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Justin

I am currently an undergraduate at UCLA studying astrophysics with a minor in mathematics. I have always been passionate about math and science, particularly physics. I plan to go to graduate school to earn a PhD in astrophysics. My long term goal is to become a university professor. I love teaching physics, astronomy, and math. High school and college level physics and calculus are my favorite subjects to tutor though I can also tutor effectively for other middle school and high school math subjects (algebra, trigonometry, precalculus, etc.).
I spend a great deal of time trying to get to know students and their level of understanding and I seek to tailor my teaching techniques to them. I feel that it is essential to know clearly what a student understands to know what he or she does not understand and why. I try to relate new or difficult concepts to those that are already understood. I work through simple, illustrative examples to teach basic concepts then build in complexity to allow the student to learn a wider range of applications. Practice is the key to becoming comfortable in any subject so I help the student to understand how to solve a wide variety of problems. I guide the student to learn answers to questions themselves rather than give them answers to everything immediately. I think one of the most important, long-lasting effects I can have on a student is to instill a love for learning. I think (and hope) that my passion for the subjects I teach can motivate a student to enjoy learning; it is one of my greatest assets in this endeavor.
I love learning. I actually spend a lot of my spare time studying new math topics but I also like reading about mythology (mostly Greek), ancient history, and religious history. I like to run and I really enjoy watching track and field (which most people find pretty boring).

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of California-Los Angeles - BS, Astrophysics

ACT Composite: 32

ACT English: 34

ACT Math: 33

ACT Reading: 30

ACT Science: 32

SAT Composite: 2150

SAT Math: 730

SAT Writing: 740

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 800

SAT Physics: 720

Math, running, reading historically significant scientific and mathematical texts, reading about ancient history and mythology.