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Walter U.

USC STEM Tutor: Math, Physics, Programming, & More!

USC STEM Tutor: Math, Physics, Programming, & More!

$100/hour

  • 855 hours tutoring

About Walter


Bio

Hi there! I am a computational physicist at USC, doing research in quantum optics and solid-state physics. I teach all levels of mathematics, as well as introductory and college-level physics and various programming languages, including Fortran, Mathematica, and MATLAB.

My tutoring methods are patient and adaptive to all types of students. I have tutored students of nearly every age and educational level for several years now, and I am usually available for one-on-one tutoring during the...

Hi there! I am a computational physicist at USC, doing research in quantum optics and solid-state physics. I teach all levels of mathematics, as well as introductory and college-level physics and various programming languages, including Fortran, Mathematica, and MATLAB.

My tutoring methods are patient and adaptive to all types of students. I have tutored students of nearly every age and educational level for several years now, and I am usually available for one-on-one tutoring during the weekends, as well as weekday evenings/nights. If you have any questions whatsoever, or would like to learn more details regarding my services, please don't hesitate to contact me, via my WyzAnt profile :)

NOTE: Please note that I may not always be available due to scheduling requests from other students, so I need at least 24 hours notice to schedule a session. In other words, the sooner you contact me to schedule a tutoring session, the better chance you have for receiving help!


Education

Colorado School of Mines
Engineering Physics
Colorado School of Mines
Masters
University of Southern California
Masters

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Business

GRE,

GRE

In addition to achieving a perfect score on the mathematics section of the General GRE, I have tutored multiple students in the past, which helped them improve their scores and get into their target graduate schools. My methods focus on inducing progress in both accuracy and speed in my students.
Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

I have used and worked with the Microsoft Windows operating system since 1995 (Windows 95). I have worked with every version of Excel since then to perform calculation and produce professional plots, as well as using Excel file types with other programs (such as MATLAB).
Microsoft PowerPoint,

Microsoft PowerPoint

I have used every version of PowerPoint since Windows 95 to produce presentations for a myriad of applications, including for academic, social, and professional purposes.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word

I have worked with every version of Word since Windows 95, and regularly utilize Word 2016 to write papers and convert back and forth to PDF.

Computer

Computer Programming,

Computer Programming

In addition to having taken several programming courses in my physics career, I have worked with and created several programs in C, C++, Fortran, MATLAB, Mathematica, and Python. In addition to such experience, besides incorporating basic structures like for loops, while loops, multi-dimensional arrays, I have also developed techniques to optimize the programming structure in most of the simulations I create.
Mathematica,

Mathematica

I have utilized Mathematica throughout the extent of my undergraduate education. In addition, I heavily relied on Mathematica for analytic calculations while obtaining my M.S. degree. Such experience has yielded a broad mastery of the program's various built-in functions and features. I have generated various template notebook files which could come in quite handy for creating new programs or for teaching purposes.
MATLAB,

MATLAB

I have used MATLAB since 2008, when I taught myself to numerically solve differential equations to study tokamak plasmas. Since then I've used it extensively for a variety of models and simulations, including producing professional scientific figures and animations to boot. I continue to heavily rely on MATLAB for my current research, as it contains many convenient features. In addition, I have generated various template m-files which could come in quite handy for creating new programs or for teaching purposes.
Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

I have used and worked with the Microsoft Windows operating system since 1995 (Windows 95). I have worked with every version of Excel since then to perform calculation and produce professional plots, as well as using Excel file types with other programs (such as MATLAB).
Microsoft PowerPoint,

Microsoft PowerPoint

I have used every version of PowerPoint since Windows 95 to produce presentations for a myriad of applications, including for academic, social, and professional purposes.
Microsoft Windows,

Microsoft Windows

I have used and worked with the Microsoft Windows operating system since 1995 (Windows 95). Since then, I have had extensive experience in using and navigating through Windows ME, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7, which is the latest (and in my opinion best) operating system to be released by Microsoft, and the OS I primarily use everyday.
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

I have worked with every version of Word since Windows 95, and regularly utilize Word 2016 to write papers and convert back and forth to PDF.
General Computer

Corporate Training

Grammar,

Grammar

A rather sizable component of my primary profession requires a mastery of grammar (namely, when writing scientific papers that are worthy for publication in top journals). I have been proofreading essays and papers written by my peers ever since I can remember (early elementary school), and I find immense satisfaction in correcting and optimizing any and all drafts. This, combined with my passion for education, has enabled me to develop and teach systematic methods for achieving optimal writing styles.
Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

