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I have been a mechanical engineer for 8 years with a Master's degree in Physics. Before becoming an engineer I was a physics college instructor.

I would make a great tutor because I was once a college instructor. During my time as a college instructor I spent a lot of my time helping students one-on-one to help them understand the concepts. I was constantly looking for new and different ways to engage my students in order for them to learn the subject matter involved.

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Nathan’s Qualifications

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Undergraduate Degree: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville - Bachelors, Physics

Graduate Degree: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville - Masters, Physics


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What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is learning through conceptualizing and real life examples in order for the students to relate their own experiences to the subject matter.

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

Ask about the key areas in the subject the student is struggling with.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Encouraging trial and error while learning. Teaching them to not be afraid of getting the wrong answer while practicing.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Letting the student know about my own experiences when I was learning the subject. Talking about my obstacles when I was learning.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Think of different ways to give examples and new ways to present the concept that the student can relate to.

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

Rather than just showing the process of problem solving, explaining what each element of the process represents for a deeper understanding.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Telling them about the professional opportunities that are available by knowing the subject and what you can do with the knowledge in real life.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Physical demonstrations (if they apply) or examples that present themselves in everyday life.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Allowing them to think through the problem on their own while guiding them to the answer.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Mostly drawings and sketches.

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