Hi! My name is Nate. I first realized my love for teaching as a swim instructor for students of all ages while I grew up in Colorado. From there, I moved to San Antonio where I majored in Engineering Sciences with minors in Physics and Math at Trinity University. While at Trinity, I tutored classmates in Physics and Math. Word got around that I was pretty good and I was referred to friends and families in the area. After undergrad, I attended graduate school at Duke University where I continued to tutor as a university employee working with student-athletes. Now I'm employed as an engineer in Fort Worth and I'd love to teach again as well! I have always been introspective when it comes to my education, so I've paid a lot of attention to what works for me when I'm being taught. I love interactive learning and problem solving as opposed to lectures and I value the importance of putting something in your own terms to understand rather than memorizing a dictionary or textbook definition. I understand the struggle of keeping good grades amongst a busy schedule and would love to help
Undergraduate Degree: Trinity University - Bachelor of Science, Engineering Sciences
ACT Composite: 34
ACT English: 33
ACT Math: 33
ACT Reading: 35
ACT Science: 35
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1490
SAT Math: 760
SAT Verbal: 730
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High School Physics
What is your teaching philosophy?
I have always been introspective when it comes to my learning, so I've paid a lot of attention to what works for me when I'm being taught. I love interactive learning and problem solving as opposed to lectures, and I value the importance of putting something in your own terms to understand rather than memorizing a dictionary or textbook definition.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to establish a level of comfort, because it's uncomfortable for most kids to fail in front of someone they don't know. Failing is an important part of learning, which I like to communicate early on. Then, I like to see where a student is in their studies and establish a knowledge level so I can use examples and language that are familiar.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I don't want my students to always get an answer right. I want them to go wrong and learn to identify when they go wrong and how to fix it. A focus on problem solving rather than solving problems is key to being successful when I'm not there.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I've been through school, and I remember the days of wondering when I would ever need what I'm learning. As a college student thinking about my future career, I can provide concrete examples of when I can apply what I learn to something I want to spend my life doing. I think that's key to staying motivated as a student.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Whenever I struggle with a problem, it's usually because I'm looking at everything at once. It works for me and has worked for my students to break a problem down into manageable pieces then put the big picture together. I think visualizing problems is a helpful tool as well.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I like to have students read a passage and then vocalize what it means back to me. It solidifies their knowledge, lets me know what pieces they get and which they miss from a reading, and teaches them to practice reading for understanding.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Problem solving, every time. The best way to get better is to do it. I like to talk to my students as they work through a problem so I know what they're thinking and can help them approach a problem differently if they need help.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
If a subject doesn't feel relatable, it can be hard to feel excited about it, especially when struggling. I like to get to know my students so I can relate what they learn back to their life.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Problem solving. If a student can do the problems, it ensures that they can take knowledge and apply it, which is the ultimate goal of learning. There are crutches along the way that I slowly eliminate (open notes, open me), then I hope to see them do it independently.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I like to start off small. You show a student that they can do small pieces of a problem or a paper well and build that into the entire problem.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I like to have a straightforward conversation with the student and a parent about the student's goals.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I've taught kids ages 4-18 how to swim for the past 4 summers, so I've dealt with all sorts of learning styles and personalities. I'm good at identifying how a student responds to certain encouragement or motivation.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
You can't beat pen and paper for problem solving, but I encourage students to use the web for resources. Almost all the work I do myself includes an open search engine nearby.