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Matt B.

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Friendly, patient, and expert tutor

$95/hour

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  • Union Square New York, NY 10003

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Bio

Remember the first time you learned about adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing large numbers, back in elementary school? If you're like most people, it probably seemed really hard. But years later, is it hard now? After elementary school, these are routine math problems most people can easily accomplish. The math is the same, but it is easier to do now.

The difficulty of math is learning it, not using it once you know how it works. This is how all math works! Math is a...

Remember the first time you learned about adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing large numbers, back in elementary school? If you're like most people, it probably seemed really hard. But years later, is it hard now? After elementary school, these are routine math problems most people can easily accomplish. The math is the same, but it is easier to do now.

The difficulty of math is learning it, not using it once you know how it works. This is how all math works! Math is a system that makes sense, and once you understand it, homework, quizzes, and tests are easy!

Greetings! My name is Matt B., and I've been a tutor for the past 7 years, helping people overcome their difficulties with math and physics. My tutoring philosophy is based on the idea above: my job as a tutor is to help you understand how math works, making you able to do any problem yourself! (Of course this all applies to physics as well as to math!) I believe that you can always do better in math or physics, no matter what level you're at now, and I help make that happen by asking the right questions and working through important problems with you.

In my math and physics tutoring experience, I've helped students from high school through college levels and beyond! That includes the following subjects: algebra I & II, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus, and calculus (including AP, AB and BC). I've helped students at many different public and private high schools in New York, including Stuyvesant, LaGuardia, Bronx Science, Dalton, Horace Mann, Riverdale, and many others. I've helped undergraduate college students with all of these subjects, as well as adults returning to school during their careers: MBA at NYU, prerequisites for a course of study in Nursing, and more. If you’re in a class that’s not on this list, ask me, I probably do that too!

A little personal info: I like music, reading, and writing as hobbies. I’m a very positive and patient person, and if you are struggling with something in math, I bet I can help you!


Education

University of Georgia
undergrad

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $95
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 10 miles of New York, NY 10003
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 6/29/2012

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is the launching point for math beyond elementary arithmetic and math facts. It expands the scope of math to solving problems, using variables to represent numbers in equations, which we can then manipulate to find the solutions we want. I love working with people in Algebra 1 to help them gain a strong understanding of such a fundamental part of future math. Everything beyond Algebra 1 builds off of it, so knowing it well is absolutely essential to future success in math. I have been a tutor in Algebra 1 for approximately 10 years now, and used it in my math and physics work all the way up through graduating college in an intensive honors program.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is the continuation of the concepts of Algebra 1 into more difficult and advanced problems. Instead of solving and graphing only linear (first power) equations, quadratic (second power) and higher equations are dealt with, as well as rational (involving fractions) and radical (involving square roots) equations. Algebra 2 is extremely important for success in higher math. I like helping people get more comfortable working with radicals and especially fractions, and helping them find connections between graphing an equation and analyzing its behavior. I have been a tutor in Algebra 2 for approximately 10 years now, and used it in my math and physics work all the way up through graduating college in an intensive honors program.
Calculus,

Calculus

I am an experienced tutor in Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Calculus 3 (Multivariable) and levels beyond that, where there really isn't even a consistent numbering system of course material! Calculus presents a new concept of analysis in math, allowing us to understand and describe curved lines and spaces much more thoroughly than Algebra and Geometry alone enable us. The basic concepts are the derivative and the integral, which are both easily understood as long as the basic rules of them are clearly expressed. This is often what students miss, so when it comes to using chain rule to differentiate sin^2(1+(e^x)), or figuring out how to integrate cosx/(1+sin^2x), the problems can seem insurmountable. Building up from the few simple, basic rules makes larger problems fall into place. I have been a tutor in calculus for approximately 10 years now, and used it in my math and physics work all the way up through graduating college in an intensive honors program.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry is the study of shapes and spaces in math; it's sort of taking a more physical view of math than Algebra which is more purely abstract. However, just like Algebra, the skills of Geometry are used in all the classes that follow it, so a solid understanding of Geometry is fundamental. Geometrical concepts are used in deriving Calculus formulas, solving most Physics problems, and then in many other branches of math at the college level. Geometry is also the first course where many students have to write proofs, which can be confusing. Oftentimes it seems unclear what students have to include in a proof, and what they don't need. I like to help students understand exactly what is needed in a proof and why, by reducing it to a purely logical argument and explanation of what we are trying to show.
Physics,

