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Adam M.

Veteran Math Teacher (PreAlgebra - Calculus)

Veteran Math Teacher (PreAlgebra - Calculus)

$200/hour

  • 466 hours tutoring

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Bio

Hi! I'm Adam. I have a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering, a Master's in Secondary Teaching and over 13 years experience as a classroom teacher and tutor. I've taught in big schools, small schools, public, private, charter schools, summer schools, etc. I've taught Common Core, Integrated Math 1-4, Algebra 1-2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, SAT/ACT Prep, etc. I've also taught some Physics, which is basically applied mathematics. I know things. Lots of things. And I'm really...

Hi! I'm Adam. I have a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering, a Master's in Secondary Teaching and over 13 years experience as a classroom teacher and tutor. I've taught in big schools, small schools, public, private, charter schools, summer schools, etc. I've taught Common Core, Integrated Math 1-4, Algebra 1-2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, SAT/ACT Prep, etc. I've also taught some Physics, which is basically applied mathematics. I know things. Lots of things. And I'm really good at teaching them to you!

I'm generally stoked on being stoked, so I can promise that a tutoring session with me will not be boring. Ever. I can translate dry, abstract (usually overcomplicated) math concepts into colorful language that's simple and understandable. That's my thing – making math accessible to everyone and helping to build your confidence as a mathematician. Math can be challenging, confusing and frustrating, for sure. I love walking students through that fear and showing them that they can be successful at math.

Howard Thurman once remarked, "Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive." I went to college to become an engineer, but discovered an unyielding passion for teaching and helping others. Inspiring others to overcome their struggles and become the best version of themselves brings me such joy. Teaching is not a "job" for me. Being an educator is at the core of who I am, and it makes me come alive!

If you are terrified, frustrated, or overwhelmed with math…
If you used to love math, but it’s been acting funny lately…
If you forget everything when you take tests…
If you want to build confidence in your ability…
Or, if you just love math and want to geek out with someone…

Shoot me a message and let’s chat. I look forward to being helpful :)


Education

University of Delaware
Electrical Engineer
Wilmington University
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $200
  • Rate details: If a student cancels in less than 24 hours from a scheduled lesson, or no-call no-shows, a $50 cancellation fee will be assessed.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 4/27/2019

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Subjects

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Algebra is the nuts and bolts of almost every other branch of math. You will need algebra to safely navigate trigonometry, statistics, precalculus, calculus and parts of geometry. The heart of Algebra 1 is understanding linear equations - in words, sequences, tables, equations and graphs. It is the foundation of all mathematical understanding for your future courses.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I've taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Algebra is the nuts and bolts of almost every other branch of math. You will need algebra to safely navigate trigonometry, statistics, precalculus, calculus and parts of geometry. However, Algebra 2 specifically focuses on functions - a concept that is indispensable to any math course beyond Algebra 2.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have taught in public, private and charter high schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. As a student I took both AB and BC Calculus and scored a 5 on the AP exam for Calc AB. As an Electrical Engineering major, I took Analytic Geometry and Calculus B and C, Differential Equations with Linear Algebra I and II, and Advanced Calculus for Applications (as well as a host of engineering and physics courses that mostly all applied calculus). However, during my career as a high school math teacher, I have only taught the basics of Calculus - from limits to differentiation and integration of all types. Although I did well in those classes as a student years ago, to be completely transparent, I have never taught vector calculus in three-space or any advanced applications of calculus. I am highly competent and confident in teaching any first year calc student. Beyond that, I am pedagogically inexperienced.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have taught in public, private and charter high schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Having taught everything up through Calculus, I really enjoy the practical and visual nature of Geometry. Many students find success in Geometry even when they had struggled in Algebra. I think it is the least abstract and most accessible branch of mathematics. The only exception to that statement is the mind-blowing quantity of formulas that can be found in Geometry. Although, I try to avoid memorizing formulas as much as possible. It is better to understand where the formulas come from so you can derive them just as easily from your own understanding. Then memorization becomes unnecessary.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Although I've taught everything up through Calculus, I am still well aware of "expert blindspots" and pride myself in being able to convey simple mathematical ideas without overcomplicating them for young mathematicians. Pre-Algebra is the bridge from basic arithmetic to more abstract mathematics. This can be a treacherous leap and it is the place where many students decide that math is too hard or that it doesn't make sense any more. It is important to have guidance at this time so students don't decide to "be bad at math" for the rest of their lives.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. I have taught Precalculus to students ranging from freshmen to seniors. I believe that Precalculus is a year to solidify one's understanding of all functions (exponential, log, trig, rational, polynomial, continuous, discrete, piecewise, absolute value, explicit, implicit, polar, parametric, etc.) while practicing and applying everything that one has learned thus far before venturing into what Sir Isaac Newton called "The Calculus."
SAT Math

SAT Math

As a wee lad I took the PSAT once and the SAT three times. My best score was a 1340 and I got into every school I applied to (Clemson, GA Tech, VA Tech and University of DE). After getting my degree in Electrical Engineering I went into education, getting my Master's in secondary teaching. Over my 12 years as a math teacher, I have taught SAT prep both inside and outside of the classroom and proctored both the PSAT and SAT countless times. I have completed and analyzed many practice SAT exams. I understand that performing well on the SAT is 50% content and 50% strategy. Knowing HOW to take the test is just as important as what is on the test. I have successfully worked with students one-on-one to increase their SAT scores for years.

