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Adam F.

Ivy League Tutor for Advanced Math, Logic, Stats, CompSci, Physics

Ivy League Tutor for Advanced Math, Logic, Stats, CompSci, Physics

$100/hour

  • 489 hours tutoring

  • Manhattan Valley New York, NY 10025

About Adam


Bio

Hi, I am a graduate from Columbia University with a B.A. in Mathematics as well as an M.A. in Philosophy. I have eight years of experience including one year as a tutor for the Brandeis University Philosophy department, and two years as a teaching assistant at Columbia. For the past six years I've been self-employed as a tutor and consultant, working with students at elite schools including Columbia, Cooper Union, NYU, Princeton, Stuyvesant, Hunter, Bronx Science, Staten Island Technical,...

Hi, I am a graduate from Columbia University with a B.A. in Mathematics as well as an M.A. in Philosophy. I have eight years of experience including one year as a tutor for the Brandeis University Philosophy department, and two years as a teaching assistant at Columbia. For the past six years I've been self-employed as a tutor and consultant, working with students at elite schools including Columbia, Cooper Union, NYU, Princeton, Stuyvesant, Hunter, Bronx Science, Staten Island Technical, and more. And for the last year I've been a teacher at BPI.

The quality that most distinguishes me as a tutor is my ability to give clear explanations. I can't count the number of times a student has said "You make it look easy!" or "I wish you were my teacher!" I can often explain how to solve a problem in several different ways until I find one that clicks with the student. Besides clarity, I am also a patient and non-judgemental teacher, I have a very deep and broad understanding of advanced subjects, and I am a professional. By "professional" I mean that I show up on time and take my responsibilities as a teacher seriously--I do my best to provide as much quality education as possible in each meeting.

I love Math and Science and enjoy explaining them--especially the parts that I think are cool. I'm a big believer that Math and Science tell us interesting things about the world, and can help us to reason about important things from the daily news to philosophical questions. And sometimes, even if it's not practically applicable, I think some of it's just beautiful and clever! Julia sets, the lambda-calculus, Godel's incompleteness ...

I tutor a wide range of STEM subjects. In addition to those listed in Wyzant's standard collection, I also tutor these advanced college-level Math subjects:

Proofs, Set Theory, Real Analysis, Graph Theory, Discrete Math, Euclidean Geometry, Modern Algebra (Abstract Algebra, Group Theory, rings and fields), Topology, Complex Analysis, Mathematical Logic, Advanced Logic, Linear Programming, Computability, Algorithms, Automata Theory, Modal Logic, Combinatorics, Stochastic Processes, Markov Models, Lattices and Orders, and Game Theory. I can also teach the statistical programming language R, as it is sometimes used in an introductory Statistics class, as well as Python modules relevant for data analysis. I can program in object oriented paradigms like in Java, C++, Python, and JavaScript. I can also program in functional paradigms like in Scheme, OCaml, and Haskell. I can use Numpy and Sympy modules in Python. I can use a CAS (Computer Algebra System) like Sage. I'm also skilled with the use of the LaTeX markup language. I can build websites using HTML, CSS, Sass, and Javascript.

I frequently hold online meetings using a white board application like the one available through this site or with TeamViewer. I also use a digitizer so that my handwriting displays clearly on your screen.


Education

Brandeis University
Philosophy, Math
Columbia University
Masters

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Hourly rate: $100 for in-person / $100 for online
  • Rate details: The advertised rate applies only to introductory college subjects, or high school subjects. More advanced subjects come with a higher rate--please inquire for details.
  • Travel policy: Within 10 miles of New York, NY 10025
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 5/29/2012

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

GRE,

GRE

I have tutored the GRE at least 40 times with students of wide ranging skill levels, from those who need refreshers on adding fractions, to those who need to push their score from good to great. I tend to make lessons with students that follow a pattern: Teach a few concepts, give simple exercises, give GRE-style exercises, move to the next concept. We set up a schedule and, between meetings, I send exercises, you send solutions, I send feedback. We keep covering more material and reviewing old material. When we reach the end of the material we start covering test-taking techniques and really emphasize GRE-style questions--we get your time-per-question down, pick numbers efficiently, and know what to look out for with tricky graph questions.
GMAT, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word

