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I recently retired from the University at Albany where I was a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics for 20 years. Since then, I have been continuing to teach my introductory statistics course online as well as providing ESL tutoring to refugees from Somalia. I am also a student! I have been taking Italian lessons online for a few years now, so I am quite familiar with how difficult it can to be to understand things that others consider 'easy'.

Right now I am working on my own statistics textbook, designed with the math-phobic student in mind, which makes exclusive use of the passenger and crew data from the Titanic. Aside from being a fascinating example, readers will gain enough familiarity with the data that they know in advance if an answer seems to make sense.

We are in a world where statistical literacy has never been more important, and I am grateful that I can help people acquire that skill.

I am available for help in high school or college level probability and statistics courses. In addition, I can assist with preparation for the math portion of either the SAT, ACT or GRE. I had a perfect math score on the GRE when I took it in the 1990s.

Do you have 2 or 3 or 4 students working together in a pandemic pod? I am happy to work with small groups as well, at the same rate.

Here is a testimonial from a recent university student:

"I am impressed how well you have taught these concepts online! I was convinced I had to be in a classroom; As such, your ability to teach virtually and online has been nothing but impressive to me.

Words can't express how grateful I am to you in helping me to understand this topic...I feel like that scared kid who mastered the surface dive and swam down and touched the floor of that icky pond. I mastered my fear and earned a respectable grade. I can't predict that i will keep all the information in my head, but my fear has been broken..... and you helped me to succeed, and learn!



Pennsylvania State University



Carnegie Mellon University

Civil and Environmental Engineering






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