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I have an undergraduate degree from Princeton (Geology) plus a PhD in Geography and a master's degree in Statistics, both from the University of Minnesota. I recently returned to Minnesota after working as a statistician for Apple in California.

I have taught English conversation in Japan and graduate-level courses in the US, but the teaching I enjoy most is working 1-on-1 with students. I homeschooled my son for his middle-school years, and we had a blast doing that.

My favorite subjects to tutor are statistics and math. Why doesn't everyone love these subjects? Mostly because they are in classes that are not taught well. My strength is that I can help a student understand what the teacher or professor is trying to convey. I love that "aha" moment when a student says, "Oh, now I get it."

I tutor in other subjects as well, as listed in my profile.

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Steve’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Princeton University - Bachelors, Geological and Geophysical Sciences

Graduate Degree: University of Minnesota - Masters, Statistics


I enjoy sailing, tending my native-plant garden, canoeing, hiking, and watching Netflix DVD movies.

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I like to try a variety of approaches to see which one works best with a particular student. Some students learn best when the big picture is given first, providing context for a problem. Others work best by starting with "plug and chug," then working up to the general pattern. It all depends on the student. I also find that giving concrete, everyday examples helps when tutoring statistics and math.

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

I like to discuss goals and set the agenda for what we are going to accomplish in our time together. Depending on the student, I may do some quick assessments to determine his or her level of comfort with the material.

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