Hi my name is Brian and you will have a great learning experience with me because of my charismatic personality and solid knowledge in the sciences. I have a B.S. in physics and a Master's in applied physics from Cal State Long Beach (CSULB). I have been tutoring and teaching for around five years. My first teaching job involved on campus tutoring at CSULB, where I taught college level physics, math and general science. As an upperclassman I helped teach physics labs as a learning assistant. During my Master's study I became a lab instructor for introductory physics and was later an assistant for graduate level experimental classes. Most of my experience is with college level students
When teaching, I always try to make a comfortable environment so students can ask questions at will. This will ensure that I know where the student is at on the subject at hand allowing me to adapt to provide a more efficient teaching experience. Spending many years in a service fraternity I have encountered a large amount of personalities, this taught me how to be flexible with anyone I am teaching. I plan to use the experience and knowledge I have accumulated to make sure you can learn the best way possible.
As a teacher and tutor, my goal is to provide a tailored teaching experience for every student.
California State University Long Beach - Bachelors, Physics
California State University-Long Beach - Masters, Applied Physics
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teaching is a means to provide knowledge for our future.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Ask plenty of questions to see where the student is at.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teaching a student the same techniques I use to learn.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Provide a fun and comfortable environment.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Approach the problem from many angles, and continue to communicate to tailor the teaching experience.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Communication is always key. Establishing a good relationship at the beginning creates a pathway to help learning.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Show how the subject can and is applied to the real world. Provide a method with which the subject can be learned more easily.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Creating a visual experience so the student can see on paper exactly what is going on.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By continuing to provide a tailored teaching experience, so the learning becomes more fluent after every session.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By asking them questions and seeing where they are at with a specific subject.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I try to find different approaches to the same question and see which techniques have greater effects.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Pen, paper, or a whiteboard to write all the equations down.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Motivating them to read more.