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Joseph G.

Retired Math Professor

Retired Math Professor

$45/hour

  • 335 hours tutoring

  • Bellefonte, PA 16823


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About Joseph


Bio

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...

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 pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics at Vanderbilt University.

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. 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.


Education

Penn State
undergrad
Penn State
PhD

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $45
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Bellefonte, PA 16823
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 10/5/2012

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Subjects

Homeschool

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math

Math

Discrete Math,

Discrete Math

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.
Logic,

Logic

I hold a Ph.D. in mathematics. The title of my dissertation is On Cylindric Algebras of Structures. The topic is a branch of mathematical logic. I also taught several courses in elementary logic and set theory at Fitchburg State University.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry

Most Popular

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus

Summer

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, SAT Math

Test Preparation

SAT Math

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

4.9 (134 ratings)
5 star
(116)
4 star
(17)
3 star
(1)
2 star
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1 star
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Reviews

Excellent teaching style!

I went from a D in Calc 1 to an A thanks to Joseph's tutoring. He is very knowledgeable and his method of explaining each problem worked well. I highly recommend him.

Adam, 11 lessons with Joseph

Very Good

Mr. G was very good at getting our grandson's attention and keeping him on the right track. Grandson was very pleased with what they went over and will probably set up additional appointments.

Patricia, 2 lessons with Joseph

Easy to work with, very clear

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.

Zachary, 3 lessons with Joseph

Thorough and Concise

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.

Billy, 2 lessons with Joseph

Wonderful 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!

Kristal, 5 lessons with Joseph

Extremely Knowledgeable, Makes Learning Interesting.

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).

Adam, 4 lessons with Joseph

Excellent tutor, and easy to get a hold of to schedule.

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.

MICHAEL, 3 lessons with Joseph

$45/hour

Joseph G.

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