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Justin C.

Fort Washington, PA

$60/hour

Yes, you CAN succeed in math (physics too)

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4.8 average from 214 ratings
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— Grace, Binghamton, NY on 7/2/15

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Drexel University
Computer and Electrical Engineering

Education

Drexel University (Computer and Electrical Engineering)

About Justin

If math is troubling you, I can help. I have six years of experience as a math tutor and a background that encompasses a wide variety of math topics. I hold dual bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering and computer engineering from Drexel University, so I am used to using calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, discrete math, and binary logic in both the classroom and the field. If you need help in physics I can do that too, especially those tricky units on electricity and magnetism. After leaving engineering I worked as a substitute teacher, frequently as a long-term sub for teachers who went on sabbatical, disability, maternity leave, etc. Classes I taught long-term included prealgebra, algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, trigonometry, precalculus, calculus, and statistics. I currently work in an the actuarial department of a company in Center City, so I am well-versed in both probability and financial mathematics, and can help students studying for the preliminary actuarial exams. My stay in Philadelphia will only last until the end of 2016, so if you are a college student who needs help this summer or fall, send me a message. (While I usually tutor high school students too, the fact that I will only be in the area for half of the school year means I am probably not the best choice for them unless they need help preparing for a one-time event like the SAT test.)

Whether you are in high school or college, I know how difficult it can be to find a truly good math teacher. College professors, who know the subject extremely well, are not really "teachers" and often don't know how to explain it in ways that students understand. High school teachers, on the other hand, are well-trained in teaching techniques, but many math teachers don't have the complete fluency with the subject that's needed to connect the concepts in simple ways or to answer every question that comes up. When I teach, my goal is to give you the best of both worlds. What I bring to the table is not just knowledge of how math works, but why it works the way it does. With this approach, I show students how "complicated" concepts are just combinations of simple pieces. Even the most advanced subjects can ultimately be reduced down to basic arithmetic, and when you approach math this way, you can feel confident tackling even the toughest problems. As both a substitute teacher and a tutor, I've used this approach with great success. On more than one occasion I have had students claim to have learned more math in one day with me than they did during the entire school year up to that point. In one class I was able to bring a failing student up to an A on her final unit test. So as long as you don't quit, I am sure I can help you succeed.

Just remember: "Everything is simple; nothing is easy." -(a quote from MY high school math teacher)
If math is troubling you, I can help. I have six years of experience as a math tutor and a background that encompasses a wide variety of math topics. I hold dual bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering Read more

Policies

I do not have a minimum advance notice on cancellations, but I do charge for 30 minutes when a student cancels or no-shows after I am already in transit to the location.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Fort Washington, PA 19034
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Very Helpful"

- Grace, Binghamton, NY on 7/2/15

"Great lesson"

- Sherri, Springville, PA on 3/30/16

"Justin is our "go to man."

- Debi, Union Dale, PA on 10/9/15

"Very Knowledgeable"

- Kim, Clarks Summit, PA on 8/28/15

"Great at explaining difficult material."

- Dalton, Goshen, NY on 8/26/15

"Very Helpful"

- Sar, New Milford, PA on 6/7/15

"Very Helpful"

- Jacob, Vestal, NY on 5/27/15

"Very Knowledgeable and Enthusiastic"

- Chris, Binghamton, NY on 2/14/14

"Very good and very available"

- Aaron, Binghamton, NY on 1/16/14

"Professional"

- Sandra, Binghamton, NY on 6/29/13

"Very Helpful"

- Mark, Vestal, NY on 8/28/12
Justin replied on 8/28/2012

Congratulations! I'm so glad you were able to pass the class. I remember how stuck you were with only three days left before the final exam. To hear that we were able to turn things around in time for you to pass that class is wonderful. You should be proud of this accomplishment. The math material in that course was overkill for your computer science degree. The questions being asked of you were definitely on par with the first actuarial exam, and passing that is something even most actuarial students struggle with!

"Justin is the man."

- John, Fawn Grove, PA on 7/4/12

"Great with kids"

- Larra, Glen Rock, PA on 7/4/12

"Very knowledgeable tutor"

- Francisco, York, PA on 5/9/12

"Great Tutor"

- Maryium, York, PA on 8/17/11

"Super tutor, the best"

- Sylvia, Taneytown, MD on 3/20/10
Math:
Actuarial Science,
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations,
Discrete Math,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Logic,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
Physics
Test Preparation:
SAT Math

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Actuarial Science

I have experience with the preliminary actuarial exams and have passed the P, FM, MFE, and C exams, as well as exam 3L from the CAS side. I was completely self-taught and learned first-hand how to prepare for these difficult exams, including discrete and continuous probabilities, co-variant variables, investment valuation, mortality tables, hypothesis testing, order statistics, insurance pricing, kernel smoothing, maximum likelihoods, frequency/severity models, and credibility. All of my exams were first-attempt passes except for MFE (that was a second attempt).

Differential Equations

I studied differential equations as part of my engineering education. I took two semesters of diff EQs and received an A in both courses. That was over a decade ago, but the subject came up again recently when I was studying for actuarial exams. Passing the MFE exam required the use of some differential equations, and the skill came back to me fairly quickly.

Discrete Math

Discrete math was my best subject when I was a college student. I passed the class with a perfect grade (100% with no curve). I also helped my brother through a crash course of self-taught discrete math when we realized it was omitted from his college's curriculum. Tutoring discrete math can be difficult because the topics covered by the syllabus vary widely from school to school, but I have experience with combinatorics, inductive proofs, set theory, number theory, and group theory.

Linear Algebra

My engineering education included a course in linear algebra. The syllabus included matrix algebra, inverses, determinants, Cramer's rule, eigenvalues, and applications to differential equations. I got an A in the course. Although it has been a while since I had to apply some of this knowledge, it usually comes back to me quickly when I need to recall it.

Logic

My background in computer engineering includes a strong foundation in mathematical logic. I am familiar with all types of binary logic, including basic AND OR NOT and XOR truth tables, writing logical functions in Boolean algebra, minimizing functions using Karnaugh maps, and circuit testing using Boolean calculus. I also know how to implement arithmetic operations using binary representation of numbers (including 2's complement).

Drexel University
Computer and Electrical Engineering

Education

Drexel University (Computer and Electrical Engineering)

Very Helpful — I desperately needed help in Calc I and even though I didn't contact Justin until I was already a few weeks into the class, he was more than willing to take me on even though he already had such a busy schedule. I had already taken Calc I once before and to my surprise Justin taught the material to me in a better way than both of my teachers had. I could tell that Justin really listened to me and ...

— Grace, Binghamton, NY on 7/2/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

I do not have a minimum advance notice on cancellations, but I do charge for 30 minutes when a student cancels or no-shows after I am already in transit to the location.

Travel policy

Justin will travel within 20 miles of Fort Washington, PA 19034.