Over 100 tutoring hours

Jim S.

Fairport, NY

$30/hr

Physics (and math) are fun, really

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Replies in 36 minutes
Background check passed as of 3/26/15
4.6 Avg. Rating
 
 
84 Ratings
 
 
36mins Response Time
Amazing and patient.
— Nick, Webster, NY on 7/16/13

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

Education

University of Rochester, NY (Physics)

University of California San Diego (Graduate Coursework)

About Jim

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 Read more

Policies
Cancellation
3 hours notice required

$20 per hour for 2 or more hours.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Fairport, NY 14450
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Amazing and patient."

- Nick, Webster, NY on 7/16/13

"Excellent "

- Daisy, Rochester, NY on 8/3/15

"Great Tutor"

- Joyce, Canandaigua, NY on 2/26/14

"Excellent choice for a math tutor"

- Selma, Fairport, NY on 10/30/13

"Great tutor, flexible hours."

- Lana, Pittsford, NY on 10/24/13

"Excellent tutor"

- Kia, Rochester, NY on 4/30/13

"Very knowledgeable in Physics!"

- Kevin, Fairport, NY on 10/22/12

"Knowledgeable. Patient and very helpful."

- Zwelonke, Pittsford, NY on 7/16/12

"Great Tutor"

- Steve, Rochester, NY on 12/5/11

"Experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly statistics tutor, who will give you the individualized help you need to see rapid progress. " "

- Joan, Rochester, NY on 10/21/11

"Great tutor very patient and willing to learn new stuff"

- La'Shasha, Rochester, NY on 8/6/11

"Jim S. Patient, Knows How to Teach Calculus!"

- Judy, Webster, NY on 7/29/11
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Calculus,
Differential Equations, Precalculus,
SAT Math,
Statistics,
Trigonometry
Science:
Chemical Engineering, Physics
Computer:
Microsoft Excel
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ASVAB, GRE, SAT Math
Sports/Recreation:
Track & Field
Corporate Training:
Microsoft Excel,
Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Algebra 1

After the subject many times with good success.

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.

Microsoft Excel

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

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

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

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

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

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

Education

University of Rochester, NY (Physics)

University of California San Diego (Graduate Coursework)

Amazing and patient. — 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 c ...

— Nick, Webster, NY on 7/16/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

$20 per hour for 2 or more hours.

Travel policy

Jim will travel within 20 miles of Fairport, NY 14450.

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