Mark B.

Albuquerque, NM


Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

600+ Hours
Background check passed as of 1/24/15
4.9 average from 195 ratings
Excellent Tutor
— Keith, Albuquerque, NM on 10/26/15


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Wright State Univ


UNIV OF IL (Engineering)

Wright State Univ (Master's)

Trinity (Other)

About Mark

Do you want to learn the subject or just get it over with? I can help with both. Let exploration and creativity inspire a passion for education. I can make math and science come alive for you. Bring back the joy to education.

Tutoring available in the study of all areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

My undergrad degree is in Aero/Astro Engineering with a focus on rocketry and spacecraft. My Air Force career included ICBM launches and nuclear safety. I teach model rocketry workshops and promote the commercial space industry. I am a member of the Albuquerque Rocket Society and was recently awarded Level I high power certification. My grad degree is in Systems Engineering with a focus on electronics. I have been teaching science and technology courses with a private school since retiring from the military in 1999. My main goals in tutoring are seeing students take joy in learning, completing assignments with excellence, and developing a vision for a rewarding career.
Do you want to learn the subject or just get it over with? I can help with both. Let exploration and creativity inspire a passion for education. I can make math and science come alive for you. Bring back the joy to education.

Tutoring available in the study of all areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
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24 hours notice required

Groups: Half price for each additional student per hour.

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Albuquerque, NM 87111
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent Tutor"

- Keith, Albuquerque, NM on 10/26/15


- Cindy, Albuquerque, NM on 12/8/17

"Excellence in Action!"

- Monique, Bethesda, MD on 9/29/17

"Great tutor!"

- Derrell, Edgewood, NM on 9/22/17

"Knowledgeable Tutor"

- Brandon, Albuquerque, NM on 7/30/17

"Mark has a good explanation and lots of experience."

- Abdullah, San Diego, CA on 6/17/17

"Funny, Committed, and Wickedly smart!"

- JEEYOUNG, Centreville, VA on 6/17/17

"Great tutor!"

- Derek, Albuquerque, NM on 4/4/17


- Zari, Seattle, WA on 1/11/17


- LeAnn, Albuquerque, NM on 9/24/16

"Thank you Mark"

- Carrie, Albuquerque, NM on 5/24/16

"Excellent, Flexible, and Adaptable Tutor!"

- Daniel, Tallahassee, FL on 4/3/16

"Mark is a polished gem stone that stands out among tutors"

- DENNIS, Duncan, MS on 12/10/15

"Great MS Project Class"

- Carry, Tijeras, NM on 12/4/15


- George, Albuquerque, NM on 10/1/15

"Superb tutor!"

- Kimberly, Albuquerque, NM on 9/20/15

"A Lifesaver"

- Kelly, Bothell, WA on 9/18/15

"Great tutor!"

- ELIZA, Albuquerque, NM on 1/7/15

"Excellent Tutor"

- Connie, Albuquerque, NM on 12/25/14


- Val, Albuquerque, NM on 11/29/14

"Mark was very flexible and a great tutor!"

- Bernice, Albuquerque, NM on 5/29/14

"Great communicator."

- Schea, Albuquerque, NM on 2/9/14
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus,
Differential Equations,
Elementary Math, GED,
Geometry, GRE, Linear Algebra, Microsoft Excel, Prealgebra, Precalculus,
Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
ACT Science, Biology, Chemistry,
Electrical Engineering,
Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics, PSAT
Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
Accuplacer, ACT Math, ACT Science, AFOQT, ASVAB, GED,
Computer Programming,
Fortran, General Computer, HTML, Linux,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Project,
Microsoft Word
Reading, Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary Math, Reading, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Reading, Study Skills,
GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Aero/Astro Engineering BS and Systems Engineering MS required Calc 3, Advanced Calc, and Diff Eq. Application of these math areas was more valuable than the math classes themselves. Using the math provides greater understanding and skill development. I currently teach advanced rocketry and electronics, both of which offer great applications for calculus.


I completed college chemistry including organic chemistry while pursuing my BS in Aero/Astro Engineering at the University of IL. I taught high school chemistry at a private school after retiring from the Air Force. I developed the curriculum and labs for the chemistry class. I teach Model Rocketry as applied science that includes chemistry of rocket motors.

Computer Programming

I took Fortran in high school. I took Pascal and COBOL (COmmon Business-Oriented Language) in college. I am self taught in DOS (Disk Operating System) and BASIC (Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) from the 1980s when PCs were first introduced. I use assembly language and C++ in programming microprocessors - BASIC Stamp, PIC, TI MSP430, Arduino, Raspberry Pi. I am an active programmer and teach programming in my microcontrollers class. I emphasize learning through observation and hands-on activities. Have recently tutored in MATLAB and Scilab.

