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Kurt M.

Experienced Math and Physics Tutor

Experienced Math and Physics Tutor

$30/hour

  • 142 hours tutoring

About Kurt


Bio

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...

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.


Education

University of Nebraska Lincoln
Math and Physics
George Washington University
Masters
University of Colorado Bouder
PhD

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Hourly Rate: $30
  • Travel policy: Within 40 miles of Avoca, NE 68307
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 10/29/2011

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

GRE,

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.
GMAT

Corporate Training

German,

German

I have over 30 years of experience in the German language. Took a couple of years of German in Syracuse High School, home of the Germanfest each July, then minored in German at UNL. Have spent one winter break in Germany [18 days] while at UNL, and also studied in Germany one summer. Currently attend a weekly 90-minute Stammtisch session at a Lincoln bar, where many issues are discussed in German.
Statistics,

Statistics

As part of my college undergraduate major, I took a course in statistics. Since I have an extensive background in physics, doing atomic theory research involving quantum mechanics, and covering the topic of statistical mechanics, I am very familiar with the use of statistics in the real world. More recently, I have extensively brushed up on probability, relying on an extensive review of the topic in one of my advanced algebra textbooks.
GMAT

Elementary Education

Elementary Math

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.).

English

TOEFL

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.

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

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,

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.
Calculus,

Calculus

I am very experienced in the subject of calculus, having four calculus textbooks on hand! I have spent many hours tutoring students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the three sequence of Calculus courses, and have also tutored several students in business calculus. My scientific background [Physics and Aerospace Engineering] also exposed me to both the theoretical and practical applications of calculus in the physical world.
Geometry,

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].
Physics,

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.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have many years experience working with middle school students, and prealgebra is often a very difficult hurdle for students to master. To do math using variables instead of specific numbers requires a different mindset concerning how one thinks about solving problems. My approach is an extensive practice of various problems, so that eventually the student can master specific topics and add them to their problem solving "tool box." Patience is essential, as a student can get very frustrated in learning new topics for the first time.
Precalculus,

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.
Statistics,

Statistics

As part of my college undergraduate major, I took a course in statistics. Since I have an extensive background in physics, doing atomic theory research involving quantum mechanics, and covering the topic of statistical mechanics, I am very familiar with the use of statistics in the real world. More recently, I have extensively brushed up on probability, relying on an extensive review of the topic in one of my advanced algebra textbooks.
Biology, SAT Math

Language

German,

German

I have over 30 years of experience in the German language. Took a couple of years of German in Syracuse High School, home of the Germanfest each July, then minored in German at UNL. Have spent one winter break in Germany [18 days] while at UNL, and also studied in Germany one summer. Currently attend a weekly 90-minute Stammtisch session at a Lincoln bar, where many issues are discussed in German.
TOEFL

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.

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I remember taking my ACT test many years ago [~30 years] at Lincoln East. I took the test twice and improved my score from 27 to 29. I qualified to enter UNL in Lincoln, earned a B.S. in Physics & Math, with a minor in German. This strong fundamental background enabled me to be an alumnus of three universities, obtaining a Masters Degree in two fields, and ultimately obtaining a doctorate in theoretical physics. A strong math background is extremely valuable, and I will try to do everything possible to help my tutored students prepare their best to excel in their ACT math test.
Algebra 1,

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,

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.
Calculus,

Calculus

I am very experienced in the subject of calculus, having four calculus textbooks on hand! I have spent many hours tutoring students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the three sequence of Calculus courses, and have also tutored several students in business calculus. My scientific background [Physics and Aerospace Engineering] also exposed me to both the theoretical and practical applications of calculus in the physical world.
Geometry,

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].
Physics,

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.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have many years experience working with middle school students, and prealgebra is often a very difficult hurdle for students to master. To do math using variables instead of specific numbers requires a different mindset concerning how one thinks about solving problems. My approach is an extensive practice of various problems, so that eventually the student can master specific topics and add them to their problem solving "tool box." Patience is essential, as a student can get very frustrated in learning new topics for the first time.
Precalculus,

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.
Statistics,

Statistics

As part of my college undergraduate major, I took a course in statistics. Since I have an extensive background in physics, doing atomic theory research involving quantum mechanics, and covering the topic of statistical mechanics, I am very familiar with the use of statistics in the real world. More recently, I have extensively brushed up on probability, relying on an extensive review of the topic in one of my advanced algebra textbooks.
Trigonometry,

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.
Probability, SAT Math

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

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,

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.
Calculus,

Calculus

I am very experienced in the subject of calculus, having four calculus textbooks on hand! I have spent many hours tutoring students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the three sequence of Calculus courses, and have also tutored several students in business calculus. My scientific background [Physics and Aerospace Engineering] also exposed me to both the theoretical and practical applications of calculus in the physical world.
Geometry,

