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Robert Z.

Enthusiastic Explainer: Physics & Math

Enthusiastic Explainer: Physics & Math

$65/hour

  • 5,532 hours tutoring

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Why should you choose me to improve your understanding of physics or math?
A physics major at Cornell, I have 16 years of experience teaching it in grades 9-12. I designed a combined physics/pre-calculus double course meeting daily in back-to-back periods. After earning my M.Ed., I took another 7 courses in Applied Math, mostly in probability/statistics. I am patient, with a good sense of humor

Why should you choose me to improve your understanding of physics or math?
A physics major at Cornell, I have 16 years of experience teaching it in grades 9-12. I designed a combined physics/pre-calculus double course meeting daily in back-to-back periods. After earning my M.Ed., I took another 7 courses in Applied Math, mostly in probability/statistics. I am patient, with a good sense of humor


Education

Cornell University
Physics
Northeastern University, Boston
MEd
Northeastern University, Boston
Graduate Coursework

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Subjects

Business

Financial Accounting,

Financial Accounting

I have worked with students in financial management, typically after they have worked with me on basic math courses.
Project Management

Project Management

While leading software software development teams, I studied Project Management in a professional development course at Northeastern University. I developed expertise in constructing Gantt charts and identifying the critical path. Until retirement from industry, I maintained PMP (Project Management Professional) certification.

Corporate Training

Statistics

Statistics

Mastery of basic statistics is a common need for work in both the natural and social sciences. I have tutored 63 statistics students: secondary, undergraduate, and graduate students.

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Introductory Algebra is the most important math course most secondary students will take. Not only does it lay the foundation for more advanced courses, it also teaches the student how to take real-life problems and translate them into the language of mathematics where they can be solved by some simple manipulations. I tutor all secondary level math subjects, and always seem to have one or two that are in Algebra 1.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is one of the subjects for which I have tutored several student every year. There are some areas that students tend to find difficult, such as matrices, where this may be their first exposure. Other areas are slight expansions over the Algebra 1 material. Usually, the syllabus also includes logarithms and some trigonometry, and I'm very comfortable explaining these more advanced topics.
Biology,

Biology

Although the focus of biology shifts faster than the other core sciences, much of the basic knowledge that I mastered in college (scoring an A+) is still relevant today. Also, I emphasize the scientific method, which is often first encountered in the context of biology experiments. In addition, I studied animal behavior (neuroscience) with one of the world's most renowned ornithologist.
Calculus,

Calculus

As a physics specialist, calculus has been the "tool of the trade" most often used. This past year, I had as many students getting help in calculus as in physics. Calculus can be studied at many different levels. Thorough understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of this powerful tool can be left to the math majors. Those who ask for help in a calculus course are most often taking it as a requirement for a technical field. Here, the practical application of derivatives and integrals are what is important. I am very experienced in helping students apply the basic principles of calculus to real-life problems.
Geometry,

Geometry

Most students find geometry to be more abstract and challenging than algebra. While the outcomes may be easily understood for someone with a good sense of spatial relationships, formulating a proof requires careful discipline not previously expected. With my patience and experience, I can help students learn how to lay out a valid path of logical deduction as well as apply the theorem results to solve problems.
Physics,

Physics

As you can see from my profile, physics is my specialty. In an average year, I tutor about 20 physics students at both the high school and college level.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

A high school precalculus course typically contains a wide variety of topics, more so than calculus itself, which takes a narrower set of ideas to greater depth and application. With my experience and WyzAnt certifications including all secondary math subjects, I am able to help make the more esoteric topics understandable: operations on complex numbers; exponential, logistic, and logarithmic functions, and analytic trigonometry. Some accelerated courses also cover matrix algebra, analytic geometry, as well as discrete mathematics (probability and statistics, sequences, and infinite series), all of which I can help you through. 71 of my students have been for precalculus, so I am aware of all the pitfalls and trouble spots.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

SAT remains the most widely accepted standardized test for college admissions. Having existed for many decades, it is well understood, and excellent study materials are available. I use those materials, along with my personal savvy about test-taking, to help improve students' scores. The overwhelming majority of my 56 SAT students are getting help with math, which is my particular strength for standardized test preparation.
Statistics

Statistics

Mastery of basic statistics is a common need for work in both the natural and social sciences. I have tutored 63 statistics students: secondary, undergraduate, and graduate students.

