Frederick M.


Frederick M.

Tutor

Flemington, NJ 08822

Will travel 15 miles

$60 per hour.

4.91 329 ratings

Science/Technology/Engineering/Math - Keeping it fun!

Do you enjoy learning, making things work, or solving interesting problems? You probably also like creating new ways of looking at the world and expressing yourself! It's great fun to do these things and gain expertise in the process. That's what school is all about! And tutoring is meant to help you go the extra mile, or perhaps fill in any gaps that occur in the rush through your classes, sports, music/art lessons, etc. If you've ever had the experience of really enjoying an exam, kno... [more]


Algebra 1

Whether it's an explanation of how to solve equations, understanding word problem methods, factoring expressions, or creating graphs, Algebra I is all about using mathematical symbols and techniques to reach conclusions that can't be readily "figured out" by "thinking of the answer". Having tutored many young students and adults in Algebra, I am very confident in my method and ability to convey the material. I will quickly identify any gaps in your Algebra foundation and help you fill them securely.


Algebra 2

Algebra is about using mathematical symbols and expressions to "say" something important, organize facts, and reach conclusions that can't be readily "figured out" by "thinking of the answer". Solving equations, understanding word problems, factoring expressions, and creating graphs, are good examples of Algebra 2 skills that I have taught. My deep understanding and familiarity with Algebra II allows me to clearly express any aspect of the math to students so they will retain it. I believe my success comes from identifying the student's current capability, and what parts of the material they might be missing. I have a keen sense for which areas of the subject need "extra mile teaching".


Calculus

My deep understanding of the foundation material affords me the ability to communicate clearly to students exactly what they need to know in order to succeed in Calculus.


Microsoft Excel

I have used Excel extensively in capturing and analyzing data. My most recent project was to create a real estate tool that estimates the value of properties based on comparables. I am proficient in the use of formulas, avoiding circular references, and verifying proper operation of complex spreadsheets.


General Computer

Electrical Engineering has been a career in which I've used computers and peripherals as tools, designed and developed computer-based systems, tested computer hardware and software, written software to run on computers, and networked computers to interface together for client server capability. Computer applications such as those used in business (eg. MS Office, TuboTax, NetMeeting), those that connect people (eg. Skype, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.), and those just for fun (GarageBand, PhotoShop, Audacity, iTunes) are all part of my everyday life. I enjoy learning more about them myself whenever possible and value the opportunity to relay that knowledge to others. Interested in improving your home wireless router and network capabilities?.... I'm there!


Geometry

I studied Geometry in high school, college, my career years, and now with my own kids. Yes, I really do care about what Pythagoras was thinking when he found his amazing discovery. I find it enlightening and empowering to go through the same thought process as someone 2000 years ago to reach a conclusion that is pure truth and universal. Those great equations we see in our math books are much less intimidating when we experience the explanation that resonates or attaches to our personal experience. The concepts become more friend than foe. My approach to teaching Geometry is the same as any course, including to help students form methods of organizing and communicating the learning process itself while studying the subject. Geometry is one of the best subjects for doing just that because of the nature of the material... visual, real-world, and sensible. To me, when someone sincerely asks, "what is 'pi' and why do we need it for working with circles?", my response is, "If you have ten minutes let's draw a few circles and find out." In that ten minutes, not only will the concept of pi be clear, but the student will be better, more confident learner.


Microsoft Word


Physics

Obtaining a degree in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University required a complete understanding of Physics. My courses included Statics, Dynamics, Physics I and II, as well as cross-training in physics material as part of Calculus and Chemistry classes. I have continued to study the subject simply out of enjoyment and interest. For example, as a long-time athlete and sports enthusiast, I have made various observations of how baseballs and basketballs adhere to the laws of physics. I can explain exactly why it is important to shoot a basketball using proper ball "rotation", and what advantages are gained by pivoting hips prior to hitting a baseball or in a tennis shot. I know how a golf club can be swung in a certain way to maximize the distance and accuracy of the shot (and I've hit a ball over 300 yards). Nuclear Physics and Quantum Mechanics are frequently in the news and documentaries, so I have been able to stay current by following those outlets. As I assist my high-schoolers with their Physics courses, I am frequently told that I make it much easier to understand by giving interesting examples.


Microsoft PowerPoint


Prealgebra

Introducing students to variables and what it means to solve equations, factor expressions, and handle the mathematical symbols/techniques is primarily about communication. It's about finding interesting ways to get the student's attention and keep a two-way discussion rolling. Having tutored many young students and adults in arithmetic and algebra, and seeing how quickly they absorbed the material, I am very confident in my methods: patient communications, understanding the student's level, and presenting the lessons at a pace that brings about fast AND lasting learning. My ability to teach math comes from a deep understanding of the subject, combined with a sense of what it took for me to obtain this level.


Precalculus

Precalculus includes topics such as vectors, functions, logarithms, conic sections, complex numbers, graphing, parametric equations, trigonometry, and sequences/series. These elements of mathematics and the associated tools/techniques were central in my Electrical Engineering education. Hands-on industry experience over the following decades reinforced my understanding and ability to communicate clearly advanced topics such as trigonometry and calculus. When I tutor these subjects, I am able to instill confidence in students based on a full understanding of the material, well-paced presentation, and a contagious enthusiasm.


Trigonometry

What a subject name!! Trigonometry sounds scary, but I like that kind of challenge. I can guide you through the simple basic concepts on which Trig is based and you'll soon discover why sin(x) is such a useful function in many professions. I use real-life exercises to show students first-hand where the functions come from and how to build on your Algebra skills to conquer Trig. Get ready to memorize a few things, but also be confident that you'll know the underlying math that makes Trig fun.


Writing

Throughout my extensive career in Engineering, there were countless opportunities to write. Most days of the week required well-communicated written word, primarily in the modes of Narrative, Persuasive, and Expository. From single-page status reports to 80-page detailed technical documents of various forms, writing has always been a critical part of my routine. The following identifies those specific styles of writing in which I have the most experience: -Process Writing (explaining steps / procedures); -Reaction Writing (providing a personal response); -Business Writing (communicating with coworkers); -Research Writing (reporting information learned by studying); -Technical/Informative (clearly and concisely documenting technical information); -Compare and Contrast (identify similarities and differences regarding the subject(s). -Expressive Writing (share thoughts or beliefs); -Argumentative Writing (making a potentially controversial statement, then supporting the statement with specific details to convince the reader its truth);


SAT Math

I have been tutoring SAT math including geometry, trigonometry and pre-calculus since 2014. My background in mathematics stems from 30 years of Engineering experience, a Master's Degree in Engineering, and current position teaching college-level mathematics. Using the current edition SAT book and web pages from College Board, I will guide you through the practice tests and ensure that you have a full understanding of the concepts and methods of solving each problem in math sections. Test-taking techniques such as how to keep within time limits and how to maximize your points are also key aspects of my lessons.


SQL


PSAT

The math and reasoning skills involved in taking the PSAT are very important in high school success. The algebra, geometry and science courses required in high school and college depend on a strong foundation and understanding of the topics. My math background is extensive, and I strive to have students enjoy solving problems as much as I do.


ACT Math

I have been tutoring ACT math including geometry, trigonometry and pre-calculus since 2014. My background in mathematics stems from 30 years of Engineering experience, a Master's Degree in Engineering, and teaching math in our community college. Test-taking techniques such as how to keep within time limits and how to maximize your score are key aspects of my ACT lessons.


Study Skills

I have been tutoring in STEM subjects for well over 400 hours and have found at least one common thread in forecasting student success: the use of productive study skills. My background in industry and academia has provided the proving grounds for me to see first hand that study skills can be attained based on practice and good habits and attitudes. I enjoy relaying to students that knowledge of "how to approach" their studies to receive the best outcomes, with balance between their learning objectives and grades. There are nuances to consider for studying certain subjects, and there are also core behaviors that must be practiced to attain top performance levels. I will demonstrate to the student how investing time in studying properly will end up saving them time in the longer term.


C++

As a 30-year experienced Electrical/Computer/Software Engineer with a Master's in EE, I have designed, developed, tested, and deployed many thousands of lines of programming code. The systems in which that software runs are diverse, and the methods I used to create the product among the top-used and well-accepted in the industry. I have developed software in C/C++, Java, Pascal, FORTRAN, Basic, and various macro languages. I have a combined 8 years of on-the-job experience developing 'C++' code. I have a few years of experience with scripting languages as well, including shell scripting, JavaScript, Perl, and the like. I have mentored colleagues at work for decades in programming and Software Engineering.


C

As a 30-year experienced Electrical/Computer/Software Engineer with a Master's in Electrical Engineering, I have designed, developed, tested, and deployed thousands of lines of C programming code, spanning over 10 years. I would start with a lesson on "Structured Programming" for a beginning/intermediate student. If you're also interested in comparing languages, we'll touch on C++, Java, Pascal, FORTRAN, Basic, and various macro languages as necessary. You might also want to take advantage of my experience with scripting languages, including shell scripting, JavaScript, Perl, and the like. I have mentored colleagues at work for decades in both structured and object-oriented programming and completed many extra courses in this area over the years. For fun, we can review and run a C program I once developed that paints 3-D views of a 2-D terrain data file on a PC screen.


Computer Programming

As a 30-year experienced Electrical/Computer/Software Engineer with a Master's in EE, I have designed, developed, tested, and deployed many thousands of lines of programming code. The systems in which that software runs are diverse, and the methods I used to create the product among the top-used and well-accepted in the industry. That being said, it's important to note that I enjoy teaching at any level, so whether you're a beginner or very experienced, we'll have plenty to talk about. I have developed software in C/C++, Java, Pascal, FORTRAN, Basic, and various macro languages. I have a combined 14 years of on-the-job experience developing 'C/C++' code. I also have a few years of experience with scripting languages, including shell scripting, JavaScript, Perl, SQL, etc. I have mentored colleagues at work for decades in both structured and object-oriented programming and completed many extra courses in this area over the years. Computer Programming also encompasses aspects of design, test, development tools, system concepts, and on-and-on.


Computer Science

During my career as an Engineer, I have worked with many technologies and applications with a "computer" at the heart of the system. I put "computer" in quotes because in reality, the program may have been executed on any number of computing elements such as PCs, mini-computers, "mainframes", microprocessors, server machines, clients, multiprocessor systems, or even simulators. Having experienced the development environments and run-time capabilities of this wide range of systems, and also using different languages and tools has given me a clear understanding of what Computer Science is all about. Whether you are interested in Algorithms and data structures, Computer architecture and engineering, graphics and visualization, Software engineering, or Digital Signal Processing Theory, I'd be glad to share with you my experience and insights.


Linux

My Linux skills come from on-the-job use, formal training in Unix, and personal study of the details on Linux. I have installed Linux on PCs, used Linux as a development environment, and written shell scripts for Linux. I would suggest a great way to learn the ins and outs of Linux would be to install a free environment such as from gnu.org. I have gone through the process in the past and could guide students along as they experience the details. With a runtime environment set up, the next step would be to practice shell commands and scripting.


Logic

In my Engineering career as programmer, hardware designer, and systems integrator, I used all aspects of logic on a daily basis. A related Engineering course I have taken at Rutgers is called "Logic Design", and applies the functions 'AND', 'OR', 'XOR', 'NAND', 'NOR', etc. From a science/engineering point of view, computer programs and digital devices use logic to produce an output based on a set of inputs. Logic controls the "path of operations" through a running program or application, and is usually based on a set of rules. A simple example of the logic I have implemented using digital circuits and programming languages is the "if statement" which takes the form "if A, then B". As an experienced Software/Hardware Engineer, my background in Logic will be a great asset in tutoring on this subject.


Microsoft Windows

I have been using Microsoft Windows almost daily ever since it was first introduced in 1985. Currently, I use Windows 7 as the most widely-accepted version, and also play with Windows 8. I have created home networks using Windows interfaces and have complete command of the file system and application setup. I'm familiar with most main-stream Window applications such are Internet Explorer, Office, LiveMail, Media Center, System control panel, etc. The next big thing is Windows 10, and apparently that will be a nice improvement over the cumbersome 8. If you use a Windows-based PC, laptop, tablet, or phone, I can help you get the most out of it.


Perl

While working at Motorola, I was involved in test projects which required reliable sorting and manipulation of test data. For approximately two years, I studied the language, took Perl courses, and wrote scripts. I still have my notes, books, and example programs and would enjoy getting back into working with this very cool scripting language. Let me know what type of data you have and how you want it to be processed and I'll get you going with Perl.


Electrical Engineering

With a BSEE from Rutgers University College of Engineering, I was exposed to a generous portion of math and science on which Electrical Engineering is built. Circuits, Fourier Transforms, Communication Theory, Discrete Systems, Calculus, Principles of EE, Power Systems, and a fascinating independent study on the topic of deblurring 2-D images were all part of the rigorous curriculum. Those experiences allowed for my post-graduate work at Rutgers and NJIT where I earned a Master's Degree in EE. Now, as a 30-year member of the industry, I have designed, developed, tested, and deployed many highly complex systems of hardware and software. Most of this work has been in "real-time" computer-based systems.


Computer Engineering

As a 30-year experienced Electrical/Computer/Software Engineer with a Master's in EE, I have designed, developed, tested, and deployed many thousands of lines of "Embedded" code, much of which runs on hardware that I designed or developed. Most of this work has been in "real-time" computer-based systems. Computer Engineering spans many technical disciplines including hardware development, system integration, software, firmware, and networking, all of which I have had direct hands-on experience.


Fitness

Coaching basketball and baseball for a combined 8 years and designing my fitness plan to be able to keep up with the kids all this time is probably the best qualification I can list. For example, teaching what it means to have stamina, strength, resilience, coordination, quickness, balance, and agility keeps those topics fresh and motivates the coach to practice what is preached. Underlying all those athletic attributes is safety. Without safe and healthy practices, the above-mentioned attributes would all be devalued. My passion for fitness stems from high school and college where I played highly competitive baseball and basketball. I was taught many good fitness practices while played Varsity Baseball for three years at Rutgers. Following those years came many enjoyable years of tennis, golf, swimming, and softball which further-solidified my understanding of how to develop and maintain fitness. I have read various books and practiced with online coaches recently to keep fine-tuned in the ability to stay fit and share that ability with others.


JavaScript

My most recent JavaScript program (for fun) was to re-create a version of the video game we all remember called 'PONG'. This is a fully-functional paddle game that allows for angled shots and 2-D paddle motion. I have mentored colleagues at work for decades in programming and Software Engineering. I earned a Master's Degree in EE.