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I began to enjoy math and physics during my sophomore year of high school when I encountered trigonometry and algebra 2. Up until this point in high school, I had skated by because I had not been challenged sufficiently enough to pique my interest. When I began to struggle with concepts in this class, I knew I had met a subject that demanded more rigor than a half hour breezing through notes. Since then, I have grown to love math and it's applied version, engineering, through rigorous education and job experience. My path took me to Saint Louis University where I graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and later to Washington University in Saint Louis, where I graduated with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. I've had many opportunities throughout this time to both learn and teach and I am passionate about both. I have been a teaching assistant, tutor, researcher, guest lecturer, researcher, and am currently a practicing engineer.

Some things about me: I've resided in Saint Louis my whole life and am very familiar with the area. I love the outdoors and take runs around my neighborhood every chance I get. I enjoy kayaking, hiking, camping, and mountain climbing. I love to read and learn things that are outside of my immediate skill set. As a tutor, I look forward to encountering various learning styles and adapting my own teaching style to the needs of my students. My goal is to not only provide assistance in the material currently encountered by the students, but also to give them tools to succeed in their own in their future studies.

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Steve’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Saint Louis University-Main Campus - Bachelors, Mechanical Engineering

Graduate Degree: Washington University in St Louis - Master of Science, Electrical Engineering

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 31

ACT English: 33

ACT Reading: 32

Hobbies

Reading, hiking, camping, running, cooking

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Math

ACT Writing

Aerospace Engineering

Algebra

Algebra 2

AP Physics 2

Applied Mathematics

Calculus

College Algebra

College Physics

Differential Equations

Electrical Engineering

Engineering

Geometry

High School Physics

College Math

Math

MATLAB

Mechanical Engineering

Physics

Pre-Calculus

Productivity

Science

Statics

Statics and Dynamics

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My role as a teacher is to act as a guide rather than an example. As a guide, I can direct the student down the correct path that leads to the answers to their questions rather than giving them the answer myself. Through guiding the student, not only do they learn the answer to their question, but they also learn how to find the answer to their question.

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

First, create the right environment. This means probably studying in a quiet area such as a library with a study room. Second, make introductions. It is vital that the tutor develops a professional yet friendly relationship with the student. This sets up active communication between the tutor and student, which is important for learning. Third, establishing the problem. What is the student having trouble with specifically? How does the student currently study? Fourth, learn how the student learns. Some students are visual, others auditory. It is important to be prepared for any kind of learning. Finally, make the sessions fun. No one will want to learn when the sessions aren't interesting. Piquing the student's curiosity is important to retaining attention.

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