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Introductory Algebra is the most important math course most secondary students will take. Not only does it lay the foundation for more advanced courses, it also teaches the student how to take real-life problems and translate them into the language of mathematics where they can be solved by some simple manipulations. I tutor all secondary level math subjects, and always seem to have one or two that are in Algebra 1.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is one of the subjects for which I have tutored several student every year. There are some areas that students tend to find difficult, such as matrices, where this may be their first exposure. Other areas are slight expansions over the Algebra 1 material. Usually, the syllabus also includes logarithms and some trigonometry, and I'm very comfortable explaining these more advanced topics.
Calculus,

Calculus

As a physics specialist, calculus has been the "tool of the trade" most often used. This past year, I had as many students getting help in calculus as in physics. Calculus can be studied at many different levels. Thorough understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of this powerful tool can be left to the math majors. Those who ask for help in a calculus course are most often taking it as a requirement for a technical field. Here, the practical application of derivatives and integrals are what is important. I am very experienced in helping students apply the basic principles of calculus to real-life problems.
Discrete Math,

Discrete Math

I was a physics major at Cornell. "Discrete math" is less well defined as a subject than algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or calculus. The emphasis of a school's particular course will vary according to the program(s) for which it is required. At the introductory level, it might be called "finite" math and include topics important for business majors, such as probability, linear programming (optimization), and matrices. Higher level courses might deal with information theory, logic, graph theory, and operations research. Before taking on a discrete math student, I need to get some idea of what level they are studying. So long as it isn't an upper level college course such as set theory or topology, I can put together a suitable tutoring agenda.
Geometry,

Geometry

Most students find geometry to be more abstract and challenging than algebra. While the outcomes may be easily understood for someone with a good sense of spatial relationships, formulating a proof requires careful discipline not previously expected. With my patience and experience, I can help students learn how to lay out a valid path of logical deduction as well as apply the theorem results to solve problems.
Physics,

Physics

As you can see from my profile, physics is my specialty. In an average year, I tutor about 20 physics students at both the high school and college level.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

A high school precalculus course typically contains a wide variety of topics, more so than calculus itself, which takes a narrower set of ideas to greater depth and application. With my experience and WyzAnt certifications including all secondary math subjects, I am able to help make the more esoteric topics understandable: operations on complex numbers; exponential, logistic, and logarithmic functions, and analytic trigonometry. Some accelerated courses also cover matrix algebra, analytic geometry, as well as discrete mathematics (probability and statistics, sequences, and infinite series), all of which I can help you through. 71 of my students have been for precalculus, so I am aware of all the pitfalls and trouble spots.
Probability,

Probability

Probability as a mathematical discipline has a lot of interesting and practical applications, and it forms a foundation for the study of statistics. My experience with probability includes several graduate-level courses in that area.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

SAT remains the most widely accepted standardized test for college admissions. Having existed for many decades, it is well understood, and excellent study materials are available. I use those materials, along with my personal savvy about test-taking, to help improve students' scores. The overwhelming majority of my 56 SAT students are getting help with math, which is my particular strength for standardized test preparation.
Statistics,

Statistics

Mastery of basic statistics is a common need for work in both the natural and social sciences. I have tutored 63 statistics students: secondary, undergraduate, and graduate students.
Trigonometry

Trigonometry

Although not emphasized in mathematics curricula as it used to be, trigonometry is one of the most useful subjects. For instance, it can be used for figuring unknown distances to inaccessible places. Having taught physics for years, trigonometry has been a part of many of the activities. It is just one of the many secondary level math courses that I currently tutor.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Introductory Algebra is the most important math course most secondary students will take. Not only does it lay the foundation for more advanced courses, it also teaches the student how to take real-life problems and translate them into the language of mathematics where they can be solved by some simple manipulations. I tutor all secondary level math subjects, and always seem to have one or two that are in Algebra 1.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is one of the subjects for which I have tutored several student every year. There are some areas that students tend to find difficult, such as matrices, where this may be their first exposure. Other areas are slight expansions over the Algebra 1 material. Usually, the syllabus also includes logarithms and some trigonometry, and I'm very comfortable explaining these more advanced topics.
Biology,

