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Joe's Math, Science and Chess

Joe's Math, Science and Chess

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I am an ex-national laboratory Ph.D. physicist who is between careers and looking to stay busy during my long job search. Tutoring gives students benefit from my extensive math and science education, and my proficiency in many subjects. It also helps me to continue to use this education, and so I consider it a win-win situation for the students and me.

I have tutored University of Nebraska students in physics, and a high school student in calculus, all within the last year. I was sought...

I am an ex-national laboratory Ph.D. physicist who is between careers and looking to stay busy during my long job search. Tutoring gives students benefit from my extensive math and science education, and my proficiency in many subjects. It also helps me to continue to use this education, and so I consider it a win-win situation for the students and me.

I have tutored University of Nebraska students in physics, and a high school student in calculus, all within the last year. I was sought out by fellow university students for help with understanding engineering subjects in my undergraduate tenure, and I also tutored fellow US Navy officers during a time we spent learning specialized math and science topics for the Navy. I thus have a lot of experience with one-on-one tutoring.

I have also taught chess to many middle school students, both by playing chess with them (as Russian chess trainers do) and by giving them quizzes about positional factors or tactics that might win a game for them. Teams I have coached have typically been in the top fourth of their statewide division in New Mexico, and even won their division outright one year. Players I have coached have done very well in a national tournament.

My tutoring philosophy is to first help the student understand how to solve problems in a subject, and then have them solve problems in it. A physics problem, for example, requires identifying the forces involved and what moves, and what equations can describe the motion. I try to think of how I was before I learned this approach, ask myself what would have best taught me this, and then try to teach a student this approach. My tutoring starts from a way of thinking, and then progresses to how a student can use this way to solve problems.

My tutoring objective is to teach students how to think and then solve problems, with some (typically decreasing over time) help from me. The forces in the physics problem, for example, have to be identified by the student. The student must then use this information, sa


Education

University of Houston
Mechanical Engineering
UCBerkeley
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Business

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Grammar

Elementary Education

Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I am a mentor for a highly gifted fourth grader who is currently doing well in sixth grade math. I was also his mentor when he completed fifth grade math, and have worked with him since September 2011. I have taken this boy through all concepts discussed in fifth grade math and will likely take him through all of sixth grade math, too.
Reading,

Reading

I have read all my life, and I now have a huge book collection. If I wait anywhere, I cast about to find reading material, for I read voraciously. I know the parts of English (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, et. al.), parts of a sentence (subject and predicate, including clauses) and can walk a student through a passage to find its meaning. I am patient and thorough, to allow any student to gain proficiency and confidence in reading.
Grammar, Vocabulary

English

Reading,

Reading

I have read all my life, and I now have a huge book collection. If I wait anywhere, I cast about to find reading material, for I read voraciously. I know the parts of English (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, et. al.), parts of a sentence (subject and predicate, including clauses) and can walk a student through a passage to find its meaning. I am patient and thorough, to allow any student to gain proficiency and confidence in reading.
English, Grammar, Vocabulary

History

American History, European History, Geography, World History

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I took and received A's in both Basic and Advanced Algebra in high school. Over the past five years, I have worked as a Mentor to the Highly Gifted in Lincoln Public Schools. Algebra 1 was a common subject which gifted students would master at a rapid pace.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I took and received A's in both Basic and Advanced Algebra in high school. Over the past five years, I have worked as a Mentor to the Highly Gifted in Lincoln Public Schools. Algebra 2 was a somewhat common subject which gifted students would master at a rapid pace. I can teach students how to approach algebra, and I find walking them through a problem is very effective in helping them understand how to solve it quickly and well.
Calculus,

Calculus

I took and received A's in Calculus in both one semester in high school and three semesters in college. I have since obtained my bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and my doctorate in nuclear engineering. I now work as a Mentor to the Highly Gifted in Lincoln Public Schools. I have taught AP Calculus to two very bright high school students. One got a B+, and the other got a B. I successfully tutored a high school senior in calculus. I may even be asked to mentor a third student in the college-level third semester of calculus, for he cannot drive to the University for this class. With patience and kindness, I can improve someone's understanding of this subject.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I was an honors student in chemistry in high school, and got A's in chemistry in my undergraduate work. I hold a science Ph.D. and currently mentor math and science for Lincoln Public Schools. Several of the students I have tutored, repeatedly, have noted that I am patient and kind with them. I can explain chemistry to you, and help you feel confident in the subject.
Geometry,

