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Christopher F.

Somerville, MA


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Background check passed as of 3/19/14
5.0 average from 164 ratings
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Saint Anselm College
B.A., Mathematics
Tufts University (Mathematics)
MIT (Advanced Study Program)


Saint Anselm College (B.A., Mathematics)

Tufts University (Mathematics) (Master's)

MIT (Advanced Study Program) (Other)

About Christopher

“Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.” - Albert Einstein

Looking for a math oracle? Look no further! I specialize in tutoring math subjects for students in high school and college. I have tutored math since taking calculus when I began holding after-school sessions with groups of my peers. I have experience tutoring a wide array of subjects in math: from prealgebra to precalculus, to multivariable calculus and linear algebra. I am here to help you achieve your goals and help you understand mathematical reasoning with utmost clarity and confidence. My tutoring philosophy combines patient, enthusiasm and positive reinforcement. Your goals become my goals!

A little bit about myself: I am a recent graduate of the M.S. degree program in Mathematics at Tufts University where I focused on the three major cornerstones of Contemporary Mathematics: Analysis (Real & Complex), Abstract Algebra, and Geometry/Topology. I completed my undergraduate education at Saint Anselm College where I majored in Mathematics, with a secondary major in Classics. I graduated in the top 5% of my class from St. A’s with an Honors B.A., Magna Cum Laude.

I've tutored high school students from Bedford, Lexington, Arlington, Melrose, Cambridge, Boston, and many other school districts in Massachusetts. I've also tutored college students from WPI, Tufts, BU, Northeastern, MIT, Suffolk, BC, Brandeis, Harvard, Wentworth, UMass, and many others Universities in and around Boston. Thank you for considering me!

My availability is flexible during the week, both afternoons and evenings, and the weekend. Have any scheduling questions? Shoot me a line!
“Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.” - Albert Einstein

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"Superb Calculus Tutor"

- Delmaude, Hyde Park, MA on 5/27/15

"Best tutor!"

- Lonna, Arlington, MA on 10/25/15

"Put the enjoyment back into math!"

- Bethany, Reading, MA on 10/22/15

"Excellent Tutor"

- Larry, Chestnut Hill, MA on 3/23/15

"Awesome Tutor!"

- Elizabeth, Acton, MA on 8/4/14

"Very knowledgeable, patient, and extremely flexible scheduling."

- Jai, Cypress, CA on 7/3/14

"Reliable, Intelligent, and Patient Tutor that Prides Himself On Helping You To Succeed!"

- Elyse, Haverhill, MA on 6/3/14

"Best Tutor"

- Tom, Bellingham, MA on 5/24/14


- Leoule, Seattle, WA on 5/11/14

"Efficient, organized, and accommodating!"

- Julie, Melrose, MA on 5/9/14

"Awesome Teacher!!"

- Isaac, Marshfield, VT on 5/3/14
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Differential Equations,
Discrete Math,
Finite Math,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Test Preparation:

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Algebra 2

Are you struggling to relate Algebra and Geometry to Algebra II? I'm here to be your Oracle!

I've tutored this subject for many years and I enjoy doing so! I've studied ABSTRACT Algebra in College and Graduate school, where I learned WHY algebra works, not just HOW it works; there is a rich history in the development of this wonderful subject.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

Polynomials, Factoring, Roots, Exponentials/Logarithms, Complex Numbers, Parabolas, Circles, Ellipses, Hyperbolas, Angle measures, Trigonometry, Trigonometric Identities, Sequences, Rational Exponents, Radical Functions and Expressions, Functions, Systems of Functions/Inequalities, Quadratic Functions, Matrices.


In College, I studied Calculus both intensively and extensively. Intensively by studying Calculus I, II, III and Differential Equations; but, more importantly, by understanding the theoretical and proof-based foundation of the subject through Advanced Calculus I-II courses. I studied the subject extensively by seeing its application in courses such as Numerical Analysis, Complex Variables, Calculus-based Physics and Calculus-based Statistics.