Biology

Although the focus of biology shifts faster than the other core sciences, much of the basic knowledge that I mastered in college (scoring an A+) is still relevant today. Also, I emphasize the scientific method, which is often first encountered in the context of biology experiments. In addition, I studied animal behavior (neuroscience) with one of the world's most renowned ornithologist.
Calculus,

Calculus

As a physics specialist, calculus has been the "tool of the trade" most often used. This past year, I had as many students getting help in calculus as in physics. Calculus can be studied at many different levels. Thorough understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of this powerful tool can be left to the math majors. Those who ask for help in a calculus course are most often taking it as a requirement for a technical field. Here, the practical application of derivatives and integrals are what is important. I am very experienced in helping students apply the basic principles of calculus to real-life problems.
Geometry,

Geometry

Most students find geometry to be more abstract and challenging than algebra. While the outcomes may be easily understood for someone with a good sense of spatial relationships, formulating a proof requires careful discipline not previously expected. With my patience and experience, I can help students learn how to lay out a valid path of logical deduction as well as apply the theorem results to solve problems.
Physics,

Physics

As you can see from my profile, physics is my specialty. In an average year, I tutor about 20 physics students at both the high school and college level.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

A high school precalculus course typically contains a wide variety of topics, more so than calculus itself, which takes a narrower set of ideas to greater depth and application. With my experience and WyzAnt certifications including all secondary math subjects, I am able to help make the more esoteric topics understandable: operations on complex numbers; exponential, logistic, and logarithmic functions, and analytic trigonometry. Some accelerated courses also cover matrix algebra, analytic geometry, as well as discrete mathematics (probability and statistics, sequences, and infinite series), all of which I can help you through. 71 of my students have been for precalculus, so I am aware of all the pitfalls and trouble spots.
Statistics

Statistics

Mastery of basic statistics is a common need for work in both the natural and social sciences. I have tutored 63 statistics students: secondary, undergraduate, and graduate students.

Science

Biology,

Biology

Although the focus of biology shifts faster than the other core sciences, much of the basic knowledge that I mastered in college (scoring an A+) is still relevant today. Also, I emphasize the scientific method, which is often first encountered in the context of biology experiments. In addition, I studied animal behavior (neuroscience) with one of the world's most renowned ornithologist.
Physical Science,

Physical Science

As a physics specialist, Physical Science comes easy. My public school teaching experience includes both 8th and 9th grade Physical Science. I am eager to take your child as far as s/he is willing and able to go in discovering the physical world.
Physics

Physics

As you can see from my profile, physics is my specialty. In an average year, I tutor about 20 physics students at both the high school and college level.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Introductory Algebra is the most important math course most secondary students will take. Not only does it lay the foundation for more advanced courses, it also teaches the student how to take real-life problems and translate them into the language of mathematics where they can be solved by some simple manipulations. I tutor all secondary level math subjects, and always seem to have one or two that are in Algebra 1.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is one of the subjects for which I have tutored several student every year. There are some areas that students tend to find difficult, such as matrices, where this may be their first exposure. Other areas are slight expansions over the Algebra 1 material. Usually, the syllabus also includes logarithms and some trigonometry, and I'm very comfortable explaining these more advanced topics.
Biology,

Biology

Although the focus of biology shifts faster than the other core sciences, much of the basic knowledge that I mastered in college (scoring an A+) is still relevant today. Also, I emphasize the scientific method, which is often first encountered in the context of biology experiments. In addition, I studied animal behavior (neuroscience) with one of the world's most renowned ornithologist.
Calculus,

Calculus

As a physics specialist, calculus has been the "tool of the trade" most often used. This past year, I had as many students getting help in calculus as in physics. Calculus can be studied at many different levels. Thorough understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of this powerful tool can be left to the math majors. Those who ask for help in a calculus course are most often taking it as a requirement for a technical field. Here, the practical application of derivatives and integrals are what is important. I am very experienced in helping students apply the basic principles of calculus to real-life problems.
Geometry,

