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Jeff S.

Little Falls, NJ


Learn by Doing and Understanding

Background check passed as of 2/26/15
4.8 average from 107 ratings
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New Jersey Institute of Technology
Computer Science
Montclair State University


New Jersey Institute of Technology (Computer Science)

Montclair State University (Master's)

About Jeff

If you hire me as your tutor, you bring a sharpened pencil (or two). Math is learned by doing. So when I tutor you, you will be doing (almost) all of the writing. I will explain the concepts and show you how to do the work, but you will do it. This way, you will remember how to do it better.

I can teach or tutor nearly any math, at any level, including: Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Precalculus, Trigonometry, and all levels of Calculus (and even a few higher math levels).

I am a graduate math student, part-time math tutor, and adjunct university teacher. So I've taught students at all levels. Before returning to school to study math, I had a long computer programming career.

I excel in explaining math clearly and very patiently. I will give you structured, step-by-step written (so you retain what you learned) strategies for solving problems. My attitude encourages students to ask questions. I also have the ability to determine why students are confused even when they can't articulate it themselves.

I will show you methods for doing problems consistently, and methods for making problems easier. I will show you how to use the math notation to help you understand the problems. And I will even show you how to understand word problems (which you probably think is not possible).
If you hire me as your tutor, you bring a sharpened pencil (or two). Math is learned by doing. So when I tutor you, you will be doing (almost) all of the writing. I will explain the concepts and show you how to do the work, but you will do Read more

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Travels within 15 miles of Little Falls, NJ 07424
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"Great tutor!"

- Bleema, Clifton, NJ on 3/17/13

"Great tutor"

- Nilanjana, Carlsbad, CA on 3/17/15

"Great Tutor"

- Giuseppe, East Rutherford, NJ on 2/10/15

"Great Tutor: Wish We Had Found Him Sooner!"

- JoAnn, Livingston, NJ on 7/4/14

"Very nice, very knowledgeable."

- Emad, Parsippany, NJ on 11/26/13

"A great tutor"

- Joshua, Hillsdale, NJ on 11/25/13

"Great tutor that is very punctual, and makes learning math fun and easy."

- Jerzy, Dumont, NJ on 11/10/13

"Great tutor, very responsive."

- Peter, Parsippany, NJ on 8/21/13

"Excellent Tutor"

- Francine, Bergenfield, NJ on 3/18/13

"Excellent work from Jeff S."

- Christian, Mount Vernon, NY on 11/23/12

"Thorough and patient."

- Joanne, Oradell, NJ on 11/23/12

"Great teacher"

- Karen, Westfield, NJ on 9/7/12


- Stephanie, Morristown, NJ on 8/3/12

"He is my GPA's guardian angel!"

- Alexis, Madison, NJ on 6/30/12
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Discrete Math,
Elementary Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus,
Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ASVAB, GED, GMAT, Praxis,
SAT Math
Computer Science,
General Computer, MATLAB,
Microsoft Excel
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
GMAT, Microsoft Excel

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Algebra 1

I have noticed that the single biggest success factor for Algebra 1 is practice - doing lots of problems (and then doing them again).

But if you still need (or want) help, I will show you how to make the Algebra concept concrete and explain the math in plain language. I will also show you tips and techniques which will make the math as routine as the ABCs. I will also show you how to keep your work structured, which will help you understand it.

Algebra 2

I have taught classroom and computer based algebra courses at the university level and I have tutored many algebra students at the high school and university level with great success.


Calculus is the most difficult math most students will ever study - unless I tutor you. I have great explanations of the three major Calculus concepts: limits, derivatives, and integrals/antiderivatives.

I explain the ideas of calculus in such a way that you actually understand them. I highlight the key points (most teachers just lecture and then you are stuck looking at your notes wondering "how/why did the professor do that?" or "what the ____ did the teacher do there?"). When I tutor you in calculus, even the most math-challenged among you will do well (just read my feedback).

