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Max B.

Private Tutor, Academic Philosopher

Private Tutor, Academic Philosopher

$65/hour

  • 35 hours tutoring

  • Princeton, NJ 08540


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About Max


Bio

I have tutored and taught a wide range of topics (math, science, writing, and more) at a wide range of levels (from advanced elementary school students to graduate students and merely interested adults). I really enjoy figuring out what the best way is to approach a subject with a given student. We won't just be doing flash cards or extra problems from the book (unless that's really what works for a student); we'll find ways of approaching the material that connect with things the student is...

I have tutored and taught a wide range of topics (math, science, writing, and more) at a wide range of levels (from advanced elementary school students to graduate students and merely interested adults). I really enjoy figuring out what the best way is to approach a subject with a given student. We won't just be doing flash cards or extra problems from the book (unless that's really what works for a student); we'll find ways of approaching the material that connect with things the student is comfortable with and enjoys.

My specialties are working with students who are "bad at math" and those who need more engaging intellectual stimulation (e. g. they're "bored at school because it's too easy").

I have two PhDs stemming from work in the philosophy of science that depended on an advanced understanding of parts of philosophy, science (esp. physics and biology), and mathematics (esp. probability theory).

I've been tutoring math (grade 6 and up) since 2002, specializing in working with students who are scared of the subject. In the past 5 years, I have been teaching introductory and advanced logic courses at the university level.

I've worked extensively with students on developing and writing papers for college courses in Philosophy. I also have significant personal experience writing, with publications in journals of Philosophy and Neuroscience.


Education

Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Philosophy
The University of Maryland, College Park
PhD
University of Groningen, the Netherlands
PhD

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $65
  • Rate details: I am happy to give discounts for groups, scheduling 2+ hours per week, and more.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 30 miles of Princeton, NJ 08540
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 8/26/2017

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Computer

Macintosh

Macintosh

I have been been using Mac/Apple computers and other products for a long time, starting with an Apple II in 1989 and running up through my current collection of an MacBook Air, iMax, iPad, and iPhone 7+.

Corporate Training

Proofreading,

Proofreading

As an instructor in philosophy courses since 2010, I have proofread many, many, papers from students. Also, I would often assist non-native English speaking colleagues with their writing during the two years I spent doing research and teaching in the Netherlands.
Statistics

Statistics

I have been involved in research on the foundations of probability and statistics, which has prepared me especially well to explore the different ways that this material can be explained, and to find the right way for a given student. Part of that research was done during the completion of two PhDs stemming from work in the philosophy of science, a large part of which was concerned with probabilistic models of scientific reasoning, with a focus on Bayesian and Information Theoretic models.

Elementary Education

Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I have been tutoring students in math since 2002.
Elementary Science

Elementary Science

As a philosopher of science, I have had to maintain a an understanding and appreciation of a broad collection of scientific fields. I'm far from a specialist in most (my focus has been on Physics, Psychology, and Biology), but I am capable in pretty much all of them.

English

Proofreading,

Proofreading

As an instructor in philosophy courses since 2010, I have proofread many, many, papers from students. Also, I would often assist non-native English speaking colleagues with their writing during the two years I spent doing research and teaching in the Netherlands.
Writing

Writing

I've worked extensively with students on developing and writing papers for college courses in Philosophy. I also have significant personal experience writing, with publications in journals of Philosophy and Neuroscience, and numerous successful applications for funding and educational opportunities (including two fully funded PhDs).

History

Philosophy

Philosophy

I have two PhDs (from the University of Maryland College Park and the University of Groningen in the Netherlands) stemming from work in philosophy of science at the intersection of epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of information. I also have a substantial background in the philosophies of art, mind, and probability.

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have been tutoring students---from middle school and up---in math, including Algebra 1, since 2002. My specialties are working with students who are "bad at math" and those who need more engaging intellectual stimulation (e. g. they're "bored at school because it's too easy"). I have two PhDs stemming from work in the philosophy of science that depended on an advanced understanding of parts of philosophy, science (esp. physics and biology), and mathematics (esp. probability theory).
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have been tutoring students---from middle school and up---in math, including Algebra 2, since 2002. My specialties are working with students who are "bad at math" and those who need more engaging intellectual stimulation (e. g. they're "bored at school because it's too easy"). I was a Math (and Physics) major for several years in college before I got into Philosophy, but even then, during the completion of two PhDs stemming from work in the philosophy of science, a large part of my research was concerned with mathematical models of scientific reasoning for which the topics of Algebra 2 were required.
Biology,

