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Jacky L.

Cambridge, MA

$120/hour

MIT Graduate; Mechanical Engineer; Physics, Math, and SAT Tutor

Background check passed as of 10/8/13
5.0 average from 40 ratings
Excellent Tutor
— Connor, Lexington, MA on 4/30/15

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MIT
Mechanical Engineer

Education

MIT (Mechanical Engineer)

About Jacky

- About Me -

I graduated from MIT in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. I grew up in Woburn and I currently work in Lexington as a mechanical engineer doing research and development for the government. I live in the Davis Sq. area in Cambridge so I am quite comfortable traveling to surrounding cities and towns near Cambridge, Lexington, and Woburn.

- My Experience -

I have been an active tutor to my peers since my junior year of high school and have since gone on to tutor many high school students (boys and girls) from grades 9-12. I especially enjoy teaching math and science, and have extensive experience in tutoring physics (mechanics and E&M), algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, and calculus. I am also an SAT I/II tutor and can offer mentorship services for the college application process. I interview prospective students for MIT and have a strong sense of what top universities are looking for in their applicants.

At the college level, I have tutored physics to students of Boston area colleges, including MIT, Tufts, BU, and Northeastern. I was also an undergraduate teaching assistant for the classical mechanics physics class while I myself was a student at MIT.

- Tutoring Style and Philosophy -

My initial sessions usually begin by going over assignments and tests with the student to identify his/her specific challenges with the subject matter. Typical problems students struggle with include weak fundamentals, concept misinterpretations, and difficulty applying learned fundamentals and concepts to solving problems. Once I have determine the student's weakness(es), I will come up with examples to illustrate different ways to approach the problem or think about the idea. I strive to explain and illustrate the concepts they are being taught, why they are significant in the real world, and how they can be applied. I believe understanding the concepts in the context of real life applications allow for true understanding of the subject matter. I’ve found that many students may be able to “get by” in school just through pattern matching and learning definitions, but without fully understanding the fundamental ideas. However, these lapses in comprehension are generally exposed when the student is asked to apply concepts to answer questions phrased in ways they have never seen. I believe in teaching beyond the given subject matter: I want my students to learn to think in a deeper and more proactive way, improving their problem solving skills and giving them the confidence to approach and tackle any type of problem.
- About Me -

I graduated from MIT in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. I grew up in Woburn and I currently work in Lexington as a mechanical engineer doing research and development for the government. I live in the Davis Sq.
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

I charge one hour minimum per lesson.

Travel Radius
Travels within 8 miles of Cambridge, MA 02140
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent Tutor"

- Connor, Lexington, MA on 4/30/15

"Part 2 - Update: Jacky continues to deliver consistent high-quality support & explanation to help understanding. Top Rank, Steady Presence"

- Michael, Watertown, MA on 1/11/12

"Great tutor! Helped me ace Physics!"

- Eli, Brookline, MA on 1/8/12
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Mechanical Engineering, Physical Science, Physics
English:
SAT Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, Career Development, College Counseling, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Writing
Computer:
General Computer
Business:
Career Development

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Physics

I've been tutoring physics since 2005. I started tutoring honors physics during my junior year of high school while I was still taking the class. I did the same while taking AP calculus. Later on while I was attending MIT, I've tutored high school honors physics, AP physics, and college physics. During my senior year of MIT, I also served as a physics teaching assistant and grader at MIT. Although I tutor many other subjects (mostly in standardized tests, other sciences, and math courses), I can truly say I have the most passion for physics and enjoy tutoring this subject matter the most.

MIT
Mechanical Engineer

Education

MIT (Mechanical Engineer)

Excellent Tutor — We have been using Jacky L. since last October for Physics. He relates very well with my son and has helped him immensely. He has been very flexible with scheduling and always arrives on time. He is professional and always available for emergency sessions when tests come up. I have always rated him 5 stars, excellent. Highly recommended. ...

— Connor, Lexington, MA on 4/30/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $120.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I charge one hour minimum per lesson.

Travel policy

Jacky will travel within 8 miles of Cambridge, MA 02140.