Geometry

Most students find geometry to be more abstract and challenging than algebra. While the outcomes may be easily understood for someone with a good sense of spatial relationships, formulating a proof requires careful discipline not previously expected. With my patience and experience, I can help students learn how to lay out a valid path of logical deduction as well as apply the theorem results to solve problems.
Physics,

Physics

As you can see from my profile, physics is my specialty. In an average year, I tutor about 20 physics students at both the high school and college level.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

SAT remains the most widely accepted standardized test for college admissions. Having existed for many decades, it is well understood, and excellent study materials are available. I use those materials, along with my personal savvy about test-taking, to help improve students' scores. The overwhelming majority of my 56 SAT students are getting help with math, which is my particular strength for standardized test preparation.
Statistics

Statistics

Mastery of basic statistics is a common need for work in both the natural and social sciences. I have tutored 63 statistics students: secondary, undergraduate, and graduate students.

Test Preparation

SAT Math

SAT Math

SAT remains the most widely accepted standardized test for college admissions. Having existed for many decades, it is well understood, and excellent study materials are available. I use those materials, along with my personal savvy about test-taking, to help improve students' scores. The overwhelming majority of my 56 SAT students are getting help with math, which is my particular strength for standardized test preparation.

Examples of Expertise


Robert has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 100 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

5.0 (1,382 ratings)
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4 star
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3 star
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Reviews


Great tutor

Robert taught my son AP physics and did a great job in helping him with homework and preparing for exams. We continue to take lessons from Robert on an ongoing basis

MARIA, 5 lessons with Robert

Helpful

I had a stats question and Bob was very thorough and understanding. He came up with a solution, explained it to me in simple terms, and educated me a little bit about why we went that direction. Very easy going. Very easy to talk to. Very uneasy to understand why. I’ll first turn to Bob if I have any more questions in the future. Thanks!

Aaron, 1 lesson with Robert

Outstanding teacher!!!

Mr. Z is a great teacher! He helped me understand physics concepts and prepare for an exam. He was patient in helping me with review problems and provided clear explanations. I will definitely contact him again for help in physics! Thank you!!

Liam, 5 lessons with Robert

Great tutor!

Robert has been helping me for the last 3 weeks on SSAT and he has helped me improve a lot. He is a great teacher that will have every lesson ready and that will give you tips on how to improve.

Marina , 21 lessons with Robert

College Calculus-2: He got the job done!

I'll echo the other reviews that say Robert is effective, pleasant, knowledgeable and works well with his students. More important, Robert produces results, and that's what really matters. We had something of a disaster brewing and Robert saved the day. My son had to take a very fast paced college calc-II course this summer. Half way through the course things looked very bleak and without a solid C he couldn't continue in the Engineering program in the fall. In about 2 weeks of hard work the two of them pulled off a small miracle, culminating with an 82% in the final exam. Robert saved the day!

Bob, 6 lessons with Robert

Great tutor! Patient and explains everything very well.

Goes in depth and answers all your questions! Goes the extra mile to help you out and is very kind. 5 stars, would recommend! Overall great tutor and knows what he is doing!!

Diana, 1 lesson with Robert

Worked on magnetism

Robert helped my son study for a physics exam. He said that Robert was very helpful, patient, and explained things well. Will definitely work with him again. Thank you!

Debbie, 1 lesson with Robert

Thank you, Robert!!

Robert has been a game changer for my daughter; he has helped her improve her overall Math grade, but most importantly, she is confident in her ability to do well in Math. Robert came highly recommended, and I will continue to recommend him to anyone needing help. He is a wonderful teacher, patient, and extremely flexible with regard to scheduling. After every session with Bob, my daughter has a BIG smile on her face, and her first words are “I get it now!”

Vivian, 10 lessons with Robert

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

Bob was quick to respond and met with my son within a day or two. He then assessed his needs in probability /statistics. Bob's approach put my son at ease. My son liked Bob and of course he will continue to use his services.

Brian, 2 lessons with Robert
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