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Herb K.

Riverside, RI

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Semi-Retired College Professor - MIT Grad - very patient, experienced

Background check passed as of 11/27/12
5.0 average from 7 ratings
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— Peter, Providence, RI on 5/4/15

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M.I.T.
Physics
Brown University (physics)
PhD
Boston University (mathematics)
Master's

Education

M.I.T. (Physics)

Brown University (physics) (PhD)

Boston University (mathematics) (Master's)

About Herb

To introduce myself, I am a semi-retired college professor (B.Sc., physics, M.I.T; Ph.D., physics, Brown University; M.A., mathematics, Boston University) with 12+ years tutoring experience (September 2002 - December 2014) tutoring math and physics at Holyoke Community College (Holyoke MA), and now (more recently, since April 2015) tutoring math and physics at Bristol Community College (Fall River, MA).

The courses that I tutor range from Pre-Algebra (Basic Math), Beginning Algebra, and Intermediate Algebra to College Algebra, Pre-calculus (including Trigonometry) and Calculus (I, II and III), as well as Elementary Probability and Statistics, and General Physics.

Tutoring math and physics one-on-one is definitely the best job I've ever had. Not only do I enjoy the subject matter itself, but equally, or even more so, the process of asking the student leading questions (as opposed to simply giving the student the answer) so as to help the student discover for himself/herself, as much as possible, the thought processes involved in understanding, and then solving, the particular problem at hand.

At this stage of my life, helping students is what gives meaning to my life -- in particular, helping to empower students to become independent learners, as much as possible -- this is my passion --- this is what I find most satisfying.

My supervisor (at Holyoke Community College, name/email/phone number available on request) would be more than happy to give me a glowing testimonial regarding my talents as a professional tutor, as would all the many students that I've tutored over the past 12+ years. I know this because of the feedback that I've gotten from both my supervisor and from the many students that I have tutored over the past 12+ years. Similarly for my immediate supervisor at Bristol Community College, where I have been tutoring math and physics since April 2015.

I also tutored high school students (at a local high school) in mathematics (mainly Algebra and Geometry) in after-school programs (first UPWARD BOUND, and then GEAR-UP) for 5 years beginning September 2004, until the program (GEAR-UP) was de-funded. My supervisors (names, emails and phone numbers available on request) there would similarly be more than happy to be references for my work at Holyoke High School (Holyoke, MA).

In addition to my tutoring at the community college and high school, I have also tutored students, both college students and high school students, privately (again, since September 2002), and again in such subjects as Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus and Physics.

Tutoring has the advantage (over teaching) that I can adjust the pace of the tutoring session, with questions asked back and forth, between tutor and student, to accommodate the needs of the individual student in question, which is to say that we can go as slowly (or as quickly) as need be to make sure that the student is getting the material, 100%.

I do pride myself, perhaps most particularly, on being patient with the students, and also in explaining the subject matter in great, though not overwhelming, detail.

In particular, I would never simply ask the student whether he/she is getting the material. Rather, I would make sure that the student can actually work the problem at hand, with hints if necessary to start with, but then, eventually, with the student completely working the problem on his/her own.

The students I tutor are always appreciative of the help that I am able to give them. Needless to say, this makes the tutoring experience a very positive experience for me as well as for them.

One final thought. When I first started tutoring at Holyoke Community College some 13+ years ago, I was really not familiar at all with the graphing calculator. However, gradually, yet fairly quickly, I began to familiarize myself with the various features of the graphing calculator, in particular the TI-83 and TI-84 (also, the TI-85 and TI-89), so that now, routinely, on an almost daily basis, I use the graphing calculator in my tutoring of such courses as College Algebra, Pre-Calculus (including Trigonometry), Calculus, and Probability and Statistics, both for routine calculations and graphing (involving polynomial functions, rational functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions), confirmation of problem solving that could be done without the graphing calculator, and investigation and exploration of problems which could be approached only with the aid of the graphing calculator.
To introduce myself, I am a semi-retired college professor (B.Sc., physics, M.I.T; Ph.D., physics, Brown University; M.A., mathematics, Boston University) with 12+ years tutoring experience (September 2002 - December 2014) Read more

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"Very Helpful"

- Peter, Providence, RI on 5/4/15

"Excellent Tutor"

- Amanda, North Dartmouth, MA on 10/1/15

"Fantastic Tutor!"