Geometry

I currently mentor seven LPS students in various topics in math and science; geometry figures among these topics. I remember doing proofs in my high school geometry class, and I know I got an A in that class. I continued to make A's in my math classes, and my proficiency in geometry has never left me. I continued my education through an engineering doctorate, and I read blueprints and interpreted engineering project geometries as a significant part of thirteen years of working for the US government. I not only can teach the figures and angles and transformations of geometry, but I also can impart the way of thinking that is required to do it well.
Physics,

Physics

I made A's in both regular and an extra (honors) class in physics in high school. I made A's in college physics, and I went on to obtain my doctorate in nuclear engineering, an add-on to physics. In thirteen years working for the government, I lived cheek-by-jowl with physics concepts, and not a day passed that I did not work with some concept out of this subject. Since I left this work, I have tutored several students in physics, and even applied to work as a post-doctoral student for UNL. Working with me has buoyed the confidence of physics students, and they went on to make good grades in their classes. I am a patient and kind tutor; working with me can help you too.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have mentored six different middle school students in prealgebra to grades of B's, B+'s and two A's. In my approach, a student uses various concepts of prealgebra (Greatest Common Factor, clearing fractions, solving two step problems) to gain proficiency and confidence in the subject. I am patient with my students, in order to eliminate any confusion. Students do well in tests and further subjects because they have built a solid foundation with me in this subject.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

As an ex-national lab physics Ph.D., I have retained all of what I learned of precalculus and other higher maths in high school. I taught precalculus to two gifted East High School students last year, and learned much myself about the best ways to explain both parts, college algebra and trigonometry. Since I have also mentored calculus, I can even explain to a student just why they need to learn each math topic in precalculus. All of this can bring the subject alive for them and help them understand it well.
Reading,

Reading

I have read all my life, and I now have a huge book collection. If I wait anywhere, I cast about to find reading material, for I read voraciously. I know the parts of English (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, et. al.), parts of a sentence (subject and predicate, including clauses) and can walk a student through a passage to find its meaning. I am patient and thorough, to allow any student to gain proficiency and confidence in reading.
English

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have tutored a graduate student in the GRE by discussing methods (i.e., recognizing a problem, setting it up and solving it) and guiding her to practice with those methods. Since the ACT uses similar skills, ACT scores will also improve from my tutoring.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I took and received A's in both Basic and Advanced Algebra in high school. Over the past five years, I have worked as a Mentor to the Highly Gifted in Lincoln Public Schools. Algebra 1 was a common subject which gifted students would master at a rapid pace.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I took and received A's in both Basic and Advanced Algebra in high school. Over the past five years, I have worked as a Mentor to the Highly Gifted in Lincoln Public Schools. Algebra 2 was a somewhat common subject which gifted students would master at a rapid pace. I can teach students how to approach algebra, and I find walking them through a problem is very effective in helping them understand how to solve it quickly and well.
Calculus,

Calculus

I took and received A's in Calculus in both one semester in high school and three semesters in college. I have since obtained my bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and my doctorate in nuclear engineering. I now work as a Mentor to the Highly Gifted in Lincoln Public Schools. I have taught AP Calculus to two very bright high school students. One got a B+, and the other got a B. I successfully tutored a high school senior in calculus. I may even be asked to mentor a third student in the college-level third semester of calculus, for he cannot drive to the University for this class. With patience and kindness, I can improve someone's understanding of this subject.
Geometry,

Geometry

I currently mentor seven LPS students in various topics in math and science; geometry figures among these topics. I remember doing proofs in my high school geometry class, and I know I got an A in that class. I continued to make A's in my math classes, and my proficiency in geometry has never left me. I continued my education through an engineering doctorate, and I read blueprints and interpreted engineering project geometries as a significant part of thirteen years of working for the US government. I not only can teach the figures and angles and transformations of geometry, but I also can impart the way of thinking that is required to do it well.
Physics,