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I grew up on the East Coast and had never heard of the ACT until I moved to California in 2013. I took the PSAT once and the SAT three times as a kid. My best score was a 1340 and I got into every school I applied to (Clemson, GA Tech, VA Tech and University of DE). After getting my degree in Electrical Engineering I went into education, getting my Master's in secondary teaching. I taught for 6 years in Delaware before moving to San Diego. That's when my SAT prep turned into SAT/ACT prep, both inside and outside of the classroom. I have taken and analyzed several practice ACT exams to get a feel for the differences and similarities between SAT and ACT. Although the content they cover and the timing are slightly different, all of the studying and testing strategies I've honed for the SAT over the years apply just as well to the ACT. I understand that performing well on the ACT is 50% content and 50% strategy. Knowing HOW to take the test is just as important as what is on the test. I have successfully worked with students one-on-one to increase their test scores for years.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Algebra is the nuts and bolts of almost every other branch of math. You will need algebra to safely navigate trigonometry, statistics, precalculus, calculus and parts of geometry. The heart of Algebra 1 is understanding linear equations - in words, sequences, tables, equations and graphs. It is the foundation of all mathematical understanding for your future courses.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I've taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Algebra is the nuts and bolts of almost every other branch of math. You will need algebra to safely navigate trigonometry, statistics, precalculus, calculus and parts of geometry. However, Algebra 2 specifically focuses on functions - a concept that is indispensable to any math course beyond Algebra 2.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have taught in public, private and charter high schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. As a student I took both AB and BC Calculus and scored a 5 on the AP exam for Calc AB. As an Electrical Engineering major, I took Analytic Geometry and Calculus B and C, Differential Equations with Linear Algebra I and II, and Advanced Calculus for Applications (as well as a host of engineering and physics courses that mostly all applied calculus). However, during my career as a high school math teacher, I have only taught the basics of Calculus - from limits to differentiation and integration of all types. Although I did well in those classes as a student years ago, to be completely transparent, I have never taught vector calculus in three-space or any advanced applications of calculus. I am highly competent and confident in teaching any first year calc student. Beyond that, I am pedagogically inexperienced.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have taught in public, private and charter high schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Having taught everything up through Calculus, I really enjoy the practical and visual nature of Geometry. Many students find success in Geometry even when they had struggled in Algebra. I think it is the least abstract and most accessible branch of mathematics. The only exception to that statement is the mind-blowing quantity of formulas that can be found in Geometry. Although, I try to avoid memorizing formulas as much as possible. It is better to understand where the formulas come from so you can derive them just as easily from your own understanding. Then memorization becomes unnecessary.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Although I've taught everything up through Calculus, I am still well aware of "expert blindspots" and pride myself in being able to convey simple mathematical ideas without overcomplicating them for young mathematicians. Pre-Algebra is the bridge from basic arithmetic to more abstract mathematics. This can be a treacherous leap and it is the place where many students decide that math is too hard or that it doesn't make sense any more. It is important to have guidance at this time so students don't decide to "be bad at math" for the rest of their lives.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. I have taught Precalculus to students ranging from freshmen to seniors. I believe that Precalculus is a year to solidify one's understanding of all functions (exponential, log, trig, rational, polynomial, continuous, discrete, piecewise, absolute value, explicit, implicit, polar, parametric, etc.) while practicing and applying everything that one has learned thus far before venturing into what Sir Isaac Newton called "The Calculus."
Probability,

Probability

I have taught in public, private and charter high schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. I have taught theoretical and experimental probability to freshmen students as well as combinatorics, set theory and binomial distribution to seniors. I find that topics in probability can be very fun, exciting, gamey and puzzly, but they can also be super challenging; they often don’t seem to follow any set formula the way questions in other branches of math do. There are many word problems which require critical thinking. This is both the gift and the curse of studying probability!
SAT Math,

SAT Math

As a wee lad I took the PSAT once and the SAT three times. My best score was a 1340 and I got into every school I applied to (Clemson, GA Tech, VA Tech and University of DE). After getting my degree in Electrical Engineering I went into education, getting my Master's in secondary teaching. Over my 12 years as a math teacher, I have taught SAT prep both inside and outside of the classroom and proctored both the PSAT and SAT countless times. I have completed and analyzed many practice SAT exams. I understand that performing well on the SAT is 50% content and 50% strategy. Knowing HOW to take the test is just as important as what is on the test. I have successfully worked with students one-on-one to increase their SAT scores for years.
Trigonometry

Trigonometry

After teaching math for over a decade, my appreciation for the beauty, brilliance and usefulness of Trigonometry has grown tremendously. I never fully grasped how a simple relationship between angles and sides on a triangle could be generalized into functions with vital applications in essentially every technical and scientific field of study in the universe (saying "on earth" is short-selling it).

