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Philip N.

Madison, WI


Patient & Approachable Math|Business Tutor, Accounting Hero

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Background check passed as of 5/24/14
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24 Ratings
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Great Communicator, Very Reliable , Very Patient
— Jodi, New Berlin, WI on 3/14/13

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University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Accounting, Finance


University of Wisconsin, Parkside (Accounting, Finance)

About Philip

I graduated in Spring 2012 from UW-Parkside with a Bachelor of Science degree as an Accounting and Finance major with an Economics minor. I am now working in the taxation industry. While juggling classes at UW-Parkside from 2009 to 2012, I worked as a tutor with the UW-Parkside Tutoring Center. I love sharing knowledge, and I find that tutoring is the perfect opportunity for me to do so. I aim to be a patient, compassionate, and approachable tutor.

My main goal as a tutor is to help students achieve their own learning independence. I am here to "open one's eyes" about the value of learning and not do the learning for students. There is a sense of fulfillment when one achieves his or her own independence is what I hope every student leaves with after I meet with them. The learning style I emphasize is memory association and rote learning. In math for example, there's the pneumonic device "PEMDAS" that helps students remember the order of operations. "It's all relative" as they say, and many things in life truly are. When we make associations to things we are already familiar with, certain situations and criteria become less daunting and we instead embrace such situations with confidence unlike before. I strive to help students make sense of their homework problems and how to reach solutions using a logical approach instead of enforcing pure memorization. Just as knowing our purpose enables us to become better versions of ourselves, knowing why we do what we do to solve a problem enables us to enhance our learning capabilities.

My next life goals are to become a CPA, work for an accounting firm, and enjoy life with a little karaoke every now and then.

Learning how to learn is key, despite any subject. I am here to help you realize your potential.

So Call Me, Maybe!
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Group rate at $40/hr. No limit to how many people during a group session.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Madison, WI 53719
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great Communicator, Very Reliable , Very Patient"

- Jodi, New Berlin, WI on 3/14/13
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, Trigonometry
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, Vocabulary, Writing
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Vocabulary
Economics, Finance, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Economics, English, ESL/ESOL,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math
Corporate Training:
Economics, ESL/ESOL,
Finance, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word,

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topics covered:
-financial/managerial accounting
-advanced cost accounting
-individual/business taxation

The types of problems I enjoy the most: accounting for errors (reversals, prior period adjustments), adjusting entries, journal entries, account classification.

Being an accountant was the reason I left behind my aspirations of being a doctor. After taking a few science courses as a pre-med student in college, I realized I was not enjoying myself. It was on a leap of faith I turned at a fork in the road and took a handful of business classes. Accounting was one of them. Ever since then, I knew accounting was my calling in life. I never looked back.

All throughout college, I took class after class in accounting and enjoyed every one of them. That includes taxation and auditing. Whereas my friends taking the same classes agreed upon a mutual disgust, I developed a passion for the accounting subject.

Algebra 2

I cover all of the following:
-Logic/Problem Solving Strategies
-Algebra I
-Algebra II

Math is as straightforward and logical as following cookbook directions. It is unlike philosophy or other abstract subjects. As long as the right tools are known (e.g. equations, formulas, variables), any problem is solvable. When I help students with math, I teach the process, not the answer. Learning the process goes a much longer way than teaching to get the right answer. The answer in the back of the book may be a typo, but the process is never wrong.

When it comes to teaching math students, I am patient because I am aware that not every students learns at the same pace. I used to have similar problems and people who tried to help me weren't as supportive. Stemming from my own experiences, I am a more patient, understanding person than before. You can expect me to sit down beside you and treat you with respect and as equals.


-overcoming "writer's block"
-formatting (e.g. MLA, APA, Chicago)
-ESOL, ESL: grammar, sentence structure, vocabulary

I was raised with English as my first language, which has helped me realize my talent as a writer and become an advocate of good writing.

Written English: Since 2009, I worked as a writing tutor for the Parkside Academic Resource Center at UW-Parkside. I was promoted to positions ranging from Writing Specialist to Writing Consultant. Over the years, I enjoyed meeting with many different students with different writing assignments and writing styles. This has helped enable me further develop my own writing craft from which my students have only benefited. Writing is a craft I enjoy, and I am happy to share my talent with others.

Spoken English: Not only do I work with students on written English but spoken English as well. Having many friends from different countries helped me fine-tune my hearing. Listening is key to understanding people, regardless of the language. They provide good conversation as everyone has their own unique opinion and outlook on life. I am patient and open-minded. I like to help people develop their command of spoken English. When I help others in this capacity, I also gain something in return by learning about others and how they live and learn.


Geometry was one of the math classes I enjoyed the most in high school. It has many real-life applications such as figuring out how much liquid can fit in a cylinder bottle (volume) or how much film is needed to cover that bottle once around (surface area). The Pythagorean theorem can be applied to figuring out how tall a tree is just by measuring the distance from the tree and the length of the shadow it casts. By relating geometry lessons to real-life situations, I am able to help students learn better. Geometry is a stepping stone towards upper-level mathematics including calculus, so it helps to understand at least the fundamentals. I am confident with the following topics below:

-triangle theorems (ASA, SSA, SAS): congruence
-Pythagorean theorem
-perimeter, surface area and volume of cylinders, cones, spheres, cubes, etc.
-unions and intersections
-distance and midpoint formulas

Microsoft Word

I specialize in the following:
-track changes
-formatting (margins, tabbing)

Keyboard shortcuts are very helpful in helping speed up one's productivity. I use them for nearly every function in Microsoft Word. It saves a lot of time by reducing the need for accuracy with a mouse and instead on relying what's at the tip of your fingers: the keyboard.


-grammar/sentence structure
-formatting (e.g. MLA, APA, Chicago)

I enjoy writing and peer-reviewing others' work. Everyone has a different writing style which helps me further develop my own understanding of the writing craft. Where I have struggled in areas of writing, I hope to act as a guide for others.

I am patient and approachable as I am well aware that everyone learns at different paces and has different learning styles. I enjoy helping students at every age level as this adds more diversity to my own learning experience.

University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Accounting, Finance


University of Wisconsin, Parkside (Accounting, Finance)

Great Communicator, Very Reliable , Very Patient — Philip is easy to reach and always gets back to me quickly when I have to leave a message. He is also well prepared for the lesson that he will be teaching that day. I admire his determination to help my son do better in a subject that is really difficult for him. We have seen wonderful progress and improvement due to Philip's patience and creativity to teach my son in a way that works best for hi ...

— Jodi, New Berlin, WI on 3/14/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Group rate at $40/hr. No limit to how many people during a group session.

Travel policy

Philip will travel within 10 miles of Madison, WI 53719.

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