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James

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Firstly, I'm a born teacher. My father was a teacher. My mother was a teacher. I knew what a "student-learning outcome" was by age 5. I've tutored math/science and taught private music lessons since I was 11 - more than 20 years ago! I have taught mid-sized groups of kids from 6-12 grade and college. While employed with Cummins Inc, I volunteered at elementary schools facilitating hands on STEM projects, such as aerodynamics and electronic circuit modules. I've had the opportunity to teach small groups coding and engine performance as well.

Honestly, there are very few things in life that get me as excited as when I get the opportunity to share my knowledge with someone else. I have a strong passion for math and science, which is contagious. When I learn something new and cool, I just have to share it! I love machines, big and small. How they work. Their history. How they could be improved. I've always loved space-travel, and I had the privilege of working for NASA, designing the cooling system for the next-generation of Mars rover cameras. For Cummins, the largest diesel engine manufacturer, I gained a deep appreciation for working on complex systems as an expert in improving performance, emissions, and reliability. Also for Cummins, I did a lot of public speaking in the forms of presentations, teaching, and recruiting and I really enjoyed it.

All of my experiences have taught me one thing: I want to do more teaching! I'm patient, I connect well with people of all walks of life, and as a father of three, I absolutely love kids.

James’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: The University of Texas at Austin - Bachelors, Mechanical Engineering

Hobbies

I'm a musician, I play saxophone and piano.

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

Calculus

Civil and Environmental Engineering

College Physics

Electrical and Computer Engineering

General Chemistry

High School Chemistry

High School Physics

IB Physics

IB Physics HL

IB Physics SL

Math

Mechanical Engineering

Physics

Piano

Pre-Calculus

Saxophone

Science


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

As a professional mechanical engineer, I certainly don't have to tutor to make a living. But I choose to tutor because I feel that I have a calling to improve people's lives through education, and I have felt that way for a long, long time. As a teacher with nearly 20 years of private tutoring experience, I firmly believe that everyone has the capacity to learn. However, not everyone learns in the same way or at the same pace. Therefore, I take a very student-centric approach to teaching based on the goals, interests, strengths, weaknesses, and time of the student with emphasis on improving skills in problem solving, independent thinking, and self-learning. Everyone can learn, and I’m here to help!

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

Everyone is unique, so I never begin tutoring someone without first building a relationship with them and understanding the person. So I like to ask some basic questions: What are the student's strengths, weakness, and interests? What are the goals of our sessions? What is the time frame to achieve these goals? Then I like to review the student's work in the subject and assess their current knowledge. Lastly, I will collaborate with the student on building a personalized plan of action to achieve their goals with clearly stated expectations.