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Jason B.

Bloomington, IN

$35/hour

20 years Electronics Engineer, Experienced Math and Science Tutor

Background check passed as of 9/21/15
4.9 average from 89 ratings
Physics help
— Elisa, Morgan Hill, CA on 2/27/16

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LeTourneau University - Bachelor of Science
Electrical Engineering
University of Oklahoma - Physics
Graduate Coursework

Education

LeTourneau University - Bachelor of Science (Electrical Engineering)

University of Oklahoma - Physics (Graduate Coursework)

About Jason

I have considerable experience effectively tutoring students of various ages in a variety of science and mathematics topics. I have a proven track-record tutoring students both in-person and on-line. In addition to my private tutoring experience, I also have experience tutoring at the local community college.

My love of science started as a young child. As soon as I could read, I consumed everything I could find on almost every subject. I was especially drawn to physics, astronomy, and chemistry. My electrical engineering career started at the age of six when I got shocked plugging in the toaster! I received a 50-in-one project kit for my birthday at the age of 11 or 12 and began building circuits and experimenting with oscillators, radio receivers, electromagnets, electrolysis, and optics. I was very interested in high voltage circuits, lasers, and particle accelerators. I soon discovered the wonders of crystal radio receivers and and shortwave broadcasts that could be picked up from around the world merely using simple tuned circuits and long-wire antennas. I took classes on electronics technology during both my Junior and Senior years of high-school as an elective. At university, I completed a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, I worked as an electronics engineer for more than 18 years, developing automated test systems for military avionics.

I never lost my childhood curiosity and love of learning. I am passionate about science, mathematics, and education. I have a long history of "hands-on" experience experimenting, building, and teaching others in a variety of settings. In my professional experience, I repeatedly took on unfamiliar challenges, conquered them, and passed on the resulting knowledge and experience to my colleagues. In my recent roll as a senior level engineer and project leader, I mentored less experienced colleagues in my area of expertise. They went on to become confident productive contributors as a result. I have been tutoring and teaching my own children in science and mathematics for several years at the high-school, middle school, and elementary school levels. When I was in high school, I remember my classmates continually coming to me for explanations of confusing concepts because I had a "knack" for making things clear.

If you find that you are just not "getting it", I can help!

I am comfortable using both Skype and Wyzant's on-line tutoring space. I prefer Wyzant's on-line tutoring space because of it's unique collaborative work-space and drawing tools. In a few instances, I have successfully tutored students over the phone using only an audio connection. In most cases I am willing to look at course materials and homework questions ahead of time to better prepare for the tutoring session. My video tutoring sessions are as close as possible to having me right there in the room with you. I am flexible on methods and will adjust as needed to accommodate technical difficulties or if I find the particular method of communication is not working effectively.

My favorite subjects include: Physics, Astronomy, Linear Electrical Circuit Analysis, Pre-calculus, and Trigonometry.
I have considerable experience effectively tutoring students of various ages in a variety of science and mathematics topics. I have a proven track-record tutoring students both in-person and on-line. In addition to my private Read more

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I may discount my rate for high-school students on a case-by-case basis.

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Travels within 25 miles of Bloomington, IN 47403
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"Physics help"

- Elisa, Morgan Hill, CA on 2/27/16

"Very helpful!"

- Susan, Bloomington, IN on 11/22/16

"Good first session!"

- Kirsten, Bloomington, IN on 9/19/16

"Very knowledgeable!"

- Dan, Dallas, TX on 1/11/16

"First Session"

- Annie, Gosport, IN on 11/6/15

"Pleasant, sincere, and dedicated"

- Amy, Bloomington, IN on 10/27/15

"Very helpful!"

- Shelby, Naples, FL on 10/2/15

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor"

- Gavin, Kapolei, HI on 9/27/15

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Algebra 1

Algebra is one of the subjects where students often get confused and discouraged. I believe that many of the difficulties are overcome by careful attention to the steps and showing all all of your work. There is a symmetry and pattern to algebra that can be very helpful. I believe that many students who struggle with algebra don't realize that they already intuitively know much of it, but are not able to recognize what they know, because it is written in a "language" that is unfamiliar to them. I can help them to become more comfortable with this new "language" that is the leap from the familiar concrete world of arithmetic to the unfamiliar abstract world of symbolic mathematics.

Algebra 2

As an engineer and amateur scientist, I use algebra all the time to solve real world problems. I use it to understand circuit designs. I use it to design and build bamboo flutes. I even use algebra to manage our family's finances. I believe having practical applications is very helpful to students who are struggling to understand abstract concepts. I can bring that "real world" example to the tutoring session to help the student "get" it.

