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I have obtained Master degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Massachusetts and Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Texas. I have extensive background and experiences in several fields including Mathematics, Physics and Engineering.

I am interested in sharing my knowledge with students, in helping them understand the subject and solving problems. I believe a good tutor can provide guidance, leading students through a thought process in solving problems. A good tutor will motivate the student to think and propose his or her own solutions and develop independent learning.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Nanjing University - Bachelors, Engineering

Graduate Degree:

 University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth - Masters, Engineering

During spare time I enjoy relaxing and going out with family and friends. I enjoy natural science activities, listening to music, biking and swimming. I also enjoy sketching and painting. Furthermore, I have a keen interest in travel and have visited countries in Central America and Europe.

College Physics

Conversational Mandarin

High School Physics

Mandarin Chinese 1

Mandarin Chinese 3

Mandarin Chinese 4

Mechanical Engineering

What is your teaching philosophy?

“What is teaching about?” —a question that different people may have different answers for. Essentially, it is a transfer of knowledge from the teacher to the students. It can be just, simply, state the truth about a subject; or it can provide an exercise to the students so they can understand the knowledge or become familiar with the tools. Yes, essentially that is what teaching is. But it can go far beyond that, as well. A good teacher can provide guidance, leading students through a thought process in solving problems. A good teacher will motivate the student to think and propose his or her own solutions. A good teacher will guide each student through the right path toward achieving his or her goals. Yes, I believe everyone has their own way of teaching, but I prefer the way that should have a great deal more than just passing knowledge. Teaching is a process that intimately involves the teacher and students together to share the knowledge and the critical thinking. Eventually the students are motivated to develop their own interests in the subject, and they can go far beyond what can be taught in class.

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

Introduce myself, my background and experiences; Let students introduce themselves; Get familiar to the student's study style. Figure out the schedule that would work best for both of us.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Start by asking the right question and gradually lead student to work through the problems. Give similar examples and ask the students to solve themselves. During the process, the teacher can encourage the students to learn by themselves.