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Bob P.

Duke Univ. engineering alumnus, experienced tutor, father of 4

Duke Univ. engineering alumnus, experienced tutor, father of 4

$120/hour

  • 8,239 hours tutoring

About Bob


Bio

I am an experienced tutor with double majors in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. I have worked in the Information Technology field for over 25 years, including at IBM, SAS, and Duke University. I am a married father of 4 children (who are currently students in High School, College, and a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy). For decades I have tutored and mentored hundreds of students ranging in age from 7 to 82, elementary school students to PhDs and professionals. Online...

I am an experienced tutor with double majors in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. I have worked in the Information Technology field for over 25 years, including at IBM, SAS, and Duke University. I am a married father of 4 children (who are currently students in High School, College, and a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy). For decades I have tutored and mentored hundreds of students ranging in age from 7 to 82, elementary school students to PhDs and professionals. Online tutoring has enabled me to help students from 48 U.S. states (if you live in ID or SD please let me know), and more than a dozen countries around the world.

I graduated summa cum laude from Duke University, but more importantly I have helped many students improve their test scores and course grades by multiple letters (for example from F to B, from C to A, etc.). Many of my AP Computer Science students have earned a 5 (top score) on the AP exam.

Helping you (or your daughter or son) succeed is the reason why I tutor. I get great personal enjoyment and fulfillment helping students of any age overcome their challenges and reach their goals.

Your success is important to me, and I look forward to helping you.


Education

Duke University
EE, Computer Science

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $120
  • Rate details: If my rate exceeds your budget, please ask me about options.
  • Lesson cancellation: 6 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 9/16/2019

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

Career Development,

Career Development

I have been tutoring and mentoring other people for over 25 years, and was recognized for my leadership with a prestigious IBM Excellence award, signed by Samuel Palmisano (then General Manager of IBM Personal Computer Company, and later Chairman, President and CEO of all of IBM). I have earned numerous industry certifications, and can help students with their career development in a variety of fields.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word

I have used Microsoft Word nearly every day for over 17 years. I am very familiar with not only its everyday usage but also its more complex and less common uses. If you need help with Microsoft Word, I would be happy to help you.

Computer

Computer Engineering,

Computer Engineering

I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Duke University with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Today, that combination is known as Electrical and Computer Engineering. I have worked in the Computer field my entire adult life, including seven years at IBM and 3.5 years at SAS Institute. I was recognized with a prestigious IBM Excellence award. I have been tutoring and mentoring other people for over 25 years.
Computer Programming,

Computer Programming

I am a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Duke University with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. I have worked in Information Technology my entire adult life, including 7 years at IBM and 3.5 years at SAS Institute. At IBM, I was recognized for my IT leadership with a prestigious IBM Excellence award, signed by Samuel Palmisano (then General Manager of IBM Personal Computer Company, and later Chairman, President and CEO of all of IBM). I have been tutoring and mentoring other people for over 25 years. I have earned numerous industry certifications, including: Certified Solution Consultant SAP NetWeaver ‘04 – Business Intelligence SAS Certified Base Programmer Sun Certified Programmer IBM Certified DB2 Application Developer IBM Certified DB2 Database Administrator
Computer Science,

Computer Science

I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Duke University with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. I have worked in Computer Science my entire adult life, including seven years at IBM and 3.5 years at SAS Institute. I was recognized with a prestigious IBM Excellence award. I have been tutoring and mentoring other people for over 25 years.
General Computer,

General Computer

I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Duke University with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. I have worked in Computer Science my entire adult life, including seven years at IBM (where I was recognized with a prestigious IBM Excellence award) and over three and one-half years at SAS Institute. I have been tutoring and mentoring other people for over 25 years.
Java,

Java

I have been programming in Java for over 20 years... since JDK 1.0! I passed the Sun Certified Programmer exam on the Java 2 Platform, and I have stayed current with Java releases through Java 11. With well over 2,000 hours tutoring Java, I have helped many students improve their test scores and course grades by multiple letters (for example from F to B, from C to A, etc.), and many of my AP Computer Science students have received a 5 on the AP exam. I look forward to helping you reach your goals.
Microsoft Outlook,

Microsoft Outlook

I have used Microsoft Outlook nearly every day for over 17 years. I am very familiar with its usage, not only in regular usage of Email, Calendar, Tasks, Notes, etc. but also in several of the more complex and less common uses, including rules of varying complexity. I would be quite comfortable tutoring this subject.
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

I have used Microsoft Word nearly every day for over 17 years. I am very familiar with not only its everyday usage but also its more complex and less common uses. If you need help with Microsoft Word, I would be happy to help you.
SQL,

