Will Fritsch

Will F.

Bethpage, NY

Lesson Details

Calculus

Levels Taught:
Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
As a calculus tutor I always stress the importance of writing out questions and making sure to obtain answers from those familiar with whichever exam (e.g., AP Calculus AB) one is preparing for. In tutoring calculus I make sure clients have a good grasp on the fundamentals.

I took college precalculus back in 2004 and received an A. From there I went on to take Calculus BC and achieved a perfect score. As a precalculus and calculus tutor I always stress the importance of writing out questions and making sure to obtain answers from those familiar with whichever exam (e.g., AP Calculus AB, precalculus midterm/final) one is preparing for. From my experience preparation, with a view to earning a good grade, must arm one with a certain skill set proper to mastery of the topics covered under precalculus' or calculus' domain. Unlike other mathematical skills (e.g., those needed for algebra) that one can learn on one's own in private, precalculus is too abstract to be grasped by one’s self without the instruction from one who has already learned it, practices it, and can motivate the relevant topics in a highly articulate and intelligible form. As a tutor experienced with precalculus, I assume the role of demonstrating the abstract concepts, definitions, rules and theorems proper to these advanced math subjects. I have found that aforementioned mathematical concepts become concrete enough only after the pupil has worked through many problem sets with the instructor. In tutoring pupils, I bring these abstractions down to earth in a way that makes sense to the pupil's circumstances (e.g., educational resources, how much has already been learned, which areas need improvement), actual natural mathematical aptitude, and actual goals in view of one's curriculum – all of which the pupil can mistake if (s)he does not understand those circumstances, abilities, and goals.

I have tutored clients in differential equations for several years already. Usually we work through problem sets, the client usually writes out which ones are most troublesome. Differential equations, as a course or subject, usually involves ordinary differential equations and partial differential equations. It's important that we understand these basic terms before going forward. I make sure that clients define the problems that they have by classifying the equations into what they are - whether first order, second order, whether homogenous, whether a solution, etc.
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Will teaches

Accent Reduction, Accounting, ACT, ACT English, ACT Math, Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Analytical Chemistry, Analytical Geometry, Anatomy and Physiology, Anthropology, AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, Archaeology, Architecture, Arithmetic, Basic Math, Bible Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Botany, Calculus, Cell Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Creative Writing, Discrete Math, Earth Science, Ecology, Elementary Math, Energy and Earth Sciences, English, Environmental Chemistry, ESL, Essay Writing, Finance, Genetics, Geometry, Grammar, GRE, Greek, History, Humanities, Language, Latin, Life Science, Linear Algebra, Linguistics, Literature, Math, Mechanical Engineering, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Organic Chemistry, Philosophy, Physical and Earth Sciences, Physical Science, Physiology, Poetry, Pre Algebra, Pre Calculus, Psychology, Reading, Religious Studies, SAT, Science, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Spelling, Study Skills, Test Prep, Trigonometry, Vocabulary, World History, Writing, Zoology
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About

Will delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2004

I graduated from Cornell University in a dual Ph.D. program in Classics and Philosophy. I also graduated from the University of Chicago with an A.M. in Classical Languages. I graduated from Tulane University with an A.B. in Greek, Latin, and Philosophy. I've studied at Columbia University, New York University, Syracuse University, C.W. Post, Loyola New Orleans, Farmingdale University, Tulane University, The University of Chicago, Cornell University, the Goethe Institut (in Germany), and others.

I have tutored all sorts of people in multiple subjects including the ancient languages, mathematics, writing, and test preparation as well as all levels of mathematics - from arithmetic to differential equations.

Although my profile has recently been posted, I have tutored for nearly fifteen years.

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Experience

Administrator, Tutor
Jan 2010 - Present
WillTutor

Students do not select individual tutors through my company WillTutor. There’s only one tutor. My company is not an agency. Tutoring costs are $40-60 dollars per hour. You cannot participate in a free tutoring session before commiting to the service. There are no refunds for tutoring lessons. All transactions are final. I send a lesson plan prior to the scheduled lesson and have the tutee sign off on it; though no refunds exist - all lessons are final transactions.

