Over 300 tutoring hours

Boris G.

Saint Paul, MN

$30/hr

Math and Chemistry Tutor for High School and College Students

In-person lessons
Replies in 23 hours
Background check passed as of 9/11/14
5.0 Avg. Rating
 
 
162 Ratings
 
 
23hrs Response Time
Very good tutor
— Linda, Afton, MN on 5/15/14

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University of Minnesota

Education

University of Minnesota

About Boris

My tutoring experience begins in high school, when I helped my classmates prepare for Math and Chemistry tests. Later in high school, I coached my classmates for SAT and ACT tests. In college, I formed study groups, where I tutored my classmates in Math, Physics, and Chemistry.

My tutoring methods largely depend on the type of problems that a student encounters and on the student's level.

For example, a student may have trouble solving Math or Physics problems. I let him solve the problem on his own under my watch. I let him explain to me how he solves the problem step by step. After his explanation of all steps of the problem, I explain if there were mistakes and at what step those mistakes took place. If I see that the student cannot solve the math problem correctly, because he does not know enough theory, then I give a small lecture on the theoretical background needed to solve the problem. After that, the student and I solve the problem together step by step. Then I assign the student several similar problems.

However, most of all, the tutoring methods vary depending on the individuality of the student.

In tutoring students, my first objective is to deal with all the problems the student is having. Then, it is my goal to make sure that the student perfectly understands the area of knowledge in which the problems arose. My goal is to completely eliminate voids in the student's knowledge.

However, my main objective when tutoring students is to get them interested in the subject. When tutoring math, my foremost goal is to immerse the student into the world of math and to arouse great interest in math. It is my goal to get the student into math so much that it becomes a pleasurable task for them to work trough math problems.

I have a bachelor degree in Chemistry and I am currently working on a Math degree. My experience started with research in quantitative modeling in biochemistry and study of acidity reactions of strained organic molecules. During my research experience, I had learned to use MATLAB, Mathematica, HYSYS, and Gaussian. My current studies are in applied math and numerical methods. My experience in chemistry and mathematical modeling will enable me to tutor students at higher level. Also, my experience had given me indispensable skills that will help me teach.
My tutoring experience begins in high school, when I helped my classmates prepare for Math and Chemistry tests. Later in high school, I coached my classmates for SAT and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Saint Paul, MN 55116
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Very good tutor"

- Linda, Afton, MN on 5/15/14

"Boris is an excellent physics tutor"

- Bonnie, Burnsville, MN on 4/12/15

"Great Tutor"

- Rossitza, Saint Paul, MN on 9/25/14

"Knowledgeable and kind."

- Sarah, Saint Paul, MN on 12/25/13

"Great Tutor "

- Jonathan, Minneapolis, MN on 8/8/13

"Amazing tutor, really knows the material well."

- Mariam, Minneapolis, MN on 4/26/13

"Great tutor, you can tell he really loves to teach."

- Seth, Saint Paul, MN on 3/22/13

"Excellent Tutor"

- Kerry, Saint Paul, MN on 11/19/12
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus,
Differential Equations, Discrete Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus,
Probability, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
Chemical Engineering, Chemistry,
Organic Chemistry, Physics
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus,
Chemistry,
Geometry, Physics,
Prealgebra, Precalculus,
SAT Math
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, SAT Math

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Calculus

I completed a Math minor at the University of Minnesota and I have a strong background in calculus. Also, I tutored calculus to many high school and college students. I taught introductory calculus topics, such as limits, differentiation, integration, and their applications. Also, I taught vectors and matrices, multi-variable calculus, differential equations, and sequences and series. When I teach math at this level, I try very hard to make sure that the students understand the theoretical background. Being comfortable with the theory is essential to successfully solving problems and applying knowledge. I work with numerous problems with students and I work hard to make the students able to solve problems on their own. It is essential to me to make sure that the students develop their own thinking skills when they study calculus.

Chemistry

I completed a Chemistry major in college and I tutored chemistry to high school and college students. The topics that I taught included atomic structure, bonding, reactions, acid and bases, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. Understanding theory at the atomic level or molecular level is very often necessary for students to do well in chemistry. Whenever I work with chemistry students, I try to get them to develop spatial thinking skills. Being able to visualize chemical reactions and electron exchange in these reactions is helpful for the students to comprehend theory. Also, I try to get students to develop logical thinking skills, because this kind of thinking is helpful in identifying reaction mechanisms.

Physics

I used applications of Physics in most of the scientific and engineering courses that I took as a student at the University of Minnesota. Also, I tutored introductory physics topics, such as classical mechanics, fluids, thermodynamics, electricity, and magnetism. Each of these topics requires very similar thinking to the topics used in math. Thus, I often help physics students to develop their mathematical thinking when they approach physics problems. Whenever I teach calculus based physics, I try to focus on improving the students’ understanding of calculus. Also, I work very hard to make sure that the students are able to work with units and vectors in solving physics problems.

Precalculus

Precalculus combines topics in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry to set the stage for students to go on to learning calculus. There are many math skills that I try to improve when I tutor precalculus. First, I make sure that the students are able to derive and manipulate algebraic formulas. Techniques such as factoring, raising an expression to a power, combining like terms, eliminating the radical from the denominator, working with exponents, radicals, and logarithms are all used in precalculus. Also, I help the students become proficient in graphing functions and in finding the minimum, the maximum, and the zeros of the functions. Whenever I help students with trigonometric identities, I ensure that the students do not memorize the identities, but instead use logical skills to understand them.

University of Minnesota

Education

University of Minnesota

Very good tutor — I would recommend Boris. He was able to just pick up on the material where our son was at and work with him. ...

— Linda, Afton, MN on 5/15/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Boris will travel within 20 miles of Saint Paul, MN 55116.

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