Differential Equations

I took diff eq in college in my undergrad degree and used diff eq throughout my masters in systems engineering in courses such as numerical methods digital computation. Diff eq is perfect for implementing numerical solutions in computer programming. I did a special project with compiling a diff eq solution to orbital mechanics. Diff eq is one of the most useful forms of math in engineering. My tutoring method is to help the student see the process, not just provide an answer. So I ask a lot of questions and allow the student to discover for him/herself.

Electrical Engineering

I have an MS in Systems Engineering with concentration in electrical, and one year of electrical engineering prerequisites to bridge from Aero/Astro BS. I currently teach electronics and microcontrollers. I coach Science Olympiad electronics. The curriculum includes discrete components and circuit analysis through microprocessors and basic programming skills. I can teach the relationship of calculus and differential equations to electronics for qualified students. I integrate electronics material into an auto-mech syllabus and rocketry syllabus. I have electronics lab environment for hands-on learning.


I have been teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects at a private school since retiring from the Air Force in 1999. I worked as an engineer and project manager in the Air Force for 20 years. I also taught mid-high literature and history for a few years after retirement. I work with students on motivation and skill development.


I learned guitar when I was in 7th grade. I have led youth groups and adult groups with guitar for 45 years. I have tutored various students in guitar. I took a music theory course in college. Singing and guitar have always gone together. I can sight read singing and guitar. I sing in two quartets. I teach a combination of fingering, chords, strumming, sight reading, and motivation with various venues. Bluegrass is my favorite but will teach most any kind of music the student enjoys. My teaching method is participation with measurable improvement.


I teach electronics and set up a computer lab with Linux. I have a novel approach for tutoring Linux. Take your pick from Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, or Mint and get a computer on-loan in your home while you learn it. Want to try Linux but don't know where to start and don't want to make an investment in case you don't like it?

My goal is to make Linux-based OS computers accessible, user friendly, and functional for the average user. I can tutor the Linux-computer interface, various Linux-based systems, and application to microprocessors.

Microsoft Project

I served as a project manager in the Air Force for several multi-million dollar projects. I used MS Project in managing MX Missile development, Cruise Missile development and deployment, F-16 Engine safety modifications, development of a water-activated parachute release device, and Peacekeeper/Minuteman Missile nuclear modifications. In reviewing the MS Project online tutorials, the presenter states he is not a project manager. I think tutoring MS Project is enhanced by first-hand project management and including project management skills.


I took calculus, differential equations, and advanced calculus in college. I have taught high school science classes since 1996 that include pre-calc math. I have taught pre-calc math to my three children. I enjoy pre-calc math and use it regularly in model rocketry calculations.

Study Skills

I have taught various subjects at a private school since 1996. I work with each student to develop a purpose and motivation for education that enhances their study skills.

Focusing is a particularly difficult issue when trying to study. When I have students with difficulty focusing, I emphasize hands-on activities. I learn the length of attention span and work on expanding it. Switching subjects at the end of each attention span also gets things done.

There are hundreds of tips for improving study skills. Identify about a dozen that are applicable and work on those, improve study habits, and measure improvement.

Organization skills allow a student to break class and homework assignments into subtasks and use time efficiently to complete those assignments, save and store graded papers and handouts for later retrieval, regularly review class notes and course readings, and practice effective study techniques. Work on each goal with measurable rubrics.

I am a retired US Air Force Major and have been teaching at a private school since 1999. I have worked with students who were easily distracted and needed assistance with study skills. I have the patience to teach and interact with students and parents while focusing on their goal for education. I have three children - one with a graduate degree, one with a business degree, and one in high school. I want students to succeed and offer many hands-on activities to enhance their learning experience. I currently teach applied science classes as science credit - auto mechanics, electronics, and rocketry. I started NM Science Foundation to emphasize "learning through observation."

Wright State Univ


UNIV OF IL (Engineering)

Wright State Univ (Master's)

Trinity (Other)

Excellent Tutor

I thought I would have a difficult time finding a tutor for a class on Aerodynamics but Mark has exceeded my expectations and has been a pleasure to work with! He has been able to adapt his strong knowledge in physics, trigonometry, and rocketry to guide me through this course. I had a very difficult time in physics which was the prerequisite for Aerodynamics but he has since helped me to achieve

— Keith, Albuquerque, NM on 10/26/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $25.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Groups: Half price for each additional student per hour.

Travel policy

Mark will travel within 5 miles of Albuquerque, NM 87111.