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Jeffrey M.

Effective Ph.D. Tutor of Mathematics and Physics

Effective Ph.D. Tutor of Mathematics and Physics

$73/hour

  • 2,963 hours tutoring

  • San Mateo, CA 94403

"Experienced and effective AP Physics tutor"

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About Jeffrey


Bio

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.

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...

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.

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 and physics, AP Physics, AP Calculus, precalculus, SAT, ACT, Pre-algebra, algebra, plane geometry, and analytic (e.g., Cartesian) geometry. I teach 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

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $73
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 5 miles of San Mateo, CA 94403
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 5/31/2017

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

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

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Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Very knowledgeable and patient

It was the first session for my son. He felt very comfortable and relaxed with Jeffrey. Jeffrey was very patient and went over things in a manner that allowed my son to retain what was explained to him. He looks forward to his next session.

Terry, 7 lessons with Jeffrey

Great high school physics tutor

Jeffrey has been tutoring my daughter in high school physics for the last several months, and after each session she remarks how he was able to explain a complex concept in a way that made sense to her. Initially she not excited about her weekly tutoring sessions, and now she has come to rely on them for opportunities to improve for understanding. She attends a challenging High School, and since starting her sessions with Jeffrey, she feels increasingly confident in her physics class.

Alison, 28 lessons with Jeffrey

Extremely Helpful and Approachable

Jeffrey tutored me in AP Physics for about two semesters and greatly improved my confidence and understanding in the course. I was never embarrassed to asked Jeffrey for any explanations as he was always friendly and offered great explanations, analogies, or examples to better my understanding. He went above and beyond to ensure I grasped all topics we discussed, even providing me with resources and step by step instructions via Wyzant messaging if he felt I needed them. He is truly dedicated to his students and was an amazing help this year.

Elizabeth, 14 lessons with Jeffrey

Great AP Calculus Tutor

Jeffrey is a great Calculus tutor. He is able to break down complex concepts so it can be easily understood. Our daughter always feels so much more confident in math after her tutoring session with him. We're so happy to have found him!

Mary, 6 lessons with Jeffrey

Knowledgable with capability to explain well

My daughter has learned a lot during her sessions with Jeffrey. We appreciate his knowledge, ability to translate the material for better understanding and his patience! All the knowledge in the world does not garner a student to understand the material presented unless it's well explained. That's what Jeffrey offers. He is very professional at all times and punctual!

Cyan , 6 lessons with Jeffrey

Master teacher

Jeff is a very professional and master expert. My son will take ISEE high school placement test,in only 2 months,Jeff help him learned and reviewed a lot math&dressings.Now my son feel much comfort to take ISEE test.Thank you very much Jeff.

Xuguang, 11 lessons with Jeffrey

Great Physics Tutor!

Jeffrey is a great tutor. He is very patient, knowledgeable and willing to help. The step by step work is very helpful and encouraging when trying to solve stressful homework problems. I highly recommend Jeffrey!

Joanna, 14 lessons with Jeffrey

Great math tutor

First session with Jeffrey. He was very tuned into my daughter's skill level and areas for improvement. Kind and patient, but direct and on target.

Andrew, 18 lessons with Jeffrey

Responsible and knowledgeable

Today is our first class with Jeffrey. Jeffrey taught a unit in AP Calculus. I am writing this from student's feedback. Jeffrey explained concepts very clearly. He is very strong in the subject area. He took extra effort to understand need of student for the session. Jeffrey aligned session to student's capacity. Student is interested in taking further sessions with Jeffrey and we will continue with him.

Malini, 2 lessons with Jeffrey

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