I am a graduate of Cal Poly SLO with a B.S. in Physics. For the final two years of my degree, I worked as an on-campus tutor and assisted students within the Physics department as well as from other majors. I chose to take some time off before pursuing a PhD program in Physics in order to gain more experience in the industry as well as teaching. The opportunity to tutor students in a subject that I am absolutely passionate about (Physics and the mathematical tools that come with it) provides a fun and low-stress way for me to practice teaching.

When it comes to teaching math and any other mathematical science to younger students, I strongly urge them to memorize as LITTLE as possible and to seek deeper qualitative/conceptual understanding instead. If numbers and formulas are all one cares to think about, it becomes VERY easy to delude oneself into thinking true understanding is achieved. It is extremely important to always be aware of the 'story' that a formula tells. Once you are aware of an equation's history, motivations, and limitations, it becomes much easier to master it. If understanding at this level

is achieved, the need to memorize an arbitrary set of formulas, each with their own arbitrary amount of symbols, is greatly reduced.

In my spare time, I like to review concepts and problems from Physics and math classes I took during my undergraduate (have to keep my mind sharp for when I enter graduate school!) as well as pursue new fields that were previously unfamiliar to me. I am currently teaching myself the basics of C++ with the plan to move onto Python once I feel comfortable with object oriented design. I am a big fan of running and hiking and love to do so whenever I am stuck on a particular problem. I also enjoy a good laugh here and there, but who doesn't?