Computer

Computer Programming,

Computer Programming

I've tutored programming for about a dozen students in Python, Java, and JavaScript. I'm also familiar with Scheme, Ocaml, Haskell, R, and C++. I've built websites using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, TypeScript, and Angular. I've made canvas applications, and I've built computer applications in Python.
Computer Science,

Computer Science

I tutor introductory as well as theoretical Computer Science topics in Java, Python, C++, JavaScript, Scheme, OCaml, and Haskell. The advanced topics in which I offer tutoring are very mathematical, such as Algorithms and Data Structures, Computability Theory, and Automata Theory.
Java,

Java

I've tutored introductory programming, the Advanced Placement (AP) course, and a course in Algorithms, using the Java language. The courses I've tutored have focused on object-oriented, contract-styled design patterns. One one such was taught with Ocaml in conjunction with Java to demonstrate the difference between object-oriented design and functional design.
Python,

Python

I've tutored Python a dozen or more times for high school and college students, as well as for employees at firms that use MongoDB and Pandas. I'm familiar with the numpy, matplotlib, sympy, Tkinter and beautifulsoup modules. I usually use the Anaconda package manager with the Spyder scientific IDE, and for pedagogy I make IPython notebooks with Jupyter.
General Computer, HTML, JavaScript, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word

Corporate Training

Java,

Java

I've tutored introductory programming, the Advanced Placement (AP) course, and a course in Algorithms, using the Java language. The courses I've tutored have focused on object-oriented, contract-styled design patterns. One one such was taught with Ocaml in conjunction with Java to demonstrate the difference between object-oriented design and functional design.
Statistics,

Statistics

I have tutored introductory Statistics for at least 30 students, both at both high schools and colleges. These have included courses with and without Calculus, and some courses that required using the statistical programming language R. I've also tutored Mathematical Statistics courses which contain the theory of random variables as well as Probability Theory, Measure Theory, and Stochastic Processes.
General Computer, GMAT, HTML, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word

English

ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

History

Philosophy

Philosophy

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.

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I'm a tutor for advanced mathematics, but I still really enjoy tutoring students in high school subjects because I get to show them different perspectives on what can otherwise be a pretty dull subject. From the interesting tricks and number facts, to applications of Math to business and Science, I get to teach kids what I wish I had seen as a high schooler, including Algebra 1.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Although I'm a tutor for advanced college-level Math, I still really enjoy teaching high school subjects. I get to show students what I wish I had seen when I studied the topic, from interesting tricks, to different perspectives, to applications to Science. I've also tutored Algebra 2 more than any other subject I tutor, and I've been doing it for eight years. I've seen all the common mistakes that students make, and I can explain any given concept in at least a couple different ways.
Calculus,

Calculus

I've tutored the full Calculus sequence, advanced Calculus, and Real Analysis, for about 30 different students. These courses are sometimes, at different universities, called Calc I through IV, Vector Calculus, Vector Analysis, Honors Calculus, or Modern Analysis. I've used the Stewart text extensively, cover to cover several times, as well as Rudin's Principles of Mathematical Analysis.
Geometry,

Geometry

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, as well as high school students working from concept-focused texts like those from Kay, Stillwell, and Kiselev.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I've tutored pre-Calculus several times. Whether it covers manipulation of functions, limits, trigonometry, combinatorics, matrices, probability, or any other strange topic, I've seen it all!
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I've helped several students prepare for the SAT, both verbal and quantitative sections, although always with focus on the quantitative section. I typically work with a student to identify topics on which the student is weak and produce practice problems for that topic until the student is comfortably able to solve those problems. We also work on improving speed and strategically skipping questions for time management.
Statistics,

