Physics (and math) are fun, really
Physics (and math) are fun, really
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.
Jim has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 770 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.
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 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!Nick, 7 lessons with Jim
Adaptable and well-rounded
Jim helped me with many topics in physics that I was struggling to understand. His review sessions genuinely helped me understand what was being taught in class, and was very flexible with his schedule. Jim was a great tutor overall, and I would definitely recommend if you need tutoring.Rohith, 6 lessons with Jim
Jim is such a great tutor. My daughter tells me he is so patient and is willing to explain things multiple ways to help her understand difficult concepts.Jen, 15 lessons with Jim
Knowledgeable, patient, and prompt
Jim has been extremely helpful in my calculus studies. If there was a concept I was struggling to grasp he would take the time to help me understand. He is extremely courteous, and very understanding if I needed to reschedule. I will definitely be coming back to Jim with any future tutoring needs!Jacob, 8 lessons with Jim
Making a difference
Jim has been an outstanding support and tutor for my AP HS Junior. Jim is clear in his communications with my son and explains difficult information in a way he can understand. Jim explains content to a depth than classroom teachers just don't have time to get in to. My son appreciates Jim's examples that come from his extensive career and I appreciate his flexibility, dependability and fantastic communication with me. His work with my son is making a difference and I look forward to seeing my kid's confidence continue to grow as he moves forward with his education and college planning.Dawn, 39 lessons with Jim
Knowledgeable, Patient , Excellent Tutor
Jim worked closely with my son on First Year Physics at Penn State University. Jim was patient and able to review the curriculum answering practice problem where my son struggled. Jim also assist in reviewing practice exams and home work problems. With this extra help my son was able to pass physics this semester. Jim is great tutor and highly recommended fLorraine, 17 lessons with Jim
First Time Using Jim
We went over some basic RC Circuits, was able to explain some equations to me, and aid me in some example problems in the book.Ian, 5 lessons with Jim
Jim is good at problem methodology. He knows how to navigate problems, even if they are far removed from his considerable specialties. He doesn't hesitate to help, and values the student's success.Jake, 4 lessons with Jim
Jim has been so much help to my daughter. Jim as helped her feel more confident with both regents physics and pre-calc. Her test grades have improved steadily over the last 2 quarters.Jen, 15 lessons with Jim
Super helpful, knowledgeable and patient tutor
I worked with Jim on some AP calculus problems as well as AP physics and he was super on top of all the topics and helped me go through the problems step by step. He is so patient and great to work with.Sophia, 21 lessons with Jim
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