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Steven W.

Physics Ph.D., *professional*, easygoing, 4000+ hours tutoring physics

Physics Ph.D., *professional*, easygoing, 4000+ hours tutoring physics

$50/hour

About Steven


Bio

Take advantage of my expertise, but without the Expertise Effect!

(Expertise Effect: where teachers experienced in a subject forget what it is like to encounter the material for the first time)

-- I have organized and taught introductory physics in many classes (both with and without calculus),
-- I have thorough experience with all introductory subjects
-- I have honed and developed (from the many questions I have been asked by students over the years) the best ways to make even...

Take advantage of my expertise, but without the Expertise Effect!

(Expertise Effect: where teachers experienced in a subject forget what it is like to encounter the material for the first time)

-- I have organized and taught introductory physics in many classes (both with and without calculus),
-- I have thorough experience with all introductory subjects
-- I have honed and developed (from the many questions I have been asked by students over the years) the best ways to make even tricky physics topics easier to grasp, and make problems easier to solve.
-- AND I remember what it was like to see physics for the first time

This is much more than can come from just taking courses or coming back to teaching physics after doing something else.

I have CURRENT college teaching experience at Southern New Hampshire University. I also have taught recently at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts and Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire.

I work at all levels of fundamental physics: AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C, IB Physics, Honors Physics, SAT Physics, Conceptual Physics, General Physics I, General Physics II, and Modern Physics.

My goal in tutoring, that I think will help students most, is giving what I call a "visceral" understanding of the material. A lot of tutors can understand how to use equations and what the variables in them refer to; but that leads more to an "intellectual" understanding. I want to give an understanding that you can "grab hold of," something that lets you know what that quantity or principle means. I do this through pictures and discussion of the history of physics, when helpful, to give context to the equations.

I particularly enjoy giving "handles" to some of the trickier concepts in physics. What *is* moment of inertia? What *is* electric potential, and why is it used? What *is* flux, and why is it so important? More than just defining these concepts and many others with formulas, I try to give them context and meaning. This gives students something to "grab onto," so that the variables in the formulas start to exist not just as numbers but as things in the world. In my experience, this leads to better understanding (and better grades).

In addition to physics, I have recently twice taught an algebra and trigonometry course (Spring and Summer 2015) at:

-- Nashua (NH) Community College.

And I have taught basic astronomy at:

-- The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

In my spare time, I enjoy music composition and songwriting, and also writing trivia questions. I am an avid movie fan, covering all periods and genres.

I am very flexible, so please contact me to arrange sessions and schedules. I look forward to working with you!

NOTE: I do not solicit feedback comments, and I very much appreciate all the students who have taken the time to leave them for me. Thank you!


Education

University of Michigan (B.S., highest honors)
Physics
University of Wisconsin - Madison (Physics)
Masters
University of Wisconsin - Madison (Physics)
PhD

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Subjects

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Two semesters teaching Introductory Algebra and Trigonometry at Nashua Community College (NH); (Spring and Summer 2015)
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have experience of two semesters teaching Introductory Algebra at Nashua Community College (NH); (Spring and Summer 2015).
Physics,

Physics

I have CURRENT college teaching experience over the last two years, planning and leading introductory physics classes (both calculus- and algebra-based; the kind of material that shows up in AP and Honors Physics Classes) at Southern New Hampshire University and previous teaching experience at -- Bridgewater State University (MA) -- The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater -- Daniel Webster College (NH)
Precalculus

Precalculus

Have taught Introductory Algebra and Trigonometry at Nashua Community College in Spring and Summer 2015.

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Two semesters teaching Introductory Algebra and Trigonometry at Nashua Community College (NH); (Spring and Summer 2015)
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have experience of two semesters teaching Introductory Algebra at Nashua Community College (NH); (Spring and Summer 2015).
Physics,

Physics

I have CURRENT college teaching experience over the last two years, planning and leading introductory physics classes (both calculus- and algebra-based; the kind of material that shows up in AP and Honors Physics Classes) at Southern New Hampshire University and previous teaching experience at -- Bridgewater State University (MA) -- The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater -- Daniel Webster College (NH)
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Have taught Introductory Algebra and Trigonometry at Nashua Community College in Spring and Summer 2015.
Trigonometry

