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CARL M.

Fairfax, VA

$95/hour

Experienced, fun, motivational tutor with an M.S. in Engineering

Background check passed as of 2/17/12
4.9 average from 154 ratings
New tutor working out wonderfully
— Elena, Clifton, VA on 11/3/15

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Aeronautical Eng.
Naval Postgraduate School
Master's

Education

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Aeronautical Eng.)

Naval Postgraduate School (Master's)

About CARL

Right next to GMU! Now available ONLINE - no travel necessary!

I have tutored students in Math (Algebra, Geometry, Precalculus, Calculus, Trigonometry) and Physics for several years now. I greatly enjoy the feeling of seeing the "light bulb" come on when I am able to clarify concepts for students.

I have Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Aeronautical Engineering. I have done lots and lots of math and science in my educational pursuits as well as professionally. I also have 3 adult children who I assisted in their academics.

I like to first focus on understanding the concepts. Too often, students understand the mechanics of solving the problems but not the physical laws (like Newton's laws) behind them. Once the student has a solid foundation, it's time to do problems - lots of them. I simply gently guide the student, as necessary, by asking leading questions. This approach is successful with most students.

Life is short. I think students of all ages enjoy a light-hearted approach to difficult concepts. Injection of humor helps keep tension low and facilitates progress.

I use a tablet computer to record my notes for each session. Those notes are available to the student immediately after the session. How great is that?
Right next to GMU! Now available ONLINE - no travel necessary!

I have tutored students in Math (Algebra, Geometry, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 2 miles of Fairfax, VA 22030
Background Check: Passed

"New tutor working out wonderfully"

- Elena, Clifton, VA on 11/3/15

"Great Tutor"

- Jake, Tempe, AZ on 10/16/16

"Amazing mathematician and even better tutor! Best tutor I have ever had!"

- Melissa, Vienna, VA on 8/28/16

"Awesome!"

- Joe, Arlington, VA on 6/19/16

"Knowledgable and Patient Tutor"

- Shaleena, Fairfax, VA on 4/10/16

"Exceptional Mathematics Tutor"

- Bryan, Vienna, VA on 5/5/15

"Very patient and thorough"

- Darlene, Oakton, VA on 5/7/13
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Differential Equations,
Elementary Math, Finite Math, Geometry,
Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus,
Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
Physics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, SAT Math
History:
Government & Politics
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math

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

I have tutored dozens of students in Algebra 1 for the past several years. However, its still fun for me to help students with these concepts. I also have a good supply of old problems to draw on for my students.

Algebra 2

I have tutored literally dozens of students successfully in Algebra over the last several years. I quite enjoy the topic in all of its varied applications and nuances. As with my other domains, I feel that conceptual knowledge is critical as it enables problem solving, the most important part of any technical pursuit.

Calculus

I really LOVE calculus! It's so challenging, complex, and so fundamental to all areas of analysis in real life. I have taken many courses in various areas of calculus and tutored several students successfully in this area of math.

I look forward to working with you in the wonderful world of calculus!

Differential Equations

I took ordinary differential equations in college and received a grade of B. I took partial differential equations in grad school and received a grade of A.

Geometry

Geometry is so different from the other topics. It is precise and objective, like the others. However, it requires spatial intelligence which can trip up the uninitiated. I enjoy the process of understanding the shapes and diagrams, and always seeing the proverbial "light bulb" come on during the tutoring process.

Physics

I took a great deal of Physics as an undergraduate, as Engineering is largely based on mathematical models of physical phenomena. I have also tutored many students in Physics. I enjoy the overlap of math and physics, also. Demonstrations and thought experiment are also part of my Physics repertoire.

Precalculus

Precalculus is where it finally gets fun! Just short of the most fun math -- Calculus. I enjoy tutoring this because I focus on showing the students how these concepts will be leveraged in Calculus. Its fun and interesting.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Aeronautical Eng.
Naval Postgraduate School
Master's

Education

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Aeronautical Eng.)

Naval Postgraduate School (Master's)

New tutor working out wonderfully — My 3 boys just love Carl. They enjoy the lessons because Carl is fun and engaging with them. He is a patient and encouraging tutor and we are very happy to have found him. ...

— Elena, Clifton, VA on 11/3/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $95.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

CARL will travel within 2 miles of Fairfax, VA 22030.