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Geoffrey B.

Los Angeles, CA

$60/hour

Experienced and Creative Tutor for All Levels of Math and Physics

1000+ Hours
Background check passed as of 11/5/17
5.0 average from 290 ratings
Knowledgeable, helpful, patient, and kind tutor.
— Daniel, Los Angeles, CA on 4/3/17

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Centre College
Classical Studies
The University of Kentucky
Master's

Education

Centre College (Classical Studies)

The University of Kentucky (Master's)

About Geoffrey

I am a creative and effective tutor with Master's Degree in Physics and years of experience working with students of all ages. I have an excellent understanding of many subjects especially all levels of calculus and physics. My tutoring philosophy is that a student should have a deep and thorough understanding of the material - not merely know how to get the correct answer. That way, they can become self-reliant and use their knowledge to solve new and challenging problems on their own. I have a highly effective teaching method, and the many glowing reviews that my students have left on my profile speak for themselves.

I received my MS in Physics from the University of Kentucky, and I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Centre College with a BA in Classical Studies. As a result, I specialize in physics and calculus, but I have a deep pool of knowledge covering a broad range of topics - including philosophy, history, literature, and many branches of mathematics.

I have been tutoring college and high school students for many years. As an undergrad, my physics department hired to me to run evening tutoring sessions, and during graduate school, I tutored physics and calculus independently. In 2014, I was hired by a professional tutoring service in Nashville, Tennessee to do after-school tutoring with students from middle school, high school, and college. This tutoring service also ran a homeschool program where I worked one-on-one with high school-aged students who had various learning differences (including ADHD and Social Anxiety Disorder). I really enjoy working with young people and have an enormous amount of experience doing so under unusual circumstances.

Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to schedule a lesson. I would love the opportunity to improve your learning process and help you understand something really challenging!
I am a creative and effective tutor with Master's Degree in Physics and years of experience working with students of all ages. I have an excellent understanding of many subjects especially all levels of calculus and physics. My tutoring philosophy is that a student should have a deep and thorough understanding of the material - not merely know how Read more

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To preserve the quality of my lessons, I will not schedule lessons shorter than one hour.

Travel Radius
Travels within 11 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90037
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"Knowledgeable, helpful, patient, and kind tutor."

- Daniel, Los Angeles, CA on 4/3/17

"Extremely Patient!"

- Kerri, Los Angeles, CA on 12/1/17

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- Tori, Marina Del Rey, CA on 11/17/17

"Super knowledgable and helpful."

- Spencer, Los Angeles, CA on 11/16/17

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Science:
Philosophy,
Physics
Art:
Theater
English:
English, Grammar, Literature,
Public Speaking,
Writing
Language:
Writing
History:
Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

Because of my background in physics, I have a large amount of practical mathematical experience and; therefore, I understand the topics covered in Algebra 1 better than almost anything else. More importantly, I have been tutoring high school algebra for a long time and am capable of breaking down the mathematical ideas into simple, manageable pieces. Algebra 1 is the foundation of every math class that comes after it, and I can help students develop a strong foundation.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is a fundamental building block for calculus, and I understand this material very well. I have been tutoring high schoolers and college students in Algebra 2 for a long time, so I know how to help students get a firm hold of the subject matter. I am very comfortable with polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, graphing, inverses and composition, factoring polynomials, sequences and series, matrix algebra, and many other topics.

Calculus

Because of my Master's Degree in physics, I have a large amount of practical and academic experience with all aspects of calculus through an undergraduate level and beyond. In addition, I have been tutoring AP and college-level calculus for a long time, so I know the material that is covered very well and can help students understand it. I am very comfortable with limits, epsilon-delta proofs, the formal definition of the derivative, Riemann Sums, the Fundamental Theorems of Calculus, Taylor series, vectors, partial derivatives, Jacobians, multiple integrals, and many other topics.

Differential Equations

Because of my master's degree in physics, I have a great deal of practical and academic experience solving a large variety of differential equations. I have studied in detail many methods for solving ODEs and PDEs including separation of variables, undetermined coefficients, integrating factors, series solutions, numerical solutions, Wronskians and Cramer's Rule, and Green's Function methods. I have also studied Sturm-Liouville theory as well as solutions to systems of linear ODEs.

Discrete Math

Because of my background in advanced physics and logic, I have a large amount of experience with set theory, group theory, modular arithmetic, and matrix and other non-Abelian algebras. I have also studied a substantial amount of combinatorics and probability theory. I could tutor in the areas of rings, fields, and graphs but only at a basic or introductory level.

