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Frederick M.

Teaching Science/Technology/Engineering/Math at all levels

Teaching Science/Technology/Engineering/Math at all levels

$65/hour

  • 1,247 hours tutoring

About Frederick


Bio

Do you enjoy learning, making things work, or solving interesting problems? You probably also like creating new ways of looking at the world and expressing yourself! It's great fun to do these things and gain expertise in the process. That's what school is all about! And tutoring is meant to help you go the extra mile, or perhaps fill in any gaps that occur in the rush through your classes, sports, music/art lessons, etc. If you've ever had the experience of really enjoying an exam,...

Do you enjoy learning, making things work, or solving interesting problems? You probably also like creating new ways of looking at the world and expressing yourself! It's great fun to do these things and gain expertise in the process. That's what school is all about! And tutoring is meant to help you go the extra mile, or perhaps fill in any gaps that occur in the rush through your classes, sports, music/art lessons, etc. If you've ever had the experience of really enjoying an exam, knowing that you were prepared, and feeling the power or comfort of that knowledge, then you're already on the track. I would like to share with you the methods and habits that I've attained during my career as an Engineer, a Division 1 athlete, a baseball and basketball coach, and a tutoring parent.

My goal for you is that you will see your lessons as fun, exciting, and useful, resulting in time savings and better performance in your endeavors.

I have a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, with BSEE from Rutgers Engineering. My undergrad and post-grad studies, and 30 years of on-the-job experience as an Electrical/ Computer/ Software Engineer have been just as enjoyable as the sports, cooking, and music I've experienced. Learning about the laws of Physics, the rules of math, the language of computers, etc., is really a matter of perspective and balance. A positive perspective comes from recognizing where the material fits into your future, why it's worthwhile and valuable to you, and how it relates to other knowledge you have already acquired. Balance is another way of saying you will see your education as a journey that sometimes has unsure footing, but if you strive to stay on track, you'll reach your destination.

My tutoring philosophy is simple: Interact and identify quickly and accurately the student's knowledge gaps or misunderstandings, fill in those gaps by building on existing foundation, and reinforce each lesson with practice and feedback. Independent learning


Education

Rutgers University
Electrical Engineeri
Rutgers University
Masters
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
Masters

Policies

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  • Rate details: Hourly rates lowered for continuing students, online lessons, and for younger students
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Subjects

Business

Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

I have used Excel extensively in capturing and analyzing data. My most recent project was to create a real estate tool that estimates the value of properties based on comparables. I am proficient in the use of formulas, avoiding circular references, and verifying proper operation of complex spreadsheets.
Microsoft PowerPoint,

Microsoft PowerPoint

I've created numerous compelling presentations using PowerPoint and similar applications during my 30+ years working in the Engineering Industry. The techniques for keeping a presentation interesting, understandable and informative are important. The PowerPoint tools are vast, but I strive to relay to students the most useful set toward reaching their presentation objectives.
Microsoft Word

Computer

C,

C

As a 30-year experienced Electrical/Computer/Software Engineer with a Master's in Electrical Engineering, I have designed, developed, tested, and deployed thousands of lines of C programming code, spanning over 10 years. I would start with a lesson on "Structured Programming" for a beginning/intermediate student. If you're also interested in comparing languages, we'll touch on C++, Java, Pascal, FORTRAN, Basic, and various macro languages as necessary. You might also want to take advantage of my experience with scripting languages, including shell scripting, JavaScript, Perl, and the like. I have mentored colleagues at work for decades in both structured and object-oriented programming and completed many extra courses in this area over the years. For fun, we can review and run a C program I once developed that paints 3-D views of a 2-D terrain data file on a PC screen.
C++,

C++

As a 30-year experienced Electrical/Computer/Software Engineer with a Master's in EE, I have designed, developed, tested, and deployed many thousands of lines of programming code. The systems in which that software runs are diverse, and the methods I used to create the product among the top-used and well-accepted in the industry. I have developed software in C/C++, Java, Pascal, FORTRAN, Basic, and various macro languages. I have a combined 8 years of on-the-job experience developing 'C++' code. I have a few years of experience with scripting languages as well, including shell scripting, JavaScript, Perl, and the like. I have mentored colleagues at work for decades in programming and Software Engineering.
Computer Engineering,

Computer Engineering

As a 30-year experienced Electrical/Computer/Software Engineer with a Master's in EE, I have designed, developed, tested, and deployed many thousands of lines of "Embedded" code, much of which runs on hardware that I designed or developed. Most of this work has been in "real-time" computer-based systems. Computer Engineering spans many technical disciplines including hardware development, system integration, software, firmware, and networking, all of which I have had direct hands-on experience.
Computer Programming,

Computer Programming

As a 30-year experienced Electrical/Computer/Software Engineer with a Master's in EE, I have designed, developed, tested, and deployed many thousands of lines of programming code. The systems in which that software runs are diverse, and the methods I used to create the product among the top-used and well-accepted in the industry. That being said, it's important to note that I enjoy teaching at any level, so whether you're a beginner or very experienced, we'll have plenty to talk about. I have developed software in C/C++, Java, Pascal, FORTRAN, Basic, and various macro languages. I have a combined 14 years of on-the-job experience developing 'C/C++' code. I also have a few years of experience with scripting languages, including shell scripting, JavaScript, Perl, SQL, etc. I have mentored colleagues at work for decades in both structured and object-oriented programming and completed many extra courses in this area over the years. Computer Programming also encompasses aspects of design, test, development tools, system concepts, and on-and-on.
Computer Science,

