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Michigan State University (Astrophysics)
I've been training, teaching and tutoring on and off since 1987, and tutoring exclusively since 2005.
I tutor simply because I enjoy helping others succeed by mastering the essential principles that will apply in all contexts. I specialize in preparing students for exams like the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT and MCAT, but can also help with advanced math, chemistry and physics at both the high school and college level.
I can provide study material and several practice exams. I can usually help a student fully prepare for most exams in 4 to 8 weeks.
When it comes to standardized tests, I believe in teaching to the test, because the research shows that is the best way to improve your score.
That doesn't mean short-cuts or tricks, however; that means knowing the essential principles of math, logic, science and English that you need to score high on the specific test, no more, no less.
While you need to know essential math for the SAT, GRE, or GMAT, these tests are not math tests - they are problem solving tests, so I focus on the strategy and techniques to exploit those essential principles!
Many people have difficulty with such exams because they are nervous about being on the clock or the high stakes. If your real scores are significantly below your practice scores, such anxiety might be the cause. Likewise, if you find yourself forgetting things during the real test that you clearly remember knowing shortly before, you are almost certainly suffering from too much anxiety. (Some anxiety is actually a resource, but too much of a good thing backfires.)
If you experience anxiety with math specifically or tests generally, there are many, many options for dialing down your nerves, so please let me show you a way out of the woods.
If you seek help with math, physics or chemistry, then the main difference in my approach is simply omitting practice tests. The trade-off is that we do have to include ALL the relevant principles, which is actually more work for the student, but it's also more useful.
Finally, I have NO CANCELLATION policy - that means you can cancel any session or all future sessions with NO PENALTY.
I am busy enough that I can usually fill dropped future sessions, and if I can't, I often need the break anyway. Further, I have a 6 year old, so there is always a possibility that I may have to cancel for some emergency with him, and it's just not right to charge a student for a cancelled session when they cannot charge me for the same thing. So I don't! I've been training, teaching and tutoring on and off since 1987, and tutoring exclusively since 2005.
I tutor simply because I enjoy helping others succeed by mastering the essential principles that will apply in all contexts. I specialize in preparing students for exams like the SAT,… Read more
Tom has been tutoring my son, a junior in high school, for the SAT and PSAT. My son increased his score by 600 points in a short period of time. Tom is very professional and thorough in his teaching process, and my son has been greatly benefited from his expertise.
He teaches strategies and techniques to deal with the test. Tom is very communicative and flexible with his schedule, which helps us a lot because of Matt's busy schedule. Above all, he's positive and motivates my son to aim high. I highly recommend him. Thank you,TOM!
Used Tom many times for calculus. Does an excellent job explaining complex subjects. Been very helpful throughout the year. Would highly recommend him to other students
Tom is able to explain math and physics concepts in a way that helps my son handle complex problems in pressured test environments. My son looks forward to his sessions with Tom and always feels more confident and relaxed after he has been able to review some tough math or physics questions with Tom. I highly recommend Tom as a tutor.
Tom spent the last two months tutoring my high school daughter on the SAT and it was a very very positive experience.
The way this works is great as when they are done with the session she was able to replay the lesson and go over it again or study at length any problems that were really troubling her. Tom has a great background literally as a rocket scientist and what was so impressive was his ability to get right to my daughters level and walk her through any problem that she had with patience and kindness. He never spoke down to her and she was very comfortable working with him.
In the end her SAT score went up over 20% and she was able to hit the score that she was hoping for.
We were very pleased with Tom.
Tom is a great tutor, very well knowledgeable on the ins and outs of the GMAT and created simple ways of doing the math, and provided strategies for the Verbal section. I came to him with a very low score on my first GMAT test, and I had 3 and a half weeks to retake the test. With Tom's help, I improved by 130 points in 3 weeks when I took the test for the second time, and have been accepted to one of the schools of my choice, and have an interview coming up with another top business school. I believe that without his help, I would have not managed such an improvement in such a short time. Thanks Tom!
My tutoring sessions have been very helpful. My tutor Tom is very encouraging and has helped me tremendously with the math sections of the GRE exam. While my confidence in my math skills are very low Tom provides encouragement to keep pushing through. Can't say enough about how great and helpful this has been.
Tom is a wonderful tutor and a wonderful person at that. He is very patient and understanding. He has helped me to achieve my goals when I thought they would never be possible. If you are looking for help on the GMAT, then I would say with total and complete honesty to look no farther. At first I was worried about everything being on the computer and not the person to person interaction. However, I have found that it is even better on the computer and it is as though he is right in front of me guiding me through every problem I have. Tom is truly one of the reasons I am able to say that I will be BEATING my GMAT this time around.
I would highly recommend Tom for anyone looking for a good tutor to help them do well on a big exam. I used Tom for a firefighter test that I took recently that is similar to the ASVAB, and I could not have found a better tutor to help me with it. Tom is full of knowledge in multiple areas including test taking techniques. I don't think I would have even come close to doing as well as I did on my firefighter test without Tom's help.
Tom helped me master the GMAT, my score increased by 100 points. Quality teacher that accommodates and understands. Highly Recommended!!!
Tom, thank you for your time and enthusiastic tutoring of our daughter. We haven't gotten the result back yet, from the last ACT, but it doesn't matter. She's already been accepted into Amherst College, so she's all set. I hope that the ACT does reflect a positive increase in her biology score, but if not, that's ok, you helped her obtain some really good scores that made this great opportunity possible. I hope you have equally as much success with all your other students.
