Freddie P.

San Marcos, TX


Tutoring in General Chemistry, pre-Algebra, Algebra I and II, Reading

In-person lessons
500+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/12/17
4.9 average from 197 ratings
Great tutor, very knowledgeable
— Kim, Austin, TX on 4/3/13


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University of Texas, Austin
University of Houston


University of Texas, Austin (Chemistry)

University of Houston (Master's)

About Freddie

I am currently a retired chemist, having worked in the industry for 35 years. For the last three years, I have been an adjunct instructor at Baker College in Port Huron, MI. Currently, I teach chemistry at a career college in San Antonio.

My approach to teaching chemistry is to not just show the methods for solving chemical problems. Instead, I try to show how each concept is related to real world functions of the body, the environment or daily activities. Models are used to enhance the learning process as well as other visual aids and YouTube movies.

Algebra is one of my passions. No chemist can live without it. I can teach you tricks to make math fun and simple. Let me help you learn.

Reading, writing, math and chemistry are my areas of expertise - from first grade through college. Let me help you or your loved one improve their understanding and proficiency in these subjects.

I sincerely want my students to enjoy the learning process.
I am currently a retired chemist, having worked in the industry for 35 years. For the last three years, I have been an adjunct instructor at Baker College in Port Huron, MI. Currently, I teach chemistry at a career college in San Antonio.

My approach to teaching chemistry is to not just show the methods for solving chemical problems.
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24 hours notice required

This rate applies only to new students. For distances greater than 25 miles, I am willing to negotiate a lower hourly rate for sessions of two (2) or more hours of length.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of San Marcos, TX 78666
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In-person lessons

"Great tutor, very knowledgeable"

- Kim, Austin, TX on 4/3/13

"Knowledgeable, kind, and patient tutor!"

- Linda, Houston, TX on 10/6/17

"Excellent tutor"

- Preston, New Braunfels, TX on 9/21/17

"Great Tutor!"

- Lynn, San Marcos, TX on 9/28/16

"Even though our lesson was over, he kept teaching me"

- Kamilla, San Marcos, TX on 11/22/15

"He is a very kind soul!"

- Shannon, Buda, TX on 2/9/15

"Great and patient tutor!"

- Linda, Buda, TX on 5/7/14

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- Shelby, San Marcos, TX on 10/24/13

"Helpful Tutor"

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"Comforting and Patient"

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"Nice guy and personable!"

- Amy, Kyle, TX on 6/24/13

"Great tutor!!"

- Yslendia, San Marcos, TX on 6/13/13

"An excellent and very patient tutor."

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"Wonderful! Knowledgeable!"

- EVAN, New Braunfels, TX on 4/3/13

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- Ron, San Marcos, TX on 12/5/12

"Awesome teacher"

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Elementary Science
Test Preparation:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint,
Microsoft Word
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Reading
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint,
Microsoft Word, Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is the first level math taught in high school, although some school districts introduce it in middle school as well. It is essential for any field of study, and even though most people don't realize it, everyone does some aspect of algebra everyday.

We will begin with a discussion of the various number systems: whole, counting, integers, rational, irrational, and real. We will also discuss such concepts as absolute value, equations for lines - point slope and slope intercept - and introduce algebraic equations. You will also learn how to solve for an unknown quantity (or variable) and overcome the fear of letters used as place holders for numbers. Next, we tackle graphing of linear equations and linear inequalitites, learn to solve systems of liner equations and inequalities, practice factoring polynomials, and introduce the very useful quadratic equation.

Throughout the learning process, we take steps as small or as large as necessary so you grasp the concept without being overwhelmed or bored. This is, by far, my favorite subject to tutor. Let me show you how to master the concepts as well.

Algebra 2

Algebra is by far my favorite subject. I can help my students grasp the concepts and apply them to number and reading problems.

In algebra 2, we will examine the various number systems (integers, rational and irrational numbers, and real numbers), review variables and constants, learn how to simplify expressions, solve linear equations, factor polynomials, solve quadratic equations, graph equations using various coordinate systems, and utilize the line equations to quickly produce graphs and predict their shapes.

There are shortcuts I can teach as well. If this appeals to you, let me help.


Chemistry is one of my favorite subjects to teach. As a practicing chemist for more than 35 years, I have used chemical principles to solve many industrial problems in the plastics and automotive industries.

I begin with a review of the basic structure of matter - the atom - and discuss its major constituent parts: the protons, neutrons and electrons. Next we discuss the periodic table and its wealth of information legally available during any examination (the periodic table is usually vividly displayed on the classroom wall). We will be able to identify metals, nonmetals and metalloids, describe their reactivity and the types of chemical products we can expect when certain elements chemically combine.

We will discuss reaction types and the be able to identify physical versus chemical changes seen in nature. The concept of the mole will also be discussed and we will practice balancing equations and using balanced equations to determine how much product can be made from various quantities of starting materials.

