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Philip P.

Olney, MD

$40/hr

Effective and Affordable Math Tutor

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Background check passed as of 11/16/14
5.0 Avg. Rating
 
 
100 Ratings
 
 
2hrs Response Time
Really Great tutor!
— Keonah, Mount Airy, MD on 4/30/14

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University of Maryland
Physical Science
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of Maryland (Physical Science)

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (Graduate Coursework)

About Philip

I am a retired engineer with a degree in Physical Sciences from the University of Maryland with a strong education in mathematics including calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, boolean algebra, analytic geometry, complex variables, and vector functions. I have also done graduate coursework in applied physics and mathematics at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab.

I am an experienced tutor who has worked with students from ages 9 to 39, and tutored elementary math through college Calculus. In my engineering career, I was often called on to explain difficult technical topics to non-experts. I learned to cut the jargon to a minimum, demystify and simplify, and get at the underlying idea; and I bring this approach to my math tutoring.

I keep my fee reasonable because I believe that everyone should be able to afford quality tutoring. While my fee is low, my customer rating is 5 stars. I am not satisfied unless you are happy with my work. If you are not satisfied with any tutoring session, there will be no charge.

Math has been called the greatest achievement of the human mind. The best part is, we can all share in that achievement because math really is accessible to all of us. I look forward to hearing from you and helping you or your child achieve success in your mathematical studies. I also invite you to check out my math study guides on my profile page on the WyzAnt website (under the Resources tab).
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Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required

1/2 hour minimum charge

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Olney, MD 20832
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Really Great tutor!"

- Keonah, Mount Airy, MD on 4/30/14

"Patient"

- Nanouka, Hanover, MD on 2/9/15
Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Geometry, Prealgebra
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Geometry, Prealgebra
Sports/Recreation:
Baseball

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Algebra 1

I have a degree in Physics from the University of Maryland with a strong background in mathematics, including calculus, analytic geometry, differential equations, linear algebra, boolean algebra, complex variables, and vector functions. I have also taken graduate-level math coursework at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. I have worked for over 40 years as an engineer applying math to the solution of real-world problems.

Algebra is the abstraction of basic arithmetic, using letters to stand in for specific known or unknown numbers. The abstract notation of algebra often gives new students difficulty, but the concept, when properly explained, is not difficult. A good working knowledge of algebra is essential to fields like science, engineering, math, economics, and finance. It is also useful in real life, from figuring out how to expand a recipe, to computing your batting average, to determining how many gallons you'll need to paint a room.

I truly enjoy working with young people, and have been a baseball and softball hitting instructor for many years. My experience has taught me to work at each student’s level until the subject matter is understood and the student becomes proficient at the skills he or she is trying to master. Please check out some of the Algebra Help Study Guides that I've posted to the WyzAnt website under the Resources-Files tab.

Algebra 2

I have a degree in physics from the University of Maryland with a strong background in mathematics, including calculus, analytic geometry, differential equations, linear algebra, boolean algebra, complex variables, and vector functions. I have also taken graduate-level math coursework at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. I have worked for over 40 years as an engineer applying higher-level mathematics to the solution of real-world problems.

Algebra 2 is the springboard for the more advanced mathematics that a student will encounter in college. Having a firm grasp of polynomial operations, graphs, complex numbers, systems of equations and inequalities, logs and exponents, conic sections, and complex numbers is essential for succeeding at linear algebra, calculus, and advanced statistics. It is also essential to fields like science, engineering, math, economics, and finance.

As an engineer, I was often called on to explain complex technical topics to non-experts. I learned to minimize the jargon and get to the underlying idea so everyone on a project could understand the technical approach. I bring that skill to my tutoring and can help make difficult topics accessible to the student. If algebra 2 is a struggle, I can help.

I invite you to check out some of the Algebra Help Study Guides that I've posted to the WyzAnt website under the Resources:Files tab. I also contribute to the Resources:Answers section, providing on-line homework help to students.

Baseball

I have been coaching baseball and providing private baseball and softball hitting instruction in Olney, MD, since 2002. I have developed a unique approach to teaching the art of hitting based on key phases and positions of the swing. This approach simplifies learning the swing and makes it easier for the hitter to self-correct swing flaws that may pop up after the lessons have been completed.

Elementary Math

I have a degree in Physics from the University of Maryland with a strong background in mathematics, including calculus, analytic geometry, differential equations, linear algebra, boolean algebra, complex variables, and vector functions. I have also taken graduate-level math coursework at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. I have worked for over 40 years as an engineer applying math to the solution of real-world problems.

Having command of basic elementary mathematics - addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, exponents, roots, etc. - is essential to mastering the higher-level math disciplines that a student will encounter in high school and college. But 40 years as a working engineer has also taught me that math is a useful tool for solving real world problems, no matter what profession a student chooses in life.

I truly enjoy working with young people, and have been a baseball and softball hitting instructor for many years. My experience has taught me to work at each student’s level until the subject matter is understood and the student becomes proficient at the skills he or she is trying to master. Please check out some of the Math Help Study Guides that I've posted to the WyzAnt website under the Resources-Files tab.

Prealgebra

Having a good understanding of basic elementary and middle school mathematics is essential to mastering the higher-level math disciplines that a student will encounter in high school and college, and is a useful tool no matter what profession a student chooses in life. Please check out some of the Algebra Help Study Guides that I have posted on the WyzAnt website under the Resources - Files tab.

University of Maryland
Physical Science
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of Maryland (Physical Science)

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (Graduate Coursework)

Really Great tutor! — Phil has been working with my daughter for a few weeks now, and she absolutely loves him. He has a very mild demeanor and is very patient with my daughter, who can at times be hyper and talkative when she is supposed to be working. Phil has a wonderful way of channeling her energy into the work and finding new ways to get her involved in the assignment. He makes up fun games that keep her engaged ...

— Keonah, Mount Airy, MD on 4/30/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

1/2 hour minimum charge

Travel policy

Philip will travel within 20 miles of Olney, MD 20832.

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