Statistics

I have tutored introductory Statistics for at least 30 students, both at both high schools and colleges. These have included courses with and without Calculus, and some courses that required using the statistical programming language R. I've also tutored Mathematical Statistics courses which contain the theory of random variables as well as Probability Theory, Measure Theory, and Stochastic Processes.
Prealgebra, SAT Reading

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I'm a tutor for advanced mathematics, but I still really enjoy tutoring students in high school subjects because I get to show them different perspectives on what can otherwise be a pretty dull subject. From the interesting tricks and number facts, to applications of Math to business and Science, I get to teach kids what I wish I had seen as a high schooler, including Algebra 1.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Although I'm a tutor for advanced college-level Math, I still really enjoy teaching high school subjects. I get to show students what I wish I had seen when I studied the topic, from interesting tricks, to different perspectives, to applications to Science. I've also tutored Algebra 2 more than any other subject I tutor, and I've been doing it for eight years. I've seen all the common mistakes that students make, and I can explain any given concept in at least a couple different ways.
Calculus,

Calculus

I've tutored the full Calculus sequence, advanced Calculus, and Real Analysis, for about 30 different students. These courses are sometimes, at different universities, called Calc I through IV, Vector Calculus, Vector Analysis, Honors Calculus, or Modern Analysis. I've used the Stewart text extensively, cover to cover several times, as well as Rudin's Principles of Mathematical Analysis.
Differential Equations,

Differential Equations

I've tutored introductory Differential Equations about a dozen times, often using Boyce and DiPrima's text but also having used Zill and the Tenenbaum text. These courses have included matrix methods, series solutions, complex functions, and the heat equation in PDEs. Note that I'm not qualified to tutor a full course devoted to PDEs.
Discrete Math,

Discrete Math

I've tutored courses that cover discrete structures several times. Courses have included Graph Theory, Symbolic Logic, Combinatorics, Algorithms, Probability, and similar topics. I've worked from the popular Epp book as well as advanced texts from Tucker and one from Lovasz.
Finite Math,

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.
Geometry,

Geometry

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, as well as high school students working from concept-focused texts like those from Kay, Stillwell, and Kiselev.
Linear Algebra,

Linear Algebra

I've tutored Linear Algebra several times, both for courses focused on computation as well as proof-based and theoretical courses. I've also studied more advanced topics that helped to give me perspective on the meaning and use of Linear Algebra, including Combinatorics, Abstract Algebra, Differential Equations, and more.
Logic,

Logic

I concentrated on Logic while studying Philosophy and Math at Columbia University. I was a teaching assistant for the Symbolic Logic course, and am proficient with Mathematical Logic, Modal Logic, Non-classical Logic, Computability Theory, Orders and Lattices, and Model Theory.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I've tutored pre-Calculus several times. Whether it covers manipulation of functions, limits, trigonometry, combinatorics, matrices, probability, or any other strange topic, I've seen it all!
Probability,

Probability

I have tutored students in basic Probability and Statistics, as well as more advanced topics. I've worked from books by Tanis and Hogg, Casella and Berger, Ross, all covering what is basically the theory of random variables and Mathematical Statistics. This covers topics like regression, hypothesis testing, transformations, multivariable distributions, conditional distributions, likelihood estimators, and a little bit of robust statistics, non-parametric statistics, bayesian statistics, etc. I've also tutored more theoretical probability in a course that made use of Measure Theory.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I've helped several students prepare for the SAT, both verbal and quantitative sections, although always with focus on the quantitative section. I typically work with a student to identify topics on which the student is weak and produce practice problems for that topic until the student is comfortably able to solve those problems. We also work on improving speed and strategically skipping questions for time management.
Statistics,

Statistics

I have tutored introductory Statistics for at least 30 students, both at both high schools and colleges. These have included courses with and without Calculus, and some courses that required using the statistical programming language R. I've also tutored Mathematical Statistics courses which contain the theory of random variables as well as Probability Theory, Measure Theory, and Stochastic Processes.
Trigonometry,