We sill also discuss how matter is classified and practice categorizing various solids, liquids and gases as pure or mixed, elements or compounds, homogeneous or heterogeneous.

Other topics will include atomic radius, ionization energy, nuclear chemistry, gases and gas laws, pH, acids and bases, quantum theory, etc.

Theories as well as application will be reviewed. We will use models and other visuals to enhance the learning experience. Let me help you master chemistry. Whether or not you realize it, all of us do a multitude of chemical reactions and processes each day- respiration, digestion, nerve impulse transmission, mitosis, hormone creation, cell repair, etc. So don't let the topic scare you. You CAN master it!

Elementary (K-6th)

I am currently certified in reading, writing, elementary math, grammar and prealgebra. I currently act as substitute teacher for all grades from kindergarten to grade 12. I can motivate my students to learn and can get even the traditionally uncooperative to attempt some of the day's lesson.

One-on-one is where I am most effective. It is a delight to see the light of understanding go on when a student grasps a new concept and can readily apply it to new situations.

I hope my skill set and enthusiasm demonstrate the skills necessary to be an effective tutor of K-6th grade students.

Elementary Math

Elementary math begins with the recognition of numbers, counting of objects, and learning to do basic arithmetic operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Later we learn how to count money, tell time and do word problems. We also learn to count by twos, fives, tens and hundreds, and work on adding and subtracting double and triple-digit numbers.

Each skill is presented at the level the student is comfortable with and progresses to higher levels as skills are mastered. I try to incorporate visual cues and kinesthetic aspects to the learning experience to reach students with other learning styles besides the auditory learner style. I use worksheets with pictures and even drawings that the student colors to reinforce lessons learned.

If this approach appeals to you. Let me help tutor your child.


I am proficient in grammar, spelling, reading comperehension and the fundamentals of writing. I can help you or your child do better in English.

We will review the basics, practice correcting grammar, proofread our work and correct mistakes, and practice rephrasing our work to get the most concise and efficient presentation of the information we wish to share with others.

If this approach appeals to you, let me help.


Good grammar includes an understanding of subject-verb relationships, the correct use of punctuation and the proper spelling for words. I share tips with you that will help you improve your understanding of these topics and when to apply them.

Even the best writers sometimes make mistakes. So, it is important to proofread (edit) any assignments. For this, the use of a dictionary is very helpful. Also, it is wise to have someone else review your work and find errors that you may have overlooked.

Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint lets you prepare slides for an electronic presentation in person or online. You can choose your slide background and add text, graphics and pictures to personalize and enliven your presentation.

You can also add Excel charts and Word tables, and, create an automated slide show complete with personalized transitions between slides and animations within slides.

Of course, you can choose fonts and color schemes that suit your intended audience. Let me show you how.


These are some of the topics we will cover in prealgebra:

1. Review of natural number arithmetic
2. New types of numbers such as integers, fractions, decimals and negative numbers
3. Factorization of natural numbers
4. Associative, Communicative and Distributive Properties
5. Simple (integer) roots and powers
6. Rules of evaluation of expressions, such as which mathematical operator takes precedence and the use of parentheses
7. Basics of equations
8. Understanding of variable manipulation
9. Manipulation and arithmetic with the standard 4-quadrant Cartesian coordinate plane
10. We'll also look at solving equations for unknowns

After assessing strengths and weaknesses, I work with the student to improve his/her understanding using worksheets, practical examples and some visuals. I try to introduce new material at a pace that is challenging, but not overwhelming.


Reading excellence comes in three parts: (1) learn to sound out and pronounce the words, (2) find the main idea and identify supporting details, and (3) compare and contrast information from several sources. For younger readers, all three are important skills. For the older readers, the latter two skills will be emphasized.

However, I discuss each student's individual needs and tailor my lessons to give them the support that they need. A big part of reading is finding materials that you will enjoy. What information or subjects are you interested in? These are the ones that will give you the incentive to succeed. Based on your individual needs and interests, we can identify the tutoring program that will benefit you the most.


Each letter or combination of letters represents a distinct sound in English words. Once you know the letter/sound relationship, you can pronounce and spell many words. There are some exceptions because some letter combinations refer to sounds from a different language. We will study the normal sounds and some of the exceptions. We will also practice using the dictionary to find words you do not know how to spell.

University of Texas, Austin
University of Houston


University of Texas, Austin (Chemistry)

University of Houston (Master's)

Great tutor, very knowledgeable

I love my tutoring sessions with Mr.Freddie! He makes sure that I understand the topics and concepts before moving onto the next lesson. Mr.Freddie is very patient and is determined to get me to understand my chapter before tests and quizzes. My grades have significantly increased since tutoring with him and I'd recommend him to anybody looking for chemistry tutoring.

— Kim, Austin, TX on 4/3/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

This rate applies only to new students. For distances greater than 25 miles, I am willing to negotiate a lower hourly rate for sessions of two (2) or more hours of length.

Travel policy

Freddie will travel within 20 miles of San Marcos, TX 78666.