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Chad W.

Belmont, MA

$75/hour

Experienced and Professional Tutor on a Bicycle

300+ Hours
Background check passed as of 5/25/16
4.9 average from 118 ratings
Terrific tutor
— Anne, Lexington, MA on 4/20/17

$75/Hour


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University of Wisconsin, Madison
Stanford University
Graduate Coursework
Tufts University
Master's

Education

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Stanford University (Graduate Coursework)

Tufts University (Master's)

About Chad

I hope you're having a wonderful day. My days are spent exploring the culmination of human knowledge; so I'm always having a good day. I also enjoy riding my bicycle every day. I bring up the bicycle because it does limit my travel radius. I regularly meet people at libraries and cafes in Boston, Lexington, Brighton, Watertown, and Cambridge. I am open to biking distances less than 10 miles from The Loading Dock in Belmont.

In the last couple years, I've focused on tutoring college-level Python, GRE, math, and chemistry. I have over 6 years of full-time tutoring experience. That experience was mostly in California at two places: a community college as a Supplemental Instructor (in math, chemistry, physics, statistics, and programming) and a private tutoring company where I focused on high-school chemistry, math, physics, and standardized tests (all sections). In that time, I learned a ton, met many inspiring people, and generally had a great time.

Every student is different. I like to tailor my specific methods to each individual. However, my personality might not always be an appropriate fit. My philosophy is that whenever learning feels like a chore, or something that needs to just get done, the experience will be less effective. When I learn about a topic, I need to let myself investigate tangents that might not be immediately necessary; I like to meander a bit. Also, I am not an effective authoritarian figure. But, I love these topics and I love discussing them. I also have high expectations of my students.

I like tests. Standardized tests (like SAT, ACT, and GRE) are very coachable. I enjoy teaching not only the content but also the strategies. Doing well on tests requires an interesting mix of confidence and humbleness. The confidence is needed to keep from freezing up, or freaking out, just because a question is a bit confusing. The humbleness is necessary to realize that sometimes it is best to make a best guess and move on; nobody knows everything and time is the game.

Aside from tutoring I like biking, gardening, writing, programming, animating, 3D modelling, playing sports (dodgeball, frisbee, and basketball), photographing wildlife, kayaking, and playing collaborative improvisational music.

Anyway, I look forward to meeting you. Let's prepare for that test, debug your program, or work on that homework.
I hope you're having a wonderful day. My days are spent exploring the culmination of human knowledge; so I'm always having a good day. I also enjoy riding my bicycle every day. I bring up the bicycle because it does limit my travel radius. I regularly meet people at libraries and cafes in Boston, Lexington, Brighton, Watertown, and Cambridge. I am Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 4 miles of Belmont, MA 02478
Background Check: Passed

"Terrific tutor"

- Anne, Lexington, MA on 4/20/17

"Found a simple solution for my problem and explained it in easily understandable terms."

- Nick, New York, NY on 12/21/16

"Wonderful Tutor"

- Justin, Boston, MA on 11/8/16

"Intuitive and Insightful"

- Rupert, Waltham, MA on 7/5/16

"Patient and knowledgable"

- Emily, Everett, MA on 6/26/16

"Fantastic tutor"

- Anna, Watertown, MA on 5/12/16
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, GRE,
Prealgebra, Precalculus,
SAT Math,
Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry,
Physics, PSAT
Music:
Guitar
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GRE,
LSAT, PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Computer:
Python
Business:
GRE

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Chemistry

I have tutored Chemistry for over 5 years at both collegiate and secondary levels. I have a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and a master's degree in chemical engineering. I spent a number of years as a Supplemental Instructor at a community college, where I helped students with various classes, but Chemistry was my specialty.

GRE

I have tutored students in standardized tests for over 5 years. The GRE is my favorite to teach. I especially enjoy the Verbal and Quantitative sections. When I took the GRE (in 2014) I scored 170 in math and 167 in verbal. Keep in mind I have spent a long time studying and teaching standardized tests; you can score high too with practice!

I particularly like the official material by ETS. I have copies that we can work through together.

Precalculus

I have over 5 years experience teaching Precalculus. The fundamental concept of Precalculus is covariation of variables, an idea exemplified by function notation. This topic is explored through trigonometric functions, conic sections, rational functions, and exponential functions.

Python

As an engineer and hobbyist, I use Python just about every day. Python is my language of choice, but I've at times combined it with C, Fortran, and HTML. As a supplemental instructor at a community college, I worked in a tutoring center, where I would help students with a range of classes, including introductory programming - usually in Java or C++. Python is AWESOME!

SAT Math

I taught all sections of the SAT for about 5 years with a small tutoring company in California. In 2014 I moved to the area to pursue a graduate degree in Chemical Engineering. Now that classes are over, I have some spare time to return to tutoring.

SAT Reading

I taught all sections of the SAT for about 5 years with a small tutoring company in California.

SAT Writing

I taught all sections of the SAT for about 5 years with a small tutoring company in California.

University of Wisconsin, Madison
Stanford University
Graduate Coursework
Tufts University
Master's

Education

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Stanford University (Graduate Coursework)

Tufts University (Master's)

Terrific tutor

Chad is kind, smart and highly accessible...and he really knows chemistry. My son has found his sessions with Chad extremely helpful especially with the AP exam around the corner.

— Anne, Lexington, MA on 4/20/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $75.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Chad will travel within 4 miles of Belmont, MA 02478.