Computer Science

During my career as an Engineer, I have worked with many technologies and applications with a "computer" at the heart of the system. I put "computer" in quotes because in reality, the program may have been executed on any number of computing elements such as PCs, mini-computers, "mainframes", microprocessors, server machines, clients, multiprocessor systems, or even simulators. Having experienced the development environments and run-time capabilities of this wide range of systems, and also using different languages and tools has given me a clear understanding of what Computer Science is all about. Whether you are interested in Algorithms and data structures, Computer architecture and engineering, graphics and visualization, Software engineering, or Digital Signal Processing Theory, I'd be glad to share with you my experience and insights.
General Computer,

General Computer

Electrical Engineering has been a career in which I've used computers and peripherals as tools, designed and developed computer-based systems, tested computer hardware and software, written software to run on computers, and networked computers to interface together for client server capability. Computer applications such as those used in business (eg. MS Office, TuboTax, NetMeeting), those that connect people (eg. Skype, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.), and those just for fun (GarageBand, PhotoShop, Audacity, iTunes) are all part of my everyday life. I enjoy learning more about them myself whenever possible and value the opportunity to relay that knowledge to others. Interested in improving your home wireless router and network capabilities?.... I'm there!
JavaScript,

JavaScript

My most recent JavaScript program (for fun) was to re-create a version of the video game we all remember called 'PONG'. This is a fully-functional paddle game that allows for angled shots and 2-D paddle motion. I have mentored colleagues at work for decades in programming and Software Engineering. I earned a Master's Degree in EE.
Linux,

Linux

My Linux skills come from on-the-job use, formal training in Unix, and personal study of the details on Linux. I have installed Linux on PCs, used Linux as a development environment, and written shell scripts for Linux. I would suggest a great way to learn the ins and outs of Linux would be to install a free environment such as from gnu.org. I have gone through the process in the past and could guide students along as they experience the details. With a runtime environment set up, the next step would be to practice shell commands and scripting.
Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

I have used Excel extensively in capturing and analyzing data. My most recent project was to create a real estate tool that estimates the value of properties based on comparables. I am proficient in the use of formulas, avoiding circular references, and verifying proper operation of complex spreadsheets.
Microsoft PowerPoint,

Microsoft PowerPoint

I've created numerous compelling presentations using PowerPoint and similar applications during my 30+ years working in the Engineering Industry. The techniques for keeping a presentation interesting, understandable and informative are important. The PowerPoint tools are vast, but I strive to relay to students the most useful set toward reaching their presentation objectives.
Microsoft Windows,

Microsoft Windows

I have been using Microsoft Windows almost daily ever since it was first introduced in 1985. Currently, I use Windows 7 as the most widely-accepted version, and also play with Windows 8. I have created home networks using Windows interfaces and have complete command of the file system and application setup. I'm familiar with most main-stream Window applications such are Internet Explorer, Office, LiveMail, Media Center, System control panel, etc. The next big thing is Windows 10, and apparently that will be a nice improvement over the cumbersome 8. If you use a Windows-based PC, laptop, tablet, or phone, I can help you get the most out of it.
Perl,

Perl

While working at Motorola, I was involved in test projects which required reliable sorting and manipulation of test data. For approximately two years, I studied the language, took Perl courses, and wrote scripts. I still have my notes, books, and example programs and would enjoy getting back into working with this very cool scripting language. Let me know what type of data you have and how you want it to be processed and I'll get you going with Perl.
SQL,

SQL

If you need to use a database of information in your application, the language of choice is SQL. I've used SQL in industry applications involving user data, system/machine parameter data, scientific data, etc. Learning the language is a bit different than other structured or object-oriented languages, but once the programmer is used to the format it becomes very powerful.
Microsoft Word

Corporate Training

C++,

C++

As a 30-year experienced Electrical/Computer/Software Engineer with a Master's in EE, I have designed, developed, tested, and deployed many thousands of lines of programming code. The systems in which that software runs are diverse, and the methods I used to create the product among the top-used and well-accepted in the industry. I have developed software in C/C++, Java, Pascal, FORTRAN, Basic, and various macro languages. I have a combined 8 years of on-the-job experience developing 'C++' code. I have a few years of experience with scripting languages as well, including shell scripting, JavaScript, Perl, and the like. I have mentored colleagues at work for decades in programming and Software Engineering.
General Computer,

General Computer

Electrical Engineering has been a career in which I've used computers and peripherals as tools, designed and developed computer-based systems, tested computer hardware and software, written software to run on computers, and networked computers to interface together for client server capability. Computer applications such as those used in business (eg. MS Office, TuboTax, NetMeeting), those that connect people (eg. Skype, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.), and those just for fun (GarageBand, PhotoShop, Audacity, iTunes) are all part of my everyday life. I enjoy learning more about them myself whenever possible and value the opportunity to relay that knowledge to others. Interested in improving your home wireless router and network capabilities?.... I'm there!
Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

I have used Excel extensively in capturing and analyzing data. My most recent project was to create a real estate tool that estimates the value of properties based on comparables. I am proficient in the use of formulas, avoiding circular references, and verifying proper operation of complex spreadsheets.
Microsoft PowerPoint,

Microsoft PowerPoint

I've created numerous compelling presentations using PowerPoint and similar applications during my 30+ years working in the Engineering Industry. The techniques for keeping a presentation interesting, understandable and informative are important. The PowerPoint tools are vast, but I strive to relay to students the most useful set toward reaching their presentation objectives.
SQL,

SQL

If you need to use a database of information in your application, the language of choice is SQL. I've used SQL in industry applications involving user data, system/machine parameter data, scientific data, etc. Learning the language is a bit different than other structured or object-oriented languages, but once the programmer is used to the format it becomes very powerful.
Statistics,

