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Robert R.

York, ME

$50/hour

Math, Statistics, Computer Science, and SQL Tutoring

200+ Hours
Background check passed as of 3/16/15
5.0 average from 81 ratings
Amazing, knowledgeable and patient tutor!!
— Carol, York, ME on 8/24/17

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SUNY Stony Brook
Applied Math
Stanford University
Master's

Education

SUNY Stony Brook (Applied Math)

Stanford University (Master's)

About Robert

I enjoy helping students learn and have found it to be a rewarding experience. I have a Bachelor's degree in Math from SUNY at Stonybrook and a Master's degree in Statistics from Stanford University. I was a teaching assistant for a number of statistics courses while I was in graduate school, and have taught basic programming classes to elementary school students. I was also a weekly volunteer for computer hour and other learning activities throughout both of my daughters' elementary school years (K-6). I've spent many years as a software engineer in the high tech industry. During my career, I've made frequent use of my math, statistics and programming skills.
Throughout the years, I have never lost my passion for learning and teaching. My expertise is in all levels of math, statistics and computer programming. My teaching style is flexible, based on the needs of the student. When starting out with a new student, I provide a free consultation meeting to make sure that I'm a good match for your needs. I hold myself to high standards, and welcome feedback. I have a 24 hour cancellation policy, but am flexible and will try my best to reschedule a session if a student wishes to. I look forward to hearing from you and helping you be successful in your studies.
I enjoy helping students learn and have found it to be a rewarding experience. I have a Bachelor's degree in Math from SUNY at Stonybrook and a Master's degree in Statistics from Stanford University. I was a teaching assistant for a number of statistics courses while I was in graduate school, and have taught basic programming classes to elementary Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of York, ME 03909
Background Check: Passed

"Amazing, knowledgeable and patient tutor!!"

- Carol, York, ME on 8/24/17

"Very knowledgeable and invested tutor."

- Kristen, North Berwick, ME on 4/4/17

"tutoring"

- Lynette, Wells, ME on 8/31/16

"Professional!"

- Jose, York, ME on 3/17/16

"Excellent Tutor and Kind Professional"

- Nancy, New Castle, NH on 12/18/15

"Very, very knowledgeable and very, very patient!"

- Nancy, York, ME on 8/20/15
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations, Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability,
SAT Math,
Statistics, Trigonometry
Test Preparation:
SAT Math
Computer:
C,
C#,
C++,
General Computer,
HTML, JavaScript,
SQL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math
Sports/Recreation:
Tennis

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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C

I've programmed in C since 1983, when I worked at KLA-Tencor, to interface to Versatec plotters and prepare Electronic Computer-Aided Design (ECAD) data for KLA's integrated circuit inspection stations. That company is still going strong after all these years. I've also programmed extensively in C++ and C#, which are both object-oriented supersets of C.

C#

I've programmed in C# since 2008 at Ion Interactive, working on the ion Platform formerly called LiveBall. I used it primarily in Microsoft's Visual Studio environment, utilizing language features through C# version 5.0 in a .NET web application. I worked on many parts of the ion Platform code base, but my specialties were in data analysis, statistics, charting and reporting features. I've worked extensively with the features added in C# 2.0 and 3.0.

C++

I've programmed in C++ since 1989, when I worked at Computervision, a CAD/CAM software company. There, I attended a week-long, intensive course to learn the language. Computervision has since been acquired by PTC, Inc. I'm well-versed in the object oriented features of the language.

Elementary (K-6th)

For over a year, I designed and taught the curriculum for four different levels of Basic computer programming classes to students in grades 4 - 6, while I was a graduate student. For nearly 11 years, I was a weekly volunteer for computer hour and other learning activities throughout both of my daughters' elementary school years. I tutored K - 6 students in math, science, reading, spelling and geography, mostly on older Mac computers in the classrooms. I've also coached students in that age range in both softball and basketball, when my daughters were that age and on teams. Last but not least, I regularly help my 2nd grade granddaughter with her homework in all subject areas.

Elementary Math

I've been good at math for as long as I can remember. I was a weekly volunteer for computer hour and other learning activities throughout both of my daughters' elementary school years. I tutored K-6 students in math, among other subjects, mostly on older Mac computers in the classrooms. I regularly help my 2nd-grade granddaughter with her math homework, which consists of word problems, addition, subtraction, and some multiplication.

