Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) (Civil Engineering)
University of Arkansas (Master's)
Steve's knowledge, skills and abilities as an outstanding, motivating and confidence building tutor are demonstrated in three key areas including: (1) his extensive tutoring background in Math, Chemistry and Physics; (2) his ability to understand and connect with a student’s abilities and concerns through listening, understanding and patience; as well as (3) his analytical and engineering background.
Steve is especially strong in PSAT/SAT/ACT Math, Chemistry, and Physics; numerous math topics such as: Algebra I & II; Geometry; Pre-Calculus; and Calculus; as well as various summer AP Chemistry and Calculus AB/BC work packages, etc. He worked extensively with his son and daughter at an early age to build up their math and science foundations and confidence which resulted in them both being accepted at and attending TJ (Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology). In addition, he continued to tutor them both in math, chemistry, and physics throughout their high school years which resulted in them both attending top universities; the University of Virginia and Columbia/Yale respectively.
Steve prides himself in his subject knowledge, tutoring skills and his ability to explain topics in terms a student can understand. To achieve this, Steve knows he has to truly understand a student's needs and concerns. He also prides himself in being an excellent listener that has a keen sense of where a student is at within the topic and what is required to move forward. Two key goals that Steve has are to ensure a student understands the "why" behind the solution to a math or science problem and to ensure they are "comfortable" with the subject to the point where they can tackle a problem from scratch on their own.
Steve enjoys tutoring as a second career, is passionate in passing along his knowledge and insight, and is looking forward to providing tutoring that meets your needs. He has over 6 years of professional tutoring experience in Math, Chemistry and Physics at all levels. His BS in Civil Engineering Technology from Virginia Tech is complemented with a MS in Operations Management. Steve's knowledge, skills and abilities as an outstanding, motivating and confidence building tutor are demonstrated in three key areas including: (1) his extensive tutoring background in Math, Chemistry and Physics; (2) his ability to understand and connect with a student’s abilities and concerns through listening, understanding and patience; as
Steve did a great job reviewing problems with my daughter for an upcoming test. He was able to accommodate our last minute request. He moved through the material efficiently and was able to explain it well. Great session!
My daughter has gained a lot more confidence after having worked through her chemistry problems with Mr. Stephen. He's presented the concepts in ways that are easier for her to understand and able to apply. Mr. Stephen has been very patient and accommodating with our busy schedule, coming through at exact time we needed him.
Stephen went over some Physics and preCal with my daughter.He's a great teacher.We highly appreciate that he kept his appointment despite an ongoing family crisis.
Great session! I had not used math skills in a long time and Steve was able to give me a quick refresher and also covered a lot of new material for my graduate class. He was able to do all of this in a short time and was on point with my graduate classs.
My son already has terrific SAT scores, but he's very motivated to improve. Stephen's been working with him and been able to identify where he's having trouble and how to fix. He knows what he's doing!
thought my son physics & algbra 2. very patient tutor. makes my son to like those classes. He brings materials to teach my son. he him home work & follw up with it.
Very helpful lesson in Precalc. Also, it was a last minute lesson and Stephen was gracious enough to accommodate my daughter into his schedule. My daughter thought he went through the material at a good pace but always checked for understanding. Highly recommend.
My 18 year old was tutored by Stephen in Calculus. He was kind enough to fit us into his schedule at the last minute as the other tutor we had fell through. My daughter was extremely happy to be able to go to Stephen as a resource. He is able to tutor to different levels and learning abilities and have the student clearly understand the material. She also remarked how kind her was to her. I would not hesitate to use him again and refer him to others.
There was a great connection with my 9th grader daughter. He went Straight to fill the gaps she needs in geometry . I am very pleased. We will continue calling him
Stephen taught problems dealing with volume and area of special figures. Later we looked at the rotation of an equation around an axis in order to determine a volume.
Stephen really knows his stuff and comes prepared to get down to business. He even works well with those who learn at different speeds. So worth it. I wish every tutor gave as much towards teaching as he does. Really seems to care.
Steve was very friendly and thorough. He had good suggestions for activities my daughter could cover on her own after the tutoring session. Steve was responsive and flexible in setting up a tutoring session. He explained differences in terminology from teacher to teacher and why that might be confusing to students.
Mr. W. is a great teacher who shows me different ways to approach problems. He is very patient in his teaching. Would highly recommend him. Always willing to answer my questions.
