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Tom P.

Wayne, PA

$40/hour

Math Tutor with Real World Experience in Industry and Academia

In-person lessons
50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/3/15
5.0 average from 18 ratings
Very knowledgeable and capable tutor
— Neil, Reading, PA on 6/19/17

$40/Hour


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University of Delaware
Physics
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
PhD
Drexel University
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of Delaware (Physics)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (PhD)

Drexel University (Graduate Coursework)

About Tom

I am interested in helping students in their study of mathematics and general science. I have experience tutoring high school and college students. As an adjunct faculty member, I taught undergraduate and graduate courses in applied mathematics at the University of Hartford and the Hartford Graduate Center of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

I recently retired from the Lockheed Martin Corporation (King of Prussia) after a long career in aerospace. Prior to Lockheed, I worked at the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Division of the United Technologies Corporation (East Hartford, CT). My entire career was devoted to various practical applications of mathematics – from differential equations that modeled bird strikes in large aircraft engines, optimal design of engine parts, to planning & scheduling earth orbiting satellites such as LandSat.

One of my strengths over the years has been the ability to make difficult and complex concepts accessible to co-workers and students who may not have been familiar with the subject matter. I am proficient in PowerPoint slide presentations, Microsoft Word documents, MATLAB, and in face-to-face “chalk talks.”

Throughout Abington High School, college, and graduate school, I was very proficient in taking tests. I scored 800 in Advanced Math, 792 in the Math SAT, 612 in the Verbal SAT, and over 800 in the GRE. I received a full tuition scholarship to attend the University of Delaware. A graduate assistantship and fellowship totally supported my graduate work at RPI.

I live in Wayne with my wife and son (7th grader in middle school).
I am interested in helping students in their study of mathematics and general science. I have experience tutoring high school and college students. As an adjunct faculty member, I taught undergraduate and graduate courses in applied mathematics at the University of Hartford and the Hartford Graduate Center of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Read more

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Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Wayne, PA 19087
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Very knowledgeable and capable tutor"

- Neil, Reading, PA on 6/19/17

"Best choice I ever made!"

- Emma, King Of Prussia, PA on 2/4/17

"Great calculus tutor for my high school son"

- Joanne, Wayne, PA on 12/22/15
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus,
Differential Equations,
Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Test Preparation:
SAT Math

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Calculus

I have tutored students from Devon Prep, Malvern Prep, and Valley Forge Military Academy in Calculus. I taught Calculus at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and the University of Hartford.

Differential Equations

I taught Differential Equations at RPI and at the University of Hartford. My PhD thesis used the method of multiple scales in the solution of partial differential equations. My PhD thesis adviser was Dr. Richard C. DiPrima, co-author of one of the widest selling Differential Equations textbooks of all time - and he "drilled it into me." I applied differential equations to practical problems in my career at both Pratt & Whitney Aircraft (div. of United Technologies Corp,) and at Lockheed Martin Corp.

University of Delaware
Physics
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
PhD
Drexel University
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of Delaware (Physics)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (PhD)

Drexel University (Graduate Coursework)

Very knowledgeable and capable tutor

Tom is good at what he does. His experience with math shows, and I enjoy the sessions. He has been able to answer my questions, but more importantly has been able to explain the what and the why of the current math lesson from class. I have always needed to understand what is actually going on instead of just plugging in the numbers.

— Neil, Reading, PA on 6/19/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Travel policy

Tom will travel within 15 miles of Wayne, PA 19087.