Physics

I made A's in both regular and an extra (honors) class in physics in high school. I made A's in college physics, and I went on to obtain my doctorate in nuclear engineering, an add-on to physics. In thirteen years working for the government, I lived cheek-by-jowl with physics concepts, and not a day passed that I did not work with some concept out of this subject. Since I left this work, I have tutored several students in physics, and even applied to work as a post-doctoral student for UNL. Working with me has buoyed the confidence of physics students, and they went on to make good grades in their classes. I am a patient and kind tutor; working with me can help you too.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have mentored six different middle school students in prealgebra to grades of B's, B+'s and two A's. In my approach, a student uses various concepts of prealgebra (Greatest Common Factor, clearing fractions, solving two step problems) to gain proficiency and confidence in the subject. I am patient with my students, in order to eliminate any confusion. Students do well in tests and further subjects because they have built a solid foundation with me in this subject.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

As an ex-national lab physics Ph.D., I have retained all of what I learned of precalculus and other higher maths in high school. I taught precalculus to two gifted East High School students last year, and learned much myself about the best ways to explain both parts, college algebra and trigonometry. Since I have also mentored calculus, I can even explain to a student just why they need to learn each math topic in precalculus. All of this can bring the subject alive for them and help them understand it well.
Trigonometry

Trigonometry

I have experience in teaching students to solve identities and use trig to solve geometry problems. I have worked out of Sullivan's precalculus text.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I took and received A's in both Basic and Advanced Algebra in high school. Over the past five years, I have worked as a Mentor to the Highly Gifted in Lincoln Public Schools. Algebra 1 was a common subject which gifted students would master at a rapid pace.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I took and received A's in both Basic and Advanced Algebra in high school. Over the past five years, I have worked as a Mentor to the Highly Gifted in Lincoln Public Schools. Algebra 2 was a somewhat common subject which gifted students would master at a rapid pace. I can teach students how to approach algebra, and I find walking them through a problem is very effective in helping them understand how to solve it quickly and well.
Calculus,

Calculus

I took and received A's in Calculus in both one semester in high school and three semesters in college. I have since obtained my bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and my doctorate in nuclear engineering. I now work as a Mentor to the Highly Gifted in Lincoln Public Schools. I have taught AP Calculus to two very bright high school students. One got a B+, and the other got a B. I successfully tutored a high school senior in calculus. I may even be asked to mentor a third student in the college-level third semester of calculus, for he cannot drive to the University for this class. With patience and kindness, I can improve someone's understanding of this subject.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I was an honors student in chemistry in high school, and got A's in chemistry in my undergraduate work. I hold a science Ph.D. and currently mentor math and science for Lincoln Public Schools. Several of the students I have tutored, repeatedly, have noted that I am patient and kind with them. I can explain chemistry to you, and help you feel confident in the subject.
Geometry,

Geometry

I currently mentor seven LPS students in various topics in math and science; geometry figures among these topics. I remember doing proofs in my high school geometry class, and I know I got an A in that class. I continued to make A's in my math classes, and my proficiency in geometry has never left me. I continued my education through an engineering doctorate, and I read blueprints and interpreted engineering project geometries as a significant part of thirteen years of working for the US government. I not only can teach the figures and angles and transformations of geometry, but I also can impart the way of thinking that is required to do it well.
Physics,

Physics

I made A's in both regular and an extra (honors) class in physics in high school. I made A's in college physics, and I went on to obtain my doctorate in nuclear engineering, an add-on to physics. In thirteen years working for the government, I lived cheek-by-jowl with physics concepts, and not a day passed that I did not work with some concept out of this subject. Since I left this work, I have tutored several students in physics, and even applied to work as a post-doctoral student for UNL. Working with me has buoyed the confidence of physics students, and they went on to make good grades in their classes. I am a patient and kind tutor; working with me can help you too.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have mentored six different middle school students in prealgebra to grades of B's, B+'s and two A's. In my approach, a student uses various concepts of prealgebra (Greatest Common Factor, clearing fractions, solving two step problems) to gain proficiency and confidence in the subject. I am patient with my students, in order to eliminate any confusion. Students do well in tests and further subjects because they have built a solid foundation with me in this subject.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

As an ex-national lab physics Ph.D., I have retained all of what I learned of precalculus and other higher maths in high school. I taught precalculus to two gifted East High School students last year, and learned much myself about the best ways to explain both parts, college algebra and trigonometry. Since I have also mentored calculus, I can even explain to a student just why they need to learn each math topic in precalculus. All of this can bring the subject alive for them and help them understand it well.
Reading,