Tom was a fantastic tutor - he immediately helped me identify my weaknesses and found quick ways for me to master the concepts that were slowing me down. By doing everything online, I had a recorded lecture of everything we talked through. This was invaluable - I constantly referred to it when working on my own. But if I did have a question, he would always be available via email in between lessons. As the subject line says, in four sessions we had raised my GMAT score 50 points. Thank you Tom!!
Tom is a very thorough and effective teacher. He is able to teach not only the mechanics of the material but the theory as well. His help with the GMAT ensured my acceptance to a top 10 MBA program. I recommend him to anyone looking to achieve!
I've only had a few lessons with Tom and I can already tell you that this guy is worth every penny. He doesn't spend time teaching you tricks that you'll just forget later; on the contrary, he actually teaches you concepts and fundamentals. A+
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Algebra is a language for writing recipes that do calculations.
It's also the wacky rules for turning one recipe into another, which are called arithmetic when you apply them to numbers.
Once you get familiar with translating between them, you'll sail.
One of the best parts about Algebra II is that you finish numbers!
The geometry and algebra keep going on into the stratosphere of calculus and variations and multiple dimensions &tc, but at least one big chunk of math wraps up; the imaginary number i "completes" algebra.
(And actually, it does exist, it isn't merely a symbol or concept.)
I first tutored a friend with her algebra in 1987. Since then I've taken a degree in physics and if you google 'sangaku' you'll see one of my favorite types of algebra puzzle.
If the roots and quadratics and polynomials and exponents and rational expressions and systems and analytic geometry have got you down, let me help you do it the easy way.
Warning! Some people experience a loss of eyebrows, from being continually astonished at all the amazing things Calculus can do!
I've been tutoring students in Calculus since 2007. I've seen it happen.
"The Queen Of The Sciences" doesn't have to be difficult.
Bishop Berkeley said Newton was cheating on his algebra. Newton said Leibniz was plagiarizing.
So now textbooks use Newton's methods...with Leibniz' notation.
If you use Leibniz methods, it makes a lot more sense...which has to make you wonder why Newton got all the credit.
Geometry is a two-part subject;
1) shapes and their sizes
2) argument (AKA, proofs)
We don't just want to know things, we must also know WHY we know things.
We start with shapes anyone can draw in the sand, but the habit of backing up your notions extends across every field of scholarship and created the scientific revolution.
The Greeks tried to model the universe with numbers and arithmetic, thinking numbers only had meaning when attached to areas or lengths. The square root of two defeated that ambition.
Ironically, the modern world largely succeeded crafting a geometrical model of the world, and String Theory presents a geometrical basis for the QM world our "geometrical physics" (so-called for decades) science discovered.
Most of engineering and science still depends on basic geometry, not only for the physical triangles and other shapes necessary for any structure, but also as metaphors for interactions that aren't actually geometrical at all.
I earned a degree in astrophysics in 2000 from Michigan State University, which speaks for my skill at math, physics and chemistry. During that primary work, I also took a fair number of courses in biology and botany because I liked them so much, which are relevant for the biological sciences section of the MCAT.
I've also been tutoring since 2005 in physics, chemistry and math, at both the high school and college level. Further, I've been helping high school students with ACTs and SATs and college grads with the GMAT and GRE, including the math, science and English, since 2007.
These all indicate excellent qualification for even quite technical standardized tests.
Philosophy has been called 'the science of everyday life' because as a field it seeks to answer deep questions on the basis of experience that everyone shares.
How can we know things? What can we know? Can we know things? Where are we, really? What comes next? Are we free? Is there a God? Do we really share ideas, or just sounds?
"BS Artist" is a common and fairly accurate description of many of it's students, including some of the most famous. Learning their errors will help you remember their stories.
Like computer programming, the field of philosophy has a focus on strict logic that scares off a lot of students.
If that's what you need help with, we'll jump right into syllogisms, venn diagrams, conditionals and prepositional calculus.
That part is easier than it sounds.
I took a degree in astrophysics from Michigan State University in 2000. I also worked at the school observatory and did some programming for the SOHO observatory (which popularized coronal mass ejections but is now largely obsolete).
I began tutoring full time in 2005, mostly in physics and chemistry, but with a few students taking standardized tests.
I've never worked with a net (ie, answer sheets) because I've always been working from whatever book my student brings. Sometimes I'll ask you to look up an answer when I'm not sure.
Physics problems are mostly just math with units, though it's been said that physics is for people who never stopped asking kid's questions; "Why is the sky blue, why does it fall so fast, why does it do that?"
Units make measurements quite different from mere numbers; they describe the sizes of particular kinds of things. Miles are not just different sizes, but entirely different kinds of things than minutes.
Equations using units are abstract recipes for calculating one measurement from another... yet our muscles and brains do those calculations all the time!
"Physics" as a subject, is really a language for talking about those interactions which we live and are and cope with daily. Those complex formulas describe the relationships between measurements, and done right, there are far fewer than it seems.
Using them, we can convert one measurement into another, or predict another... or another, including the sort we don't experience directly.
Everyone can judge the speed of a car while deciding to cross the street, or when to duck to avoid a tire swing, or the expected impact when we don't.
With the math and units, we can and have discovered and identified truly amazing things quite far outside our experience... yet we can and must always relate it all back to the Big Five.
(Time, force, rotation, length and charge, the dimensions we experience directly.)
Master your triangles, and you will have the essential tools for analyzing all structures, for the universe is built largely of triangular relations.
If you're memorizing your way through trigonometry, please stop killing yourself. Let me help you (re)discover a better way.
Done right, trig is absolutely the easiest 'higher' math class on the list.
If you can draw a triangle and set up a proportion, you already have 80% of the essential skills. And if you can't, that's exactly where we'll start!
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