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Sean C.

Brighton, MA

$40/hour

SAT, Math, Physics, ESL, Writing Tutor

5.0 average from 3 ratings
Great tutor!
— Joyce, Lexington, MA on 3/8/14

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Boston University
Electrical Engineeri

Education

Boston University (Electrical Engineeri)

About Sean

Hello!

I first began tutoring when I was in high school with math and physics. That's when I learned that I really enjoyed helping students reach their potential. It's a great feeling to witness the moment a students truly grasps an idea and know that you helped them reach that point.

Some facts about me: I received an Alexander Graham Bell scholarship to study engineering at Boston University. I began as mechanical but switched to electrical after a year. While I was there I participated in various community service projects as well as theater for a semester! At the very end, I graduated with a 3.50 GPA.

Now about my tutoring. When it comes to math, most of my students have been high schoolers studying geometry, trig, pre-calc, or calc. However, I also tutored one student over about four summers as she progressed from 8th to 11th grade. She was in remedial math, so I was often reviewing concepts such as arithmetic, word problems, and basic algebra. She was one of my favorite students because she worked really hard and showed the most pride at her successes.

In high school I discovered I had a talent for Spanish, so I began tutoring adults in ESL at a local center for immigrants. I did that during my junior year of high school and also this past summer when I was home after graduating from college. The joy in that comes from knowing that I was helping people get along in their daily lives. For instance, I would first talk to them about what they did for a living and their families, and then tailor my tutoring sessions to try to teach them what they most needed to know. My students here were between the ages of 21 and 35. Some had some knowledge of English and some had virtually none, but with a marker and small whiteboard I was able to help them all improve their English.

In high school I earned very good grades in AP English as well. Eventually, it would be an essay that earned me a scholarship to Boston University. I owe this skill to my Mom - she was an editor for Newsweek. Throughout college I helped my friends by reviewing and editing their papers.

On my SAT I earned a 2140. The trick to succeeding on the SAT is to know yourself. Through my sessions I'll help you discover what your strengths and weaknesses are so that you can do your best, which is what the SAT is all about.

I've learned a lot about tutoring over the years. I've discovered that the most effective way to increase the student's knowledge is to encourage their participation as much as possible. I won't just talk and tell you facts and then assign homework - that's what a professor does. During my sessions, I will ask you to do more than just listen. The only way to get any of my questions "wrong" is to not answer or attempt! My goal is to teach you, so I don't expect you to have all the right answers. And trying is the only way for you to know what you do or don't know!

I hope you'll choose me as your tutor! I'll offer a free consultation session in which you can tell me exactly what it is you want to learn and we'll discuss our plan of action. From then on you'll begin learning so that you can succeed in your class!

Sincerely,

Sean
Hello!

I first began tutoring when I was in high school with math and physics. That's when I learned that I really enjoyed helping students reach their potential. It's a great feeling to witness the moment a students truly
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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

I'm willing to adjust the rate for students.

Travel Radius
Travels within 2 miles of Brighton, MA 02135
Background Check: Passed

"Great tutor!"

- Joyce, Lexington, MA on 3/8/14
Math:
ACT Math, Calculus, Differential Equations,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering,
Physics
Music:
Guitar
English:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, SAT Math
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish
Elementary Education:
Grammar

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Differential Equations

I took differential equations as part of my Electrical Engineering degree.

Electrical Engineering

I studied Electrical Engineering at Boston University and graduated cum laude with a 3.50 GPA. Courses I took include:

Circuit Design
Signals and Systems
Logic Design
Physics 2 (electromagnetism)
Electromagnetism
MATLAB
C++
Photonics (graduate level)
Power electronics (graduate level)

Plus the required mathematics courses, including calculus through Multivariate, Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra.

Projects I was part of include 1. using Verilog HDL to program a Spartan 6 FPGA board to create a computer tic-tac-toe game on a Windows system with a VGA display, and 2. designing and building a system for Alcatel-Lucent that used Wi-fi and RFID to automatically adjust a light dimmer and window blinds to users' settings preferred settings. It included an Android app made with Java and used servos and stepper motors, a T.I. board, and stepper driver board.

Guitar

I have played guitar ever since I was in eighth grade. I've also done some guitar lessons. I start off by teaching the students the strings, and notes and a bit of music theory. Then I into the basic open chords such as C, D, G, E, E minor, A, and A minor. The student must learn to play these chords and be able to transition between them. Then I teach strumming patterns and rhythm as well as power chords.

After that, I go into basic finger picking and arpeggios. This helps the student learn what notes are making up these chords and is enough for them to play and write some basic songs, like lots of Beatles songs.

When they're ready I will teach them barre chords. From there, it's about what they want to play. Guitar being the popular instrument that it is, it's easy for me to find songs by artist they like that they can play to practice.

I learned guitar from my Dad and a handful of tutors, so I'm very familiar with how it is taught.

Linear Algebra

I took linear algebra courses as part of my Electrical Engineering degree.

Physics

I live for physics. I began tutoring in physics when I was a junior in high school taking Honors Physics. Senior year I took AP Physics C and scored a 5 on the AP. Since I studied Electrical Engineering at BU Physics was a big part of the curriculum.

Boston University
Electrical Engineeri

Education

Boston University (Electrical Engineeri)

Great tutor! — My son is learning a great deal with Sean, who is providing C++ tutoring. Sean is patient and explains concepts well. He communicates clearly and promptly when setting up appointments, and I would highly recommend him a a tutor! ...

— Joyce, Lexington, MA on 3/8/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I'm willing to adjust the rate for students.

Travel policy

Sean will travel within 2 miles of Brighton, MA 02135.