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Dominic S.

Math and Physics Tutor

Math and Physics Tutor

$50/hour

  • 632 hours tutoring

  • Marina Del Rey Venice, CA 90291

About Dominic


Bio

I've always had a natural inclination for mathematics, and enjoyed the experience of helping others to understand the concepts involved. As a UC student studying physics, I tutored classmates for pizza money, and have since helped three baby brothers and a handful of family friends through their middle and high school math and science classes - the oldest of whom is now attending Berkeley.

My goal when tutoring is always to nourish the intuitive feeling for numbers that can make the...

I've always had a natural inclination for mathematics, and enjoyed the experience of helping others to understand the concepts involved. As a UC student studying physics, I tutored classmates for pizza money, and have since helped three baby brothers and a handful of family friends through their middle and high school math and science classes - the oldest of whom is now attending Berkeley.

My goal when tutoring is always to nourish the intuitive feeling for numbers that can make the subject 'click' and truly make sense, instead of being the arbitrary collection of rules and procedures that people often seem to struggle with. I want to encourage a numeracy that will help a child succeed not just in their current class, but in all their mathematical subjects in the future. To this end, I encourage students to think actively about the meaning of a problem and roughly estimate the answer they'd expect, where possible, as well as guiding them gradually through the steps of a solution to demonstrate the ways in which what we know can flow naturally into what we need.

My preferred approach is to begin with the recent material that is giving the student trouble and use it to step backwards, identifying any weak points in previously-learned subjects and techniques which can be reinforced. Patience and positivity, I feel confident to say, are my strong suits - I always maintain a encouraging attitude, and never judge a student for how long it takes them. After all, if they found it easy, I wouldn't be there. For me, the biggest payoff of tutoring is the moment when the student 'gets it,' when the metaphorical light bulb turns on and what had once been impenetrable becomes straightforward.

As for my specific qualifications and thoughts on tutoring math - my SAT Math score was 798. My GRE quantitative score was 770 (old scale, obviously). I received a 5 on the AP Calculus BC test, way back when. My entire academic experience was heavily immersed in math; physics is essentially using the pure language of mathematics to speak on a deep level about the functioning of the natural world.

As to physics - my Bachelor's degree is in physics, and I received a 750 on the Physics GRE. I received a 5 on the AP Physics test, way back when. As Earnest Rutherford said, all science is either physics or stamp collecting - I was drawn to the subject because it is uniquely able to speak about the nature and behavior of the world in a rigorously numerical, predictable sense. It brings the promise of absolute accuracy and truth from the abstract world of mathematics into the concrete everyday we inhabit, and on a good day, I can help a student appreciate the power that this implies.


Education

University of California, San Diego
Physics

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 5 miles of Venice, CA 90291
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 11/7/2015

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Statistics

Homeschool

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics

Math

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics

Most Popular

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Statistics

Science

Physics

Summer

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Physics, SAT Math, Statistics

Test Preparation

SAT Math

Resources

Dominic has shared 71 answers on Wyzant Resources.

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Ratings and Reviews


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4.9 (168 ratings)
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Reviews


Patient and Reliable Tutor

Dominic has a steady demeanor and an encouraging approach. Polite; Always on time. My son usually does not like tutors, but he really appreciated Dominic's help.

Karen, 9 lessons with Dominic

Excellent Tutor

Dominic was an wonderful tutor. He responded very quickly and is very reliable. In only two sessions he was able to help my son catch up with his pre-calculus work. He has an innate ability to explain things in a way that is easy to understand. I would highly recommend him to anyone.

Lisa, 5 lessons with Dominic

An Incredibly patient tutor

Dominic was extremely adept at teaching AP calculus. My daughter was thrilled with the understanding of the material and very prepared for her test.

Vikki, 1 lesson with Dominic

knows his stuff!

Highly recommended. We had a tutor on Saturday who couldn't figure out my son's tenth grade math. Dominic came in on Sunday and saved the day!

Olivia, 6 lessons with Dominic

Excellent Tutor

Knew the physics material inside and out and was able to communicate it effectively to my son. He is working on the SAT Physics Subject and Math 2 tests and Dominic not only knows the material but is able to effectively communicate the material for Jeremiah to understand. Thank you Dominic!

Tiffany, 1 lesson with Dominic

Very patient!

Very pleased with Dominic as a tutor. He responded very quickly to my request and was available the same day. Extremely patient and knowledgeable. Thank you!

Krista, 1 lesson with Dominic

Calm, wonderful, reliable tutuor!

We have used Dominic several times to tutor our HS son in Algebra 2. Dominic is very patient and competent and our son, who did not want a tutor actually responds well to Dominic and they accomplish a lot with each session.

Eve, 7 lessons with Dominic

Patient and knowledgeable tutor

Dominic is a phenomenal tutor with great communication skills. He has been helping me tackle material for my college level Intro to Statistics course. Dominic uses a variety of teaching strategies to make learning new mathematical concepts simple and enjoyable.

Teira , 4 lessons with Dominic

College Physics- The Best Tutor

Dominic is an amazing tutor! I had a special set of circumstances, in which I had to recieve a good grade in Physics in order to attend a graduate program. Without Dominic, I'm not sure I would have been able to accomplish my goal on my own. He is a punctual guy even when his mode of transportation broke down. He explained everything conceptually, which made the mathematical process easier to understand. Dominic made sure every concept/problem we accomplished in our sessions, I knew very well before he left. He is very patient and is capable of explaining concepts thoroughly in a variety of different ways. Overall, Dominic is a great guy and an incredible tutor! I highly recommend him!

Kris, 16 lessons with Dominic
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Dominic S.

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