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Steve E.

Acton, MA

$70/hr

Math & Physics Tutor for High School - Teacher and Engineer

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Great tutor!
— Elaine, Sudbury, MA on 11/2/11

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RPI
BSEE
Tufts University
Master's

Education

RPI (BSEE)

Tufts University (Master's)

About Steve

I'm a high school math teacher and tutor, MA licensed and certified, tutoring students at grades 9-12. I'm a good teacher, listen and explain things well, enjoy teens and am patient and understanding. I have excellent tutoring references. I am the father of 3 teens, and have been a soccer coach, youth group leader, and scouting leader. I am also an engineering and business professional with BS and MS degrees.

I tutor Algebra, Geometry, Pre-calculus, Algebra 2, Analysis, Trigonometry, Calculus, and Physics. Seasonally I work with students on SAT preparation, which I love and excel at. I have worked successfully with students of all abilities, from Honors to Summer School.

I work in Acton and Concord and surrounding towns, (Stow, Boxborough, Harvard, Sudbury, Maynard, Littleton) and along the Route 2 corridor, including Harvard, Lancaster, Ayer.

Please contact me for questions or to setup an initial brief meeting, so I can learn your student's needs and your objectives, and for you and your student to see if it's a good fit.
I'm a high school math teacher and tutor, MA licensed and certified, tutoring students at grades 9-12. I'm a good teacher, listen and explain things well, enjoy teens and am patient and understanding. I have excellent tutoring references. I am the father of 3 teens, and have been a Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

SATURDAY AFTERNOONS NOW AVAILABLE! Travel charge for extra distances.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Acton, MA 01720
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"Great tutor!"

- Elaine, Sudbury, MA on 11/2/11

"Helped my daughter's SAT score "

- Ying, Acton, MA on 5/27/15

"Very efficient communication and logistics planning; patient, detailed Physics/math tutoring for my son."

- Kate, Acton, MA on 2/25/15

"Great Geometry Lessons"

- Lisa, Acton, MA on 1/23/15

"Very Responsible and Patient Tutor"

- Yang, Acton, MA on 4/1/14

"Excellent Math Tutor!"

- Michelle, Acton, MA on 4/30/13

"Great tutor, very reliable"

- Mary Kay, Berlin, MA on 9/25/12

"Outstanding Tutor Hire Him ASAP"

- Christine, Stow, MA on 4/2/10

"Excellent Tutor - 9th grade honors algebra"

- Robert, Marlborough, MA on 2/3/10

"Excellent tutor!"

- Cheryl, Acton, MA on 1/15/10
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Geometry,
Prealgebra, Precalculus,
Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
Physical Science, Physics
Business:
GMAT, GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Geometry,
Physics,
Prealgebra, Precalculus,
SAT Math, Statistics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ASVAB, GED, GMAT, GRE, SAT Math
Corporate Training:
GMAT, Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Algebra 1

I have 5 years of experience teaching high school math including Algebra 1, and have tutored dozens of Algebra students one-on-one.

Algebra is such a fundamental skill for all further math courses, that it really needs to be mastered. And to do so, students need to have solid capabilities from earlier pre-algebra years, such as with arithmetic, fractions, decimals, negative numbers. I assess those abilities early in our sessions together, and incorporate practice as needed. Then students are more successful in learning the so-important skills in Algebra such as solving equations and inequalities, graphing functions, factoring, solving word problems.

I make sure they master the Algebra topics, and often while relating them to each student's own interest such as sports, music, gaming, dance, or possible career path, and occasionally using on-line drills and games for fun and skill-building. My students improve their mastery, confidence, and grades.

Algebra 2

I have 5 years of experience teaching high school math including Algebra 2, and have tutored dozens of Algebra 2 students one-on-one.
A frequent downfall of students in Algebra 2 is weakness on fundamentals from earlier grades, such as in equation solving, graphing, working with negative numbers, fractions, and exponents. I look at these skills early in our sessions together, and incorporate strengthening exercises as needed. Then we can more successfully access Algebra 2 topics without continually tripping when solving problems in such topics as Quadratic and Polynomial Functions and Inequalities, Trigonometry, Conic Sections, Rational Expressions and Equations, Exponential and Logarithmic relations.
I have a good track record of raising students' skills and grades.

Geometry

I have 5 years of experience teaching high school Geometry, and have tutored dozens of Geometry students one-on-one.
Students are 1st introduced to the use of logic in high school geometry, and this is a new skill to develop, and essential to complete proofs.
This is the biggest help I give Geometry students - I have them approach a problem both from the conclusion, working backward ("for this to be true, what do I need? How can I get that?") and forward ("Given this, what does it do for me? And what else can I get from it? How does it link to what I need?"). I have THEM talk out the problem using this logic, with a little coaching, until they have solved it, and then they can write proofs with ease.
I also enhance learning and test performance by understanding just where students are often weak, and making sure they have solid skills in the many Geometry topics such as Parallel Lines & Angles, Transformations, Right Triangles and Trigonometry, Circles, Sectors, Tangents, etc.

Physics

I have a deep understanding of physics from my education and work as an engineer, and have tutored more than a dozen students in Physics, so far. Students seem to have the most trouble in a few areas:
-In mechanics, after studying motion in 1 and 2 dimensions, force, and friction, then analyzing complex motion problems such as objects on an incline, using pulleys, or with multiple forces.
-Electrical circuits with multiple branches.
-Understanding & working with myriad new units of measure (Newtons, Joules, Coulombs, Watts, Volts, Amps, etc).

I help students with a more organized and thoughtful approach to problem solving, and to develop a deeper understanding and insight into the big ideas in Physics (and have raised grades as a result).

Precalculus

I have 5 years of experience as a High School Math teacher, depth in math topics in Calculus and beyond from my education and work as an engineer, and have a dozen or more Precalculus students one-on-one.

Precalculus is both preparation for a following calculus course, AND often a last course in discrete math, so it covers a wide range of topics, some of which are not specifically useful to calculus (such as probability and combinatorics). It relies on solid skills from previous courses in Algebra 1 and 2.

I find that students are often challenged in precalculus by the depth of thought, longer procedures, new material not seen in earlier courses, and by their need to use skills from earlier courses such as in function analysis and graphing, equation solving, exponents and logarithms. I work with them to gain understanding of the new material, and to successfully apply a wide range of necessary skills, increasing their mastery, confidence, and grades.

RPI
BSEE
Tufts University
Master's

Education

RPI (BSEE)

Tufts University (Master's)

Great tutor! — I am extremely pleased with the help Steve has been able to give my daughter in Geometry. He explains the material thoroughly, is extremely patient, and in a very short time, we have seen very positive results on her tests and work at school! He is very responsive, even was able to schedule additional sessions before a test. Clearly, Steve made a difference for our daughter! ...

— Elaine, Sudbury, MA on 11/2/11

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $70.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

SATURDAY AFTERNOONS NOW AVAILABLE! Travel charge for extra distances.

Travel policy

Steve will travel within 15 miles of Acton, MA 01720.

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