Statistics

With 2 years of college level stats1 teaching, and many hours of tutoring in the subject, I am well prepared to provide lessons on concepts, techniques, and methods to solve statistical problems in the business or scientific applications. I have full understanding of the use of probability distributions and how to interpret them, how to normalize statistics, use Z or T tables, and perform hypothesis testing in various forms. The subject is very interesting and rewarding to teach and I'm confident that I can improve your grades to the 3 sigma level.
Microsoft Word

Elementary Education

Study Skills

Study Skills

I have been tutoring in STEM subjects for well over 400 hours and have found at least one common thread in forecasting student success: the use of productive study skills. My background in industry and academia has provided the proving grounds for me to see first hand that study skills can be attained based on practice and good habits and attitudes. I enjoy relaying to students that knowledge of "how to approach" their studies to receive the best outcomes, with balance between their learning objectives and grades. There are nuances to consider for studying certain subjects, and there are also core behaviors that must be practiced to attain top performance levels. I will demonstrate to the student how investing time in studying properly will end up saving them time in the longer term.

English

Writing

Writing

Throughout my extensive career in Engineering, there were countless opportunities to write. Most days of the week required well-communicated written word, primarily in the modes of Narrative, Persuasive, and Expository. From single-page status reports to 80-page detailed technical documents of various forms, writing has always been a critical part of my routine. The following identifies those specific styles of writing in which I have the most experience: -Process Writing (explaining steps / procedures); -Reaction Writing (providing a personal response); -Business Writing (communicating with coworkers); -Research Writing (reporting information learned by studying); -Technical/Informative (clearly and concisely documenting technical information); -Compare and Contrast (identify similarities and differences regarding the subject(s). -Expressive Writing (share thoughts or beliefs); -Argumentative Writing (making a potentially controversial statement, then supporting the statement with specific details to convince the reader its truth);

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Whether it's an explanation of how to solve equations, understanding word problem methods, factoring expressions, or creating graphs, Algebra I is all about using mathematical symbols and techniques to reach conclusions that can't be readily "figured out" by "thinking of the answer". Having tutored many young students and adults in Algebra, I am very confident in my method and ability to convey the material. I will quickly identify any gaps in your Algebra foundation and help you fill them securely.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra is about using mathematical symbols and expressions to "say" something important, organize facts, and reach conclusions that can't be readily "figured out" by "thinking of the answer". Solving equations, understanding word problems, factoring expressions, and creating graphs, are good examples of Algebra 2 skills that I have taught. My deep understanding and familiarity with Algebra II allows me to clearly express any aspect of the math to students so they will retain it. I believe my success comes from identifying the student's current capability, and what parts of the material they might be missing. I have a keen sense for which areas of the subject need "extra mile teaching".
Calculus,

Calculus

My deep understanding of the foundation material affords me the ability to communicate clearly to students exactly what they need to know in order to succeed in Calculus.
Geometry,

Geometry

I studied Geometry in high school, college, my career years, and now with my own kids. Yes, I really do care about what Pythagoras was thinking when he found his amazing discovery. I find it enlightening and empowering to go through the same thought process as someone 2000 years ago to reach a conclusion that is pure truth and universal. Those great equations we see in our math books are much less intimidating when we experience the explanation that resonates or attaches to our personal experience. The concepts become more friend than foe. My approach to teaching Geometry is the same as any course, including to help students form methods of organizing and communicating the learning process itself while studying the subject. Geometry is one of the best subjects for doing just that because of the nature of the material... visual, real-world, and sensible. To me, when someone sincerely asks, "what is 'pi' and why do we need it for working with circles?", my response is, "If you have ten minutes let's draw a few circles and find out." In that ten minutes, not only will the concept of pi be clear, but the student will be better, more confident learner.
Physics,

Physics

Obtaining a degree in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University required a complete understanding of Physics. My courses included Statics, Dynamics, Physics I and II, as well as cross-training in physics material as part of Calculus and Chemistry classes. I have continued to study the subject simply out of enjoyment and interest. For example, as a long-time athlete and sports enthusiast, I have made various observations of how baseballs and basketballs adhere to the laws of physics. I can explain exactly why it is important to shoot a basketball using proper ball "rotation", and what advantages are gained by pivoting hips prior to hitting a baseball or in a tennis shot. I know how a golf club can be swung in a certain way to maximize the distance and accuracy of the shot (and I've hit a ball over 300 yards). Nuclear Physics and Quantum Mechanics are frequently in the news and documentaries, so I have been able to stay current by following those outlets. As I assist my high-schoolers with their Physics courses, I am frequently told that I make it much easier to understand by giving interesting examples.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Introducing students to variables and what it means to solve equations, factor expressions, and handle the mathematical symbols/techniques is primarily about communication. It's about finding interesting ways to get the student's attention and keep a two-way discussion rolling. Having tutored many young students and adults in arithmetic and algebra, and seeing how quickly they absorbed the material, I am very confident in my methods: patient communications, understanding the student's level, and presenting the lessons at a pace that brings about fast AND lasting learning. My ability to teach math comes from a deep understanding of the subject, combined with a sense of what it took for me to obtain this level.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Precalculus includes topics such as vectors, functions, logarithms, conic sections, complex numbers, graphing, parametric equations, trigonometry, and sequences/series. These elements of mathematics and the associated tools/techniques were central in my Electrical Engineering education. Hands-on industry experience over the following decades reinforced my understanding and ability to communicate clearly advanced topics such as trigonometry and calculus. When I tutor these subjects, I am able to instill confidence in students based on a full understanding of the material, well-paced presentation, and a contagious enthusiasm.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have been tutoring SAT math including geometry, trigonometry and pre-calculus since 2014. My background in mathematics stems from 30 years of Engineering experience, a Master's Degree in Engineering, and current position teaching college-level mathematics. Using the current edition SAT book and web pages from College Board, I will guide you through the practice tests and ensure that you have a full understanding of the concepts and methods of solving each problem in math sections. Test-taking techniques such as how to keep within time limits and how to maximize your points are also key aspects of my lessons.
Statistics,