Reading

I have read all my life, and I now have a huge book collection. If I wait anywhere, I cast about to find reading material, for I read voraciously. I know the parts of English (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, et. al.), parts of a sentence (subject and predicate, including clauses) and can walk a student through a passage to find its meaning. I am patient and thorough, to allow any student to gain proficiency and confidence in reading.
English

Other

Geography

Science

ACT Science,

ACT Science

The ACT science test evaluates students upon their ability to not only read quickly and accurately, but also understand scientific data. It does not test specific areas as much as it tests skills. A tutor should therefore be able to teach skills and how a student can develop them. I have looked at scientific data over a thirteen-year career for the US government, both spent in the US Navy and at a national lab. I have coached science students about how to form conclusions from this review, and many have come to understand this process.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I was an honors student in chemistry in high school, and got A's in chemistry in my undergraduate work. I hold a science Ph.D. and currently mentor math and science for Lincoln Public Schools. Several of the students I have tutored, repeatedly, have noted that I am patient and kind with them. I can explain chemistry to you, and help you feel confident in the subject.
Physics

Physics

I made A's in both regular and an extra (honors) class in physics in high school. I made A's in college physics, and I went on to obtain my doctorate in nuclear engineering, an add-on to physics. In thirteen years working for the government, I lived cheek-by-jowl with physics concepts, and not a day passed that I did not work with some concept out of this subject. Since I left this work, I have tutored several students in physics, and even applied to work as a post-doctoral student for UNL. Working with me has buoyed the confidence of physics students, and they went on to make good grades in their classes. I am a patient and kind tutor; working with me can help you too.

Sports/Recreation

Chess

Chess

I am a Life Member of the United States Chess Federation, and I have worked seven years (part-time) as a middle school chess coach in New Mexico. My proteges were once state champions of New Mexico in the Northern Schools Chess League there.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I took and received A's in both Basic and Advanced Algebra in high school. Over the past five years, I have worked as a Mentor to the Highly Gifted in Lincoln Public Schools. Algebra 1 was a common subject which gifted students would master at a rapid pace.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I took and received A's in both Basic and Advanced Algebra in high school. Over the past five years, I have worked as a Mentor to the Highly Gifted in Lincoln Public Schools. Algebra 2 was a somewhat common subject which gifted students would master at a rapid pace. I can teach students how to approach algebra, and I find walking them through a problem is very effective in helping them understand how to solve it quickly and well.
Calculus,

Calculus

I took and received A's in Calculus in both one semester in high school and three semesters in college. I have since obtained my bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and my doctorate in nuclear engineering. I now work as a Mentor to the Highly Gifted in Lincoln Public Schools. I have taught AP Calculus to two very bright high school students. One got a B+, and the other got a B. I successfully tutored a high school senior in calculus. I may even be asked to mentor a third student in the college-level third semester of calculus, for he cannot drive to the University for this class. With patience and kindness, I can improve someone's understanding of this subject.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I was an honors student in chemistry in high school, and got A's in chemistry in my undergraduate work. I hold a science Ph.D. and currently mentor math and science for Lincoln Public Schools. Several of the students I have tutored, repeatedly, have noted that I am patient and kind with them. I can explain chemistry to you, and help you feel confident in the subject.
Geometry,

Geometry

I currently mentor seven LPS students in various topics in math and science; geometry figures among these topics. I remember doing proofs in my high school geometry class, and I know I got an A in that class. I continued to make A's in my math classes, and my proficiency in geometry has never left me. I continued my education through an engineering doctorate, and I read blueprints and interpreted engineering project geometries as a significant part of thirteen years of working for the US government. I not only can teach the figures and angles and transformations of geometry, but I also can impart the way of thinking that is required to do it well.
Physics,

Physics

I made A's in both regular and an extra (honors) class in physics in high school. I made A's in college physics, and I went on to obtain my doctorate in nuclear engineering, an add-on to physics. In thirteen years working for the government, I lived cheek-by-jowl with physics concepts, and not a day passed that I did not work with some concept out of this subject. Since I left this work, I have tutored several students in physics, and even applied to work as a post-doctoral student for UNL. Working with me has buoyed the confidence of physics students, and they went on to make good grades in their classes. I am a patient and kind tutor; working with me can help you too.
Reading

Reading

I have read all my life, and I now have a huge book collection. If I wait anywhere, I cast about to find reading material, for I read voraciously. I know the parts of English (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, et. al.), parts of a sentence (subject and predicate, including clauses) and can walk a student through a passage to find its meaning. I am patient and thorough, to allow any student to gain proficiency and confidence in reading.