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Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Algebra is the nuts and bolts of almost every other branch of math. You will need algebra to safely navigate trigonometry, statistics, precalculus, calculus and parts of geometry. The heart of Algebra 1 is understanding linear equations - in words, sequences, tables, equations and graphs. It is the foundation of all mathematical understanding for your future courses.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I've taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Algebra is the nuts and bolts of almost every other branch of math. You will need algebra to safely navigate trigonometry, statistics, precalculus, calculus and parts of geometry. However, Algebra 2 specifically focuses on functions - a concept that is indispensable to any math course beyond Algebra 2.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have taught in public, private and charter high schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. As a student I took both AB and BC Calculus and scored a 5 on the AP exam for Calc AB. As an Electrical Engineering major, I took Analytic Geometry and Calculus B and C, Differential Equations with Linear Algebra I and II, and Advanced Calculus for Applications (as well as a host of engineering and physics courses that mostly all applied calculus). However, during my career as a high school math teacher, I have only taught the basics of Calculus - from limits to differentiation and integration of all types. Although I did well in those classes as a student years ago, to be completely transparent, I have never taught vector calculus in three-space or any advanced applications of calculus. I am highly competent and confident in teaching any first year calc student. Beyond that, I am pedagogically inexperienced.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have taught in public, private and charter high schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Having taught everything up through Calculus, I really enjoy the practical and visual nature of Geometry. Many students find success in Geometry even when they had struggled in Algebra. I think it is the least abstract and most accessible branch of mathematics. The only exception to that statement is the mind-blowing quantity of formulas that can be found in Geometry. Although, I try to avoid memorizing formulas as much as possible. It is better to understand where the formulas come from so you can derive them just as easily from your own understanding. Then memorization becomes unnecessary.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Although I've taught everything up through Calculus, I am still well aware of "expert blindspots" and pride myself in being able to convey simple mathematical ideas without overcomplicating them for young mathematicians. Pre-Algebra is the bridge from basic arithmetic to more abstract mathematics. This can be a treacherous leap and it is the place where many students decide that math is too hard or that it doesn't make sense any more. It is important to have guidance at this time so students don't decide to "be bad at math" for the rest of their lives.
Precalculus

Precalculus

I have taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. I have taught Precalculus to students ranging from freshmen to seniors. I believe that Precalculus is a year to solidify one's understanding of all functions (exponential, log, trig, rational, polynomial, continuous, discrete, piecewise, absolute value, explicit, implicit, polar, parametric, etc.) while practicing and applying everything that one has learned thus far before venturing into what Sir Isaac Newton called "The Calculus."

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Algebra is the nuts and bolts of almost every other branch of math. You will need algebra to safely navigate trigonometry, statistics, precalculus, calculus and parts of geometry. The heart of Algebra 1 is understanding linear equations - in words, sequences, tables, equations and graphs. It is the foundation of all mathematical understanding for your future courses.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I've taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Algebra is the nuts and bolts of almost every other branch of math. You will need algebra to safely navigate trigonometry, statistics, precalculus, calculus and parts of geometry. However, Algebra 2 specifically focuses on functions - a concept that is indispensable to any math course beyond Algebra 2.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have taught in public, private and charter high schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. As a student I took both AB and BC Calculus and scored a 5 on the AP exam for Calc AB. As an Electrical Engineering major, I took Analytic Geometry and Calculus B and C, Differential Equations with Linear Algebra I and II, and Advanced Calculus for Applications (as well as a host of engineering and physics courses that mostly all applied calculus). However, during my career as a high school math teacher, I have only taught the basics of Calculus - from limits to differentiation and integration of all types. Although I did well in those classes as a student years ago, to be completely transparent, I have never taught vector calculus in three-space or any advanced applications of calculus. I am highly competent and confident in teaching any first year calc student. Beyond that, I am pedagogically inexperienced.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have taught in public, private and charter high schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Having taught everything up through Calculus, I really enjoy the practical and visual nature of Geometry. Many students find success in Geometry even when they had struggled in Algebra. I think it is the least abstract and most accessible branch of mathematics. The only exception to that statement is the mind-blowing quantity of formulas that can be found in Geometry. Although, I try to avoid memorizing formulas as much as possible. It is better to understand where the formulas come from so you can derive them just as easily from your own understanding. Then memorization becomes unnecessary.
SAT Math