I have used and worked with the Microsoft Windows operating system since 1995 (Windows 95). I have worked with every version of Excel since then to perform calculation and produce professional plots, as well as using Excel file types with other programs (such as MATLAB).
Microsoft PowerPoint,

Microsoft PowerPoint

I have used every version of PowerPoint since Windows 95 to produce presentations for a myriad of applications, including for academic, social, and professional purposes.
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

I have worked with every version of Word since Windows 95, and regularly utilize Word 2016 to write papers and convert back and forth to PDF.
ESL/ESOL, General Computer, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I have tutored the basics of mathematics (arithmetic) to students of all ages, including elementary math. I have several years of experience when it comes to addressing the needs of all students (regardless of age) when it comes to fortifying their core understanding of basic operations and elementary math in general.
Elementary Science,

Elementary Science

I've been professionally (and successfully) tutoring STEM subjects (namely, math and science) for many months at this point, including helping students in elementary school design and construct science fair projects, all the while teaching them the core tenets of good scientific philosophy and how to differentiate between theories, laws, facts, hypotheses, as well as different forms of science (e.g., observational, empirical, theory/experiment, etc) and how to classify bodies of knowledge.
Grammar,

Grammar

A rather sizable component of my primary profession requires a mastery of grammar (namely, when writing scientific papers that are worthy for publication in top journals). I have been proofreading essays and papers written by my peers ever since I can remember (early elementary school), and I find immense satisfaction in correcting and optimizing any and all drafts. This, combined with my passion for education, has enabled me to develop and teach systematic methods for achieving optimal writing styles.
Reading, Vocabulary

English

English,

English

As a native speaker of English who proofreads and writes on a nearly daily basis, I place great emphasis on spelling and grammar. Naturally, this requires an understanding of the "anatomy", so to speak, of the modern English language, which is what I teach all of my students (including foreign friends) whenever speaking and/or writing is involved.
Grammar,

Grammar

A rather sizable component of my primary profession requires a mastery of grammar (namely, when writing scientific papers that are worthy for publication in top journals). I have been proofreading essays and papers written by my peers ever since I can remember (early elementary school), and I find immense satisfaction in correcting and optimizing any and all drafts. This, combined with my passion for education, has enabled me to develop and teach systematic methods for achieving optimal writing styles.
Writing,

Writing

As an avid debater and author of scientific papers, I place immense value in good writing to get points across in powerful and efficient ways. This begins with a mastery of grammar and spelling, naturally, but having a diverse vocabulary can make a significant impact on the efficacy of any given piece. These are some of the principles I try to teach students as they learn and practice essay composition as well as general writing skills.
ESL/ESOL, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Acquiring two degrees in physics has yielded a mastery of algebra. This entails expertise in various algebraic techniques when it comes to problem solving.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have had experience in tutoring and teaching algebra at the elementary school level, high school level, and even undergraduate college level.
Calculus,

Calculus

I've been using calculus for well over a decade at this point, both in an academic as well as professional setting. Calculus is one of my most requested subjects (and integral to any hard science at an advanced level, pun unintended), so I've had plenty of experience successfully tutoring many students over the past several years.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I received a 5 on the AP Chemistry exam, and I have a thorough understanding of the subject. This includes a mastery of the properties and trends of the periodic table (including at the level of physical chemistry), any and all problems involving stoichiometry, thermodynamics, and reactions. I have also tutored several students in Chemistry, which significantly helped them prepare for upcoming exams in their class.
English,

English

As a native speaker of English who proofreads and writes on a nearly daily basis, I place great emphasis on spelling and grammar. Naturally, this requires an understanding of the "anatomy", so to speak, of the modern English language, which is what I teach all of my students (including foreign friends) whenever speaking and/or writing is involved.
Geometry,

Geometry

I'm currently (and successfully) tutoring other students in geometry, which focuses on utilizing a variety of postulates and theorems to complete proofs and solve for unknown variables under the constraint (or sometimes lack of constraint) of given assumptions.
Physics,

Physics

I am qualified to tutor in physics for various reasons. I have several degrees in physics (B.S. in Engineering Physics and an two M.S. degrees in Applied Physics and Quantum Optics), and I'm currently working towards a PhD in Physics. I've taught various lab courses in physics, as well as worked as a TA for physics courses ranging from the high school level to the graduate school level. Finally, I have been tutoring physics to other students since I began learning physics several years ago in high school.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have tutored the basics of mathematics (arithmetic) to students of all ages, including high school and college students. Prealgebra essentially covers the most crucial basics required for Algebra 1 and 2, such as the concept of functions, or solving for a single unknown (given an equation).
Precalculus,

