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Brian P.

Seattle, WA

$50/hour

UW Mechanical Eng. Student for Math, Physics, and Engineering Tutoring

50+ Hours
4.8 average from 25 ratings
All around excellent!
— Langston, Seattle, WA on 6/9/17

$50/Hour


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Lafayette College
Mechanical Eng.
University of Washington
Enrolled

Education

Lafayette College (Mechanical Eng.)

University of Washington (Enrolled)

About Brian

I am a mechanical engineering student, in my second year of working towards my PhD at the University of Washington, and am an experienced tutor in the areas of math, science, and engineering. I did my undergraduate studies at Lafayette College in Easton, PA, and graduated at the top of my class due to my commitment to not just memorizing an answer, but understanding a concept. My academic interests are in the fields of energy, thermodynamics, and heat transfer, but I am also excited to explain fundamental algebra and physics concepts.

I love helping others to understand the subjects they are studying - it is so rewarding for everyone involved! During my undergraduate studies I worked as a supplemental instructor for a 200 level statics course, and helped many students with homework problems and concepts. The feedback I received from that experience was positive, as students appreciated that I both explained the mathematical concepts and the physical intuition behind each concept. I've also spent the past year tutoring many students one-on-one in calculus and physics, among other subjects.

I have a number of different strategies for explaining concepts, for all different learning styles. My favorite teaching strategy is to ask leading questions along a student's line of reasoning, and examine their steps with them until they see the legitimacy of their approach. In that way, I encourage students to scrutinize their own reasoning and develop techniques to solve problems independently.

I have flexible availability around my academic commitments. Please feel free to reach out! I respond quickly and am always looking to help.
I am a mechanical engineering student, in my second year of working towards my PhD at the University of Washington, and am an experienced tutor in the areas of math, science, and engineering. I did my undergraduate studies at Lafayette College in Easton, PA, and graduated at the top of my class due to my commitment to not just memorizing an Read more

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24 hours notice required
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Travels within 5 miles of Seattle, WA 98103

"All around excellent!"

- Langston, Seattle, WA on 6/9/17
Test Preparation:
SAT Math
Computer:
MATLAB

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Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is the foundation for all future math, science, and engineering. Properly mastering these concepts is essential! I would be happy to help you navigate the world of numbers with variables in a successful manner

Algebra 2

Success in Algebra 2 means success in higher level math and science courses. These concepts are fundamental and essential for all learners. I still use Algebra 2 nearly every day as an engineering student and would love to help students solidify their understanding.

Calculus

I have experience with all three levels of Calculus, and personally did well in all of them. I scored a 5 on the AP Calculus A and B exams, and would be happy to help others do the same. I use calculus frequently in my studies, so I'm still familiar with the concepts. This is the subject that I have the most experience teaching.

Differential Equations

I received an A grade when I took differential equations during my sophomore year of college. I also took partial differential equations and received an A in that as well. Currently I am taking a mechanical engineering analysis course which relies heavily on differential equations, which is allowing me to brush up on all of my knowledge.

Geometry

Geometry was one of the most intuitive math subjects for me as I went through school. Many of the concepts introduced in geometry are used in statics courses at the college level, so I can introduce real-world applications to the topics presented. I emphasize logic and reasoning above memorization.

MATLAB

As an engineering student, I have used MatLab extensively for applications ranging from data analysis, biomechanical design, heat exchanger design, and uncertainty analysis. I feel comfortable teaching both basic principles and advanced techniques. This is one of my strongest subjects

Mechanical Engineering

I am currently enrolled in a PhD program studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington. My specific interests are in the fields of energy and thermodynamics, though I also have experience in biomechanics and controls. I worked as a supplemental instructor of a 200 level statics course in my undergraduate degree program, which gave me experience with teaching engineering topics

Physics

My physics education began in my 10th grade physics course, and has taken me into my PhD studies in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington. The key to success in physics is applying logical thinking to link equations and variables in the correct ways. I have taken true physics courses up to the 200 level in college, and engineering courses up to the 500 level, and feel confident teaching the whole breadth of the subject.

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is the basis for all math courses to follow, and I understand how important it is to solidify these concepts early. I emphasize the good habits that will lead to success in higher level courses. My belief is that the key take-away from this course is the logical thinking that is emphasized.

Precalculus

Precalculus is an essential course for success at the college level. The fundamental principles introduced here will be used by anyone interested in continuing on with science, economics, engineering or math courses. I use these concepts every day and am more than happy to pass on my knowledge.

SAT Math

The SAT test emphasizes logical thinking above mathematical formulas or memorization. Sometimes the questions seem to demand mental gymnastics, but the solution is always within grasp! I scored an 800 on the SAT math section, an 800 on the SAT Math 2 subject test, and a 170 on the GRE math section. I look forward to passing on my techniques!

Lafayette College
Mechanical Eng.
University of Washington
Enrolled

Education

Lafayette College (Mechanical Eng.)

University of Washington (Enrolled)

All around excellent!

Brian's been tutoring me for several months now and has consistently been knowledgeable, clear, and tremendously patient. He possesses the rare ability to condense a week's worth of rambling lectures into a succinct 30 minutes and never passes any judgement for failing to understand something the first time around. Would highly recommend.

— Langston, Seattle, WA on 6/9/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Brian will travel within 5 miles of Seattle, WA 98103.