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Physics, Earth Science or Math Giving You Trouble? Help is on the way!

Physics, Earth Science or Math Giving You Trouble? Help is on the way!

$64/hour

  • 859 hours tutoring

  • Lafayette, CA 94549

"Incredible and knowledgeable physics tutor!"

Christine, 32 lessons with Philip

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About Philip


Bio

I am a highly successful high school physics and earth science teacher and tutor since 1996. I have been certified to teach physics and earth science/geosciences in three states including California. Courses that I have taught include Conceptual Physics, General Physics, Honors Physics, Advanced Placement Physics (both Calculus and non-Calculus based), Advanced Topics in Physics, Astronomy, Earth Science/Geoscience, Meteorology, Oceanography, Algebra Readiness, Algebra I, Algebra II and Pre...

I am a highly successful high school physics and earth science teacher and tutor since 1996. I have been certified to teach physics and earth science/geosciences in three states including California. Courses that I have taught include Conceptual Physics, General Physics, Honors Physics, Advanced Placement Physics (both Calculus and non-Calculus based), Advanced Topics in Physics, Astronomy, Earth Science/Geoscience, Meteorology, Oceanography, Algebra Readiness, Algebra I, Algebra II and Precalculus/Trigonometry.

My undergraduate education was completed at Pennsylvania State University, where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1983. After working in the HVAC industry as a consulting engineer, I returned to graduate school at West Chester University to complete my teaching certification in Earth Science and a Master of Education degree in Secondary Education in 1996. I first entered the teaching field in the public school setting, where I worked for four years on the east Coast before relocating to the West Coast and have been working as a high school physics/geoscience/mathematics teacher for the past fifteen years. Outside of the school setting, I have had a proposal accepted by NASA for inclusion of a project that was carried into space aboard space shuttle Endeavor for ten days during mission STS-108 in 2001. I also have organized astronomical star parties to educate interested persons about astronomy and navigating the night sky. Each year that I taught Astronomy/Earth Science, I took my students on a field trip to a major science center, including the Chabot Space and Science Center (CA), The Exploratorium (CA), Goddard Space Flight Center (MD), The Tech Museum (CA), and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum (DC) as a culminating activity for the course.

Please note the diversity of work experience that I possess, which is one of the reasons that my students are able to benefit so greatly from my teaching style. Aside from having worked as a mechanical engineer in an industrial setting, I also have worked in both the public and independent school settings. Thus, I have a multiplicity of skills to draw upon for identifying appropriate teaching methodologies for engaging students in order to maximize the effectiveness of their learning. I enjoy working with students and being able to help them achieve their maximum potential so that they, too, will experience the excitement and joy of learning to understand the physical workings of the world around us. I very much look forward to being able to help you in achieving success in your academic endeavors!


Education

Pennsylvania State University
Mech. Engineering
West Chester University
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $64
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 8 miles of Lafayette, CA 94549
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 9/23/2012

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

GRE

Computer

General Computer

Corporate Training

General Computer

Elementary Education

Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Reading

English

ACT English, ACT Reading, Reading

Homeschool

Physics,

Physics

Presenter at the "Physics in and Through Cosmology" seminar at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Berkeley, CA (2016, 2017)
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math

Math

Mechanical Engineering,

Mechanical Engineering

My undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree is in Mechanical Engineering, which I received in December, 1983, from The Pennsylvania State University. (I can provide a copy of my diploma upon request.) I also passed my EIT exam certification prior to graduating from college (which I also can provide a copy of upon request). After graduating from college, I worked for an engineering consulting firm for four years as a mechanical engineer performing load calculations, computer simulations and other engineering duties as required.
Physics,

Physics

Presenter at the "Physics in and Through Cosmology" seminar at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Berkeley, CA (2016, 2017)
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry

Most Popular

Physics,

Physics

Presenter at the "Physics in and Through Cosmology" seminar at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Berkeley, CA (2016, 2017)
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading

Science

Astronomy,

Astronomy

Amateur astronomer for 40+ years; Graduate of NASA Educators Workshop (Goddard Space Flight Center/Wallops Island Flight Facility) and Space Academy for Educators (Huntsville Space Center); Participant in the NESTA Southwest Astronomy Exploration Tour for Teachers; Class field trips to Smithsonian Air & Space Museum (DC), Goddard Space Flight Center(MD), Chabot Space & Science Center (CA), Tech Museum (CA) & I-Fly (CA)
Geology,

Geology

Earth Science teacher since 1996; Participant in the BAESI San Andreas Investigatory Tour for Educators
Mechanical Engineering,

Mechanical Engineering

My undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree is in Mechanical Engineering, which I received in December, 1983, from The Pennsylvania State University. (I can provide a copy of my diploma upon request.) I also passed my EIT exam certification prior to graduating from college (which I also can provide a copy of upon request). After graduating from college, I worked for an engineering consulting firm for four years as a mechanical engineer performing load calculations, computer simulations and other engineering duties as required.
Nutrition,

