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Jeffrey M.

Effective Ph.D. Tutor of Mathematics and Physics

Effective Ph.D. Tutor of Mathematics and Physics

$79/hour

  • 3,674 hours tutoring

About Jeffrey


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I have over 30 years of experience as a tutor and lecturer in mathematics and physics, both before and after I completed my physics & biology BA at UC Berkeley and my physics PhD at the University of Illinois. I am available for tutoring at middle school, high school, and college levels. In 2019, I was one of the top 10% of over 17,500 tutors who had lessons on Wyzant.

My students feel comfortable telling me what they didn't get in class or from their textbook, and so we are able to...

I have over 30 years of experience as a tutor and lecturer in mathematics and physics, both before and after I completed my physics & biology BA at UC Berkeley and my physics PhD at the University of Illinois. I am available for tutoring at middle school, high school, and college levels. In 2019, I was one of the top 10% of over 17,500 tutors who had lessons on Wyzant.

My students feel comfortable telling me what they didn't get in class or from their textbook, and so we are able to address those issues right away. I like to first establish the knowledge base of my student. We then work together to build on it to expand knowledge and gain mastery and confidence through supervised practice. The end goal is for students to show an ability to handle problems independently and with confidence, and to gain a sense that they can handle new challenges and situations that expand their comfort zone.

My specialties include college level calculus (including multivariable calculus) and physics, AP Physics, AP Calculus, precalculus, SAT, ACT, ASVAB math prep, GRE math prep, Pre-algebra, algebra, plane geometry, and analytic (e.g., Cartesian) geometry. I teach online and as far north as Burlingame and as far south as San Carlos.


Education

University of California, Berkeley
BA-Physics and Biology
San Francisco State University - Physics
Masters
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Physics
PhD

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Business

GRE

GRE

The GRE math questions are by no means simple, and they cover the gamut of geometry, algebra, number theory, and applications of all of the above. I have found that working from a GRE test preparation book is the most effective way to gain experience with how to handle GRE-type math questions. As necessary, I supplement the content of such prep books with explanations of concepts that are often confusing to students (e.g., that the square root function does NOT distribute over addition, as some students think).

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Before we jump into Algebra, I make sure that my client has mastered pre-algebra subjects. Many students entering algebra need work on arithmetic with fractions, how to calculate least common denominators, etc. I very often start by showing my student how to write out the prime factorization of the integers from 1 to 50, and then having the student continue, as a homework exercise, from 51 to 100.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have found it to be critical to be sure that the student has mastered skills from Algebra 1 before going forward. My first session thus usually involves some diagnosis of which skills the student needs help with before going on to Algebra 2. A firm base on which to build is required.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have been teaching and tutoring math for years, and the student feedbacks on my Wyzant profile indicate that my methods are very effective. I invite you to read those student feedbacks. I use active learning techniques so that my students learn by doing, not only by listening to me or watching me solve problems. As can be seen from the feedbacks, these techniques often result in markedly improved performance and confidence for my students. I sometimes share my decades of experiences in physics research and biomedical instrumentation engineering in order to tell my students some of the direct applications of the math and physics that I teach them.
Geometry,

Geometry

It is often necessary to brush up on arithmetic and algebra while concurrently working on geometry. I do such review on an as-needed basis. An essential part of that review is supervised practice of techniques.
Physics,

Physics

I have loved physics, and the teaching of physics, since attending Lowell High School in San Francisco. My undergraduate major at University of California at Berkeley was Physics & Biology. In addition to my experience teaching physics as a grad student at SF State and the University of Illinois, I've taught physics courses at University of San Francisco and College of San Mateo.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

It is critical, before going into pre-algebra, that students have a firm command of arithmetic. My experience is that many such students have troubles adding and subtracting fractions, and my first task with such students is to make sure that they have mastery of that kind of calculation.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Much of my work with precalculus students has consisted of a thorough review of trigonometry, finite and infinite series and sequences, and analytic geometry. My approach is always to be sure that the basics are mastered before attempting more advanced topics (e.g., students need to have mastered the graphical properties of linear functions before working on quadratic ones (hyperbolas, ellipses, parabolas).
SAT Math

SAT Math

The key to studying for the SAT Math section is to get an SAT practice book and work on as many problems as possible. Those practice books contain the right mix of geometry, algebra, probability, etc. I usually work through such books with my SAT math students, giving them supplemental information in those areas where they need extra help.

