Online Tutoring: Physics PhD + postdoc/Math BS - Programming: C/C++/Java/python/C# + Physics, Math and CS
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$66/hour for businesses (industry, research labs, and private businesses for software engineering consulting/training/scientific programming.)
I have a past total of about 4 years of part-time tutoring experience in St. Louis, MO for a private company and, in Edwardsville, IL for SIUE. I have additionally about 1.5 years of part-time and periodically full-time experience (2016 - 2017) with online or primarily online tutoring employers. I began this tutoring business in June, 2017, which has been a full-time job (seasonal).
Computer Science: Java, JavaFX, Java Swing, AP Java, C, C++, python, FORTRAN (77, 90, 95, higher by request), MATLAB or Octave (1st semester engineering), data structures and algorithms (C, Java, C++, python), C# (beginner), SQL (beginner), Linux Systems administration, Linux OS, Unix (vi, vim, regular expressions), PHP, HTML5, CSS3, JS (beginner), shell scripting (bash, csh, sh).
Physics: College physics, university physics (w/ calculus), AP physics, physical science, IB physics, computational statistical mechanics, and other, more advanced physics courses by request.
Mathematics: algebra 1 and 2, geometry, trigonometry, statistics (intro), probability, pre-algebra, pre-calculus, college algebra, calculus (1-3), AP calculus, differential equations, complex variables, linear algebra (intro), time series (HRV), signal processing for time series (HRV), Heart Rate Variability (HRV research), and certain other more advanced math classes by request.
General: MS Word, MS PowerPoint, and MS excel. I am also open to helping with research projects, theses, or dissertations in any field (especially HRV) requiring math, statistics, physics, programming, and certain areas of engineering, if there is a good fit.
Students of all ages are welcome. I have had C programming students as young as 10 and 14. In java, I have tutored 8th and 9th grade and HS students. Last year, I had a 12th grader learning Java enterprise apps (then moved to C# .Net asp.net web forms). Currently I have one 8th grader and two 9th graders in advanced math classes. I have tutored math, physical science, and astronomy for a student in 7th grade. I have taught a 7th grader physics with Hewitt’s Conceptual Physics (slowly). Recently I have had students in research, students working on their Ph.D. dissertation, students working on their MS thesis, and students working on their MS or MBA, as well as elementary students, HS students, and undergraduates in CS (mostly) or engineering. I have also helped an industrial research professional Ph.D. with C and C++.
I am also open to helping with research projects, theses, or dissertations in any field (especially HRV) requiring math, statistics, physics, programming, and certain areas of engineering, if there is a good fit.
I have a B.S. in Mathematics (SIUE), all but thesis graduate work toward an M.S. in physics (SIUE), an M.A. in Physics (Wash U STL), and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics (Wash U STL). I also have a postdoctoral fellowship in Theoretical Physics in Germany (Universitaet Tuebingen, Institut fuer Theoretische Physik) in my background. I am two classes away from completing an M.Ed. in Secondary Education/Mathematics (UMSL), but it is now too late.
As an adjunct professor, I taught introduction to statistics, physical science, and college physics. I am a former teaching assistant or teaching fellow in physics during 5 years in graduate school.
I am a former part-time software engineering consultant using C++ for a US industry in PA (2019). Also, in industry, I have 6.5 years of professional experience as a programmer/software engineer. I have 12 years of professional programming experience in a scientific research lab at Wash U School of Medicine in St. Louis. Through my dissertation and postdoc, I have 5 years of FORTRAN programming experience. At Wash U School of Medicine, I have 8 years of part-time UNIX system administrator experience. The programming languages C, C++, FORTRAN, python, and Java; the operating systems UNIX, Linux, and Windows; and the shell scripting language bash, and sh are my computer specialties.
Based on 40hrs/week of only programming, I have about 6.5 years of experience with C, 4 years of experience with C++, 2 years of experience with Java, and 1 year of experience with python (primarily tutoring). I have several years of experience with shell scripting. I have coded GUI’s in MFC/C++, JavaFX and Java Swing. I do not tutor data science. In total, I have been programming for about 30 years.
