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Astrophysicist that teaches students to reach the stars
Gary P.

1,414 hours tutoring

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Hourly Rate: $140

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Gary P.'s Photo

Astrophysicist that teaches students to reach the stars
Astrophysicist that teaches students to reach the stars
Gary P.

1,414 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

1,414 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

About Gary


Bio

I was a postdoctoral fellow in particle/nuclear physics at the California Institute of Technology for three years, after which I became a research scientist in astrophysics at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory where I studied the early universe and dark matter for 12 years. During my PhD, I spent two years as a volunteer physics teacher at Chancellor College in the country of Malawi, where I taught electromagnetism and classical mechanics.

My teaching style is a mixture of a) discussions...

I was a postdoctoral fellow in particle/nuclear physics at the California Institute of Technology for three years, after which I became a research scientist in astrophysics at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory where I studied the early universe and dark matter for 12 years. During my PhD, I spent two years as a volunteer physics teacher at Chancellor College in the country of Malawi, where I taught electromagnetism and classical mechanics.

My teaching style is a mixture of a) discussions linking physical concepts to day-to-day experiences, b) explicit, visual, step-by-step examples of solving physics and math problems, c) returning to the same physical concepts in different contexts for deeper learning by the student.

I have tutored high school, college (physics and non-physics majors) and graduate students.
High School students: I tutored calculus, statistics, vectors, mechanics, modern physics, astrophysics and optics. I have shepherded students through the SAT and the USAAO round 1 and 2 Astrophysics Olympiad exams.

College Students: I tutored Quantum Mechanics (textbooks used were Shankar, Cohen-Tannoudji), Classical Mechanics (Morin, Taylor, Goldstein, Hand and Finch, Klepner, Thornton), Electromagnetism (Griffiths, Purcell, Ulaby), Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics (Reif, Kittel), Waves (Georgi, Crawford), Astrophysics (Carroll and Ostlie, Longair), Mathematical Methods (Riley Hobson and Bence, Arfken), Statistics (Pagano, Moore McCabe Craig, Kutner), Differential Equations ( Edwards and Penney), General Relativity (Wald, Wheeler).

I also have experience tutoring working engineers looking for a deeper understanding of physics or trying to pass a licensing exam.

As a human being, I have a lot of empathy for people trying to learn and, sometimes, feeling overwhelmed; I match my teaching style to the student's learning style to hit a learning resonance. Write me about your challenges, and I will reply with suggestions and a few questions to help me prepare the right lesson plan for you.


Education

University of Toronto
Masters
College of William and Mary (Physics)
PhD

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $140
  • Rate details: A lesson must be cancelled at least 12 hours in advance to avoid being charged for the entire scheduled lesson.
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 7/28/2018

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Statistics

Statistics

I aced all my statistics courses as an undergrad and graduate student. As a NASA researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, I spent the last ten years simulating and analyzing astrophysical data using statistical methods.

Homeschool

Calculus,

Calculus

As a researcher (NASA, Caltech, Jefferson Lab), I have used calculus throughout my professional life. I can reveal the meaning behind the method, and teach you how to solve apparently daunting calculus problems.
Physics,

Physics

I have taught physics to students of various backgrounds and preparation levels. After 12 years as a research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (astrophysics/dark matter), 3 years as a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech (nuclear/particle physics), and 2 years as a postdoctoral fellow at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (nuclear/particle physics), I have developed a deep, intuitive and mathematical understanding of physics that I enjoy sharing with my students.
Statistics

Statistics

I aced all my statistics courses as an undergrad and graduate student. As a NASA researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, I spent the last ten years simulating and analyzing astrophysical data using statistical methods.

Math

Calculus,

Calculus

As a researcher (NASA, Caltech, Jefferson Lab), I have used calculus throughout my professional life. I can reveal the meaning behind the method, and teach you how to solve apparently daunting calculus problems.
Differential Equations,

Differential Equations

As a researcher (NASA, Caltech, Jefferson Lab), solving differential equations analytically or numerically is part of what I do on a daily basis. I taught students how to solve differential equations and I can help you become proficient in the subject.
Linear Algebra,

Linear Algebra

As a researcher (NASA, Caltech, Jefferson Lab), I have solved a lot of linear algebra problems, numerically and analytically, and I can explain the why (e.g., why is linear algebra useful), the what (e.g., what is a null space) and the how (e.g., how do I solve this matrix problem).
Physics,

Physics

I have taught physics to students of various backgrounds and preparation levels. After 12 years as a research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (astrophysics/dark matter), 3 years as a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech (nuclear/particle physics), and 2 years as a postdoctoral fellow at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (nuclear/particle physics), I have developed a deep, intuitive and mathematical understanding of physics that I enjoy sharing with my students.
Statistics,

Statistics

I aced all my statistics courses as an undergrad and graduate student. As a NASA researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, I spent the last ten years simulating and analyzing astrophysical data using statistical methods.
Probability

Most Popular

Calculus,

Calculus

As a researcher (NASA, Caltech, Jefferson Lab), I have used calculus throughout my professional life. I can reveal the meaning behind the method, and teach you how to solve apparently daunting calculus problems.
Physics,

Physics

I have taught physics to students of various backgrounds and preparation levels. After 12 years as a research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (astrophysics/dark matter), 3 years as a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech (nuclear/particle physics), and 2 years as a postdoctoral fellow at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (nuclear/particle physics), I have developed a deep, intuitive and mathematical understanding of physics that I enjoy sharing with my students.
Statistics

Statistics

I aced all my statistics courses as an undergrad and graduate student. As a NASA researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, I spent the last ten years simulating and analyzing astrophysical data using statistical methods.

