# Brandon

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Having graduated from Lipscomb University with my bachelor's in Computer and Electrical Engineering, I have several years of experience studying and implementing engineering and mathematics concepts. While in college, I worked with students in various subjects, including physics, college algebra, calculus, chemistry, and engineering-specific courses. I love to tutor mathematics and physics, for it is in these subjects that the foundation of engineering is built upon. I also enjoy teaching problem solving to students! I have a passion for helping others understand material that is difficult or foreign to them, and I work hard to try and make the time I have with students meaningful and effective. I am currently a graduate student at Vanderbilt University pursuing my PhD in Electrical Engineering. My hobbies include singing, gardening, playing piano, and computers/robotics.

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Undergraduate Degree: Lipscomb University - Current Undergrad, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Gardening, Computers, Singing

- 12th Grade Math
- ACT English
- ACT Math
- ACT Science
- Algebra
- Algebra 2
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Physics 1
- AP Physics 2
- C
- C++
- Calculus
- Chemistry
- CLEP Calculus
- CLEP College Algebra
- College Algebra
- College Math
- College Physics
- Computer Programming
- Data Structures
- Discrete Math
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Elementary Algebra
- Geometry
- High School Chemistry
- High School Physics
- Intermediate Algebra
- Java
- Languages
- Latin 1
- Math
- MATLAB
- Physics
- Pre-Algebra
- Probability
- Python
- Science
- Statics
- Technology and Coding
- Test Prep
- Trigonometry

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

After introductions are made, the first thing to do is see where the student is academically. We can work through some material to see where he/she struggles the most. This allows me to cater to the student's specific needs and to be efficient with time in future sessions.

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

I always encourage my students to keep trying, even when the material is tough to learn. Having a good attitude and some persistence are key factors in learning the hard material. Trying different strategies might help the student, so I am willing to work with him/her to see what works best for them.

## What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Breaking down the subject into small parts that are easy to understand is the easiest way to grasp harder material. Fundamental material must be mastered before moving on to the more complicated matters.

## How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I like to find ways to relate the subject to something that the student is interested in. If the student applies the subject matter to something he/she is interested in, it makes learning a lot more enjoyable.

## What is your teaching philosophy?

I try to get the students to be involved in the learning environment. This includes getting the student to work out examples on paper or white-board in order to make sure he/she is fully engaged in the material.

## How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I try to provide practical examples of how the information learned can be used in everyday life. Once I see the application of a topic, I am much more interested in learning about it on my own, and I hope that the student experiences the same.