Test Preparation

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have tutored a graduate student in the GRE by discussing methods (i.e., recognizing a problem, setting it up and solving it) and guiding her to practice with those methods. Since the ACT uses similar skills, ACT scores will also improve from my tutoring.
ACT Science,

ACT Science

The ACT science test evaluates students upon their ability to not only read quickly and accurately, but also understand scientific data. It does not test specific areas as much as it tests skills. A tutor should therefore be able to teach skills and how a student can develop them. I have looked at scientific data over a thirteen-year career for the US government, both spent in the US Navy and at a national lab. I have coached science students about how to form conclusions from this review, and many have come to understand this process.
ASVAB,

ASVAB

In my senior year of high school, I took a barrage of tests, and the ASVAB was one of them. I scored well, and could have enlisted, but I got a scholarship to my undergraduate institution, and went there instead. I joined the Navy after obtaining my doctorate, and enjoyed working with officers and enlisted personnel. The big thing that helped me on this test was my comfort level with the tested subjects. I can get your comfort level up, so you can ace this test.
GRE

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Ratings and Reviews


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Knowledgeable and excellent tutor

I asked Joseph to help get the year off on the right foot for my son, in his trig class. Joseph was able to help get that done, and we appreciate his time to help get this done.

Ron, 1 lesson with Joseph

Very bright and friendly tutor

My son was having some problems in Algebra and Joseph was able to explain the areas to my son so that he could understand and move forward. He also fit my son into his busy schedule which we appreciate very much.

Lisa , 2 lessons with Joseph

talented and awesome geometry tutor!!!

Took time to analyze and help me deymysify where I was struggling after the 1st geometry exam, which I failed. Also offered tips and hints on how to conquer test anxiety / test nerves for future exams. Also a chess maestro, for those who want to seriously take their chess skills to the next level. I would like for him to teach me on applying real life applications in geometry (when playing pool / billiards, and when trying to park a car). Awesome and a FANTASTIC tutor to learn loads from!

Lina, 12 lessons with Joseph

Very Excellent Tutor.

Joe is a an excellent tutor. He has tutored my son twice already and my son is very comfortable with him. Joe has helped my son with HS Geometry and with Chess. We will use him again.

Ameer, 4 lessons with Joseph

Patient & helpful tutor

Joseph helped my son with Trig test prep and went through the teacher's review packet to help my son better understand the concepts. My son felt comfortable working with him on the first lesson and said he'd be glad to work with him again in the future.

Tanya, 1 lesson with Joseph

Covering multiple subjects

Has been great with math, physics and chemistry. He is very flexible with his time and has been very accommodating. He's always on time and very organized. He is an experienced teacher and seems to know how to teach.

Jenny, 20 lessons with Joseph

Outstanding Physics & Chemistry Tutor

Joe tutored me for two semesters in college physics 1 and 2 along with college general chemistry 2 (all 200 level courses). Joe is understanding and patient and explains concepts before diving into problem-solving. Being an engineer, Joe knows everything there is to know about physics. However, he was a little rusty in general chemistry at times but was able to quickly brush up on the material. Joe is flexible about scheduling and will adjust his teaching plan to the topics you would like to focus on. All in all, Joe is an outstanding tutor. I highly recommend him!

Faith, 30 lessons with Joseph

Great teaching style, clear, and gets to the point.

Joseph really helped me grasp a physics concept and I walked out knowing more than what I had known when I first went in.

Elias, 2 lessons with Joseph

Highly knowledgeable in a wide variety of topics. Able to engage with his students.

Joseph helped my son with assignments in Info Tech, with an emphasis on learning Excel. He not only provided my son with direction on learning these programs, but also in motivating him to do his best.

Lisa , 4 lessons with Joseph

Physics + Calculus

Joeseph has done an excellent job breaking down both physics and calculus for our son. He is methodically going through the issues and helping with his understanding and confidence in both subjects.

Brookley , 6 lessons with Joseph
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