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Uzair Q.

La Quinta, CA


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Background check passed as of 10/3/13
5.0 average from 149 ratings
Excellent physics tutor. Very knowledgeable, well prepared and personable.
— Alison, Indian Wells, CA on 10/11/13


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Northwestern University
Industrial Engineer


Northwestern University (Industrial Engineer)

About Uzair

I have a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University (ranked #12 in the US). My test scores were 2310 SAT (800 Math, 770 Writing, 740 Reading), 35 ACT (36 Math, 35 English, 35 Science, 34 Reading), 225 PSAT (National Merit Scholar).

I can tutor all kinds of students in over 100 subjects, and have over 7 years of experience doing so. I teach with enthusiasm, emphasize real-world examples, and have a mastery of all subjects listed. I not only teach the material, but try to instill a sense of appreciation for its impact on the world. Check out my feedback to see what former students have said! I have a perfect 5-star rating and offer a free first session with no strings attached.

And finally, I don't catch fish! I teach you how to fish.


ONLINE students:
Believe it or not, online tutoring is in many ways superior to in person. There are fewer distractions and it becomes like a game! I have invested in the highest quality equipment (large digital drawing pad, fast computer, [partially] lightspeed internet, etc) to make the experience as rich as possible.
I have a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University (ranked #12 in the US). My test scores were 2310 SAT (800 Math, 770 Writing, 740 Reading), 35 ACT (36 Math, 35 English, 35 Science, 34 Reading), 225 PSAT (National Merit Scholar).

I can tutor all kinds of students in over 100 subjects, and have over 7 years of
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For groups, I charge each student at half my hourly rate.

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Travels within 40 miles of La Quinta, CA 92253
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"Excellent physics tutor. Very knowledgeable, well prepared and personable."

- Alison, Indian Wells, CA on 10/11/13

"My daughter looks forward to her weekly tutor sessions with Uzair."

- Celeste, La Quinta, CA on 11/5/15

"Excellent Tutor"

- Lisa, Palm Desert, CA on 10/23/15

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- Rosemary, Chicago, IL on 9/17/14

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- Erika, Palm Desert, CA on 2/23/14

"An Amazing AP Calculus & Physics Tutor!"

- Cristin, La Quinta, CA on 12/20/13

"Great Tutor"

- Robbie, Rancho Mirage, CA on 11/19/13

"Incredibly helpful, and can tutor many subjects!"

- Ivonne, Indio, CA on 11/2/13

"Very Patient and knows his stuff!"

- Deidre, Rancho Mirage, CA on 10/4/13

"All Around Exceptional"

- Morgan, Indian Wells, CA on 10/3/13

"Great math tutor"

- Janet, La Quinta, CA on 10/2/13
ACT Science,
Astronomy, Biology, Biostatistics,
Ecology, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Sociology
Drawing, Painting
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math,
ACT Reading, ACT Science,
College Counseling,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Computer Programming, General Computer,
Macintosh, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher,
Microsoft Windows,
Microsoft Word,
Python, SPSS,
American History,
European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion,
Social Studies, World History
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Economics, Finance, GRE, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word,
Public Speaking

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.

ACT Math

Standardized tests have always come naturally to me. I scored in the 99th percentile on the PSAT, SAT, and ACT. My high school ACT score was 35 (36 Math, 35 Reading, 35 English, 34 Science).

I've always been passionate about learning and teaching math. My focus in tutoring is not only on solving problems that students come with, but also asking them a series of questions and having them figure out the solutions on their own. I also teach effective ways of learning math and shortcuts for calculations, and I provide tips to memorize things more effectively.

ACT Science

I received a 35 overall ACT and 34 on the Science in high school. I've gotten a 36/36 on subsequent tests. The science section is really about understanding graphs and data. I can help students find common patterns and expose them to many types of problems. Moreover, I am able to answer virtually all test-prep questions on the spot, which makes sessions very productive.

Algebra 1

The heart of Algebra 1 is solving linear equations, which take the form y = mx + b. M tells us the slope, or steepness, of the line. B tells us how high the line starts off.

These equations, though simple, are very useful in real life. For example: a roofer charges $10 per square foot plus a flat fee of $200.

y = 10x + 200

This equation tells us how much we'd pay (y) depending on the square footage (x) we plug in. So you'll know if he's ripping you off or not!

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 builds on the complexity of Algebra 1, typically introducing a range of new concepts such as nonlinear functions, systems of equations, and basic matrices.

I love this course because it introduces students to a broad array of mathematical disciplines such as Linear Algebra, Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus. Success in this course is instrumental in a student's ability to handle abstract ideas with ease. Conversely, the increased complexity also means its lessons are better suited to solving concrete problems!

