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I am a 2006 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I was a mechanical engineer with Caterpillar for three years and I tutored at Wright College (one of the City Colleges of Chicago) for over five years. I tutor different levels of mathematics from intermediate algebra to third year calculus (including differential equations and linear algebra). I also tutor different levels of Physics (both calculus and non-calculus based), general inorganic chemistry, and music.

Knowledgeable. Enthusiastic. Understanding. These are but a few words that have been used to describe me by my past students and I proudly carry that as my badge of honor. These are the skills that I use to ensure that students get the best tutoring experience during each session. My degree in engineering mechanics and my experience on the field as a mechanical engineer gives me the knowledge and real life applicability of the subjects I tutor. I approach tutoring from an empathetic position and tutor from the students' perspective by anticipating frequent misunderstandings of the material and prevent them from making those mistakes. My passion for student success makes it very easy to be enthusiastic about teaching them, but more importantly is my ability to instill the same level of enthusiasm in my students.

Tom’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Bachelors, Engineering Mechanics


Musician and plays a few instruments, art (sketching and painting), basketball, working out.

Tutoring Subjects



Calculus 2

College Physics

Differential Equations

Discrete Math

Finite Mathematics

High School Physics

Honors Chemistry

Mechanical Engineering




Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that knowledge is not enough for teaching. I believe it is important for an educator to break down concepts in a way that is accessible to students. I also believe that it is equally important for the educator to be patient and capable of explaining the same concept in different ways. These are a few of the teaching methods I use with my students.

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

I usually try to figure out the student's strengths and weaknesses. Then we start working on the weaknesses but also keep on strengthening the strengths as well.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I make sure that over the course of each session, I ask questions that engage the student. Ultimately, these questions become the kind of questions the students ask themselves when learning new concepts.