General Computer

I've worked on many different kinds of computers: mainframes (Vax, Data General, IBM), minicomputers (SUN), desktops (Gateway), and most recently laptops (IBM PC's and Mac's), tablets (iPads) and smart phones (iPhones). I have a strong general computer background. I've occasionally replaced/upgraded hardware and done troubleshooting for virus, connectivity and other software issues.

JavaScript

I've programmed in JavaScript since 2001, when I worked at a healthcare portal company. I've worked more extensively with the language at an interactive content software and services company, from 2005 and 2014. I've had experience with backbone.js, a minimal framework that is useful when building web applications with JavaScript. Backbone uses data-structuring (models and collections) and user interface (views and URLs) primitives, along with events that can be mixed in to any object, giving it the ability to bind and trigger custom named events. I've found the books, "Javascript: The Good Parts" and "Javascript: The Definitive Guide" to be excellent resources.

Linear Algebra

I took Linear Algebra and several related courses at SUNY at Stonybrook. I've worked extensively with linear equations and matrices (decompositions and relations) and am familiar with all of the other topics in this subject.

Probability

My bachelor's degree is in Applied Math and Statistics at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. My master's degree is in Statistics at Stanford University. I graduated with highest honors at Stony Brook, and I was an A student at Stanford.

I was a teaching assistant in graduate school, and tutored students in a variety of probability and statistics courses. I've also used these skills frequently over the course of my 35+ year career in the high-tech industry. I've also tutored junior high, high school and college students in probability and statistics topics through WyzAnt and at York County Community College in Maine.

With probability, students often struggle with translating the initial word problems into probability expressions that can be solved. Combinations, permutations and conditional probabilities tend to be difficult concepts.

I am very patient, enthusiastic and soft-spoken. I adapt my tutoring techniques in a way that best fits each individual student. Some students only want to know the minimum amount of information required to solve each problem. Some students are more curious and want to know how probability topics apply to the "real world" such as games of chance, multivariate tests in web page design or probability waves in physics. Others like to be challenged to think about harder problems and applications. For long-term tutoring partnerships, I get to know my students better by understanding how they learn, what they like and sometimes speaking with their teachers and (for younger students) speaking with their parents. I always show my students respect and I believe that anyone can do well in a subject if they put in enough time and effort. I'll pose problems using a student's likes or hobbies to keep it interesting. Even when I work with a student who only want to know enough to get by in a class, I try to get them to see the bigger picture and understand the reasons behind the steps necessary to solve each problem.

SAT Math

I have an extremely strong and broad math background, and lots of experience with the recently revised SAT math format. In the past 2 years, I've tutored junior high, high school and college students in SAT math prep, calculus, trigonometry, statistics, data analysis, computer programming and 3 different algebra courses (Intro to Algebra, Intermediate Algebra and College Algebra) at a local community college.

My typical tutoring approach is to go through the 2 math (calculator and no-calculator) sections in the SAT practice tests published by the College Board with each student. After reviewing the first couple of practice tests, I then identify which specific topics that the student struggles with the most. Based on the prevalence of those topics across the typical SAT test, I work with the student to focus on those topics to prepare for the exam. I also make use of study sheets for those topics to help the student improve. I've gotten great feedback from all students that I've tutored in SAT math prep and they've all seen improvements in their math scores.

Tennis

I've been playing tennis since I was about 10 (45 years ago!). I played against friends back in my high school days, and against fellow students and teachers in graduate school, most of whom were excellent tennis players. I also played on the tennis ladder at a Racquet & Fitness Club for a few years and ranked in the mid-to-high 3's on a 4-point scale. I'm still playing today, but mostly for fun. I'm capable of teaching basic tennis rules, etiquette, skills and strategy.

SUNY Stony Brook
Applied Math
Stanford University
Master's

Education

SUNY Stony Brook (Applied Math)

Stanford University (Master's)

Amazing, knowledgeable and patient tutor!!

Robert tutored my son all summer preparing him for 8th grade honors Algebra. Robert was extremely helpful, friendly, and flexible with his schedule. He was committed to making sure my son was learning not only during the sessions but also afterwards by sending him detailed notes. We highly recommend Robert to anyone who needs a math tutor. We are so thankful we found him.

— Carol, York, ME on 8/24/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Robert will travel within 40 miles of York, ME 03909.