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Jesse

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I'm a senior at the Colorado School of Mines working towards a Mechanical Engineering degree. I've tutored students of all ages at Mathnasium in Denver, CO as well as family members in math and science. I enjoy all kinds of math from pre-Algebra, through Calculus I-III and on up to Differential Equations, although I especially enjoy Trigonometry. I first like to get a feel for the students abilities, including hobbies/interests/etc. I'm then able to associate math and science concepts with areas that pique their interests. In my spare time I enjoy riding, working on, talking about steel bicycles. I've worked at numerous bicycle shops(REI Denver, VeloSoul, Velowood) in the area. I also like to design mechanisms in CAD for my Mechanical Engineering internship that I'm currently pursuing. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and passion for science and math!!!

Jesse’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Colorado School of Mines - Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering

Hobbies

I love to work on, study, and ride my touring bicycle. I am a member of the Randonneuring Bicycle Club here in the USA , we do long self-supported bicycle touring. I also love to design and build prototypes using opensource hardware such as the Arduino prototyping platform.


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I've learned ALOT of math/physics theory. When I teach, I like to have my students associate something in their life with the concepts at hand.

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

I like to introduce ourselves as well as gauge where the student is. I also like learn what their hobbies/interests are so that I can better show them that math/physics are everywhere, including in their everyday life.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student b become an independent learner by empowering them with the knowledge that everything in math is related. This includes applying math to their daily life.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would help a student to stay motivated by giving them checkpoints. The checkpoints would reflect what they've learned.

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

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept I would be patient and try to understand where the student is having difficulty making that "ah-ha" moment