College Professor, Available In Person and Online
College Professor, Available In Person and Online
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....
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
Awesome astronomy tutor!
Professor Madigan was very easy to communicate with and was a life saver helping my son with a college lab. Thank you for your professionalism and willingness to help on short notice. And going beyond to get it completed. Thanks so much!Margaret, 27 lessons with ThomasTutor responded:
Thank you for your thoughtful remarks, Margaret! It was a pleasure working with your son and I'm delighted to have been a part of his educational experience. Kind regards, Prof. Tom
Very knowledgeable tutor
Thomas helped me with one of the school projects that I had to turn in. He is a great tutor because he helped me earn a 100 on my project. I would recommend him if you have trouble with astronomy.John , 1 lesson with ThomasTutor responded:
Thank you, John! It was a pleasure working with you and, if additional work is needed, please don't hesitate to ask. Kind regards, Prof. Tom
Gabby continues to learn so much from Professor M.! So glad that we crossed paths. We highly recommend him for anyone having trouble in Physics.Jamie, 19 lessons with Thomas
Knowledgeable and helpful tutor
A good tutor for working on a lab report. He is very knowledgeable, encouraging, good suggestions. Patient. Helps to stay on track to complete the work. Provides good information and background and helps to put material in context.Emily, 10 lessons with Thomas
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, 2 lessons with Thomas
Very thorough and patient.
My wife has just completed a Microsoft course with Tom M. and we could not be more pleased with the results. His approach was well thought out and very easy to grasp. He was patient, soft spoken and above all focused on the tasks at hand. We found him to be very accommodating and gladly recommend him.Paul, 7 lessons with Thomas
Response time: 4 hours