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Ed L.

San Mateo, CA

$80/hour

Math and Physics tutor (Northwestern U Engineering PhD)

In-person lessons
5.0 average from 16 ratings
Committed, prepared, knowledgable and patient
— Teru, Palo Alto, CA on 9/17/16

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Northwestern University
Civil Engineering
Northwestern University - Mechanical Engineering
Master's
Northwestern University - Mechanical Engineering
PhD

Education

Northwestern University (Civil Engineering)

Northwestern University - Mechanical Engineering (Master's)

Northwestern University - Mechanical Engineering (PhD)

About Ed

Hello, my name is Ed and I am a math and physics tutor. I received my Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and I previously worked in the automotive industry as a senior engineering specialist for 28 years. In my spare time, I worked with elementary through high school students coaching FIRST Robotics in my kids’ school district for 8 years. After taking an early retirement recently and moving to the bay area, I’ve decided to continue doing what I love: working with students.

Math and Physics are two subjects which many students find challenging. From my experience, often times learning these subjects in a large classroom setting can be exceedingly difficult, but with the right individualized attention, they can become easy and even enjoyable. I still remember when I was just a kid and my parents decided to hire a math tutor for me. He was wonderful in putting complicated math concepts in a way that is easy to understand. Based on this experience, I had always told my students that they should never think that they are not good in any school subject. They just have not found the right teacher.

I tutored my two kids since they were in elementary school. I worked with them on my specialties, math and physics, all the way through high school. As a result, they were able to fully understand these concepts and excelled in the classroom and in their extracurricular activities, both earning a 4.0 GPA and top percentile standardized test scores. After receiving offers from many top schools, both of them chose to attend Stanford University.

In addition to math and physics tutoring, I also work with students and parents on all the challenges associated with applying to colleges. Recently having gone through the same process with both of my kids, I know how much stress there is regarding college admissions. I found that just a little guidance can go a long way for a student and their parents.

Because I am retired and not planning to be a full time tutor, my availability is extremely flexible. No matter what it is, from last minute quiz reviews to long test-preparation sessions, feel free to shoot me a message and I will find the availability to accommodate you! If interested, I recommend a free “get-to-know-you” session with the parents and the students to assess the student’s exact needs, set goals and expectations, and create a plan to ensure success. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Hello, my name is Ed and I am a math and physics tutor. I received my Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and I previously Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required

Minimum lesson time is one hour per session.

Travel Radius
Travels within 12 miles of San Mateo, CA 94404
In-person lessons

"Committed, prepared, knowledgable and patient"

- Teru, Palo Alto, CA on 9/17/16

"Great First Lesson"

- Kevin, Burlingame, CA on 8/29/16
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Elementary Math,
Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math,
Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Physics
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math,
ACT Reading, ACT Science, College Counseling,
SAT Math
Computer:
Microsoft Excel
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Business:
Microsoft Excel

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT Math

The ACT mathematics test is a 60-question, 60-minute, multiple-choice test. A rough distribution of questions is Pre-Algebra (20%), Algebra I (15%), Geometry (40%), Algebra 2/Trigonometry (25%).
My approach to prepare a student to get good ACT Math score has a sports analogy – learn good techniques and a lot of practice. There are often multiple ways to solve a math problem. Learn good techniques mean to learn the best way to solve a problem which uses the least amount of time while having the lowest chance of making a careless mistake. Once you mastered the techniques, then it is practice, practice, practice. Students should do as many practice tests as they can in the last two months leading up to the ACT test. Just like in sports, the closer the practice is to the real thing, the better it is.
I have coached both my kids to get 36 on their ACT Math using this approach. It can work for you too.

College Counseling

Having recently gone through the college application process with my kids, I know how stressful it can be. You only have one chance to make a good impression on each college you apply to. My wife and I have spent hundreds of hours researching on the internet, attended seminars from admission officers from different colleges and visited the campuses of many of these top colleges. I am very familiar with the subtle difference between what these top colleges look for. I can consult on how to make the student stand out with the appropriate extracurricular activities and the unique personal statements and supplemental essays. Both my kids chose to attend Stanford after receiving offers to other top schools.

Elementary Math

I have experience working on elementary math with my own kids. The most effective way to teach math to young kids is through a hybrid of the mastery approach used in many Asian countries and the mindset approach used in many western countries. This hybrid approach can produce the most results in the shortest time. I used it with both my kids who studied math 3 years ahead of their class. I also like to make math fun by using games to do the repetition rather than using approach like Kumon. Mastering the basic arithmetic and concepts is very important for later math subjects. If you would like to learn more about my experience, I would be happy to share with you.

Microsoft Excel

I have used Microsoft Excel for over 25 years. I have extensive knowledge of Excel including writing macros with VBA. I have used Excel at my previous jobs for financial modeling, business reporting, engineering calculations, statistics, and project management. I have always been the tutor and go-to guy for my colleagues for any Excel related questions at work. I also used Excel personally for financial planning, sports ranking and team logistics management.

SAT Math

I am currently tutoring a few students in SAT math. After only two sessions to review material and a practice test, two of them improved from 620-630 range to 670. We are working diligently to get their scores up to around 750. Another student recently took SAT a second time and the SAT Math improved from 590 to 650 after two hours of reviewing material and going over a practice test.

I am a very effective tutor. I also put a lot of emphasis on not just getting the right answer but using strategies to spend the least amount of time to solve each problem so there is more time left for the harder problems. This is something that not every tutor or test prep center can provide.

Northwestern University
Civil Engineering
Northwestern University - Mechanical Engineering
Master's
Northwestern University - Mechanical Engineering
PhD

Education

Northwestern University (Civil Engineering)

Northwestern University - Mechanical Engineering (Master's)

Northwestern University - Mechanical Engineering (PhD)

Committed, prepared, knowledgable and patient — Ed is a well-prepared and thorough teacher who commits himself to the individual math needs and learning styles of each of my children. He comes prepared with a computer and large monitor to walk the children through a curriculum and learning tools that are on-line. My children have been very happy with their sessions with Ed. ...

— Teru, Palo Alto, CA on 9/17/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $80.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Minimum lesson time is one hour per session.

Travel policy

Ed will travel within 12 miles of San Mateo, CA 94404.