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Rachel W.

Math and Physics Tutoring by Columbia Engineering Grad

Math and Physics Tutoring by Columbia Engineering Grad

$80/hour

  • 284 hours tutoring

About Rachel


Bio

Math has always been my favorite subject. I see it as a beautiful, logical system which anyone can use to solve problems both big and small. Sometimes in a classroom setting, however, people's unique learning styles aren't taken into account and math can turn into a seemingly impossible chore. That's where my job comes in. My strength lies in breaking things into clear, easily digestible pieces. I really enjoy the collaborative process of strengthening basic principles and building together...

Math has always been my favorite subject. I see it as a beautiful, logical system which anyone can use to solve problems both big and small. Sometimes in a classroom setting, however, people's unique learning styles aren't taken into account and math can turn into a seemingly impossible chore. That's where my job comes in. My strength lies in breaking things into clear, easily digestible pieces. I really enjoy the collaborative process of strengthening basic principles and building together from there.

I don't believe in just memorizing formulas. Rather, I emphasize the logic behind the formula and the different situations where it applies. I believe in practice, not busy work - every exercise I assign has a specific purpose of illuminating the material from a new angle. This way, the student will gain the understanding necessary to apply the principles on his or her own. In my SAT tutoring, I also equip my students with the "tricks of the trade" for optimizing their time and efforts during testing.

Physics is another passion of mine. I have a very thorough understanding and appreciation for it, since earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University.

This is why becoming a math and physics tutor was a natural choice for me when I felt it was time to change careers. I have since then passed the NJ Math Praxis exam and earned an eligibility certificate to teach math in the state of New Jersey. I now have several years' experience teaching, subbing, and tutoring.

Whether you are seeking a tutor for yourself or for a loved one, I look forward to hearing from you.

My availability is weekdays, 3pm-8pm.


Education

Columbia University School of Engineering - BSEE
Electrical Engineeri
Columbia University School of Engineering - MSEE
Masters

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Corporate Training

Hebrew

Hebrew

I grew up in Israel and speak fluent Hebrew. I am an avid reader - both in Hebrew and English. I had taught 4th and 5th grade Hebrew Schoolers in two different temples (River Edge and Closter) for eight years. I also tutored 12-year olds in preparation for their Bar-Mitzvah Israel trip - I taught them conversational Hebrew so that they are able to communicate during their one-month trip. In the past year I volunteered in a Jewish Center, teaching adults Hebrew reading and Hebrew conversation on a weekly basis. In addition, I had translated many documents from Hebrew to English - and vice versa - for different causes, among them for a NJ Jewish Day School administration. I am patient and methodical, teaching to the student's level, whether it is Hebrew or math.

Elementary Education

Elementary Math

English

SAT Reading

Homeschool

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, SAT Reading

Language

Hebrew

Hebrew

I grew up in Israel and speak fluent Hebrew. I am an avid reader - both in Hebrew and English. I had taught 4th and 5th grade Hebrew Schoolers in two different temples (River Edge and Closter) for eight years. I also tutored 12-year olds in preparation for their Bar-Mitzvah Israel trip - I taught them conversational Hebrew so that they are able to communicate during their one-month trip. In the past year I volunteered in a Jewish Center, teaching adults Hebrew reading and Hebrew conversation on a weekly basis. In addition, I had translated many documents from Hebrew to English - and vice versa - for different causes, among them for a NJ Jewish Day School administration. I am patient and methodical, teaching to the student's level, whether it is Hebrew or math.

Math

Linear Algebra,

Linear Algebra

Linear Algebra is one of the main areas of math. One must master it before tackling other areas of math as well as science. As a graduate of the Columbia University Engineering School, I learned it in depth and also used it in my physics end electricity courses. Tutoring math and physics throughout the years, I was successful at conveying the main concepts of Linear Algebra, be it linear equations, linear transformations, matrices or vectors. My visualization skills were key in the process, as I found that many students find a problem much easier to solve if it is accompanied by a picture. I am methodical and patient, making sure a student truly understood a point before going on. At the same time, I keep in mind the end goal: for the student to internalize the ideas, one at a time and at the right order, in order to master the math tools they will need later on in high school as well as college.
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry

Most Popular

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus

Science

Physics

Summer

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Physics, SAT Math

Test Preparation

Praxis,

Praxis

I used to work as an electrical engineer, but eventually decided to switch careers. I've always loved math, especially algebra, geometry and trigonometry. So the natural direction for me was to become a math teacher. I took and passed the NJ Math Praxis test and got an eligibility certificate to teach math in the state of New Jersey. Since I studied and passed the Praxis math test, I believe I can be effective at preparing others for this test.
ACT Math, SAT Math, SAT Reading

Ratings and Reviews


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4.9 (80 ratings)
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Knowledgeable and patient tutor.

Rachel taught my son Elementary Math. She is very nice and great at teaching step by step math concepts. My son seems to have a better understanding now. I will continue requesting her services.

Elias , 15 lessons with Rachel

Great Physics Tutor

She explains things thoroughly among different topics of Physics. Uses real life examples to simply understanding the subject. Great tutor and patient with you.

Maya, 15 lessons with Rachel

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

She helped me with some math topics that I have learned during my sophomore year that I forgot. She did a great job by focusing on the right ones, and put me back on track.

Sigalit, 1 lesson with Rachel

Excellent tutor

She is a great tutor. My son said she is very understanding and friendly. I highly recommend her as a tutor. She always looks out for my son and is constantly asking him if he understands. I believe this enhanced his learning skills and overall understanding of the subject.

Matthew , 2 lessons with Rachel

Excellent Physics Tutor

Rachel was excellent: knowledgeable, patient, thorough, friendly. Will definitely use her again. She went into detail helping my son solve his problems and gain greater understanding.

Bob, 1 lesson with Rachel
Tutor responded:

Thank you, Bob. I appreciate having the opportunity of working with your son. He was engaged and really interested in getting it right.

Great fro SAT Prep

Great job very thorough with math review. Gives lots of material to study and practice with. Takes her time and makes sure that you know the material that is being reviewed.

JAMES, 7 lessons with Rachel
Tutor responded:

Thank you, James! Your daughter has been very motivated. I wish her luck on both her PSAT and SAT.

Great Tutor

Rachel is very reliable, friendly, willing to help, going extra miles and very kind tutor. We like her very much and you will like her too. Thank you very much!

John, 17 lessons with Rachel
Tutor responded:

Thank you, John! Tutoring your daughter this year was a pleasure.

Preparing for the Praxis Exam

I needed help with my timing in solving intense word problems on the Praxis exam. Rachel has shown me easy strategies, to spot and sort important information and to solve the problem. Being that I was an English major in college, math was never my forte. However if I had enough time I can certainly figure most math problems out. But the Praxis exam is only 60 mins to do 50 problems. Working with Rachel I can see where I waste most of my time and how to quickly sort, solve and move on to the next problem.

Renee , 2 lessons with Rachel
Tutor responded:

Thank you for your feedback. I wish you luck this Saturday!

Happy so far!

Rachel is pleasant and kind to work with. She goes at a pace that allows your child to think and reflect about what he or she is doing. She prepares ahead of time. We have only had 3 lessons but we are quite happy.

Ina, 9 lessons with Rachel
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$80/hour

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Rachel W.

$80/hour

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Response time: 6 hours