Biology

I spent two years working in a Neuroscience & Molecular Biology lab. I have two PhDs stemming from work in the philosophy of science that depended on an advanced understanding of parts of philosophy, science (esp. physics and biology), and mathematics (esp. probability theory).
Calculus,

Calculus

I have been tutoring students---from middle school and up---in math, including Calculus, since 2002. My specialties are working with students who are "bad at math" and those who need more engaging intellectual stimulation (e.g., they're "bored at school because it's too easy").
Geometry,

Geometry

I have been tutoring students---from middle school and up---in math, including geometry, since 2002. My specialties are working with students who are "bad at math" and those who need more engaging intellectual stimulation (e. g. they're "bored at school because it's too easy").
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have been tutoring students---from middle school and up---in math, including Pre-Algebra, since 2002. My specialties are working with students who are "bad at math" and those who need more engaging intellectual stimulation (e. g. they're "bored at school because it's too easy"). I have two PhDs stemming from work in the philosophy of science that depended on an advanced understanding of parts of philosophy, science (esp. physics and biology), and mathematics (esp. probability theory).
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have been tutoring students---from middle school and up---in math, including Precalculus, since 2002. My specialties are working with students who are "bad at math" and those who need more engaging intellectual stimulation (e.g., they're "bored at school because it's too easy").
Statistics,

Statistics

I have been involved in research on the foundations of probability and statistics, which has prepared me especially well to explore the different ways that this material can be explained, and to find the right way for a given student. Part of that research was done during the completion of two PhDs stemming from work in the philosophy of science, a large part of which was concerned with probabilistic models of scientific reasoning, with a focus on Bayesian and Information Theoretic models.
Writing

Writing

I've worked extensively with students on developing and writing papers for college courses in Philosophy. I also have significant personal experience writing, with publications in journals of Philosophy and Neuroscience, and numerous successful applications for funding and educational opportunities (including two fully funded PhDs).

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have been tutoring students---from middle school and up---in math, including Algebra 1, since 2002. My specialties are working with students who are "bad at math" and those who need more engaging intellectual stimulation (e. g. they're "bored at school because it's too easy"). I have two PhDs stemming from work in the philosophy of science that depended on an advanced understanding of parts of philosophy, science (esp. physics and biology), and mathematics (esp. probability theory).
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have been tutoring students---from middle school and up---in math, including Algebra 2, since 2002. My specialties are working with students who are "bad at math" and those who need more engaging intellectual stimulation (e. g. they're "bored at school because it's too easy"). I was a Math (and Physics) major for several years in college before I got into Philosophy, but even then, during the completion of two PhDs stemming from work in the philosophy of science, a large part of my research was concerned with mathematical models of scientific reasoning for which the topics of Algebra 2 were required.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have been tutoring students---from middle school and up---in math, including Calculus, since 2002. My specialties are working with students who are "bad at math" and those who need more engaging intellectual stimulation (e.g., they're "bored at school because it's too easy").
Discrete Math,

Discrete Math

I have a significant background in Mathematical Logic, which requires a familiarity with a lot of the methods and formalisms found in Discrete Math. I have done extensive graduate coursework and been involved in a number of research groups that have delved into advanced topics in logic that are both classic (e.g. Godel's incompleteness theorems, Frege's foundations of arithmetic) and cutting edge (e.g. epistemic game theory, nonmonotonic logic, formal models of legal reasoning), all of which may be correctly categorized as "discrete math" (it's a very broad category).
Geometry,

Geometry

I have been tutoring students---from middle school and up---in math, including geometry, since 2002. My specialties are working with students who are "bad at math" and those who need more engaging intellectual stimulation (e. g. they're "bored at school because it's too easy").
Logic,

Logic

I have been the primary instructor multiple times for the introductory and advanced logic courses taught in the Philosophy Department at the University of Maryland, College Park. While logic is not part of my personal research, I have done extensive graduate coursework and been involved in a number of research groups that have delved into advanced topics in logic that are both classic (e.g. Godel's incompleteness theorems, Frege's foundations of arithmetic) and cutting edge (e.g. epistemic game theory, nonmonotonic logic, formal models of legal reasoning). In my experience, even very advanced topics can be made accessible to students when the have suitable related interests, and I have found that logic is a great entry point for "math scared" students to start thinking in formal and quantitative ways that can enable them to succeed in math courses other than logic.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have been tutoring students---from middle school and up---in math, including Pre-Algebra, since 2002. My specialties are working with students who are "bad at math" and those who need more engaging intellectual stimulation (e. g. they're "bored at school because it's too easy"). I have two PhDs stemming from work in the philosophy of science that depended on an advanced understanding of parts of philosophy, science (esp. physics and biology), and mathematics (esp. probability theory).
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have been tutoring students---from middle school and up---in math, including Precalculus, since 2002. My specialties are working with students who are "bad at math" and those who need more engaging intellectual stimulation (e.g., they're "bored at school because it's too easy").
Probability,

