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Dr. B.

Frederick, MD

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Math Problems? PhD, Expert tutor for K12-College (Also TOEFL/English)

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— Fitrina, Frederick, MD on 4/28/14

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Dartmouth College
Mathematics
University of Chicago
Master's
Cornell University
PhD

Education

Dartmouth College (Mathematics)

University of Chicago (Master's)

Cornell University (PhD)

About Dr.

"There's no such thing as a 'dumb question' -- it is only by asking questions, exploring, taking risks, and being willing to be wrong or make mistakes, that we can learn, and grow." -Dr. B.

[NEED SUMMER "MATH TUNE-UP" to want to get ahead before fall? Contact me! -Dr. B., June 2016]

Hello! I tutor both K-12 and College/University levels, and am an award-winning, Mathematics Ph.D. holding, seasoned, patient teacher and tutor. My style is friendly and gentle, and I see myself as your coach, to help you or your child succeed, whether you are truly struggling or an advanced student. In addition to the mathematical subjects listed below, I can help with study skills; time management, and skills to overcome test anxiety, if desired. I've tutored students and seen them improve, sometimes very dramatically, in elementary math, pre-algebra, algebra, precalculus, calculus, geometry, SAT math, and more advanced college and graduate level math.

Please know foremost: although I'm not the cheapest tutor, if you start tutorial sessions with me you not only get my expertise, but also someone who devotes a lot of unpaid time, due to my dedication to those students I take on, on top of the tutorials and debriefing of parents/students directly - whether it's a free initial phone consultation or later on sending extra exercises, web resources, fielding a concern or question by email or phone, etc. Now that you know, below is more about my style, approach, and unique qualifications.

I've run workshops for K-12 math teachers and taught college math at several institutions from small colleges to large universities, including teaching at Cornell University as a visiting professor - but consider the "humble" work of 1-on-1 tutoring with a student who is failing to reach their true potential, to be a true calling and the most rewarding work I've done. References are available on request.

I am success-oriented, and believe strongly that anyone can improve and reach results, I provide both support and encouragement, as well as gentle but on-going challenge to help lead you (or your child) forward. I've worked with K-12 students, taught college, and received the Outstanding Teaching award from Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics as a college instructor (and the Tutoring Excellence Award from Dartmouth College way back when I was an undergraduate). I have 20 years of college mathematics teaching along with Elementary/Middle (preservice math courses and experience running workshops as well as one-on-one personalized help).

I focus on active, conceptual learning for solid long-term understanding which future learning can build on, while also recognizing importance of short term goals like homework and improving performance on tests and the needed basic skills. This approach balances these two complementary components so critical to long term success. I can even work with you to develop a multi-month, or even annual, long-term plan and goals. Just contact me through WyzAnt and I look forward to hearing from you and helping you (or your child) improve, and succeed!
"There's no such thing as a 'dumb question' -- it is only by asking questions, exploring, taking risks, and being willing to be wrong or make mistakes, that we can learn, and grow." -Dr. B.

[NEED SUMMER "MATH TUNE-UP" to want to get ahead before fall? Contact me! -Dr. B., June 2016]
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Group and volume discounts available.

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Travels within 8 miles of Frederick, MD 21702
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In-person lessons

"Outstanding Tutor!"

- Fitrina, Frederick, MD on 4/28/14
Dr. replied on 4/29/2014

Fitrina,
Thank you for your kind words. I'm glad to hear my tutoring, test-tips with encouragement and detailed feedback have been helpful. Your daughter is a joy to work with since she is not only very intelligent, diligent, and hard-working but also innately curious about the "how" and "why" the math works as it does, being an intellectually alive young woman whom I fully expect will go far in life.

I look forward to my last two sessions with her before her AP exam to help her continue growing mathematically stronger, and to do as well as possible. And, of course, if she or someone else you know could use math tutorial sessions in the future please don't hesitate to contact me! Very best regards.

