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20 Years Making Science and Maths Understandable and Interesting!

20 Years Making Science and Maths Understandable and Interesting!

$60/hour

  • 431 hours tutoring

About Bob


Bio

I am a retired Massachusetts licensed teacher and former electrical engineer with over 20 years of experience tutoring and teaching maths and sciences from general to AP level.

My goal is for you to truly understand your subjects. I believe your success depends on your conceptual understanding of the material; not on memorization and a calculator, or reading then reciting an answer. With a real understanding of the concepts, quiz questions and problems become simpler; and as a bonus, your...

I am a retired Massachusetts licensed teacher and former electrical engineer with over 20 years of experience tutoring and teaching maths and sciences from general to AP level.

My goal is for you to truly understand your subjects. I believe your success depends on your conceptual understanding of the material; not on memorization and a calculator, or reading then reciting an answer. With a real understanding of the concepts, quiz questions and problems become simpler; and as a bonus, your knowledge can be used in other courses and in life. Every person thinks a little differently and when tutoring I find a way to explain concepts so you will best understand them. If you are interested in understanding your Physics, Science, and Maths as opposed to just solving problems, then I am the tutor for you.

In high schools, I have taught Physics from 9th-grade Physics First through AP Physics, Chemistry, Physical Science, and Astronomy for high school freshmen to seniors at the honors, college, and general levels. I have been a mathematics instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport and an Assistant Professor of Physics on the adjunct faculty of a nearby university.

Electricity is often difficult because you cannot see it. My wife calls it magic. When you learn how it is similar to the gravity you have understood since the first time you fell while learning to walk, and are shown how once you have learned to solve gravity problems you are able to do the same with electricity, the magic will be revealed.
Are imaginary numbers imaginary? They are just as real as the numbers one and two. When you learn where the concept comes from, what it really means, and what it can be used for, you will understand them and not just have memorized that √-1 = i. Logarithms? Learn what they do for us and not just how to work strange problems.
And there is much more.

I like to show how mathematics is both a tool and a language. Mathematics is a tool for the scientist to solve problems using data from experiments, and to predict future results and events. You will learn how to apply your mathematics principles to help solve your problems. I will show you that mathematics is also a language, the language of science; and it has a syntax and semantics just like English and every natural human language does. Mathematics is the language scientists use to describe the universe. Mathematics is the language of science because unlike natural languages, mathematics is precise and exact.

Résumé;
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I have a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). I have studied a wide variety of mathematics and science subjects both during my preparation for teaching, and before that in preparation for my earlier career as an electrical engineer. In addition, I have completed post-graduate work in physics, science, mathematics, engineering, computers, and education; including courses on Teaching AP Physics and in the Mathematical Modeling Method for Teaching Physics.

I was an electrician in construction for 10 years to pay for my part-time college education.
I originally started out to be a Bio-Medical Engineer and began my studies in a dual-degree program at UConn for a BSEE and a BA in Biology. I finished my baccalauréate at the University of Hartford in a BSEE program concentrating in computer systems and hardware design. Due to this, I have studied a wide variety of subjects. In addition to my major in Electrical Engineering I have major concentrations in Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Engineering; and minors in Chemistry, and Biology.

I then worked as an electrical engineer designing computer hardware for 20 years at Raytheon, Prime Computer, and Digital Computer (DEC) designing computer systems, CPUs, memorys, and networking hardware. I have two U.S. plus related foreign patents for computer design.
Electrical Engineering is a study of physics, especially Electro-Magnetics, and the mathematics required to describe electrical systems and to solve EE problems. I have done advanced work in both physics and mathematics; and in my engineering work, I applied my knowledge of mathematics and science in the solution of problems.

When the computer hardware industry moved away from Massachusetts I went back to school.
I attended Simmons College where I earned a Master of Arts in Teaching, completed a year-long teaching internship, earned my Massachusetts Professional Teacher credentials, and became a teacher.
I wanted to make a difference and help students understand and enjoy their math and science. Teaching is my 3rd career. After two other careers and over 30 years prior work experience, I came to teaching as an avocation as well as a vocation.