Physics

Physics is oftentimes the hardest science course high school students face, and the course is even harder for college students in a science field who have to take an introductory Physics sequence. It is much more math-intensive than Biology or Chemistry, and is also very different in nature, usually involving applying a few basic theories to complicated Physics situations, resulting in a difficult set of Algebra equations to solve. I like to help students in Physics by showing them some of the basic processes they can use to set up and solve problems they get throughout the class, and also oftentimes identifying where they might not have a full grasp of the math the problems require of them. With this explanations and dedicated practice, Physics can be mastered.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is an important building block course for middle and high school students, covering the most advanced rules of arithmetic that they will have to use in Algebra and beyond. The key things developed in the course are capability with fractions, ability to recognize patterns in solving problems, and applying the skills to solving word problems.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Precalculus can be thought of as "Algebra 3," giving students the most difficult and complex Algebra problems and scenarios they will need to know before beginning their Calculus studies. In Precalculus, the most important concepts covered are fractions, radicals, solving advanced Trigonometry problems, and solving for roots of higher-order polynomials. If a student is struggling in Precalculus, it is often because he or she missed important Algebra or Trigonometry skills from prior years. I like to help by finding out what areas need more explanation, and watching problems melt away once gaps are filled in.
SAT Math

SAT Math

The SAT Math section breaks down into four main areas: "Number and Operations;" "Algebra and Functions;" "Geometry and Measurement;" and "Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability." I begin with students by analyzing how they perform in each of these separate areas and figuring out where to begin studying. Although the math divides into those four areas, there are also important strategies and techniques that apply across the entire test, which I also help my students practice and apply. I got scores of 800 on the SAT I and SAT II Math sections when I took them in high school, and like to help students to improve their scores as much as possible when I work with them. I believe everyone, starting fresh, can improve their score by at least 80-100 points, and I look forward to helping your student do the same!

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is the launching point for math beyond elementary arithmetic and math facts. It expands the scope of math to solving problems, using variables to represent numbers in equations, which we can then manipulate to find the solutions we want. I love working with people in Algebra 1 to help them gain a strong understanding of such a fundamental part of future math. Everything beyond Algebra 1 builds off of it, so knowing it well is absolutely essential to future success in math. I have been a tutor in Algebra 1 for approximately 10 years now, and used it in my math and physics work all the way up through graduating college in an intensive honors program.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is the continuation of the concepts of Algebra 1 into more difficult and advanced problems. Instead of solving and graphing only linear (first power) equations, quadratic (second power) and higher equations are dealt with, as well as rational (involving fractions) and radical (involving square roots) equations. Algebra 2 is extremely important for success in higher math. I like helping people get more comfortable working with radicals and especially fractions, and helping them find connections between graphing an equation and analyzing its behavior. I have been a tutor in Algebra 2 for approximately 10 years now, and used it in my math and physics work all the way up through graduating college in an intensive honors program.
Calculus,

Calculus

I am an experienced tutor in Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Calculus 3 (Multivariable) and levels beyond that, where there really isn't even a consistent numbering system of course material! Calculus presents a new concept of analysis in math, allowing us to understand and describe curved lines and spaces much more thoroughly than Algebra and Geometry alone enable us. The basic concepts are the derivative and the integral, which are both easily understood as long as the basic rules of them are clearly expressed. This is often what students miss, so when it comes to using chain rule to differentiate sin^2(1+(e^x)), or figuring out how to integrate cosx/(1+sin^2x), the problems can seem insurmountable. Building up from the few simple, basic rules makes larger problems fall into place. I have been a tutor in calculus for approximately 10 years now, and used it in my math and physics work all the way up through graduating college in an intensive honors program.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry is the study of shapes and spaces in math; it's sort of taking a more physical view of math than Algebra which is more purely abstract. However, just like Algebra, the skills of Geometry are used in all the classes that follow it, so a solid understanding of Geometry is fundamental. Geometrical concepts are used in deriving Calculus formulas, solving most Physics problems, and then in many other branches of math at the college level. Geometry is also the first course where many students have to write proofs, which can be confusing. Oftentimes it seems unclear what students have to include in a proof, and what they don't need. I like to help students understand exactly what is needed in a proof and why, by reducing it to a purely logical argument and explanation of what we are trying to show.
Physics,

