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Math and physics are my favorite subjects to tutor! I earned my BS in Physics with Honors from Caltech and my MS in Physics from Cornell University. While I was at Cornell I spent a year TAing for the general physics autotutorial course autotutorial here meaning no formal lectures, just one-on-one tutoring from TAs for both homework and exam questions! I loved communicating difficult physics concepts to students and seeing students scores improve between test attempts as a result of my help.

My tutoring style involves breaking down complicated problems into smaller, simpler pieces then work through those simpler problems to build up to real problems. The goal is to locate gaps in students understanding. Learning is really all about those a-ha moments; a good grasp of the material is essential to producing good scores and grades.

Austin’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: California Institute of Technology - Bachelors, Physics

Graduate Degree: Cornell University - Masters, Physics

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2310

SAT Math: 800

GRE Quantitative: 170

GRE Verbal: 170


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Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My tutoring style involves breaking down complicated problems into smaller, simpler pieces. I want students to develop an intuition for the subject. Once students understand the fundamentals, we can build up to tougher problems.

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

The first thing to do is to assess the student's level and background. I want to know which courses the student has taken, what he/she is good at, and what he/she needs to work on.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Focus on the fundamental concepts, build intuition, and work on complex problems that bring together the pieces in unexpected ways.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I'd offer regular assessments and provide encouragement/praise when improvement is shown. If it helps, a student can put on their own music and pick a comfortable study location.