## Kevin

Certified Tutor

Kevin’s Qualifications

### Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Madison - Bachelors, Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics

Graduate Degree: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - PHD, Aerospace Engineering

### Hobbies

Ultimate Frisbee, Running, Card Playing, Piano, Trumpet, Jazz Music, Video Games

### Tutoring Subjects

11th Grade Math

12th Grade Math

Aerospace Engineering

Applied Mathematics

College Physics

Engineering

High School Physics

Materials Science

Mechanical Engineering

Newtonian Mechanics

Probability

Quantitative Reasoning

Structural Engineering

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy centers around application of curriculum to the world around us. Instead of understanding "what is the derivative of this function?", I'd rather teach "what does the derivative of this function teach us about economics, or planetary motion, or fluid flow?" I believe that coupling real world application with mathematical tools is incredibly important for information retention.

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

My first session with a student is typically a conversation about their reason for seeking a tutor and their goals for our time together. I will commonly ask to review the student's previous work (old exams, homework, etc.) to better understand their strengths and weaknesses.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Motivation for independent learning only comes if there is an application for the knowledge. So to best motivate independent learning, I try and show students how the tools they're accumulating can be applied to the world around them.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Typically, if a student is struggling with a topic, I like to move away from it for a short time to something they are more comfortable with. This lets the student re-build confidence and gives me time to re-asses my teaching strategy for the more difficult topic the student is struggling with.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I believe that getting to know the student personally is very important for both me as the tutor, and them as the student. For me, an impersonal, "strictly business" relationship is alienating and gets in the way of learning. There needs to be high-fives and laughter.