In addition to math and physics, I tutor C, C++, FORTRAN, Java, JavaFX, python, SQL, UNIX, Linux, and shell scripting (bash, sh). I can teach beginning to expert levels in all programming languages, scripting languages, and OS's above, except for Java, C#, and python. Currently, I can help beginning and intermediate level Java and python students (no data science). I can also help with beginning C#, JS, HTML5, CSS3, SQL, and PHP. I have recently tutored several times a first course in MATLAB for engineering students. Over the past few years, I have had many students in data structures and algorithms.
I work with students online. I will offer classes online, where students can connect from different locations, and they may share the burden of my default rate. The default rate becomes $40 + $5 for each additional student. E.g., 4 students would each pay 1/4 of $40 plus $15. The maximum number of students online is decided by the students themselves for online subject tutoring. Twenty students are the preferred maximum for an online class. With My Zoom, 100 students can join an online class in real time. (Students must come together and request a class).
I practice patience and a perfectly positive attitude toward my students, striving to not judge others.
In sessions, concepts are explained clearly if there is a need. Otherwise, practice is the focus. Active learning is best in any subject. Teaching strategy in test taking is beneficial to many students. Teaching error-free programming techniques is valuable in CS.
I want to help students learn problematic material. Beating fear of success is possible through sustained small successes. The only real teaching/tutoring goal is to teach a student everything the teacher/tutor knows so that the teacher/tutor is no longer necessary.
Learning technical subjects requires problem solving, and learning programming languages requires specifically programming practice. Reading programs, if done carefully, is helpful, but there is no substitute for programming. Just like in mathematics and physics, one must read and actively practice (program) to master the subject. With sufficient programming practice, there is no need to do rote memorization of code idioms -- such things will come naturally. Programming is problem solving, and it is more similar to problem solving in math than in physics, I think. Learning programming is ideally like learning to play a musical instrument. Learning math and physics also require significant practice to by-pass rote memorization, develop speed in problem solving, and develop intuition.
Getting code from the internet is not a preferred approach to programming. It is dangerous to your academic career, and it is not helpful in the long run if it is not significantly modified and understood. I rarely use code from the internet, and I almost always write completely original code to solve a problem. Any code developed jointly during a session should be completely assimilated by the student. It is essential to be able to easily read code in the language at hand.
Note that High School physics teachers with a B.Ed. have the weakest background in physics courses. A High School teacher with a B.S. in physics is much better prepared to teach physics. An M.Ed. high school teacher does not take as many physics courses as a M.S. physics teacher, and could still know less physics than a B.S. in physics teacher. A Ph.D. in education teacher is similar to a M.Ed. in physics teacher in terms of physics courses, unless an M.S in physics was earned. A Ph.D. in physics has the most experience in physics courses, and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics is could be even better prepared. Postdocs also add to a Ph.D.'s preparedness to teach.
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (Mathematics) B.S. with Honors
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, (All but Thesis - straight A's in physics)
Washington University in St. Louis (Physics) M.A.
Washington University in St. Louis (Physics) PhD
Postdoc (Physics) University of Tuebingen, Germany
University of Missouri, St. Louis (36 hrs. of math and education courses toward an M.Ed. – straight A’s in upper level math classes)
Hourly Rate: $40/hour for Students;
$66/hour for businesses (industry, research labs, and private businesses for software engineering consulting/training/scientific programming.)
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Minimum cancellation notice requirement: 5 hours
Tutor's lessons: Online only, by appointment only. No cost-free, first-hour lessons, demonstrations, or trials are provided. Please try to schedule lessons at least 24 hours in advance. No test/quiz taking or test/quiz assistance, please.
Payment: (preferred) (1) BOA Zelle if you have a BOA account; (2) PayPal, Venmo, or google pay; (3) check; (4) Email invoice – major credit cards or debit cards accepted and ACH.
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
C, C++, C#, python, computer programming, computer science, data structures and algorithms, FORTRAN (90,95 2003 possible), general computer, MATLAB, Java, JavaFX, Java Swing, C# (beginning), SQL (beginning), JS (beginning), PHP (beginning), HTML5/CSS3 (beginning), Unix, Linux, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft excel, Unix/Linux shell scripting (bash, sh), regular expressions, vi, vim.