American History

I scored a 5/5 on the US AP history test. In high school, I graduated with Distinction in history for taking 11/13 history classes offered. My major at Northwestern, international studies, involves lots of history and allows me to put US history in much broader social, economic, technological, and political context.


I've scored a perfect on multiple ASVAB practice tests and have helped many students score above the 90% percentile, which hugely increased the options they had going into service.


I received an A in biostats in college, and have a deep statistical background. The subject covers statistics concepts such as: finding probabilities, standard normal scores, t-tests, confidence intervals, Kaplan-Meier estimates, and interaction effects. It is typically taught with a statistical programming language such as R, SPSS, or Excel.


I have founded and sold my own company. My major in college was Industrial Engineering, which covers business topics such as accounting, leadership, finance, organizational behavior, starting a business, etc. Furthermore, I have tutored 7 students in intro to business classes in the last 2 years.


Born in the visionary minds of Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz, Calculus took Neil Armstrong to the Moon and is the most important math class anyone can take.

My Industrial Engineering major extensively used advanced calculus, and I competed at the State level (albeit in Louisiana) in high school Integration Bees. It is my favorite subject and I love sharing its beauty and world-changing explanatory power with students.


I made A's in high school chemistry and college introductory chemistry at one of the best universities in the country. I've helped tons of students in the course and have a solid understanding of not only the content, but how the course is typically structured.


I have a 1450 rating on various chess platforms and played in local tournaments when I was young.

College Counseling

I have helped many students in their college applications. The first step is researching colleges that match students' needs and qualifications, with some safety schools and some dream schools. Next, I help students construct their application to stand out, including tips on essays and extracurricular activities. Finally, each school has different methods to maximize your likelihood of getting accepted, such as special programs, applying for Early Decision, or connecting with alumni.

Differential Equations

I received an A in differential equations in both high school and college. I also received A's in many Engineering classes for which differential equations was foundational. The course typically begins with Euler's method and moves on to topics such as Ordinary Differential Equations, Second Order Equation Systems, and Laplace Transforms. I enjoy teaching this subject because it has tremendous real-world application in areas such as circuit-design, physics, and population growth.


I received A's in both introductory and intermediate econometrics at Northwestern University. The subject covers the applications of statistics to economics, typically reviewing probability, statistics, regression, Type 1 and 2 errors, and other statistical concepts applied to economics problems.

Elementary Math

I've been teaching primary school kids since 6th grade (starting with my three little sisters). Kids are naturally curious about what excites them, and I use real-life examples and leading questions to get them interested in the material. One of the key concepts I often introduce is generalizability. For example, A + B = B + A! The order doesn't matter, demonstrable by marbles. More broadly, I have a deep mathematics background; the material itself is trivial for me, so I can focus all my energy on making lessons engaging and information-dense.

Also, I'm very familiar with the Common Core standards and the CPS curriculum.

General Computer

"I think it's fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we've ever created." - Bill Gates, completely objectively

I have a very strong computer programming/hardware background and grew up in a generation immersed in technology on all fronts. I've helped countless people become computer savvy, starting with my grandfather who now Skypes with family worldwide through his iPad and emails me Youtube videos of Pakistani folk songs. My broad knowledge-base and diversity of past students also means that I can help with a huge variety of goals, mundane to complex.

Specific examples include creating folders, online enrichment, computer organization, keyboard shortcuts, emailing attachments, social media, general productivity, useful software, helpful websites, iPhone synchronization, backing up data, and much much more.


Geometry (from Greek gee-metria, meaning earth measurement) is concerned with questions of shape, size, relative position of figures, and the properties of space. I've been tutoring Geometry for years, starting with my 3 little sisters! As taught in most US schools, the subject requires some memorizing of Theorems and applying those to create basic proofs. Beyond proofs, the class exposes students to logic, and many powerful practical applications. This class, if taught correctly, is very appealing to visual learners; you'll start to see its lessons in nature everywhere!

Linear Algebra

At its core, linear algebra is just a more economic way of writing concepts from other mathematical disciplines, from algebra to differential equations. This syntax makes it ideal for performing scalable computations on machines in a memory-efficient way.

I received A's in linear algebra in high school and multiple undergraduate classes. Classes such as Stochastic modeling, Deterministic optimization, and Intro to C++ all required in-depth knowledge of linear algebra. Common topics include reduced row echelon form, eigenvectors, and Laplace transforms.

Microsoft Excel

I've been an active Microsoft Excel user for over 8 years. I've used it in high school, undergraduate, research, and consulting settings. Microsoft Excel is basically why Bill Gates is a multibillionaire; its empowering tools lie at the heart of the 90s dot com boom.

I can help students with the basics of using Excel for data tabulation all the way to creating advanced stochastic conditional financial optimizations. I can also show you how to make your excel data/charts look nice! For more advanced users, I am familiar with other programming languages such as SPSS, MATLAB, R, and Python that interface easily with Excel to take your analysis to the next level.

