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Adam F.

New York, NY


Columbia Graduate, Passionate about Math, Philosophy, Science

Background check passed as of 5/29/12
4.9 average from 96 ratings
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— Mioko, Brooklyn, NY on 5/24/12

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Brandeis University
Philosophy, Math
Columbia University
Columbia College Columbia University
Graduate Coursework


Brandeis University (Philosophy, Math)

Columbia University (Master's)

Columbia College Columbia University (Graduate Coursework)

About Adam

I am a graduate from Columbia University, fulfilling a bachelor's program in Mathematics as well as a master's program in Philosophy. I have six years of experience in education, tutoring and teaching high school and college level subjects. I was hired by the philosophy department of Brandeis University as a tutor for their course in symbolic logic. During the next year, I tutored privately and through Kaplan Test Prep for symbolic logic, the LSAT, and the GRE. For a year and a half, I served as a teaching assistant in three different courses at Columbia, and for the following year I have tutored independently and as a subcontracted tutor. I am now in the Manhattan area, tutoring independently.

I am very enthusiastic about learning and teaching all kinds of subjects, because I see it as a fun process of solving puzzles, that are ultimately helpful in understanding and improving the world through Science and technology. It's disheartening to me when I realize that some people have "math anxiety"--I suspect they have it because they see Math and Science classes as IQ tests for schools, and feel that if they don't immediately understand a given topic then it means they're stupid. That couldn't be further from the truth, these classes aren't IQ tests, and the fact is that, with rare exception, everybody struggles with the material. I'm a firm believer that people who are good at Math aren't that way because they were born with magical powers, but because they worked hard and had good resources to help them. I hope to be a good resource myself.

Not only am I a patient tutor, but I'm also articulate, which I think is owing to my background in Philosophy. People who are exclusively trained in Math and Science often fail to communicate with someone who doesn't already share their knowledge. They also rarely revisit the basics, whereas I do that frequently as I attempt to better express the logical progression that ties it all together.

In addition to the subjects listed in WyzAnt's collection, I am also able to tutor: Proofs or Mathematical Reasoning, Set Theory, Modern Analysis, Graph Theory, Finite Math, Discrete Math, Euclidean Geometry, Modern Algebra, Topology, Complex Analysis, Mathematical Logic/Advanced Logic/Computability/Modal Logic, and Game Theory. I can also use the statistical programming language R, as it is sometimes used in an introductory Statistics class. I'm also skilled with the use of the LaTeX markup language, and the Vim and Atom text editors.
I am a graduate from Columbia University, fulfilling a bachelor's program in Mathematics as well as a master's program in Philosophy. I have six years of experience in education, tutoring and teaching high school and Read more

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"The best tutor I've ever met"

- Mioko, Brooklyn, NY on 5/24/12

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"Wonderful teacher"

- Yuen, Flushing, NY on 2/20/16

"Amazing Tutor"

- Kay, New York, NY on 5/31/15

"Great, consistent tutor!"

- Lisa, Boston, MA on 1/25/15

"Excellent, reliable tutoring"

- Emily, New York, NY on 7/11/12
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Differential Equations,
Discrete Math,
Finite Math,
Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability,
SAT Math,
ACT Science, Philosophy,
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, AFOQT, ASVAB,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
C, C++, Computer Programming,
Computer Science, General Computer, HTML, Java,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Python
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word

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Algebra 2

I have tutored Algebra 1 and 2 for more than 20 students, and have not encountered a problem which I couldn't explain.


In high school, I obtained exceptional marks in the Word Knowledge, Arithmetic Reasoning, Paragraph Comprehension, Verbal Expression, and Mathematical Knowledge sections of the ASVAB. I have an advanced degree in Philosophy, which has made me proficient in the English language sections of the ASVAB; and I've completed a Bachelors program in mathematics, which qualifies me to teach the mathematical sections. I cannot offer tutoring for any of the other sections.


I have tutored Calculus I, II, III, and IV, that is to say, the full Calculus series, for several students. There is no topic within the Calculus series which I haven't explained at least a few times.

I've also tutored students in advanced versions of Calculus, such as vector Calculus and courses that integrate topics from Linear Algebra. I've also tutored a few students in the proof-heavy course titled Real Analysis or Modern Analysis.


I have been playing chess since high school, and in high school I was the co-president of the chess club. My chess rating is 1370 in the Elo rating system, which is by no means a professional chess rating. I am qualified to teach an introduction to chess only.

Computer Programming

I have taken MIT's 6.00x course in Computer Science and gained certification.

