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Steven W.

Nashua, NH

$50/hour

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

4.9 average from 41 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 have CURRENT college teaching experience, 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)
-- Daniel Webster College (NH)

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.

Physics is more than just figuring out which formula to use and how to determine which numbers to put in. It is WHY we are looking at these aspects; what do the equations, formulas, and laws mean regarding what we experience in the world? Understanding this context and those connections makes the problems easier to deal with, and I have the wide-ranging study AND the formal teaching experience to present that context so that it makes the most sense to students. I have many varied ways to explain situations that come up a lot. At the same time, I ALSO know how to deal with those more involved, specialty problems that are not as commonly known.

BUT, I always have a keen awareness for the student's perspective when I teach and tutor. I know that they are seeing this material for the first time, and do not have my experience with it, and I tailor my instruction accordingly, patiently, step by step. I hold as paramount never making students feel inadequate or inferior for asking questions or not understanding. I encourage them to express that in a "safe space," since that is where learning begins.

I love helping students see the fundamental beauty and connections in physics and math. Improving grades and class standing is an important goal, but I also like to show through examples how seemingly disparate phenomena are connected through a fundamental principle. This often brings the AHA! moment that I love to see in students.

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 have CURRENT college teaching experience, planning and leading introductory physics classes (both calculus- and algebra-based; the kind of material that shows up in AP and Read more

Policies

The above charge is my in-person rate for physics. Online, I charge $40 per hour Other rates for non-physics subjects in-person are negotiable

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Nashua, NH 03062
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"Knowledgeable and very helpful tutor"

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

"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
Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Precalculus, Trigonometry
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)
-- Daniel Webster College (NH)

and previous teaching experience at

-- The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

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

The above charge is my in-person rate for physics. Online, I charge $40 per hour Other rates for non-physics subjects in-person are negotiable

Travel policy

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