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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! 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… Read more
Despite Hurricane Sandy which shut down public transportation and left millions without power for days, Matt biked across the Brooklyn Bridge to give my 16-year-old a much-needed physics lesson. After an hour-long trek, Matt then hauled his bike up three flights of stairs in the pitch black and then tutored my son by lantern and candles. He delivered this first lesson with good cheer and a quick understanding of what my son needs. My son thought he was terrific and any resistance to extra help melted away. Matt has been coming ever since and my son's grade is now a passing one. He now believes that with Matt's help - he'll do much better than he ever imagined.
My son has really had some good success in physics recently. I think Matt has also very much improved his confidence in approaching the work.
I highly recommend Matt. I asked him to help me prepare for my MBA, specifically focusing on calculus, a subject with which I had little familiarity. He supplemented my knowledge as I worked through a college level calculus course. Matt was straightforward and clear. He would quickly grasp what was giving me trouble and explain, in a simple and understandable way, how to approach the problem. There was nothing that he couldn't handle and he made what was initially a confusing subject not only executable, but interesting and fun as well. Apart from knowing his subject area, Matt is reliable and very easy to get along with. I couldn't have found a better tutor.
Matt is so helpful! He's very patient and explains concepts clearly. He gives me practice problems and goes over any confusion I might exhibit until I feel confident.
Matt has certainly helped turned around my daughter's grades in Physics and Trig. He's a great teacher.
Matt B is a great tutor, he is very patient and understanding with my son. He really wants him to do well.
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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 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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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