SAT Math

As a wee lad I took the PSAT once and the SAT three times. My best score was a 1340 and I got into every school I applied to (Clemson, GA Tech, VA Tech and University of DE). After getting my degree in Electrical Engineering I went into education, getting my Master's in secondary teaching. Over my 12 years as a math teacher, I have taught SAT prep both inside and outside of the classroom and proctored both the PSAT and SAT countless times. I have completed and analyzed many practice SAT exams. I understand that performing well on the SAT is 50% content and 50% strategy. Knowing HOW to take the test is just as important as what is on the test. I have successfully worked with students one-on-one to increase their SAT scores for years.

Test Preparation

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I grew up on the East Coast and had never heard of the ACT until I moved to California in 2013. I took the PSAT once and the SAT three times as a kid. My best score was a 1340 and I got into every school I applied to (Clemson, GA Tech, VA Tech and University of DE). After getting my degree in Electrical Engineering I went into education, getting my Master's in secondary teaching. I taught for 6 years in Delaware before moving to San Diego. That's when my SAT prep turned into SAT/ACT prep, both inside and outside of the classroom. I have taken and analyzed several practice ACT exams to get a feel for the differences and similarities between SAT and ACT. Although the content they cover and the timing are slightly different, all of the studying and testing strategies I've honed for the SAT over the years apply just as well to the ACT. I understand that performing well on the ACT is 50% content and 50% strategy. Knowing HOW to take the test is just as important as what is on the test. I have successfully worked with students one-on-one to increase their test scores for years.
SAT Math

SAT Math

As a wee lad I took the PSAT once and the SAT three times. My best score was a 1340 and I got into every school I applied to (Clemson, GA Tech, VA Tech and University of DE). After getting my degree in Electrical Engineering I went into education, getting my Master's in secondary teaching. Over my 12 years as a math teacher, I have taught SAT prep both inside and outside of the classroom and proctored both the PSAT and SAT countless times. I have completed and analyzed many practice SAT exams. I understand that performing well on the SAT is 50% content and 50% strategy. Knowing HOW to take the test is just as important as what is on the test. I have successfully worked with students one-on-one to increase their SAT scores for years.

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Fantastic tutor

Adam was amazing. First time my son has felt any confidence when it comes to math. He has a way of connecting with him that made a big differance. My son is actually excited about the next meeting! That's new.......

Susan, 1 lesson with Adam

Engaging, motivating, fun!

My daughter was diagnosed with a learning difference and struggles in math. Adam is the ONLY tutor she feels a connection to. In her own words he is engaging, motivates her and makes math fun! I highly recommend Adam and feel so lucky to have found him.

JANET, 5 lessons with Adam

great teacher!

My son says he is very adaptable, nice, and funny and made challenging concepts much easier to grasp. Thank you, Adam!

Matthias, 21 lessons with Adam

Adam is knowledgeable and makes the lesson interesting

Adam is a fantastic tutor! I am taking the ACT tomorrow!! I would recommend him to any of my friends. He answers my questions with patience and gives me work during the week to improve on areas where I struggle.

Nancy, 10 lessons with Adam

great tutor

Adam has been working with my daughter since July 2020 and we’ve had great success. Adam has a gift! Really, he does. He was able to identify why my daughter was struggling and hit the nail on the head... before he even met her. He uses methods to engage my daughter and has the ability to explain complex into simple terms for her to understand.

Kimmy, 22 lessons with Adam

Knowledgeable and Patient Tutor

Adam has helped me succeed in many areas and levels of math in a short amount of time. He can explain concepts very well even ones that are more complicated and advanced. He's very good at what he does yet makes the lesson very engaging and enlightening even for students who don't enjoy math.

JAY, 70 lessons with Adam

Knowledgeable and Patient Tutor

Mr. Adam has helped me improve my math skills by explaining all concepts in-depth and answering any questions I have thoroughly. He is understanding and patient if I do not understand a topic, and always explains every topic I am confused with very well. I have really enjoyed my classes with him.

Uma , 40 lessons with Adam

Adam M. Calculus 1 Tutoring

I have struggled with understanding the complications of mathematics my entire life. While I was tutored by Adam he went out of his way to provide extra tricks, ways to approach problems, and most importantly the art of be precise! Taking a college calculus course can be difficult and sometimes it can be draining/tedious. Although some may not enjoy calculus...Adam made it simple...fun...and truly helped me engaged with the material better than I would have on my own. And for that I am truly great full.

Steven, 14 lessons with Adam

Great math tutor

Adam is nice, easy to talk with and ask questions. He is smart and has all the answers to the high level high school math. We went over test prep for logarithms algebra, and calculus type equations. So happy we found him.

Karli , 1 lesson with Adam
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