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Andrew P.

Tutor for engineering, physics-related subjects, and MATLAB

Tutor for engineering, physics-related subjects, and MATLAB

$65/hour

  • 3,452 hours tutoring

About Andrew


Bio

I'm a very adaptable tutor, and I really enjoy helping people in general, and making math and science feel less intimidating, even for grad students and professionals — there really is no subject that can't be made more accessible with clear explanations and different ways of thinking about problem solving. At the same time, I really enjoy off-beat subjects. I've helped a broadcast meteorologist with her fluid mechanics, an industrial design student understand how his design would fare in the...

I'm a very adaptable tutor, and I really enjoy helping people in general, and making math and science feel less intimidating, even for grad students and professionals — there really is no subject that can't be made more accessible with clear explanations and different ways of thinking about problem solving. At the same time, I really enjoy off-beat subjects. I've helped a broadcast meteorologist with her fluid mechanics, an industrial design student understand how his design would fare in the real world, and many niche engineering topics, from modeling highway traffic to decision theory in systems engineering. I'm particularly good at writing computer simulations (finite differences, finite elements, Monte Carlo...).

I have my BSE, MSE, and Ph.D. all in mechanical engineering. I've been a teaching assistant for lots of courses, including Statics and Strength of Materials, fluid mechanics and heat transfer labs, Introduction to Flight (twice), and Theory of Vibrations (twice). My doctorate was in computational fluid mechanics, and I know MATLAB and the C programming languages fairly well. I can help with those kind of upper-level subjects, but also with undergrad-type physics and math subjects.

I grew up in Chestnut Hill and West Newton, Mass. I love to tinker with electronics and cameras. I take infrared and ultraviolet photos, and also thermal infrared photos. I like to read mysteries and fantasy, and I also like history, especially the 17th century. Back To The Future is my favorite movie.


Education

University of Pennsylvania
Mech Engineering
University of Pennsylvania
Masters
University of Pennsylvania
PhD

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $65
  • Rate details: Cancellation fee is 30 min equivalent time. Due to coronavirus, I'm not doing in-person lessons right now, online only.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 10/2/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Computer

MATLAB

MATLAB

I've been a MATLAB user for 21 years, since my undergraduate days. I have a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, and I have many years of experience using MATLAB to solve problems. I also know quite a bit about how to speed up MATLAB programs by taking advantage of the profiling tools and also by writing MEX files in C. I do GUI development also.

Homeschool

Calculus,

Calculus

I've tutored a number of students in basic calculus with excellent results. I have a lot of practical experience using calculus (speaking as an engineer). I'm very adaptable to the student's needs and I like to explain things geometrically for the students who enjoy visuals. I also know lots of tricks, if you like that sort of thing.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I'm pretty experienced with physical chemistry and thermodynamics, and I know other things like Lewis structures, trends in the periodic table, etc. from college chemistry. I do not know organic chemistry.
Physics,

Physics

I know all my basic physics. I know the common stumbling blocks for beginning physics students from being a teaching assistant and grader for the summer pre-freshman physics course at U. of Pennsylvania.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. I have a lot of practical experience doing calculus and pre-calc, and a strong understanding of the underlying concepts.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2

Math

Calculus,

Calculus

I've tutored a number of students in basic calculus with excellent results. I have a lot of practical experience using calculus (speaking as an engineer). I'm very adaptable to the student's needs and I like to explain things geometrically for the students who enjoy visuals. I also know lots of tricks, if you like that sort of thing.
Differential Equations,

Differential Equations

I've tutored a number of people in this topic already with good results. I have a Ph.D. in fluid mechanics, which is the study of the differential equations governing fluid flow, so I have a lot of practical experience too.
Linear Algebra,

Linear Algebra

As a mechanical engineer, linear algebra is a working tool for me. I have a Ph.D. in computational fluid dynamics, and linear algebra is the mathematical background for solving the systems of equations that arise in most computer simulations.
MATLAB,

MATLAB

I've been a MATLAB user for 21 years, since my undergraduate days. I have a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, and I have many years of experience using MATLAB to solve problems. I also know quite a bit about how to speed up MATLAB programs by taking advantage of the profiling tools and also by writing MEX files in C. I do GUI development also.
Mechanical Engineering,

Mechanical Engineering

I have BSE, MSE, and PhDs in mechanical engineering. My thesis was in computational fluid dynamics. I've been a teaching assistant for statics and strength of materials, fluid and heat transfer labs, introduction to flight (twice), vibrations, and freshman physics.
Physics,

Physics

I know all my basic physics. I know the common stumbling blocks for beginning physics students from being a teaching assistant and grader for the summer pre-freshman physics course at U. of Pennsylvania.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. I have a lot of practical experience doing calculus and pre-calc, and a strong understanding of the underlying concepts.
Trigonometry,

