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Philip B.

Arlington, WA

$50/hour

Tutor in math, writing, history, psychology, computer science, Ph.D.

Background check passed as of 3/20/15
5.0 average from 707 ratings
Detail-oriented tutor who makes abstract computer science concepts understandable
— Adam, Philadelphia, PA on 6/21/15

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University of Washington
Psychology
U.C. Berkeley
Master's
U.C. Berkeley
PhD

Education

University of Washington (Psychology)

U.C. Berkeley (Master's)

U.C. Berkeley (PhD)

About Philip

Hi, my name is Philip. I am a professional tutor because I love helping students of all ages gain knowledge and skill in subjects of interest to them. But I am more than just a tutor.

I am also an independent scholar with three published books, along with four websites that present my books. And I have a Seattle meetup group, where I have been presenting ideas and leading discussions for more than five years.

I have a knack for making complex ideas seem intuitive and easy to understand through clear organization, creative images, and simple diction. My kids were homeschooled, and I tutored them in all subject matters. And now, in tutoring for WyzAnt, I have had the opportunity to tutor students who are in grade school, middle school, high school, college, and graduate school, as well as adults who are not in school.

My interests are wide-ranging. I have a B.A. in philosophy, a B.S. in psychology, an M.A. in statistics, and a Ph.D. in computer science. My doctoral dissertation, which is posted online, is mathematically sophisticated, and I recently designed a strategy for presenting high school math in an intuitive manner. As a scholar, I am highly conversant in psychology and in all aspects of world history and American history, except for the history of literature and the arts. I've always had a knack for writing both prose and verse. I've spent my adult life in research and writing, through which I've honed techniques for crafting clear, compelling prose.

When I tutor, I want you (the student) to find the subject matter fascinating, so I convey my own passion for the subject matter. Complementing this, I ask questions in order to stimulate you to experience the adventure of discovery, and I give hints in order to guide your discovery process. I think that a student learns best and gains self-confidence through such enhanced discovery.

I tutor computer science students by connecting online using Skype or TeamViewer. If you are developing a program, this allows me to see your code and advise you in changing it. I also use Google docs, when needed, so that we can type into a document together in the process of discussing concepts of interest. When needed, I will draw figures and equations on paper, using colored pens, and I will show you the results using my webcam.

I employ these techniques for tutoring the other subjects, as well. During a tutoring session, we can view PDF files and webpages that contain class material, and we can visit any website that pertains to the subject matter of interest.

I am highly skilled in writing, and I can help you hone your writing skill so that you will be able to write clear, coherent, compelling prose. Such skill will enable you to better achieve your goals in life. We can use Google docs to share your document, discuss it, and improve it.

If you have drafted an important document, I will perfect its presentation for you, if you wish. I can transform semi-coherent writing into prose that flows smoothly and is easy to understand.

I look forward to hearing from you! I would love to help you (or your student) gain the knowledge and the skill that you wish to acquire.
Hi, my name is Philip. I am a professional tutor because I love helping students of all ages gain knowledge and skill in subjects of interest to them. But I am more than just a tutor.

I am also an independent scholar with three published books, along with four websites that present my books. And I have a Seattle meetup group, where I
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Arlington, WA 98223
Background Check: Passed

"Detail-oriented tutor who makes abstract computer science concepts understandable"

- Adam, Philadelphia, PA on 6/21/15

"Great tutor!"

- Lilly, Charlotte, NC on 11/18/16

"Very knowledgeable about the subject, and patient with my son."

- Rhonda, Magnolia, TX on 11/10/16

"Knowledge and Kind Tutor"

- Shannon, Pittsburgh, PA on 9/29/16

"Excellent teacher/tutor"

- Kyle, Evans, GA on 9/26/16

"Very professional"

- Seung, State College, PA on 9/9/16

"Excellent Python tutor"

- Guillermo, San Fernando, CA on 9/9/16

"Very Knowledgeable, Great person to work with."

- Mike, Edwards, CA on 8/22/16

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor"

- Mike, Tulsa, OK on 7/21/16

"Philip is a good tutor"

- Kristine, Chandler, AZ on 7/19/16

"Discrete Mathematics and Data Structure"

- Dwight, Norfolk, VA on 5/6/16

"Very thorough!"

