My name is Dylan, and I am a recent graduate of Western Washington University with a degree in Mathematics and Physics. I have recently moved to New York to attend CCNY to complete my Master's in Physics.
In the past I have worked as a Physics Lab Assistant, teaching various introductory physics labs. My most knowledgeable mathematics fields are Calculus, Precalculus(including Trigonometry, Geometry, and Algebra), Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra. I work best teaching college level students, however I have experience with tutoring grades as low as 5th and 6th, as well as at the highschool level.
I prefer to look at things from a wide perspective, perhaps solving a problem using multiple different methods. I feel that getting a correct answer on a question doesn't always mean you've thought about it the right way, and I encourage people to talk out with words every step of a problem or derivation.
In the past I have done some research into polynomial equations and how to find the "quadratic formula" for equations other than quadratics. Currently my research includes finding solutions to scalar equations around Black Holes, and how these solutions might lead to a unified theory of Quantum Gravity.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Western Washington University - Bachelors, Mathematics and Physics
gravity, math problems, playing guitar, reading, playing board games, watching interesting TV shows, conversing with friends
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that everyone has the ability to learn anything. More importantly, everyone has the right to learn anything. Most subjects are beautiful, and everyone deserves to know them.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During a first session, I generally like to ask some preliminary questions in order to get a sense of the student's current understanding.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I think the best way to become an independent learner is to not be afraid to ask questions, and to have the confidence to question a resource if you don't agree with it.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I think staying motivated requires having a goal to work towards. Also, if things become overwhelming it is hard to stay motivated, so I like to keep things simple. It's best to work through hard problems one small piece at a time.