Trigonometry

I have two semesters of experience teaching Trigonometry at Nashua Community College (Spring & Summer 2015). I taught right triangle trigonometry and identities, along with how to convert values between quadrants using reference angles.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Two semesters teaching Introductory Algebra and Trigonometry at Nashua Community College (NH); (Spring and Summer 2015)
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have experience of two semesters teaching Introductory Algebra at Nashua Community College (NH); (Spring and Summer 2015).
Physics,

Physics

I have CURRENT college teaching experience over the last two years, planning and leading introductory physics classes (both calculus- and algebra-based; the kind of material that shows up in AP and Honors Physics Classes) at Southern New Hampshire University and previous teaching experience at -- Bridgewater State University (MA) -- The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater -- Daniel Webster College (NH)
Precalculus

Precalculus

Have taught Introductory Algebra and Trigonometry at Nashua Community College in Spring and Summer 2015.

Science

Astronomy,

Astronomy

I have twice taught astronomy at the college level, and my distributed minor in graduate school was in astronomy. I also have hundreds of hours of astronomy tutoring experience to date.
Physics

Physics

I have CURRENT college teaching experience over the last two years, planning and leading introductory physics classes (both calculus- and algebra-based; the kind of material that shows up in AP and Honors Physics Classes) at Southern New Hampshire University and previous teaching experience at -- Bridgewater State University (MA) -- The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater -- Daniel Webster College (NH)

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Two semesters teaching Introductory Algebra and Trigonometry at Nashua Community College (NH); (Spring and Summer 2015)
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have experience of two semesters teaching Introductory Algebra at Nashua Community College (NH); (Spring and Summer 2015).
Physics

Physics

I have CURRENT college teaching experience over the last two years, planning and leading introductory physics classes (both calculus- and algebra-based; the kind of material that shows up in AP and Honors Physics Classes) at Southern New Hampshire University and previous teaching experience at -- Bridgewater State University (MA) -- The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater -- Daniel Webster College (NH)

Examples of Expertise


Steven has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 422 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

4.9 (1,741 ratings)
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(69)
3 star
(8)
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Reviews


Excellent

Steven explained clearly and efficiently. His expertise in this subject definitely comes across. I would certainly keep using him as a tutor for physics and am now doing so!

Chia, 5 lessons with Steven

Explained things very clearly

My son had an excellent session with Steven. He said that Steven explained the concepts very clearly so that he understood very well by the end of the session. They were able to complete everything my son required within the hour session. We will definitely use him again.

John, 2 lessons with Steven

Highly organized and knowledgeable in math and the sciences. Highly recommended.

Steve is teaching my daughter Algebra 2 this year in addition to Chemistry. Last year he taught her Geometry. He is also helping her with preparing for the SAT. Steve is very patient, polite, respectful, and highly knowledgeable of the material that they are teaching in the high school. He charges exactly for the time that he spends teaching. After every class, he writes a summary of the things were covered in the tutoring session. Highly organized, and great teacher. We highly recommend him for high school students.

Bushra, 50 lessons with Steven

Amazing teacher who really cares about your success

My son is currently learning AP Physics C with Mr. Steven and he is absolutely loving it. Whether it is during the lesson or during occasional questions sent through text, he is very detailed and knows how to explain the concept so that the students really understand it. I would highly recommend Mr. Steven.

Jay, 13 lessons with Steven

Steven was very knowledgeable and helpful to my son

He was timely, knowledgeable and supportive of Physics Honors with my son. I would highly recommend him. I found Wyzant to be easy to use. Will certainly call on Steven in the future.

Sophia, 1 lesson with Steven

Knowledgable and patient tutor - strong Physics background

Was very helpful for my daughter in her AP Physics C class. Was able to explain various concepts that she was struggling with. Very flexible with times to tutor.

Anand, 1 lesson with Steven

really helpful and timely to prepare for the exam!

Feedback from my daughter is really good about Steven. He helped her understand the subject better and get ready for tomorrow exam. Steven explains the subject very well, which only an experienced teacher can do. Thanks!

Jing, 7 lessons with Steven

Best Physics Tutor!!

After being so frustrated and not ever wanting to look at a Physics problem again I met with Steven and gained total understanding of the concepts I was having trouble with. Very patient and intelligent tutor. Really knows his stuff. I had two physics tutors before Steven and he made things crystal clear. Very thankful to find him!

Kilee, 2 lessons with Steven

Good tutoring

Steven cleared all my sons doubts in AP Physics C. He approached the complex physics problem in an easier way. He is really a good tutor. I would recommend him.

Arunadevi, 4 lessons with Steven
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$50/hour

Steven W.

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