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Rich S.

Swarthmore, PA

$45/hour

Professional physicist tutoring physics and math

In-person lessons
50+ Hours
5.0 average from 30 ratings
Adaptive Lessons and Flexible Schedule
— Lisa, Lansdowne, PA on 2/12/15

$45/Hour


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Cleveland State University
Physics
Penn State
Master's

Education

Cleveland State University (Physics)

Penn State (Master's)

About Rich

My career in using physics and math has provided me with a boatload of examples of ways to use physics and math, solving real problems in the real world. These real life examples help me to share my love of learning math and science with the students I tutor. My students find out that learning science and math can be exciting – seeing whole new ideas and worlds open up. My tutoring sessions bring math and physics to life.

Our tutoring sessions will start where you are. Our sessions will be based on mutual respect. I believe the key to mastering math and physics is guided practice. We will work through problems and I can help you if you don't understand something. I can offer endless alternative ways of presenting material to help you understand.

My education includes graduate level physics and math. My teaching experience includes teaching high school physics and over 20 years of teaching science one-on-one and to groups as a professional physicist in the public and private sectors.

Our first get-to-know each other session is free. I have a quiet study where we can work, or I will travel to your home, school or local library.

I provide free email or phone consultation between sessions. I am there to help anytime of the day.
My career in using physics and math has provided me with a boatload of examples of ways to use physics and math, solving real problems in the real world. These real life examples help me to share my love of learning math and science with the students I tutor. My students find out that learning science and math can be exciting – seeing whole new Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Swarthmore, PA 19081
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Adaptive Lessons and Flexible Schedule"

- Lisa, Lansdowne, PA on 2/12/15
Science:
Astronomy,
Physics
Test Preparation:
SAT Math

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is frequently a stumbling block because it is the first time many students start looking at math in a different way - using variables, equations, and the like. I have used math professionally for over 20 years. Therefore, I will apply algebra to real world examples or use other means to make it understandable.

Algebra 2

I start where the student is. Some students need help with their current assignments. On the other hand, I have found many Algebra 2 students need a few concepts they missed from Algebra 1. I took 5 years of undergraduate and graduate level math and I have used math professionally every day since then.

American History

I was one of the top ten history students in my state in high school. Since then I have continued my study of history in college and on my own. I have written several historical documents such as history of companies and facilities. I love history and will make your historical research and report writing more enjoyable.

Astronomy

I took a one-year course in astronomy as a physics major and I have been fascinated by it ever since. I keep up with the latest research in the scientific journals and have read many books. I would like to use my enthusiasm for this subject to help you master astronomy.

Calculus

The core of successfully solving calculus problems is just patient, careful, hard work. Every student has his unique learning style. We will discuss how you learn best and we will focus our work towards your comfort zone. I will help you develop the skills required to master calculus. I am a professional physicist with over 20 years math experience, including calculus.

Geometry

Geometry has a lot of terms to remember but once you are past that, it can be engaging and a lot of fun -- like doing puzzles. I use a variety of different teaching techniques to help students master geometry. I can also use examples from decades of experience as a professional physicist.

Physics

I majored in physics as an undergraduate and have been enjoying using it in graduate school and during my 20 years of professional experience in physics. I will bring physics to life using examples from my professional career as well daily life. You will find physics much more understandable when you see how it works in your own life.

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is a great course to teach because it is easy to bring real life examples into the teaching. Unlike, say calculus, students will be using the topics in prealgebra in their lives many times a day. I teach using many examples. I also vary my techniques to match how the student learns best.

Precalculus

I took math all the way through graduate school and have used math ever since. So that is 5 years of courses calculus and beyond and daily use of math. I am very comfortable tutoring this topic.

SAT Math

I can help you master SAT Math by guided practice. We will solve many problems together. Practice makes perfect! We will start where you are on each subject. I will ensure you know the basics needed to help you solve every problem.

Trigonometry

Once a student has a few basic formulas memorized, mastering trigonometry requires persistent and careful work. I find it to be fun - like sudoku. I tutor trigonometry using a calm, persistent style and bring practical examples from a career as a professional physicist.

World History

I was one of the top ten history students in my state in high school and since then I have continued my study of history in college and on my own. I have written several history documents such company and facility histories. I will help do research or write papers. I really enjoy history and look forward to working with you.

Cleveland State University
Physics
Penn State
Master's

Education

Cleveland State University (Physics)

Penn State (Master's)

Adaptive Lessons and Flexible Schedule

My daughter was in danger of failing Physics for the year, which would have meant summer school for her. She began meeting with Rich in late March, and in 2 months she was back on track and was able to undo the damage done the first 7 months of the school year. Rich paid attention to her learning style, and adapted his tutoring sessions accordingly. My daughter felt comfortable asking questions

— Lisa, Lansdowne, PA on 2/12/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Rich will travel within 5 miles of Swarthmore, PA 19081.