[[ Some subjects I tutor are known by different names - this is included for search engines: Physics, AP Physics, Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics C, Physics B, Calculus, Calc, Trigonometry, Trig, Precalculus, Pre Calculus, Pre-calculus, Precalc, Pre-Calc, Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra I, Algebra 2, Algebra II Chemistry, Chem ]]


Education

University of Hartford - BSEE, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Simmons College - MAT, Master of Arts in Teaching
MEd
Northeastern University and Bridgewater State University
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Hourly Rate: $60
  • Rate details: I offer discounted rates for multiple weekly lessons and off-peak times, as well as special pricing for groups and homeschooling. Please contact me to learn more.
  • Travel policy: Within 18 miles of Medfield, MA 02052
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 5/16/2014

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Subjects

Computer

Computer Engineering,

Computer Engineering

I have a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and worked in industry as a computer design engineer. I have completed graduate coursework in electrical and computer engineering, mathematics, physics, and education. I also have a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). I spent 20 years in the computer industry designing computer and networking hardware and was a Principal Engineer at companies such as Prime Computer, Digital Computer. During my education, in addition to the core engineering and electrical courses, I studied digital logic and Boolean algebra, computer organization and design, software engineering, programming, and numerical analysis. I used my knowledge of logic and Boolean algebra to design computer hardware and my expertise is in computers, digital logic design and circuits, designing with high-speed signals, circuit boards, and regulatory safety and emissions standards. I also worked for 9 years in the electrical construction industry and was an electrician.
UNIX

UNIX

At Digital Computer I was the engineering support representative responsible for servers and workstations (worldwide) running the Unix and/or Microsoft NT operating system. I took internal and external professional development courses on the use, design, and maintenance of Unix. Also OS X is a Unix operating system. Since 1999 my family and I have used Apple computers exclusively. My wife and I have 5 iMacs and laptops, 2 iPads, and 2 iPhones. My kids each have more. I have maintained the hardware and software, and repaired them, including opening the laptops and changing the displays and hard drives. I have a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hartford (W. Hartford Conn.). During my studies I concentrated much of my course work in computers. I have taken graduate coursework in computer engineering at Northeastern University. I spent 20 years in the computer industry designing computer and networking hardware for Prime Computer, Digital Computer, and Bytex.

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I am a retired math instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport where I taught Algebra 1 and other maths through Calculus. I am also a retired high school teacher and have been tutoring Algebra for students in high schools and colleges for many years. I focus on helping my students understand the underlying concepts and not just memorizing and finding answers. My 20+ years working as an engineer before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how trigonometry is used in the world outside of school. I also like to show students how mathematics is not just a tool to use to solve problems but the language we use in science to describe the world around us.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I am a retired math instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport where I taught Algebra 2 and other maths through Calculus. I am also a retired high school teacher and have been tutoring Algebra for students in high schools and colleges for many years. I focus on helping my students understand the underlying concepts and not just memorizing and finding answers. My 20+ years working as an engineer before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how trigonometry is used in the world outside of school. I also like to show students how mathematics is not just a tool to use to solve problems but the language we use in science to describe the world around us.
Calculus,

Calculus

I am a retired math instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport where I taught Calculus and other maths from Algebra to Pre-Calculus. I am also a retired high school teacher and I have been teaching and tutoring Calculus to students in high schools and colleges for many years. Calculus is used extensively in science and engineering. My 20+ years working as an electrical engineer before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how to do Calculus and how Calculus is used in the world outside of school. I focus on making sure my students understand the fundamental concepts. Understanding the concepts is what gives them a solid foundation for future studies. I also like to show students how mathematics is not just a tool to use to solve problems but the language we use in science to describe the world around us.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

My goal is for you to not only earn good grades, but to enjoy and understand chemistry. I can help you earn your best score on the MCAT Chemistry Test and the SAT Chemistry Subject Exam. I focus on making sure my students truly understand the underlying concepts and have not just learned to recite answers. Students can then use their understanding and reasoning to answer questions, even those they may not have heard before. My 20+ years engineering experience before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how science is used in the world outside of school.
Geometry,

Geometry

I am a retired math instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport where I taught Geometry and other maths from Algebra through Calculus. I am also a retired high school teacher and have been tutoring Geometry for students in high schools and colleges for many years. Geometry is an area of mathematics where students are often stretched in their abilities. While the mechanics of geometry in calculating volumes and areas are not often an issue, the logical proofs are a stumbling block for many. Students need to extend their abstract thinking skills and are challenged to think in a formal logical way for what is often the first time in their lives. I guide students with multiple explanations about ways to think in a logical and step by step manner to build a geometry system. I focus on helping my students understand the underlying concepts and not just memorizing and finding answers. My 20+ years working as an engineer before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how geometry is used in the world outside of school. I also like to show students how mathematics is not just a tool to use to solve problems but the language we use in science to describe the world around us.
Physics,

