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Matt F.

Manassas, VA

$55/hour

Experienced Math Tutor in All Areas of Mathematics

100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 7/14/14
5.0 average from 84 ratings
Absolutely Wonderful!!
— Christy, Bristow, VA on 5/19/16

$55/Hour


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Pennsylvania State University
BS Computer Science
George Mason University
Master's
George Mason University
Other

Education

Pennsylvania State University (BS Computer Science)

George Mason University (Master's)

George Mason University (Other)

About Matt

Hello! I have been privately tutoring Mathematics and associated topics (physics, computer science, chemistry) for over nine years. I have a BS in computer science with a minor in Mathematics from Penn State University (1995) and a MS in computer science from George Mason University (2000). I have been involved with engineering, problem-solving, software development, systems development, and mathematics for almost 20 years. I love seeing students get the, "A-ha" moment, when a concept finally clicks and he/she realizes that it all makes sense now!

I work with children of all ages (K-12) as well as adults; I look forward to meeting new students and helping them understand math since it is a struggle for so many. Parents are always welcome to sit in on any and all sessions until mutual trust is established. All of my tutoring sessions are at a public space in Manassas that is both conducive to study as well as safe and comfortable to get work done.

As far as my teaching approach, I create customized programs to help you or your child excel - there is no single math approach that works for every child since there are different learning styles and different issues that students grapple with at different points in time. As a sample, I use targeted homework assignments, specialized mnemonics and conceptualization to name a few. Don't give up hope! So many times there are different ways to learn and understand Math and it can be as easy as looking at a tough problem from a new angle.
Hello! I have been privately tutoring Mathematics and associated topics (physics, computer science, chemistry) for over nine years. I have a BS in computer science with a minor in Mathematics from Penn State University (1995) and a MS in computer science from George Mason University (2000). I have been involved with engineering, problem-solving, Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Manassas, VA 20109
Background Check: Passed

"Absolutely Wonderful!!"

- Christy, Bristow, VA on 5/19/16

"Algebra 2"

- Marshall, Manassas, VA on 10/3/16

"Great tutor"

- Anna, Dumfries, VA on 2/2/16

"Knowledgeable and insightful"

- Don, Fairfax, VA on 8/6/15

"Amazing Tutor!"

- Heather, Gainesville, VA on 5/4/15

"Excellent Tutor"

- Anissa, Bristow, VA on 2/13/15

"Extremely Knowledgeable and Helpful!"

- Christina, Centreville, VA on 2/1/15

"Awesome Tutor!"

- Alexaundria, Dumfries, VA on 10/31/14

"Great Tutor"

- Madison, Burke, VA on 9/11/14
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Discrete Math,
GED, Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Logic,
Prealgebra, Precalculus,
Probability, SAT Math,
Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Physics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, GED, SAT Math
Computer:
Java,
UNIX

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 I expertise: evaluating, simplifying and solving Algebraic expressions, graphing equations, systems of linear equations and inequalities, relations, functions, quadratics and polynomials.

Algebra 2

-Tutored Algebra II for 10 years
-Mentored 4 of my children in Algebra II
-Able to teach various methodologies in understanding Algebra II concepts

Discrete Math

Discrete Math (DM) deals with applying math to distinct/unique/separate values/objects and is used in areas such as graph theory, propositional logic, predicate logic, sets, relations, and functions.

As a CS major and Math minor, I have taken courses that have directly and indirectly used DM. I wrote a book on Semantic Web programming, which relies heavily on graphs, graph theory and logic-based systems (both propositional and predicate logic such as the SPARQL query language are core subjects and were covered in the book).

I have also had to teach DM to students in the past as well as apply it at work (algorithms, their implementations, and efficiencies such as big "O" notation) throughout my career as a computer scientist.

Java

-Software developer for twenty years
-Software mentor for ten years
-Tutoring Java for ten years

Linear Algebra

As a CS major and Math minor during my undergraduate years, I took courses dealing with Linear Algebra: vectors, linear transformations, matrices, eigenvectors and eigenvalues. While I've only tutored several students in this area, it is not one that is difficult to master. One exception: solving linear systems (handling more than one linear equation with multiple variables and finding solutions for all variables for all given equations) is an area I've taught extensively in the past eight years. For work as a computer scientist, I've done a lot of work with matrices as they align very strongly with working with arrays (single arrays, n-sized arrays, etc...)

Logic

As a CS major and Math minor, I have taken multiple courses in logic as it is a foundational topic for programming. I wrote a book on Semantic Web programming, which relies heavily on logic-based systems. Specifically, both propositional and predicate logic, such as the SPARQL query language, are core subjects and were covered in the book. In addition, OWL (Web Ontology Language) is a logic-based language that uses Description Logic (DL) in part and was also covered in my book.

Precalculus

I have been a tutor in precalculus for over 10 years. I have experience and strong aptitude in trigonometric identities and equations, vectors, matrices, conic sections, imaginary and complex numbers, probabilities, sequences and series.

SAT Math

I have been offering one-on-one private ACT and SAT examination skills for over 10 years. I developed and taught classroom–based sessions based on the newly-redesigned SAT math sections for several years.

UNIX

As a BS in Computer Science and a MS in Computer Science, I have been using Unix for over 20 years. I have experience on all sorts of Unix operating system variants: Linux, NeXTSTEP, Solaris, System V and Apple OSX. I use Linux everyday, in areas such as shell scripting (e.g. C shell, bash, etc...) and file browsing. My personal web server is running on a Raspberry Pi device running Raspbian, a Debian Unix/Linux variant, that I installed and configured myself.

Pennsylvania State University
BS Computer Science
George Mason University
Master's
George Mason University
Other

Education

Pennsylvania State University (BS Computer Science)

George Mason University (Master's)

George Mason University (Other)

Absolutely Wonderful!!

I got in touch with Matt to help my son with Algebra 1. He was able to fit us in quickly with his schedule. My son at that time had a D and after 4 lessons with Matt, his grade is up to an A. Matt is very knowledgeable and has done a great job explaining how to solve algebra problems in a way my son could understand. I am so impressed!! My son likes him and now he is much more confident with

— Christy, Bristow, VA on 5/19/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Matt will travel within 20 miles of Manassas, VA 20109.