Precalculus

While the specific topics covered in Precalculus tend to vary from teacher to teacher (and more so from school to school), they are all important for more advanced courses in Mathematics. I have tutored several students in Precalculus, and whenever possible (if appropriate), I'll go above and beyond by explaining the principles involved in each and every topic in Precalculus, as well as how they might be used in later math courses.
Writing,

Writing

As an avid debater and author of scientific papers, I place immense value in good writing to get points across in powerful and efficient ways. This begins with a mastery of grammar and spelling, naturally, but having a diverse vocabulary can make a significant impact on the efficacy of any given piece. These are some of the principles I try to teach students as they learn and practice essay composition as well as general writing skills.
ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Math

Language

ESL/ESOL

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have tutored a myriad of students in standardized tests (SAT/SAT II, GRE, ACT), with an emphasis on the mathematics and science portions. All of my students have improved as a result, and several were accepted into their choice schools as a result.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Acquiring two degrees in physics has yielded a mastery of algebra. This entails expertise in various algebraic techniques when it comes to problem solving.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have had experience in tutoring and teaching algebra at the elementary school level, high school level, and even undergraduate college level.
Calculus,

Calculus

I've been using calculus for well over a decade at this point, both in an academic as well as professional setting. Calculus is one of my most requested subjects (and integral to any hard science at an advanced level, pun unintended), so I've had plenty of experience successfully tutoring many students over the past several years.
Geometry,

Geometry

I'm currently (and successfully) tutoring other students in geometry, which focuses on utilizing a variety of postulates and theorems to complete proofs and solve for unknown variables under the constraint (or sometimes lack of constraint) of given assumptions.
Mathematica,

Mathematica

I have utilized Mathematica throughout the extent of my undergraduate education. In addition, I heavily relied on Mathematica for analytic calculations while obtaining my M.S. degree. Such experience has yielded a broad mastery of the program's various built-in functions and features. I have generated various template notebook files which could come in quite handy for creating new programs or for teaching purposes.
MATLAB,

MATLAB

I have used MATLAB since 2008, when I taught myself to numerically solve differential equations to study tokamak plasmas. Since then I've used it extensively for a variety of models and simulations, including producing professional scientific figures and animations to boot. I continue to heavily rely on MATLAB for my current research, as it contains many convenient features. In addition, I have generated various template m-files which could come in quite handy for creating new programs or for teaching purposes.
Physics,

Physics

I am qualified to tutor in physics for various reasons. I have several degrees in physics (B.S. in Engineering Physics and an two M.S. degrees in Applied Physics and Quantum Optics), and I'm currently working towards a PhD in Physics. I've taught various lab courses in physics, as well as worked as a TA for physics courses ranging from the high school level to the graduate school level. Finally, I have been tutoring physics to other students since I began learning physics several years ago in high school.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have tutored the basics of mathematics (arithmetic) to students of all ages, including high school and college students. Prealgebra essentially covers the most crucial basics required for Algebra 1 and 2, such as the concept of functions, or solving for a single unknown (given an equation).
Precalculus,

Precalculus

While the specific topics covered in Precalculus tend to vary from teacher to teacher (and more so from school to school), they are all important for more advanced courses in Mathematics. I have tutored several students in Precalculus, and whenever possible (if appropriate), I'll go above and beyond by explaining the principles involved in each and every topic in Precalculus, as well as how they might be used in later math courses.
Trigonometry,

Trigonometry

Solving equations involving inverse trigonometric functions are easily some of the problems that a majority of students have the most difficulty with, typically due to their non-intuitive properties (and some teachers fail to properly explain the connection between trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions, and the unit circle). With years of experience in teaching trigonometry, I have amassed a collection of approaches towards difficult topics such as these in the subject of trigonometry, which enables me to adapt my teaching style to my students' needs.
SAT Math

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Acquiring two degrees in physics has yielded a mastery of algebra. This entails expertise in various algebraic techniques when it comes to problem solving.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have had experience in tutoring and teaching algebra at the elementary school level, high school level, and even undergraduate college level.
Calculus,

Calculus

I've been using calculus for well over a decade at this point, both in an academic as well as professional setting. Calculus is one of my most requested subjects (and integral to any hard science at an advanced level, pun unintended), so I've had plenty of experience successfully tutoring many students over the past several years.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I received a 5 on the AP Chemistry exam, and I have a thorough understanding of the subject. This includes a mastery of the properties and trends of the periodic table (including at the level of physical chemistry), any and all problems involving stoichiometry, thermodynamics, and reactions. I have also tutored several students in Chemistry, which significantly helped them prepare for upcoming exams in their class.
English,

