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Gary P.

Astrophysicist that teaches students to reach the stars

Astrophysicist that teaches students to reach the stars

$120/hour

  • 793 hours tutoring

  • Los Angeles, CA 90045

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 that...

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 that link 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 to deepen the understanding of the student.

My guaranties to the student are: 1) I will prepare individualized lessons before the meeting; 2) I will always answer your specific questions first before proceeding to the lesson plan; 3) I will match my teaching style to your learning style while suggesting ways to improve your study habits.

My hope is that in the long term, the student will retain and apply the scientific concepts that were taught, and that I will have contributed to the student becoming a lifelong learner.

As a theoretical physicist, I am fluent in the language of nature which is mathematics. As a researcher in astrophysics, I have solved every physics differential equations, from Navier-Stokes, Maxwell's, Euler-Lagrange, Einstein's, Schrodinger, you name it. I have done so using analytical and numerical methods, and can explain how to solve any particular equation or set of equations, in a step-by-step, explicit and clear fashion.

As a human being, I have a lot of empathy for people trying to learn and, sometimes, feeling overwhelmed; I strive to match my teaching style to the student's learning style to hit a 'learning resonance'. I understand the philosophical underpinnings of the laws of nature, and I can explain them to students in a non-mathematical fashion.

If you are in need of assistance with scientific/mathematical concepts and methods, write me about your issues, and I will quickly 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: $120
  • Rate details: A lesson must be cancelled at least 6 hours in advance to avoid being charged for the entire scheduled lesson.
  • Lesson cancellation: 6 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 7/28/2018

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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.

Ratings and Reviews


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Very knowledgeably and patient.

Gary helped my son with AP Physics. He was thorough and able to break the concepts down in a way that was very digestible for my son. My son enjoyed working with Gary and would recommend him.

Andrea, 6 lessons with Gary

Awesome Tutor

Gary is an enthusiastic, organized and detail oriented tutor. Very nice, patient and explains things clearly. Gary is willing to keep reviewing the material and apply examples in different ways until the subject is well understood. If we are solving a very long problem together, he will find a good stopping point close to the end of the session and will review what was performed. When we meet again, we quickly review what was covered before and how we will approach the problem for the rest of the session. This helps to retain the material. Gary always gives encouragement and asks me to participate creating the tutoring session as an interactive learning experience. This helps learning Differential Equations and Calculus fun as well as for better retention of the subject matter. Doing this helped me re-grasp Calculus and Differential Equations in a much more engaging way than I had in my undergraduate courses I took over ten years ago. I recommend Gary and will continue getting help from him to better understand my course material.

Albert, 133 lessons with Gary

Inspiring educator and mentor

My daughter is a high school senior. She is being tutored for ap physics and ap calculus. Gary has been an excellent Tutor and mentor. I am grateful for his experitise in teaching such complex material and his contagious love of physics.

Maria, 36 lessons with Gary

knowledgeable and patient

Very knowledgeable! We are working on the theories about Euler's equation, Newtonian and laggrange equations. He knows all the stuff and very patiently. We work together with lots of the equation derivations for the trajectory with Air resistance and Gary well prepared the materials before the session and explained step by step very clearly. Most of those equations we have not accessed before, but Gary still do very well!

Y, 2 lessons with Gary

Great first lesson

My son had a two-hour lesson with Gary the other day (AP Physics), which went very well indeed. Gary is very patient, and his style of teaching gives the student a real, as opposed to a rote, understanding of the topic.

Richard, 2 lessons with Gary

Very Intelligent and Great Teacher!

Gary is incredibly intelligent in a variety of fields/subjects. He has been tutoring me in Quantum Mechanics, which is a very difficult course to find a tutor for. Every time I meet with him I am confident that he will know the answers to all of my questions, as well as any homework that I am assigned. He also is very helpful in explaining concepts, and has a great talent at being able to adjust to his students’ learning styles. I highly recommend Gary as a tutor for any physics or mathematics course.

Nick, 11 lessons with Gary

Excellent tutor

Gary is an excellent and very patient tutor. Our daughter had tried out several other calculus tutors before Gary (all of whom were also very good) but she definitely felt the most comfortable with Gary. He has command of the subject matter, is very patient and makes himself very available at times when he is needed. Our daughter is definitely more relaxed and confident in her math skills thanks to Gary’s help.

Alex, 71 lessons with Gary

Best tutor ever, organized, detail oriented, and a very patient teacher

Gary is the best tutor I have ever had. Gary helped me with a mathematical modeling project, which included ODEs and some biology background. Even though biology is not any of his focus or work he spent time understanding what I was trying to do and did further research to do the best while working with me. Gary is very clear, organized, detail oriented, and most importantly very patient and friendly. After working with Gary, thanks to his help I was able to have a good grasp of the material and understand how to apply the complex concepts of ODEs to biological systems. I highly recommend Gary to anyone, and would love to continue working with him.

Randa, 6 lessons with Gary

Extremely helpful and patient

Thanks to Gary’s help, I managed to get an A on my stats exam. This is my second time using him and I already feel confident for my final. He explains everything as many times as you need and he is extremely patient and friendly. I highly recommend Gary to anyone who takes their grades seriously.

Travis, 3 lessons with Gary

Awesome Tutor!

Patient and relatable...a truly remarkable tutor for our son. Gary is a fantastic resource for anyone struggling with AP Physics!

Heather, 24 lessons with Gary
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Gary P.

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