As one of my student's said, I "have a knack for explaining calc so kids get it."

After you get it, I will show you how those ideas relate to your homework and how they help you do the problems. I will even show you simple tricks for doing word problems (which you probably think is not possible).

I can teach, inter alia: limits, derivatives, differentials, related rates, integrals, antiderivatives, calculating area, volume (shell method, cylinder method, etc.).

As one former student said "Jeff is incredible! He tutored me through a college calculus course. The course normally has a 50% failure rate, but Jeff got me through it. He is very patient and provides great examples to help you understand the concepts."

Computer Science

I have a B.S. in Computer Science and was a programmer for 20 years.

Discrete Math

I am a graduate college student. I have taken Discrete Math and will work with you and research answers to help you in any way I can.

Linear Algebra

I have a graduate degree in Pure and Applied math, which includes undergraduate and graduate level Linear Algebra classes.


I can help you with symbolic logic, sentence logic and predicate logic. I can explain truth functional operators, necessary vs. sufficient conditions, contrapositive - my favorite! - and more.

I will explain logic's concepts to you in plain English and everyday analogies (which I make up on the fly), in a way that your teachers and textbooks can't. I will show you techniques for making truth tables easy to do and understand. I will work with you on proofs and show you tips for doing them.

I have not taken a formal logic course. But I have a computer science undergraduate degree and mathematics graduate degree; I was a computer programmer for many years. Both programming and math have strong logic components to them. I have tutored several people in logic and earned testimonials from them.

Depending on your needs, I will teach by working through your textbook, notes and assignments with you. I will adapt to your needs and can create examples and find supplemental material between lessons, if necessary.


I am using Matlab extensively for my thesis for a master's degree in math. I have been using it for about two years as part of my math studies. I was a programmer for many years before returning to school.

I can help you with all of the basics of Matlab. I am capable of understanding the documentation (which is a bit cryptic, because it's written in math equations using math terminology), so I can quickly learn anything you need. I can even teach you how to understand the Matlab environment and docs so you learn more about Matlab on your own (so you never need to pay a tutor again!).

Microsoft Excel

I was a computer programmer for many years and am now a math student. I can probably solve most of your problems with Excel. Honestly, it may take me a little bit to figure some things out (because I wasn't an Excel programmer), but I will answer all of your questions or figure out how.


You probably already know all the necessary math to pass the Math Praxis exam, but could use a little review. I can help you with all of it.

I am am a graduate math student and math tutor. I am well versed in the material on the Math Praxis, from Discrete Algebra to Linear Algebra. I have tutored several students through the exam and I can get you through it as well.


Beware of Precalculus (also known as really difficult Algebra) and Trigonometry. It is difficult even even for some students who were doing well in math. In precalculus, the student no longer mindlessly follows a set of rules, but must learn to understand the interpret questions and understand the math's meaning.

But don't panic. I can explain everything in plain language and analogies (which I make up on-the-fly). And I will show you how to use the knowledge to do your homework.

I will even show you a very simple method for memorizing the unit circle, which most teachers require.


Trigonometry is all about right triangles. Yes, an entire course about right triangles! I know, that probably doesn't sound so exciting to you. But I will help you make the material easy. The first step is to memorize "SOH CAH TOA". The second step is to contact me (though you may not have to if you follow the first step.

New Jersey Institute of Technology
Computer Science
Montclair State University


New Jersey Institute of Technology (Computer Science)

Montclair State University (Master's)

Great tutor! — Jeff helped me raise my calculus grades in college from Cs to As. He explains everything very clearly. He made sure that I not only understood how to do each problem individually but that I understood the concepts and would be able to figure out future problems on my own. I highly recommend this tutor to anyone who is serious about getting good grades! ...

— Bleema, Clifton, NJ on 3/17/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $79.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Jeff will travel within 15 miles of Little Falls, NJ 07424.