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Simeon S.

Writing, Science, and Mathematics with Curiosity and Humor

Writing, Science, and Mathematics with Curiosity and Humor

$75/hour

  • 4,764 hours tutoring

About Simeon


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My paradigm as a teacher will always be to make myself progressively unnecessary.

I currently work as a professional writer and tutor. I've lived all over the United States, although I grew up in Scotland of all places. My scores on the SAT and ACT were perfect (1600 and 36 respectively), but I too had to work hard to get there, so I know what it's like when you're just starting out.

Over the years, I've studied with students suffering from ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia,...

My paradigm as a teacher will always be to make myself progressively unnecessary.

I currently work as a professional writer and tutor. I've lived all over the United States, although I grew up in Scotland of all places. My scores on the SAT and ACT were perfect (1600 and 36 respectively), but I too had to work hard to get there, so I know what it's like when you're just starting out.

Over the years, I've studied with students suffering from ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, speech disorders, and depression; I personally grew up inured to social anxiety, so I can always empathize.

Some tutors will tell you that they know all the tricks and shortcuts. But really, there are no tricks. No shortcuts. Just hard work and sleepless nights and talking to yourself while brushing your teeth in the morning trying to remember the quadratics formula.

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I have a decade of experience teaching a panoply of subjects. In the sciences, that includes Biology; College Physics I (Mechanics, Elasticity, Fluids, Diffusion) and II (Electromagnetism, Circuits, Waves, Optics); Introductory Quantum Mechanics; and General Chemistry.

In Mathematics, I teach Real Analysis, Vector & Multivariable Calculus, Discrete and Finite Mathematics (Group Theory, Set Theory, Topology), Linear Algebra, and Probability & Statistics.

I absolutely love writing, of course, so I can also teach you how to write an action scene or listen to a poem.

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Studying is serious business. We will write essays. We will analyze passages. We will laugh in the face of all that is boring about standardized tests.


Education

(1) Harvard University (In Progress)
Philosophy, Mathematics

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Business

GMAT

GMAT

The GMAT is one of my favorite standardized tests - the sentence correction is particularly fun. I can give you all the resources you'll need to study for the exam, no matter where you're starting out!

Computer

General Computer

Corporate Training

GMAT,

GMAT

The GMAT is one of my favorite standardized tests - the sentence correction is particularly fun. I can give you all the resources you'll need to study for the exam, no matter where you're starting out!
Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar is a bit like math, and a lot of it's quite intuitive!
ESL/ESOL, General Computer

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar is a bit like math, and a lot of it's quite intuitive!
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

As Mark Twain said, "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between the lightning and the lightning-bug."

English

ACT English,

ACT English

The ACT English section will test your ability to write, read, and detect subtle errors in various passages. You will need to master both common writing conventions (such as proper use of the comma and semicolon) and more advanced grammatical concepts (who vs whom, irregular past participles, etc.)
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I enjoy taking standardized tests like the ACT, and I love helping others do the same, including for the Reading section.
English,

English

This is my favorite subject. I've personally read a few thousand books and written more essays than I can possibly remember.
Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar is a bit like math, and a lot of it's quite intuitive!
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

The SAT Reading section is deceptively straightforward. There are tropes of questions that appear again and again and can be mastered with basic reading and comprehension strategies. I have all the study materials you would ever need, including half a dozen actual, previously administered SAT tests, so you shouldn't need to purchase extra books.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

The SAT Writing section will test your ability to read, write, and detect subtle errors in various passages. You will need to master both common writing conventions (such as proper use of the comma and semicolon) and more advanced grammatical concepts (subjunctive voice, irregular past participles, etc.) I have all the necessary study materials, including a dozen actual, previously administered SAT tests, so you will not need to purchase extra books. The SAT Writing section is my favorite component of the test. I think it's somewhat relaxing and fun!
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

As Mark Twain said, "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between the lightning and the lightning-bug."
Writing,

Writing

Though I teach for a living while completing my degree, I'm also a writer. Research and essay writing appeal to me especially, not to mention fiction.
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL

History

Philosophy

Philosophy

Although I specialize in metaethics, we can range widely over the discipline. Below are some of my favorite thinkers and topics to discuss. Philosophy of Mathematics o Nominalism o Structuralism o Logicism o Realism o Hofstadter on Formal Systems o Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems o Turing’s Halting Problem o Paradox and Infinity Philosophy of Mind o Qualia, Direct Realism, Functionalism o Internalism/Externalism o Churchland's Eliminative Materialism o Daniel Dennett on Intentionality and Compatibilism o Buddhist Theories of Consciousness o Parfit on Identity o John Campbell’s Rejection of Qualia o Brassier, Aspects of Mind o Marcus Gabriel is Not a Brain o Hofstadter on Strange Loops Philosophy of Language o Frege on Sense and Reference o Russell’s Theory of Descriptions o Kripke on Naming and Necessity o David Lewis on Possible Worlds o Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations o Davidson on the Very Idea of a Conceptual Scheme o Putnam’s Twin Earth Experiment o Minimal Syntax and Mind Design (a la Chomsky) Ethics o The Paradox of Egoism o Stoicism o Free Will o Liberty and Paternalism o Moral Limits of Markets o Suicide o Abortion o The ‘Non-Identity Problem’ o Animal suffering Political Philosophy o Liberalism from Locke to Mill; Rothbard vs. Nozick o Michael Huemer and The Problems of Political Authority o G. A. Cohen: Why Not Socialism? o David Graeber on Technology and Debt o John Rawls; The Veil of Ignorance and Two Principles of Justice as Fairness o Robert Nozick: Anarchy, State, and Utopia o Jason Brennan: Why Not Capitalism? o Piketty: Capital in the Twenty-First Century o Hilary Putnam’s Critique of Decision Theory Democratic Theory o Positive Arguments for Democracy (Habermas, Dahl, Mansbridge) o Critiques and Rebuttals (Brennan, Lomasky) Metaethics o Desire-based Theories of Reason o Derek Parfit's  Reason Reductionism  Argument from Tautology  Future Tuesday Indifference  Proof of Triple Theory o Peter Singer: Does Anything Really Matter? o Scorupski’s Domain of Reasons o Kri

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

An introduction to algebra includes topics such as linear equations, ratios, quadratic equations, special factorizations, complex numbers, graphing linear and quadratic equations, linear and quadratic inequalities, functions, polynomials, exponents and logarithms, absolute value, sequences and series, and more!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

In addition to the standard Algebra 2 and Precalculus curriculums, I tutor advanced topics, such as problem solving strategies for success on the AMC and AIME competitions.
Biology,

Biology

Biology lends itself to metaphors. And flash cards. But it doesn't have to be boring! I've completed courses in Immunology, Endocrinology, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, and all sorts of prerequisites at Harvard. As long as we're resourceful, learning Biology can be fun and manageable.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

Chemistry is both fun and fascinating, which is lucky because it's also a really important prerequesite. I've completed four semesters of Chemistry at Harvard as part of the Pre-Med curriculum - General Chem I & II, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry.
English,

English

This is my favorite subject. I've personally read a few thousand books and written more essays than I can possibly remember.
Geometry,

Geometry

I tutor geometry topics such as quadrilaterals, polygons, circles, three-dimensional geometry, transformations, trigonometry, etc.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

The SAT Reading section is deceptively straightforward. There are tropes of questions that appear again and again and can be mastered with basic reading and comprehension strategies. I have all the study materials you would ever need, including half a dozen actual, previously administered SAT tests, so you shouldn't need to purchase extra books.
Writing,

Writing

Though I teach for a living while completing my degree, I'm also a writer. Research and essay writing appeal to me especially, not to mention fiction.
Calculus, ESL/ESOL, Physics, Prealgebra, SAT Math

Language

ESL/ESOL, TOEFL

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

The ACT Math certainly looks comprehensive, covering everything from Trigonometry to Probability and Statistics. But it's really not so bad once we get started! Plus, every minute you spend studying will also help you get ready for college. I have all the necessary study materials, including dozens of real, previously-administered ACT tests, so you will not need to purchase extra materials.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

An introduction to algebra includes topics such as linear equations, ratios, quadratic equations, special factorizations, complex numbers, graphing linear and quadratic equations, linear and quadratic inequalities, functions, polynomials, exponents and logarithms, absolute value, sequences and series, and more!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

In addition to the standard Algebra 2 and Precalculus curriculums, I tutor advanced topics, such as problem solving strategies for success on the AMC and AIME competitions.
Geometry,

Geometry

I tutor geometry topics such as quadrilaterals, polygons, circles, three-dimensional geometry, transformations, trigonometry, etc.
Calculus, Physics, Prealgebra, SAT Math, Trigonometry

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

An introduction to algebra includes topics such as linear equations, ratios, quadratic equations, special factorizations, complex numbers, graphing linear and quadratic equations, linear and quadratic inequalities, functions, polynomials, exponents and logarithms, absolute value, sequences and series, and more!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

