Terry F.


Terry F.

Tutor

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Will travel 20 miles

$65 per hour.

4.9 316 ratings

PhD, MBA, MA(math) Math, Statistics, Economics,Finance, Physics, Comp.

This graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Wisconsin, Madison is a patient and excellent tutor who is well versed in a wide variety of subjects that have as a common theme that they are mathematically oriented. I am a retired financial executive going back to work to support two young daughters about to start college back East. It's rare to find a tutor who has had more than 100 credit hours in college and graduate level math. I am a graduate of Dartmouth College with a major in... [more]


Algebra 1

Algebra can be a bewildering subject for many students. But I use a number of analogies to make the subject seem much simpler such as the concept of a balance scale; what you do to one side of the scale (equation) you must do to the other side of the scale (equation) in order to keep thing in balance. I also constantly check for understanding and require the student do lots of problems under a patient and understanding set of eyes. Simply lecturing students is not the way they learn. You can supply the steps to solving a problem; the student needs to practice performing the steps.


Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is a subject which I have successfully tutored on many occasions. I have also taught the subject in an LA Charter school. There a number of potentially difficult topics in this course which would include analytic geometry, trigonometry. and logarithmic./ exponential functions. These topics require patience and expertise in order for the student to fully grasp them. My specialty is teaching these topics in away that makes them easy to understand and retain


Calculus

My specialty is test preparation. What we learn how to do is identify the types of calculus problems likely to be on your exam. , and the keys to distinguishing one type of problem from another whether it be implicit differentiation or a related rates problem for example. Then we make sure we understand the steps in solving each of the various problem types.


Microsoft Excel

I have used Excel extensively in my business consulting business and designed numerous Excel application spreadsheets. I am currently consulting with a company designing a very sophisticated application for inventory management and production scheduling. This application involves writing macro-functions in Visual Basic to perform the analysis. In addition I have used the statistics functions present in Excel to assist students in their statistics classes using the statistical functions resident within Excel.


Geometry

Geometry is an interesting mathematical subject with many moving parts It is quite different from algebra in its heavy emphasis on the ability to construct logical proofs. I have tutored this subject successfully on numerous occasions and know how to help students have greater success in constructing their own geometric proofs. It is often a matter of working backward from what you are trying to prove to what you are given or know. In some ways it is like solving a puzzle. I find the whole process stimulating and interesting, and I try to get my students to see the process as challenging and fun.


Physics

Physics was my major at Dartmouth College through my junior year. During my studies I took a number of advanced classes including mechanics, quantum physics, thermodynamics and relativity theory.


Prealgebra

I have actual teaching experience working with 7th graders on pre-algebra. This experience has enabled me to understand how to get the necessary concepts across. I can also draw on algebra and more advanced concepts to give students an exciting preview of what they can expect to learn in the future.


Precalculus

Precalculus and calculus are subjects I've successfully taught and tutored on many occasions. The subject of limits can be very confusing to students when it is first encountered. I heavily rely on intuition and examples with which the student would already be familiar. The more intuitive type of approach makes it easier to grasp concepts which would at first seem difficult to grasp. Trigonometry and analytic geometry are two other topics I know how to simplify so that the student can more easily understand them.


Trigonometry

Trigonometry is a very different subject in math. It involves both algebra and geometry. Concepts and theorems can be very simple or relatively complex. Having studied, tutored and taught the subject over the years, I have learned how to present the material in the easies ways possible. My students benefit from my ability to simplify more difficult topics.


Statistics

Statistics is my favorite subject and the one I'm most qualified to teach. Having taken more than six statistics classes at the college or graduate school levels, I'm well-versed in just about any topic likely to be encountered. When I encounter the occasional topic I've not seen before, I have no problem researching it and learning about it. In addition to tutoring statistics about 10 times, Iv'e taught the subject in the workplace, in college, and graduate school. I know this subject well and know how to make it understandable.


SAT Math


Economics

A major requirement of my PhD in Business Quantitative Analysis was to pass the PhD Qualifying Exam in Economics. This entailed passing 6 graduate levels in economics and a six hour qualifying exam. As a result I have had a great deal of success in tutoring microeconomics, macroeconomics and even econometrics, a relatively difficult subject. Moreover economics is a subject that has gotten much more quantitative in its approach, increasingly using concepts such as calculus and statistics in its approach. The fact that I also have a Masters in math has enabled me to stay abreast of the more mathematical approaches to both micro and macro economics. I am well qualified to teach economics.


Finance

The study of finance has gotten increasingly quantitative over the years. My PhD in Business and Quantitative Analysis and Masters in Math from the University of Wisconsin in Madison have positioned me well to understand and teach the newer finance material which is vey mathematical in its approach. In addition I myself fairly recently took a very quantitative finance class from a prominent UCLA finance professor and also took a two week seminar in quantitative methods in finance at MIT, My continuing tutoring of the subject have familiarized me with the very newest of topics in finance. Finally I am a 25 year plus veteran of the finance industry where I routinely used many of the techniques routinely taught in finance courses.