Statistics

With 2 years of college level stats1 teaching, and many hours of tutoring in the subject, I am well prepared to provide lessons on concepts, techniques, and methods to solve statistical problems in the business or scientific applications. I have full understanding of the use of probability distributions and how to interpret them, how to normalize statistics, use Z or T tables, and perform hypothesis testing in various forms. The subject is very interesting and rewarding to teach and I'm confident that I can improve your grades to the 3 sigma level.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have been tutoring in STEM subjects for well over 400 hours and have found at least one common thread in forecasting student success: the use of productive study skills. My background in industry and academia has provided the proving grounds for me to see first hand that study skills can be attained based on practice and good habits and attitudes. I enjoy relaying to students that knowledge of "how to approach" their studies to receive the best outcomes, with balance between their learning objectives and grades. There are nuances to consider for studying certain subjects, and there are also core behaviors that must be practiced to attain top performance levels. I will demonstrate to the student how investing time in studying properly will end up saving them time in the longer term.
Writing

Writing

Throughout my extensive career in Engineering, there were countless opportunities to write. Most days of the week required well-communicated written word, primarily in the modes of Narrative, Persuasive, and Expository. From single-page status reports to 80-page detailed technical documents of various forms, writing has always been a critical part of my routine. The following identifies those specific styles of writing in which I have the most experience: -Process Writing (explaining steps / procedures); -Reaction Writing (providing a personal response); -Business Writing (communicating with coworkers); -Research Writing (reporting information learned by studying); -Technical/Informative (clearly and concisely documenting technical information); -Compare and Contrast (identify similarities and differences regarding the subject(s). -Expressive Writing (share thoughts or beliefs); -Argumentative Writing (making a potentially controversial statement, then supporting the statement with specific details to convince the reader its truth);

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have been tutoring ACT math including geometry, trigonometry and pre-calculus since 2014. My background in mathematics stems from 30 years of Engineering experience, a Master's Degree in Engineering, and teaching math in our community college. Test-taking techniques such as how to keep within time limits and how to maximize your score are key aspects of my ACT lessons.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Whether it's an explanation of how to solve equations, understanding word problem methods, factoring expressions, or creating graphs, Algebra I is all about using mathematical symbols and techniques to reach conclusions that can't be readily "figured out" by "thinking of the answer". Having tutored many young students and adults in Algebra, I am very confident in my method and ability to convey the material. I will quickly identify any gaps in your Algebra foundation and help you fill them securely.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra is about using mathematical symbols and expressions to "say" something important, organize facts, and reach conclusions that can't be readily "figured out" by "thinking of the answer". Solving equations, understanding word problems, factoring expressions, and creating graphs, are good examples of Algebra 2 skills that I have taught. My deep understanding and familiarity with Algebra II allows me to clearly express any aspect of the math to students so they will retain it. I believe my success comes from identifying the student's current capability, and what parts of the material they might be missing. I have a keen sense for which areas of the subject need "extra mile teaching".
Calculus,

Calculus

My deep understanding of the foundation material affords me the ability to communicate clearly to students exactly what they need to know in order to succeed in Calculus.
Electrical Engineering,

Electrical Engineering

With a BSEE from Rutgers University College of Engineering, I was exposed to a generous portion of math and science on which Electrical Engineering is built. Circuits, Fourier Transforms, Communication Theory, Discrete Systems, Calculus, Principles of EE, Power Systems, and a fascinating independent study on the topic of deblurring 2-D images were all part of the rigorous curriculum. Those experiences allowed for my post-graduate work at Rutgers and NJIT where I earned a Master's Degree in EE. Now, as a 30-year member of the industry, I have designed, developed, tested, and deployed many highly complex systems of hardware and software. Most of this work has been in "real-time" computer-based systems.
Geometry,

Geometry

I studied Geometry in high school, college, my career years, and now with my own kids. Yes, I really do care about what Pythagoras was thinking when he found his amazing discovery. I find it enlightening and empowering to go through the same thought process as someone 2000 years ago to reach a conclusion that is pure truth and universal. Those great equations we see in our math books are much less intimidating when we experience the explanation that resonates or attaches to our personal experience. The concepts become more friend than foe. My approach to teaching Geometry is the same as any course, including to help students form methods of organizing and communicating the learning process itself while studying the subject. Geometry is one of the best subjects for doing just that because of the nature of the material... visual, real-world, and sensible. To me, when someone sincerely asks, "what is 'pi' and why do we need it for working with circles?", my response is, "If you have ten minutes let's draw a few circles and find out." In that ten minutes, not only will the concept of pi be clear, but the student will be better, more confident learner.
Logic,

Logic

In my Engineering career as programmer, hardware designer, and systems integrator, I used all aspects of logic on a daily basis. A related Engineering course I have taken at Rutgers is called "Logic Design", and applies the functions 'AND', 'OR', 'XOR', 'NAND', 'NOR', etc. From a science/engineering point of view, computer programs and digital devices use logic to produce an output based on a set of inputs. Logic controls the "path of operations" through a running program or application, and is usually based on a set of rules. A simple example of the logic I have implemented using digital circuits and programming languages is the "if statement" which takes the form "if A, then B". As an experienced Software/Hardware Engineer, my background in Logic will be a great asset in tutoring on this subject.
Physics,

