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I like to joke that really I am a professional whitewater kayaker, and physics is just my hobby. However, I received my PhD in Theoretical Physics from Colorado State University in May of 2014. While at CSU, I spent about eight years as a TA which is far more time than most grad students spend teaching. During that time, I really started to enjoy teaching especially one-on-one and in small groups. I like to focus not just on what the answer to a question is, but rather on the process that leads to that answer. I feel that a tutor should play a role similar to a coach or weightlifting spotter; I am not there to do the heavy lifting but rather to guide students so that their efforts are applied in the right direction.

Also physics is just awesome, and to borrow a little kayaking lingo, I like to share the stoke.

Leif’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Whitman College - Bachelor in Arts, Physics

Graduate Degree: Colorado State University - PHD, Theoretical Physics


reading, kayaking, knitting

Tutoring Subjects


Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC


Calculus 2

Calculus 3

College Algebra

College Physics

Differential Equations


Graduate Test Prep

GRE Quantitative

GRE Subject Test in Physics

GRE Subject Tests

High School Physics


Multivariable Calculus


Quantitative Reasoning

Quantum Mechanics