My name is Louis, and I love to share facts that I think are neat with anybody who will listen. Since I think physics and astronomy are amazing, I love sharing my knowledge and passion for those subjects especially, and that's why I became a teacher. My passion for the subject shows when I'm teaching, and I love watching students eyes light up as they begin to understand the subject better under my tutelage. Students will be able to develop self confidence in the subjects I tutor through my positive reinforcement. My goal is for every student to have a better understanding of the subject, and through that, a better understanding of how the world around them works.
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Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Franklin and Marshall College - Bachelors, Astrophysics
Graduate Degree: University of Central Florida - Masters, Physics education
Board games, Video games, Comic Books
AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
AP Physics C: Mechanics
College Computer Science
High School Chemistry
High School Computer Science
High School Physics
Middle School Science
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Technology and Computer Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
Be yourself. If I am myself around students, then I am comfortable; and if I am comfortable, then they are comfortable; and if they are comfortable, they are more open to learning.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Establish trust and a relationship, as well as determine where they are in the material and what they need help with. Also very important, I would ask them what they felt they needed help with. Most important, I would find something they needed help with and make sure they left the first session feeling confident with it.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I don't provide answers. I provide the means to solve the problems and answer the questions on their own. I show them how to do things, instead of doing them for the student.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
There is no feeling, in my opinion, greater than the feeling of accomplishment one gets when one solves something that has been difficult for them, or finally understands what they once thought too complicated to understand. I work for students to feel intrinsically motivated off of that feeling.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Work with them to see why they are having trouble, and see what approaches they have used. Then find a different approach to show them that skill/concept.