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Stephen Y.

Nashville, TN

$50/hour

Master of Mechanical Engineering Grad for Math and Physics Tutoring

50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 11/23/14
4.8 average from 39 ratings
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— Traci, Charlotte, NC on 1/10/15

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University of Tennessee - B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
University of Tennessee - M.S. Mechanical Engineering
Master's
University of Tennessee - MBA
MBA

Education

University of Tennessee - B.S. Mechanical Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)

University of Tennessee - M.S. Mechanical Engineering (Master's)

University of Tennessee - MBA (MBA)

About Stephen

EXPERIENCE:

I am an experienced mathematics tutor and mechanical engineering instructor. I have privately tutored for the past 6 years and am proficient in all high school and college-level math, as well as engineering and physics courses. While in college, I spent two years tutoring with the University of Tennessee's Math Tutorial Center and two years teaching as Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) for the Mechanical Engineering Department. I specialize in assisting students in various levels of mathematics from basic algebra to higher-level calculus and differential equations. I resigned from my public tutoring job with UT to begin my two-year career as a GTA for the engineering department. As a GTA, I taught the lab portion of a 300-level Instrumentation and Measurement class, where I delivered nine lectures per semester, one for each of the experiments, teaching students the theories and concepts pertaining to the given lab. Additionally, I frequently met with students outside of class to provide one-on-one assistance for those who were struggling. Teaching an engineering course provided me with the necessary challenges and experiences to develop as an expert tutor and expand my educational skill set.

TUTORING STRENGTHS are Patience, Preparation, Adaptability, Creativity, and Passion.

TUTORING STYLE:

As a mathematics tutor, my focus is not to show students "how to do" a problem, but rather to improve their understanding of the concepts, so they can be prepared for any problem. I strive to enhance the educational experience of all of my students, improving both their ability and desire to learn, by providing examples and useful applications of the concepts we discuss. I believe in the power of the "why" when it comes to learning, and find that when a student understands the usefulness of a solution he/she can begin to think on a new plane and independent learning begins to take its course. I work at the pace that the student prefers, allowing them to take control of the session and grow through written examples and sample problems. I am aware that every student's style of learning is different; therefore, I seek to understand each individual student's preferences and strengths and continually improve my approach, giving each student a personalized experience. I like to be creative with my explanations and always think of new ways to approach a problem if one method is not registering with a student. Finally, I excelled as a student through preparation, hard work, dedication, and most importantly a passion for my education, and I carry these pursuits into the workplace.

A BIT MORE ABOUT MYSELF:

I was born in Springfield, Ohio, and my family moved to Nashville, TN when I was six years old. While growing up, I took interest primarily in sports, specifically basketball and golf, the two sports that I played for my high school in Nashville. Aside from playing and watching sports, I am continually working to expand my understanding of new technology and science. I enjoy reading engineering textbooks and am currently teaching myself computer coding. I also enjoy reading fiction novels, with my favorite author being Dan Brown. Aside from reading, I spend a great deal of time playing guitar and having coffee with friends. I take interest in hobbies or areas that present a challenge to me, which is why I took a liking to math when I was young. I am an analytic thinker, with a passion for problem solving, and I absolutely love sharing my skills and experiences with students. I strive to positively impact not just the grades of those students I tutor, but most importantly, their passion for the subject.
EXPERIENCE:

I am an experienced mathematics tutor and mechanical engineering instructor. I have privately tutored for the past 6 years and am proficient in all high school and college-level math, as well as engineering and physics courses. While in college, I spent two years tutoring with the University of Tennessee's Math Tutorial
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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Nashville, TN 37209
Background Check: Passed

"Life saver!"

- Traci, Charlotte, NC on 1/10/15

"Good tutor but tough to reach!!"

- Dianne, Nashville, TN on 9/18/15

"Excellent tutor"

- Smith, Charlotte, NC on 12/15/14

"Great Tutor!"

- Kerstie, Charlotte, NC on 11/23/14
Science:
ACT Science,
Mechanical Engineering,
Physical Science, Physics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ACT Science,
SAT Math
Computer:
Microsoft Excel
Business:
Microsoft Excel

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT Math

I have been working privately as a mathematics tutor, covering all levels of math from basic arithmetic to higher level calculus and differential equations, for the last 6 years. Additionally, I have 2 years’ experience tutoring for The University of Tennessee, Math Department, as well as 2 years’ experience teaching an undergraduate mechanical engineering lab section. I achieved a 33 on the ACT Math section as a junior in high school.

