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Physics tutor

Aug 2014

Through a combination of effort and luck, we found Drummond Fielding, a Physics Graduate student at Berkeley to be my son's physics tutor. As an Engineering Ph.D. myself, I wanted someone with a spectacular understanding of Physics AND wanted someone who truly loves Physics, who is personable and who is a great communicator. Drummond came highly recommended by a fellow Berkeley physics grad student, Chat Hull, who has amazing reviews from the BPN community for his tutoring (he does not tutor anymore as he is busy with his research work). Chat was right; Drummond exceeded our expectations.

Drummond's love of physics showed in his enthusiasm and dedication, and helped my son achieve and understanding of physics well beyond what was necessary for the A he achieved in his advanced Physics class. In fact, he became so interested that he asked to continue the tutoring through the summer! Since my son is heading to college this fall, Drummond will be taking a new very lucky student. My husband (Cal Engineering Professor) was equally impressed. Drummond can be contacted at drummondfielding [at] a very grateful parent

Tutor for AP Physics B

July 2014

Daniel Mayeri is an outstanding tutor. My daughter went to him weekly during her entire senior year at Berkeley High to get help and review for AP Physics B. He presented the information well and, if she didn't understand the material, he would try another way to explain the it. He was very creative and persistent in ensuring she got it. My daughter was not struggling in the class, but she loved having a chance to review the material with Daniel. He help her get another angle on the information, understand it at a deeper level, and solidify it for her. In addition to being a talented tutor, he is also a very nice person. Contact Daniel at Erika J

Tutor for AP Biology Class

Oct 2013

My daughter is a good student, but really struggling with her AP Biology course at Berkeley High school. I'm thinking that she may benefit from a tutor. Does anyone have recommendations for a good tutor for this course? Any idea how much they would charge? I've searched previous postings, but there aren't many recommendations for this particular course. It would also be helpful to hear from other parents of students who have taken this course. Is there anything else you would recommend other than getting a tutor? Thanks in advance for your support and recommendations. BH mom

Ugh! That AP Biology class! We suffered through that a couple of years ago. It covers an overwhelming amount of information and requires students to really step up their studying skills. We used a tutor from Achieve Learning (on Grand in Oakland) paying $45/hour for a tutor who would come to our house. That tutor is no longer there but they might have someone else who can tutor this subject.

We have also liked the Bay Area Tutoring Center in Berkeley (not for AP Bio, for geometry and pre-calculus but I know they tutor AP Bio), for which we paid $55/hour but we had to go to Berkeley.

I pushed my daughter (to no avail) to join a study group or get a study buddy which was recommended by her teacher; I think it definitely helps to study this with others. We also got her a supplemental study guide and she watched videos on the Khan Academy site.

With all of this (plus some study help from me) she managed to improve her grade but it was definitely an uphill battle. Glad to have AP Bio in the rearview

Need a Physics AP tutor

Oct 2011

I need a recommendation for an AP Physics tutor to come to our house (or to the library) in Orinda. Also, what is the going rate? Thanks. Anon

Why don't you try Beatrice Rey-Herme in Orinda 925-253-6978. She is EXCELLENT--- she is now $70/hour but extremely competent and will get through to your teen. You can mention my name-- she has a pretty booked schedule. alice

Review: math and science tutor

Sept 2011

I am writing to give a sincere recommendation for Josh Shiode, a highly qualified tutor for high school level math and science. We first learned of Josh last week through Chat Hull, a tutor who we read about on BPN. We were desperately looking for a tutor who could help our 16-year old daughter with AP Calculus and Mechanical Physics. Chat was fully booked for the semester, but suggested that we contact Josh, one of his grad-student colleagues at Cal who has a high level of success in tutoring students in need of extra help and support in science and math. Josh responded promptly to my (multiple)emails, thoughtfully answered all of my questions, and helped us to come up with a plan to help our daughter on her way towards better grades. He is efficient, generous with his time, and from our experience, an incredibly nice person! He can be reached at jhshiode [at] Monika

Physics Tutor for high school student

Sept 2010

We're looking for a Physics tutor. Can you recommend someone who is a great Physics tutor and an effective communicator? The student is a junior at Miramonte High School in Orinda who is struggling with Physics. Many thanks!

Try calling the Physics department on campus. We hired a Physics graduate student for my daughter when she was at Berkeley High. He was young, patient, and very helpful. And not too expensive. Anon

Hi there! I highly recommend Matt at Classroom Matters. He is an amazing tutor who has helped dozens of students over the years. Here is his bio:

Matt Criden was born and raised on a kibbutz in Northern Israel, and spent his childhood making friends with exchange students from all over the world. After serving in the Israeli air force for three years, he moved to Berkeley to pursue his education. Matt has recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Astrophysics and a minor in Physics. His plan for the future involves attending medical school, doing research, and potentially teaching in an academic setting, while keeping Astrophysics as a life long hobby. Matt is a dedicated and engaging tutor with helpful and motivating techniques to help his students love Physics and all things math related. Matt believes that every student has the potential to excel at math and science when the subjects are presented in the ''right'' way--by focusing on the student's learning style. With experience, patience, and a positive attitude, Matt helps students gain the comprehension they need to get the grades they deserve.

