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Christopher

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As a personal tutor, I can provide the extension of the knowledge and many different ways of explaining the materials to help the student understand the information more readily. Specifically in first year physics and chemistry, I have developed many proven lessons that incorporate visual aids along with ample practice opportunities. Any student that I tutor for high school level courses will be offered online practice and study tools, as well as printed materials for use in improving understanding and concept clarity.

Christopher’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Western Governors University - Bachelors, Science Education - Physics

Graduate Degree: Western Governors University - Masters, Science Education - Chemistry

Hobbies

engineering and robotics

Tutoring Subjects

AP Physics 1

AP Physics 2

AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

AP Physics C: Mechanics

Chemistry

College Chemistry

College Physics

High School Chemistry

High School Physics

Honors Chemistry

IB Physics

IB Physics HL

IB Physics SL

Physics

SAT Subject Test in Physics

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Science

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Providing the opportunities for students to excel and surpass their goals in science and math is my goal. As a science teacher, I always want my students to make real connections with the materials that they are learning. Being able to provide specific examples that students are familiar with, and explaining the connections made between our observations and the science behind the occurrence has proven to be extremely useful to my past and present students.

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

Generally I like to determine the student's specific learning style and background knowledge. It is always critical to determine the foundation, and then to build efficiently from there.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can provide detailed guidance for preparing and following study habits that include good research habits. Students can learn how to establish good reference and practice materials, especially for writing technical papers and documents.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

That honestly depends on the student. Some students may simply need to see some interesting demonstrations to regain focus and motivation, while others may need more emotional support to continue with difficult topics and concepts. This would depend on the situation and reasons for the loss of motivation.

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

Try a different approach. There aren't too many places that can't be reached by more than one route. If there is a specific skill or concept that is troubling, determine what is causing the greatest issue, plan some steps to remedy the problem, ease the stress, and feel the success of overcoming the obstacle.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I often find students who struggle with comprehension are best suited to visual learning. Trying to connect the words with imagery can often lead students to a better understanding of the materials.

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

Generally I use a fairly broad group of strategies that includes: reading and comprehension of fundamental concepts applied with concept imagery, note taking and rehearsal practice (flash cards, tables, etc.), demonstrations or examples of phenomenon coupled with calculation examples and practice, and virtual labs with applied exercises.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I always prefer to connect real-life scenarios that can be easily observed and make those connections with the science that is occurring.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I prefer to finish each lesson with a small assessment to be completed online that will allow both the student and I to gauge their progress and mastery of each topic/lesson.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

By providing the student with opportunities for increased success. Generally as a student progresses, the challenges become greater. If a student reaches a portion of the material that seems more difficult and doesn't show immediate success, then lower level successes can be achieved and be rebuilt towards the overall success of the subject.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Strictly based on the strengths and weaknesses of the student, and specific input from the student themselves.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I will always try to match the student with materials and examples that will provide them the best opportunity to master the materials they are learning.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Typically I use a combination of video demonstrations, text examples, and calculation/problem questions for practice.