I received my Bachelor's of Science from Rutgers University, where I studied Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Aerospace Engineering. As an undergraduate there, I taught my own Physics class to freshmen and sophomore Engineering students for three years, after being professionally trained in identifying individual learning styles and using modern educational methods to best help each student. I believe in teaching, "the why" and developing skills rather than hammering steps and formulas into memory. I make my sessions as interactive and fun as possible. I love to show students what Math and Science look like when they come off of the paper. My spare time is spent on my motorcycle, at the golf course, or on Netflix.
Undergraduate Degree: Rutgers University-New Brunswick - Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering
Riding my motorcycle, playing golf, and watching Netflix.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in teaching the 'why' and in developing intuitive understanding, rather than hammering home processes and formulas. I guide my students as they walk the path themselves.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I dive right into current topics in first sessions, but use this as a means of gauging where a student may have gaps in understanding. By pinpointing these gaps, it provides a plan for future sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I always encourage my students to work out problems themselves, with me there as a guide. I naturally explain new concepts, but becoming independent with new concepts is achieved through practice and building one's own framework around a concept
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I like to remind students of how far they have come in the past, and where they are relative to their current goals.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
In my experience, this is likely because the concept is framed in a way that is not conducive to the student's learning style. When this occurs, it is time for a new approach to the concept, whether it be through diagrams, analogies, or anything else.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Particularly in math and physics, I encourage my students to draw pictures. This is a great opportunity for students who struggle with reading comprehension to work through the text piece by piece, and then have a different reference point when solving the problem.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find it quite important to understand a student's learning style, and to understand where a student's gaps in understanding lie. This allows us to build a complete framework of understanding.