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Before we jump into Algebra, I make sure that my client has mastered pre-algebra subjects. Many students entering algebra need work on arithmetic with fractions, how to calculate least common denominators, etc. I very often start by showing my student how to write out the prime factorization of the integers from 1 to 50, and then having the student continue, as a homework exercise, from 51 to 100.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have found it to be critical to be sure that the student has mastered skills from Algebra 1 before going forward. My first session thus usually involves some diagnosis of which skills the student needs help with before going on to Algebra 2. A firm base on which to build is required.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have been teaching and tutoring math for years, and the student feedbacks on my Wyzant profile indicate that my methods are very effective. I invite you to read those student feedbacks. I use active learning techniques so that my students learn by doing, not only by listening to me or watching me solve problems. As can be seen from the feedbacks, these techniques often result in markedly improved performance and confidence for my students. I sometimes share my decades of experiences in physics research and biomedical instrumentation engineering in order to tell my students some of the direct applications of the math and physics that I teach them.
Geometry,

Geometry

It is often necessary to brush up on arithmetic and algebra while concurrently working on geometry. I do such review on an as-needed basis. An essential part of that review is supervised practice of techniques.
Physics,

Physics

I have loved physics, and the teaching of physics, since attending Lowell High School in San Francisco. My undergraduate major at University of California at Berkeley was Physics & Biology. In addition to my experience teaching physics as a grad student at SF State and the University of Illinois, I've taught physics courses at University of San Francisco and College of San Mateo.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

It is critical, before going into pre-algebra, that students have a firm command of arithmetic. My experience is that many such students have troubles adding and subtracting fractions, and my first task with such students is to make sure that they have mastery of that kind of calculation.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Much of my work with precalculus students has consisted of a thorough review of trigonometry, finite and infinite series and sequences, and analytic geometry. My approach is always to be sure that the basics are mastered before attempting more advanced topics (e.g., students need to have mastered the graphical properties of linear functions before working on quadratic ones (hyperbolas, ellipses, parabolas).
SAT Math,

SAT Math

The key to studying for the SAT Math section is to get an SAT practice book and work on as many problems as possible. Those practice books contain the right mix of geometry, algebra, probability, etc. I usually work through such books with my SAT math students, giving them supplemental information in those areas where they need extra help.
Trigonometry,

Trigonometry

Since so many homework and exam problems in trig involve multiples of 30 and 45 degrees, I show all my students how to derive all the trig functions for those angles based on only two facts that need to be memorized: sine 30 degrees= 1/2, and tangent 45 degrees=1. It's nice to go into an exam knowing that one can derive all those trig function values based on just two memorized facts.
ACT Math

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Before we jump into Algebra, I make sure that my client has mastered pre-algebra subjects. Many students entering algebra need work on arithmetic with fractions, how to calculate least common denominators, etc. I very often start by showing my student how to write out the prime factorization of the integers from 1 to 50, and then having the student continue, as a homework exercise, from 51 to 100.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have found it to be critical to be sure that the student has mastered skills from Algebra 1 before going forward. My first session thus usually involves some diagnosis of which skills the student needs help with before going on to Algebra 2. A firm base on which to build is required.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have been teaching and tutoring math for years, and the student feedbacks on my Wyzant profile indicate that my methods are very effective. I invite you to read those student feedbacks. I use active learning techniques so that my students learn by doing, not only by listening to me or watching me solve problems. As can be seen from the feedbacks, these techniques often result in markedly improved performance and confidence for my students. I sometimes share my decades of experiences in physics research and biomedical instrumentation engineering in order to tell my students some of the direct applications of the math and physics that I teach them.
Geometry,

Geometry

It is often necessary to brush up on arithmetic and algebra while concurrently working on geometry. I do such review on an as-needed basis. An essential part of that review is supervised practice of techniques.
Physics,

Physics

I have loved physics, and the teaching of physics, since attending Lowell High School in San Francisco. My undergraduate major at University of California at Berkeley was Physics & Biology. In addition to my experience teaching physics as a grad student at SF State and the University of Illinois, I've taught physics courses at University of San Francisco and College of San Mateo.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

It is critical, before going into pre-algebra, that students have a firm command of arithmetic. My experience is that many such students have troubles adding and subtracting fractions, and my first task with such students is to make sure that they have mastery of that kind of calculation.
Precalculus

Precalculus

Much of my work with precalculus students has consisted of a thorough review of trigonometry, finite and infinite series and sequences, and analytic geometry. My approach is always to be sure that the basics are mastered before attempting more advanced topics (e.g., students need to have mastered the graphical properties of linear functions before working on quadratic ones (hyperbolas, ellipses, parabolas).

Science

Physics,

Physics

I have loved physics, and the teaching of physics, since attending Lowell High School in San Francisco. My undergraduate major at University of California at Berkeley was Physics & Biology. In addition to my experience teaching physics as a grad student at SF State and the University of Illinois, I've taught physics courses at University of San Francisco and College of San Mateo.
Physical Science

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Before we jump into Algebra, I make sure that my client has mastered pre-algebra subjects. Many students entering algebra need work on arithmetic with fractions, how to calculate least common denominators, etc. I very often start by showing my student how to write out the prime factorization of the integers from 1 to 50, and then having the student continue, as a homework exercise, from 51 to 100.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have found it to be critical to be sure that the student has mastered skills from Algebra 1 before going forward. My first session thus usually involves some diagnosis of which skills the student needs help with before going on to Algebra 2. A firm base on which to build is required.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have been teaching and tutoring math for years, and the student feedbacks on my Wyzant profile indicate that my methods are very effective. I invite you to read those student feedbacks. I use active learning techniques so that my students learn by doing, not only by listening to me or watching me solve problems. As can be seen from the feedbacks, these techniques often result in markedly improved performance and confidence for my students. I sometimes share my decades of experiences in physics research and biomedical instrumentation engineering in order to tell my students some of the direct applications of the math and physics that I teach them.
Geometry,