Also, please note that Classroom Matters offers a sliding scale, if cost is an issue. Call us at 540-8646 for more information. Classroom Matters

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Tutor for both Physics and Calculus

Oct 2009

My son is taking Physics and Calculus this year and is having a really hard time keeping up. He is usually a very good student, but this year has just been very difficult for him. Does anyone have recent experience with a tutor who is very ''professional'' and can teach both subjects? Concerned parent

Lizette Greybe (not sure of the spelling!) teaches both Calculus and Physics. She started helping our son with Calculus this year, but is now also doing Physics with him. She is excellent! Her number is 510-338-0103.
Had the same experience

My son, a senior in high school, loves the Bay Area Tutoring Center on Shattuck and Rose. Currently he is being tutored in physics and AP Stats. In previous years he has gone for Honors English, chemistry, and pre-calculus. He speaks highly of all of the tutors, and has referred many of his classmates there. I am a teacher myself, and have been really happy with his experience there.
Happy with Bay Area Tutoring Center

We used Connexion Tutoring last year for my son. He only needed a tutor for calculus but they also had tutors for physics. I don't know if Patrick McKenna is still available but he was excellent, patient, great at explaining, helped raised my son's grade from a C to an A. I think he could also tutor physics. The entire Connexion Tutoring operation was really efficient and we received a session report each week via email, something we had never had from a tutor before. Their website is

Chat Hull, Astronomy Department, UC Berkeley chat.hull [at]
He's amazing! He's a former high school teacher, has great rapport with teens, makes good use of the hour, and is encouraging and clear in his explanations. We used him as a physics tutor (AP Physics at BHS for my daughter after she got behind 2nd Semester and stopped understanding what was taught) -- he brought her up to speed in no time! I'm sure he can also tutor calculus. He came to our house in North Berkeley but was willing to meet at a coffee shop or wherever was convenient for us.
Mom of BHS Grad who did well on AP Exam

Paul Gee did an excellent job tutoring my daughter in Calculus and Physics. He was very good at explaining the material and was very patient in his approach. He encouraged my daughter to ask lots of questions and motivated her to work hard on understanding the concepts. I found it particularly helpful that he previewed upcoming topics for my daughter so that she was able to follow the teacher's lectures more easily. My daughter would not have done as well without his help. You can reach Paul at 510-502-8465. Good luck!
Thankful Mom

My child had the opportunity to work with a great tutor, Karen Street, who helped him to catch up and pass his AP Physics class. We were already into the second semester when we discovered that he had fallen behind and was receiving failing grades. She worked with him weekly to help him catch up with late homework, exams and extra credit projects. She evaluated his situation and developed a plan that helped him progress as quickly as possible with flexibility and lots of encouragement built in. My son, in turn, became motivated to catch up, learn and pass his class. I highly recommend Karen, who is also a former Berkeley High physics teacher. Her email: karen_street [at]

AP Physics tutor needed

Dec 2006

AP Physics tutor needed (now) that knows the Berkeley High course. BPN has only 1 listing so I need more referrals. Thank you

If you are looking for a great physics tutor, you should get in touch with Paul Osborne, ''Paul The Tutor''. He has a Bachelor of Science from U.C. Santa Barbara, a Master of Education from Harvard, and has been tutoring for years. I am a teacher, and I have seen him do some great work with students of every level. Try giving him a call at (510) 301-5302 or check out his website at which you can also use to send him an e-mail anon

August 2006

My daughter needed extensive help to understand her college physics course. She had an excellent tutor, Warner Freeman, who broke the material down to her in a simplified fashion step by step so that she was able to grasp the concepts and make them her own in a way she never understood them in class. The tutor is a former Berkeley science teacher. Reasonable rates, 524-0452 pauline

Fortunately ,I heard about Classroom Matters through another family when our daughter entered her Sophomore year at BHS. She was struggling to organize her time and prioritize subjects in advance of testing. I arranged to have her meet once a week for English, Biology and Spanish help and a review of what was due, when and how much more studying needed to happen. She incorporated the tutoring and study skills into her routine with impressive results and I was incredibly relieved to have her look forward to sharing her concerns regularly with her tutor and getting the help she needed. In her junior year she needed additional tutoring for Math Analysis, Chemistry and the SAT 2s. Her GPA soared as a result of her tutoring at Classroom Matters.
Signed: Karen

July 2006

Paul Osborne, Paul The Tutor, is doing his School Readiness classes again this August. I have seen these classes do a wonderful job of getting students ready for math and science classes. Courses last one week, and he does a different course for each math level from pre- algebra to algebra 2 and for chemistry. He should have information about these classes on his website You can also reach him by email at paulthetutor[at] or by phone at 510.301.5302

AP Biology review session/tutor needed

April 2006

10th grader would like a couple of review sessions before the AP Biology test. Evenings or weekends.

If you are looking for a Biology Tutor, you should get in touch with Paul Osborne (Paul The Tutor). His undergraduate degree is in Biology, he has a masters in education from Harvard, and he has been tutoring for 15 years. You can learn more about him on his website at You can send him an email at paulthetutor[at] or give him a call at (510) 301-5302. Marta