Astronomy

Astronomy is one of my greatest passions. I consume everything I can find on this fascinating subject. I have a solid conceptual grasp of the relative size scales and distances in our universe, as well as the physics, chemistry, and techniques used by astronomers to understand the composition and behavior of stars, planets and galaxies. I also have a clear understanding of how the discoveries of modern physics (i.e. quantum mechanics and general relativity) have joined the disciplines of chemistry and physics into a powerful tool for understanding the inner workings of stars and galaxies through observational data and theoretical modeling. I especially love telling students about the astronomical distance ladder, stellar life-cycles, and the process of nuclear fusion which forges the all chemical elements from which we ourselves are made within the fiery cores of massive stars!

Calculus

I have experience and a comfort level with differential and integral calculus from my university studies in electrical engineering as well as my many years of experience working as an engineer. I also have experience applying the concepts of calculus to problems in classical mechanics, electromagnetic fields and waves, and linear circuit analysis.

Chemistry

Chemistry was the first subject in which I remember many of my high-school classmates coming to me for help, even during class. I often would "translate" what the teacher was saying for many in my class who just weren't "getting" it. I found that I had a "knack" for explaining things in ways that other students could more easily understand. This process also helped me gain a more solid grasp on the subject myself.

Electrical Engineering

I have a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering as well as 18+ years of experience developing and maintaining automated test systems for the testing of avionics in digital, analog, and radio frequency technologies. I am comfortable with DC and AC linear circuit analysis as well as basic analog and digital circuit design concepts. I have a working comfort level with radio frequency electronics concepts including impedance matching on antennas and transmission lines as well as grounding, shielding, and noise issues. My programming experience is mainly in an object oriented test language known as Agilent Vee, although I do have some experience with NI LabView and LabWindows CVI.

Geometry

My experience in geometry is directly related to the applications of it in so many other areas of science and mathematics. In electrical and mechanical engineering courses, vector mathematics is used extensively, which draws upon a whole host of geometrical concepts and applies them in multiple practical ways.

Physical Science

I am an electrical engineer by vocation and training, and an amateur scientist by passion and choice. I love to play with scientific concepts. The world is full of interesting phenomena that can be explored in various ways. I advocate a "hands-on" approach to science. Many really neat experiments and demonstrations can be safely and inexpensively conducted at home without complicated equipment. I can help the curious and budding young scientists find new and interesting ways to learn about the physical world.

Physics

Physics is the basis of all understanding of the physical world at its most fundamental level. As an engineer and amateur scientist, I put the concepts of electromagnetism, motion, forces, energy conversion, energy transfer, and optics to practical use in a variety of different ways. The beauty of the mathematics which describes the physical processes in the natural world is something that I am passionate about helping students to grasp and appreciate. Many of the concepts in physics are "variations on a theme" and the same mathematics applies to many very different topics (such as mechanical vibrations and electromagnetic waves or electric circuits and fluid dynamics). Classical Newtonian physics sets the foundation to take the "wild leap" later into the bizarre world of relativity and quantum mechanics, where time and space get "bent" and an electron can be in two places at once (as long as nobody is looking)!

Prealgebra

Pre-algebra is the bridge between the familiar world of concrete arithmetic to the more abstract concepts used in algebra. The analogy is that of going from learning the alphabet and spelling words, to sentence structure and complex grammar. Mathematics is a language for describing the physical world in order to understand it and to make predictions or solve problems. I can help students to see that the abstract mathematics that seems so strange is really just a different way of describing things that they already know intuitively because they experience them in the "real world" every day!

Precalculus

This subject is a natural extension of Algebra 2 and Trigonometry. I have used advanced algebra, trigonometry, and calculus in my electronics engineering career as well as in my hobby pursuits and home-brew science projects. I can help students understand the concepts and gain a mastery of the skills necessary to succeed in this subject.

Trigonometry

The trigonometric functions are used throughout all of the scientific and mathematical disciplines. I've used them in physics, electrical engineering, astronomy, and a host of other areas both in serious and hobby endeavors. This is a fascinating and useful topic.

LeTourneau University - Bachelor of Science
Electrical Engineering
University of Oklahoma - Physics
Graduate Coursework

Education

LeTourneau University - Bachelor of Science (Electrical Engineering)

University of Oklahoma - Physics (Graduate Coursework)

Physics help — Jason helps my daughter understand the concepts and how to solve physics problems. He has been instrumental in preparing her for physics exams both last semester and this semester. ...

— Elisa, Morgan Hill, CA on 2/27/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I may discount my rate for high-school students on a case-by-case basis.

Travel policy

Jason will travel within 25 miles of Bloomington, IN 47403.