- Trish, Pinellas Park, FL on 4/10/14

"Herb was great."

- Edward, Westfield, MA on 12/19/13
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Differential Equations, Discrete Math,
Elementary Math,
Finite Math, Geometry,
Linear Algebra, Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
Probability, SAT Math,
Statistics,
Trigonometry
Science:
Physics
Music:
Piano
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ASVAB, GED,
GRE,
MCAT, SAT Math,
SSAT
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Business:
GRE

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ACT Math

As may be seen from my Tutor Profile, I am currently (and for the past 11+ years) a Professional Tutor (math/physics) at Holyoke Community College (math, physics), and so have much experience and much expertise, and therefore (I believe), much to offer your son/daughter, or you in ACT math.

Algebra 1

As may be seen from my Tutor Profile, I am a semi-retired college professor (math, physics), am currently (and for the past 11+ years) working part-time (about 20 hours per week) as a Professional Tutor (math/physics) at a college, and so have much experience and much expertise (and therefore, much to offer your son/daughter, or you) in Algebra 1. In particular, I am very patient, and know how to explain the material (in part, by asking leading questions of the student, so as to stimulate the student to become increasingly more of an independent learner).

Algebra 2

As may be seen from my Tutor Profile, I am a semi-retired college professor (B.Sc., physics, M.I.T.; Ph.D., physics, Brown University; M.A., mathematics, Boston University), most recently (September 2002 - December 2014, 12+ years) having worked (about 20 hours per week) as a Professional Tutor (math, physics) at Holyoke Community College (Holyoke MA), and therefore definitely have the experience and expertise to help your son/daughter/yourself with Algebra 2. More recently (January 2015), and for reasons purely personal and family-related, my wife and I moved to Riverside (RI), and I am now most eager to resume math tutoring. In fact, since this past April, I have resumed math/physics tutoring, at Bristol Community College (Fall River MA) as well as tutoring privately (WyzAnt, Club Z!, Knowledge RoundTable).

Calculus

As may be seen from my Tutor Profile, I am a semi-retired college professor (B.Sc., physics, M.I.T.; Ph.D., physics, Brown University; M.A., mathematics, Boston University), most recently (12+ years, September 2002 - December 2014) having worked as a Professional Tutor (math, physics) at Holyoke Community College (Holyoke MA), and therefore definitely have the experience and expertise to help your son/daughter with calculus (Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Calculus 3). More recently still (January 2015), and for reasons purely personal and family-related, my wife and I moved to Riverside (RI), and I am now most eager to resume math tutoring. In fact, since this past April (2015), I have resumed math tutoring, at Bristol Community College (Fall River MA), as well as tutoring privately (WyzAnt, Club Z!, Knowledge RoundTable).

Discrete Math

I taught an Introduction to Discrete Mathematics course at Elms College (Chicopee MA) in 1994. Also I came across many of the topics encountered in Discrete Mathematics in the various Computer Science courses that I taught at Rhode Island College (Providence RI, 1981 - 1984) and at Elms College (Chicopee MA, 1990 - 1994). I also came across many of the topics encountered in Discrete Mathematics in a math course (Topics in Mathematics) that I tutored at Holyoke Community College (Holyoke MA, 2002 - 2014) .

Elementary Math

As may be seen from my tutor profile, I am a semi-retired college professor (math, physics), currently (and for the past 11+ years, since September 2002) working part-time (about 20 hours per week) as a professional tutor (math/physics) at Holyoke Community College (Holyoke, MA). So, I have much expertise and much experience, and therefore (I believe), much to offer your son/daughter, or you in elementary math. I am very patient, very good at explaining the material, and most particularly, perhaps, very good at asking "leading questions" of the student, so as to guide the student in becoming increasingly more of an independent learner.

GED

As may be seen from my Tutor Profile, I am a semi-retired college professor (math/physics), currently (and for the past 11+ years, since September 2002) working part-time (about 20 hours per week) as a Professional Tutor (math/physics) at Holyoke Community College (Holyoke, MA), and so I have much expertise and much experience, and therefore much to offer, I believe, in helping you get your GED. In particular, I am very patient, know well how to explain the material, and most particularly, perhaps, know how to ask leading questions of the student so that he/she is thereby guided to become increasingly more of an independent learner.