Probability

I have been involved in research on the foundations of probability and statistics, which has prepared me especially well to explore the different ways that this material can be explained, and to find the right way for a given student. Part of that research was done during the completion of two PhDs stemming from work in the philosophy of science, a large part of which was concerned with probabilistic models of scientific reasoning, with a focus on Bayesian and Information Theoretic models.
Statistics

Statistics

I have been involved in research on the foundations of probability and statistics, which has prepared me especially well to explore the different ways that this material can be explained, and to find the right way for a given student. Part of that research was done during the completion of two PhDs stemming from work in the philosophy of science, a large part of which was concerned with probabilistic models of scientific reasoning, with a focus on Bayesian and Information Theoretic models.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have been tutoring students---from middle school and up---in math, including Algebra 1, since 2002. My specialties are working with students who are "bad at math" and those who need more engaging intellectual stimulation (e. g. they're "bored at school because it's too easy"). I have two PhDs stemming from work in the philosophy of science that depended on an advanced understanding of parts of philosophy, science (esp. physics and biology), and mathematics (esp. probability theory).
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have been tutoring students---from middle school and up---in math, including Algebra 2, since 2002. My specialties are working with students who are "bad at math" and those who need more engaging intellectual stimulation (e. g. they're "bored at school because it's too easy"). I was a Math (and Physics) major for several years in college before I got into Philosophy, but even then, during the completion of two PhDs stemming from work in the philosophy of science, a large part of my research was concerned with mathematical models of scientific reasoning for which the topics of Algebra 2 were required.
Biology,

Biology

I spent two years working in a Neuroscience & Molecular Biology lab. I have two PhDs stemming from work in the philosophy of science that depended on an advanced understanding of parts of philosophy, science (esp. physics and biology), and mathematics (esp. probability theory).
Calculus,

Calculus

I have been tutoring students---from middle school and up---in math, including Calculus, since 2002. My specialties are working with students who are "bad at math" and those who need more engaging intellectual stimulation (e.g., they're "bored at school because it's too easy").
Geometry,

Geometry

I have been tutoring students---from middle school and up---in math, including geometry, since 2002. My specialties are working with students who are "bad at math" and those who need more engaging intellectual stimulation (e. g. they're "bored at school because it's too easy").
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have been tutoring students---from middle school and up---in math, including Pre-Algebra, since 2002. My specialties are working with students who are "bad at math" and those who need more engaging intellectual stimulation (e. g. they're "bored at school because it's too easy"). I have two PhDs stemming from work in the philosophy of science that depended on an advanced understanding of parts of philosophy, science (esp. physics and biology), and mathematics (esp. probability theory).
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have been tutoring students---from middle school and up---in math, including Precalculus, since 2002. My specialties are working with students who are "bad at math" and those who need more engaging intellectual stimulation (e.g., they're "bored at school because it's too easy").
Statistics,

Statistics

I have been involved in research on the foundations of probability and statistics, which has prepared me especially well to explore the different ways that this material can be explained, and to find the right way for a given student. Part of that research was done during the completion of two PhDs stemming from work in the philosophy of science, a large part of which was concerned with probabilistic models of scientific reasoning, with a focus on Bayesian and Information Theoretic models.
Writing

Writing

I've worked extensively with students on developing and writing papers for college courses in Philosophy. I also have significant personal experience writing, with publications in journals of Philosophy and Neuroscience, and numerous successful applications for funding and educational opportunities (including two fully funded PhDs).

Other

Philosophy

Philosophy

I have two PhDs (from the University of Maryland College Park and the University of Groningen in the Netherlands) stemming from work in philosophy of science at the intersection of epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of information. I also have a substantial background in the philosophies of art, mind, and probability.

