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I am an undergraduate student at Rutgers University, and I grew up in Chatham, NJ. I began my tutoring career in my senior year of high school and this continued into my college years. I tutor a wide variety of subjects ranging from Mathematics to Psychology; however, I can confidently say Physics is easily my favorite subject to learn and tutor. Through my studies of Physics, I developed the ability to break down Physics problems to a simple level where each required variable is clearly labeled and defined. I believe that Physics problems are composed of two steps where the first step is the theory behind the word problem and the second step is the mathematics required to solve for the unknown variable. Understanding how to utilize these two steps is crucial to solving the intimidating problems found in every Physics textbook; this is what I focus on during my sessions - explaining the relationship between theory and mathematics. Based on my experience, I have come to the conclusion that science is a truly elaborate yet surprisingly elegant field of study and mathematics is the language used to make sense of it all. I also love to tutor Chemistry, Algebra, Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Geometry, Middle School Math, Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, and Psychology. When I am not tutoring I love to take courses on behavioral neuroscience, explore new places, read a good sci-fi book, and I am also an avid outdoor jogger.

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Thomas’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Rutgers University - New Brunswick - Bachelor in Arts, Cell Biology & Neuroscience, Psychology

Hobbies

Outdoor jogging, exploring new locations, reading the latest on the topics of dark matter and dark energy, and lastly, I love taking classes on Behavioral Neuroscience

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Algebra 2

Chemistry

College Algebra

College Chemistry

College Physics

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

Geometry

High School Chemistry

High School Physics

Math

Middle School Math

Physics

Pre-Calculus

Psychology

Science

Social Sciences

Trigonometry

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

If you understand the concept, then you're 99% on your way.

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

Introduce myself and briefly introduce my teaching philosophy. Then, I'd listen to what the student has trouble with and see where I can move forward from there.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I'd try to become the student's friend (and less of an authority figure). That way, when I assign practice questions to be answered for next time they get done!

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Make the subject fun!

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

I'd try to explain the same concept from multiple angles.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Start with something relatively straightforward and work your way up.

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

Working at a pace that the student feels comfortable with.

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

Like I said previously, I'd try to use real-life examples to make it seem less theoretical.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I'd give him/her a question that hasn't been covered before but tests the same concept.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Start off with simple questions and slowly work our way up.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By listening to him/her.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I'd try to cover a concept from different angles to see which method he/she prefers.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Illustrations are key when tutoring mathematics and the sciences!

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