I have been tutoring middle school through high school (and even some college) students for over 25 years. While my college major was physics, math and physics did not always come easily to me. My tutoring style comes from the many great teachers who I learned from as well as techniques I developed to make these difficult subjects not only manageable but FUN! Long word problems and many formulas can often seem overwhelming. I show students how to take a deep breath and break down long problems into their constituent parts so that solutions and concepts become easy. Most of my tutoring has been at the high school level, beginning after college with my alma mater, the Hun School of Princeton, and later for In Home Tutors in Atlanta, GA where we lived for many years. My manner is easy-going and I enjoy interacting with and getting to know each student so that our collaboration is never tedious and something each student will look forward to!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: The College of New Jersey - Bachelors, Physics
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What is your teaching philosophy?
By the time many students seek tutoring help, they are often in panic mode. I first try to calm students down, and then show how math and physics problems can be broken down into very manageable parts. Often teachers or even textbooks move too fast or make things more complicated than they need to be. These subjects should never be intimidating, and with a laid-back, non-pressure approach, students can learn to not only master math and physics but to have fun in the process.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First I assess how the student feels and what the challenges have been. Then we need to review what the student needs to be doing right now in the class. We might have to review previous concepts and material the student did not understand sufficiently to build a stronger foundation in getting "up-to-speed."
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The specific skill development and strategies that apply to math and physics are too often not adequately covered in normal classrooms, and students end up being "thrown in the deep end" to "sink or swim." A student can become an independent learner by developing good strategies on how to handle math and physics problems. These types of problems are different from other subjects students engage in, and so require a different mind-set and set of skills.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
When students experience themselves being successful with problems and "getting" concepts that were formerly insurmountable, they usually become super-motivated! Seeing the inevitable improvement in test scores and grades is also quite motivating.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
When a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, the first thing to do is to back up and slow down. If the student is not learning a skill or concept the way it is presented in the student's classroom or textbook, I would try different approaches from different angles until the skill or concept "clicks" for the student.