Geometry

As indicated in my Tutor Profile, I am a semi-retired college professor (math/physics) with a B.Sc. in physics (M.I.T.), a Ph.D. in physics (Brown University), and a Master's degree (M.A.) in mathematics (Boston University). In the process of studying/teaching/tutoring both physics and mathematics, I have come across quite a bit of Plane Geometry, and Solid Geometry, as well, and so I feel totally comfortable in tutoring High School Plane Geometry.

GRE

I am a semi-retired college professor (math,physics), and so have much experience and much expertise (and therefore, much to offer your daughter/son, or you) in GRE.

Physics

As may be seen from my Tutor Profile, I have a B.Sc. in physics from M.I.T.; a Ph.D. in physics from Brown University; and a Master's Degree (M.A.) in mathematics from Boston University, as well as a life-time of teaching/tutoring both math and physics.

Prealgebra

As may be seen from my Tutor Profile, I am a semi-retired college professor (math/physics)and am currently (and for the past 11+ years, since September 2002) working part-time (about 20 hours per week) as a Professional Tutor (math/physics) at Holyoke Community College (Holyoke MA), and so have much experience and expertise, and therefore (I think), much to offer your daughter/son, or you in Pre-Algebra. Also, I am very patient, know how to explain the material to students of all ages, and most importantly, perhaps, know how to ask leading questions of the student so as to help that student become increasingly an independent learner.

Precalculus

As may be seen from my Tutor Profile, I am a semi-retired college professor, most recently (12+ years, September 2002 - December 2014) having worked as a Professional Tutor (math, physics, about 20 hours per week) at Holyoke Community College (Holyoke MA), and therefore have the experience and expertise to help you (or your son/daughter) with Pre-calculus. More recently still (January 2015), and for reasons purely personal and family-related, my wife and I moved to Riverside (RI), and I am now most eager to resume math/physics tutoring. In fact, since this past April (2015), I have resumed math/physics tutoring (about 20 hours per week), at Bristol Community College (Fall River MA), as well as tutoring privately (WyzAnt, Club Z!, Knowledge RoundTable).

SAT Math

I am a semi-retired college professor (math,physics), and so have much experience and much expertise in SAT math.

SSAT

I am a semi-retired college professor (B.Sc., physics, M.I.T.; Ph.D., physics, Brown University; M.A., mathematics, Boston University), most recently (12+ years, September 2002 - December 2014) having worked as a Professional Tutor (math, physics) at Holyoke Community College (Holyoke MA), and therefore definitely have the experience and expertise to help your son/daughter with SSAT prep.

Statistics

As for my background, I am a semi-retired college professor (physics/math) with a B.Sc. in physics (M.I.T.), a Ph.D. in physics (Brown University), and a Master's degree (M.A.) in mathematics (Brown University). As for statistics, I took a two-semester sequence of courses in Probability & Statistics at Boston University, plus a semester of Computer and Applied Statistics, and have taught (and tutored) Elementary Probability & Statistics at the college level on a number of occasions (3 years teaching, 13 years tutoring).

Trigonometry

As may be seen from my Tutor Profile, I am a semi-retired college professor (B.Sc., physics, M.I.T.; Ph.D., physics, Brown University; M.A., mathematics, Boston University), most recently (12+ years, September 2002 - December 2014) having worked as a Professional Tutor (math, physics) at Holyoke Community College (Holyoke MA), and therefore definitely have the experience and expertise to help your son/daughter with calculus (Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Calculus 3). More recently still (January 2015), and for reasons purely personal and family-related, my wife and I moved to Riverside (RI), and I am now most eager to resume math tutoring. In fact, since this past April (2015), I have resumed math tutoring, at Bristol Community College (Fall River MA), as well as tutoring privately (WyzAnt, Club Z!, Knowledge RoundTable).

M.I.T.
Physics
Brown University (physics)
PhD
Boston University (mathematics)
Master's

Education

M.I.T. (Physics)

Brown University (physics) (PhD)

Boston University (mathematics) (Master's)

Very Helpful — Herb was a great tutor, who helped me a great deal with partial differential equations. I'd recommend him to anyone looking for help with mathematics. ...

— Peter, Providence, RI on 5/4/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Herb will travel within 10 miles of Riverside, RI 02915.