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Russell P.

Harvard, MA

$80/hour

Dual Math/Physics Graduate for Proofs, and general Math Tutoring

50+ Hours
4.9 average from 39 ratings
Rusell was a life saver!
— Laura, Franklin, MA on 8/25/17

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B.S from The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Math and Physics

Education

B.S from The University of Massachusetts Amherst (Math and Physics)

About Russell

I recently earned two B.S. degrees in Math and Physics, where I focused intently on detail, and deep understanding. I would study until I could prove my way through my books, and reconstruct results using my understanding and logic. Nothing gives me greater satisfaction than sharing this understanding with other people. I specialize in subjects where students are expected to prove results in math, and require a strong conceptual understanding, as well as technical.

I've worked as a TA for an freshman Electricity and Magnetism course based on vector calculus, and ran a small discussion session focused on problem solving. Working with students who were new to university level physics helped me learn the psychology of teaching, and strategies for helping students learn sophisticated mathematics/physics.

Many people know how to solve problems in advanced math classes, but I have a deep understanding of the theory itself. I have spent countless hours proving the main theorems in the book, not only the ones in the problems sections (I prove those too). I see the connections between different fields in mathematics, and find that I can share exciting insights with students that they may have never heard elsewhere.

I love working with learners, and would be happy to show you not just how to complete your math work, but how to see the beauty in it. Please feel free to contact me to learn more about my lessons, or schedule one for yourself.
I recently earned two B.S. degrees in Math and Physics, where I focused intently on detail, and deep understanding. I would study until I could prove my way through my books, and reconstruct results using my understanding and logic. Nothing gives me greater satisfaction than sharing this understanding with other people. I specialize in subjects Read more

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Cancellation
12 hours notice required

Please contact me about your specific needs. We can probably find a negotiated rate that works for both of us. Discounts for multiple lessons booked in advance.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Harvard, MA 01451

"Rusell was a life saver!"

- Laura, Franklin, MA on 8/25/17

"Great Pre-Calculus Tutor"

- Emily, Woburn, MA on 8/31/17

"Truly Understands a Struggling Math Students Situation"

- Zachary, Mount Pleasant, MI on 4/10/17

"Great Calculus Tutor"

- Kathleen, South Orange, NJ on 4/2/17

"A knowledgeable tutor in Linear Algebra"

- Tim, Blacksburg, VA on 3/17/17
Science:
Physics
Computer:
C, C++, Computer Programming, Computer Science

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Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

I have earned a dual Math/Physics B.S. degree with a 3.7 GPA. Teaching learners of all kinds, especially those that do not think themselves able, is my passion. The complete, overall picture I have of Math helps me to point students where they need to go, make connections to other things they have learned, and detect precisely misunderstandings they may have. Instilling confidence in learners is a great reward, and I am proud of my patience, and supportive affect.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is one of the staples of mathematics. I have extensive experience working with a diverse body of students with varying needs, and levels of experience. Some students learn algebra 2 in high school, others are taking it in college. No matter the student's needs, I can customize my curriculum to assist.

Calculus

I have taken the regular Calc I, II, III calculus sequence, as well as more advanced real analysis classes. I am familiar with calculus at every level: from the basic differentiation and integration, to real number theory, the logical details of Reimann integration, sequence and series theory, and beyond.

I strive in my own work for deep conceptual understanding. As Richard Feynman said, if you can't explain it in plain English, you don't understand it. I can help impart the deep understanding that will allow you to do well on exams, not just homework.

Computer Science

I've earned a computer science minor with a 3.7 GPA from Umass Amherst. I have strong logical skills, understand theory of computation and proof techniques, as well as more concrete programming skills. I can program in any language, including functional and imperative paradigms. I've also earned a math b.s., and a physics b.s. My logic skills In math have a lot of cross-over with the more theoretical computer science classes.

I have also worked on an Agile software development team to develop web games aimed at teaching middle schoolers statistics concepts. This work was in Actionscript, a language strongly similar to JavaScript.

I have specific experience with Java, C and C++, Scala, Scheme (LISP), Haskell, JavaScript, Actionscript, Matlab, and Mathematica.

Discrete Math

I have a B.S. In Math, am starting a Math PhD next year. I have strong proof and logic skills.

Specifically, I have earned a computer science minor, in the course of which I took an honors discrete math and theory of computation course. I earned a B+. I have familiarity with discrete structures, recursive definitions, and most importantly, the logic and proof techniques underlying discrete math, like proof by induction, propositional calculus, predicates, quantifiers, implications, etc.

These techniques are used throughout math, and I have high proficiency, and deep conceptual understanding.

Linear Algebra

I have taken two linear algebra courses at the college level, and introductory course for physics/engineering/math majors at the 200 level, and an advanced, proof based course at the 500 level. I received A's in both classes. Linear algebra is the foundation of much of higher mathematics, like real analysis, so I get continued practice with this subject as I prepare for my math PhD.

Logic

All of proof-based mathematics lies atop of first order logic, that is, propositional logic with predicates, and quantifiers. This language has become natural to me in the course of earning two B.S. degrees in Math and Physics. I successfully completed the most difficult logic and discrete math class available at my university, and now tutor other pure math majors taking the same course. Logic courses are often taught in the context of discrete structures, the theory of computation, or algebra and number theory. My experience in these tangential subjects helps students to succeed in their particular classes.

Precalculus

I've taught algebra, pre-calculus, and calculus to many students over many hours, and I know exactly what foundations are critical for success in further math courses. There is no substitute for great preparation when a student enters a calculus course. I'll make sure that you or your student has learned, understood, and can make use of the necessary concepts.

B.S from The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Math and Physics

Education

B.S from The University of Massachusetts Amherst (Math and Physics)

Rusell was a life saver!

As my son's SAT subject tests were fast approaching he realized he needed some concrete help that no amount of studying on his own was going to accomplish. We found Russell a few weeks before test day and my son spent several hours (6 I think) online with him. He is now feeling confident that he has the tools to do as well as he is capable, and he loved working with Russell. I would absolutely rec

— Laura, Franklin, MA on 8/25/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $80.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Please contact me about your specific needs. We can probably find a negotiated rate that works for both of us. Discounts for multiple lessons booked in advance.

Travel policy

Russell will travel within 10 miles of Harvard, MA 01451.