"Knowledgeable and kind"

- Alia, Frederick, MD on 7/2/16

"Dr.B is a knowledgeable teacher"

- Anna, Frederick, MD on 2/20/16

"Great Tutor"

- Siendu, Clarksburg, MD on 1/15/16

"Dr. B is very knowledgeable and flexible"

- Maria, Ijamsville, MD on 9/22/15

"Excellent, Knowledgeable, and Patient Tutor!"

- David, Frederick, MD on 1/17/15

"Fantastic Tutor"

- Ines, New Market, MD on 8/5/14

"Great Tutor"

- Dien, Greencastle, PA on 4/14/14
Dr. replied on 5/17/2014

Dear Dien, I appreciate your feedback and your kind words, as I expressed to you in person a few days ago. I was very glad to hear about your son's confidence, which I can also see happening in person along with his increasing skills.

Today was a particular joy to hear that your son achieved a perfect 100% score (and the only one in class) on his AP Calculus test. In an update I learned his marking period average up to the mid 90s (mid-A range) over the first 3 or so weeks of working with me, what a change!

To see such a dramatic increase from previously struggling in the class (despite his math strengths) is very gratifying to hear. It is what gives a tutor the greatest satisfaction. The credit is to his skills and his hard work, and I am honored that the work I have done with John and the new methods I have shown to him, played a role in helping him make such a dramatic improvement. Congratulations to him! And, of course, I look forward to continuing to work with him.

"Excellent Math Tutor!"

- Theresa, Mount Airy, MD on 5/21/13
Dr. replied on 7/10/2013

Theresa - working with your daughter to help her improve her grade up many notches to pass her H.S. calculus course was rewarding, but being able to get high enough a grade on the national AP test I worked with her to get prepared for, to actually earn college credit, as we knew, was scaling a much higher peak.

I last spoke with you right after your daughter took her AP test, and after waiting many weeks for the official AP scores to come in, I was extremely pleased to receive your text message about her crying with joy when she just found out a few days ago her AP score, and found out that she achieved that much higher goal!

Congratulations to her! It was my honor to be able to work with your daughter to help her with the advanced calculus material, with test-taking strategies and even tips on how to quiet and focus the mind during the test - all that work and her own belief in herself paid off in a big way! Very best regards,
Dr. B.

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus,
Differential Equations, Discrete Math,
Elementary Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Logic,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, SAT Reading, TOEFL
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, GED, GRE, Praxis,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Aspergers, Autism
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Grammar, Study Skills
Business:
GRE

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADD/ADHD

I have worked with and helped many students with learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD (officially diagnosed students) dyslexia, and related challenges in my over 20 years' experience of teaching and tutoring, including 15 years as a college mathematics professor, as well as tutoring of and workshops I've designed and run for K12 teachers and K12 students.

In addition to my formal training in both mathematics and math education I've personally innovated active-learning and other pedagogical approaches to engage students and which helps them to discover a style of learning and studying that works for them.

On a personal note, one of my best friends whom I've known for over 21 years has an Aspergers diagnosis. Although Aspegers syndrome is certainly not the same as ADD/ADHD, nevertheless like ADD/ADHD (and dyslexia) it presents teacher and student with challenges, even when there is strong underlying potential. Thus in addition to my formal training, background, and professional and tutoring experience, I also have personal perspective and understanding.

If you need someone with a strong background or professional degree in psychology, that is not me, and you'll need to seek help elsewhere. As the above suggests, however, I am equipped with almost all other components one can imagine as relevant to helping non-traditional learners succeed in mathematics, in a patient, encouraging, but also high standard setting context.

P.S. For those with test anxiety: I also have taken workshops and personal experience over the last 20 years in relaxation techniques and tips specific for those struggling with stress/anxiety related to test-taking.

Calculus

I have taught calculus I and II at several universities and colleges. I received a perfect score of 100% on WyzAnt's subject certification for calculus (a test I have to say, had some very tough questions).

