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Walter U.

North Hollywood, CA

$100/hour

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

300+ Hours
5.0 average from 68 ratings
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— Ricky, Van Nuys, CA on 2/24/17

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Colorado School of Mines
Engineering Physics
Colorado School of Mines
Master's
University of Southern California
Master's

Education

Colorado School of Mines (Engineering Physics)

Colorado School of Mines (Master's)

University of Southern California (Master's)

About Walter

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!
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
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My hourly rate is non-negotiable at this time.

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Travels within 10 miles of North Hollywood, CA 91605
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"I wish I would've started with Walter!"

- Ricky, Van Nuys, CA on 2/24/17
Walter replied on 2/27/2017

Wow, thank you so much, Ricky! Very happy to help :) Best of luck in all your classes and future endeavours! :D

"very helpful!!"

- Danielle, Burbank, CA on 11/18/16
Walter replied on 11/21/2016

Thanks, Danielle :) See you tomorrow night!

"Excellent"

- Miyako, Tucson, AZ on 6/11/16

"Amazing tutor!"

- Hannah, Valley Village, CA on 5/29/15
Walter replied on 5/31/2015

Thanks!! :D You were a great student! Congratulations on all your achievements, and I wish you the best!

"Outstanding tutor"

- Leslie, Santa Monica, CA on 5/27/15
Walter replied on 5/28/2015

Thanks, Leslie! I wish you the best on your project, and let me know if you ever wish to meet up again in the future!

"Great and Patient Tutor!!!"

- Alex, Los Angeles, CA on 5/9/15
Walter replied on 5/9/2015

Thank you very much, Alex!! Keep working hard, don't forget to have fun, and best of luck in vet school! :)

"Excellent Tutor"

- Maria, San Gabriel, CA on 3/28/14

"Very pleased."

- Michael, Los Angeles, CA on 12/19/13

"Simply amazing!!"

- GAYATRI, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA on 11/25/13

"Great!"

- De Juan, Los Angeles, CA on 10/14/13

"Great tutor, patient, intuitive."

- Don, Los Angeles, CA on 10/11/13
Science:
Chemistry,
Physics
English:
English,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar,
Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, GRE,
SAT Math
Language:
ESL/ESOL, German, Spanish
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math,
Elementary Science,
Grammar,
Reading, Vocabulary
Sports/Recreation:
Chess

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

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

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

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

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.

Chess

I have been playing chess for most of my life. My father first taught me the rules when I was in the 1st grade, and I have been practicing since with my brother and friends. In addition to knowing how to play, I have learned various standard techniques that I could teach others who are either at the novice or casual level.

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.

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

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.

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.

Fortran

In addition to a Fortran course I took and passed with flying colors during my undergraduate education, I have also written extensive programs in Fortran for my physics research, which involves automatically generating data files while running the program in a variety of development environments.

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.

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.

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.

Linear Algebra

I learned linear algebra during my junior year as an undergraduate. Having been a physics major and now a physics graduate student, linear algebra is an indispensable mathematical formalism and tool for understanding and working with quantum theory. My M.S. degree relied heavily on mathematics derived from linear algebra, as does the degree I'm currently working towards.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Python

I have tutored Python to a few students in the last year, typically at an introductory level. I've used Python in the past to perform calculations in quantum chromodynamics (theory of the strong nuclear force), so I would also be able to assist potential students who need help with more complicated programs. Python is a relatively high-level language, but offers several advantages in that it's relatively easy to write code to perform desired functions.

Spanish

I was born in Argentina, and though I mostly grew up in Los Angeles, I learned Spanish and English at the same time. In preschool and elementary school, I was taught to read, write, and speak English exclusively. At the same time, however, I was taught to do the same for Spanish in my home, wherein I exclusively spoke Spanish with my parents while learning how to read and write. Additionally, I took an advanced course in Spanish as an undergraduate in college, and passed with flying colors.

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.

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.

Colorado School of Mines
Engineering Physics
Colorado School of Mines
Master's
University of Southern California
Master's

Education

Colorado School of Mines (Engineering Physics)

Colorado School of Mines (Master's)

University of Southern California (Master's)

I wish I would've started with Walter!

Not only is Walter extremely knowledgeable but also a great communicator. I was totally lost and I had fallen behind in programming in Matlab and perhaps was even underprepared for the course. However, Walter’s straightforward and simple approach to a complex topic was the only reason I understand the material now. I had tried other tutors, but none of them even came close to the level of detail t

— Ricky, Van Nuys, CA on 2/24/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $100.00

My hourly rate is non-negotiable at this time.

Travel policy

Walter will travel within 10 miles of North Hollywood, CA 91605.