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Robert Z.

Andover, MA

$70/hour

Enthusiastic Explainer: Physics & Math

4000+ Hours
Background check passed as of 11/4/15
5.0 average from 932 ratings
Responds promptly, very accommodating and A+ tutor
— Francee, Topsfield, MA on 4/15/15

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

Education

Cornell University (Physics)

Northeastern University, Boston (MEd)

Northeastern University, Boston (Graduate Coursework)

About Robert

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
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Cancellation
16 hours notice required

For Algebra 1 and 9th-grade Physical Science, I reduce my rate to $60.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Andover, MA 01810
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"Responds promptly, very accommodating and A+ tutor"

- Francee, Topsfield, MA on 4/15/15

"Doesn't Waste a Minute. Works Wonderfully With My Teenage Daughter"

- Stacey, Burlington, MA on 9/1/17

"Very Patient and Knowledgeable Tutor"

- Sabitha, Brentwood, TN on 7/17/17

"Excellent tutor"

- Stephen, Boxford, MA on 6/16/17

"Extremely knowledgeable and patient"

- Michael, Bolton, MA on 2/22/17

"Flexible and reliable."

- Traci, Andover, MA on 12/15/16

"Knowledgeable"

- Shannon, Winchester, MA on 12/9/16

"Great tutor!"

- Angel, Baton Rouge, LA on 8/26/16

"Very patient and thorough tutor!"

- Donna, Tewksbury, MA on 8/22/16

"Robert is great"

- Sean, Billerica, MA on 5/5/16

"Physics Pro!"

- Sydnie, Pleasanton, TX on 3/31/16

"Patient and knowledgable tutor"

- Sandra, Derry, NH on 3/24/16

"Knowledgable and Great Teacher"

- Karen, North Reading, MA on 3/4/16

"Great Tutor!"

- Cloe, Andover, MA on 2/9/16

"There when you need him"

- Kim, Brookline, MA on 1/28/16

"Very Happy"

- Denisse, Byfield, MA on 1/26/16

"Patience is a virtue, he has it."

- Cecilia, Hampstead, NH on 1/23/16

"Knowledgeable and Patient"

- Jessica, Plaistow, NH on 1/17/16

"Great Statistics Teacher!"

- Indu, Canonsburg, PA on 1/7/16

"Reading"

- Kelly, Northampton, MA on 1/5/16

"Very helpful and informative"

- Ainnir, Falmouth, ME on 12/21/15

"SSAT"

- Karen, Windham, NH on 10/8/15

"Excellent skills"

- Wendy, Salem, NH on 2/28/15

"Very patient and helpful!"

- Kristen, Tewksbury, MA on 1/26/15

"He is great, smart, and explains clearly and easily"

- Mona, Woburn, MA on 8/1/14

"Great tutor"

- Donna, Madison, AL on 4/12/14

"From a D to an A"

- Tasha, Paradise Valley, AZ on 4/1/14

"Great calculus tutor"

- Karol, Boxford, MA on 2/27/14

"Was able to adapt to my son's learning style."

- Julie, North Andover, MA on 1/19/14

"Brilliant and pleasant."

- Laura, Stoneham, MA on 11/1/13

"Very patient and kind"

- Rosemary, Nashua, NH on 9/11/13

"We are so happy with Bob."

- Darcy, Plaistow, NH on 8/19/13

"Great explanations for students"

- Cindy, Andover, MA on 5/23/13

"Rave review from parent and student"

- Kiley, Andover, MA on 4/15/13

"Patient, kind, great teacher."

- Adriana, Beverly, MA on 2/5/13

"Great tutor!"

- Peter, Melrose, MA on 11/1/12

"Fantastic!"

- Carleen, Salem, NH on 5/24/12

"Excellent and Timely Support"

- Charles, Carlisle, MA on 3/10/12
Science:
ACT Science,
Pharmacology, Physical Science,
Physics,
PSAT
Language:
Writing
History:
Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Spelling,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Business:
GMAT,
GRE,
Writing

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.