In addition to the standard Algebra 2 and Precalculus curriculums, I tutor advanced topics, such as problem solving strategies for success on the AMC and AIME competitions.
Biology,

Biology

Biology lends itself to metaphors. And flash cards. But it doesn't have to be boring! I've completed courses in Immunology, Endocrinology, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, and all sorts of prerequisites at Harvard. As long as we're resourceful, learning Biology can be fun and manageable.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

Chemistry is both fun and fascinating, which is lucky because it's also a really important prerequesite. I've completed four semesters of Chemistry at Harvard as part of the Pre-Med curriculum - General Chem I & II, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry.
English,

English

This is my favorite subject. I've personally read a few thousand books and written more essays than I can possibly remember.
Geometry,

Geometry

I tutor geometry topics such as quadrilaterals, polygons, circles, three-dimensional geometry, transformations, trigonometry, etc.
Writing,

Writing

Though I teach for a living while completing my degree, I'm also a writer. Research and essay writing appeal to me especially, not to mention fiction.
Calculus, ESL/ESOL, Physics, Prealgebra

Other

College Counseling,

College Counseling

I've helped students from diverse backgrounds and at every stage of educational career plan for their future, from strategizing about standardized tests to making sense of essay prompts. The whole process can seem overwhelming at first, but it's nothing a bit of brainstorming can't solve!
Philosophy,

Philosophy

Although I specialize in metaethics, we can range widely over the discipline. Below are some of my favorite thinkers and topics to discuss. Philosophy of Mathematics o Nominalism o Structuralism o Logicism o Realism o Hofstadter on Formal Systems o Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems o Turing’s Halting Problem o Paradox and Infinity Philosophy of Mind o Qualia, Direct Realism, Functionalism o Internalism/Externalism o Churchland's Eliminative Materialism o Daniel Dennett on Intentionality and Compatibilism o Buddhist Theories of Consciousness o Parfit on Identity o John Campbell’s Rejection of Qualia o Brassier, Aspects of Mind o Marcus Gabriel is Not a Brain o Hofstadter on Strange Loops Philosophy of Language o Frege on Sense and Reference o Russell’s Theory of Descriptions o Kripke on Naming and Necessity o David Lewis on Possible Worlds o Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations o Davidson on the Very Idea of a Conceptual Scheme o Putnam’s Twin Earth Experiment o Minimal Syntax and Mind Design (a la Chomsky) Ethics o The Paradox of Egoism o Stoicism o Free Will o Liberty and Paternalism o Moral Limits of Markets o Suicide o Abortion o The ‘Non-Identity Problem’ o Animal suffering Political Philosophy o Liberalism from Locke to Mill; Rothbard vs. Nozick o Michael Huemer and The Problems of Political Authority o G. A. Cohen: Why Not Socialism? o David Graeber on Technology and Debt o John Rawls; The Veil of Ignorance and Two Principles of Justice as Fairness o Robert Nozick: Anarchy, State, and Utopia o Jason Brennan: Why Not Capitalism? o Piketty: Capital in the Twenty-First Century o Hilary Putnam’s Critique of Decision Theory Democratic Theory o Positive Arguments for Democracy (Habermas, Dahl, Mansbridge) o Critiques and Rebuttals (Brennan, Lomasky) Metaethics o Desire-based Theories of Reason o Derek Parfit's  Reason Reductionism  Argument from Tautology  Future Tuesday Indifference  Proof of Triple Theory o Peter Singer: Does Anything Really Matter? o Scorupski’s Domain of Reasons o Kri
ESL/ESOL

Science

ACT Science,

ACT Science

Every clue to solve a problem is provided in the question, and some clever sleuthing is often all you'll need to get the answer! The ACT science section covers basic chemistry, physics, and biology, although technically you don't need to know much about these subjects to be successful on the test.
Biology,

Biology

Biology lends itself to metaphors. And flash cards. But it doesn't have to be boring! I've completed courses in Immunology, Endocrinology, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, and all sorts of prerequisites at Harvard. As long as we're resourceful, learning Biology can be fun and manageable.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

Chemistry is both fun and fascinating, which is lucky because it's also a really important prerequesite. I've completed four semesters of Chemistry at Harvard as part of the Pre-Med curriculum - General Chem I & II, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry.
Nutrition,

