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My tutoring specialties lie in two areas: physics and mathematics, since as a trained theoretical physicist I practiced the subject matter of both every day for about 9 years; and the German language, since my graduate education was in Germany and I gained a high degree of proficiency.

In math and physics, despite being ultimately able to reach a high level, I was never the first to pick up on any new concept but struggled through each one to understand. I still remember the conceptual hoops one needs to jump through in order to learn the material. I have a more personal approach and like to explain things so they are simple. Working with me will be a process of practice and talking through the concepts until you gain confidence enough to work comfortably with the material.

Brian’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Stanford University - Bachelors, Physics

Graduate Degree: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitt Mnchen - Masters, Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 34

ACT English: 35

ACT Math: 36

ACT Reading: 35

ACT Science: 29

SAT Composite: 2250

SAT Math: 800

SAT Verbal: 730

SAT Writing: 720

GRE Quantitative: 800

GRE Verbal: 620

AP Chemistry: 5

AP Calculus AB: 5

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 800

SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 780

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1: 800

SAT Subject Test in Physics: 770

GRE Subject Test in Physics: 990

Tutoring Subjects


Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4


Calculus 2

College Algebra



Newtonian Mechanics



Quantum Mechanics

Quantum Physics

Quantum Theory

SAT Subject Test in Physics

SAT Subject Tests Prep


Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Ultimately, the student must not only know what the right steps are to solving the problem but agree wholeheartedly with each step. The knowledge and confidence needed to reach this level can only come through much practice and thinking-through of the material. In going through this process, each student is different, and time and attention should be paid to explaining and practicing from wherever that student might be starting, in whatever way makes sense to them.