I received my Master's Degree in Physics from Moldova State University. After graduation, I was offered a scholarship to continue my studies in Czech republic: I have studied Czech language for the first year and then I have attended Physics courses at the Charles University from Prague. In early 2014, while studying for the GRE tests, I joined the Rutgers Center for Emergent Materials with the idea to gain some crystal growth experience and improve my chances of admission to a graduate school. Now, after I passed the GRE Physics test and submitted my applications, I am open to share my problem solving skills. My firm convincing is that there is no "I don't like Math" or "I don't like Physics," but instead the student is struggling with the assigned teacher. The problem is that at an early age the young students do not even realize that they associate the Math or Physics subjects with their respective teachers they could not benefit from. I strongly believe that I can be the tutor you will like, the tutor that will make you enjoy every lesson of Physics or Math!
Undergraduate Degree: Moldova State University - Bachelor of Science, Physics
Graduate Degree: Moldova State University - Master of Science, Physics
Physics, Math, GRE Physics
What is your teaching philosophy?
The more you explain things to others, the more your understanding of the matter deepens.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would learn about the most difficult issues he/she is struggling with in understanding Math or Physics.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I will impart my passion for Math and Physics.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
With understanding comes confidence, and with confidence you can do anything you want.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
First, I would advise to learn it by heart. The understanding will come afterwards.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
The best approach in solving word problems is to take one step at a time, and practice, practice, practice!
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The best strategy is to fully capture ?student's ?attention by asking him/her many questions, and by making sure he/she is following and stays focused.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Excitement comes when you realize something new. I would make sure that the student understands and realizes something new in every lesson.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The best way is to ask the student to apply the material and concepts previously explained on problem solving.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By encouraging him/her, and by making him/her feel proud of his/her accomplishments, irrespective how small.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would ask the student to undertake short evaluations (quizzes, multiple-choice tests, etc.).
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
If the student has issues with understanding the concepts, then I would prefer to address them first. If the student has issues with applying those concepts to specific problems, then we will have to practice more by solving word problems and exercises.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Usually, I prefer to use an excerpt from the student's materials to have an idea what they are studying in school, and what is expected from him/her to know or understand, in order to be able to solve the problems given for homework.