Hi! I'm Bryan. I just completed my first year of college as an aerospace major (with a physics minor) at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA. I'm from Colorado and spend my summers there. In high school, I took 10 AP tests across subjects from politics to calculus and achieved a 35 on the ACT, while competing nationally in karate and building an experiment for the space station.
My approach to tutoring is to give students a basic understanding of the concepts involved in a subject area, and give them the tools to apply those concepts to any sort of problem. Then, we work on analysis of the question and concept application - showing the students the path to take, but allowing them to do the nitty-gritty thinking to get there. This is the approach my best AP and college instructors use, and I believe that it best facilitates a true understanding of the topics at hand and best prepares the students for future courses. I love adapting this method to a variety of learning styles and do my best to accommodate each student.
Beyond academics, I love biking, hiking, and skiing (hey, I'm from Colorado), and watching a good movie.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus - Current Undergrad, Aerospace (Physics Minor)
ACT Composite: 35
ACT English: 36
ACT Math: 34
ACT Reading: 35
ACT Science: 36
Airplanes, karate, rockets, skiing. The usual.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My approach to tutoring is to give students a basic understanding of the concepts involved in a subject area, and give them the tools to apply those concepts to any sort of problem. Then, we work on analysis of the question and concept application - showing the students the path to take, but allowing them to do the nitty-gritty thinking to get there.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I'll chat with the student a bit to get to know them, talk about the underlying concepts of whatever we're working on, and give a few sample questions to assess where the student is at. From there, I'll explain a topic missed in the initial assessment in a few teaching styles, and see what the student responds to best to use going forward.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
As stated in my tutoring philosophy, I'm about teaching concepts and problem solving techniques. Learning how to understand any concept and how to approach any question are the keys to learning independently.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
It depends on the student! Throughout the first couple sessions, I'll see if the student responds best to praise, criticism, specific progress goals, time-based goals, and so forth. No matter what, there will be a positive out of a session (even if it is quite small), and I'll use that positive to motivate the student. Additionally, I like to connect on a personal level a bit, and this will allow me to better motivate the student.