I have a bachelor’s degree in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. I worked as a Physics and Mathematics tutor for over a year, so I am fully equipped and experienced to help you with your assignments, exam preps, and improving your grades.
I specialize in tutoring Physics, Algebra I and II, Pre-calculus, and Trigonometry. My philosophy is that learning takes place best in a fun but studious atmosphere, so I try to create such an environment in each session. Every student learns differently. As a tutor, I genuinely enjoy getting my students to understand the material. In order for them to understand, I adapt my tutoring methods to suit their unique needs and learning styles. I thus vary my teaching approach as required.
I especially enjoy tutoring physics courses because some students have the perception that physics is hard, so I relish the challenge of getting them to understand the material. When you do understand the concepts, you come to see that physics is challenging and beautiful, but not difficult.
“People may forget what you said, people may forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” This is one of the guiding principles of my tutoring and teaching approach. In addition to imparting knowledge and instruction, I try to empower my students. I help them build their confidence by praising positive behaviors and allowing them to play an active role during the session.
I look forward to working with you on your physics and math courses!
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
"People may forget what you said, people may forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." This is one of the guiding principles of my tutoring and teaching approach. In addition to imparting knowledge and instruction, I try to empower my students. I help them build their confidence by praising positive behaviors, inviting their ideas about solving problems and allowing them, as much as possible, to play an active role during the session. A successful session is one where the student feels more confident in his own abilities than he or she did at the start of the session. Ending on a positive emotional note is very powerful. It helps the student to have a positive outlook on the subject material, which leads to more enthusiasm and excitement.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I usually spend a few minutes getting to know the my students and vice versa. Then I try to get a clear idea of the student's goals for the session or for the long term. Clearly defining goals is important, because it helps you focus and gives you a sense of confidence and achievement as you progress.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
As a tutor, my ultimate aim is for my students to become independent learners. I do this by allowing my students to take the lead role in solving problems whenever possible, and nudging them in the right direction if they make mistakes or veer off course. Over time and with sufficient practice, they make fewer and fewer mistakes until my help is not needed at all. Building confidence is important too.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Some students may have difficulty drawing meaning from prose, but when shown a picture or diagram, light bulbs go off. Drawing a diagram usually helps, especially in math and science problems. Adopting a meticulous sentence by sentence approach may also be helpful.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
A mountain is climbed one step at a time. Building up on small successes may lead to very big achievements.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Assessing understanding towards the end of a session may be done in several ways. Depending on the situation, I might simply ask a few questions to gauge the student's response to check for understanding, or have the student work on a problem independently.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I help them build their confidence by praising positive behaviors, inviting their suggestions about how to approach the problem, and allowing them to play an active role during the session.