Physics

Physics is oftentimes the hardest science course high school students face, and the course is even harder for college students in a science field who have to take an introductory Physics sequence. It is much more math-intensive than Biology or Chemistry, and is also very different in nature, usually involving applying a few basic theories to complicated Physics situations, resulting in a difficult set of Algebra equations to solve. I like to help students in Physics by showing them some of the basic processes they can use to set up and solve problems they get throughout the class, and also oftentimes identifying where they might not have a full grasp of the math the problems require of them. With this explanations and dedicated practice, Physics can be mastered.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is an important building block course for middle and high school students, covering the most advanced rules of arithmetic that they will have to use in Algebra and beyond. The key things developed in the course are capability with fractions, ability to recognize patterns in solving problems, and applying the skills to solving word problems.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Precalculus can be thought of as "Algebra 3," giving students the most difficult and complex Algebra problems and scenarios they will need to know before beginning their Calculus studies. In Precalculus, the most important concepts covered are fractions, radicals, solving advanced Trigonometry problems, and solving for roots of higher-order polynomials. If a student is struggling in Precalculus, it is often because he or she missed important Algebra or Trigonometry skills from prior years. I like to help by finding out what areas need more explanation, and watching problems melt away once gaps are filled in.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

The SAT Math section breaks down into four main areas: "Number and Operations;" "Algebra and Functions;" "Geometry and Measurement;" and "Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability." I begin with students by analyzing how they perform in each of these separate areas and figuring out where to begin studying. Although the math divides into those four areas, there are also important strategies and techniques that apply across the entire test, which I also help my students practice and apply. I got scores of 800 on the SAT I and SAT II Math sections when I took them in high school, and like to help students to improve their scores as much as possible when I work with them. I believe everyone, starting fresh, can improve their score by at least 80-100 points, and I look forward to helping your student do the same!
Trigonometry

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is the study of relationships of angles and side lengths in right triangles. What can we say about the length of the opposite side of a right triangle if we know one of the smaller angles? It turns out we can say everything we need to about the triangle. The study of Trigonometry begins with the unit circle, and often one of my first exercises with a student who is struggling in Trigonometry is to graph the entire unit circle together, to help them see exactly where all the numbers involved in it come from and begin to understand the logic of how it works. This is often enough to help resolve many struggles they are having. The concepts of Trigonometry remain important in all future math classes as well as Physics, which is why it is crucial for students to learn it well their first year being exposed to it.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is the launching point for math beyond elementary arithmetic and math facts. It expands the scope of math to solving problems, using variables to represent numbers in equations, which we can then manipulate to find the solutions we want. I love working with people in Algebra 1 to help them gain a strong understanding of such a fundamental part of future math. Everything beyond Algebra 1 builds off of it, so knowing it well is absolutely essential to future success in math. I have been a tutor in Algebra 1 for approximately 10 years now, and used it in my math and physics work all the way up through graduating college in an intensive honors program.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is the continuation of the concepts of Algebra 1 into more difficult and advanced problems. Instead of solving and graphing only linear (first power) equations, quadratic (second power) and higher equations are dealt with, as well as rational (involving fractions) and radical (involving square roots) equations. Algebra 2 is extremely important for success in higher math. I like helping people get more comfortable working with radicals and especially fractions, and helping them find connections between graphing an equation and analyzing its behavior. I have been a tutor in Algebra 2 for approximately 10 years now, and used it in my math and physics work all the way up through graduating college in an intensive honors program.
Calculus,

Calculus

I am an experienced tutor in Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Calculus 3 (Multivariable) and levels beyond that, where there really isn't even a consistent numbering system of course material! Calculus presents a new concept of analysis in math, allowing us to understand and describe curved lines and spaces much more thoroughly than Algebra and Geometry alone enable us. The basic concepts are the derivative and the integral, which are both easily understood as long as the basic rules of them are clearly expressed. This is often what students miss, so when it comes to using chain rule to differentiate sin^2(1+(e^x)), or figuring out how to integrate cosx/(1+sin^2x), the problems can seem insurmountable. Building up from the few simple, basic rules makes larger problems fall into place. I have been a tutor in calculus for approximately 10 years now, and used it in my math and physics work all the way up through graduating college in an intensive honors program.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry is the study of shapes and spaces in math; it's sort of taking a more physical view of math than Algebra which is more purely abstract. However, just like Algebra, the skills of Geometry are used in all the classes that follow it, so a solid understanding of Geometry is fundamental. Geometrical concepts are used in deriving Calculus formulas, solving most Physics problems, and then in many other branches of math at the college level. Geometry is also the first course where many students have to write proofs, which can be confusing. Oftentimes it seems unclear what students have to include in a proof, and what they don't need. I like to help students understand exactly what is needed in a proof and why, by reducing it to a purely logical argument and explanation of what we are trying to show.
Physics,

