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Steven W.

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

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

$50/hour

  • 1,947 hours tutoring

  • Nashua, NH 03062

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About Steven


Bio

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...

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. 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

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 40 miles of Nashua, NH 03062
  • Lesson cancellation: hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 3/11/2017

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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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: -- Bridgewater State University (MA) and previous teaching experience at -- 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: -- Bridgewater State University (MA) and previous teaching experience at -- 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: -- Bridgewater State University (MA) and previous teaching experience at -- 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: -- Bridgewater State University (MA) and previous teaching experience at -- 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: -- Bridgewater State University (MA) and previous teaching experience at -- The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater -- Daniel Webster College (NH)

Resources

Steven has shared 405 answers on Wyzant Resources.

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Ratings and Reviews


Rating

4.9 (778 ratings)
5 star
(724)
4 star
(44)
3 star
(4)
2 star
(4)
1 star
(2)

Reviews


Excellent

Steven did something I did not expect him to do, explain five days' worth of an AP class in one hour. Steven was so great and I definitely recommend using him for any physics troubles. Thanks again Steven for all your help. My test in physics tomorrow is on electricity and I can confidently say that I am going to ace it. Steven was beyond patient. He was the physics tutor that I was waiting for, that I wished I had earlier in the year. Steven will be my primary physics tutor for any challenges or troubles with physics in the future. Steven could not have done anything better. Steven is very smart and a very capable teacher. There are not enough words to describe how thankful I am to him for being so helpful given the short time he had with me. One would be mistaken to think that Steven's consultation wouldn't be helpful, even if the time to meet with him is short. Steven is amazing.

Jacob , 1 lesson with Steven

Very professional and helpful

My son really found the tutoring very helpful. Steven was very knowledgeable and we look forward to working with him again.

Sandra, 2 lessons with Steven

Very knowledgeable

He helped my son understand physics. I noticed a big difference in my sons attitude when Steven left. He felt so confident and got the motivation he needed. I highly recommend Steve and we will continue using him . Thank you!

Anna, 2 lessons with Steven

Knowledgeable and easy to understand

Went over a few topics in depth and helped me understand how they are all closely connected. Always drew diagrams to help understand what was going on and provided extra details which were also pretty helpful.

Yaohua, 2 lessons with Steven

Excellent session!

Steven was very helpful in showing me why to do what I'm doing when approaching problems. Knowing those reasons left me feeling much more confident in the material!

Ethan, 10 lessons with Steven

Confident, helpful, knowledgeable tutor...

Steven was very knowledgeable and helpful with the AP Physics problems that I was struggling with. It was great to see things from a perspective different than my teacher.

Karen, 3 lessons with Steven

Great tutor and very knowledgeable.

Mathematics have never been my strong suit. Steve helped me prepare for my TEAS test. He is very clear and patient. He gave me detail explanations to problems I have been struggling with. I will highly recommend Steve. Thank you Steve!

Jacqueline, 6 lessons with Steven

Clear, polished explanations for complex ideas

Steven's experience as an educator is evident: he's got helpful, clear explanations for topics in college Physics II on hand - something I've not always experienced with other tutors. He's to the point and focused, too. Good lessons, will continue.

Stillman, 4 lessons with Steven

Very helpful

He helped teach me how to do impulse and momentum problems which I was struggling with in my physics class. He cleared up a lot of things and made it easier for me.

Michelle , 5 lessons with Steven

$50/hour

Steven W.

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