ACT Science

I have been working privately as a mathematics tutor, covering all levels of math from basic arithmetic to higher level calculus and differential equations, for the last 6 years. Additionally, I have 2 years’ experience tutoring for The University of Tennessee, Math Department, as well as 2 years’ experience teaching an undergraduate mechanical engineering lab section. As a graduate teaching assistant I read and analyzed data and graphs submitted to me for grading. I am an excellent technical researcher, interpreter, and writer.

Algebra 1

I have been working privately as a mathematics tutor, extensively covering Algebra 1 as a primary subject for six years now. I excelled in Algebra 1 as an eighth grader. My additional tutoring experience includes two years’ experience tutoring for The University of Tennessee, Math Department, as well as 2 years’ experience teaching an undergraduate mechanical engineering lab section. As a public tutor with The University of Tennessee, a high volume of algebra 1 students would attend practice sessions and seek one on one tutoring. I also taught a supplementary course in Algebra 1, held within the Tutorial Center, for students who were struggling in the classroom.

Algebra 2

I have been working privately as a mathematics tutor, extensively covering Algebra 2 as a primary subject for six years now. I excelled in Algebra 2 as a sophomore in high school. My additional tutoring experience includes two years’ experience tutoring for The University of Tennessee, Math Department, as well as 2 years’ experience teaching an undergraduate mechanical engineering lab section.

Calculus

I excelled as a senior in high school taking AP Calculus. I scored a five on the Calculus AB Advanced Placement exam. As a public tutor with The University of Tennessee, students would seek daily help in the subject of Calculus levels 1, 2 and 3, and I happily and effectively helped them achieve results and develop their understanding of Calculus.

Differential Equations

I have been working privately as a mathematics tutor, covering all levels of math from basic arithmetic to higher level calculus and differential equations, for the last six years. Additionally, I have two years’ experience tutoring for The University of Tennessee, Math Department. I have completed both Differential Equations 1 and 2, as well as partial differential equations as part of my graduate school curriculum. Differential equation are prevalent when modeling real world engineering problems, and with this being my major I have been working with and studying differential equations for five years now.

Geometry

I have been working privately as a mathematics tutor, extensively covering Geometry as a primary subject for six years now. I excelled in Geometry as a freshman in high school. As the only freshman in my class (the rest being sophomore and junior-level students), I received an academic achievement award for achieving the highest final average of all my classmates. My additional tutoring experience includes two years’ experience tutoring for The University of Tennessee, Math Department, as well as 2 years’ experience teaching an undergraduate mechanical engineering lab section. As a public tutor with The University of Tennessee, I assisted students in geometry on a daily basis. Additionally, I used geometry in each of my engineering courses, in which I made very high marks. Some applications of the subject in my engineering assignments included drawing different geometries and angles when analyzing free body diagrams, as well as solving for forces in members based on their geometries.

Mechanical Engineering

I have been working privately as a mathematics and engineering-physics tutor, covering all levels of math and mechanical engineering principles and concepts, for the last six years. Additionally, I have two years’ experience tutoring for The University of Tennessee, Math Department, as well as two years’ experience teaching an undergraduate mechanical engineering lab section. I graduated with my master's degree in mechanical engineering, demonstrating my proficiency in all applicable concepts. As a lab instructor, I provided thorough lectures that applied the mechanical engineering curriculum to real world experimentation.

Microsoft Excel

I have been using excel to model engineering problems and perform statistical and mathematical analysis for almost 10 years now. I am familiar with a large portion of excels built in functions, as well as some of the add-ons, such as solver, useful for financial, accounting, and other strategic modeling problems in business. I have been working privately as a mathematics tutor, covering all levels of math from basic arithmetic to higher level calculus and differential equations, for the last 6 years. Additionally, I have 2 years’ experience tutoring for The University of Tennessee, Math Department, as well as 2 years’ experience teaching an undergraduate mechanical engineering lab section.