WillTutor operates out of what some consultants refer to as "a virtual office" by which the company's administrator means a worksite outside of the traditional office in which people still do the work associated with a traditional office. Tutors are entrepreneurs, i.e., they are self-employed. People who work in a virtual office can be either telecommuters, who work outside of a corporate office for an employer, or entrepreneurs, who are self-employed. The ‘virtual’ in the term ‘virtual office’ implies the use of technology. Tutoring services do not require a status operative from traditional worksites because the paperwork involved does not require the staffing needs, mailing needs, liabilities potentially incurred from the activity of tutoring itself, etc. What a ‘traditional’ office is becomes vague when we start to ask what establishes its minimalist identity.

WillTutor has filed 1099 independent contractor agreements with several tutoring companies, e.g., Parliament Tutors, TutorSpree, WyzAnt.
In what follows I sketch the different segments or platforms by which tutoring can proceed as a service. These include the online medium/modality, the in-person (in-home, in public venue, et al), and the combination of the two.

The online format is accessible to clients who are interested in tutoring lessons with subject-matter as ancient languages, symbolic logic, calculus, proofreading, and English Language Arts. (WillTutor has provided services for clients in these subject areas and has experience with handling their respective curricula.) Online lessons include a virtual whiteboard or blackboard where tutors and students can write, draw, and work through problems together. My students and I communicate through video, audio, and texts when tutoring online. Lessons sometimes include practice quizzes and assignments that test and reinforce comprehension of the material. I send online progress reports by which students can track their overall progress. There are additional resources for continued learning outside of tutoring lessons (study guides, blogs, pre-recorded lessons, etc). WillTutor has a calendar on which clients can make their appointments (http://bookedin.net/willtutor), a blog (http://willtutorblog.wordpress.com), a facebook page (http://facebook.com/willtutor), and an instagram account (tutor_will). The blog posts review sheets per subject. The subjects that the company offers are posted anew every year on the blog. For actual online tutoring the company uses different software. There is no set program that is in use at present. Some options are Google Checkout, Itutor.com, Google Classroom, Socratic, etc. Any of these make possible ‘online’ tutoring. Tutoring online is best when conducted using the materials common to all devices (i.e., common to phones, desktops, laptops, tablets, etc). The online platform for tutoring in general has a lot of structures. If there are organized structures for online tutoring, they are to be general enough that allows for multiple capabilities. Google’s structures allow for much of the requirements of tutoring: Google Voice, Google Classroom, Google Domains, Gmail, Google Drive, Google Hangouts, etc. Apple also combines the needs for tutoring also - FaceTime, Office, etc - though not as comprehensively as Google does. So, Google is preferable because it can be used via multiple devices (cell phone, television, computer, laptop, iPad, etc).

For all subjects does the in-person tutoring lesson provide an opportunity for clients to work hands on with a tutor. The two main platforms for in-person tutoring are in-home services and public venues. For the former, WillTutor insists on conditions, stipulations, provisos that lessons must be conducted under – largely for the safety of both the tutor and the client. WillTutor is going to have its clients sign an agreement before lessons are conducted stating that all transactions are final. Some companies, like WyzAnt In-Home Tutoring, have similar guidelines and stipulations. The public venue options include either public or private libraries, classrooms, student centers, university campus junctions, and other areas that allow for tutoring lessons.

Tutoring via phone is an option for clients interested in essay writing, having papers proofread by WillTutor’s tutor(s), ELA (more generally), reading classical languages, and ESL. Combined segments of online tutoring (e.g., Skype, Vyew, White Board) and phone allow tutors and clients to engage in both platforms simultaneously; this allows for two to yield more than one. In most instances, some sessions are conducted solely online, others solely over the telephone with Skype. Socrative? Google classroom? WillTutor has conducted lessons in the ancient languages (both Greek and Latin), symbolic logic, calculus I, proofreading, GRE: Analytical Writing, and other subject areas via this mixed segment option; our clients have found this method of tutoring paradigm satisfactory. WillTutor tracks all of its phone logs. Voicemails are transcribed through the Google Voice account.

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Education

Philosophy, Classics
Sep 2010 - Jun 2015
Cornell University
MA, Classical Languages
Jun 2009 - Jun 2010
University of Chicago

Languages

Ancient Greek
Fluent / Native Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
German
Professional Proficiency
Latin
Fluent / Native Proficiency

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Saving Aristotle's Appearances.   This is a demo regarding a passage in Aristotle (EN VII.1145).
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