I am a Colorado State University student in Mechanical Engineering. I work as a Physics and Calculus tutor on Campus both privately and during office hours. I am also an Engineering Mentor for the Incoming students in Engineering each year. I have experience with courses from chemistry to mathematics and physics. I am in Pi Tau Sigma, the mechanical engineering honor society, and genuinely love the subject matter with which I work.
I also have a minor in Business Admin as I had originally begun a business degree and then transferred to the college of engineering. Therefore, I am also prepared to tutor in business math (statistics, calculus, finance) as well as management or introductory business coursework.
I hope to earn my Master's and PhD in engineering eventually, but I also like hiking, sports, running and just about anything athletic or outdoors. Working on cars and learning new areas of STEM, like 3-D printing, are also hobbies.
I take my job seriously; I have seen many students achieve grades they were ecstatic about, but also I have seen rising self-confidence and independent problem solving skills rise. Both benefits are a function of how effective the teacher is as well as how eager to learn the student is.
Colorado State University-Fort Collins - BS, Mechanical Engineering
What is your teaching philosophy?
Students learn best when they discuss the underlying theory of a problem and then see examples worked out. I prefer to have students work them out by themselves with me observing.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I find some introductions and a discussion about the class a student is in is helpful. Then I go about learning what goals the student has, and I take that to plan how to cover material best with that student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Independent learning is a skill of practice. I prefer to work some examples with the student and then help the student get through problems that they mostly work themselves.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation is linked to understanding. I aim to teach subject matter in a clear and concise way such that the student can then solve problems on their own and keep motivation levels up.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Explain the concept first with words and not mathematics. Then after an initial understanding is reached, working through examples step by step until the basic method for solving the types of problems becomes clear.