Over 200 tutoring hours

Austin P.

Alameda, CA


Experienced, knowledgeable double-major, loves math and science!

Background check passed as of 12/8/14
4.9 average from 115 ratings
Dedicated and Responsive !
— Marta, Larkspur, CA on 12/6/11


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Sonoma State University


Sonoma State University

About Austin


I have a lot of fun with math and science and want you to also! My name is Austin, and I am a graduate with a B.S. (with Distinction) in Physics and B.A. in Math. Currently, I am pursuing my MS in Bioinformatics, so am very empathetic to the stress of being a student. One of the reasons I enjoy tutoring, is that working with other students I am constantly reminded myself to do the same thing I advise. School can be hard, but excellence in knowledge is always worth the effort.

For the last 6 years, I tutored in part- to full-time in physics, math, chemistry and Latin part-time, helping Jr High students, High School and college students. My tutees' ages have ranged from elementary to retirees with each person having a different way of learning. Having tutored such a wide range of students, I have become very familiar with different learning student learning styles and also what they need to do in order to excel.

My teaching experience includes being president of my physics club during my undergraduate education, helping to organize free tutoring to college students, organizer in MESA and MECHA events on campus. I also frequently organized club outreach trips to local middle schools and fairs where we gave demonstrations and helped students with their projects. As a astronomy docent, I assisted college students during observations and participated in astronomy research field trips.

As a private tutor, I see my primary objective as teaching myself out of a job. By this of course, I mean giving students the tools they need to move forward without me. I tend in general work lots of examples similar to the problem at hand to help guide the student in productive studying and feel confident about the subject. As much as possible, I try and relate to the student at whatever level of understanding they are at so that they can have the confidence in their knowledge to move forward. We all learn differently: I do my best to provide a custom learning experience. Using this method, I have helped all of my students excel with their homework, tests and entrance exams.

My goal after I receive my masters is to work in a professional environment and teach at some point after I have earned my "stripes." Although I enjoy applying math and science in the "real world," it is also very important to me being able to work with students one-on-one.

NOTE: If you are interested in being instructed over the summer, please contact me and we can set up a plan to prepare you (or your child) for that fall class. I also have experience developing a customized curriculum for students who want to study ahead in preparation for that next math or science class they are taking.

I have a lot of fun with math and science and want you to also! My name is Austin, and I am a graduate with a B.S. (with Distinction) in Physics and B.A. in Math.
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8 hours notice required

One hour minimum (travel time & gas)! May help with other work and/or teach up to 90 minutes for that minimum charge. Anything over 90, requests parent's permission to charge 2 hours.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Alameda, CA 94501
Background Check: Passed

"Dedicated and Responsive !"

- Marta, Larkspur, CA on 12/6/11

"Excellent and kind"

- Vairagya, Petaluma, CA on 11/2/13

"Great Tutor"

- Lisa, Sonoma, CA on 6/6/13

"Great tutor for my 16 year old for pre-calc"

- Lise, Penngrove, CA on 11/30/12

"Great Tutor"

- Tyler, Novato, CA on 10/9/12

"Very Helpful"

- Shari, Novato, CA on 6/3/12

"Really helpful to my son"

- Steve, Petaluma, CA on 5/13/12

"Very patient and flexible!"

- Lia, Santa Rosa, CA on 4/4/12

"A perfect tutor for a teenager"

- Zee, Novato, CA on 12/14/11


- Tashi, Sebastopol, CA on 12/7/11
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Differential Equations,
Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus,
Probability, SAT Math,
Statistics, Trigonometry
ACT Science, Biology, Chemistry,
English, Reading
Test Preparation:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Reading, Study Skills
GMAT, GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word

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Algebra 1

This is one of those classes that everyone has to take at one point or the other. I have been helping student's get excellent grades (both young and old) since I started tutoring about 6 years ago. From my experience, I’ve found many of the students seeking help in this class don’t enjoy math in general. I am, however, a firm believer that math is for everyone. The reason I enjoy helping students on this subject is that I am able to help provide one of the first enjoyable experiences they may have had with math.

Algebra 2

I have been tutoring Algebra 2 for many years now to many different students. For some, I have helped them to kick their grades up to A; for others, they needed some serious help in order to even graduate high school. Taking Algebra 2 under an umbrella program in high school, I essentially taught myself through the class and can definitely help students get a great grade in this class.

Many of the concepts are a continuation of Algebra 1, however many of my students have taken it more than once before we started meeting because the new material is more work. Some of the new subject matter deals with mathematical modeling and probabilities which I always enjoy working on with students because it gives interesting applications of math to “real world” situations.


Not only was Calculus the subject I tutored the most during college, but it was one of my favorites. Many of the concepts in it apply to real life and are more intuitive than a lot of students believe. That being said, it can be challenging and I work hard to make it straightforward, provided extra material for extra practice as needed.

I have taken all 4 semesters of Calculus and also a partial differential equations class which deals especially with 4th semester Calculus.


I have completed 1st and 2nd semester of chemistry at Sonoma State University, however I can only accept students for AP High school through the first semester of college chemistry.

All of my chemistry tutees have shown a lot of improvement after we have worked together on they types of problems and concepts they are struggling with.

Differential Equations

For all applied math majors, at least 1 class in differential equations in required if not two. I have taken 2 differential equations classes, that dealt with solving homogeneous, partial differential, linear homogeneous variable coefficient, Fourier series, etc.


What can I say? I love physics. Some people hate it, but for me it just makes everything I observe around my that much more interesting. Maybe you hate it, are a little afraid or just need some guidance. I'd love to solve some problems with you.


Precalculus is a critical class for many majors. It does not have the star-power of a calculus class, but it is just as important and can make the difference between a C or A in Calculus. I have extensive experience and great success grade-wise working with students in this class, and work hard to have the student acquire a strong working knowledge.

SAT Math

I have been helping students out with the math section for the SAT for several years now. So far, all of them have gotten into the college or university they were hoping for even feeling very nervous about math in general. My goal is for the student to feel some confidence and achieve the highest score possible even if it means doing some remedial work.

Study Skills

Most of my students have possessed all the skills necessary to do well in their classes. All have benefited from my suggestions for better study habits. My experience in this area has come directly from my own experiences and extensive experience aiding the many students I have have helped. I have worked privately and in group settings with student's test prep, helped the student to organize all of their coursework and developed a system to keep themselves organized.

One of the most critical parts of developing good study skills is for you to learn how you learn best. If you struggle with memorization, for instance, finding a good system such as flashcards may be critical for doing well in a class. Test anxiety is a enormous challenge faced by many students; this may necessitate study for tests further in advance than normal so that you can just review as the tests gets closer. Sometimes, the subject may just be a difficult one and you will need to seek a tutor in addition to putting in extra study time.

Sonoma State University


Sonoma State University

Dedicated and Responsive ! — Austin knows his stuff. He has lots of experience with students as well as knowing his way around the world of standardized testing (both college and younger grades). In my case I was boning up for a placement test and we jumped from Algebra topic to Algebra topic and Austin knew it all. He has provided me with sample test questions and testing center information conveniently and promptly, as well ...

— Marta, Larkspur, CA on 12/6/11

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

One hour minimum (travel time & gas)! May help with other work and/or teach up to 90 minutes for that minimum charge. Anything over 90, requests parent's permission to charge 2 hours.

Travel policy

Austin will travel within 10 miles of Alameda, CA 94501.