Physics

Obtaining a degree in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University required a complete understanding of Physics. My courses included Statics, Dynamics, Physics I and II, as well as cross-training in physics material as part of Calculus and Chemistry classes. I have continued to study the subject simply out of enjoyment and interest. For example, as a long-time athlete and sports enthusiast, I have made various observations of how baseballs and basketballs adhere to the laws of physics. I can explain exactly why it is important to shoot a basketball using proper ball "rotation", and what advantages are gained by pivoting hips prior to hitting a baseball or in a tennis shot. I know how a golf club can be swung in a certain way to maximize the distance and accuracy of the shot (and I've hit a ball over 300 yards). Nuclear Physics and Quantum Mechanics are frequently in the news and documentaries, so I have been able to stay current by following those outlets. As I assist my high-schoolers with their Physics courses, I am frequently told that I make it much easier to understand by giving interesting examples.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Introducing students to variables and what it means to solve equations, factor expressions, and handle the mathematical symbols/techniques is primarily about communication. It's about finding interesting ways to get the student's attention and keep a two-way discussion rolling. Having tutored many young students and adults in arithmetic and algebra, and seeing how quickly they absorbed the material, I am very confident in my methods: patient communications, understanding the student's level, and presenting the lessons at a pace that brings about fast AND lasting learning. My ability to teach math comes from a deep understanding of the subject, combined with a sense of what it took for me to obtain this level.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Precalculus includes topics such as vectors, functions, logarithms, conic sections, complex numbers, graphing, parametric equations, trigonometry, and sequences/series. These elements of mathematics and the associated tools/techniques were central in my Electrical Engineering education. Hands-on industry experience over the following decades reinforced my understanding and ability to communicate clearly advanced topics such as trigonometry and calculus. When I tutor these subjects, I am able to instill confidence in students based on a full understanding of the material, well-paced presentation, and a contagious enthusiasm.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have been tutoring SAT math including geometry, trigonometry and pre-calculus since 2014. My background in mathematics stems from 30 years of Engineering experience, a Master's Degree in Engineering, and current position teaching college-level mathematics. Using the current edition SAT book and web pages from College Board, I will guide you through the practice tests and ensure that you have a full understanding of the concepts and methods of solving each problem in math sections. Test-taking techniques such as how to keep within time limits and how to maximize your points are also key aspects of my lessons.
Statistics,

Statistics

With 2 years of college level stats1 teaching, and many hours of tutoring in the subject, I am well prepared to provide lessons on concepts, techniques, and methods to solve statistical problems in the business or scientific applications. I have full understanding of the use of probability distributions and how to interpret them, how to normalize statistics, use Z or T tables, and perform hypothesis testing in various forms. The subject is very interesting and rewarding to teach and I'm confident that I can improve your grades to the 3 sigma level.
Trigonometry

Trigonometry

What a subject name!! Trigonometry sounds scary, but I like that kind of challenge. I can guide you through the simple basic concepts on which Trig is based and you'll soon discover why sin(x) is such a useful function in many professions. I use real-life exercises to show students first-hand where the functions come from and how to build on your Algebra skills to conquer Trig. Get ready to memorize a few things, but also be confident that you'll know the underlying math that makes Trig fun.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Whether it's an explanation of how to solve equations, understanding word problem methods, factoring expressions, or creating graphs, Algebra I is all about using mathematical symbols and techniques to reach conclusions that can't be readily "figured out" by "thinking of the answer". Having tutored many young students and adults in Algebra, I am very confident in my method and ability to convey the material. I will quickly identify any gaps in your Algebra foundation and help you fill them securely.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra is about using mathematical symbols and expressions to "say" something important, organize facts, and reach conclusions that can't be readily "figured out" by "thinking of the answer". Solving equations, understanding word problems, factoring expressions, and creating graphs, are good examples of Algebra 2 skills that I have taught. My deep understanding and familiarity with Algebra II allows me to clearly express any aspect of the math to students so they will retain it. I believe my success comes from identifying the student's current capability, and what parts of the material they might be missing. I have a keen sense for which areas of the subject need "extra mile teaching".
Calculus,

Calculus

My deep understanding of the foundation material affords me the ability to communicate clearly to students exactly what they need to know in order to succeed in Calculus.
Geometry,

Geometry

I studied Geometry in high school, college, my career years, and now with my own kids. Yes, I really do care about what Pythagoras was thinking when he found his amazing discovery. I find it enlightening and empowering to go through the same thought process as someone 2000 years ago to reach a conclusion that is pure truth and universal. Those great equations we see in our math books are much less intimidating when we experience the explanation that resonates or attaches to our personal experience. The concepts become more friend than foe. My approach to teaching Geometry is the same as any course, including to help students form methods of organizing and communicating the learning process itself while studying the subject. Geometry is one of the best subjects for doing just that because of the nature of the material... visual, real-world, and sensible. To me, when someone sincerely asks, "what is 'pi' and why do we need it for working with circles?", my response is, "If you have ten minutes let's draw a few circles and find out." In that ten minutes, not only will the concept of pi be clear, but the student will be better, more confident learner.
Physics,