Science

Astronomy,

Astronomy

I've loved Astronomy since I was a little kid, and have studied it at relatively advanced levels first as a Physics major, and then as a philosopher of science. I have two PhDs stemming from work in the philosophy of science that depended on an advanced understanding of parts of philosophy, science (esp. physics and biology), and mathematics (esp. probability theory).
Biology,

Biology

I spent two years working in a Neuroscience & Molecular Biology lab. I have two PhDs stemming from work in the philosophy of science that depended on an advanced understanding of parts of philosophy, science (esp. physics and biology), and mathematics (esp. probability theory).
Philosophy

Philosophy

I have two PhDs (from the University of Maryland College Park and the University of Groningen in the Netherlands) stemming from work in philosophy of science at the intersection of epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of information. I also have a substantial background in the philosophies of art, mind, and probability.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have been tutoring students---from middle school and up---in math, including Algebra 1, since 2002. My specialties are working with students who are "bad at math" and those who need more engaging intellectual stimulation (e. g. they're "bored at school because it's too easy"). I have two PhDs stemming from work in the philosophy of science that depended on an advanced understanding of parts of philosophy, science (esp. physics and biology), and mathematics (esp. probability theory).
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have been tutoring students---from middle school and up---in math, including Algebra 2, since 2002. My specialties are working with students who are "bad at math" and those who need more engaging intellectual stimulation (e. g. they're "bored at school because it's too easy"). I was a Math (and Physics) major for several years in college before I got into Philosophy, but even then, during the completion of two PhDs stemming from work in the philosophy of science, a large part of my research was concerned with mathematical models of scientific reasoning for which the topics of Algebra 2 were required.
Biology,

Biology

I spent two years working in a Neuroscience & Molecular Biology lab. I have two PhDs stemming from work in the philosophy of science that depended on an advanced understanding of parts of philosophy, science (esp. physics and biology), and mathematics (esp. probability theory).
Calculus,

Calculus

I have been tutoring students---from middle school and up---in math, including Calculus, since 2002. My specialties are working with students who are "bad at math" and those who need more engaging intellectual stimulation (e.g., they're "bored at school because it's too easy").
Geometry,

Geometry

I have been tutoring students---from middle school and up---in math, including geometry, since 2002. My specialties are working with students who are "bad at math" and those who need more engaging intellectual stimulation (e. g. they're "bored at school because it's too easy").
Statistics,

Statistics

I have been involved in research on the foundations of probability and statistics, which has prepared me especially well to explore the different ways that this material can be explained, and to find the right way for a given student. Part of that research was done during the completion of two PhDs stemming from work in the philosophy of science, a large part of which was concerned with probabilistic models of scientific reasoning, with a focus on Bayesian and Information Theoretic models.
Writing

Writing

I've worked extensively with students on developing and writing papers for college courses in Philosophy. I also have significant personal experience writing, with publications in journals of Philosophy and Neuroscience, and numerous successful applications for funding and educational opportunities (including two fully funded PhDs).

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Great Extra help for precalculus midterms

Max was very helpful for my daughter. She feels more comfortable and prepared for her precalculus midterm. We will definitely seek Max's help again and recommend him.

Marlen, 1 lesson with Max

Helping Me Organize a Challenging Mac Photos Project

I’ve had two lessons with Max so far, and he’s doing a great job. My mother passed in 2015 and ever since then, I’ve been struggling to organize her Dropbox. I have photos and creative projects of hers on an IPad, laptop, flash drives and CDs. My goal is to move all the photos and other important memories into the Dropbox so I can share them with my siblings. My biggest concern was uploading Photos from Mom’s very old IPad into her Dropbox. At first, we had difficulty pulling up all the photos, but Max figured out a way, and now I’m able to upload them while I’m on the IPad. He also retrieved IPhoto and Photos Library links (I would never have found the actual photos – you have to click on many folders within the link to actually get to 1 photo). I’m in the process of looking for duplicates and organizing the photos within those two links into one folder. I feel we’ve accomplished a lot in just two sessions. I’ve had an extremely difficult time finding an in-home tutor specializing in Macintosh computers (and generally, computer techs repair, they don’t teach), so I’m very grateful to have found Max! He has a systematic way of approaching problems. It’s great to have a tutor who can help with a specific project, rather than simply teach the basics.

Maria, 3 lessons with Max

Logic reasoning and arithmetic math

What I loved the most about my tutoring session with Max was that he focused first on figuring out my learning style and as we worked through several logic reasoning problems, he explained different ways on how I could approach each problem. Then, he figured out which method matched my learning style and I went with that. I am happy to have learned a new skill today and was able to figure out these problems on my own and makes me feel more confident in my abilities for my upcoming test! I will have Max as my tutor in the future and will recommend him to friends and family.

Awilda, 3 lessons with Max

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