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William L.

Holyoke, MA

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MIT PhD for Tutoring in Math, Physics, and Other Fields

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Background check passed as of 6/27/17
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University of Chicago
Mathematics, physics
M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
PhD

Education

University of Chicago (Mathematics, physics)

M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) (PhD)

About William

I am available to tutor any area of mathematics: arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, statistics, linear algebra, differential equations, etc. I can also help with more advanced college-level topics. My experience with advanced mathematics gives me insight into how different mathematical concepts are connected, which means that I can present these ideas in several different ways. So if one way of looking at a problem doesn't work for you, I can find others! I remember my own experience learning math and have worked with many students in the past, so I am very patient and willing to try a variety of approaches.


I hold a bachelor's degree from UChicago and a doctorate from MIT, both in mathematics. I am available to tutor Latin, physics, and all levels of math. Outside of academics, I am an avid tournament chess player, and I enjoy running and cycling.

From my experience teaching math to a range of students, from middle school through college, I know that it does not come easily to everyone. However, I firmly believe that everyone has the capability for mathematical reasoning. Everyone has their own strengths and challenges, and my job as a tutor begins with identifying these. I like to have students work through problems while I guide them and make suggestions, so that I can get a sense of what they understand and what they don't. Then we can build on their knowledge and break down the challenging parts of the problem into smaller, more manageable chunks.
I am available to tutor any area of mathematics: arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, statistics, linear algebra, differential equations, etc. I can also help with more advanced college-level topics. My experience with advanced mathematics gives me insight into how different mathematical concepts are connected, which means that I Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Holyoke, MA 01040
Background Check: Passed
Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Differential Equations,
Discrete Math,
Elementary Math, Finite Math,
GED, Geometry, GMAT, GRE, Linear Algebra,
Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus,
Probability,
Statistics,
Trigonometry
Science:
Physics
Test Preparation:
ASVAB, GED, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT
Computer:
Computer Programming, Computer Science, Linux, MATLAB
Language:
Latin
Special Needs:
Elementary Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Business:
GMAT, GRE
Sports/Recreation:
Chess

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

Algebra, geometry, and trigonometry are fundamental to more advanced topics in math, so I use them every day. I can explain the concepts and how to use them to solve problems.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is fundamental to so much of mathematics. I've used it in every math class I've taken and in my own independent work. But I remember when I was learning the topic myself, and so I know some ways of making the topic make sense by relating it to other areas of math and to real-world situations.

Calculus

In high school, I took introductory calculus classes focused on calculating derivatives and integrals. I continued studying calculus in college and learned the theory behind calculus of a single variable and of several variables. At UChicago, I taught classes in multivariable calculus. I have also studied physics and can explain the relationships between calculus and that subject, especially electricity and magnetism.

Chess

I'm a tournament chess player who has an Expert-level rating from the US Chess Federation. I've played thousands of tournament games. I'm available to analyze games with students and for help with specific techniques.

Differential Equations

I've taken courses in differential equations from both abstract and concrete points of view. Because of this, I can explain both methods of solving particular differential equations and theorems about the existence, uniqueness, and behavior of equations of certain types. I have experience teaching the subject, having worked as a teaching assistant for the introduction to differential equations course at MIT.

Discrete Math

Discrete math is a wide subcategory of mathematics which can include logic, set theory, combinatorics, graph theory, game theory, and other topics. I took several courses in these areas in high school and college and excelled in them. I can help students understand the concepts and construct mathematical proofs in these areas.

Finite Math

Finite math includes a range of topics that vary from course to course but may include matrix algebra; introductory combinatorics, probability, and statistics; linear programming; and symbolic logic. I have taken courses in all of these topics in the process of earning a degree in math, and I have taught them to students from middle school through college.

Latin

I studied Latin in middle school and high school. I earned a perfect score on the ACL/NJCL National Latin Exam four times.

Linear Algebra

Matrices and linear transformations, the principal concepts of linear algebra, are essential to many areas of mathematics. I have studied them in courses including multivariable calculus (the idea of linear functions is essential to this topic), abstract algebra (where you learn that matrices can be put into certain standard forms), and functional analysis (a generalization of linear algebra to "infinite matrices"). In addition to explaining how to do calculations in linear algebra, I can also help you with the underlying mathematical theory when that would be useful for your purposes. I hold a bachelor's degree from UChicago and a doctorate from MIT, both in mathematics.

Physics

In college, I took classes in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, and quantum mechanics as part of a physics major. I can help make sense of any of those topics.

Precalculus

Precalculus can include a range of topics from fields such as algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, as well as some introductory calculus concepts like limits. I excelled in all of these classes in school, and I use them all the time in higher-level math work. I can help you understand any of these precalculus concepts and use them successfully to solve problems!

Probability

I studied probability and statistics in college as part of a math major. Some of the topics I can help with include combinatorics and counting arguments, calculating statistical properties of a sample, and random variables and probability distributions.

Statistics

I studied probability and statistics in college as part of a math major. Some of the topics I can help with include combinatorics and counting arguments, calculating statistical properties of a sample, and random variables and probability distributions.

Trigonometry

I use trigonometry all the time because it's fundamental for understanding shapes and because it ties in to all areas of math. I have taught it as part of various classes such as algebra, calculus, and geometry.

University of Chicago
Mathematics, physics
M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
PhD

Education

University of Chicago (Mathematics, physics)

M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

William will travel within 40 miles of Holyoke, MA 01040.