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I am a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). I received my Bachelor of Science in Computer Science / Mathematics, with a focus on Applied Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence. Since graduation, I have worked in the software industry at various levels of front-line work, management, and business analysis (big data). I believe I am a natural at tutoring and I have done it on and off for many years, in subjects ranging from basic math, calculus, test prep, and to English composition. As a musician, I also give lessons. If I know the subject matter, I can teach it to anyone - any age, any level; I thrive in situations where my skills are challenged, and where my partnering skills and empathy are in full bloom. My favorite thing about tutoring is being a key part of a student awakening to skills they didn't know they had and students coming to simple understanding of complex topics that encourage increasing their academic appetite; this is how it builds, and this is how solid skills turn into great careers and success.

In my spare time, I am a photographer and musician. I am also a great cook. Quite a bit more than hobbies, I find my heart and aesthetic in these pursuits, and the creativity that I nurture in these activities lends itself in core ways to my work as a tutor.

I look forward to meeting you. Please ask any questions you have.

Phil’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Bachelor of Science, Computer Science / Math

Hobbies

music, photography, graphic design, philosophy, buddhism, economics, politics

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Math

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

AP Calculus AB

Applied Mathematics

Arithmetic

Calculus

Calculus 2

College Algebra

College Computer Science

COMPASS Mathematics Prep

Computer Science

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

GED Prep

Geometry

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Quantitative

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics

GRE Subject Tests

High School Computer Science

IB Mathematics

Math

Middle School Math

Other

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

PSAT Mathematics

Quantitative Reasoning

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2

Summer

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

Trigonometry


Q & A

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

If a student and I are spending time 1:1 in a first session, I think the most important and impactful thing I do is to let the student speak for themselves. So many times and in so many contexts, many of us struggle to be heard, to be taken seriously, to express in our own words what exactly is going on and how we feel about it. I feel like I spend a lot of time getting out of the way and letting the student lead; my job is to take notes and act on subtle things.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Talk about some next-level knowledge or application of the subject matter. There is a difference between being able to add two numbers and designing a successful bridge, space satellite, etc., but pointing out how mastery of simple things often leads to things that students can decide to do in their careers or hobbies as they go through education and life really helps. Take a moment to celebrate simple things, and then show that as more complex things come over the horizon, we will often draw on mastery of the simple things as we navigate through more complex learning experiences.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

At some point, after demonstrating, after making lots of analogies, after pointing out the window and showing how a particular concept can be found JUST OUT THERE, students have to feel like they are doing it on their own. Taking a moment to let them know that I believe they've got this - that moment when we take the training wheels off find that we're not falling down, and also heading toward the next hurdle. I believe it's very freeing for a student to experience these things through tutoring.