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Martin E.

Columbia, SC

$40/hour

Math/Science tutor (14 years experience)

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200+ Hours
4.8 average from 52 ratings
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— Margaret, Columbia, SC on 5/21/13

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Univ. of F.
Chemical Engineering

Education

Univ. of F. (Chemical Engineering)

About Martin

I am a retired Chemical Engineer and have served in the chemical processing industries for my entire career. I have a BChE degree (Cum Laude) from U of F and an MS degree from the Univ. of Tenn.

I have been tutoring students from the 8th grade through college in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences for 17 years. I especially like Algebra, Geometry and Chemistry, but also tutor Physics, Statistics and Calculus.

The guidance counselors at one of the local high schools have told students that I am one of their best tutors. Several students and parents have said that they would provide a reference if asked. I frequently get students whose parents were given my name by other clients. A local Algebra teacher has referred a number of students to me when they have been having trouble with math.

I try to establish a personal relationship with each student and have the patience to continue to explain a concept until it is understood. Many of my students come back for the 2nd and 3rd year for additional subjects.

I live in the Irmo area and confine my tutoring to that area. I meet my students at the Lexington County Public Library, near Irmo High School. I will not travel far and if I do travel, I will have to charge for travel time.
I am a retired Chemical Engineer and have served in the chemical processing industries for my entire career. I have a BChE degree (Cum Laude) from U of F and an MS degree from the Univ. of Tenn.

I have been tutoring students from the 8th grade through college in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences for 17 years. I especially like
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

I meet my students at the Irmo Branch of the Lexington Public Library. If I must travel to another site to accommodate a student, I charge the full tutoring rate for travel time.

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Columbia, SC 29210
In-person lessons

"Very helpful!"

- Margaret, Columbia, SC on 5/21/13

"First lesson was successful!"

- Stephanie, Columbia, SC on 10/4/17

"Very clear and good with examples."

- Christopher, Columbia, SC on 2/18/16

"Hard to understand"

- Alycia, Chapin, SC on 3/5/15
Martin replied on 8/31/2017

This surprised me! I knew I had to explain things several times, but she seemed to understand by the time we finished. Had she indicated that she as not satisfied. I would not have charged her for the session

"Very knowledgeable"

- Megan, Columbia, SC on 10/14/13

"Great Sessions"

- Alexa, Columbia, SC on 10/14/13

"First session - Great!!!"

- Bet ty, Columbia, SC on 3/20/13

"My experience with tutoring with Martin E."

- Roland, Lexington, SC on 12/15/11

"Great Tutor"

- Brandon, Columbia, SC on 9/30/10

"Great Tutor"

- Karen, Chapin, SC on 8/18/09
English:
Bible Studies
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ACT Science,
ASVAB,
GRE,
SAT Math
Business:
Economics, GRE

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT Math

The math in the ACT is not difficult. It can be explained in a session or two. It is mostly elementary algebra and geometry. The primary problem for most students is reading the questions and understanding what is asked! I find it is rather easy to comprehend the word problems and can help the student to master that.

ACT Science

I am a chemical engineer, and in my career I have encountered a large number of the science situations that you will be questioned on with the SAT. After retirement, I have tutored in Physics and Chemistry.

Algebra 1

A local Algebra teacher has suggested to his own students that needed help, that they contact me for tutoring. Several that were failing late in the year, pulled up their grades to A's or B's. The parents have suggested my services to their friends.

Algebra 2

Algebra II is a course that challenges the students to apply the concepts they learned in algebra I. I take great pleasure in helping students improve their math skills, and I have had considerable success in showing students how to navigate the difficulties of algebra II.

ASVAB

I have a book covering the test, including the types of material (significant variation in material covered depending on the goals of the candidate), test taking techniques, and sample questions with answers and explanations.

I believe I can help any student achieve a very good score on the ASVAB. These tests combines reading skills, logic and math ability. I have developed all of these in my career an a Chemical Engineer. The ability to reduce a written problem to the proper mathematical components is something that I developed in High School and have used ever since. In algebra I was glad to see "word problems" on a test because I could reduce them to an equation so quickly that it gave me extra time to work the equation out to a solution. I can assist any willing student in developing these skills for his or her self.

