I'm a third year Electrical Engineering student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I have tutored a wide variety of subjects ranging from Middle School Math to courses like AP Physics and Multivariable Calculus. My approach to tutoring involves using a multitude of strategies to help students succeed. Everyone learns differently, and I take it upon myself to make sure every student regardless of their learning style fully understands concepts and ideas explored in their classes. Just like a sport, many problem solving techniques used in math and science require practice. Whether it be Electric Circuit Analysis or Pre-Algebra, practice makes perfect. Building up a students problem solving skill is one of my main goals. Not only does it allow them to succeed in academic courses, but it boosts their all around problem solving ability, which is a highly desired attribute employers look for. In my free time I fly airplanes as an FAA Licensed Private Pilot. I enjoy listening and playing music (Guitar, Electric Bass, and Piano) as well as "geeking out" over Star Wars.
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo - Current Undergrad, Electrical Engineering
ACT Math: 31
ACT Reading: 32
ACT Science: 33
AP Calculus AB: 5
AP Physics B: 4
AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism: 5
AP Physics C: Mechanics: 5
AP Psychology: 4
AP U.S. Government & Politics: 4
AP Environmental Science: 4
Electrical and Computer Engineering
High School Physics
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like using the first session as a diagnostic. You tell me what you need help in, and I give you a few problems to do on your own. This way I know what your strengths and weaknesses are right from the beginning.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Things that seem boring to us are often things we can't relate to. The most frequent thing I hear is "When will I need to do (insert math problem) in real life!?" I like to show students real world applications. As an engineer, relating math to the real world is literally part of my profession. Comprehension also increases especially if a student can connect theories to practical information.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like to use a multitude of techniques that vary depending on the students. Some of these techniques include having a student talk through a problem with me. This way I can see how his/her brain is working around a problem or concept.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Practice problems!!! I can't stress this enough, the more you practice and succeed the more confident you will become exam day.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Usually after one or two sessions I'll see what works for both of us.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It depends... Ideally students have practice problems from their classes we can complete together. In addition, depending on the class, I have supplemental worksheets.
What is your teaching philosophy?
A student should be able to teach me how to work through a problem by the time I am done teaching them.