Finding Pleasure in Mathematics and Physics
Finding Pleasure in Mathematics and Physics
I have a B.S in Mathematics from FGCU plus about 18 graduate credits. I also have a knack for taking cryptic symbols and frustrating problems and turning them into meaningful relationships and intuitive solutions. Granted, I was trained technically, and so I tend to talk technically, but I always try to keep in mind that if I explain something like the "Leading Coefficient Test" and I start talking about degrees of polynomials and end behavior and terms and coefficients, that the person on...
I have a B.S in Mathematics from FGCU plus about 18 graduate credits. I also have a knack for taking cryptic symbols and frustrating problems and turning them into meaningful relationships and intuitive solutions. Granted, I was trained technically, and so I tend to talk technically, but I always try to keep in mind that if I explain something like the "Leading Coefficient Test" and I start talking about degrees of polynomials and end behavior and terms and coefficients, that the person on the other end (you) might not know what any of those things are! So I take time to check for understanding, and often times "explain" the explanation.
Whether you are an upper level math student that just needs to understand things better, or someone with a very weak background in math who needs things explained from the ground up, I have a lot to offer you. I have successfully helped struggling students pass their CLAST exam, and I have helped MBA students work through the calculus in their economics course.
What I have trouble with, is when students want to "decorate the penthouse" before they finish "building the lobby." I see that a lot in Statistics. I get students who when the course gets hard, they call up their tutor, and they want to do confidence intervals when they barely understood Z-scores! It does not work that way.
It took me a little while to get good at explaining math. I always worked on the premise that nothing should be taken for granted. But, to actually find all the things I did take for granted and didn't see at first, took time. But I have had my practice, far beyond my Wyzant 100+ hours experience.
While I was working on my undergraduate degree (2006-2008), I was teaching Intermediate and College Algebra labs at FGCU as well as tutoring for "Adaptive Services" and the "Center for Academic Achievement." It was during this time that I grew to love teaching. I then had the wonderful opportunity to teach AP Calculus and AP Statistics at Seacrest in Naples FL, while their main teacher was out on her maternity leave. To date, I have taught Geometry, Algebra, Precalulus, AP Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Physics, and various other math and science courses,
I am extremely well versed in Algebra, Precalculus, and Calculus. I am always striving to find unique ways to explain points that most students miss and most teachers take for granted. I like to teach by example. I do a little bit of theory, I have the student follow me through a problem, then I let the student take the wheel and lead me though a problem. I have more patience than most doctors. (pun) So no matter what your level is, I can help you excel. The only thing I can't supply is the desire. But as long as you have the desire, I can take care of the rest.
Outside of my teaching and tutoring, there are a few important things that occupy my time. I use my technical abilities to do sound engineering for my church. Most of time I am the guy you see in the booth running the sound board. Occasionally I'll get on an instrument and play. I also enjoy designing circuits and I bring my knowledge of circuits into my teaching because 1) I love doing it and 2) if I didn't, I would have very little time for it. Most importantly I have my wife and daughter and my rescue dog. My daughter Katherine is growing up at breakneck speed. That's why I value my time so highly.
Patient. Knowledgeable . Flexible . A joy. My 17 year old has improved his Physics grade with multiple sessions over two weeks. Philip is very prompt and communicative .Jennifer, 10 lessons with Philip
I was terrified to take statistics. It is great to have Philip there to help explain some of the concepts of what I am doing. It gives me great peace of mind to do some questions with him then actually know what I am talking about. He is very patient even if I make simple mistakes. I surely could not have gotten this far without him.Teresa, 10 lessons with Philip
My grandson needed help with math. However, he refused to have a tutor. Phil somehow managed not only to help him with math, but also found that very difficult way to a teenager to earn his trust. Today he has a B, but without Phil, it would be C or D. We are so grateful to WyzAnt and Phil. He is a great math tutor, who also has a talent to work and interact with kids.Darina, 8 lessons with Philip
Very Helpful and Easy to Reach
Phil is professional and is GREAT with Calculus 2. I found it extremely difficult to find a tutor that is proficient and can tutor upper level math courses that are taught at the university level, until I contacted him! He is patient, and always works with my schedule to meet with me on the weekends when I am free. I highly recommend Phil to anyone struggling in any math course!Shelby, 11 lessons with Philip
Philip is an awesome tutor. Very patient but holds you accountable as well. I look forward to my AHA! moments every time we meet.Erik, 6 lessons with Philip
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