Physics

Physics is oftentimes the hardest science course high school students face, and the course is even harder for college students in a science field who have to take an introductory Physics sequence. It is much more math-intensive than Biology or Chemistry, and is also very different in nature, usually involving applying a few basic theories to complicated Physics situations, resulting in a difficult set of Algebra equations to solve. I like to help students in Physics by showing them some of the basic processes they can use to set up and solve problems they get throughout the class, and also oftentimes identifying where they might not have a full grasp of the math the problems require of them. With this explanations and dedicated practice, Physics can be mastered.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is an important building block course for middle and high school students, covering the most advanced rules of arithmetic that they will have to use in Algebra and beyond. The key things developed in the course are capability with fractions, ability to recognize patterns in solving problems, and applying the skills to solving word problems.
Precalculus

Precalculus

Precalculus can be thought of as "Algebra 3," giving students the most difficult and complex Algebra problems and scenarios they will need to know before beginning their Calculus studies. In Precalculus, the most important concepts covered are fractions, radicals, solving advanced Trigonometry problems, and solving for roots of higher-order polynomials. If a student is struggling in Precalculus, it is often because he or she missed important Algebra or Trigonometry skills from prior years. I like to help by finding out what areas need more explanation, and watching problems melt away once gaps are filled in.

Science

Physics

Physics

Physics is oftentimes the hardest science course high school students face, and the course is even harder for college students in a science field who have to take an introductory Physics sequence. It is much more math-intensive than Biology or Chemistry, and is also very different in nature, usually involving applying a few basic theories to complicated Physics situations, resulting in a difficult set of Algebra equations to solve. I like to help students in Physics by showing them some of the basic processes they can use to set up and solve problems they get throughout the class, and also oftentimes identifying where they might not have a full grasp of the math the problems require of them. With this explanations and dedicated practice, Physics can be mastered.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is the launching point for math beyond elementary arithmetic and math facts. It expands the scope of math to solving problems, using variables to represent numbers in equations, which we can then manipulate to find the solutions we want. I love working with people in Algebra 1 to help them gain a strong understanding of such a fundamental part of future math. Everything beyond Algebra 1 builds off of it, so knowing it well is absolutely essential to future success in math. I have been a tutor in Algebra 1 for approximately 10 years now, and used it in my math and physics work all the way up through graduating college in an intensive honors program.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is the continuation of the concepts of Algebra 1 into more difficult and advanced problems. Instead of solving and graphing only linear (first power) equations, quadratic (second power) and higher equations are dealt with, as well as rational (involving fractions) and radical (involving square roots) equations. Algebra 2 is extremely important for success in higher math. I like helping people get more comfortable working with radicals and especially fractions, and helping them find connections between graphing an equation and analyzing its behavior. I have been a tutor in Algebra 2 for approximately 10 years now, and used it in my math and physics work all the way up through graduating college in an intensive honors program.
Calculus,

Calculus

I am an experienced tutor in Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Calculus 3 (Multivariable) and levels beyond that, where there really isn't even a consistent numbering system of course material! Calculus presents a new concept of analysis in math, allowing us to understand and describe curved lines and spaces much more thoroughly than Algebra and Geometry alone enable us. The basic concepts are the derivative and the integral, which are both easily understood as long as the basic rules of them are clearly expressed. This is often what students miss, so when it comes to using chain rule to differentiate sin^2(1+(e^x)), or figuring out how to integrate cosx/(1+sin^2x), the problems can seem insurmountable. Building up from the few simple, basic rules makes larger problems fall into place. I have been a tutor in calculus for approximately 10 years now, and used it in my math and physics work all the way up through graduating college in an intensive honors program.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry is the study of shapes and spaces in math; it's sort of taking a more physical view of math than Algebra which is more purely abstract. However, just like Algebra, the skills of Geometry are used in all the classes that follow it, so a solid understanding of Geometry is fundamental. Geometrical concepts are used in deriving Calculus formulas, solving most Physics problems, and then in many other branches of math at the college level. Geometry is also the first course where many students have to write proofs, which can be confusing. Oftentimes it seems unclear what students have to include in a proof, and what they don't need. I like to help students understand exactly what is needed in a proof and why, by reducing it to a purely logical argument and explanation of what we are trying to show.
Physics,