ACT English

The first ACT challenge is the English section. Improving passages with grammatical errors, problems with sentence structure, usage issues, or improper punctuation is a skill that can be mastered with practice. Cutting out words to reveal the skeletal structure of a sentence is often the quickest and surest way to correct grammar. When the excess is stripped away, bad grammar that's left will sound wrong. Slightly more difficult is the analysis of overall essay structure and rhetorical style.

My tutoring for this portion of the ACT would progress from the mechanical skills to the style choices, culminating in practice writing essays.

ACT Math

The Math section of the ACT tends to be straightforward (compared to the SAT). Mastery of basic concepts from pre-algebra through geometry is what is required for success, although there will be a few questions from introductory trigonometry thrown in.
My approach to tutoring for the Math section consists of working through practice test questions, stopping to correct misconceptions and re-teach basic concepts as needed. I also teach techniques for wrong answer elimination to improve results even when unable to work out the exact solution.

ACT Reading

The Reading section of the ACT is a challenge because of the time pressure. With less than a minute per question, students who are not rapid readers need a solid strategy for efficient use of their time.

My instruction for this portion of the test emphasizes how to identify the critical words, and then how to go back and forth from the questions to the passage to focus on the relevant details and block out those which are merely distractions.

ACT Science

It is important to realize that this portion of the ACT is Science REASONING. That means it is not a regurgitation of facts from your science courses. Cramming will not help.

The Science Reasoning test is very much like the Reading test with scientific topics. The specialized skills for achieving success include interpretation of graphs and illustrations; following description of experimental procedures and analyzing the results; and comparing conflicting theories.

As an experienced science teacher, these skills are the ones I have instilled in my students for many years.

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 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

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

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.

GMAT

The Graduate Management Assessment Test (GMAT) had a major change a few years ago. For the first time, there was a section on Integrated Reasoning, designed to measure a test taker’s ability to evaluate data presented in multiple formats from multiple sources.

The other sections (quantitative, verbal, analytical writing) are very similar to the SAT and GRE. I focus not only on the essential reading, quantitative, and writing skills, but also coach you on how to allocate your time during the test, how to analyze the structure of a question to gain insight into the probable answer, and how to improve your odds of guessing correctly.

My broad academic background and my exceptional performance on national standardized tests have prepared me well to provide tutoring assistance.

Grammar

Cutting out words to reveal the skeletal structure of a sentence is often the quickest and surest way to correct grammar. When the excess is stripped away, bad grammar that's left will sound wrong.

My approach to this subject is guided by the Common Core standard adopted by most states (including all of New England) several years ago. For each grade level, the standard states that the student is expected to "Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking." Of course, the specifics vary by grade level.

I utilize the materials from the student's class to advance his/her grammar skills.

GRE

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) was completely overhauled a few years ago. The biggest changes were to the verbal reasoning section.

The GRE is very similar to the SAT but with two essays instead of one in the Analytical Writing section, and more variety of question formats in the rest. I focus not only on the essential reading, quantitative, and writing skills, but also coach you on how to allocate your time during the test, how to analyze the structure of a question to gain insight into the probable answer, and how to improve your odds of guessing correctly.

My broad academic background and my exceptional performance on national standardized tests, including the GRE, have prepared me well to provide tutoring assistance.

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

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.

Prealgebra

Algebra goes down much easier if there's a solid prealgebra foundation in graphing, ratios, and exponents. Also important to be developed is the ability to read a word problem and translate it into mathematical terms. I take each student, young or old, where they are, and work with them until they are ready for the formality of an algebra course.

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. 63 of my students have been for precalculus, so I am aware of all the pitfalls and trouble spots.

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.

PSAT

My broad academic background prepared me well to provide tutoring assistance for the PSAT. Like the SAT exam, it covers writing, math, and reading comprehension skills. My tutoring strategy for PSAT utilizes published practice test guides.

