductive reasoning. I can also help students with the formal study of deductive systems and proof systems.

My graduate studies at Georgia Tech included mathematical logic, recursive function theory, and logic programming. The use of mathematical logic has been central to my 30-year career as an engineer and professional software developer.

PHP

PHP is mainly focused on server-side scripting and can be used to collect form data, generate dynamic page content, or send and receive cookies. PHP can also be used outputting images, PDF files and even Flash movies (using libswf and Ming) generated on the fly.

In teaching PHP, I cover both basic and advanced features, including advanced string processing and magic methods. I emphasize good object-oriented design as the means of making the code easier to verify, modify and extend.

Physics

I am an engineer who has taken advanced courses in physics including mechanics, fluid dynamics and thermodynamics. I can help you with all aspects of your high school and college level physics, including theoretical concepts, mathematical foundations, lecture notes, labs, homework, and exam preparation. My degrees are from Northwestern and Georgia Tech, two of the world's top schools of engineering.

STAAR

I am a Texas-certified high-school math teacher who has been teaching algebra 1 to at-risk students, helping them prepare for the Algebra 1 STAAR EOC (End-of Course) assessment. I have succeeded with a diverse group of students, including those taking the test for the first time and others seeking to master additional content and processing skills needed for a retest. When tutoring, I adapt to my student's learning style and provide a mixture of guided examples and independent practice. These practice problems are highly focused on the content and processing skills required for the Algebra 1 STAAR EOC.

Web Design

I have been professionally involved in software development since 1980 and have built web applications using HTML 5.0,CSS, jQuery, mobile jQuery, JavaScript, PHP, and MySQL. I have built applications on platforms such as Elgg and WordPress. I have also taught computer science at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

I can coach you through your web development projects, teach you the basics of web design and its underlying technologies, or help you solve advanced design problems.

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Education

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (B.S., Engineering)

DePaul University, Chicago, IL (Graduate Coursework)

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA (Master's)

Most Awesome Math Tutor Ever!!! Mr. O worked with my son today on concepts for his geometry class that he had been struggling with for weeks. By the end of the session, my son had a good understanding of the Laws of Sine and Cosine and other concepts which previously he had been unable to grasp. Mr. O first gave a short explanation of the concept and then watched my son work the problems. He gave guidance and direction when need ...

— Christiana from Houston, TX on 4/26/14);

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Steve will travel within 30 miles of Houston, TX 77059.

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