Tutoring by Leonard Wayne
Are you a high school student who wants assistance prepping for the SAT or ACT? Do you need help in your AP Calculus and/or AP Physics classes? Are you a college student in need of some one-on-one help to get you through a particularly difficult assignment?
I am here to help. I have a background in physics, and experience tutoring students of a variety of ages. I work with both struggling students and high achievers aiming for top scores.
My rates start at $50/hour (see below) after a free one-hour session.
I am a strong communicator and work to explain how to visualize and conceptualize problems in physics and mathematics that otherwise can be difficult to understand. I like to use intuitive approaches to problem-solving. This helps in several ways:
- Improved confidence.
- Better test-taking ability.
- Stronger understanding.
- Better readiness for follow-on classes.
I have always enjoyed teaching and helping others to learn. As a tutor and a teacher (part-time at Emerson Preparatory School), I am patient and I work to make material interesting.
I spent 10 years working for the Caltech/NASA Jet Propulsion Lab on advanced optical systems. This work included camera alignment for the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity. For the past 9 years I have worked independently and started 3 technology companies. I live in Washington, DC (Cleveland Park) with my girlfriend.
UC San Diego (BS Physics)
UCLA (MS Photonics/Optoelectronics)
University of Arizona (Coursework in Optics)
I tutor the math sections of the SAT. At our first meeting, I make sure each student is familiar with the wonderful set of online SAT prep tools created by Khan Academy (which is free) in partnership with the College Board, maker of the SAT. To create an organized study structure, I suggest the student or a parent use the tools to create a study/practice schedule appropriate for the student's planned test date. My approach for what comes next depends on the student, his/her preferences, his/her goals and his/her skill level. Sometimes a good start is a methodical check of the student's understanding and level of comfort with each of the 40 subtopics (grouped into four "domains" - "Heart of algebra," etc.) into which the College Board has divided the material students should know. Along the way I highlight concepts and formulas that, in my experience, frequently trip up students. I also provide a sheet of formulas to memorize. Identifying shortcuts is another skill we work on, and I have assembled examples of problems that can be solved more than one way. Another activity is review and talk-through of problems from practice tests students take on their own time outside of our meetings. The College Board provides 8 practice tests specific to the new SAT that I use. As a bonus, I provide a handsome tote for students to organize all the materials I deliver.
I tutor the math and science sections of the ACT. Before our first meeting, I suggest students purchase the "Official ACT Prep Pack" (~$48, includes both a paperback book and access to "ACT Online Prep") and take the website tour. The tools on the website can be used to create a customized prep schedule based on the student's planned test date and whether the student prefers a "structured" or "adaptive" learning plan. This helps us organize our work together. My approach for what comes next depends on the student, his/her preferences, his/her goals and his/her skill level. Sometimes a good start is a methodical check of the student's understanding and level of comfort with subtopics covered in the math section of the test. Along the way I highlight concepts and formulas that, in my experience, frequently trip up students. I also provide a sheet of formulas to memorize. Identifying shortcuts is another skill we work on, and I have assembled examples of problems that can be solved more than one way. Another activity is review and talk-through of problems from practice tests students take on their own time outside of our meetings. For the science section, a good start often is to review the three question categories ("data representation," etc.) and discuss approaches and strategies for answering questions in each. As a bonus, I provide a handsome tote for students to organize all the materials I deliver.
Pre-Algebra thru Calculus
Math has always been a strong point. I enjoy the abstractions inherent at all levels. Hopefully I can make it fun for you. I tutor all topics in math from pre-algebra thru calculus, including geometry, trigonometry, and pre-calculus. I help students prepare for the AP exams in Calculus AB & BC.
My first technical job involved calibration of an X-ray astronomy satellite. Since then I have worked on instrumentation and analysis for a number of astronomical and earth-observing science systems. There is a lot of applied physics in this work. I think I have a talent for visualizing physical concepts, and I incorporate this into my tutoring. Visualizations help with understanding and development. I currently tutor through AP Physics 1.
I tutor the Matlab programming language, which is widely used in academic research, engineering, and elsewhere. I have used Matlab in my work for ~17 years.
My hourly rate after a free one-hour session is $105.
- When this is a burden, we can negotiate. I can go as low as $50/hour in some cases.
- Discounts are available with pre-purchase of multi-session packs.
- Two free hours (and a big thank you!!) for each referral.
I tutor either at your home or at a public place such as a coffee shop, whichever you prefer. I charge extra when my travel time is greater than 10 minutes. If you live further away and want to avoid the charge, meet me at, say, one of the establishments by the Tenleytown Metro.
I look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve success in your studies.
3700 39th Street, NW F-180
Washington, DC 20016
"Our son worked with Len to help him with his SAT. After working with him for a few weeks, our son increased his math scores by 90 points! He's very knowledgeable and was a wonderful support for our son. If our younger son needs help with math related concepts, we will be sure to contact him. We would highly recommend Len!"
A DC Parent
"Leonard is very smart, patient and flexible. I've learned a lot from him!"
A student in Washington, DC
"Leonard Wayne has worked with our son on AP Calculus and SAT prep. He is an exceptionally talented teacher and we have seen tremendous improvement in our son's academic performance. He has our absolutely highest recommendation."
A parent in Washington, DC
"Len is a professional. He is completely reliable and deeply knowledgeable. His calm and patient demeanor has been invaluable in helping our daughter gain both skills and confidence. She is always relieved after a session with Len and tells us that NOW she finally 'gets it'."
Julie, parent of a high school sophomore in Washington, DC
"Len has worked with our son on pre-algebra and algebra for close to 2 years. Thanks to Len's work, not only have his mastery of the subject and his grades improved, but his whole attitude towards all things math has made a 180 degree turn. He no longer dislikes math or believes that he is not good at it, but actually finds it kind of a fun challenge. As our son said recently, we bowled a strike when we found Len!"
Jacques in Washington, DC
"Leonard Wayne is a lifesaver! I'm 38 years old and have recently gone back to college as an adult for a career change. A lot of math classes I haven't done since the early 90s and it was very humbling. He's very patient and attentive, and during our time together he pays attention both to letting me go through the process of figuring out answers for myself while at the same time focusing on my struggle so I can ask him for help at the right time."
A student in Washington, DC
"Leonard tutored our daughter in Algebra for 2 years and he was a pleasure to work with. He came prepared and really helped our daughter understand the subject material. At the end of the sessions she was left with a set of notes and practice solutions that she could review prior to the test. I highly recommend Leonard."
A parent in Washington, DC
"Len is a professional math tutor with years of experience. He makes himself remarkably available, including to answer my emails and phone calls outside of working hours. He goes above and beyond, several times scanning his written solutions into email to answer questions I sent him, after our meeting. He will help you with your learning goals, bring books for practice, and assign extra work if you want. He has advised me on what classes to take and helped me with career-related advice. He tracks my progress in my class and we meet weekly to focus on course subjects for greater review. Working with Len will benefit anyone taking a math class. Thanks to Len, I earned As for both of my spring math classes. My understanding of concepts has definitely advanced beyond my expectations, and I’m faster at working through problems. I will be meeting with him to practice for GREs as well, which I understand is another of his strengths."
Jeff in Washington, DC
"Len helped me when I was struggling in Algebra 2. He not only helped me learn the concepts I was having trouble with but he also helped me understand the subject more. He really helped me build my confidence back up when it comes to math."
A student in Washington, DC