Stephen is very knowledgeable and focused in his tutoring. He is sensitive to specific needs and provides good strategies.
Mr. Stephen teaches calculus BC to my son. He is very happy with his style of teaching. He arrives promptly, is well-organized and motivates my son to understand difficult concepts in calculus. You will be happy if you choose him to teach your child.
Stephen helped me go through numerous physics problems that I had difficulty with before. Attacked the problems in a very easy manner that the student was able to understand.
Stephen has experience helping TJ students and understands the value of time. He will listen to your spoken needs and do his best to help you accomplish your goals. He is intelligent and astute.
Great Tutor! After taking 6 hours tutoring, my son's ACT score increased by 3 points! Highly recommended and I would hire him again!
Stephen helped my son get ready for precalculus test. Although it was last minute scheduling, he responded without any delay and willing to provide lesson for my son. He was well prepared and successfully taught basic concept.
Alex never says much, but he did say the session was useful and Steve seem to be ahead of the professor.
Mr. W is an excellent tutor. He is punctual, utilizes the teaching time very productively, and is knowledgeable in the subject areas (Math and Physics). He is flexible, easy to reach and responds promptly to requests for lessons.
Stephen has been a wonderful tutor for my son in Honors Geometry. He has a wonderful way of explaining the material so that my son could figure things out, and if he did not know something (usually because my son's teacher gave obscure problems), Stephen would work on it and drop if off at the house after the lesson. He has gone above and beyond to work with our crazy sports schedules and when we needed extra help in preparation for the final, he worked additional sessions into his busy schedule. Stephen really helped my son build up his confidence in a subject that was not his favorite.
My daughter has met with Stephen for a few weeks now and I already see an improvement in her grade and overall understanding of the concepts she is learning. Overall, he's a great tutor.
Steve was a terrific tutor for my son in the lead up to final semester exams in 12th grade, when my son took a particularly rigorous course. Steve really pounded home all of the concepts in a very fast pace for review, and covered all of the material. My son succeeded! I would highly recommend Steve for tutoring needs at any level.
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Steve is especially strong in ACT Math and has worked with numerous students for more than six years now in this topic. Not only does he tutor ACT Math basics such as word problems, geometry, percent's, , ratios, probability and logic problems, etc., he has also covers test taking techniques and strategies. He has numerous worksheets available to cover this topic and desires to really get to the "why" and "how" behind a math question so that the student can work similar problems on their own when they take the ACT.
Steve understands that the ACT Science section is really ACT Science reading (to include graphs, tables and charts) and that there are questions in three different formats. He knows that while general knowledge of a topic is useful, it is not necessary because all of the information needed to answer a question is given within the material presented. To help you succeed in this area, Steve has a lot of worksheet material and handouts in order for you to get plenty of practice in the three types of ACT Science questions. He has worked with numerous ACT Science students over the past six years helping them achieve their goals.
Steve understands the importance of building a strong foundation in Algebra I and has worked with numerous students, many who have interests in going to AOS in Loudon County or TJ in Fairfax County, for more than six years now in this topic. He works with the students skills and abilities in mind as he explains the Algebra I topics. He has numerous worksheets available to cover this topic and desires to really get to the "why" and "how" behind a math question so that the student can work similar problems on their own. To date several of his students have reached their AOS and/or TJ goal.
One of Steve's favorite subjects to tutor is Algebra II in which he covers a wide variety of topics from complex fractions to graphing to quadratic equations to conics. Factoring techniques for complex quadratic expressions such as grouping and/or slide and divide are covered in detail. Analyzing polynomial graphs to determine vertical, horizontal and slant asymptotes as well as end behavior is also covered. Numerous worksheets are available to cover this topic in detail that Steve can give to the student for practice. Ultimately the goal is to have the student gain the confidence to work any Algebra II problem on their own.
Steve's tutoring skills come through when it comes to ASVAB Math due to the wide ranging topics that it covers. He works with the student's skills and abilities in mind as he explains the ASVAB Math topics.
Steve is especially strong in Calculus and has worked with numerous students for more than six years now in this topic. He works with the students skills and abilities in mind as he explains the Calculus topics. He has numerous worksheets available to cover this topic and desires to really get to the "why" and "how" behind a Calculus question so that the student can work similar problems on their own.