C++, Java, general computer, Java, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft excel, statistics, grammar, FORTRAN, UNIX, Linux
Elementary math, elementary science
Algebra 1, algebra 2, AP calculus, geometry, AP physics, prealgebra, precalculus, statistics, reading, SAT math, AP Java, python
algebra 1, algebra 2, calculus, AP calculus, geometry, prealgebra, precalculus, probability, statistics, trigonometry, ACT Math, elementary math, SAT math, linear algebra, differential equations, advanced engineering mathematics, numerical analysis, complex variables
Physical science, university physics (physics with calc), college physics, elementary or middle school science, AP physics, mechanics, E and M, quantum physics, quantum mechanics
Former tutoring company stats and a partial list of feedback:
245 hours tutoring; 55 students
ratings: 5.0/5.0 (110)
Very knowledgeable. Excellent service. Very professional. I would recommend Peter to anyone who wants a very smart and knowledgeable tutor. Thank you, Peter.”
-- Mike; 3 lessons with Peter
Peter knows many different ways to approach things, and find the one that he is most knowledgeable with -very intelligent man”
-- Beckie; 1 lesson with Peter
“Extremely knowledgeable and patient...
He volunteers additional information about the discipline. His recommendations for additional reading were very useful. He has devised a very effective curriculum plan for my son.”
-- Lori; 7 lessons with Peter
“Knowledgeable and patient tutor
He helped me better understanding C programming. He knew the subject and he was very patient. I would definitely recommend him for anyone taking a programming class.”
-- Matt; 7 lessons with Peter
"Really patient and very knowledgeable about Bash Scripting"
“First, I would like to thank Peter for being patient. I was having some trouble with my microphone and he was really patient with me. He is a great tutor. I had a hard time understanding what my Instructor was asking for the assignment. Peter explained the assignment in depth and made sure I got it. He takes extra time to make sure I understand. I can't wait for our next tutoring session. Thank you, Peter!”
“He helped me learn about navigating in Vi editor in Unix and He answered my questions. He also made sure I if I had any more questions or needed any more tutoring.”
“Knowledgeable, patient, and proactive tutor!
Peter was the only tutor who reached out to me even if during the weekend. When we started having problems exchanging communications by XXXXXX, he proactively contacted me by phone. Considering that we live in different states, I considered it a great act of kindness and availability. He is extremely patient, and transmits, with calm confidence, that the goal will be achieved. In a moment so overwhelming, and full of homework to do, he was able to reassure me that I can do it. Overall, I could not be happier, and I strongly recommend him. I will definitely require his help for the rest of the course and for my future math classes. Two thumbs up!”
-- Fabio; 6 lessons with Peter
“Knowledgeable C++ tutor
Very knowledgeable and uses visuals to help you see projects; very prompt and reliable and very reasonable rates. I recommend him highly.”
-- Blair; 34 lessons with Peter
“BTW, Erika and I were both very impressed with how well you understood the assignment and at your very compact yet also simple, straight-forward coding style.”
--not disclosed; Sept 25, 2017; 2 long lessons, continuing;
feedback edited for grammar only (> 10 lessons)
“You are a great tutor!” (verbal comment during an online session)
--Richard: May, 2018. HS senior, last semester, IB test prep in calc and physics. (>20 lessons)
“Thanks a ton!!! Its nice to have a great teacher like you.”
--Reshu; Sun, Sep 2, 2018
“Thank you very much for all your lectures.
--Reshu; Sun, Aug 26,2018; Mother of tutored son (8th grade) in conceptual physics, geometry, trig, and calc. (16 lessons).
“Yes, he likes GUI programming. Looking forward to seeing him to write small programs with logical thinking! Thanks again for your passions in teaching Jonathan Java! :)”
--Jimmy: July 3, 2018
“Thanks for updating his progress! Moving on to the GUI for Tic Tac Toe would be interesting! Regarding the future projects, he said to me that he will discuss with you on coming Friday. Thanks again for your passion!”
