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Simon S.

Minneapolis, MN

$60/hr

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Background check passed as of 12/9/13
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Excellent tutor!
— Diane, Minneapolis, MN on 5/3/15

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Knox College
Physics, Mathematics
University of Minnesota
Graduate Coursework

Education

Knox College (Physics, Mathematics)

University of Minnesota (Graduate Coursework)

About Simon

Hello everyone,

My name is Simon, and I want to help you understand Math, Physics, and Computer Programming. In my day job, I'm a graduate student at the U, studying Computational Biophysics and serving as a Teaching Assistant. I like to tutor in my free-time in part because I see it as a public service -- the ideas in these subjects aren't necessarily easy, and students deserve to understand them. I usually work with students who want some extra face-time with an expert who knows what's going on in their classes. I like to help students build good maps of the subjects they're learning, ideally so that they can easily find their way on homework and tests, too.

Below are a list of courses/programming-languages I've had great success tutoring for in the past. If your interests are on this list, I can probably help you -- if not, please feel free to ask.

Algebra
Geometry
Precalculus
Calculus I, II, III
Linear Algebra
Differential Equations

Intro Physics: Mechanics & Electromagnetism
Modern Physics
Quantum Mechanics
Analytical Mechanics
Electrodynamics

Python
Java
Lisp/Scheme
Haskell
Mathematica

My base rate is $60/hr, and I give discounts based on travel-time, my availability, and financial need. For example, I typically charge students at the U about $40/hr.

Many thanks for checking out my profile. I look forward to your inquiry. :-)
- Simon
Hello everyone,

My name is Simon, and I want to help you understand Math, Physics, and Computer
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Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required

Discounts are available based on travel-time, my availability, and financial need.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Minneapolis, MN 55455
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent tutor!"

- Diane, Minneapolis, MN on 5/3/15

"Great Tutor! "

- Anne, Minneapolis, MN on 6/22/14

"Very patient! Very intelligent!"

- Kristie, Minneapolis, MN on 6/20/14

"Wonderful!"

- Lauren, Minneapolis, MN on 4/30/14

"Highly Recommended "

- Jon, Saint Paul, MN on 3/20/14

"Patient, kind, and easygoing"

- Susannah, Minneapolis, MN on 3/14/14
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Calculus,
Differential Equations,
Discrete Math,
Finite Math, Geometry,
Linear Algebra,
Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Physical Science, Physics
Computer:
C#, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Java,
Mathematica, MATLAB, Python
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Calculus,
Geometry,
Physics,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, GED, GRE, SAT Math
Corporate Training:
Java

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Algebra 1

Algebra is one of the foundational branches of math. In Algebra, students learn about the properties of number systems, develop problem-solving and communication skills, and gain proficiency using variables to analyze situations.

Keywords: expressions, equations, linear equations, systems of equations, inequalities, polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, irrational numbers, the quadratic formula.

Calculus

Calculus studies the relationship between the value of a quantity and how the quantity changes. An understanding of calculus enables the use of an entirely new language for describing phenomena, and it has applications to every piece of mathematics taught in high school.

Keywords: limits, derivatives, antiderivatives, integration, fundamental theorem of calculus, sequences and series, and applications.

Differential Equations

I took a differential equations class in college, and I review the subject periodically to keep it fresh. In graduate school, I work with differential equations every day, so I have a firm ground in both their theory and application.

Discrete Math

I majored in Mathematics, and my course work included Discrete Math, Number Theory, and Abstract Algebra. I am well versed in many relevant topics, such as proof by induction, game theory, combinatorics, and probability.

Geometry

Geometry is the study of space. To study it, we delineate the space with lines, polygons, and angles. By describing the properties of the shapes we create, we come to understand the space they occupy.

Geometry is a marvelously fascinating subject, and it is of pivotal importance in the high school math curriculum. Let me help your student to see its beauty and power and give them the tools to succeed in the rest of their math curriculum.

Java

I can help students develop proficiency not only with the practical logistics of programming, but also with the use of Visibility Modifiers, Abstract Classes, Interfaces, Inheritance, Overriding, and Overloading for optimal project design.

Linear Algebra

I took a Linear Algebra course my first year of college, and I used the knowledge I gained in many courses thereafter. I have a thorough understanding of Gauss-Jordan elimination, diagonalization of matrices, and the properties of inner product spaces. Over the past few months, I have been constructing a curriculum to give clever high-school students an introduction to the beauty and power of Linear Algebra.

Physics

Physics is the study of the universe in the language of Mathematics. As you've no doubt noticed, the universe can be a confusing place to live, and the Mathematics often further obfuscates the matter. Let me help.

I have experience tutoring and teaching introductory Algebra- and Calculus-based Physics, including Electricity and Magnetism and the content of the AP Physics exams.

I am also well-versed in more advanced topics, including Classical Dynamics, Electrodynamics, Special and General Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, and Particle Physics.

Python

I used SciPy and NumPy one summer to do data-processing for a project I was working on. My program took images from a camera and used cross-correlation to locate an object in the frame. I also implemented a program to monitor and respond to movement of the object.

Knox College
Physics, Mathematics
University of Minnesota
Graduate Coursework

Education

Knox College (Physics, Mathematics)

University of Minnesota (Graduate Coursework)

Excellent tutor! — Simon is an excellent tutor! My daughter began her senior year in high school completely frustrated by her inability to understand AP calculus. She started working with Simon who was very knowledgeable about the material and was able to explain it in a way that my daughter could comprehend it. As a result of being tutored by Simon, my daughter raised her final grade to an A-. He was always pr ...

— Diane, Minneapolis, MN on 5/3/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Discounts are available based on travel-time, my availability, and financial need.

Travel policy

Simon will travel within 10 miles of Minneapolis, MN 55455.

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