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Charles S.

Blacksburg, VA

$40/hour

Patient Tutor, VT Instructor, Physics, Math, and Engineering Expert

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Background check passed as of 3/18/15
4.8 average from 43 ratings
Patient and Outstanding Tutor for Engineering Students
— Christine, Moseley, VA on 4/8/16

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UC Santa Barbara
physics
Virginia Tech, Mechanical Engineering
PhD

Education

UC Santa Barbara (physics)

Virginia Tech, Mechanical Engineering (PhD)

About Charles

Math, Physics and Engineering are my main areas and I have a solid record of success helping students as a tutor. Most have improved by two grade points. Recently, I earned a doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech and won an award from ASME for my dissertation work. I am patient, easy going and enjoy helping students succeed. My experience includes having had the privilege to teach a number of ME classes as an instructor at Tech including Thermodynamics, System Dynamics, Heat Transfer and Thermofluids.

Over my eight years of experience as a tutor, I have found that the path to best results is to help the student with strategies for thinking and problem solving. An important aspect of this is to help the student to break down the subject at hand into simpler concepts, which in turn enables the student to better grasp ideas and work practice problems. With my knowledge and experience, I am able to lead the student to an understanding of the main concepts and techniques of a challenging topic, while helping the student avoid the pitfalls.

I look forward to helping you!
Math, Physics and Engineering are my main areas and I have a solid record of success helping students as a tutor. Most have improved by two grade points. Recently, I earned a doctoral degree in Read more

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Travels within 20 miles of Blacksburg, VA 24061
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In-person lessons

"Patient and Outstanding Tutor for Engineering Students"

- Christine, Moseley, VA on 4/8/16
Charles replied on 4/22/2016

Thanks Christine, I am glad I could help your son with his Matlab. It was nice to work with him.

"Nice Job"

- Steven, Blacksburg, VA on 4/15/16
Charles replied on 4/15/2016

Thank you Steve. I really appreciate it!

English:
Writing
Test Preparation:
ASVAB, SAT Math

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Algebra 1

My work in Mechanical Engineering requires extensive use of algebra at every turn. I have years of experience successfully tutoring junior high, high school and college students in this subject.

Algebra 2

Mechanical Engineering requires extensive use of algebra. I have years of experience successfully tutoring junior high, high school and college students in all possible variations of algebra topics. My degrees are in Mechanical Engineering and Physics.

C

I have worked extensively with C as a software engineer in Silicon Valley California. I enjoy using this language and have a lot of experience using it and with programming in general.

Calculus

Calculus is a favorite subject of mine. I have had a lot of success tutoring students in this subject. Recent high school students of mine have gotten 5's on their AP calculus exams. I am proud of them! College students are often my clients as well, especially those taking multi-variable and vector calculus.

Computer Programming

My work has focused very intensively on the use of computer programming methods on almost a daily basis. I feel I have a good grasp on systematic design methods and for what makes good software design. I would be glad to share my experience with students in this area.

Differential Equations

My work in Mechanical Engineering requires extensive use of differential equations. I have a lot of experience in the formulation and solution of differential equations in my dissertation work using closed form and numerical techniques. I have extensive experience tutoring this subject.

Linear Algebra

My mathematics background has involved the extensive use of linear algebra in the solution of problems in finite elements analysis, quantum mechanics and general engineering. I have successfully helped a number of students get top grades this subject. I look forward to sharing this knowledge with perspective students.

MATLAB

Much of my recent work, including as a college instructor, has involved writing programs using Matlab, which I enjoy using very much. I am knowledgeable about the language itself and many of the various aspects of software development including program design, numerical algorithms, graphics and troubleshooting. I am glad to help students to get up to speed with Matlab!

Mechanical Engineering

My recent doctorate is in the area of ME. I have had the privilege of teaching several upper division college courses at Virginia Tech covering a range of topics that include system dynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. I would look forward to helping students in any of these areas.

Physics

As a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Physics is at the heart of my everyday work. I am glad to teach concepts anywhere from Physics 101 to Quantum Mechanics.
I have a bachelor's degree in this subject from UC Santa Barbara. Physics is a topic that I personally find fascinating and I enjoy helping students to understand this area of science.

Precalculus

My work in Mechanical Engineering requires extensive application of advanced mathematics, including calculus, which of course includes pre-calculus. I also have had much prior success tutoring students in pre-calculus.

SAT Math

I have successfully tutored numerous students in SAT math using my own experience and the ETS manuals that are available. When I was a student, I myself took a course from a prominent test prep company and was able to score 1420 out of 1600 in math and English, with a score of 750 in the math section. I am very familiar with the techniques that are used by these test prep firms.

Statistics

Statistics is one of the topics a lot of science majors encounter, myself included. In my work I often utilize statistics concepts in presenting data in scientific papers that I write. Recently, I have had the pleasure of helping a number of students in this area. One student needed a statistics course to get his degree in Geography, but had failed two times previously. He told me he was about ready to give up. With my help he passed the class and got his degree!

Trigonometry

As an engineer I use trigonometry all the time and have also helped many students master these skills. Trig is a very important topic to know and is a gateway to understanding higher math. If you are serious about this subject and hire me to help you, you will gain strong competency in this area.

Writing

My PhD dissertation as well as my other scientific papers have required the extensive and prolonged exercise of writing skills. Moreover, my writing has been subject to rigorous review by others. I would be glad to aid anyone who needs help with writing, regardless of whether it is technical in nature or not.

UC Santa Barbara
physics
Virginia Tech, Mechanical Engineering
PhD

Education

UC Santa Barbara (physics)

Virginia Tech, Mechanical Engineering (PhD)

Patient and Outstanding Tutor for Engineering Students — I highly recommend Charles to any student needing help in Engineering . My grades have improved in the short time I have been working with him. He is very patient and flexible with meeting times. He explains/breaks down difficult concepts so they are easy to understand. He extremely knowledgeable of all facets of engineering and has been instrumental in getting me through programming and MATLA ...

— Christine, Moseley, VA on 4/8/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Travel policy

Charles will travel within 20 miles of Blacksburg, VA 24061.