--Jimmy: July 17, 2018
“First of all, I would like to thank you for teaching Jonathan 2 times a week over the Summer holidays, he has been having lots of fun in programming Tic Tae Toe and Hangman.” (Lessons will continue 1 X/week)
--Jimmy: Aug 29, 2018; Father of a 10th grader tutored in Java and Java FX.
As of December 13, 2020 (Jonathan: > 125 lessons)
“Just want to let you know that you are the best programming teacher ever. I have a very great consideration for you. I was so lucky to have gotten your contact.”
-- Jean-Paul: Nov 7, 2018; C++ and Java student > 40 lessons
“That’s amazing what you did - can you go over it please tomorrow !!!”
--Alan; Aug 2, 2018
“I think when I see how you do and you teach me, i am learning more that way.”
--Alan; Aug 25, 2018; Grad student taking CS bridge course (C++, discrete math, data structs, OS, networking) (> 80 lessons)
--Alan: Nov 6, 2018: “Thank you Peter. I am learning so much from you, despite my struggles. I think you are the best computer science tutor and I hope you can tutor me for couple of years ahead.”
--Alan: Dec 2019: “Thank you Peter! We had another productive year and I learned a lot with you! Let’s do more learning next year.”
--Alan: As of December 13, 2020, > 380 lessons
“Very well! Peter knows very well his subjects and helped our son so easily that we needed few lessons to troubleshoot. We are glad we have this option for the coming years of calculus, trigonometry, physics to come.”
--Luisa: 5/26/20 in reference to her son (copied from AL).
“Just want to thank you. Keani got an A in math this semester and it was a whole years worth of work!”
--Adrienne/Keani: Honors Math 1/13/2021 – 45 lessons as of 12/2020.
“Thanks Peter. I wish I knew you when I was first learning Java.”
“I really appreciate your help. In just two session, my stress level has come down to a manageable level :)”
--Sylvia: Data Structures in Java student. 2/2021
"... you are a physicist and great programmer!"
“I think your debugging skills are really starting to rub off on me.”
--Maiah 12/2020 Data Structures and Algorithms in C, Algorithm Analysis – More than 30 2-hr lessons as of 2/2021.
Tutored a tough differential equations course, a linear algebra course, a discrete math course, and some calc 2. Also tutored, SQL, C#, C++, python, Java, C, Linux, Linux OS programming (threads and processes), PHP, html5, CSS, algebra, prealgebra, and a little python game programming. I helped some students with data structures and algorithms and ½ of a computer organization course. Began part-time tutoring in computer science for Pearson.
Several of my HS students have graduated. They will major in CS in college. Most of my students are CS majors, engineering majors, or economics majors at various levels in university. Some of my students are children in middle school. One student is a professional DDS interested in CS. Received a $100 gift card from the parents of one student.
Just finished this semester tutoring C, C++, Java, python, discrete math, MATLAB, CSS3, HTML5, physics, math, a little C# with asp.net (still learning), and a little SQL. I also tutored a little JS, but still learning that too. The C++ course also had a little MFC with visual studio. My students were primarily college students, an experienced DDS, a seventh grader, 9th grader, and several HS students.
Consulting in C++ with Adept PD LLC was ended due to dubious practices on the part of Adept. Some schools, including junior colleges, are giving difficult or unreasonable (more difficult than the course level requires) homework assignments, presumably to reduce the student CS population.
(The following was written Jan, 2018.)
One of my recent students (Sheldon of VA) always said he learned more from me than his professor for his graduate level physics class.
One of my current students (Khailen of VA), in 6th grade, only needs me to help prepare for math tests. He only needed 4 or 5 regular sessions to become clear with his mathematics.
Most of my Unix/Linux bash scripting students get 1 lesson and are content. One (Eric) has returned for 1 lesson again after 3 months. Once it is clear on how to approach these programs, there is no longer any need for tutoring.
My MATLAB student (Lara from MI and my C++, MATLAB, and python student (Melky) student both got A+’s.
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