Physics

Obtaining a degree in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University required a complete understanding of Physics. My courses included Statics, Dynamics, Physics I and II, as well as cross-training in physics material as part of Calculus and Chemistry classes. I have continued to study the subject simply out of enjoyment and interest. For example, as a long-time athlete and sports enthusiast, I have made various observations of how baseballs and basketballs adhere to the laws of physics. I can explain exactly why it is important to shoot a basketball using proper ball "rotation", and what advantages are gained by pivoting hips prior to hitting a baseball or in a tennis shot. I know how a golf club can be swung in a certain way to maximize the distance and accuracy of the shot (and I've hit a ball over 300 yards). Nuclear Physics and Quantum Mechanics are frequently in the news and documentaries, so I have been able to stay current by following those outlets. As I assist my high-schoolers with their Physics courses, I am frequently told that I make it much easier to understand by giving interesting examples.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Introducing students to variables and what it means to solve equations, factor expressions, and handle the mathematical symbols/techniques is primarily about communication. It's about finding interesting ways to get the student's attention and keep a two-way discussion rolling. Having tutored many young students and adults in arithmetic and algebra, and seeing how quickly they absorbed the material, I am very confident in my methods: patient communications, understanding the student's level, and presenting the lessons at a pace that brings about fast AND lasting learning. My ability to teach math comes from a deep understanding of the subject, combined with a sense of what it took for me to obtain this level.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Precalculus includes topics such as vectors, functions, logarithms, conic sections, complex numbers, graphing, parametric equations, trigonometry, and sequences/series. These elements of mathematics and the associated tools/techniques were central in my Electrical Engineering education. Hands-on industry experience over the following decades reinforced my understanding and ability to communicate clearly advanced topics such as trigonometry and calculus. When I tutor these subjects, I am able to instill confidence in students based on a full understanding of the material, well-paced presentation, and a contagious enthusiasm.
Statistics,

Statistics

With 2 years of college level stats1 teaching, and many hours of tutoring in the subject, I am well prepared to provide lessons on concepts, techniques, and methods to solve statistical problems in the business or scientific applications. I have full understanding of the use of probability distributions and how to interpret them, how to normalize statistics, use Z or T tables, and perform hypothesis testing in various forms. The subject is very interesting and rewarding to teach and I'm confident that I can improve your grades to the 3 sigma level.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have been tutoring in STEM subjects for well over 400 hours and have found at least one common thread in forecasting student success: the use of productive study skills. My background in industry and academia has provided the proving grounds for me to see first hand that study skills can be attained based on practice and good habits and attitudes. I enjoy relaying to students that knowledge of "how to approach" their studies to receive the best outcomes, with balance between their learning objectives and grades. There are nuances to consider for studying certain subjects, and there are also core behaviors that must be practiced to attain top performance levels. I will demonstrate to the student how investing time in studying properly will end up saving them time in the longer term.
Writing

Writing

Throughout my extensive career in Engineering, there were countless opportunities to write. Most days of the week required well-communicated written word, primarily in the modes of Narrative, Persuasive, and Expository. From single-page status reports to 80-page detailed technical documents of various forms, writing has always been a critical part of my routine. The following identifies those specific styles of writing in which I have the most experience: -Process Writing (explaining steps / procedures); -Reaction Writing (providing a personal response); -Business Writing (communicating with coworkers); -Research Writing (reporting information learned by studying); -Technical/Informative (clearly and concisely documenting technical information); -Compare and Contrast (identify similarities and differences regarding the subject(s). -Expressive Writing (share thoughts or beliefs); -Argumentative Writing (making a potentially controversial statement, then supporting the statement with specific details to convince the reader its truth);

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills

I have been tutoring in STEM subjects for well over 400 hours and have found at least one common thread in forecasting student success: the use of productive study skills. My background in industry and academia has provided the proving grounds for me to see first hand that study skills can be attained based on practice and good habits and attitudes. I enjoy relaying to students that knowledge of "how to approach" their studies to receive the best outcomes, with balance between their learning objectives and grades. There are nuances to consider for studying certain subjects, and there are also core behaviors that must be practiced to attain top performance levels. I will demonstrate to the student how investing time in studying properly will end up saving them time in the longer term.

Science

Computer Engineering,

Computer Engineering

As a 30-year experienced Electrical/Computer/Software Engineer with a Master's in EE, I have designed, developed, tested, and deployed many thousands of lines of "Embedded" code, much of which runs on hardware that I designed or developed. Most of this work has been in "real-time" computer-based systems. Computer Engineering spans many technical disciplines including hardware development, system integration, software, firmware, and networking, all of which I have had direct hands-on experience.
Electrical Engineering,

Electrical Engineering

With a BSEE from Rutgers University College of Engineering, I was exposed to a generous portion of math and science on which Electrical Engineering is built. Circuits, Fourier Transforms, Communication Theory, Discrete Systems, Calculus, Principles of EE, Power Systems, and a fascinating independent study on the topic of deblurring 2-D images were all part of the rigorous curriculum. Those experiences allowed for my post-graduate work at Rutgers and NJIT where I earned a Master's Degree in EE. Now, as a 30-year member of the industry, I have designed, developed, tested, and deployed many highly complex systems of hardware and software. Most of this work has been in "real-time" computer-based systems.
Physics

Physics

Obtaining a degree in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University required a complete understanding of Physics. My courses included Statics, Dynamics, Physics I and II, as well as cross-training in physics material as part of Calculus and Chemistry classes. I have continued to study the subject simply out of enjoyment and interest. For example, as a long-time athlete and sports enthusiast, I have made various observations of how baseballs and basketballs adhere to the laws of physics. I can explain exactly why it is important to shoot a basketball using proper ball "rotation", and what advantages are gained by pivoting hips prior to hitting a baseball or in a tennis shot. I know how a golf club can be swung in a certain way to maximize the distance and accuracy of the shot (and I've hit a ball over 300 yards). Nuclear Physics and Quantum Mechanics are frequently in the news and documentaries, so I have been able to stay current by following those outlets. As I assist my high-schoolers with their Physics courses, I am frequently told that I make it much easier to understand by giving interesting examples.

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

I have been tutoring in STEM subjects for well over 400 hours and have found at least one common thread in forecasting student success: the use of productive study skills. My background in industry and academia has provided the proving grounds for me to see first hand that study skills can be attained based on practice and good habits and attitudes. I enjoy relaying to students that knowledge of "how to approach" their studies to receive the best outcomes, with balance between their learning objectives and grades. There are nuances to consider for studying certain subjects, and there are also core behaviors that must be practiced to attain top performance levels. I will demonstrate to the student how investing time in studying properly will end up saving them time in the longer term.