SQL

I have used SQL for 25 years, beginning with 7 years at IBM working on a DB2-based Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) system, and I am both an IBM Certified DB2 Application Developer and an IBM Certified DB2 Database Administrator. Over my career, I have worked with several different relational database management systems, including Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server among others, and I have done Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) work in both SAS and SAP Business Intelligence.
Python

Corporate Training

Career Development,

Career Development

I have been tutoring and mentoring other people for over 25 years, and was recognized for my leadership with a prestigious IBM Excellence award, signed by Samuel Palmisano (then General Manager of IBM Personal Computer Company, and later Chairman, President and CEO of all of IBM). I have earned numerous industry certifications, and can help students with their career development in a variety of fields.
General Computer,

General Computer

I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Duke University with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. I have worked in Computer Science my entire adult life, including seven years at IBM (where I was recognized with a prestigious IBM Excellence award) and over three and one-half years at SAS Institute. I have been tutoring and mentoring other people for over 25 years.
Java,

Java

I have been programming in Java for over 20 years... since JDK 1.0! I passed the Sun Certified Programmer exam on the Java 2 Platform, and I have stayed current with Java releases through Java 11. With well over 2,000 hours tutoring Java, I have helped many students improve their test scores and course grades by multiple letters (for example from F to B, from C to A, etc.), and many of my AP Computer Science students have received a 5 on the AP exam. I look forward to helping you reach your goals.
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

I have used Microsoft Word nearly every day for over 17 years. I am very familiar with not only its everyday usage but also its more complex and less common uses. If you need help with Microsoft Word, I would be happy to help you.
SQL

SQL

I have used SQL for 25 years, beginning with 7 years at IBM working on a DB2-based Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) system, and I am both an IBM Certified DB2 Application Developer and an IBM Certified DB2 Database Administrator. Over my career, I have worked with several different relational database management systems, including Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server among others, and I have done Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) work in both SAS and SAP Business Intelligence.

Science

Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering

I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Duke University with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Today, that combination is known as Electrical and Computer Engineering. I have worked in the Computer field my entire adult life, including seven years at IBM and 3.5 years at SAS Institute. I was recognized with a prestigious IBM Excellence award. I have been tutoring and mentoring other people for over 25 years.

Test Preparation

Career Development

Career Development

I have been tutoring and mentoring other people for over 25 years, and was recognized for my leadership with a prestigious IBM Excellence award, signed by Samuel Palmisano (then General Manager of IBM Personal Computer Company, and later Chairman, President and CEO of all of IBM). I have earned numerous industry certifications, and can help students with their career development in a variety of fields.

Examples of Expertise


Bob has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 3 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

5.0 (5,241 ratings)
5 star
(5,228)
4 star
(9)
3 star
(3)
2 star
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1 star
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Reviews


Amazing tutor! Very attentive!

Bob is always prepared and goes an extra miles to help my daughter. With few sessions only, my daughter’s confidence has increased significantly.

Lulu, 4 lessons with Bob

He is awesome!

Bob is so patient and helpful. I feel like in my short time with him over the last few weeks I have learned more about Java than I have over the past two semesters in college. Not kidding!!! I highly recommend him!

Jessica, 8 lessons with Bob

wonderful experience

We had three AP CS review lessons so far and my son is very happy with the experience. Thank you !

Irina, 3 lessons with Bob

Absolutely excellent

Bob is hands down the best tutor on this site. He helped me with some extremely difficult queries that 4 tutors I tried before him could not. He is very good at explaining his thought process and breaking down difficult problems. I can not stress enough how much working with Bob has helped me to understand difficult graduate level SQL. Highly recommended.

Jesse, 4 lessons with Bob

He is awesome!

Bob is so patient and helpful. I feel like in my short time with him over the last few weeks I have learned more about Java than I have over the past two semesters in college. Not kidding!!! I highly recommend him!

Jessica, 8 lessons with Bob

Amazing!

Very patient and motivating. One lesson gave me far more confidence with programming and working with topics that confused me. Gave vitality to concepts that once seemed stationary! Thank you so much!

Stephanie, 1 lesson with Bob

very good teacher

SQL Server. we reviewed questions for the SQL Server certification test. Bob was very knowledgeable. we went through the questions and talked about how to determine what the correct answer is and what is not the correct answer

Otis, 2 lessons with Bob

Efficient and very helpful!

Bob is a very polite, patient and knowledgeable tutor who helped me with a lot of my school projects. He is very skilled in this subject and I highly recommend him to others!

Kathy, 7 lessons with Bob

AMAZING Tutor

Can't recommend him enough. Bob is really patient and will step by step work through the problem with you. He won't overcomplicate things. He will explain things in an understandable way. Not only that, he taught me a lot of things that I will be using for the rest of my software programming career, not just skills for the issue at hand. Just a great friendly guy that you will be comfortable with as your tutor.

Anthony, 1 lesson with Bob
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$120/hour

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$120/hour

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Response time: 32 minutes