Nutrition

Food is such an outsize factor of our experience that I've naturally felt drawn to Nutritional science my whole life. Most recently, after completing Biochemistry, Gen Chem I&II, Organic Chemistry, Endocrinology, Immunology, Stats, General Biology and attendant labs at Harvard with a 4.0 GPA, I based my independent research project in Literature Review on specific topics in Nutrition. I'd love to help you navigate, study, or interpret any research aspect of this fascinating and evolving field!
Philosophy,

Philosophy

Although I specialize in metaethics, we can range widely over the discipline. Below are some of my favorite thinkers and topics to discuss. Philosophy of Mathematics o Nominalism o Structuralism o Logicism o Realism o Hofstadter on Formal Systems o Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems o Turing’s Halting Problem o Paradox and Infinity Philosophy of Mind o Qualia, Direct Realism, Functionalism o Internalism/Externalism o Churchland's Eliminative Materialism o Daniel Dennett on Intentionality and Compatibilism o Buddhist Theories of Consciousness o Parfit on Identity o John Campbell’s Rejection of Qualia o Brassier, Aspects of Mind o Marcus Gabriel is Not a Brain o Hofstadter on Strange Loops Philosophy of Language o Frege on Sense and Reference o Russell’s Theory of Descriptions o Kripke on Naming and Necessity o David Lewis on Possible Worlds o Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations o Davidson on the Very Idea of a Conceptual Scheme o Putnam’s Twin Earth Experiment o Minimal Syntax and Mind Design (a la Chomsky) Ethics o The Paradox of Egoism o Stoicism o Free Will o Liberty and Paternalism o Moral Limits of Markets o Suicide o Abortion o The ‘Non-Identity Problem’ o Animal suffering Political Philosophy o Liberalism from Locke to Mill; Rothbard vs. Nozick o Michael Huemer and The Problems of Political Authority o G. A. Cohen: Why Not Socialism? o David Graeber on Technology and Debt o John Rawls; The Veil of Ignorance and Two Principles of Justice as Fairness o Robert Nozick: Anarchy, State, and Utopia o Jason Brennan: Why Not Capitalism? o Piketty: Capital in the Twenty-First Century o Hilary Putnam’s Critique of Decision Theory Democratic Theory o Positive Arguments for Democracy (Habermas, Dahl, Mansbridge) o Critiques and Rebuttals (Brennan, Lomasky) Metaethics o Desire-based Theories of Reason o Derek Parfit's  Reason Reductionism  Argument from Tautology  Future Tuesday Indifference  Proof of Triple Theory o Peter Singer: Does Anything Really Matter? o Scorupski’s Domain of Reasons o Kri
Physics

Sports/Recreation

Nutrition

Nutrition

Food is such an outsize factor of our experience that I've naturally felt drawn to Nutritional science my whole life. Most recently, after completing Biochemistry, Gen Chem I&II, Organic Chemistry, Endocrinology, Immunology, Stats, General Biology and attendant labs at Harvard with a 4.0 GPA, I based my independent research project in Literature Review on specific topics in Nutrition. I'd love to help you navigate, study, or interpret any research aspect of this fascinating and evolving field!

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

An introduction to algebra includes topics such as linear equations, ratios, quadratic equations, special factorizations, complex numbers, graphing linear and quadratic equations, linear and quadratic inequalities, functions, polynomials, exponents and logarithms, absolute value, sequences and series, and more!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

In addition to the standard Algebra 2 and Precalculus curriculums, I tutor advanced topics, such as problem solving strategies for success on the AMC and AIME competitions.
Biology,

Biology

Biology lends itself to metaphors. And flash cards. But it doesn't have to be boring! I've completed courses in Immunology, Endocrinology, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, and all sorts of prerequisites at Harvard. As long as we're resourceful, learning Biology can be fun and manageable.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

Chemistry is both fun and fascinating, which is lucky because it's also a really important prerequesite. I've completed four semesters of Chemistry at Harvard as part of the Pre-Med curriculum - General Chem I & II, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry.
Geometry,

Geometry

I tutor geometry topics such as quadrilaterals, polygons, circles, three-dimensional geometry, transformations, trigonometry, etc.
Writing,

Writing

Though I teach for a living while completing my degree, I'm also a writer. Research and essay writing appeal to me especially, not to mention fiction.
Calculus, ESL/ESOL, GED, Physics, SAT Math

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

The ACT English section will test your ability to write, read, and detect subtle errors in various passages. You will need to master both common writing conventions (such as proper use of the comma and semicolon) and more advanced grammatical concepts (who vs whom, irregular past participles, etc.)
ACT Math,

