University of Rochester, NY (Physics)
University of California San Diego (Graduate Coursework)
Unlike many of the tutors that appear on this site, I an not a professional teacher. I have, however, been a tutor for many years. I got my start, quite by accident, while a physics teaching assistant at the University of California. My job was to teach a freshman physics lab course. Most of the students were able to do the lab work but had problems using calculus to do their physics and math homework. One student nailed the issue as similar to taking a french literature course while trying to learn French at the sane time. So needless to say I spent about half my time teaching the lab course and the rest helping some of the students with their math and physics homework. I found this very rewarding and fun.
After grad school I went to work in industry initially as a applied mathematician in a laboratory. During my working career I continually encountered students who needed help with mathematical concepts and how to apply them in the "real world". I've found the analytical training that is developed as a result of mastering various mathematical disciplines provides an excellent tool for achieving success in many area of life as well as "acing" your next math course.
I use, and encourage students to use MS Excel to help visualize concepts such as distributions, limits, derivatives,finding roots, equations of motion and simulations. The student should have some basic Excel skills.
I also have considerable experience in general corporate management, strategic planning and new product development. Unlike many of the tutors that appear on this site, I an not a professional teacher. I have, however, been a tutor for many years. I got my start, quite by accident, while a physics teaching assistant at the University of California. My job was to teach a freshman physics lab course. Most of the students were able to do the lab work but had
$20 per hour when the student commits to an extended number of sessions. (4 or more)
Jim was a great person and a fantastic tutor. I was a neuroscience major at the University of Rochester and needed to get through Physics E&M. It was an incredibly tough course and I was worried about passing it, an experience I hadn't faced before. Jim contacted me immediately, had a flexible schedule, and was a great teacher. He not only came with his own materials everyday to help make things clearer, but explained topics in a straightforward and concise manner. He even took the time to help me with the calculus that I had trouble with. He is very thorough, and thanks to him I not only passed, but did very well. I would recommend Jim to anyone. I am very thankful to Jim for all his help. Best tutor I could've asked for!
Always helpful in addressing current questions for AP Calculus class. Frequently will follow up with additional information after the lesson. Meet weekly, always flexible in accommadating busy schedule. Jim has been a great tutor.
Jim has been helping me with Physics for the past few weeks! Jim is very knowledgeable on the subject and makes it easy to understand concepts I am struggling with. He also points out when you make mistakes when you otherwise wouldn't recognize that you've made one. I'm looking forward to more tutoring sessions with Jim!
Jim is the by far the best tutor I have met with for physics. He was a life saver for calculus based physics, he knows his stuff.
Jim and I went over electric fields, some flux integrations, and charging and discharging capacitors as well as the derivation to find these formulas. Jim answered all of my questions.
My daughter is doing her AP physics grade 10 with him. He is a great tutor and very fair in his dealings.
Adapts very well to the students needs and aptitude. Would give him a five star rating.
Knew everything there is to know about multi variable calculus and very capable in conveying how a problem should be performed. Very personable, dependable and easy to work with.
I had a tutoring session with Jim where we discussed basic statistics concepts. He was a very patient tutor and answered all my questions. He even provided a deep explanations and some proofs for Least Squares equations to clarify and connect points together. I would absolutely recommend him to any one who needs assistance in statistics.
Jim helped my daughter with physics and math. He extended some time to finish my daughter's questions. I real appreciate it.
Jim's tutoring service was very helpful to my son. We found Jim to be knowledgeable, patient and personable. He has a flexible schedule. His service is highly recommended for anyone needing a tutor. My son and I give him an enthusiastic five star rating.
Statistics. He explains with a lot of detail. Good. He is always there when you need him. Thanks Jim. Sure I will recommend to my friends.
In 1 hour, Jim was able to explain some problems with my son and he understood. His school teacher took all week and he still did not understand. I wish Jim was my son's school teacher.
I worked with Jim for about two months, he helped me relearn math skills. Jim was patient, flexible and very communicative. He explained concepts in a way that made them much easier to understand. I would highly recommend Jim as a tutor - he's a pro and really knows his stuff. It is evident that he has years of experience and success helping students reach their testing goals. Thanks Jim!
Jim provided tutoring for Physics to us. He is very professional, knowledgeable and experienced. He covered the topics we asked for and clarified many concepts, such as vectors and kinematics. We will use Jim's services again when needed.