Physics

I have been working privately as a mathematics tutor, covering all levels of math from basic arithmetic to higher level calculus and differential equations, for the last 6 years. Additionally, I have 2 years’ experience tutoring for The University of Tennessee, Math Department, as well as 2 years’ experience teaching an undergraduate mechanical engineering lab section. I graduated with my master's degree in mechanical engineering, demonstrating my proficiency in all applicable physics concepts. As a lab instructor, I provided thorough lectures that applied physics concepts such as linear motion, angular motion, forces in equilibrium, statics, dynamics, heat, and fluids to real world problems.

Prealgebra

I have been working privately as a mathematics tutor, extensively covering Pre-Algebra as a primary subject for six years now. I excelled in Pre-Algebra in my middle school curriculum. My additional tutoring experience includes two years’ experience tutoring for The University of Tennessee, and working here, I assisted students in Pre-Algebra on a daily basis. I have been exposed to every type of Pre-algebra problem, both as a student and when working as a tutor. Pre-Algebra is a pre-requisite to most all subjects within math, from algebra through calculus and differential equations, and my success as a math student and tutor demonstrates my proficiency in the subject.

Precalculus

I have been working privately as a mathematics tutor, assisting students with Precalculus as a primary subject for six years now. I excelled in Precalculus as a junior in high school. I achieved exceptional marks in this class, as well as those courses to which Precalculus is a prerequisite, including Calculus 1, 2, and 3, and all engineering courses. The majority of my current and past client base consists of students seeking help with calculus-based math.

Probability

I have been working privately as a mathematics tutor, covering probability as a topic and all levels of math from basic arithmetic to higher level calculus and differential equations, for the last 6 years. Additionally, I have 2 years’ experience tutoring for The University of Tennessee, Math Department, as well as 2 years’ experience teaching an undergraduate mechanical engineering lab section. I excelled both in AP Statistics in high school and a Statistics course in college, with both courses covering a great deal of probability . I have assisted students with probability both in my private practice and, in the past, with the University of Tennessee - Math Tutorial Center.

SAT Math

I have been working privately as a mathematics tutor, covering all levels of math from basic arithmetic to higher level calculus and differential equations, for the last 6 years. Additionally, I have 2 years’ experience tutoring for The University of Tennessee, Math Department, as well as 2 years’ experience teaching an undergraduate mechanical engineering lab section. I went to a state school; therefore, I never took the SAT; however, I achieved a 33 on the ACT Math section as a junior in high school.

Statistics

I have been working privately as a mathematics tutor, covering statistics as a topic and all levels of math from basic arithmetic to higher level calculus and differential equations, for the last 6 years. Additionally, I have 2 years’ experience tutoring for The University of Tennessee, Math Department, as well as 2 years’ experience teaching an undergraduate mechanical engineering lab section. I excelled both in AP Statistics in high school and a Statistics course in college. I have assisted students in statistical testing and analysis both in my private practice and with the University of Tennessee - Math Tutorial Center.

Trigonometry

I have been working privately as a mathematics tutor, extensively covering Trigonometry as a primary subject for six years now. I excelled in the concepts of Trigonometry that were covered in my high school math courses. I achieved exceptional marks in this class, as well and those courses to which Trigonometry is a building block that required a thorough understanding of Trigonometric functions, identities, and conceptual knowledge. There are a great deal of applications of trigonometry in a mechanical engineering curriculum, including the study of system dynamics and control mechanisms. My additional teaching experience includes work as an undergraduate mechanical engineering lab instructor. Many of the lectures I provided for the instrumentation lab covered harmonic motion and frequency measurements, which are both applications of the trigonometric functions sine and cosine.

University of Tennessee - B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
University of Tennessee - M.S. Mechanical Engineering
Master's
University of Tennessee - MBA
MBA

Education

University of Tennessee - B.S. Mechanical Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)

University of Tennessee - M.S. Mechanical Engineering (Master's)

University of Tennessee - MBA (MBA)

Life saver!

Stephen has been awesome! He has been tutoring my son in calculus since October and my son went up two letter grades on his last test!

— Traci, Charlotte, NC on 1/10/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Stephen will travel within 5 miles of Nashville, TN 37209.