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I was born and raised in San Diego, California where I spent 7 years at UCSD to attain my bachelor's degree in physics with a specialization in earth science and master's degree in geophysics. After a year off, I moved to St Louis, Missouri to get my PhD in geophysics at Washington University in St Louis. I'm now living in Tempe, Arizona and looking to help some students with math and science.

I'm one of those people who actually enjoys doing math and science, and I think it is very important for people to understand the concepts and ideas behind these subjects. Understanding math and science provide a different way of looking at the world and solving problems. I look forward to working with you and helping to prepare you for the future.

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Michael’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-San Diego - Bachelors, Physics with specialization in Earth Science

Graduate Degree: University of California-San Diego - Masters, Earth Science (Geophysics)


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How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I plan to provide tools and methods to solve problems in the desired subjects, as opposed to simply providing answers. These, once understood, will enable the student to become more independent.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Explain my struggles learning this material and use simpler examples until they understand the basics, then move on to harder and harder material.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Examples, examples, examples.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Perfect practice makes perfect. I believe that examples and practice problems are the best way to learn math and science. Typically, I will go through a problem or two with the student to discuss the method and the concepts, and then I will have them do a problem or 2 on their own to see if they understand. I will help along the way in solving the problem. Ultimately, I will give the student a problem and see if they can solve it without my help, and then we can talk about their answer as well as any errors they may have made. Just watching someone solve a problem is not a good way to learn math or science. The students need to be able to perform the steps necessary to find the solution on their own.

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