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Emily

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I recently graduated from Houghton College, where I majored in physics and mathematics. While I was in college, I worked as a teacher's assistant for various math and physics classes. By working as a teacher's assistant I gained experience in the classroom, in smaller help sessions, through one-on-one tutoring, and also by grading homework assignments. Before college, I worked as a piano teacher throughout high school, as well as tutoring a few students in math.

Now I offer tutoring in physics (up to college level) and in middle school, high school and some college level math classes. Introductory physics courses are one of my favorite courses to help students with because there is a steep learning curve, and it is exciting to help a student progress in a subject which they may not have much experience in.

My tutoring style greatly depends on the student I am working with. Usually this does not include very much lecturing on my part--instead I like to work through problems with the student. Depending on their confidence level in the subject, I will usually work out an example for them, asking questions along the way, and then prompt them to work one out themselves. Sometimes for physics problems, what can be most helpful for students is to talk through the situation presented in the problem and describe, verbally, concepts such as energy transfer and forces, for example, to help them understand what we are concerned with in the particular problem.

Outside of academia, I am interested in living a sustainable, minimal life. I enjoy trying to find ways to reduce wasted resources and energy consumption. I am also a musician--I have played the piano for many years and am currently working on recording some of my compositions.

Emily’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Houghton College - Bachelors, Mathematics

Hobbies

cooking, yoga, reading, building my storage bed, and biking around Philadelphia