Bible Studies

I have taught adult bible classes for more than 25 years, covering all 66 books. I have access to and use regularly the 12 volume Interpreter's Bible and the 6 volume Matthew Henry's Commentary, both of which cover both Old and New Testaments. I also use heavily Barclay's 17 volume Daily Bible study covering the New Testament. I also have exaustive concordances for both the NIV and KJV and many other references that are heavily used in my study and teaching. I have also been fortunate enough to have taken, by audit a number of college level Bible Courses under Doctorate level Professors.

I take the Holy Scripture as divinely inspired and inerrant as regards doctrine and faith. I do take some of it to be symbolic instead of litteral, such as the 144000 that were sealed in the book of Revelation. To me that represents all of God's people since 12x12x1000 is the number 12 (symbolic of organized religion) to the 2nd (symbolizing strength)power x 10 (symbolizing completeness) to the 3rd (symbolizing divinity)power.

Calculus

I am quite familiar with differential calculus and can assist you in understanding these concepts. I will admit that integral calculus is difficult for me and if a student wishes to work in this area, I will need to be advised ahead of each session as to the material to be covered so that I may be properly prepared.

Chemical Engineering

I graduated from U of F with a Chemical Engineering degree (with honors). I served a number of companies as a Chemical Process Engineer for 42 years. Since retirement I have continued to keep my skills through tutoring.

I still have my basic Chemical Engineering textbooks and would love to assist a young prospect in achieving a Chemical Engineering degree.

Chemistry

I have been interested in Chemistry from the 8th grade. In high school, I found that the text was a book that I had checked out of out 8th grade library. As a Chemical Engineer, I used my chemical background often.

Geometry

Geometry is my favorite subject. I loved it as a student and as a tutor feel I can give the student a through understanding of the subject. Many students feel mystified by the idea of "proofs". Proofs are simply a geometrical way of thinking a situation through. I can show a student how to reason his way through a proof.

GRE

Many of you are dreading the math portion of the GRE. My background in all areas of mathematics provides me with the ability to guide test takers through all of the mathematical and reasoning portions of the GRE.

Organic Chemistry

I have worked as a Chemical Engineer for 43 years. Much of that involved use of Organic Chemistry. I can be helpful in areas such as organic nomenclature, ionic vs. shared pair bonding,Lewis dot structure, acid-base reactions, and pH calculations. I will be able to help most 1st year high school students.

Physical Science

My experience as a Chemical Engineer has brought me in contact with almost all of the physical science concepts. My studies and life experiences have helped me learn the rest. I am anxious to pass my knowledge on to inquiring students.

Physics

I have had more WyzAnt experience tutoring Physics than with any other subject. Physics is a description of how the real world works and I look forward to helping students get a real appreciation of how this world works

Prealgebra

Pre-algebra consists of learning to think in terms of sentences that use symbols instead of words. I can explain how to translate into symbols and back into words. The parents of my students comment on how calm and patient I am with young students.

Precalculus

I really enjoy working with Precalculus students. Though some of the material is difficult, it is enough of a challenge to make it interesting for both the student and myself. It pleases me when I see the students learn how to really learn the math they became acquainted with in Algebra II.

SAT Math

SAT math is not difficult. I can explain the math concepts (algebra I and elementary geometry) in a session or two. The primary problem for most students is reading the question and understanding what is asked! I find word problems rather easy to comprehend and can help the student to master that as well.

Trigonometry

My math experience has allowed to not only know the mathematics of Trig. but to understand how it can be applied in real life situations. I look forward to helping students get a real understanding of Trigonometry of the Right Triangle.

Univ. of F.
Chemical Engineering

Education

Univ. of F. (Chemical Engineering)

Very helpful!

Martin responded to my post within an hour and was very prompt in scheduling a tutor session. Martin helped me prepare for the General Science Praxis by reviewing high school level physics and chemistry problems. He thoroughly explained formulas and steps in a way that was easy to understand. I would definitely suggest him to anyone in need of a science tutor.

— Margaret, Columbia, SC on 5/21/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I meet my students at the Irmo Branch of the Lexington Public Library. If I must travel to another site to accommodate a student, I charge the full tutoring rate for travel time.

Travel policy

Martin will travel within 5 miles of Columbia, SC 29210.