Trigonometry

I've tutored Trigonometry several times. I like to teach students both the straight-forward computation of solutions, but also different perspectives like the relationship between right triangles and circles, and the application of Trig to Physics.
ACT Math, Prealgebra

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I'm a tutor for advanced mathematics, but I still really enjoy tutoring students in high school subjects because I get to show them different perspectives on what can otherwise be a pretty dull subject. From the interesting tricks and number facts, to applications of Math to business and Science, I get to teach kids what I wish I had seen as a high schooler, including Algebra 1.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Although I'm a tutor for advanced college-level Math, I still really enjoy teaching high school subjects. I get to show students what I wish I had seen when I studied the topic, from interesting tricks, to different perspectives, to applications to Science. I've also tutored Algebra 2 more than any other subject I tutor, and I've been doing it for eight years. I've seen all the common mistakes that students make, and I can explain any given concept in at least a couple different ways.
Calculus,

Calculus

I've tutored the full Calculus sequence, advanced Calculus, and Real Analysis, for about 30 different students. These courses are sometimes, at different universities, called Calc I through IV, Vector Calculus, Vector Analysis, Honors Calculus, or Modern Analysis. I've used the Stewart text extensively, cover to cover several times, as well as Rudin's Principles of Mathematical Analysis.
Geometry,

Geometry

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, as well as high school students working from concept-focused texts like those from Kay, Stillwell, and Kiselev.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I've tutored pre-Calculus several times. Whether it covers manipulation of functions, limits, trigonometry, combinatorics, matrices, probability, or any other strange topic, I've seen it all!
Statistics,

Statistics

I have tutored introductory Statistics for at least 30 students, both at both high schools and colleges. These have included courses with and without Calculus, and some courses that required using the statistical programming language R. I've also tutored Mathematical Statistics courses which contain the theory of random variables as well as Probability Theory, Measure Theory, and Stochastic Processes.
Prealgebra

Other

Philosophy

Philosophy

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.

Science

Philosophy,

Philosophy

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.
ACT Science

Sports/Recreation

Chess

Chess

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.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I'm a tutor for advanced mathematics, but I still really enjoy tutoring students in high school subjects because I get to show them different perspectives on what can otherwise be a pretty dull subject. From the interesting tricks and number facts, to applications of Math to business and Science, I get to teach kids what I wish I had seen as a high schooler, including Algebra 1.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Although I'm a tutor for advanced college-level Math, I still really enjoy teaching high school subjects. I get to show students what I wish I had seen when I studied the topic, from interesting tricks, to different perspectives, to applications to Science. I've also tutored Algebra 2 more than any other subject I tutor, and I've been doing it for eight years. I've seen all the common mistakes that students make, and I can explain any given concept in at least a couple different ways.
Calculus,

Calculus

I've tutored the full Calculus sequence, advanced Calculus, and Real Analysis, for about 30 different students. These courses are sometimes, at different universities, called Calc I through IV, Vector Calculus, Vector Analysis, Honors Calculus, or Modern Analysis. I've used the Stewart text extensively, cover to cover several times, as well as Rudin's Principles of Mathematical Analysis.
Geometry,

Geometry

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, as well as high school students working from concept-focused texts like those from Kay, Stillwell, and Kiselev.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I've helped several students prepare for the SAT, both verbal and quantitative sections, although always with focus on the quantitative section. I typically work with a student to identify topics on which the student is weak and produce practice problems for that topic until the student is comfortably able to solve those problems. We also work on improving speed and strategically skipping questions for time management.
Statistics

Statistics

I have tutored introductory Statistics for at least 30 students, both at both high schools and colleges. These have included courses with and without Calculus, and some courses that required using the statistical programming language R. I've also tutored Mathematical Statistics courses which contain the theory of random variables as well as Probability Theory, Measure Theory, and Stochastic Processes.