Sports/Recreation

Basketball,

Basketball

I just finished another season with the town basketball league where I've been coaching for 6 years. I have observed a great deal of youth basketball at highly competitive levels including high school varsity level. My sons have played travel and school hoops since grade school. Whether you're looking for specific skills advancement, or a better understanding of how to move without the ball on offense, I can talk it through with you or "run" with you on the court at our nearby park. You might be surprised that by sending me some video capture of your shot, ball-handling, or your triple-threat position, I will see enough to provide you with a customized lesson including drill recommendations and comments about how to reach the next levels of your game.
Golf,

Golf

For golf, like most sports, my qualifications are centered around the fact that I've played with a keen eye toward understanding the simple mechanisms, and the simple science of the game. I have never taken a lesson in golf, but I have watched, played and learned every aspect of the game. I have taught myself how to drive, chip, pitch, run, fade, draw, and of course slice/hook a golf ball at times. My method for teaching the game is to guide a student to experience the achievements in a natural and comfortable way. When learning about a sport, one must be able to appreciate the various aspects such as the mental game, physical motion, the corresponding math and science, and the joy of accomplishment.
Tennis

Tennis

With over 30 years of tennis experience playing casually and in tournaments, I have developed quality and consistency to play all the strokes with strength and accuracy (including serving). I understand the nuances of purposeful ball spin, footwork/positioning, strength requirements, racket sizing, game strategy and scoring. Lessons with me can be as simple as learning to volley for fun, or as detailed as how to line up your serve to force an opponent backhand. You will see a lot of calculated shot placement from me to appropriately challenge you to move-balance-set-hit as you progress into the levels you desire.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Whether it's an explanation of how to solve equations, understanding word problem methods, factoring expressions, or creating graphs, Algebra I is all about using mathematical symbols and techniques to reach conclusions that can't be readily "figured out" by "thinking of the answer". Having tutored many young students and adults in Algebra, I am very confident in my method and ability to convey the material. I will quickly identify any gaps in your Algebra foundation and help you fill them securely.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra is about using mathematical symbols and expressions to "say" something important, organize facts, and reach conclusions that can't be readily "figured out" by "thinking of the answer". Solving equations, understanding word problems, factoring expressions, and creating graphs, are good examples of Algebra 2 skills that I have taught. My deep understanding and familiarity with Algebra II allows me to clearly express any aspect of the math to students so they will retain it. I believe my success comes from identifying the student's current capability, and what parts of the material they might be missing. I have a keen sense for which areas of the subject need "extra mile teaching".
Calculus,

Calculus

My deep understanding of the foundation material affords me the ability to communicate clearly to students exactly what they need to know in order to succeed in Calculus.
Geometry,

Geometry

I studied Geometry in high school, college, my career years, and now with my own kids. Yes, I really do care about what Pythagoras was thinking when he found his amazing discovery. I find it enlightening and empowering to go through the same thought process as someone 2000 years ago to reach a conclusion that is pure truth and universal. Those great equations we see in our math books are much less intimidating when we experience the explanation that resonates or attaches to our personal experience. The concepts become more friend than foe. My approach to teaching Geometry is the same as any course, including to help students form methods of organizing and communicating the learning process itself while studying the subject. Geometry is one of the best subjects for doing just that because of the nature of the material... visual, real-world, and sensible. To me, when someone sincerely asks, "what is 'pi' and why do we need it for working with circles?", my response is, "If you have ten minutes let's draw a few circles and find out." In that ten minutes, not only will the concept of pi be clear, but the student will be better, more confident learner.
Golf,

Golf

For golf, like most sports, my qualifications are centered around the fact that I've played with a keen eye toward understanding the simple mechanisms, and the simple science of the game. I have never taken a lesson in golf, but I have watched, played and learned every aspect of the game. I have taught myself how to drive, chip, pitch, run, fade, draw, and of course slice/hook a golf ball at times. My method for teaching the game is to guide a student to experience the achievements in a natural and comfortable way. When learning about a sport, one must be able to appreciate the various aspects such as the mental game, physical motion, the corresponding math and science, and the joy of accomplishment.
Physics,

Physics

Obtaining a degree in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University required a complete understanding of Physics. My courses included Statics, Dynamics, Physics I and II, as well as cross-training in physics material as part of Calculus and Chemistry classes. I have continued to study the subject simply out of enjoyment and interest. For example, as a long-time athlete and sports enthusiast, I have made various observations of how baseballs and basketballs adhere to the laws of physics. I can explain exactly why it is important to shoot a basketball using proper ball "rotation", and what advantages are gained by pivoting hips prior to hitting a baseball or in a tennis shot. I know how a golf club can be swung in a certain way to maximize the distance and accuracy of the shot (and I've hit a ball over 300 yards). Nuclear Physics and Quantum Mechanics are frequently in the news and documentaries, so I have been able to stay current by following those outlets. As I assist my high-schoolers with their Physics courses, I am frequently told that I make it much easier to understand by giving interesting examples.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have been tutoring SAT math including geometry, trigonometry and pre-calculus since 2014. My background in mathematics stems from 30 years of Engineering experience, a Master's Degree in Engineering, and current position teaching college-level mathematics. Using the current edition SAT book and web pages from College Board, I will guide you through the practice tests and ensure that you have a full understanding of the concepts and methods of solving each problem in math sections. Test-taking techniques such as how to keep within time limits and how to maximize your points are also key aspects of my lessons.
Statistics,