Differential Equations

I've tutored Differential Equations about a dozen times, for classes that have used Zill's textbook and the more advanced book by Boyce and diPrima. I have helped students with such topics as solutions to linear, homogeneous, exact, and Bernoulli type equations, to name a few. I have also helped with series solutions, matrix methods, and Laplace transforms. I have tutored the course offered at Columbia a number of times, and am familiar with the topics typically encountered in that course.

Discrete Math

Discrete Math is a collection of various other Math subjects including Logic, Combinatorics, Graph Theory, Algorithms, and more. I have studied each of these, either in a class devoted to the (like a course in Symbolic Logic alone) or in classes which contained them as special topics (for instance I learned Graph Theory through studying Probability, Abstract Algebra, and other subjects). So I am familiar with all of the usual topics covered in such a course.

Finite Math

I've tutored finite Math several times, where courses included sequences, series, algorithms, sets, functions, logic, proofs, combinatorics, linear algebra, graph theory, probability, number theory, and game theory.


I have tutored Geometry more times than I can count! I have helped students become comfortable with proofs and constructions, which are often the topics which they find most challenging. I've also tutored college Math majors in Euclidean Geometry.


I have tutored the GRE at least 20 times. I am able to tutor students of all skill levels, from the most elementary students who need to dramatically improve a low score, to those who are already performing well and want to reach for a perfect score.

I often emphasize solution techniques that avoid doing real Math, but instead are test-taking tricks that solve problems much more quickly than a direct mathematical solution; however, sometimes the only solution available is a direct and mathematical one. In all cases, I have not encountered a problem I was not able to solve.


I've tutored Computer Science several times. I'm able to explain the Object Oriented Programming paradigm that is essential for Java, as well as algorithms, data structures, and the design of Graphical User Iterfaces (GUIs).

Linear Algebra

I took Linear Algebra and received an A, then took Modern Algebra I and II, receiving a B+ and A respectively. I also obtained an A- average over four Calculus courses and two Modern Analysis courses.


I have taken Symbolic Logic, Mathematical Logic, Advanced Logic, Computability, and Modal Logic, each with excellent marks. While taking Symbolic Logic the professor requested to refer students in the class to me for questions with the material, and after taking the class, asked me to serve as a tutor for the following classes, which I did for one year. I also served as a reference for students, by request of the professor, in Advanced Logic and Computability. In Modal Logic, I assisted two classmates. I am currently tutoring a high school student in Symbolic Logic. My research in Philosophy and Mathematics is in the field of Logic.


I've tutored the LSAT logical and analytical reasoning sections several times. I'm able to provide direct and clear explanations for which choice is the correct one, and why each of the others are false. I am also able to advise techniques for drawing diagrams on the logic games section, and well as general logical rules to help understand the arguments and constraints in each problem.


I have served as a teaching assistant and tutor for a general introduction to Philosophy, a course in Early Modern philosophers, Logic, and a course titled Truth, Value, and Reason. I'm able to tutor any undergraduate subject except Eastern and continental Philosophy subjects.


I have tutored students in basic Probability as well as Calculus-based courses working out of the texts from Sheldon Ross and Robert Hogg.

I am able to tutor students in courses which cover such topics as discrete probabilities, conditional probabilities, random variables, marginal probabilities, order statistics, and maximum likelihood estimators. I am not able to tutor topics such as Measure Theory and sigma-algebras.


I've tutored Python twice, emphasizing concepts of basic syntax, debugging, computational complexity, object-oriented programming, modeling physical and financial systems, and producing graphical output and Graphical User Interfaces.

SAT Math

I've prepared students for the SAT countless times. I teach both the content of the test, as well as test-taking techniques such as time-management, guessing strategies, and ways of reasoning that can avoid long calculations whenever possible.


I have tutored introductory Statistics as well as Calculus-based courses working from texts by Sheldon Ross, Robert Hogg, and others. I've also tutored for classes that use the statistical programming language R.

Brandeis University
Philosophy, Math
Columbia University
Columbia College Columbia University
Graduate Coursework


Brandeis University (Philosophy, Math)

Columbia University (Master's)

Columbia College Columbia University (Graduate Coursework)

The best tutor I've ever met — I have been working with him to improve my critical and analytical thinking skills for the GRE analytical writing. He proofreads my essays thoroughly and makes perceptive comments on them so that I can learn more from the practice. Besides, he is willing to answer any questions that I may get stuck on and to try his best to help me understand. He can perceive quickly what I have trouble with and ...

— Mioko, Brooklyn, NY on 5/24/12

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $140.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Adam will travel within 12 miles of New York, NY 10027.