Over 2000 tutoring hours

Sidney P.

Roanoke, TX

$50/hour

Physics, Chemistry, and Math Tutor

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 12/1/14
4.9 average from 1080 ratings
Wish we'd found him months ago!
— Stephanie, Lewisville, TX on 4/18/16

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Amherst College, MA
Astronomy
U of California, Berkeley, CA
PhD

Education

Amherst College, MA (Astronomy)

U of California, Berkeley, CA (PhD)

About Sidney

I have had a career in astronomy which included Hubble Space Telescope operations, where I became an expert in Excel and SQL, and teaching college-level astronomy and physics. This also involved teaching and using geometry, algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Recently I have developed considerable skill in chemistry tutoring.

My most effective and enjoyable teaching is one-on-one instruction where I can assess the student's level of understanding of math or science and build from there to develop his or her confidence, grasp of the concepts, and problem-solving abilities.

Please note: The availability hours given are when I MIGHT be available. My schedule is very full, so it is unlikely that I can accommodate new students on a short time-scale unless there happen to be cancellations.

I will be away May 1 through May 15.
I have had a career in astronomy which included Hubble Space Telescope operations, where I became an expert in Excel and SQL, and teaching college-level astronomy and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Roanoke, TX 76262
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Wish we'd found him months ago!"

- Stephanie, Lewisville, TX on 4/18/16

"Sidney is very patient and focused."

- Pattie, Dallas, TX on 8/24/15

"Patient tutor"

- Tracie, Flower Mound, TX on 7/2/15

"Quick response"

- Janet, Keller, TX on 1/12/15

"Awesome tutor!"

- Belinda, Flower Mound, TX on 11/18/14

"Great tutor! Very dependable and good teacher!"

- Leah, Flower Mound, TX on 8/7/14

"Progress is wonderful!"

- Rachel, Southlake, TX on 7/22/14

"Excellent tutor and mentor"

- Chris, Denton, TX on 5/13/14

"BEST TUTOR!"

- Lisa, Grapevine, TX on 3/19/14

"Great first lesson."

- Keryl, Keller, TX on 1/10/14

"There is no better."

- Carol, Flower Mound, TX on 5/15/13

"Sidney is amazing!!"

- Barbara, Argyle, TX on 5/14/13

"Very warm and patient"

- Jennifer, Argyle, TX on 3/12/12

"Great Experience!"

- Michelle, Southlake, TX on 10/5/11

"Very Patient"

- Adrienne, Coppell, TX on 5/21/10

"Highly recommend"

- Jessica, Lewisville, TX on 4/28/10

"Great!"

- Jennifer, Frisco, TX on 4/10/10
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
Astronomy, Chemistry,
Physics
Test Preparation:
ASVAB,
SAT Math
Computer:
Microsoft Excel,
SQL
Business:
Microsoft Excel

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ASVAB

I am a certified tutor in all math topics covered by the ASVAB. In my career I have used and taught many mathematical concepts. I have gone to the military's ASVAB web site and have no problems with any of the AFQT subjects tested, including word knowledge and paragraph comprehension. So I will be very happy to assist with your preparation for the exam. As a scientist, I can also help on some of the General Science extra section.

Chemistry

I have used many aspects of chemistry in my career and understand molecular formulae, moles and such. Since 2010 I have successfully tutored many students in general or PAP high school courses. There are some topics in AP courses such as details of bonds and thermo-chemistry for which I do not have adequate knowledge.

Microsoft Excel

For Hubble observation statistics I used various Excel features such as writing cell formulas, generating plots, and doing import from/export to text files. I still use the formula capability often. I do not have practice with pivot tables, but do have good knowledge of general techniques.

SQL

I gained considerable OTJ experience writing complex SQL queries for a large mainframe relational database. I do not have experience with Microsoft ACCESS. I can help with query strategies and with syntax of most query statements.

Amherst College, MA
Astronomy
U of California, Berkeley, CA
PhD

Education

Amherst College, MA (Astronomy)

U of California, Berkeley, CA (PhD)

Wish we'd found him months ago! — We are so grateful to have found Sid! He is patient, thorough and the perfect tutor for my daughter and his approach has proven very effective at getting her to where she needs to be with geometry, algebra II and chemistry! We can't wait to use him for physics, as well. ...

— Stephanie, Lewisville, TX on 4/18/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sidney will travel within 20 miles of Roanoke, TX 76262.