Statistics

With 2 years of college level stats1 teaching, and many hours of tutoring in the subject, I am well prepared to provide lessons on concepts, techniques, and methods to solve statistical problems in the business or scientific applications. I have full understanding of the use of probability distributions and how to interpret them, how to normalize statistics, use Z or T tables, and perform hypothesis testing in various forms. The subject is very interesting and rewarding to teach and I'm confident that I can improve your grades to the 3 sigma level.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have been tutoring in STEM subjects for well over 400 hours and have found at least one common thread in forecasting student success: the use of productive study skills. My background in industry and academia has provided the proving grounds for me to see first hand that study skills can be attained based on practice and good habits and attitudes. I enjoy relaying to students that knowledge of "how to approach" their studies to receive the best outcomes, with balance between their learning objectives and grades. There are nuances to consider for studying certain subjects, and there are also core behaviors that must be practiced to attain top performance levels. I will demonstrate to the student how investing time in studying properly will end up saving them time in the longer term.
Tennis,

Tennis

With over 30 years of tennis experience playing casually and in tournaments, I have developed quality and consistency to play all the strokes with strength and accuracy (including serving). I understand the nuances of purposeful ball spin, footwork/positioning, strength requirements, racket sizing, game strategy and scoring. Lessons with me can be as simple as learning to volley for fun, or as detailed as how to line up your serve to force an opponent backhand. You will see a lot of calculated shot placement from me to appropriately challenge you to move-balance-set-hit as you progress into the levels you desire.
Writing

Writing

Throughout my extensive career in Engineering, there were countless opportunities to write. Most days of the week required well-communicated written word, primarily in the modes of Narrative, Persuasive, and Expository. From single-page status reports to 80-page detailed technical documents of various forms, writing has always been a critical part of my routine. The following identifies those specific styles of writing in which I have the most experience: -Process Writing (explaining steps / procedures); -Reaction Writing (providing a personal response); -Business Writing (communicating with coworkers); -Research Writing (reporting information learned by studying); -Technical/Informative (clearly and concisely documenting technical information); -Compare and Contrast (identify similarities and differences regarding the subject(s). -Expressive Writing (share thoughts or beliefs); -Argumentative Writing (making a potentially controversial statement, then supporting the statement with specific details to convince the reader its truth);

Test Preparation

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have been tutoring ACT math including geometry, trigonometry and pre-calculus since 2014. My background in mathematics stems from 30 years of Engineering experience, a Master's Degree in Engineering, and teaching math in our community college. Test-taking techniques such as how to keep within time limits and how to maximize your score are key aspects of my ACT lessons.
PSAT,

PSAT

The math and reasoning skills involved in taking the PSAT are very important in high school success. The algebra, geometry and science courses required in high school and college depend on a strong foundation and understanding of the topics. My math background is extensive, and I strive to have students enjoy solving problems as much as I do.
SAT Math

SAT Math

I have been tutoring SAT math including geometry, trigonometry and pre-calculus since 2014. My background in mathematics stems from 30 years of Engineering experience, a Master's Degree in Engineering, and current position teaching college-level mathematics. Using the current edition SAT book and web pages from College Board, I will guide you through the practice tests and ensure that you have a full understanding of the concepts and methods of solving each problem in math sections. Test-taking techniques such as how to keep within time limits and how to maximize your points are also key aspects of my lessons.

Examples of Expertise


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Great teacher with lot of patience

My daughter was very happy with the help she got with her Geometry lesson. She felt very comfortable with taking test. I would be reaching out to Fred for any future help.

Saidesh, 1 lesson with Frederick

Great tutor

Very helpful. My son said he explained the problems well and was able to help him understand the material.

Heather, 8 lessons with Frederick

Excellent tutor, patient calm & clear

My son has used Rick for high school algebra I and Algebra II. My son enjoys working with him as he made algebra seem easy & understandable. As a parent, I think Rick really cares about his students. He is just as happy for his students when they get the A as they are! Highly recommend!!!

Kim, 47 lessons with Frederick

Professional, knowledgeable and patient tutor

My son just had first engineering class with Frederick. Frederick is a very professional, well prepared and knowledgeable tutor. Prior to the class, he has prepared powerpoint and organized all the studying materials ahead. Also, he explained the important information to my son patiently. My son told me that Frederick can guide him professionally.

May, 3 lessons with Frederick

Algebra 1

Frederick took his time with my daughter which I really appreciated. He walked through the questions step by step being sure to review the basics when necessary! I’m very grateful that we’ve found someone that is willing to be patient and kind enough to explain and make it make sense! Thank you! We look forward to our next session.

Tiffany, 3 lessons with Frederick

Great teacher/tutor and very patient

Frederick is a very knowledgable tutor. It was hard for me to find a tutor for computer hardware so I was grateful to find Frederick. He was able to explain some concepts I was confused about. He is patient and clear in his teaching:)

Simmi, 1 lesson with Frederick

Excellent Tutor

My son needed help with his new college Engineering class. I checked out Wyzant and found Fredrick. Who was able to tutor my son immediately. He is a great tutor because he is highly knowledgeable and very responsive when needed. He definitely knows how to teach and has helped my son tremendously.

Allison, 11 lessons with Frederick

Encouraging tutorial style

My 13-year-old is not a confident mathematician and has struggled to fulfill his potential at school. After an initial lesson with Frederick, he came home, shut himself in the dining room for an hour and carried on trying out more algebraic problems voluntarily. His review is "He's smarter than any teacher I've ever had. My teacher doesn't really teach me. But Frederick did."

Angela, 21 lessons with Frederick

Friendly and experienced tutor

Rick was quickly able to recognize my son’s strengths/weaknesses and established the right pace of teaching. My son felt very comfortable and confident with Algebra after the tutoring sessions.

Anbu, 19 lessons with Frederick
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