I can help you with your high school, college/university or homeschooling calculus studies, and also can help you prepare for or improve your score on the Calculus AP test ("Calculus AB" and "Calculus BC" exams). I've recently been helping someone prepare for her Calculus AP test and in so doing have gone through and solved an entire 45-question test including the "no calculator" section and one with calculator allowed/needed for some questions, including quite a few tricky question. I can help you learn to spot some of the pitfalls and learn tricks and deeper content knowledge.

Discrete Math

I have taught mathematics classes at the university level for over 15 years, including several courses with discrete mathematics. These courses include sets and functions, relations, logic, proofs of mathematical induction, probability, basics of trees and graphs. combinations, permutations and general combinatorics, recurrence relations/recursion and more.

Elementary (K-6th)

During my 15 years as a college professor I have taught courses for K-8 preservice teachers (college students who will become k-8 teachers) and graduate courses and workshops for inservice (current) k-8 teachers. My Ph.D. is in mathematics with additional math-education and k-12 (especially k-8) experience and training, including a post-doctoral position at the University of Minnesota in k12 education. I've also designed and run workshops for k-12 including k-8 school children which focus on math but which connect to reading, stories, word-problems, etc. I've successfully tutored students via Wyzant as young as 4 (and got a 5-star rating from parent) to adults and everyone in between.

Linear Algebra

I have a Ph.D. in pure mathematics. As an undergraduate at Dartmouth I was the only freshman in the highly abstract styled Honors linear algebra summer class, yet had (according to the professor) the highest scores. During my years as a university professor I have taught linear algebra several times, including both the "concrete" side (matrices) and the abstract side: vector spaces as abstract algebraic structures with structure-preserving mappings (linear transformations) between them. If you start working with me regularly (not 11th hour before the test) I can help you attain a solid understanding.

Logic

As someone with a Ph.D. in pure mathematics I have not only taken an undergraduate class on logic in a mathematics department, but also have used in my graduate studies and later work standard elements of such a course. These include mathematical induction (including "strong" induction"), recursion, matrices, elements of graph theory, among other things. (In fact I was recently tutoring a graduate student in an advanced topic and where strong induction was the best method to solve a problem) Of course, if you need help not with a formal Logic or Discrete Math class but with an area which could benefit from general mathematical type logical thinking, I would quite likely, given this background, be able to help you so drop me a note telling me about your needs!

Praxis

My background includes 15 years as a college mathematics professor however in addition to my mathematics background, I also have extensive educational background in the field of math education, from math ed seminars and even coursework I took at Cornell, to a post-doctoral position specializing in K-16 where I ran workshops for in-service teachers and K12 students, to teaching college courses to preservice (future) teachers, from el-ed majors to math majors wanting to become high school teachers. As professor I've had advisees preparing for the Math Praxis II and the math part of Praxis I. From the listings on Wyzant it's clear there are those out there needing help with the math of (especially) praxis II.

Study Skills

I have over 20 years experience of working with college students helping them prepare for tests, including 15 years as a college mathematics professor helping students during office hours, after class, etc. In addition to my mathematics background, I also have extensive educational background in the field of math education, from math ed seminars and even coursework I took at Cornell, to a post-doctoral position specializing in K-16 math ed, to emphasizing "active learning" pedagogies, working with preservice (future) K12 teachers during their college preparatory years, and more. For those with test anxiety: I also have taken workshops and personal experience over the last 20 years in relaxation techniques and tips specific for those struggling with stress/anxiety related to test-taking.

Dartmouth College
Mathematics
University of Chicago
Master's
Cornell University
PhD

Education

Dartmouth College (Mathematics)

University of Chicago (Master's)

Cornell University (PhD)

Outstanding Tutor! — Dr. B has been helping my daughter prepare for her AP calculus AB/BC exam. He is very knowledgeable and explains the concepts well. He is also very responsive to her questions and is always very encouraging. He is a well-organized and approachable tutor and the feedback that we get from him after every session is very helpful. ...

— Fitrina, Frederick, MD on 4/28/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Group and volume discounts available.

Travel policy

Dr. will travel within 8 miles of Frederick, MD 21702.