Trigonometry

I have a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. I have a lot of practical experience doing trigonometry, usually as part of some other engineering problem (e.g. free body diagrams in statics and dynamics). The essence of trig is going back and forth between the geometry, the algebra, and the various trig identities, and I can help people learn to do that.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2

Most Popular

Calculus,

Calculus

I've tutored a number of students in basic calculus with excellent results. I have a lot of practical experience using calculus (speaking as an engineer). I'm very adaptable to the student's needs and I like to explain things geometrically for the students who enjoy visuals. I also know lots of tricks, if you like that sort of thing.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I'm pretty experienced with physical chemistry and thermodynamics, and I know other things like Lewis structures, trends in the periodic table, etc. from college chemistry. I do not know organic chemistry.
Physics,

Physics

I know all my basic physics. I know the common stumbling blocks for beginning physics students from being a teaching assistant and grader for the summer pre-freshman physics course at U. of Pennsylvania.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. I have a lot of practical experience doing calculus and pre-calc, and a strong understanding of the underlying concepts.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2

Science

Chemistry,

Chemistry

I'm pretty experienced with physical chemistry and thermodynamics, and I know other things like Lewis structures, trends in the periodic table, etc. from college chemistry. I do not know organic chemistry.
Mechanical Engineering,

Mechanical Engineering

I have BSE, MSE, and PhDs in mechanical engineering. My thesis was in computational fluid dynamics. I've been a teaching assistant for statics and strength of materials, fluid and heat transfer labs, introduction to flight (twice), vibrations, and freshman physics.
Physical Science,

Physical Science

I know all my basic physics and chemistry. I know the common stumbling blocks for beginning physics students from being a teaching assistant and grader for the summer pre-freshman physics course at U. of Pennsylvania.
Physics

Physics

I know all my basic physics. I know the common stumbling blocks for beginning physics students from being a teaching assistant and grader for the summer pre-freshman physics course at U. of Pennsylvania.

Summer

Calculus,

Calculus

I've tutored a number of students in basic calculus with excellent results. I have a lot of practical experience using calculus (speaking as an engineer). I'm very adaptable to the student's needs and I like to explain things geometrically for the students who enjoy visuals. I also know lots of tricks, if you like that sort of thing.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I'm pretty experienced with physical chemistry and thermodynamics, and I know other things like Lewis structures, trends in the periodic table, etc. from college chemistry. I do not know organic chemistry.
Physics,

Physics

I know all my basic physics. I know the common stumbling blocks for beginning physics students from being a teaching assistant and grader for the summer pre-freshman physics course at U. of Pennsylvania.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2

Ratings and Reviews


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5.0 (1,178 ratings)
5 star
(1,160)
4 star
(10)
3 star
(4)
2 star
(1)
1 star
(3)

Reviews


Thorough explanations

Andrew was very good at explaining each aspect of the problems we did. It was very helpful. Thank you Andrew.

Phil, 1 lesson with Andrew

VERY knowledgeable

Andrew was very helpful, as always! Did a review of an assignment to make sure I understood the problem through and through. I've worked with him a few times and he is definitely good at what he does.

Dennis, 10 lessons with Andrew

Great teacher!

My first lesson with Andrew and I’m definitely going to see him again. He is really good at explaining and very knowledgeable!

Lolly, 8 lessons with Andrew

Nothing short of exceptional

Deep knowledge of the material discussed and I learned a lot about Matlab that I didn't which has been extremely helpful. I will definitely continuously use Andrew for future assignments.

Daniel, 2 lessons with Andrew

Great teacher, and very knowledgable

Andrew taught me about Matlab and optimization in a way that I understood and helped me understand concepts that I have been having issues with. I couldn't have met a better match for what I needed!

Jennifer, 16 lessons with Andrew

Great Calculus Tutor

I enjoyed my Calculus 1 tutoring session with Andrew. He explained the concepts I had trouble with in a clear manner, I would work with him again. Thanks again for your help!

Josh, 1 lesson with Andrew

Exceptional tutor

Andrew is a knowledgeable and patient tutor. He has helped my son understand important concepts in his Matlab. Which is the lab portion of his Signals and Systems class at UF. Andrew has done an excellent job teaching my son the important material he needs to understand and suceed in his class over the summer.

Allison, 14 lessons with Andrew

Amazing!

For this lesson, Andrew helped teach me MATLAB variable number of input arguments and recursive functions. These were two concepts I was having a tough time learning and he talked me through each step as well as making sure I knew what I was doing. Will be booking Andrew again!

Leah, 32 lessons with Andrew

Knowledgeable and friendly!

We went over quite a few topics in just two days including (orthonormal basis, spans, subspaces, positive definite matrices and gram-schmidt) I was preparing for my final in linear algebra and Andrew helped me build the confidence I needed to do well.

James, 2 lessons with Andrew
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$65/hour

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Andrew P.

$65/hour

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Response time: 49 minutes