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].
Physics,

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.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have many years experience working with middle school students, and prealgebra is often a very difficult hurdle for students to master. To do math using variables instead of specific numbers requires a different mindset concerning how one thinks about solving problems. My approach is an extensive practice of various problems, so that eventually the student can master specific topics and add them to their problem solving "tool box." Patience is essential, as a student can get very frustrated in learning new topics for the first time.
Precalculus,

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.
Statistics,

Statistics

As part of my college undergraduate major, I took a course in statistics. Since I have an extensive background in physics, doing atomic theory research involving quantum mechanics, and covering the topic of statistical mechanics, I am very familiar with the use of statistics in the real world. More recently, I have extensively brushed up on probability, relying on an extensive review of the topic in one of my advanced algebra textbooks.
Biology

Science

Astronomy,

Astronomy

I have always had a strong interest in astronomy, and have taken a couple of astronomy courses as part of my physics training. I also received a M.S. in Astronautics at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, the site of the first 7 astronauts in the "new" NASA manned space program in the early 1960's. My interest in Einstein and the General Theory of Relativity to describe gravity is a personal interest of mine. Also, after having spent 6 years at U. of Colorado, gained much more exposure to the space program. Finally, worked as an aerospace engineer at The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA, providing technical support for the U.S. Air Force space program.
Physical Science,

Physical Science

With my education background in physics, I had the opportunity to observe several high school physical science lectures. Also, lots of hands-on experience in working with science students, whether it is one-on-one tutoring or judging various science fairs. As far as my coursework, have a doctorate in physics, my research was in atomic physics, which greatly overlapped with chemistry, and my college introductory biology course brought me up to speed in that area as well. Then there are courses I took while enrolled in teacher's college, including geology, meteorology, & astronomy.
Physics,

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.
Biology

Summer

Algebra 1,

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,

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.
Calculus,

Calculus

I am very experienced in the subject of calculus, having four calculus textbooks on hand! I have spent many hours tutoring students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the three sequence of Calculus courses, and have also tutored several students in business calculus. My scientific background [Physics and Aerospace Engineering] also exposed me to both the theoretical and practical applications of calculus in the physical world.
GED,

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,

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].
German,

German

I have over 30 years of experience in the German language. Took a couple of years of German in Syracuse High School, home of the Germanfest each July, then minored in German at UNL. Have spent one winter break in Germany [18 days] while at UNL, and also studied in Germany one summer. Currently attend a weekly 90-minute Stammtisch session at a Lincoln bar, where many issues are discussed in German.
Physics,

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.
Statistics,

Statistics

As part of my college undergraduate major, I took a course in statistics. Since I have an extensive background in physics, doing atomic theory research involving quantum mechanics, and covering the topic of statistical mechanics, I am very familiar with the use of statistics in the real world. More recently, I have extensively brushed up on probability, relying on an extensive review of the topic in one of my advanced algebra textbooks.
Biology, SAT Math

Test Preparation

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I remember taking my ACT test many years ago [~30 years] at Lincoln East. I took the test twice and improved my score from 27 to 29. I qualified to enter UNL in Lincoln, earned a B.S. in Physics & Math, with a minor in German. This strong fundamental background enabled me to be an alumnus of three universities, obtaining a Masters Degree in two fields, and ultimately obtaining a doctorate in theoretical physics. A strong math background is extremely valuable, and I will try to do everything possible to help my tutored students prepare their best to excel in their ACT math test.
GED,

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!
GRE,

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.
TOEFL,

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.
GMAT, SAT Math

Ratings and Reviews


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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 taught was through actual practice and repetition. Being with Kurt was not like a second lecture but a problem based approach to understanding Physics concepts. Often he would have to take a different approach with me because I didn't understand it right away, and he adapted seamlessly. Which I must add is a great attribute for someone to have, especially since I was under time constraints. Kurt always responded to emails in a timely manner and allowed me to pick a location that worked best for me to meet at for our sessions. He is very easy to understand, he understands where students have the most problems and can curtail the specific situation to the students needs. He had to do that several times for me and it paid off for me at the end of the semester. I not only met what grade I needed, but I exceeded it it too. With the schedule that I had for my final semester, there is not a doubt that Kurt's teachings excelled me to the higher grade. I understand he wants to become a full time instructor or professor and based on my first hand experience, the institution and students will benefit greatly. Higher education needs more faculty members like Kurt, he wanted me to learn the material and understand it, and I did after our sessions. I highly recommend Kurt his experience, knowledge and teaching ability are bar none the best I have experienced.

Kiel, 20 lessons with Kurt

Not what I need

Kurt is not familiar with algebra II probability, where I am looking specifically for a tutor who is familiar with probability. I don’t find the services beneficial.

Keri, 2 lessons with Kurt

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