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James F.

Sunnyside, NY

$125/hour

Math, Physics, Astronomy Teacher :: Patient, Friendly, Experienced

100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/6/13
4.9 average from 63 ratings
Fantastic tutor
— Jaideep, Forest Hills, NY on 3/18/14

$125/Hour


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University of Sheffield
Physics
University of Sheffield, UK
Master's
University of Sheffield
PhD

Education

University of Sheffield (Physics)

University of Sheffield, UK (Master's)

University of Sheffield (PhD)

About James

Qualified teacher from the UK (3+ years experience), with 2+ years teaching in NYC. I am relaxed, friendly, and use professional teaching skills to help you no matter how you feel about the subject! I have a Masters degree in Physics with Astronomy and a PhD in Astrophysics.

Through my job at a private 1-to-1 school in Manhattan, I have experience and training in working with students who have learning disabilities such as ADHD, autism, etc. I teach Math, Physics and Astronomy to grades 9 through 12, and I also have a second job lecturing introductory Physics at Borough of Manhattan Community College.


So, as for my teaching philosophy..

There are two real issues I find students have:

1. They understand the material, but can't get problems and answers right, they just need some solid technique improvement and some coaching into good practices.

2. They don't understand the topic and need to understand it better so as to help solve the problems in front of them (If you are the second type and crack it, you may still have the number 1 problem, but that is OK!).

For the second type of issue, I am very patient and enjoy determining exactly what the problem is with your understanding, so that I can help you fully understand the topics being covered, rather than just going over stuff again and showing you how to answer problems. I want you to feel confident in your understanding, so that when I'm not there, you'll know how to answer those test questions alone!

To do this, I often use analogies which use concepts and ideas already familiar to the learner in order to achieve the goal I set out above. I also encourage you to ask as many questions as possible, no matter how silly, so that you can get your own head around the problem. I then find it useful to ask questions to test your understanding, or perhaps get you to explain the concept to someone else.

I also teach solid, repeatable methods for solving problems in physics, which sorts out the first type of issue I described above. This can take a bit of getting used to and some practice but the outcome means you don't make silly mistakes or get problems completely wrong! Good math work is essential for good physics.

I hope this helps you to decide if I am the right kind of tutor for you.

Good luck with the studying!
Qualified teacher from the UK (3+ years experience), with 2+ years teaching in NYC. I am relaxed, friendly, and use professional teaching skills to help you no matter how you feel about the subject! I have a Masters degree in Physics with Astronomy and a PhD in Astrophysics.

Through my job at a private 1-to-1 school in Manhattan, I
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Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required

Typical rate for a high school student with 'sensible' travel. I am happy to discuss rate changes based on no travel/academic requirements.

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Sunnyside, NY 11104
Background Check: Passed

"Fantastic tutor"

- Jaideep, Forest Hills, NY on 3/18/14

"Great with my sometimes-lazy son"

- Cornelia, Astoria, NY on 7/24/14

"Great tutor"

- Lilia, Elmhurst, NY on 3/24/14
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Trigonometry
Science:
Astronomy,
Physics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Astronomy

I studied Physics with Astronomy at undergraduate level, gaining a Masters degree at upper 2nd class honors level (approx. 3.67 GPA equivalent). I then proceeded to complete a PhD in Astrophysics, writing a thesis on Massive star formation in the Milky Way Galaxy using Observations. Afterwards I became a qualified science teacher and spent 3 years teaching Physics and Astronomy to pupils of 11-18 years.

Linear Algebra

As a Physics major I studied math up to the junior level of college, including topics such as calculus, partial differential equations and matrices. I also taught math as a high school teacher so have experience in explaining the material to students.

Physics

I studied Physics with Astronomy at undergraduate level, gaining a master's degree at upper 2nd class honors level (approx. 3.67 GPA equivalent). I then proceeded to complete a PhD in Astrophysics, writing a thesis on Massive star formation in the Milky Way Galaxy using Observations. Afterwards I became a qualified science teacher and spent 3 years teaching Physics and Astronomy to pupils of 11-18 years.

University of Sheffield
Physics
University of Sheffield, UK
Master's
University of Sheffield
PhD

Education

University of Sheffield (Physics)

University of Sheffield, UK (Master's)

University of Sheffield (PhD)

Fantastic tutor

James has only tutored my son twice, but based on my observations, he is a fantastic tutor. He is patient, and explains the concepts in simple terms. I have tried many tutors so far, and I can honestly say that James is one of the best. I highly recommend him.

— Jaideep, Forest Hills, NY on 3/18/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $125.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Typical rate for a high school student with 'sensible' travel. I am happy to discuss rate changes based on no travel/academic requirements.

Travel policy

James will travel within 5 miles of Sunnyside, NY 11104.