English

As a native speaker of English who proofreads and writes on a nearly daily basis, I place great emphasis on spelling and grammar. Naturally, this requires an understanding of the "anatomy", so to speak, of the modern English language, which is what I teach all of my students (including foreign friends) whenever speaking and/or writing is involved.
Geometry,

Geometry

I'm currently (and successfully) tutoring other students in geometry, which focuses on utilizing a variety of postulates and theorems to complete proofs and solve for unknown variables under the constraint (or sometimes lack of constraint) of given assumptions.
Physics,

Physics

I am qualified to tutor in physics for various reasons. I have several degrees in physics (B.S. in Engineering Physics and an two M.S. degrees in Applied Physics and Quantum Optics), and I'm currently working towards a PhD in Physics. I've taught various lab courses in physics, as well as worked as a TA for physics courses ranging from the high school level to the graduate school level. Finally, I have been tutoring physics to other students since I began learning physics several years ago in high school.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have tutored the basics of mathematics (arithmetic) to students of all ages, including high school and college students. Prealgebra essentially covers the most crucial basics required for Algebra 1 and 2, such as the concept of functions, or solving for a single unknown (given an equation).
Precalculus,

Precalculus

While the specific topics covered in Precalculus tend to vary from teacher to teacher (and more so from school to school), they are all important for more advanced courses in Mathematics. I have tutored several students in Precalculus, and whenever possible (if appropriate), I'll go above and beyond by explaining the principles involved in each and every topic in Precalculus, as well as how they might be used in later math courses.
Writing,

Writing

As an avid debater and author of scientific papers, I place immense value in good writing to get points across in powerful and efficient ways. This begins with a mastery of grammar and spelling, naturally, but having a diverse vocabulary can make a significant impact on the efficacy of any given piece. These are some of the principles I try to teach students as they learn and practice essay composition as well as general writing skills.
ESL/ESOL, Reading

Other

ESL/ESOL

Science

Chemistry,

Chemistry

I received a 5 on the AP Chemistry exam, and I have a thorough understanding of the subject. This includes a mastery of the properties and trends of the periodic table (including at the level of physical chemistry), any and all problems involving stoichiometry, thermodynamics, and reactions. I have also tutored several students in Chemistry, which significantly helped them prepare for upcoming exams in their class.
Physics

Physics

I am qualified to tutor in physics for various reasons. I have several degrees in physics (B.S. in Engineering Physics and an two M.S. degrees in Applied Physics and Quantum Optics), and I'm currently working towards a PhD in Physics. I've taught various lab courses in physics, as well as worked as a TA for physics courses ranging from the high school level to the graduate school level. Finally, I have been tutoring physics to other students since I began learning physics several years ago in high school.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Acquiring two degrees in physics has yielded a mastery of algebra. This entails expertise in various algebraic techniques when it comes to problem solving.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have had experience in tutoring and teaching algebra at the elementary school level, high school level, and even undergraduate college level.
Calculus,

Calculus

I've been using calculus for well over a decade at this point, both in an academic as well as professional setting. Calculus is one of my most requested subjects (and integral to any hard science at an advanced level, pun unintended), so I've had plenty of experience successfully tutoring many students over the past several years.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I received a 5 on the AP Chemistry exam, and I have a thorough understanding of the subject. This includes a mastery of the properties and trends of the periodic table (including at the level of physical chemistry), any and all problems involving stoichiometry, thermodynamics, and reactions. I have also tutored several students in Chemistry, which significantly helped them prepare for upcoming exams in their class.
Geometry,

Geometry

I'm currently (and successfully) tutoring other students in geometry, which focuses on utilizing a variety of postulates and theorems to complete proofs and solve for unknown variables under the constraint (or sometimes lack of constraint) of given assumptions.
Physics,

Physics

I am qualified to tutor in physics for various reasons. I have several degrees in physics (B.S. in Engineering Physics and an two M.S. degrees in Applied Physics and Quantum Optics), and I'm currently working towards a PhD in Physics. I've taught various lab courses in physics, as well as worked as a TA for physics courses ranging from the high school level to the graduate school level. Finally, I have been tutoring physics to other students since I began learning physics several years ago in high school.
Writing,