Microsoft Publisher

I taught myself Microsoft Publisher out of necessity while working at a Microfinance Bank in rural Uganda with no electricity grid. While attending Northwestern University, I used it to create many professional-looking custom designs for posters, papers, advertising, or other visual media.

Microsoft Windows

I have been dealing with Microsoft Windows for 16 years of my life. Growing up with technologically-challenged parents, I was always the one who had to figure out solutions to simple PC problems. My extensive coding experience gives me unique insight into the inner workings in both the hardware and software of computers. In high school, I took a Computer Hardware class in which we had to build our own PC from a pile of parts in 1 hour. I am familiar with using the Command Prompt as well as the more common PC tools such as defragmenting the hard drive, anti-virus tools, Control Panel features, creating shortcuts, and using Google to solve any/all other problems.

Microsoft Word

I've used Microsoft Word as long as I've been using computers. Beyond the basics of word processing, I'm familiar with tons of advanced functionality such as creating custom templates, embedding photos and animations, adding headers and footers, and tons more.


I majored in industrial engineering, which uses the highest levels of mathematics. I've been tutoring prealgebra on and off since 8th grade (starting with my three little sisters)! This course is incredibly important because it introduces variables, foundational in all higher level math. I have tremendous experience to explain common issues in a million different ways and do so with analogies, examples, and sometimes lame math jokes.


Precalculus is largely prep work for calculus, which is the most amazing math class anyone can take. Precalculus typically centers around limits and is taught in conjunction with trigonometry. It covers concepts such as conic sections, combinatorics, and other advanced algebra techniques. I received an A in precalculus in high school and have helped many many students in improving their precalculus understanding.


I scored a 225 on the PSAT in high school and was a National Merit Scholar. The test is quite similar to the SAT, and I've had students improve their score as much as 40 points.

Public Speaking

I received an A in Public Speaking 101, 202, and 303 in college. In high school, I won 2nd place in the Louisiana State FBLA Impromptu Speaking category. In the process of founding and selling my own company, I successfully gave many high-stakes presentations and know the elements required to give a successful speech.


I grew up in a household with the Bible, Quran, Torah, Bhagavad Gita, and Tipitaka all on the same shelf. In college, I received A's in multiple religion courses including History of Islam and Eastern Religions for my International Studies major. My strong history background gives me insight into the evolution of these religions, and how they have affected both each other and society as a whole.

SAT Math

Standardized tests have always come naturally to me. I scored in the 99th percentile on the PSAT, SAT, and ACT. My high school SAT score was 2310 (800 Math, 740 Reading, 770 Writing).

I've always been passionate about learning and teaching math. My focus in tutoring is not only on solving problems that students come with, but also asking them a series of questions and having them figure out the solutions on their own. I also teach effective ways of learning math and shortcuts for calculations, and I provide tips to memorize things more effectively.


I've received A's in many undergraduate engineering classes that used SPSS, which is basically a statistics programming language with a graphic user interface veneer.

It has a huge range of statistical and graphical functionality built in. Typically, courses cover topics such as creating descriptive statistics tables, histograms, Chi Square tests, and regressions. Common alternatives to SPSS include R, Python Pandas, Stata, SAS., and various Excel add-ons.


I majored in Industrial Engineering at Northwestern, for which statistics is foundational. I received A's in probability, statistics, intermediate statistics, data mining, and biostatistics. Over the past years, I've helped a huge number of people understand statistics in the intuitive way it was meant to be learned! Common topics include basic probability, normal distributions, regressions, ANOVA, Chi-Square distributions, and sometimes binary trees.

Study Skills

No matter what subject I tutor, studying advice is a critical component to student success. I cultivated a strong discipline of study habits to graduate with a 3.8 GPA in both high school and Northwestern University. I've helped many students stay organized, pace their learning, and improve grades. My approach centers on organization, paced study habits, and tips/tricks that vary with the subject.


I've been teaching Trigonometry for years, starting with my 3 little sisters! I love this subject because it builds on the highly visual nature of Geometry, without the (outdated) emphasis on proofs. It has incredible real-world application and is foundational for physics and calculus.

Northwestern University
Industrial Engineer


Northwestern University (Industrial Engineer)

Excellent physics tutor. Very knowledgeable, well prepared and personable.

We will definitely use Uzair again. Our son feels so much more well prepared for his exam after his session, and his confidence is much higher. Uzair is young enough that he relates well to high school aged kids, but just that much older, (and certainly wiser!) so they look up to him. He had a firm grasp of physics and had prepared himself very well for the session, going on the teacher's website

— Alison, Indian Wells, CA on 10/11/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $90.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

For groups, I charge each student at half my hourly rate.

Travel policy

Uzair will travel within 40 miles of La Quinta, CA 92253.