Terry B.

Portland, OR


Physics and Math Tutoring by former teacher with more than 15 yrs exp.

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ENMU-Portales (Physics)

About Terry

Hello, my name is Terry and I've been tutoring physics and math since 1999. I got my start as a peer tutor while in college. Working for the University tutoring center for 3 years, I was trained in the requisite skills for teaching/tutoring and achieved CLA Level 3 Master Tutor Certification before graduating with my degree in physics and a minor in mathematics. Upon graduation, I was hired by Clovis Community College as principal math/science tutor and served in that position for 2 years before deciding to move to Albuquerque. I was hired by CNM (then TVI) as an adult developmental math instructor beginning in 2004 and continued teaching math classes there until 2008. Concurrently, I was a high school physics and math teacher (ABQ High 2004-07 and Southridge High Beaverton 2008/09) before leaving to start my tutoring business.

Physics/math education has been my full-time job since 2002 and I have thousands of hours of one-on-one tutoring experience and several hundred satisfied clients. When I meet with students I have them attempt problems from their class and observe where the misconceptions arise. Then, I correct the issues using multiple explanations, sketches, internet articles/pics/videos, or any other source that I think may aid the student in mastering the misunderstood idea. My methods are time-tested and I still continue to learn new ways to make these ideas/skills easier for students to comprehend. There is always room for growth and improvement.

In addition to my work as an educator, I am also a musician. I have played guitar, bass and drums in multiple original rock/indie bands from the age of 21. I've played lots of shows, toured, recorded albums, etc. I enjoy composing and recording music, playing with others, and exploring song arrangement. I also enjoy hiking when the sun is out. The Columbia River Gorge is where I spend a great deal of time during the summer months. If you enjoy waterfalls, you've likely seen me out and about.

Lastly, I am a former football/basketball player. I played both in high school, including 3 state championship games. Unfortunately, my high school team only came out victorious in one of those appearances. While teaching at ABQ High I also served as the head coach of the freshman football team. I really enjoyed coaching and hope to return to it someday(likely once I'm done playing in rock n roll bands).

I tutor like I coach. Lots of positive reinforcement, correction of mechanical errors, lots of questioning to help develop conceptual understanding and connections, and repetition via exercises/problems. Students that do what I ask of them always succeed.
Hello, my name is Terry and I've been tutoring physics and math since 1999. I got my start as a peer tutor while in college. Working for the University tutoring center for 3 years, I was trained in the requisite skills for Read more

24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Portland, OR 97212
In-person lessons
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
SAT Math, Trigonometry
ACT Science, Astronomy,
Physical Science, Physics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, GRE, Praxis, PSAT, SAT Math

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ACT Math

I've taught high school and college math classes for multiple years. I'm well aware of the content knowledge required by ACT and how to teach it to students. I've also tutored ACT Math for over 10 years

Algebra 1

I've taught this level of Algebra for 15 years, including 4 years high school teaching experience.

Algebra 2

I taught Algebra 2 for three years at two different high schools. I have tutored the content of Algebra 2 for more than 15 years.


My degree is in physics. My love is astronomy. My senior physics project was a home built telescope.


I have a physics degree with a minor in mathematics and several years teaching and tutoring experience.


I taught geometry for 3 years at two different high schools. I've tutored the content of geometry for 15 years.


I completed my bachelors degree in Physics in 2002. I've been tutoring the content of physics since 1999 when my advisor recommended I help other students having difficulty in the class. I've worked as a tutor or teacher continuously since.


I've taught algebra to high school and college classes since 2002. I've tutored all levels of Algebra since 1999. I have a great deal of experience and many successes in helping students better grasp and retain the content knowledge of prealgebra.


Have tutored precalculus every year since 1999.



ENMU-Portales (Physics)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Terry will travel within 15 miles of Portland, OR 97212.