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Physics PhD/Math BS + Programming:C/C++/Java + OS:Unix/Linux/Scripting + Physics/Math

Peter D.
Online only (Google Hangouts is preferred for sessions)
(Time zone: CST).

I have a B.S. in Mathematics (SIUE), an M.A. in Physics, and a Ph.D. in Physics (WUSTL). I have a postdoctoral fellowship in Physics in Germany (U of Tuebingen) in my background. I am two classes away from completing an M.Ed. in Secondary Education/Mathematics (UMSL), but it is now too late.

I have about 4 years of part-time tutoring experience in St. Louis, MO for a private company and in Edwardsville, IL for SIUE. I have had about 1.5 years of experience with a former, primarily online, tutoring employer. I recently began tutoring for a new online tutoring company. I tutor: college physics, university physics, computational statistical mechanics, university physics (w/ calculus), physical science, algebra 1 and 2, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, probability, random variables, time series, some signal processing for time series, pre-algebra, pre-calculus, college algebra, calculus, calculus 3, differential equations, numerical analysis, Java, C, C++, C# (beginner), python (beginner), FORTRAN(77, 90, 95), MATLAB/Octave, data structures, Unix/Linux systems programming, Linux Systems administration, Unix (vi, regular expressions, shell scripting(bash, csh, sh)), German, and Win32 shell scripting, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS excel. I am also open to helping with research projects, theses, or dissertations in any field requiring math, statistics, physics, programming, and certain areas of engineering.

As an adjunct professor, I teach statistics, physical science, and college physics. I am a former teaching assistant or teaching fellow in physics during 5 years in graduate school.

I practice patience and a perfectly positive attitude toward my students. I strive to not judge others.

In industry I have 6 years of experience as a programmer/software engineer. I have 12 years of programming experience in my scientific research at Wash U School of Medicine in St. Louis. Through my dissertation and postdoc, I have 5 years of FORTRAN programming experience. Also at Wash U School of Medicine, I have 8 years of part-time UNIX system administrator experience. The programming languages C, C++, FORTRAN, and Java; the operating systems Unix, Linux, and Windows; and the shell scripting languages DOS, bash, csh, and sh are my computer specialties.

In addition to math and physics, I tutor C, C++, FORTRAN, Java, UNIX, Linux, and shell scripting (bash, csh, sh). I can teach beginning to expert levels in all programming languages, scripting languages, and OS's above, except for Java. Currently, I can help beginning and intermediate level Java students. I can also help with beginning C# and python. I have recently tutored MATLAB for students of engineering course. I am willing to tutor anything mentioned previously except GUI programming, which will be offered in the future.

I work with students online. I will offer classes online, where students must share one connection on one computer, and they may share the burden of my default rate. E.g., 4 students would each pay 1/4 of my default rate. The maximum number of students online is decided by the students themselves for online tutoring. With google hangouts, many students can join an online class in real time.

Learning technical subjects requires problem solving, and learning programming languages requires specifically programming. Programming is a subset of problem solving. 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.

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 the student everything he or she needs to know so that the tutor is no longer necessary.

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.)

Hourly Rate: $30
Rate Details:
No call - no show - hourly rate is charged.
Minimum cancellation notice: 5 hours
Tutor's lessons: Online only.
Payment: (preferred) Email invoice - major credit cards accepted or ACH
(if necessary) paypal or personal check

Schedule (CDT or CST) (only a rough approximation)
Sunday: 11:00 pm -- 1:00 pm; 4:00 pm -- 6:00 pm; 9:00 pm -- 11:00 pm
Monday: 11:00 pm -- 1:00 pm; 4:00 pm -- 6:00 pm; 9:00 pm -- 11:00 pm
Tuesday: 11:00 pm -- 1:00 pm; 4:00 pm -- 6:00 pm; 9:00 pm -- 11:00 pm
Wednesday: 11:00 pm -- 1:00 pm; 4:00 pm -- 6:00 pm; 9:00 pm -- 11:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 pm -- 1:00 pm; 4:00 pm -- 6:00 pm; 9:00 pm -- 11:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 pm -- 1:00 pm; 4:00 pm -- 6:00 pm; 9:00 pm -- 11:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 pm -- 1:00 pm; 4:00 pm -- 6:00 pm; 9:00 pm -- 11:00 pm


Microsoft Excel Microsoft PowerPoint Microsoft Word
C, C++, computer programming, computer science, data structures, DOS, FORTRAN (90,95 2003 possible), general computer, MATLAB, Java, python (beginning), C# (beginning), Unix, Linux, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft excel, Unix/Linux shell scripting (bash, csh, tsch, sh, ksh), Windows shell scripting (not powershell), regular expressions, vi, vim. (No GUI coding at this time)
Corporate Training
C++, general computer, German, Java, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft excel, statistics, grammar, FORTRAN, UNIX, Linux
Elementary Education
Elementary math, elementary science, grammar, reading
Grammar, reading, essay writing
Algebra 1, algebra 2, calculus, geometry, physics, prealgebra, precalculus, statistics, reading, SAT math
algebra 1, algebra 2, calculus, AP calculus, geometry, linear algebra, prealgebra, precalculus, probability, statistics, trigonometry, ACT Math, elementary math, SAT math, linear algebra, differential equations, advanced engineering mathematics, numerical analysis
Physical science, university physics, college physics, elementary or middle school science, AP physics (no Chemistry or Bio at this time), mechanics, E and M, quantum physics, quantum mechanics
Test Preparation
GED math, ACT Math, GRE math, SAT math

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

Very knowledgeable
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"
- Elizabeth
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 understands. I can't wait for our next tutoring session. Thank you Peter!

"Patient tutor."
- Brenda
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 WyzAnt, 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


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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