ACT Math

The ACT Math certainly looks comprehensive, covering everything from Trigonometry to Probability and Statistics. But it's really not so bad once we get started! Plus, every minute you spend studying will also help you get ready for college. I have all the necessary study materials, including dozens of real, previously-administered ACT tests, so you will not need to purchase extra materials.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I enjoy taking standardized tests like the ACT, and I love helping others do the same, including for the Reading section.
ACT Science,

ACT Science

Every clue to solve a problem is provided in the question, and some clever sleuthing is often all you'll need to get the answer! The ACT science section covers basic chemistry, physics, and biology, although technically you don't need to know much about these subjects to be successful on the test.
College Counseling,

College Counseling

I've helped students from diverse backgrounds and at every stage of educational career plan for their future, from strategizing about standardized tests to making sense of essay prompts. The whole process can seem overwhelming at first, but it's nothing a bit of brainstorming can't solve!
GMAT,

GMAT

The GMAT is one of my favorite standardized tests - the sentence correction is particularly fun. I can give you all the resources you'll need to study for the exam, no matter where you're starting out!
LSAT,

LSAT

My favorite standardized test. I think the LSAT is quite fun, actually! Logic and intuition are behind every solution.
MCAT,

MCAT

Currently, I tutor the Verbal and Physical Sciences portion of the MCAT. Throughout the years I've accumulated a vast collection of study materials, including 7 previously administered tests which I am happy to share. I think taking the MCAT can be quite fun!
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

The SAT Reading section is deceptively straightforward. There are tropes of questions that appear again and again and can be mastered with basic reading and comprehension strategies. I have all the study materials you would ever need, including half a dozen actual, previously administered SAT tests, so you shouldn't need to purchase extra books.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

The SAT Writing section will test your ability to read, write, and detect subtle errors in various passages. You will need to master both common writing conventions (such as proper use of the comma and semicolon) and more advanced grammatical concepts (subjunctive voice, irregular past participles, etc.) I have all the necessary study materials, including a dozen actual, previously administered SAT tests, so you will not need to purchase extra books. The SAT Writing section is my favorite component of the test. I think it's somewhat relaxing and fun!
ASVAB, GED, SAT Math, TOEFL

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Simeon rocks!

Simeon is being incredibly helpful with our sophomore in high school helping him prep for the ACT! He assigns my son weekly homework and encourages him to develop new habits that will increase his math and reading skills!

Michael, 4 lessons with Simeon

Extraordinary tutor

Even though we just had one session with Simeon, we are very impressed by the way he taught. he is an excellent teacher, knowledgeable and patient. he is willing to tweak the teaching plan corresponding to the student's needs. Unfortunately, our schedule got conflict. I hope we could have him tutor the student in the future. Highly Recommend!

WEILA, 1 lesson with Simeon

Excellent, supportive and effective tutor

Simeon has been working with my 17-year-old on completing the requirements for Algebra II (which he missed during his exchange abroad) and preparing for next year's Precalculus course. They've established great rapport and moved quickly and efficiently through the material.

Jan, 8 lessons with Simeon

SAT Help

Smart and helpful, kept me interactive while teaching boring content. I cant wait to see how practice tests go and cant wait to see him again!

Logan, 3 lessons with Simeon

Review of Simeon - Highly recommend!!!

Simeon is very patient and really understands the content and how to best convey the meaning of the questions. This enables the student to better understand the context of the question and apply their knowledge of the subject.

Kevin, 4 lessons with Simeon

Great SAT Prep

It was a great lesson from Simeon on Grammar and Reading. He began finding a week areas of the student and start focusing on improvement of those sections. Hope to hear more good lessons from Simeon.

Ram, 7 lessons with Simeon

Connected right away with one tough cookie

My daughter has Aspergers and really struggles with reading comprehension. Simeon connected with my daughter right away and knew exactly what to say to encourage and motivate her to keep practicing. The right teacher makes all the difference.

Rena, 1 lesson with Simeon

First Session was fantastic

My son has had one session with Simeon thus far and feels he is light years ahead of where he was in AP Stats! Scheduled the second session immediately. His approach from my listening from the kitchen was perfect for an 18 year old teen. Kept it light but productive at the same time.

Penny, 1 lesson with Simeon

Great Teacher!

Simeon S. was very patient with me & is very humorous! I love how he just started right away even though it was the first time we met. I think he will be my “power up” for this school year & through on out!

Theresa, 2 lessons with Simeon
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