GMAT


Probability

Probability is a subject in which I am extremely well-versed. I have frequently tutored the subject on a standalone basis and as part of statistics classes. I am capable of presenting the subject in a manner that is easily understood and retained. Lots of examples are presented in order to solidify the concepts. Having such a long familiarity with the subject means that presenting the material is second-nature to me.


ACT Math


Managerial Accounting

Accounting and finance are two topics with which I am very familiar. I was a career banker for 30 years and about half that time was spent lending to large and small businesses with a bit of personal lending thrown in the mix. My MBA and PhD provided plenty of academic background in these subjects and I have taken a number of courses and seminars in these subjects more recently, As these subjects have become increasingly mathematical in their approach, I have found my own strong math background incredibly valuable in understanding the more quantitative approaches to these subjects.


Financial Accounting

Accounting and finance are two topics with which I am very familiar. I was a career banker for 30 years and about half that time was spent lending to large and small businesses with a bit of personal lending thrown in the mix. My MBA and PhD provided plenty of academic background in these subjects and I have taken a number of courses and seminars in these subjects more recently, As these subjects have become increasingly mathematical in their approach, I have found my own strong math background incredibly valuable in understanding the more quantitative approaches to these subjects.


Discrete Math

Discrete mathematics is particularly fun and intuitive subject for students that has useful application in the real world. I've personally used linear programming to solve a particular banking problem. In fact my PhD in Business Quantitative Analysis from the University of Wisconsin employs many of these topics. In addition I have obtained BA degree with a major in math from Dartmouth College as well as an MA in math and MBA also from the University of Wisconsin. Finally I am an excellent tutor with instructional experience at the high school and college levels


Differential Equations

Differential equations is a subject I have studied on a number of occasions during my undergraduate and graduate math studies. More specifically, I took a class in this subject during my pursuit of my Master's in Math at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. It is a subject with which I am very familiar and comfortable. In addition, I have a gift for making difficult topics relatively easy, having taught at the high school and college level.


Business

I received my MBA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. From there I went on to earn my PhD in business quantitative analysis. My specialties are business statistics, economics, and finance, although I am well-versed in all of the subject-matter in the typical MBA program including accounting and marketing. I was a successful senior executive in the financial industry for over 20 years.


SAS

I am very current with SAS and it is a very difficult software topic. Currently I am working with an econometrics client who is using SAS. Only he and one other student in his class are able to work with the SAS software. The rest of the class are limping along with Excel which is a very cumbersome tool for the kinds of statistics problems being addressed.


C

I have studied C on my own and have the language installed outer. I am also conversant in many other computer languages including C+. In addition I took an on-line course in C from Harvard University's internet education site, EDX. Earlier in my career I was an active programmer as well as systems analyst.


CBEST

I have taken the CBEST exam as part of my studies for my teaching credential. I passed the exam with flying colors. With my heavy background this test and preparing students to pass it will be relatively easy for me.


Computer Programming

I have years of computer programming experience and have written 100's of programs in my career. I am familiar with scientific and business programming. among the many languages in which I've programmed are Fortran, Basic, Cobol, PL1 and some Assembler. More recently I have learn Python, C and C+.


Econometrics

Econometrics was a course I took at the University of Wisconsin as part of my PhD program. Indeed a major portion of the PhD requirements was to pass the economics PhD qualifying exam at a school with a very prestigious economics department. I've had six graduate level courses in economics including this particular subject. I'd plan to purchase any client's text in order to provide more directed assistance.


Linear Algebra

Linear algebra is among my favorite subjects in mathematics. Having taken over 30 courses in math and statistics during my studies at Dartmouth (BA, major in math, minor in physics) and the University of Wisconsin, Madison (MA in math, MBA and PhD in Business Quantitative Analysis) I am particularly qualified to teach this topic. Specifically I had one undergraduate and two graduate level courses covering this topic. I am an excellent teacher having taught at both the high school and college levels


Logic

Logic is a subject I've studied on a number of occasions, especially during my undergraduate math studies at Dartmouth College where I majored in math. One course was completely devoted to that subject. I also have three graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison: an MA in math, an MBA and a PhD in Business Quantitative Analysis. In addition I've had significant teaching experience having taught at the high school and college level.


Microsoft Access

During my early academic and professional career I had extensive experience with data processing and a wide variety of computer programming languages and data base management systems.


Finite Math

This is a topic I really enjoyed during my studies in math. Specifically I took a course by this name during my pursuit of a BA degree with a major in math at Dartmouth College. I went on to obtain my MA in math, MBA and PhD degrees at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. I am an excellent instructor with both high school and college level teaching experience. I excel at making math understandable.