In Graduate School, I explored the theoretical aspect of Calculus more thoroughly by taking Mathematical Analysis I-II, Measure/Integration Theory, and Complex Analysis. The rigorous treatment and proof-approach of n-dimensional Calculus, through the tools of logic, has taught me why Calculus works, not just how it works.

If you are taking any subjects of Calculus that I've mentioned above, please contact me and I'll be more than happy to provide you with some very helpful insight into this fundamental and timeless subject.

Differential Equations

I've taken Differential Equations in college and graduate school: Ordinary Differential Equations as an undergraduate, Partial Differential Equations as a graduate student.

I can help you in the following areas:

1). Classification of Differential Equations; Initial-Value Problems, Boundary-value Problems, and Existence of Solutions.

2). Exact Differential Equations and Integrating Factors; Separable Equations; Linear and Bernoulli Equations; Orthogonal and Oblique Trajectories.

3). The Homogeneous Linear Equation with Constant Coefficients; The Method of Undetermined Coefficients; Variation of Parameters; The Cauchy-Euler Equation.

4). Power Series Solutions About an Ordinary or Singular Point; Bessel's Equation and Bessel Functions.

5). The Laplace Transform.

If any of these topics leave you scratching your head, please reach out; I'd be glad to provide clarity!

Discrete Math

I've studied Discrete Mathematics in College when I took Discrete Math I-II in preparation for graduate school. I'm finding a lot of computer science majors are required to take this course. Usually mathematical induction is the topic which leaves the student baffled and eager to seek a supplemental voice; I'm here to be that voice!

Discrete Math I-II topics that I can help you with are the following:

Basic Logic, Set Theory, Relations, Quantifiers, Algorithms, Counting Methods, De Morgan’s Law, Logical Connectives, Truth Tables, and Relationships Between Statements, Recurrence Relations, Graph Theory, Trees, Boolean Algebra, Automata, and Grammars.

Finite Math

I've studied finite mathematics at the undergraduate level as well as the graduate level. In College, I took Discrete Math I-II, Linear Algebra, Finite Geometry, and Number Theory.

Also, as a M.S. student, I took Abstract Algebra I-II which included a rigor treatment of finite groups, rings and fields. I've tutored my peers in these subjects as well.

Linear Algebra

The title of this subject can be misleading: it sounds easy but it's actually more abstract than it sounds. It can be difficult to conceptualize some topics in this subject, but don't worry I am here to help! Engineering majors who are required to take this class will find it to be one of their more difficult math classes.

In College, I was instructed in this subject using Gilbert Strang's book Linear Algebra, 3rd edition, Wellesley-Cambridge Press. I highly recommend this book.

If you are struggling with any of the following areas, please reach out -I will deliver clarity and comfort:

1). Vectors
2). Solving Linear Equations
3). Vector Spaces and Subspaces
4). Orthogonality
5). Determinants
6). Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors


Do you have a son or daughter who struggles with fractions? Operations with fractions? Or trouble finding the volume of a solid?

No need to fret, I can help break down the problems into smaller parts that are much more understandable and fun to learn. Whether it's finding surface areas, percentages, polynomials, inequalities, or number sequences, I can supplement the problems one's struggling with so there's complete clarity and enjoyment in learning this subject.

Saint Anselm College
B.A., Mathematics
Tufts University (Mathematics)
MIT (Advanced Study Program)


Saint Anselm College (B.A., Mathematics)

Tufts University (Mathematics) (Master's)

MIT (Advanced Study Program) (Other)

Superb Calculus Tutor — Chris is a great tutor. He is very patient and comes prepared for his tutoring sessions. He always has his white board and calculator to keep his lessons engaging. My son has made tremendous improvement since he started working with Chris. If you have a child who is struggling with calculus, I would recommend Chris. ...

— Delmaude, Hyde Park, MA on 5/27/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $75.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Please note: Cancellation Fee is one hour of the student's rate.

Travel policy

Christopher will travel within 40 miles of Somerville, MA 02144.