Test Preparation

ASVAB,

ASVAB

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.
GRE,

GRE

I have tutored the GRE at least 40 times with students of wide ranging skill levels, from those who need refreshers on adding fractions, to those who need to push their score from good to great. I tend to make lessons with students that follow a pattern: Teach a few concepts, give simple exercises, give GRE-style exercises, move to the next concept. We set up a schedule and, between meetings, I send exercises, you send solutions, I send feedback. We keep covering more material and reviewing old material. When we reach the end of the material we start covering test-taking techniques and really emphasize GRE-style questions--we get your time-per-question down, pick numbers efficiently, and know what to look out for with tricky graph questions.
LSAT,

LSAT

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.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I've helped several students prepare for the SAT, both verbal and quantitative sections, although always with focus on the quantitative section. I typically work with a student to identify topics on which the student is weak and produce practice problems for that topic until the student is comfortably able to solve those problems. We also work on improving speed and strategically skipping questions for time management.
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GMAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews

The best you can find

Adam was the best tutor I could’ve asked for. I was struggling to understand concepts of an advanced mathematical logic course at Vassar College and Adam consistently spent time to help me improve as a student and think through extremely difficult problems. I will surely be using him in the future for more difficult classes and would recommend him to anyone attempting to take any type of mathematics class.

Connor , 17 lessons with Adam

Knows His Stuff

This is the second subject I have used Adam for. First was Calculus now linear algebra. He has a very vast knowledge in both of these subjects. Really helped me grasp the concepts. Will be using him again!! Highly recommended to others.

Thomas , 3 lessons with Adam

Great tutor!

Adam worked with my son for a week to help him get caught up on about 4 weeks worth of Calculus classes missed when he was ill. He was patient and knowledgeable and really helped my son gain confidence, enabling him to take two quizzes, a test and a final in a weeks' time - and he got A's and B+'s on all of them.

Carolyn , 11 lessons with Adam

Very knowledgeable

Adam is a very knowledgeable tutor with a good attitude. He provides good explanations and is very patient. Great to work with and encouraging, definitely recommend.

Kim, 1 lesson with Adam

Amazing Tutor

I am one of those students that got through calc 1 by the skin of my teeth and I need a miracle to get through calc 2 that miracle is ADAM. He is patient non judgmental and the best part is he's so passionate about the material he actually gets you into it and makes it so much less miserable. He is worth every penny he offers to help with problems even if he's not physically there with you. He's just everything you need to get through this sometimes horrifying experience. When I finished with him I was able to do my homework and I actually kinda enjoyed it ! BOOK HIM you will get better grades and change your overall outlook on the subject matter. MIRACLES DO HAPPEN.

Molly, 12 lessons with Adam

Math Genius

He is simply amazing. He is very patient , he approaches and solves problems throughly and effectively. I can honestly say that , I have learned so much. He is math genius , if your having math problems . Hit this guy up ,

Bilali, 1 lesson with Adam

Excellent tutor!

Adam has been helping my 10th grade son with geometry. Adam has made difficult concepts clear and has introduced very helpful approaches to problem solving. He is punctual, responsive and a pleasure to work with.

Gina, 1 lesson with Adam

Brilliant and relentless

Adam was so helpful and detailed in his math review that he was able to discover holes in my daughter's understanding of calculus concepts. Because of his attention to detail he was able to improve her grade quickly and substantially. I highly recommend Adam

Yvo, 8 lessons with Adam

Wonderful teacher

Adam is a very patient teacher. My nephew Aaron said he explained it in a way that he can understand. He wants him to come every weekend! Thanks Adam

Yuen, 1 lesson with Adam

Amazing Tutor

Adam has helped my son with his Intro Stats class in a way no other tutor was able to. He broke down complex topics into quick, and easily understandable mini lessons. And made it a fun and enjoyable learning experience for him. I would highly recommend working with Adam.

Kay , 3 lessons with Adam
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