Because of heavy dependence on multiple-choice questions, high scores on the PSAT are correlated with advanced test-taking skills. An experienced tutor not only focuses the student on the most important facts and concepts, but also provides coaching on how to allocate your time during the test, how to analyze the structure of a question to gain insight into the probable answer, and how to improve your odds of guessing correctly.

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 41 SAT students is getting help with math, which is my particular strength for standardized test preparation.

SAT Reading

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.

SAT Writing

For the new SAT, the Writing section (identifying sentence errors, correcting faulty sentences, and improving paragraphs) is given in the multiple choice format. Having existed for many decades, these parts are 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.

Spelling

Spelling is normally addressed as a separate ELA topic only in the primary grades. My approach to this subject is guided by the Common Core standard adopted by most states (including all of New England) several years ago. The specifics vary by grade level. For instance, third graders concentrate on the following skills: use conventional spelling for high-frequency and other studied words and for adding suffixes to base words (e.g., sitting, smiled, cries, happiness). Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts) in writing words. Consult reference materials, including beginning dictionaries, as needed to check and correct spellings. I utilize the materials from the student's class to advance those skills.

SSAT

My broad academic background prepared me well to provide tutoring assistance for the SSAT. Like the SAT exam, it covers writing, math, and reading comprehension skills. However, the verbal section includes synonyms and analogies that are no longer used as part of the SAT, but with which I am very familiar from earlier versions. My tutoring strategy for SSAT utilizes published practice test guides.

Because of heavy dependence on multiple-choice questions (except the writing sample, of course), high scores on SSAT are correlated with advanced test-taking skills. An experienced tutor not only focuses the student on the most important facts and concepts, but also provides coaching on how to allocate your time during the test, how to analyze the structure of a question to gain insight into the probable answer, and how to improve your odds of guessing correctly.

Statistics

Mastery of basic statistics is a common need for work in both the natural and social sciences. I have tutored 52 statistics students: secondary, undergraduate, and graduate students.

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.

Vocabulary

My approach to this subject is guided by the Common Core standard adopted by most states (including all of New England) two years ago. In general, the vocabulary standards focus on understanding words and phrases and their relationships. Of course, the specifics vary by grade level. For instance, eighth graders concentrate on the following skills:

• L.8.4. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases based on grade 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
- Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
- Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., precede, recede, secede).
- Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.
- Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).

• L.8.5. Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
- Interpret figures of speech (e.g. verbal irony, puns) in context.
- Use the relationship between particular words to better understand each of the words.
- Distinguish among the connotations (associations) of words with similar denotations (definitions) (e.g., bullheaded, willful, firm, persistent, resolute).

• L.8.6. Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

I utilize the materials from the student's class to advance those skills.

Writing

My secondary educational experience was traditional, which provided a thorough understanding of proper grammar, sentence structure, paragraph composition, and essay architecture. In college and beyond, the focus is more on effectiveness: knowing your audience and tailoring the style to achieve the desired effect. With 6 decades of varied writing experience, I can teach the best style that will work for each purpose: persuasive, technical, narrative, etc.

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

Education

Cornell University (Physics)

Northeastern University, Boston (MEd)

Northeastern University, Boston (Graduate Coursework)

Responds promptly, very accommodating and A+ tutor

Robert was extremely professional and very prompt to respond. He always found a way to work around a very busy schedule, even when it was a last minute request. He always came prepared. Robert had a very pleasant disposition and was easy to communicate with. He made some very difficult concepts of physics easy to understand. It made a year of physics a breeze. If WyzAnt gave 10 stars for an excell

— Francee, Topsfield, MA on 4/15/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $70.00

Cancellation: 16 hours notice required

For Algebra 1 and 9th-grade Physical Science, I reduce my rate to $60.

Travel policy

Robert will travel within 15 miles of Andover, MA 01810.