I'm a physics graduate from the University of Colorado at Boulder. While there, I researched self-assembly of nanostructured materials, and graduated from a 5-year program in 4 years. I took all three physics AP tests in high school, and scored well on all of them. I also took the physics SAT subject test, and scored well. I'm confident that I would be a good fit for any student trying to learn about physics, from students who are struggling in class to students who are trying to improve their prospective AP score. I'm available with very flexible hours.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Colorado Boulder - Bachelors, Physics
AP Physics B: 5
AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism: 5
AP Physics C: Mechanics: 5
Physics, Rocketry, programming, hiking, weightlifting, chess
What is your teaching philosophy?
I think that students should be led to an answer rather than simply being told it, by being given the tools to figure it out.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would ask to see what the student had been assigned by their professor, and watch them try to solve problems on their own to assess their strengths and weaknesses, stepping in when it seems like they have hit a wall.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would do so by teaching the student how to find the resources necessary for independent learning while working with them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Assessing their knowledge and marking their improvement regularly.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Go through it with them from as many angles as required until they understand.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Attempt to introduce problems with cooler subject matter, and relate the subject matter to the real world.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Have the student attempt problems on their own after concepts have been addressed.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By recording and marking their improvement.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Watching them work independently, then stepping in to correct deficiencies.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I handle them on a case-by-case basis.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Pencil, paper, a calculator, the student's textbook, and the Internet.