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Ray

I am a student at Furman University in Greenville, SC. I'm pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, and I graduated the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology Summa Cum Laude and seventh in my class. I have always been interested in math and science, and have excelled in all of my classes. I take great pride in what I learn, both in and out of the classroom. I'm constantly looking up new information, researching new ideas, and trying to inspire my friends to ask questions. My big interest is in Astrophysics, the study of the stars and anything beyond our planet. I really take joy in learning new things. I try to imbue this sense in everyone I come in contact with, and hope that they never stop asking questions.

On a personal note, I am the eldest son. I have a good connection with my family, including extended family, all the way out to third cousins. My friends are many and they are spread all across the country, including those I have at Furman. I'm an avid reader, devouring any book I have from classics to textbooks. I also enjoy playing video games in my spare time, and like any teenager raised in the twenty-first century, I love being on social media.

I really hope I can bring a sense of wonder and curiosity to our meetings as I try to help you understand your material.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Furman University - BS, Physics

SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M: 720

Reading, video games, social media

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that a teacher should not only teach the general information, but work a couple of problems with the students so that they know how to use the material, especially with the upper level math and physics.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I like to gauge how much the student already knows and what they expect to get out of our time together. Also, a quick check to see if they have the requisite materials is always necessary.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I think I can do this by letting the student work out tougher problems by themselves for a while until they have done absolutely all that they can. I find that students work better if they discover the answer themselves.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I always try and find out what the specific difficulty is and target that. I've watched a lot of my friends and learned their learning styles, and I'd try to switch up my teaching style to the student's learning style so that we can conquer whatever concept isn't quite getting through.