Geometry

It is often necessary to brush up on arithmetic and algebra while concurrently working on geometry. I do such review on an as-needed basis. An essential part of that review is supervised practice of techniques.
Physics,

Physics

I have loved physics, and the teaching of physics, since attending Lowell High School in San Francisco. My undergraduate major at University of California at Berkeley was Physics & Biology. In addition to my experience teaching physics as a grad student at SF State and the University of Illinois, I've taught physics courses at University of San Francisco and College of San Mateo.
SAT Math

SAT Math

The key to studying for the SAT Math section is to get an SAT practice book and work on as many problems as possible. Those practice books contain the right mix of geometry, algebra, probability, etc. I usually work through such books with my SAT math students, giving them supplemental information in those areas where they need extra help.

Test Preparation

ASVAB,

ASVAB

I have helped several people with the math section of the ASVAB test, but do not consider myself qualified to teach the rest of the test, certainly not the mechanical aspects of the subject. I have found that my ASVAB test prep manual has superb word problems for doing math, and I share them with my ASVAB (math) students.
GRE,

GRE

The GRE math questions are by no means simple, and they cover the gamut of geometry, algebra, number theory, and applications of all of the above. I have found that working from a GRE test preparation book is the most effective way to gain experience with how to handle GRE-type math questions. As necessary, I supplement the content of such prep books with explanations of concepts that are often confusing to students (e.g., that the square root function does NOT distribute over addition, as some students think).
ISEE,

ISEE

I prepare my students for ISEE by working problems from ISEE prep books together with them, focusing on those subjects with which the student has the greatest difficulty. For example, one of my current lower level ISEE students needs much remedial work in arithmetic, but is already very good at reading comprehension. For both vocabulary and for mathematics preparation, I find that flash cards are a very useful tool for my students.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

The key to studying for the SAT Math section is to get an SAT practice book and work on as many problems as possible. Those practice books contain the right mix of geometry, algebra, probability, etc. I usually work through such books with my SAT math students, giving them supplemental information in those areas where they need extra help.
ACT Math

Examples of Expertise


Jeffrey has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 18 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Amazing tutor!

Jeffrey is the best! He has been instrumental in my college Physics class. He is very knowledgable and patient, and even puts in extra time outside of our session hours to help me on the more difficult problems. I can't recommend him enough.

Serafina, 13 lessons with Jeffrey

Amazing tutor!

Jeffrey is the best! He has been instrumental in my college Physics class. He is very knowledgable and patient, and even puts in extra time outside of our session hours to help me on the more difficult problems.

Serafina, 13 lessons with Jeffrey

Diligent and Efficient Tutor

I worked with Jeff for a brief period on Multivariable Calculus. I thought he did a great job -- it was clear that he had done quite a bit of prep work before each session. I also appreciated Jeff's focus on time management, as he consciously made sure to at least touch on all the major topics of a pset rather than get bogged down in the details of the more involved questions. Jeff cared about making the sessions efficient, which, when it comes to tutoring, is customer service at its best.

Tyler, 3 lessons with Jeffrey

Incredible knowledgeable Tutor!

He is a Master in his field! He was able to help me "exactly" in the way i wanted. He taught me how to recognize which might be "useless" informations given from the problems so to not get confused while solving a problem. He was able to guide me step by step through different types of problems and topics with incredible ease and confidence. He is the tutor you really need to SUCCEED in your class!

Antonio, 4 lessons with Jeffrey

Knowledgable and Responsive Tutor

Jeffrey has been helping my son with multivariate calculus work for the past 3 weeks and has been very helpful. He knows the material well and provided ancillary support materials to further enrich my son's understanding of the key concepts. Jeffrey is very punctual and as mentioned is responsive. We've set my son on a recurring weekly schedule with Jeffrey to help with his studies.

Paul, 10 lessons with Jeffrey

Great physics teacher

Jeffrey has been a great tutor to my high school son who is taking AP physics - He has great pedagogical skills and explains concepts with great detail -My son shares this recommendation Pratima, Sunnyvale

Pratima, 28 lessons with Jeffrey

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

Thank you so much for your help! She felt very confident after the session. Will definitely keep you in my back pocket for next year honors math 3 and AP calculus.

Sara, 1 lesson with Jeffrey

Great tutor

Our daughter has had 2 tutoring sessions for pre-calculus with Jeffrey so far and already had breakthrough moment with a concept that she hadn’t understood at first. He’s very patient and was able to explain the concept in a way that helped her understand. Thank you.

Gabriele, 10 lessons with Jeffrey

Fantastic Tutor!

My son learned so much after just one season with Jeffrey. He was able to explain the concepts in a way that my son could easily grasp. He is taking the confusion out of Geometry!

Robin, 80 lessons with Jeffrey
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