- Austin, Orlando, FL on 3/24/16

"More Than Helpful"

- Kyle, Lititz, PA on 3/19/16

"Great Tutor"

- Mamta, Mount Laurel, NJ on 3/16/16

"knowledgeable and very patient"

- Matt, San Antonio, TX on 2/15/16

"Good Teacher"

- Khaled, Alexandria, VA on 2/4/16

"Very Knowledgeable"

- Schundreia, Cypress, TX on 11/13/15

"Knowledgable and patient."

- Alia, Minneapolis, MN on 11/2/15

"Very committed and knowledgeable tutor"

- Gigi, Monroe Township, NJ on 10/23/15

"Highly accomodating and knowledgeable"

- Chris, New Paltz, NY on 10/20/15

"Incredibly helpful and friendly tutor."

- Josh, Knoxville, TN on 10/2/15

"Very Patient and knowledgeable tutor"

- Tony, Garden City, NY on 10/2/15

"A wise, perceptive mentor with abundant knowledge and patience"

- Shoshana, Irvine, CA on 9/14/15

"Professional Writing Quality"

- Jose R., Raleigh, NC on 9/4/15

"Awesome, detailed and very thorough"

- Vishnu Priya, San Jose, CA on 9/2/15

"Great Writing help"

- Natalie, Houston, TX on 8/12/15

"A top rating"

- Philip, Winchester, IN on 7/31/15

"Understanding and knowledgeable tutor."

- Anita, Kenmore, WA on 6/15/15

"Patient tutor"

- Kathy, Arlington, WA on 6/4/15

"Thank you!"

- Michael, Arlington, WA on 4/28/15

"Amazing tutor able to go into detail with history but also give a general idea for it as well."

- Joann, Kirkland, WA on 4/26/15
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Discrete Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, Trigonometry
Science:
Anatomy, Anthropology, Biology, Philosophy, Physical Science, Psychology
English:
English, Proofreading, Writing
Computer:
C,
C++,
Computer Engineering, Computer Programming,
Computer Science,
HTML, Java, PHP,
Python
History:
American History, Anthropology, European History, Government & Politics, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Business:
Economics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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C

I earned a Ph.D. in computer science from U.C. Berkeley. Although my specialty was computer architecture, I studied all facets of computer science in the process of pursuing my degree. This study included extensive computer programming in a number of programming languages, including C and C++.

C++

I earned a Ph.D. in computer science from U.C. Berkeley. Although my specialty was computer architecture, I studied all facets of computer science in the process of pursuing my degree. This study included extensive computer programming in a number of programming languages, including C and C++.

Computer Programming

I earned a Ph.D. in computer science from U.C. Berkeley. Although my specialty was computer architecture, I studied all facets of computer science in the process of pursuing my degree. This study included extensive computer programming in a number of programming languages. I am currently tutoring students in C, C++, C#, Java, Python, and ARM assembly language. The ARM architecture is used in the Raspberry Pi computers, as well as in other computers. If you would like help with another language, let me know, and I'll see if I can help you.

Computer Science

I earned a Ph.D. in computer science from U.C. Berkeley. Although my specialty was computer architecture, I studied all facets of computer science in the process of pursuing my degree. As a graduate student, I took an avid interest in teaching. I applied for and obtained a grant to develop lecture notes for the year-long upper division class in computer architecture.

PHP

I earned a Ph.D. in computer science from U.C. Berkeley, and I have extensive programming experience in a number of programming languages. I created four websites to present my scholarly work, and I used PHP as the server-side scripting language. PHP is simply a version of C adapted for this purpose.

Python

I earned a Ph.D. in computer science from U.C. Berkeley. Although my specialty was computer architecture, I studied all facets of computer science in the process of pursuing my degree. This study included extensive computer programming in a number of programming languages. I am currently tutoring students in the following C-based languages: C, C++, C#, Java, and Python.

University of Washington
Psychology
U.C. Berkeley
Master's
U.C. Berkeley
PhD

Education

University of Washington (Psychology)

U.C. Berkeley (Master's)

U.C. Berkeley (PhD)

Detail-oriented tutor who makes abstract computer science concepts understandable — Philip is bringing me up to speed with computer science foundations, focusing mostly on algorithms. I appreciate that Philip can reframe the highly abstract concepts in my texts into more understandable terms. He is also helping me to formulate a plan for addressing all areas of my course - including computer science concepts, calculus and programming in C. ...

— Adam, Philadelphia, PA on 6/21/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Philip will travel within 40 miles of Arlington, WA 98223.