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Physics is often viewed by students as one of the most difficult sciences, requiring the student to memorize a myriad of unrelated equations and answer difficult word problems.  Our tutors, however, do not focus on simply on memorizing equations.  Instead, they stress understanding the basic physical principles and how those are embodied in the mathematical equations.  They also focus on honing the critical thinking skills that are needed for solving physics word problems.  By focusing on the conceptual aspect of physics, in addition to the memorization, the equations become more intuitive and the student is better able to understand how to solve complex problems.

With the advanced education and extensive teaching experience that our physics tutors have, they are able to help the student understand how to use each physics concept and equation as a problem solving tool in their toolbox, as well as help improve students' approach to solving difficult critical thinking problems.

High School level courses: Physics, Physical Sciences

College level courses: Physics

Standardized tests: AP Physics


Tutors Available for Physics:

Tom K.

Tom graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelors of Science in Physics and a minor in Mathematics. While in Ames, IA, he investigated experimental data from the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven, searching for an exotic form of matter called quark-gluon plasma. After a stint as a research assistant at Johns Hopkins University, Tom entered graduate school at the University of Minnesota. His dissertation focused on the theoretical aspects of the quark-gluon plasma that he first studied as an undergraduate. Since earning his PhD in Theoretical Nuclear Physics, Tom has been a teaching assistant at Harvard and a technical writer for MathWorks. He currently is adjunct faculty at Northeastern University in Boston and University of Massachusetts - Boston, and is a visiting scholar at MIT's Center for Theoretical Physics.

  • Adjunct faculty member at Northeastern University and University of Massachusetts - Boston
  • Visiting scholar at the Center for Theoretical Physics at MIT
  • Ph.D. from University of Minnesota (2011)
  • Avid long-distance runner

Rishi J.

Rishi graduated from Harvard with a cum laude degree in Physics. He has been tutoring math and science since he was in high school. He has previously been a non-resident Physics tutor at Currier House. Rishi is currently pursuing his PhD in Systems Biology (think math plus biology) at Harvard Medical School.

  • AB in Physics from Harvard University
  • Experienced in tutoring and explaining the "why" behind otherwise puzzling concepts

Peter T.

Peter graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University (class of 2011). His official major was in chemistry but he was only a few courses away from majors in math and physics. After getting accepted to every PhD program he applied to, Peter now happily resides at MIT. He works with Professor Arup Chakraborty at the interesection of physics, chemistry and biology to apply models from statistical mechanics and machine learning to discover new methods in computational immunology. Peter has always loved teaching. He tutored Organic Chemistry at Cornell, and enjoyed a full year of TAing at MIT in general chemistry and bioengineering.

  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude (Cornell)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (Junior/Senior year)
  • National Merit Semifinalist
  • Graduate student at MIT

Joy W.

Joy is a freshman in the Harvard College Class of 2016 and intends to pursue a concentration in Physics. She graduated from Council Rock High School South in Bucks County, PA and interned for two summers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Joy has tutored both as a volunteer and for pay for the past three years, and managed two large (50+ tutors) volunteer tutoring programs over the past academic year through her high school's Math and National Honor Societies. Her strength as a tutor comes from her ability to anticipate a student's conceptual misunderstandings and explain complex concepts using practical analogies.

  • Plays with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra
  • Writes for the Harvard Political Review
  • Enjoys knitting in her spare time
  • Sings in the University Choir