Steve has worked with numerous Chemistry students over the past six years, covering a great variety of topics ranging from significant digits to the periodic table and element characteristics to stochiometry and the gas laws. Steve has numerous handouts available to explain energy, ions, balancing equations, redox reactions, equilibrium and pH as well as sample AP and SAT II Chemistry subject test material. Other handouts address ionic and covalent bonding as well as bonding shapes. Steve has been successful in helping numerous students reach their Chemistry goals.
Steve understands building a strong math foundation, which starts with Elementary Math. Over the years he has worked with numerous students, many who have interests in going to AOS in Loudon Count or TJ in Fairfax County. He works with the students skills and abilities in mind as he explains the Elementary Math topics.
Steve's tutoring skills really shine when it comes to tutoring Geometry and the various topics covered such as straight lines, triangles, circles and proofs, etc. He takes the approach that developing strong skills when taking Geometry will translate into improved PSAT, SAT and ACT Math scores later. Steve's tutoring skills and abilities have been sharpened by over six years of experience working with numerous students. Steve prides himself in determining a student's current skill level so that he can take the best approach in moving forward. He has numerous worksheets available to cover this topic and desires to really get to the "why" and "how" behind a Geometry question so that the student can work similar problems on their own.
Over the past several years, Steve has worked with many Physics students covering topics from simple kinematics to gravitation and kinetic energy to electricity and waves. Other topics in between have included forces and momentum as well as angular motion and torque. Even topics such as dynamics and statics have been covered. Steve is ready to help you achieve your Physics goals whether in the topics listed above or in another topic such as point charges, astronomy, or nuclear physics. He has numerous worksheets available to cover this topic and desires to really get to the "why" and "how" behind a Physics question so that all of his students can work similar problems on their own.
Steve understands the importance of building a strong foundation to include fractions, percents, ratios and word problems. Over the past six years he has worked with numerous students to build that foundation in Prealgebra. He prides himself in being a good listener in order to understand a students skills, abilities and short-comings. He has numerous worksheets available to cover this topic and desires to really get to the "why" and "how" behind a math question so that the student can work similar problems on their own. His goal is to "turn the light on" so that a student is eager to learn.
Precalculus, including Trigonometry, is one of my favorite subjects to tutor and I have worked with numerous students for more than six years now in this topic. I have covered various areas to include simplifying and graphing polynomial expressions as well as solving exponential/logarithmic equations and the graphing of them. My background in Trig covers all aspects from graphing to Trig Identities to Trig Equations and even includes Inverse Trig as well as other areas such as the Law of Sines, Law of Cosines, etc. Other areas of Precalculus include Polar Coordinates, Sequences and Series, Binomial Expressions, etc. I have numerous worksheets available to cover these topics in order ensure the correct approach and knowledge is passed to the student. My goal, of course, is too ensure all problems can be solved from scratch by the student on their own.
Steve shines as a tutor for PSAT Math by really getting into the "why" and "how" behind a math question. He knows how to present the basics such as ratios, percent's, word problems, counting problems, geometry, logic and probability. He also knows how to pass along test taking techniques and strategies. He has worked with numerous students for more than six years now in this area and has lots of training material and worksheets.
Steve's tutoring abilities and skills shine when it comes to SAT Math. He understands the goal is to make a student strong in the basics such as word problems, geometry, percent's, ratios, logic and probability problems. He also knows how important test taking techniques and strategies are with the goal to make the student comfortable in the test taking environment. He has numerous worksheets available to cover this topic and desires to really get to the "why" and "how" behind a math question so that the student can work similar problems on their own.
Steve covers SSAT Math basics such as word problems, geometry, percents, and logic problems, etc., and he has also covered test taking techniques and strategies. He has numerous worksheets available to cover this topic and desires to really get to the "why" and "how" behind a math question so that the student can work similar problems on their own.
Steve has done extensive tutoring in right triangle geometry (known as trigonometry) for over six years now through either pre-calculus or math-analysis courses. Topics covered have included basic trig functions, trig graphing and inverse trig expressions. Other key topics have been trig identities, simple and complex trig equations, and complex trig expressions involving both regular and inverse trig. Further analysis of triangles via the Law of Sines, Law of Cosines and the area formulas and various word problems related to this are also covered. Lastly the analysis of how to determine no solution, one solution or two solutions is also covered.