Physics

Teaching and tutoring all levels of physics for high school and college students. My goal is for you to not only earn good grades, but to enjoy and understand physics. I can help you earn your best score on the SAT Physics and AP Physics 1, 2, and C Exams, and on the MCAT Physics Test. I have taught physics for 9th grade and have excellent results with my students passing the state physics test. I focus on making sure my students truly understand the underlying concepts and have not just learned to recite answers. Students can then use their understanding and reasoning to answer questions, even those they may not have heard before. I also make sure students know a step by step method to solve problems. Then, when a student has a problem to solve, they always know something they can do to get started, know what step to do next, and can provide an answer that shows how much they know, earning the best grade possible. My 20+ years engineering experience before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how physics is used in the world outside of school.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I am a retired math instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport where I taught Precalculus and other maths from Algebra through Calculus. I am also a retired high school teacher and have been tutoring Precalculus for students in high schools and colleges for many years. Pre-Calc is the culmination of earlier math studies before beginning calculus or other higher maths and it is vital to giving students a solid foundation for further studies. I focus on making sure my students understand how their previous studies tie together and that they understand the underlying concepts. I also like to show students how mathematics is not just a tool to use to solve problems but the language we use in science to describe the world around us. My 20+ years working as an engineer before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how trig is used in the world outside of school.
Biology, SAT Math

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I am a retired math instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport where I taught Algebra 1 and other maths through Calculus. I am also a retired high school teacher and have been tutoring Algebra for students in high schools and colleges for many years. I focus on helping my students understand the underlying concepts and not just memorizing and finding answers. My 20+ years working as an engineer before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how trigonometry is used in the world outside of school. I also like to show students how mathematics is not just a tool to use to solve problems but the language we use in science to describe the world around us.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I am a retired math instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport where I taught Algebra 2 and other maths through Calculus. I am also a retired high school teacher and have been tutoring Algebra for students in high schools and colleges for many years. I focus on helping my students understand the underlying concepts and not just memorizing and finding answers. My 20+ years working as an engineer before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how trigonometry is used in the world outside of school. I also like to show students how mathematics is not just a tool to use to solve problems but the language we use in science to describe the world around us.
Calculus,

Calculus

I am a retired math instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport where I taught Calculus and other maths from Algebra to Pre-Calculus. I am also a retired high school teacher and I have been teaching and tutoring Calculus to students in high schools and colleges for many years. Calculus is used extensively in science and engineering. My 20+ years working as an electrical engineer before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how to do Calculus and how Calculus is used in the world outside of school. I focus on making sure my students understand the fundamental concepts. Understanding the concepts is what gives them a solid foundation for future studies. I also like to show students how mathematics is not just a tool to use to solve problems but the language we use in science to describe the world around us.
Geometry,

Geometry

I am a retired math instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport where I taught Geometry and other maths from Algebra through Calculus. I am also a retired high school teacher and have been tutoring Geometry for students in high schools and colleges for many years. Geometry is an area of mathematics where students are often stretched in their abilities. While the mechanics of geometry in calculating volumes and areas are not often an issue, the logical proofs are a stumbling block for many. Students need to extend their abstract thinking skills and are challenged to think in a formal logical way for what is often the first time in their lives. I guide students with multiple explanations about ways to think in a logical and step by step manner to build a geometry system. I focus on helping my students understand the underlying concepts and not just memorizing and finding answers. My 20+ years working as an engineer before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how geometry is used in the world outside of school. I also like to show students how mathematics is not just a tool to use to solve problems but the language we use in science to describe the world around us.
Logic,

Logic

Logic is one of my favorite subjects, and my interest in it is what influenced my becoming a computer engineer. I can help you understand and enjoy all types of logic in many disciplines. I studied symbolic logic and predicate and propositional calculus in the philosophy department and I studied digital logic and Boolean algebra in engineering. I spent 20 years in the computer industry where I was a Principal Engineer at companies such as Prime Computer, Digital Computer and used formal logic systems extensively including Boolean algebra and digital logic to design and analyze computer and networking systems. Logic is studied in many disciplines. Philosophy studies symbolic logic and uses predicate and propositional calculus as a way to determine the validity of a formal argument and the truth of statements. Mathematics, computer science, and other disciplines study logic in a mathematical way using Boolean algebra and using other logic systems such as 1st order logic. The details of different logic systems vary but the basic concepts are the same. Let me help you.
Physics,