Nutrition

My graduate level Master of Education degree is in Secondary Education, which I received in May, 1996, from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Prior to earning my Master's degree, I was a Public Health major and earned 33 graduate credits in health and nutrition. (I can provide a copy of my diploma/transcript upon request.) I also passed my Public Health Comprehensive Exams prior to changing my major to Secondary Education. During and after graduating from graduate school, I served as an outreach volunteer for several non-profit organizations devoted to disease prevention through the promotion of health and nutrition education and outreach to the general public. In 2009, my work of designing a course to promote healthy diets among adolescents at the high school level was recognized and published in a nationally circulated publication. [Vegetarian Journal, Volume XXVIII, Number 1, 2009]
Physical Science,

Physical Science

Teaching experience ranges from 7th-12th grade as well as college-level
Physics,

Physics

Presenter at the "Physics in and Through Cosmology" seminar at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Berkeley, CA (2016, 2017)
ACT Science

Sports/Recreation

Nutrition

Nutrition

My graduate level Master of Education degree is in Secondary Education, which I received in May, 1996, from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Prior to earning my Master's degree, I was a Public Health major and earned 33 graduate credits in health and nutrition. (I can provide a copy of my diploma/transcript upon request.) I also passed my Public Health Comprehensive Exams prior to changing my major to Secondary Education. During and after graduating from graduate school, I served as an outreach volunteer for several non-profit organizations devoted to disease prevention through the promotion of health and nutrition education and outreach to the general public. In 2009, my work of designing a course to promote healthy diets among adolescents at the high school level was recognized and published in a nationally circulated publication. [Vegetarian Journal, Volume XXVIII, Number 1, 2009]

Summer

Physics,

Physics

Presenter at the "Physics in and Through Cosmology" seminar at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Berkeley, CA (2016, 2017)
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, GED, Geometry, Reading, SAT Math

Test Preparation

ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, GRE, SAT Math

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Just what we've been looking for!

Very helpful in providing our daughter the support she needs to fill in the gaps on challenging curriculum. Awesome tutor!

Chris, 13 lessons with Philip

Great tutor for my son

My son does not like the concept of tutoring. During his first session with Phillip, my son was very impressed. According to my son, " Phillip tells me where I may make mistakes".They have been working a lot on clearing up the concept and my child feels that he is better prepared for the test. Phillip has a lot of knowledge about the Alg2 and which concepts are confusing for the kids. My son looks forwards to tutoring session with Phillip. He will continue math tutoring session with Phillip for rest of school year.

Meena, 6 lessons with Philip

Knowledgeable and professional tutor

I am very impressed with Philip. After one lesson, I felt motivated and extremely pleased with his ability to explain the material that I'm studying, he is friendly, experienced and very knowledgeable with oceanography. If you are looking for a great tutor, Philip is the one to contact!

Roni, 2 lessons with Philip

Awesome tutor!

Philip was an awesome tutor! He was very patient and had no problem explaining physics concepts to me as many times as i needed in order to better understand the material. Very smart and humble man!

Pouneh, 3 lessons with Philip

Available around our schedule and a great help!

We had Philip tutor our son who had difficulty with Physics.He had taken it at Chico twice and received a D+ which is a passing grade but not good on transcripts, with Philips help he repeated at DVC and received an A. We were very pleased Philip really made a difference in him grasping the concepts and problem solving.

Donna, 11 lessons with Philip

Great tutor

Philip is a great tutor, highly recommended. He helped me pass college level Astronomy and Algebra. I wouldn't have done nearly as well without his help.

John, 12 lessons with Philip

Excellent AP Physics C Tutor

Philip is an outstanding tutor for AP Physics C with Calculus. His instruction combines foundational knowledge with practical examples with focus on AP Physics C exam. He is patient and gifted at making complex subjects easier. Our son got a 5 on this AP exam and could not have performed as well without guidance from Philip. We recommend him to anyone looking for a Physics tutor.

Aarti, 5 lessons with Philip

Amazing Tutor

Mr. B. was very patient in his explanations and didn't mind repeating himself until I understood the topic. He really knows his physics and provided a lot of outside/extra materials to aid in practice and studying. His explanations included a lot of real world examples, which was very important for me to really grasp the concepts. I know I wouldn't have gotten an A in my physics class at Cal had it not been for the help I received!

Dina, 7 lessons with Philip

Reliable and Brilliant

We have been 100% pleased with Phil's tutoring. He gets right down to business, knows how to conduct an efficient and worthwhile tutoring session, and is absolutely up to speed on anything AP Physics has to offer. He is an excellent experienced tutor.

Jeffrey, 55 lessons with Philip

$64/hour

Philip B.

$64/hour

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