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Penn State (PhD)
My formal education is in Physics and Mathematics. While earning my Ph.D. in Mathematics at Penn State, I taught over 30 math courses. Later as an Instructor and Assistant Professor at Fitchburg State College, I taught another 32 math courses in a variety of areas. Then I moved into administration at other schools serving in several capacities including Director of Admissions, Director of Academic Advising and Academic Dean.
My career was interpreted in 1995 when my first wife died from cancer. My response was to leave academe and become an organic vegetable farmer and social entrepreneur. I remarried and raised a young stepson with Asperger's syndrome who experienced trouble in the second grade at our local school. Because we were farming, we enrolled him in a virtual charter school and educated him at home for eight years with me handling his mathematical training. He returned to high school in his junior year and flourished. He graduated in 2012, was named Berks Best in Mathematics and is now majoring in mathematics at Centre College.
When we studied together, I used texts written by famous mathematicians to help him learn to think seriously. I'd love to do it again. His mom's book about our experience is coming out soon. It's true that my stepson had real mathematical talent. However, during my teaching career, I spent many hours working one-on-one with struggling students. I am patient and committed to ensuring that my students end up understanding what they are doing. Not having much of a memory myself, I don't believe in memorizing strategies to solve standard types of problems. Instead, I seek to communicate the notion that when you finally know what you are doing it becomes almost obvious. Math may be hard to learn, but once learned, it's easy to do. My formal education is in Physics and Mathematics. While earning my Ph.D. in Mathematics at Penn State, I taught over 30 math courses. Later as an Instructor and Assistant
Joseph G. helped a significant amount in the areas I was struggling and brought me up to speed on 2 weeks worth of material in a 2 hour period. Wonderful teacher; would certainly recommend to anyone struggling with mathematics.
Joseph was able to explain the material thoroughly making sure I understood every step. He was able to identify my mistakes to tell me where I needed improvement. He is a very good tutor and just as polite! I would recommend Joseph as a math tutor.
Joseph has made my 16 year old daughter's life a lot easier with trig and calculus, as well as algebra concepts. He is very knowledgeable and, more importantly, able to communicate his knowledge to a teenager. Patient, kind and considerate, he is willing to try different methods and ways to communicate ideas. He has improved my daughters tests from Cs to As. Joseph has also improved her attitude towards math in general, and she is actually excited about her class. I feel lucky and privileged to have Joseph's assistance as my daughter prepares for university. Highly recommended to anyone struggling with high school or university level math!
As a person pursuing a bachelors degree in civil engineering, and being out of high school for over a decade, my math skills were sadly lacking. Joseph was able to provide me with a strong fundamental base, in a short amount of time. His knowledge of mathematics and physics is potent, and he delivers the information in a way that makes it intriguing to continue learning.
I sought a tutor knowing I needed a great deal of help, and I feel I found the best one available for these subjects. If a math or physics tutor is what you need, Joseph can guide you to your goals. His flexible schedule is accommodating for people with limited time (as was my situation).
Mr. G provided math tutoring to my son, a Penn State freshman, in December of 2013.
My son reported to me that Mr. G was an excellent tutor, as he was patient, knowledgeable and very thorough in both his preparation and teaching style.
I would not hesitate to employ the teaching skills of Mr. G in the future.
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As a college teacher I have taught many of the components of a typical discrete mathematics course including set theory, functions, equivalence relations, combinatorics and probability. Moreover, my specialty in mathematics was logic which is relevant to discrete math. After a career as a math teacher, I feel that my level of mathematical sophistication is sufficiently high to help me master topics in discrete math that I've not previously encountered.