Physics

Teaching and tutoring all levels of physics for high school and college students. My goal is for you to not only earn good grades, but to enjoy and understand physics. I can help you earn your best score on the SAT Physics and AP Physics 1, 2, and C Exams, and on the MCAT Physics Test. I have taught physics for 9th grade and have excellent results with my students passing the state physics test. I focus on making sure my students truly understand the underlying concepts and have not just learned to recite answers. Students can then use their understanding and reasoning to answer questions, even those they may not have heard before. I also make sure students know a step by step method to solve problems. Then, when a student has a problem to solve, they always know something they can do to get started, know what step to do next, and can provide an answer that shows how much they know, earning the best grade possible. My 20+ years engineering experience before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how physics is used in the world outside of school.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I am a retired math instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport where I taught Precalculus and other maths from Algebra through Calculus. I am also a retired high school teacher and have been tutoring Precalculus for students in high schools and colleges for many years. Pre-Calc is the culmination of earlier math studies before beginning calculus or other higher maths and it is vital to giving students a solid foundation for further studies. I focus on making sure my students understand how their previous studies tie together and that they understand the underlying concepts. I also like to show students how mathematics is not just a tool to use to solve problems but the language we use in science to describe the world around us. My 20+ years working as an engineer before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how trig is used in the world outside of school.
Trigonometry,

Trigonometry

I am a retired math instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport where I taught Trigonometry and other maths from Algebra through Calculus. I am also a retired high school teacher and have been tutoring Trigonometry for students in high schools and colleges for many years. Trig is always a new concept for students and so I focus on making sure my students understand the underlying concepts. I have developed ways for my students to understand and remember trig identities easily thus requiring them to memorize a minimum number of things. Trigonometry is vitally important in calculus and engineering; I have used it in my studies of engineering and in my engineering career. My 20+ years working as an engineer before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how trigonometry is used in the world outside of school.
SAT Math

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I am a retired math instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport where I taught Algebra 1 and other maths through Calculus. I am also a retired high school teacher and have been tutoring Algebra for students in high schools and colleges for many years. I focus on helping my students understand the underlying concepts and not just memorizing and finding answers. My 20+ years working as an engineer before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how trigonometry is used in the world outside of school. I also like to show students how mathematics is not just a tool to use to solve problems but the language we use in science to describe the world around us.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I am a retired math instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport where I taught Algebra 2 and other maths through Calculus. I am also a retired high school teacher and have been tutoring Algebra for students in high schools and colleges for many years. I focus on helping my students understand the underlying concepts and not just memorizing and finding answers. My 20+ years working as an engineer before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how trigonometry is used in the world outside of school. I also like to show students how mathematics is not just a tool to use to solve problems but the language we use in science to describe the world around us.
Calculus,

Calculus

I am a retired math instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport where I taught Calculus and other maths from Algebra to Pre-Calculus. I am also a retired high school teacher and I have been teaching and tutoring Calculus to students in high schools and colleges for many years. Calculus is used extensively in science and engineering. My 20+ years working as an electrical engineer before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how to do Calculus and how Calculus is used in the world outside of school. I focus on making sure my students understand the fundamental concepts. Understanding the concepts is what gives them a solid foundation for future studies. I also like to show students how mathematics is not just a tool to use to solve problems but the language we use in science to describe the world around us.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

My goal is for you to not only earn good grades, but to enjoy and understand chemistry. I can help you earn your best score on the MCAT Chemistry Test and the SAT Chemistry Subject Exam. I focus on making sure my students truly understand the underlying concepts and have not just learned to recite answers. Students can then use their understanding and reasoning to answer questions, even those they may not have heard before. My 20+ years engineering experience before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how science is used in the world outside of school.
Geometry,

Geometry

I am a retired math instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport where I taught Geometry and other maths from Algebra through Calculus. I am also a retired high school teacher and have been tutoring Geometry for students in high schools and colleges for many years. Geometry is an area of mathematics where students are often stretched in their abilities. While the mechanics of geometry in calculating volumes and areas are not often an issue, the logical proofs are a stumbling block for many. Students need to extend their abstract thinking skills and are challenged to think in a formal logical way for what is often the first time in their lives. I guide students with multiple explanations about ways to think in a logical and step by step manner to build a geometry system. I focus on helping my students understand the underlying concepts and not just memorizing and finding answers. My 20+ years working as an engineer before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how geometry is used in the world outside of school. I also like to show students how mathematics is not just a tool to use to solve problems but the language we use in science to describe the world around us.
Physics,