Geometry

Geometry is a fundamental part of physics, so I know it very well and have been helping students learn it for a long time. I am not qualified to tutor undergraduate or graduate level topology or differential geometry. On the other hand, I am qualified to help high schoolers understand Euclidean geometry, and I am secure in my understanding of area, volume, logic, basic proof writing, trigonometry, distance formulae, and the many angle theorems - among other topics.

Linear Algebra

I have a Master's degree in physics which focused on quantum mechanics. Most modern branches of physics rely in some way or another on linear algebra, but quantum mechanics especially does since so many problems boil down to finding eigenvalues and eigenvectors or establishing a basis space. I am comfortable with all linear algebra topics including change of basis formulae, diagonalization, Gramm-Schmidt Orthonormalization, quadratic forms, and singular value decomposition.

Literature

Because of my degree in Classical Studies, I have a strong background in textual analysis and paper-writing. I am familiar with most texts that are regularly assigned in high school, but I specialize in Shakespeare and in ancient literature. I am especially familiar with the works of Homer and Horace.

Logic

I have a great love for Boolean and First-Order Predicate Logic. I have studied logic several times in both philosophy and mathematics courses, but most notably, I took a class in college on mathematical logic which concluded with a proof of The Soundness and Completeness Theorem of First-Order Predicate Logic and an in-depth examination of the Incompleteness Theorem of Arithmetic. I can help you understand deductions, argumentation, and model interpretations and extensions. I would need a refresher on model theory, the Compactness Theorem, and LST Theorem before I could tutor graduate-level logic, but I am very comfortable with the material taught in most undergraduate courses.

Philosophy

My background in philosophy focuses primarily on Ancient Philosophy (especially 5th Century Athens and the Hellenistic traditions). I am also well-versed in the philosophy of Locke, Kant, and some 20th century philosophers. I can tutor in most philosophy topics including logic, ethics, metaphysics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of science.

Physics

During the course of study for my Physics Master's Degree, I studied most fields of physics up to and including quantum field theory and relativistic dynamics. I have a very strong understanding of all fields of physics through an undergraduate level (including electricity and magnetism, classical mechanics, statistical mechanics, and quantum mechanics). In addition, I can tutor in nuclear theory, the Standard Model, and condensed matter and solid state physics at an introductory level.

Precalculus

Calculus was invented to solve physics problems, so I understand pre-calculus (the first step on the road towards more advanced topics) very well because I have a Master's in physics. I have tutored high schoolers and college students in pre-calculus for years, so I know how to help students not just learn the information but actually retain it too. I am very comfortable teaching limits, discontinuities, piecewise functions, reading mathematical tables, graphing and graphical interpretations, finding the equations of lines and other polynomials, exponentials, trigonometry, and the formal definition of the derivative.

Public Speaking

I have extensive experience as both an actor and a director of live theatre and in giving oral presentations in an academic setting. I focus on helping speakers focus on their topic, identify the goals of their speech, and becoming comfortable with public speaking through regular practice. When applicable, I also discuss effective use of notes, controlling an audience, and breathing and projection techniques.

Theater

I was very active in my theatre department at Centre College and was even the president of the student-run theatre group on campus my senior year. I did not major or minor in theatre although I did direct a few shows (including a main-stage show my senior year) and acted in many, many more. I also gave a research and analysis presentation on how to apply Kant's aesthetic philosophy to theatre and what it suggests about the relationship between actor and director. I have a lot of experience working with young actors and have a real passion for helping young actors and directors focus their passion in a productive and practical way.

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is an integral part of both geometry and pre-calculus, which together lay the foundation for mathematical physics. As a result, I understand trigonometry very well. I am extremely well-versed in the uses and interpretations of sine, cosine, tangent, secant, cosecant, and cotangent and all of their inverse functions. I have been using trigonometry and tutoring it for a long time, so I can help students develop a firm hold on the material.

Writing

My Bachelor's Degree in Classical Studies trained me to critically interpret texts and clearly express myself in writing. I can help students with these same skills by focusing on good writing habits, proper essay structure, and correct grammar and syntax. I believe in helping students understand what they want to achieve with their writing and helping them use their language to reach that goal so that they can write the best version of their paper that is possible.

Centre College
Classical Studies
The University of Kentucky
Master's

Education

Centre College (Classical Studies)

The University of Kentucky (Master's)

Knowledgeable, helpful, patient, and kind tutor.

I was looking for a tutor because I was enrolled in a physics class with a teacher who was incapable of effectively teaching us the material. Because of this, I was essentially failing the class when I began working with Geoffrey, two weeks before a heavily weighted final. We worked together three times, and each time I left with a much better understanding of the concepts I been struggling with.

— Daniel, Los Angeles, CA on 4/3/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

To preserve the quality of my lessons, I will not schedule lessons shorter than one hour.

Travel policy

Geoffrey will travel within 11 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90037.