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Steve P.

Greenwich, CT

$95/hour

Positive, Achievement-Oriented Tutor Specializing in Physics

Background check passed as of 1/10/14
5.0 average from 129 ratings
AWESOME!
— Nancy, Carlsbad, CA on 6/1/11

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The United States Naval Academy
Ocean Engineering
Rutgers University - Graduate School of Engineering
Master's

Education

The United States Naval Academy (Ocean Engineering)

Rutgers University - Graduate School of Engineering (Master's)

About Steve

My passion is unlocking student interest and potential in science & math, as well as promoting a well-rounded education. I'm a registered professional engineer, an active duty Naval Officer, but also a former full-time teacher of high school science. I've enjoyed success as a professional tutor over the past 5 years in several areas coast-to-coast, from developmental to the most competitive districts. I have also tutored undergraduate college students in physics and engineering courses.

Working with students from widely varied backgrounds and levels is my strength. While physics is my specialty, I'm also very comfortable tutoring algebra, geometry, pre-calc, trigonometry, writing, history, biology, or just study skills and organization. I can focus on one area in depth or spread my attention across multiple subjects.

You will find my communication style to be very personable, approachable, and upbeat. I am firm, fair, positive, and encouraging. I can tailor success strategies to many grades and skill levels. Tutoring sessions can be as regular or sporadic as needed, at whatever location works best.

Please consider me for facing a difficult subject, needing to catch up, or looking to gain a competitive advantage. I offer flexible, personalized, professional assistance. Looking forward to working with you and getting results!
My passion is unlocking student interest and potential in science & math, as well as promoting a well-rounded education. I'm a registered professional engineer, an active duty Naval Officer, but also a former full-time teacher of high Read more

Policies

Rate applies to within a 20 mi radius. Will travel as far as 70 mi with upward rate adjustment.

Travel Radius
Travels within 12 miles of Greenwich, CT 06830
Background Check: Passed

"AWESOME!"

- Nancy, Carlsbad, CA on 6/1/11

"Helps her understand"

- Jean, Norwalk, CT on 2/23/16

"Good job."

- Sherry, Carlsbad, CA on 10/1/13

"Great Tutor"

- Quiana, Hayward, CA on 5/31/13

"Really connected"

- SUSIE, Solana Beach, CA on 1/9/13

"Wonderful!"

- Cindy, Encinitas, CA on 4/28/12

"Really misplaced"

- David, San Clemente, CA on 10/25/11
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Trigonometry
Science:
Biology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Physical Science, Physics
English:
Proofreading, Public Speaking, Vocabulary, Writing
History:
American History, Geography, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Track & Field

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.

Physics

Physics is my forte, and I take great pride in successfully teaching it to students who are confused, discouraged, or uninterested at first. Even for more adept students, I can help simplify and streamline the concepts, making them far more "digestible" and mentally accessible. I also ensure the student gets the most points available to him/her.

Study Skills

Much of my tutoring and teaching experience is in the area of general organization, motivation, and study skills. When I was a full-time science teacher at an inner city high school (Marist High School, Bayonne, NJ), I found that much of the extra help I would give students had to begin with getting them organized and to adopt successful study habits. By teaching the habits and practices that allowed me to succeed as an undergrad and graduate student, as well as a naval officer (since 2000), I found consistent improvements in my students.

In the Navy, I have completed several leadership courses (Basic Officer Leadership Training, Advanced Officer Leadership Training, Department Head Leadership, etc.) that emphasized time management and organization on both personal and organizational levels. These courses explored various methods, including those of Stephen Covey, Lean, and 6 Sigma. Additionally, the courses I took while getting my teaching license in the State of New Jersey also reinforced these concepts and more, including Multiple Intelligence Theory.

I have at least two current students that I tutor through WyzAnt with who I spend entire sessions on methods of organization, note-taking, and other study skills. It would be most accurate for me to submit such lessons under the subject of study skills.

Writing

The problem with today's language arts curricula is that not enough emphasis and practice is vested in the art and science of writing clearly and concisely. As an outsider to the Language Arts community, but one with extensive writing experience, I demystify the skill and quickly teach how to adopt effective structure, grammar, vocabulary, and syntax.

The United States Naval Academy
Ocean Engineering
Rutgers University - Graduate School of Engineering
Master's

Education

The United States Naval Academy (Ocean Engineering)

Rutgers University - Graduate School of Engineering (Master's)

AWESOME! — Steve never missed a beat and I am sooooo grateful for his knowledge, care and patience. ...

— Nancy, Carlsbad, CA on 6/1/11

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $95.00

Rate applies to within a 20 mi radius. Will travel as far as 70 mi with upward rate adjustment.

Travel policy

Steve will travel within 12 miles of Greenwich, CT 06830.