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Steven W.

Nashua, NH

$50/hour

Physics Ph.D., professional, easygoing teacher for all levels

700+ Hours
Background check passed as of 3/11/17
4.9 average from 337 ratings
Knowledgeable and very helpful tutor
— Rebecca, Ipswich, MA on 10/16/16

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

Education

University of Michigan (B.S., highest honors) (Physics)

University of Wisconsin - Madison (Physics) (Master's)

University of Wisconsin - Madison (Physics) (PhD)

About Steven

I specialize in teaching and explaining physics; it's what I do. I strive to make it less scary in person, and I also put a lot of work into making online tutoring (through the WyzAnt website) as immediate and personal as being there.

I have CURRENT college teaching experience, planning and leading (without any TAs) introductory physics classes (both calculus- and algebra-based; the kind of material that shows up in AP and Honors Physics Classes) at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. I also have taught recently at Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire.

The extensive study of physics it took to get a Ph.D., coupled with the requirement to present it in an organized way in a class structure, has given me a breadth AND a completeness of understanding difficult to duplicate with either extensive study or teaching and tutoring, alone.

Moreover, I have logged thousands of hours tutoring both in person and online, with great success, in the past 2+ years.

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.

For example: work as a measure of the effectiveness of force in causing displacement; torque as a measure of the effectiveness of a force in causing rotation. Electric potential as a landscape in which charged particles reside. All of these are ways of giving the student something to "grab onto," so that the variables in the formulas start to have meaning. 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 in the summer, and even into the fall, so please contact me to arrange sessions and schedules.
I specialize in teaching and explaining physics; it's what I do. I strive to make it less scary in person, and I also put a lot of work into making online tutoring (through the WyzAnt website) as immediate and personal as being there.

I have CURRENT college teaching experience, planning and leading (without any TAs) introductory physics
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Travels within 40 miles of Nashua, NH 03062
Background Check: Passed

"Knowledgeable and very helpful tutor"

- Rebecca, Ipswich, MA on 10/16/16

"Very Knowledgeable"

- Amy, Northborough, MA on 8/16/17

"Very Good"

- David, Waltham, MA on 8/11/17

"Knowledgeable about subject"

- Julia, Holmdel, NJ on 8/4/17

"Extremely knowledgeable."

- Tony, Rescue, CA on 7/14/17

"Great Tutor"

- Eniola, Richmond, TX on 7/5/17

"Very patient and helpful with the start of Physics 101."

- Lyn, La Quinta, CA on 6/14/17

"Great mix of coaching and validation"

- Robert, Hudson, MA on 6/11/17

"Steven knows his stuff!"

- Matthew, Fletcher, NC on 6/10/17

"knowledgeable tutor"

- Debbie, Hughesville, MD on 6/7/17

"Great tutor"

- Jillian, Reading, PA on 6/2/17

"Steven is a genius!"

- Kat, Dallas, TX on 5/23/17

"Incredibly patient and knowledgeable"

- Cheryl, Poland, ME on 5/11/17

"Steven W. is an excellent Physics tutor!"

- Irina, Winchester, MA on 5/7/17

"Very willing to help and very patient"

- Jess, New York, NY on 3/23/17

"Knowledge on the subject matter"

- Susan, Ithaca, NY on 3/22/17

"Very helpful in Lauren's understanding of Algebra 2"

- Linda, Concord, NH on 3/18/17

"Very Helpful"

- Kevin, Corpus Christi, TX on 3/7/17

"A Great Communicator"

- Veronica, Bozeman, MT on 2/20/17

"Very knowledgeable"

- Mona, Gaithersburg, MD on 2/11/17

"A tutor that excels at teaching"

- Mary, North Chelmsford, MA on 1/19/17

"Great, after only first session."

- Leah, Middleton, MA on 1/6/17

"Awesome tutor!"

- Matthew, Normal, IL on 12/11/16

"Knowledgeable and helpful"

- Rita, Wilmington, MA on 11/2/16

"Great experience and knowledge of physics!"

- Barbara, Worcester, MA on 11/2/16

"Awesome Teacher"

- Rohit, Bedford, NH on 10/14/16

"Physics Review: Smart and good teaching skills"

- Hannah, Melbourne, FL on 8/3/16

"Positive First Online Experience"

- Eleni, Virginia Beach, VA on 7/7/16
Science:
Astronomy,
Physics

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Algebra 1

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

Algebra 2

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

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

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:

-- Bridgewater State University (MA)

and previous teaching experience at

-- The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
-- Daniel Webster College (NH)

Precalculus

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

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.

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

Education

University of Michigan (B.S., highest honors) (Physics)

University of Wisconsin - Madison (Physics) (Master's)

University of Wisconsin - Madison (Physics) (PhD)

Knowledgeable and very helpful tutor

Steven is an excellent physics teacher. He seems to really enjoy helping people understand physics. He was very helpful in clarifying my thinking about acceleration.

— Rebecca, Ipswich, MA on 10/16/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Travel policy

Steven will travel within 40 miles of Nashua, NH 03062.