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Jim S.

Physics (and math) are fun, really

Physics (and math) are fun, really

$40/hour

  • 461 hours tutoring

  • Fairport, NY 14450

About Jim


Bio

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...

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.


Education

University of Rochester, NY
Physics
University of California San Diego
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $40
  • Rate details: $30 per hour when the student commits to an extended number of sessions. (4 or more)
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Fairport, NY 14450
  • Lesson cancellation: 3 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 3/27/2015

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel

I've used Excel for the last 20 years, mainly in engineering applications

Computer

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel

I've used Excel for the last 20 years, mainly in engineering applications

Corporate Training

Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

I've used Excel for the last 20 years, mainly in engineering applications
Statistics

Statistics

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

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

After the subject many times with good success.
Calculus,

Calculus

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.
Physics,

Physics

I tutor the following topics: Newton's Laws Least Action and Lagrangian mechanics Pascal's and Archimedes' Principles solid and fluid mechanics wave motion and sound electricity and magnetism thermodynamics circuits optics quantum mechanics particle physics
Precalculus,

Precalculus

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.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

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.
Statistics,

Statistics

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
Algebra 2

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

After the subject many times with good success.
Calculus,

Calculus

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.
Physics,

Physics

I tutor the following topics: Newton's Laws Least Action and Lagrangian mechanics Pascal's and Archimedes' Principles solid and fluid mechanics wave motion and sound electricity and magnetism thermodynamics circuits optics quantum mechanics particle physics
Precalculus,

Precalculus

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.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

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.
Statistics,

Statistics

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
ACT Math, Algebra 2

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

After the subject many times with good success.
Calculus,

Calculus

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.
Physics,

Physics

I tutor the following topics: Newton's Laws Least Action and Lagrangian mechanics Pascal's and Archimedes' Principles solid and fluid mechanics wave motion and sound electricity and magnetism thermodynamics circuits optics quantum mechanics particle physics
Precalculus,

Precalculus

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.
Statistics,

Statistics

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
Algebra 2

Science

Physics

Physics

I tutor the following topics: Newton's Laws Least Action and Lagrangian mechanics Pascal's and Archimedes' Principles solid and fluid mechanics wave motion and sound electricity and magnetism thermodynamics circuits optics quantum mechanics particle physics

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

After the subject many times with good success.
Calculus,

Calculus

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.
Physics,

Physics

I tutor the following topics: Newton's Laws Least Action and Lagrangian mechanics Pascal's and Archimedes' Principles solid and fluid mechanics wave motion and sound electricity and magnetism thermodynamics circuits optics quantum mechanics particle physics
SAT Math,

SAT Math

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.
Statistics,

Statistics

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
Algebra 2

Test Preparation

SAT Math,

SAT Math

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.
ACT Math, ASVAB

Resources

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Ratings and Reviews


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4.7 (197 ratings)
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Reviews


Very knowledgeable and Patient

Jim knows how to help a person get to the correct answer when they can, and he can provide them with the needed knowledge when they can’t. He is good with Excel, and excellent with the foundations of statistics and data analysis.

Thomas, 3 lessons with Jim

Very good experience all the way around!

Jim was very knowledgeable about a subject matter that is very difficult. He really put in the time to make sure he knew what my issues were before trying to address them and is very polite and patient.

Jesse, 2 lessons with Jim

Jim continues to be an excellent teacher for my kids!

Jim helped my child with how to organize his Statistics answers to achieve the maximum score. He is an excellent teacher and able to explain concepts thoroughly.

Margaret, 13 lessons with Jim

Knowledgeable and patient, very flexible with schedule

Jim is helping my son prepare for his ASVAB test and strengthening his math skills. My son loves his sessions. I wish I had found Jim sooner! We have seen the results almost immediately.

Holly, 6 lessons with Jim

Awesome!

Jim tutored me in Precalc for the first time earlier today, and I immediately asked him if we could schedule weekly tutoring sessions! An extremely helpful and kind person, he patiently went through steps with me and went through them again when I made a small mistake. Math is not something that has ever come easily to me. Jim encouraged me and helped me to feel confident for next week's test. Highly recommend!

Susan, 22 lessons with Jim

Jim is very helpful

Jim helped with my physics home work. I took physics classes in U of R. He makes everything easy to comprehend. We meet more than once every week. I would totally recommend him to anyone who needs a physics tutor. He got plenty of experiences on teaching and he definitely made a difference for my physics learning. Now I feel much more confident with my physics.

Bes, 13 lessons with Jim

Great tutor!

Very knowledgeable. Knows the subject well and is able to explain concepts. Patient and follows up. If you're looking for a statistics tutor, this is your tutor.

Angela, 8 lessons with Jim

Very knowledgable and easy going tutor

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.

Lisa, 17 lessons with Jim

Very flexible, and knows what he's talking about!

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!

Alexander , 7 lessons with Jim
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Jim S.

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