Physics

Teaching and tutoring all levels of physics for high school and college students. My goal is for you to not only earn good grades, but to enjoy and understand physics. I can help you earn your best score on the SAT Physics and AP Physics 1, 2, and C Exams, and on the MCAT Physics Test. I have taught physics for 9th grade and have excellent results with my students passing the state physics test. I focus on making sure my students truly understand the underlying concepts and have not just learned to recite answers. Students can then use their understanding and reasoning to answer questions, even those they may not have heard before. I also make sure students know a step by step method to solve problems. Then, when a student has a problem to solve, they always know something they can do to get started, know what step to do next, and can provide an answer that shows how much they know, earning the best grade possible. My 20+ years engineering experience before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how physics is used in the world outside of school.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I am a retired math instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport where I taught Precalculus and other maths from Algebra through Calculus. I am also a retired high school teacher and have been tutoring Precalculus for students in high schools and colleges for many years. Pre-Calc is the culmination of earlier math studies before beginning calculus or other higher maths and it is vital to giving students a solid foundation for further studies. I focus on making sure my students understand how their previous studies tie together and that they understand the underlying concepts. I also like to show students how mathematics is not just a tool to use to solve problems but the language we use in science to describe the world around us. My 20+ years working as an engineer before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how trig is used in the world outside of school.
Biology

Other

Nursing

Science

Astronomy,

Astronomy

My students not only earn good grades, but learn to understand and enjoy astronomy - and they can go outside at night and find their favorite stars and constellations. I developed and taught a beginning astronomy curriculum where I focused on having fun in class while we learned to observe the sky and about the wonders of how the universe is built. I have been to school with my students in the early morning before classes to watch Mars transit the Sun and at night before football games to find the fall constellations.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

My goal is for you to not only earn good grades, but to enjoy and understand chemistry. I can help you earn your best score on the MCAT Chemistry Test and the SAT Chemistry Subject Exam. I focus on making sure my students truly understand the underlying concepts and have not just learned to recite answers. Students can then use their understanding and reasoning to answer questions, even those they may not have heard before. My 20+ years engineering experience before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how science is used in the world outside of school.
Computer Engineering,

Computer Engineering

I have a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and worked in industry as a computer design engineer. I have completed graduate coursework in electrical and computer engineering, mathematics, physics, and education. I also have a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). I spent 20 years in the computer industry designing computer and networking hardware and was a Principal Engineer at companies such as Prime Computer, Digital Computer. During my education, in addition to the core engineering and electrical courses, I studied digital logic and Boolean algebra, computer organization and design, software engineering, programming, and numerical analysis. I used my knowledge of logic and Boolean algebra to design computer hardware and my expertise is in computers, digital logic design and circuits, designing with high-speed signals, circuit boards, and regulatory safety and emissions standards. I also worked for 9 years in the electrical construction industry and was an electrician.
Physics,

Physics

Teaching and tutoring all levels of physics for high school and college students. My goal is for you to not only earn good grades, but to enjoy and understand physics. I can help you earn your best score on the SAT Physics and AP Physics 1, 2, and C Exams, and on the MCAT Physics Test. I have taught physics for 9th grade and have excellent results with my students passing the state physics test. I focus on making sure my students truly understand the underlying concepts and have not just learned to recite answers. Students can then use their understanding and reasoning to answer questions, even those they may not have heard before. I also make sure students know a step by step method to solve problems. Then, when a student has a problem to solve, they always know something they can do to get started, know what step to do next, and can provide an answer that shows how much they know, earning the best grade possible. My 20+ years engineering experience before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how physics is used in the world outside of school.
ACT Science, Biology, Nursing

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I am a retired math instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport where I taught Algebra 1 and other maths through Calculus. I am also a retired high school teacher and have been tutoring Algebra for students in high schools and colleges for many years. I focus on helping my students understand the underlying concepts and not just memorizing and finding answers. My 20+ years working as an engineer before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how trigonometry is used in the world outside of school. I also like to show students how mathematics is not just a tool to use to solve problems but the language we use in science to describe the world around us.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I am a retired math instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport where I taught Algebra 2 and other maths through Calculus. I am also a retired high school teacher and have been tutoring Algebra for students in high schools and colleges for many years. I focus on helping my students understand the underlying concepts and not just memorizing and finding answers. My 20+ years working as an engineer before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how trigonometry is used in the world outside of school. I also like to show students how mathematics is not just a tool to use to solve problems but the language we use in science to describe the world around us.
Calculus,

Calculus

I am a retired math instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport where I taught Calculus and other maths from Algebra to Pre-Calculus. I am also a retired high school teacher and I have been teaching and tutoring Calculus to students in high schools and colleges for many years. Calculus is used extensively in science and engineering. My 20+ years working as an electrical engineer before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how to do Calculus and how Calculus is used in the world outside of school. I focus on making sure my students understand the fundamental concepts. Understanding the concepts is what gives them a solid foundation for future studies. I also like to show students how mathematics is not just a tool to use to solve problems but the language we use in science to describe the world around us.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

My goal is for you to not only earn good grades, but to enjoy and understand chemistry. I can help you earn your best score on the MCAT Chemistry Test and the SAT Chemistry Subject Exam. I focus on making sure my students truly understand the underlying concepts and have not just learned to recite answers. Students can then use their understanding and reasoning to answer questions, even those they may not have heard before. My 20+ years engineering experience before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how science is used in the world outside of school.
Geometry,

Geometry

I am a retired math instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport where I taught Geometry and other maths from Algebra through Calculus. I am also a retired high school teacher and have been tutoring Geometry for students in high schools and colleges for many years. Geometry is an area of mathematics where students are often stretched in their abilities. While the mechanics of geometry in calculating volumes and areas are not often an issue, the logical proofs are a stumbling block for many. Students need to extend their abstract thinking skills and are challenged to think in a formal logical way for what is often the first time in their lives. I guide students with multiple explanations about ways to think in a logical and step by step manner to build a geometry system. I focus on helping my students understand the underlying concepts and not just memorizing and finding answers. My 20+ years working as an engineer before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how geometry is used in the world outside of school. I also like to show students how mathematics is not just a tool to use to solve problems but the language we use in science to describe the world around us.
Physics,

Physics

Teaching and tutoring all levels of physics for high school and college students. My goal is for you to not only earn good grades, but to enjoy and understand physics. I can help you earn your best score on the SAT Physics and AP Physics 1, 2, and C Exams, and on the MCAT Physics Test. I have taught physics for 9th grade and have excellent results with my students passing the state physics test. I focus on making sure my students truly understand the underlying concepts and have not just learned to recite answers. Students can then use their understanding and reasoning to answer questions, even those they may not have heard before. I also make sure students know a step by step method to solve problems. Then, when a student has a problem to solve, they always know something they can do to get started, know what step to do next, and can provide an answer that shows how much they know, earning the best grade possible. My 20+ years engineering experience before becoming a teacher gives me a unique perspective to show students how physics is used in the world outside of school.
Biology, SAT Math

Test Preparation

ACT Science, SAT Math

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Great Tutor

Bob is very knowledgeable and patient. He helped my daughter better understand where she went wrong on a physics test by talking through it with her. Very helpful.

Deborah, 1 lesson with Bob

Very Patient and Helpful Tutor

A very good physics tutor for my daughter! Highly recommended! Helps answer all questions and explains and relates concepts very well. Makes physics much more understandable!

Sherry, 6 lessons with Bob

Goes beyond expectations, great teacher.

HS Physics (Honors). Teaching Method, Patient, flexible hours, goes beyond expectations. Provide with great resources to study. Grab Physics concepts and apply to problems.

Lourdes, 31 lessons with Bob

Great!

Bob has worked with my sixteen year old son at our house for the last four months. He has shown patience and dedication. He is always prompt, and has even stayed a little later without charging. We definitely recommend him!

Susan, 13 lessons with Bob

Nice First Meeting

Our first meeting was a great success. It is clear that Bob A. is a dedicated and caring tutor. His review and outline of our daughter's goals were spot on. He is patient and thoughtful. I appreciate the extra time he takes to provide more feed back and information during the week between sessions. I anticipate that our daughter's confidence and skill with pre-calculus will improve significantly under his guidance.

Heather, 6 lessons with Bob

Great tutor and very patient in explaining the problems

If my son needs help next year with physics or calculus, I am definitely going to contact him. He helped my son with trig.

Anjum, 11 lessons with Bob

Great Physics Tutor

Bob worked with my 9th grade daughter for a few sessions before her final exam in Physics. She had been struggling with several concepts that she could not grasp and Bob was able break down the topics so she easily understood the material. Bob not only knows Physics but more importantly, he knows how to effectively teach Physics. I highly recommend Bob as a tutor!

Lindsey, 6 lessons with Bob

Excellent Tutor

Bob is easy to work with and has made Physics enjoyable. He is an amazing tutor who helps you a lot and makes the subject understandable. He is very patient and flexible, and his tutoring updates are very detailed. I highly recommend Bob as a tutor!

Chung, 10 lessons with Bob
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