Writing

As an avid debater and author of scientific papers, I place immense value in good writing to get points across in powerful and efficient ways. This begins with a mastery of grammar and spelling, naturally, but having a diverse vocabulary can make a significant impact on the efficacy of any given piece. These are some of the principles I try to teach students as they learn and practice essay composition as well as general writing skills.
ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Math

Test Preparation

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have tutored a myriad of students in standardized tests (SAT/SAT II, GRE, ACT), with an emphasis on the mathematics and science portions. All of my students have improved as a result, and several were accepted into their choice schools as a result.
GRE,

GRE

In addition to achieving a perfect score on the mathematics section of the General GRE, I have tutored multiple students in the past, which helped them improve their scores and get into their target graduate schools. My methods focus on inducing progress in both accuracy and speed in my students.
SAT Math

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Knowledgeable, patient and clear

Walter is a phenomenal tutor. I was struggling in a physics/maths class where I had to run several simulations for my class using Matlab and do several calculations and Walter helped me understand the subjects that I was covering in the class very well and be better in my coding skills. He was knowledgeable and clear on the subjects that he tutored me and his tutoring skill is exceptional. With him tutoring me, I finally was able to master the subjects that I was learning in my class and ace all my exams and get A in the class. I highly recommend Walter if you need a tutor for your classes. He is one of the best tutors out there.

Yegzeru, 6 lessons with Walter
Tutor responded:

Thank you very much, Yegzeru!! Congrats on the A! :)

Very knowledgeable and accomplished tutor

Great tutor! Extremely patient and thorough, attentive to all questions, and explains everything step-by-step. Helped me immensely with both MATLAB and Mathematica. Highly recommend him to anyone wanting to improve their programming skills at the advanced/college level.

Nina, 7 lessons with Walter
Tutor responded:

Thanks Nina :) Glad I was able to help with your various projects - feel free to reach out again in the future!!

Awesome tutor

I had a session with Walter regarding writing code in MATLAB and he was awesome. He goes through the nitty-gritty of each step and is very knowledgeable on the subject! I'd recommend him if you ever need help with writing code for anything

Jamie, 2 lessons with Walter
Tutor responded:

Thanks, Jamie! :)

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

I have worked with Walter for 2 of my coding projects and I highly recommend anyone who struggles with coding to schedule sessions with him. I discovered an error in my coding the day before my deadline and Walter came to the rescue. He had a busy day but still patiently go through the code with me till midnight. Walter also responded quickly and answers my question perfectly. Once again, for anyone looking for help on coding, contact Walter without a doubt, he will definitely provide the help you need!

Yalun, 7 lessons with Walter
Tutor responded:

Thank you, Yalun!! I'm glad I'm able to assist with your projects and explore the never-ending nuances of Mathematica ;)

Knowledgeable and thorough tutor.

Walter went above and beyond to help me with my MATLAB assignment. He went through code step by step and ensured that I understood every aspect of what was happening in my program.

Kyle, 4 lessons with Walter
Tutor responded:

Thanks, Kyle! I'd be more than happy to help with any and all MATLAB needs in the future! :)

IT whizz

Walter helped me navigate a complicated molecular modeling software program required for an assignment for a Pharmaceutical Biochemistry class ( Master’s program). He was great.

Sheila , 1 lesson with Walter
Tutor responded:

Thank you, Sheila! I'd be happy to assist in navigating any future modeling software projects!

Very experienced teacher with thorough explanation.

Walter helped me and my friend in a precise way as he went with us through each question one by one and explained methods of using differentiation and how to apply them on differential equations which was very helpful!

Waleed, 1 lesson with Walter

Great Tutor!

Walter was great with helping me understand the Matlab concepts taught during my upper-division course. Through his guidance I was able to get A's on all of my projects and more importantly gain a solid grasp of the material. His knowledge for the subject is extensive and he is very organized and always on time. The first time we met I had an assignment that was due in three days that I was struggling to complete. He made time to meet that evening and had even taken the time to look over the assignment instructions beforehand. I was impressed with his constant preparedness and professionalism.

Gabi, 5 lessons with Walter
Tutor responded:

Thanks, Gabi! Glad I was able to help - best of luck with all your classes next year!

A fantastic tutor

Walter is a fantastic and patient explainer who has been of tremendous help to our son in 11th-grade math and physics. With Walter's assistance, our son's ability to keep up with the coursework and do well on tests has definitely improved, as has his confidence in dealing with the material. We feel truly lucky to have found Walter!

Andrew, 12 lessons with Walter
Tutor responded:

Thank you very much, Andrew! Good luck to your son in all his final exams!

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