Science

Physical Science,

Physical Science

The physical sciences are more about questions than answers. As a physicist (NASA, Caltech, Jefferson Lab) who enjoys teaching, I can communicate in simple terms, with examples, the meaning behind the formulas as well as show you how to solve physical science problems.
Physics,

Physics

I have taught physics to students of various backgrounds and preparation levels. After 12 years as a research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (astrophysics/dark matter), 3 years as a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech (nuclear/particle physics), and 2 years as a postdoctoral fellow at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (nuclear/particle physics), I have developed a deep, intuitive and mathematical understanding of physics that I enjoy sharing with my students.
Astronomy

Summer

Calculus,

Calculus

As a researcher (NASA, Caltech, Jefferson Lab), I have used calculus throughout my professional life. I can reveal the meaning behind the method, and teach you how to solve apparently daunting calculus problems.
Physics,

Physics

I have taught physics to students of various backgrounds and preparation levels. After 12 years as a research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (astrophysics/dark matter), 3 years as a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech (nuclear/particle physics), and 2 years as a postdoctoral fellow at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (nuclear/particle physics), I have developed a deep, intuitive and mathematical understanding of physics that I enjoy sharing with my students.
Statistics

Statistics

I aced all my statistics courses as an undergrad and graduate student. As a NASA researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, I spent the last ten years simulating and analyzing astrophysical data using statistical methods.

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Physics

Gary is great and is very thorough in his explanation.He explains things in a way that is easier to understand. He is very knowledgeable and easy to work with. Highly recommend him!

Janette, 4 lessons with Gary

knowledgeable and patient tutor

Taught my daughter AP Physics E&M. Excellent knowledge and effective teaching. One of the best among top rated tutors here. Good interaction. ********************

SHIYING, 6 lessons with Gary

Life Saver Who Boosted My Son's Calculus Confidence in one session

Gary's style of providing additional practice work and quizzing is just what my son needed to boost his confidence in the material for his freshman year of college.

Kay, 1 lesson with Gary

Clear and Helpful

I was confused at first how to calculate a function's derivative, but by the end of the session, I was confident in my understanding of the topic. We went through related practice problems and examples that eventually helped me on homework and my quiz.

Jonathan, 4 lessons with Gary

A remarkable tutor.

I worked with Gary for about 15 lessons through both my classical mechanics and electromagnetism courses. He is truly a gifted tutor – not only have I received excellent grades in both classes, but I also enjoyed the process. Gary is able to condense hard to understand concepts into clear, straightforward ideas. He has a remarkable mastery of physics, often pointing out errors in the assignments given to me or things that my professor missed. I have worked with many tutors (both on Wyzant and other platforms), and great ones are hard to come by; Gary is one of them. I recommend him without reservation.

Jake, 16 lessons with Gary

Knowledge range is encyclopaedic

I came to Gary when I was stuck on a project related to coding orbital mechanics. He was very quick to understand what it was I was trying to accomplished and he was rapid to respond to queries even outside of lesson hours. I achieved everything I had set out to achieve with his guidance and therefore I highly recommend Gary as a tutor.

Cleo, 14 lessons with Gary

Experienced Teacher

We have been discussing including the mathematics behind Astrophysics to build a strong foundation. He is patient and methodically builds the knowledge base to enhance understanding. I am looking forward to learning more and potentially participating in competitive events on this topic.

Ojas, 22 lessons with Gary

Wealth of Knowledge

Have not been able to stump Professor Gary yet. He has been an invaluable resource for my son who is a 3rd year Physics major at one of the toughest programs in the country. He has helped with everything from Mechanics to Electricity and Magnetism to Quantum Mechanics. Haven’t been able to stump him yet.

Jordan, 11 lessons with Gary

Very Efficient

We highly recommend Gary as a physics tutor as we found him through the top reviews on Wyzant and he never disappointed. He was highly confident he could raise my daughters score in under 2weeks for SAT physics and he was very efficient in guidance and tutelage by fortifying some of the needed areas and also giving challenging problems to steer her into the right direction. She was able to do the rest, and a perfect denouement of her achieving almost a full score in one of the hardest SAT subject (physics). We were thrilled.

Ivan, 6 lessons with Gary

Very knowledgeable

Gary was able to answer questions I have not been able to find anyone else who could answer. He is very facile with advanced physics and mathematics. I would highly recommend him.

Ren, 2 lessons with Gary
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