Physics

Physics is oftentimes the hardest science course high school students face, and the course is even harder for college students in a science field who have to take an introductory Physics sequence. It is much more math-intensive than Biology or Chemistry, and is also very different in nature, usually involving applying a few basic theories to complicated Physics situations, resulting in a difficult set of Algebra equations to solve. I like to help students in Physics by showing them some of the basic processes they can use to set up and solve problems they get throughout the class, and also oftentimes identifying where they might not have a full grasp of the math the problems require of them. With this explanations and dedicated practice, Physics can be mastered.
SAT Math

SAT Math

The SAT Math section breaks down into four main areas: "Number and Operations;" "Algebra and Functions;" "Geometry and Measurement;" and "Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability." I begin with students by analyzing how they perform in each of these separate areas and figuring out where to begin studying. Although the math divides into those four areas, there are also important strategies and techniques that apply across the entire test, which I also help my students practice and apply. I got scores of 800 on the SAT I and SAT II Math sections when I took them in high school, and like to help students to improve their scores as much as possible when I work with them. I believe everyone, starting fresh, can improve their score by at least 80-100 points, and I look forward to helping your student do the same!

Test Preparation

SAT Math

SAT Math

The SAT Math section breaks down into four main areas: "Number and Operations;" "Algebra and Functions;" "Geometry and Measurement;" and "Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability." I begin with students by analyzing how they perform in each of these separate areas and figuring out where to begin studying. Although the math divides into those four areas, there are also important strategies and techniques that apply across the entire test, which I also help my students practice and apply. I got scores of 800 on the SAT I and SAT II Math sections when I took them in high school, and like to help students to improve their scores as much as possible when I work with them. I believe everyone, starting fresh, can improve their score by at least 80-100 points, and I look forward to helping your student do the same!

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Continued Excellence

Another great Algebra 2 lesson with Matt. He helped our son prepare for his upcoming exam and continues to be an excellent tutor, clearly explaining and reinforcing concepts. Matt is always on time and willing to do whatever is needed. The results (in our son’s grades) truly speak for themselves. We Highly recommend Matt.

Roberta, 7 lessons with Matt

Excellent tutor

Matt only came one time so far but my daughter felt he really helped her understand physics concepts in a way that her teacher couldn't. We look forward to using him again.

Susan, 1 lesson with Matt

Excellent tutor

Matt is very knowledgeable and very good at relating to students. It is easy for them to learn from him. Physics grade improved and are being sustained. Working on pre-calc now and expecting the same.

Chris, 9 lessons with Matt

knowledgeable and well prepared

Matt is professional, talented, poised and a pleasure to work with. He responded to emails promptly and arrived on time. He reviewed the material with my son and even had some helpful suggestions to think about going forward.

brenda, 2 lessons with Matt

Great Tutor!!

Matt has helped daughter, who is a junior in high school, to raise her physics grade this semester. He is patient, knowledgeable and has helped to ease her anxiety about the subject matter by breaking it down into manageable units. We highly recommend Matt!

Catherine, 17 lessons with Matt

Reliable and dedicated!

No matter the time... matt pulled through late night in person and tutored for almost 3 hours! ... that alone should speak volumes. He was patient and new his stuff... definitely recommended.

HB, 3 lessons with Matt

Patient!

I am a graduate student in Speech Pathology taking an online physics class for my certification. I have not taken a math class in over 5 years. Matt has made this class far more manageable for me. He will go over the same topic in several different ways until he is sure you can handle the concept on your own. He is encouraging and kind. I highly suggest him!

Itzy, 14 lessons with Matt

Excellent experience with Matt

Matt was very professional and knowledgeable. He made what was previously confusing quite understandable. My son is much more confident heading into his pre-calc exam. Thank you, Matt.

Patricia, 2 lessons with Matt

Dramatic improvement in grades; B in Calc 1 to A- in Calc 2 in a short time

I received a B in Calc 1 and after having Matt as a tutor, I jumped all the way to an A- in Calc 2 despite Calc 2 being infinitely harder than Calc 1. Matt is always on time and is able to accomodate you to his best ability in his busy schedule. He is patient and very thorough in his explanations and is even willing to work on a problem even after the lesson. Despite admitting that he was somewhat rusty in Calculus 2, he had no problem picking up the topic in a matter of minutes. He has a very good eye for detail and is meticulous in his workings. If you want to get an A, you should definitely choose him as your tutor.

Kevin, 10 lessons with Matt

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