Was able to help me with a problem that three other people, could not. Is very patient, diligent in his math and explains things well. Flexible with time and works with your schedule.
Jim S. is a knowledgeable and friendly physics tutor, who gave me individualized help in preparation for a physics test the following day. He agreed to meet with me at a public location on very short notice. Jim showed patience and understanding during our tutor session. I would highly recommend him!
I found Jim to be knowledge driven. He knows his stuff and is always ready to share his reservoirs of experience. He has a passion for teaching and goes well out of his way to help with advice and materials.
The subject matter I needed help with is applied math. Most tutors had turned me away for this reason, but Jim at least gave it a shot. He was well prepared and ready to go. I got a lot more out of our session that I expected, I would highly recommended Jim to anyone needing help. He even called me after the lesson to tell me more info.
I will definitely use him in the future.
I attended the Division of Adult Professional Studies at Roberts Wesleyan College. There, I enrolled in the Organizational Management(OM) Program which is a accelerated, adult, degree – completion program.
The course work for the OM program consisted of a Statistical Methods and Research module. Statistics is the study of the collection, organization, analysis, and interpretation of data. Statistics is useful in research, and I was required to use it to help me communicate the results of my research experiments. Statistics could be seen as a very hard subject and I knew I needed a tutor in order to interpret the data that I would be collecting.
I also knew that I needed a tutor to help me understand specific statistical information and apply it with the use of Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets. Jim S. showed me the methods for defining, researching, analyzing, and evaluating my research problem that was significant in my professional career.
Jim S. helped me identify and measure objectives, collect data, analyze variance, and construct questionnaires.
I was able to use the information that I collected to support management theories and validate facts. Jim S. was able to explain statistics to me in simple English using concrete examples. Jim S. helped me to interpret my statistical output and formulate conclusions. Jim S. also helped me in preparing tables and graphs for my report. I tackled this difficult subject with ease and received an A in the course. Thanks Jim
Jim S was willing to work with me on short notice; we met in a public place so that we would both be comfortable. He's very easy to talk to and not afraid to tell you if he doesn't understand whats being asked; that shows me that he's very patient and wants to make sure that we're both on the same page when learning. I like that cause that's being honest with himself and the student. I will call Jim again if i need help and recommend him to others.
With his firm, quiet way and sense of humor, Jim guided our shy, ADD son to pass his Calculus final with flying colors. Jim really understands Calculus and how to get the material across. He immediately responded to phone, text, or emails. My only regret is that we did not seek Jim's help sooner, as this would have increased our son's year-long comprehension and grades.
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After the subject many times with good success.
I tutor to help students achieve any of the following mathematical skills:
Students should be able to work with functions represented in a variety of ways: graphical, numerical, analytical, or verbal. They should understand the connections among these representations.
• Students should understand the meaning of the derivative in terms of a rate of change and local linear approximation, and should be able to use derivatives to solve a variety of problems.
• Students should understand the meaning of the definite integral both as a limit of Riemann sums and as the net accumulation of change, and should be able to use integrals to solve a variety of problems.
• Students should understand the relationship between the derivative and the definite integral as expressed in both parts of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.
• Students should be able to communicate mathematics and explain solutions to problems both verbally and in written sentences.
• Students should be able to model a written description of a physical situation with a function, a differential equation, or an integral.
• Students should be able to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions.
• Students should be able to determine the reasonableness of solutions, including sign, size, relative accuracy, and units of measurement.
• Students should develop an appreciation of calculus as a coherent body of knowledge and as a human accomplishment.
I've used Excel for the last 20 years, mainly in engineering applications
I tutor the following topics:
Least Action and Lagrangian mechanics
Pascal's and Archimedes' Principles
solid and fluid mechanics
wave motion and sound
electricity and magnetism
I tutor to cover topics in Algebra ranging from polynomial, rational, and exponential functions to conic sections. Trigonometry concepts such as Law of Sines and Cosines will be introduced. I can also cover analytic geometry and calculus concepts such as limits, derivatives, and integrals. This subject is important for any student planning to take a college algebra or college pre-calculus class.
The math sections of SAT measure a student’s ability to reason quantitatively, solve mathematical problems, and interpret data presented in graphical form. My tutoring is focused on four areas of mathematics that are typically covered in the first three years of American high school education: Arithmetic, Algebra and Functions, Geometry, and Data Analysis. The Algebra section was recently expanded to include basic College Algebra.
Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns
Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study
Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation
Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses