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Introduction: My teaching/tutoring philosophy (for math and science) is to focus on the underlying concepts, and to get the student to understand what is really going on -- rather than merely memorizing meaningless formulae and reciting rote definitions.  Most of my students find me both "patient" and "tolerant" (check out the student feedback in my profile on the website!) and many wind up actually loving the math or science they initially thought they hated. I particularly love those "Aha!" moments, when the student "sees the light" and embraces the elusive concept. Often, I hear my students say, "why didn't my teacher show me how easy this was?" Even more gratifying is when a student who claimed to "hate math" winds up loving it and asks, "how come they didn't they tell me it was so much fun?"
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Sally K.

Data Structures (C++ -- third semester college level course): Last week's assignment was challenging for my son and after help from two other sources, Bruce was the only person who was able to help him understand the material. If he should need more sessions going forward, we will definitely reach out to Bruce again. My son is a visual person so explaining alone does not work, showing him does. Bruce is a excellent instructor.
Mar 2, 2021
Leslie N.

Professor Bam is really patient and calm. He really helps one understand the material. He is knowledgeable, professional and kind. I highly endorse Professor Bam and I plan on utilizing his tutorial services now and in the future. He really is a key asset to learning material. Sincerely, Leslie M. Novetti.
Mar 12, 2019
Mary Anne C.

Bruce tutored my older daughter in AP chemistry, AP calculus, and her SAT and ACT exams. Her grades immediately improved as did the scores for her ACT and SAT exams. Bruce also helped my younger daughter with advanced 7th grade math. He is extremely knowledgeable in so many subjects. He’s very professional and very patient in explaining concepts, theories, methodologies, and how to problem solve. Bruce really seeks out what the student doesn’t grasp well and determines areas where they could improve. If the student doesn’t totally grasp a concept one way, he’ll offer alternatives until it’s understood. Bruce was always willing to work around our many and varied schedules. And if he needed to change an appointment, he’d call well in advance and have his calendar ready to reschedule. Awesome tutor! I’d definitely utilize his services again. Mary Anne Flanders, NY
Mar 20, 2015
Amalia N.

Working with Bruce is a pleasure. He is very knowledgeable,patient and kind, and very accommodating with schedules and students' needs. His time with my children was so helpful to their academic success.
Jan 22, 2015
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    1. Hourly rates vary somewhat by subject, depending upon difficulty, preparation, etc. 2. In some cases, there is an additional fee for travel. 3. Rates may be discounted for regularly-scheduled lessons on a extended basis.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    See my website "Tutoring Profile" and "Teaching Resume". 30+ years college teaching, plus private tutoring in academic subjects and "test-prep" techniques. Also taught and/or managed many employee-training programs. Developed curricula for training programs, civil-service exam preparation courses, etc. as well as for after-school science clubs and summer camps. My professional career was primarily in software development and management, at Brookhaven National Lab (BNL), Grumman, Robotic Vision, American Science, and other Long Island companies, and as a software consultant and website developer. I am also a professional writer, with thousands of pages published, and I currently host two weekly radio shows on a local radio station.

  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    For over thirty years, teaching was always a sideline, and I enjoyed moonlighting as an Adjunct Professor at several nearby colleges. However, I also realized that, while it has never been my main "job", teaching has always been a vital part of my work (whether in scientific research, software development in industry, or in management) -- including mentoring, employee training programs, leading project teams, code reviews, etc. More-recently, I discovered that I also had a "knack" for helping individual students who were having difficulty with academic subjects (math, science, writing, etc.). Too often, their public school teachers were not able to "get through" to them (and many of these students began to lose confidence in themselves.) I realized that many of their teachers had focused so much on memorizing formulas, reciting definitions, and "teaching to the test" and rarely dwelt on understanding of the underlying concepts. Consequently, many bright students viewed these subjects as an insurmountable mass of unrelated factoids, with no coherence (and no motivation to learn, other than threat of failing grades). So often I found that, as soon as the student focused on actually learning and understanding the concepts 'e was able to solve problems with little or no reliance on formulae or rote. I have had such great success with the concept-based approach that I developed in tutoring, that I have, in turn, also begun to apply it to my college teaching -- especially when teaching "remedial courses" in the Community College.

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