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Kurt M.

Avoca, NE

$30/hour

Experienced Math and Physics Tutor

Background check passed as of 10/29/11
4.7 average from 40 ratings
Phenomenal teacher!
— Kiel, Lincoln, NE on 5/8/13

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University of Nebraska Lincoln
Math and Physics
George Washington University
Master's
University of Colorado Bouder
PhD

Education

University of Nebraska Lincoln (Math and Physics)

George Washington University (Master's)

University of Colorado Bouder (PhD)

About Kurt

I have a broad background concerning my tutoring experiences, primarily in areas of mathematics, but also in physics. My educational background is very strong. I have a bachelor of science at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, where I double majored in math and physics and minored in German. I then earned a Masters degree in Astronautics from George Washington University, participating in an off campus program located at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. I then received a Masters and PhD in Physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder, performing research in theoretical atomic physics.
I also have a strong tutoring experience. I worked as a tutor for highly gifted students at Lincoln Public Schools for over 5 years, working one on one with elementary and middle school students in the areas of math and science. I worked six months as an on-line tutor in several subjects of math. I have tutored many college students face-to-face in various courses in math and physics.
My teaching style was initially formed from my farming background of practical problem solving and keeping things simple. It was enhanced after spending over a decade as a college student gaining much exposure to the worlds of mathematics, science, and engineering. I enjoy meeting students, learning their specific goals, then developing appropriate strategies (relying on both my broad educational backgrounds and research experiences) to achieve the student's desired goals.
I have a broad background concerning my tutoring experiences, primarily in areas of mathematics, but also in physics. My educational background is very strong. I have a bachelor of Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Avoca, NE 68307
Background Check: Passed

"Phenomenal teacher!"

- Kiel, Lincoln, NE on 5/8/13
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Elementary Math,
Geometry,
Prealgebra, Precalculus,
Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
Physics
English:
TOEFL
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, GED,
GMAT, GRE,
SAT Math, TOEFL
Language:
German, TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Business:
GMAT, GRE

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Algebra 1

I feel very qualified to work with Algebra I students, not only because I have an extensive background in mathematics, but more importantly I understand the frustrations of having to work with variables (letters to describe quantities) instead of numbers.

In 7th grade, I not only enrolled in a new school, but was placed in an advanced program, so most of my classmates were older 8th graders. The frustrations of being surrounded by older students along with the difficulty of learning a new form of math really prepared me to sympathize with the frustrations of a student in learning algebra.

Algebra 2

I worked as an online tutor for tutor.com for six months (November, 2008 through April, 2009). I assisted students in several math subjects (7-8th grade math, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry), but the majority of my questions involved advanced algebra topics. The set of clients included middle school, high school, college, and adult students.

Elementary Math

I have worked over five years in the Highly Gifted Lincoln Public Schools program, so have a lot of experience working with both elementary and middle school students in the areas of math and science on a one to one basis. Most of the students I worked with were highly gifted, but I have also worked with autistic children, as well as students with handicaps (legally blind, etc.).

GED

I worked with one student for about 5 sessions, and he was successful in getting his GED. Ran into him a month later in a parking lot, and he informed me he now owns the company he was working for!

Geometry

Having an undergraduate college degree in mathematics and tutoring many elementary, middle school, high school, and college students, geometry is one of the subjects I have mastered. With my graduate degrees in aerospace engineering and physics, I have also learned spherical geometry involved in celestial mechanics, as well as non-Euclidean Geometry required to describe the gravitational field as outlined in the General Theory of Relativity [the physics application resolved by Einstein, following the work of earlier mathematicians Gauss and Riemann].

GRE

My breadth of math subjects (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, statistics) is ideal for a thorough review of all math topics in preparation for the GRE. Also, having spent many years as a graduate student, my general and physics subject GRE scores were essential in getting accepted into the University of Colorado physics program in 1992. While a graduate student there, I also served on a committee selecting new graduate physics students. So I understand the importance of good GRE scores in getting accepted into graduate programs in higher education.

Physics

I have a PhD in atomic theory from the University of Colorado-Boulder (among the top 25 physics programs in the country). I do have some experimental physics experience, but my doctoral research was more focused on using computational calculations to solve problems. Also have much experience as a teaching assistant in physics.
As a bonus, I have a MS in astronautics from an off-campus George Washington University program at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia (research involved lunar gravitational models), so have extensive exposure to the engineering world and the U.S. space program.

Precalculus

have an undergraduate degree in Math from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln before going on to obtain graduate degrees in the areas of science and engineering.

TOEFL

I am a qualified tutor in TOEFL because I have spent a lot of time around others whose native language is not English. In the Spring of 2014, I assisted a Southeast Community College teacher providing ESL (English as a Second Language) to foreign parents of Lincoln Public School students (speaking German, Spanish, and various African dialects). I have spent a couple of extended vacations in Germany and have toured around Europe. I have a strong math/science background and am a gifted English writer.

Trigonometry

With my many years of tutoring mathematics, trigonometry is one subject I have much experience in tutoring. In addition, with advanced degrees in aerospace engineering, I have also studied spherical trigonometry. And with advanced degrees in physics, I have also studied non-Euclidean geometry, which is required to describe the current theory of gravitation as developed by Einstein.

University of Nebraska Lincoln
Math and Physics
George Washington University
Master's
University of Colorado Bouder
PhD

Education

University of Nebraska Lincoln (Math and Physics)

George Washington University (Master's)

University of Colorado Bouder (PhD)

Phenomenal teacher! — I contacted Kurt in utter desperation for help in Physics 212, College Physics. I was in a situation that needed extra attention in order to not only graduate, but graduate with an acceptable grade. Kurt understood my predicament and sat down with me twice a week ranging from 2-3 hours a week. He simplified problems for me in a way that I could understand better. Much of what we did and how he ...

— Kiel, Lincoln, NE on 5/8/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Kurt will travel within 40 miles of Avoca, NE 68307.