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Thomas M.

Patchogue, NY


College Professor, Available for all of Nassau and Suffolk Counties

Background check passed as of 7/18/13
4.3 average from 10 ratings
Very smart and helpful!
— Luke, Locust Valley, NY on 7/21/13

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SUNY Stony Brook
James Cook University (Astronomy)


SUNY Stony Brook (Physics)

James Cook University (Astronomy) (Master's)

About Thomas

I have almost 10 years college teaching experience as an adjunct professor for the city and state universities of New York and Long Island University. Please check out my WyzAnt blog (click the "Resources" tab, above) for a sample physics lesson. In addition, I am a representative to the public for NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and a guest scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory. My fields of expertise are astrophysics, physics, astronomy and information technology. Additionally, I am qualified to teach all of the natural sciences including Earth science, geology, environmental science and biology and all levels of mathematics up to and including calculus.

I have a life-long passion for astronomy, physics, mathematics and the natural sciences and want nothing more than to share that passion with the young, fertile minds so eager to learn and grow.

B.S., Physics, 1983, Stony Brook University
M.Sc. (Cum Laude), Astronomy, 2011, James Cook University

Tutoring Philosophy & Approach
Using a variety of methods that include diagrams, images, multi-media and real-life experiences, I try to develop each student’s innate abilities using a conceptual approach to problem solving, allowing them to internalize the material on their own. This approach provides the basis for an authentic and long-lasting understanding and provides the basis for new insights and independent discovery. In short, I make learning fun and enjoyable and something the student looks forward to.

1. Results oriented with demonstrable improvement in higher test scores and passing courses
2. Develop an individual style and rapport with each student, engendering confidence and reliability with an eye towards completeness
3. Focus on the of understanding concepts and the development of problem solving skills rather than memorization
4. Excellent communication and writing skills

Quality of Instruction
I am a college professor and, as such, my time is valuable. I believe that education is the key to elevate society and the world and the only way to maintain the best traditions and standards of an enlightened civilization. Since both the student's time and my time are valuable, and in the interests of promoting and maintaining the highest standards of excellence in tutoring, teaching, education and mentorship, I will only travel to a location for the purposes of teaching, tutoring or instruction. I will not travel to a location to be evaluated or interviewed as my credentials speak for themselves; further, I have been vetted and certified by Wyzant, complete with a Background check. Any potential client, student or student representative (parent or guardian representing a student) who engages me with intentions other than for the specific purpose of teaching, tutoring or instruction will be assessed a cancellation fee in accordance with my cancellation policy.

Professional Memberships and Honors
NASA/ JPL Solar System Ambassador
Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society
Associate Member, American Astronomical Society
Astronomers Without Borders
Project Astro Astronomer, Educator and Mentor
I have almost 10 years college teaching experience as an adjunct professor for the city and state universities of New York and Long Island University. Please check out my WyzAnt blog (click the "Resources" tab, above) for a sample physics lesson. In addition, I am a representative to the Read more

24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 35 miles of Patchogue, NY 11772
Background Check: Passed

"Very smart and helpful!"

- Luke, Locust Valley, NY on 7/21/13

"Very thorough and patient."

- Paul, East Setauket, NY on 6/24/13
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus,
Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Anatomy, Astronomy,
Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Geology, Philosophy, Physical Science,
Adobe Photoshop, C, COBOL, DOS, HTML, Linux, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Word, Photography, UNIX, Video Production, Web Design
ESL/ESOL, Spanish
American History, World History
Adobe Photoshop, Photography, Video Production
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus,
Chemistry, English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Physics,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, Spanish, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, College Counseling, GED, Regents,
SAT Math
Corporate Training:
College Counseling, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, HTML, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Spanish, Web Design

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I have a Master's degree in Astronomy and have been teaching it (at the college level) for 10 years.


I teach advanced physics with calculus at the college level.

Physical Science

I have a master's degree in astronomy and have been teaching astronomy, physics and earth science at the college level for 10 years.


I have been teaching advanced physics with calculus at the college level for 10 years.


I hold a Master's Degree in Astronomy from James Cook University, a Bachelor's Degree in Physics from SUNY, Stony Brook and have been teaching Astronomy, Physics and Environmental Science at the college level as an adjunct assistant Professor for 7 years. As part of that teaching experience, I have taught the Writing Intensive Astronomy courses at Queensborough Community College. The WI program is a CUNY initiative that improves writing skills by "teaching across the curriculum".

I have completed various Professional Development courses, most recently the Online Teacher Training offered by Northampton Community College.

I am a former STEP instructor for Suffolk County Community College and have taught and lectured at a number of major Northeast Planetariums.

I am a NASA/ JPL Solar System Ambassador (http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador), a
Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of Great Britain (http://www.ras.org.uk) and an Associate Member of the American Astronomical Society.

Additionally, I am a participating astronomer in Project Astro, an initiative of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Project Astro is a program designed to mentor and coach science teachers in the classroom in an effort to raise the bar and standards for astronomy and physical science education.


I hold a Master's degree in Astronomy, having written an extensive thesis. I teach Writing Intensive science courses at the college level and have received rigorous training to do so. Additionally, I write an online blog and write for an online magazine.

SUNY Stony Brook
James Cook University (Astronomy)


SUNY Stony Brook (Physics)

James Cook University (Astronomy) (Master's)

Very smart and helpful! — Tom is very knowledgeable, smart, and an excellent teacher. He was able to jump right in and help our daughter with college level Astronomy. We would highly recommend Tom and we plan to continue to use him in the future. ...

— Luke, Locust Valley, NY on 7/21/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Thomas will travel within 35 miles of Patchogue, NY 11772.

Background Check Status for Thomas M.

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