Adam Trebach



  • Math
  • Physics


  • ACT
  • PSAT
  • SAT
  • Subject Tests


  • Remote (Skype, Google Hangout, FaceTime, etc.)


Adam is a graduate cum laude of Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics. For his Physics research, he taught himself the C programming language and developed novel numerical methods in Particle Phenomenology. He then parlayed his computational and analytical skills into jobs at a series of start-ups, where he led the software development team at one and the analytics team at another.

Eventually, Adam found it too painful to be apart from the romance of rigorous science and so has come to PrepMatters to tutor Math and Physics while he completes his PhD in Computational Physics. Adam also specializes in ACT test prep. A Washington, D.C. native, Adam attended Georgetown Day School which instilled in him a love of learning that persists to this day.


One of the most powerful tools in our tutoring arsenal is the knowledge that takes away standardized tests’ power over students. By teaching students how the test makers think, I give them the confidence to view tests as conquerable adversaries rather than fickle overlords. With practice, they will start to see the tricks and time-wasting traps the test makers set and may even get a little kick out of subverting them.

As for content, I firmly believe that math and science can be exciting to anyone who understands the proper context and application of the subject. The fundamental theorem of calculus, for example, may seem dry on the surface, but the subject comes alive when the integral is explained as the world’s most powerful adding machine! By showing students how science and math can be applied to their lives, rather than simply giving examples about bake sales or trains that are doomed to collide, we can bequeath if not a love of science and math, at least an appreciation for how powerful they can be.