I am he/as you are he/and you are me/and we are all together”
—but wow do we all have different needs!
This is something of a guiding principle for me as a tutor. For the most part, we are all capable of learning the subjects we are faced with in school, but we are not all inclined to learn via the same methods. The way we approach our learning is often decided for us in the classroom, but that is certainly not always the approach through which we thrive. The beauty of one-on-one tutoring for me is that I need not use standardized or impersonalized methods to achieve learning.
If I am to tutor you (or your son, daughter, etc.) I will make a concerted effort to make observations and inquiries through which we may find a tutoring strategy that really works. I aim for this to be a mutually beneficial process that I take on with my students—one that may better my tutoring approach and my student’s personal learning strategies. I know that we all have gifts and are quite capable of finding success if only we take the time to discover them.
Finally, I understand that many student’s gifts or passions do not reside in every single subject they are required to take in school. Oftentimes these are the very subjects that we seek out tutoring for. If this is the case, I hope that we may at least find a way to make learning this subject manageable; and who knows, maybe we will run across some unexpected interest and/or appreciation along the way!
For a record of my tutoring history, please see my resume. I am most prepared for and passionate about tutoring in chemistry, but I believe I am also capable of tutoring in physics and most high school (or lower) level math to some degree.
Looking forward to potentially working with you :)
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Willamette University - Bachelors, Chemistry
I am particularly passionate about both environmental and social activism, although admittedly this takes place on more of a personal consumer and social media/interaction basis. I am highly interested in contemporary climate science and climate change progression, especially in connection to the paradigm of human disenchantment and isolation from their environment/ecosystem. In short, this deals with the commonly held worldview in western cultures that subjective meaning and purpose is a solely human attribute and that we for all intents and purposes we exist in an objective and meaningless world. This superior, ego-driven view is contrasted with the idea that the world and cosmos are capable of expressing and reinforcing intrinsic meaning that we as humans are in turn capable of understanding, most often encountered in what are known as synchronicities. This worldview describes a cohesive and holistically meaningful universe, one in which we as human are highly autonomous participants and co-creators. My current primary field of study is archetypal astrology—a field that inherently depicts the cosmos’ ability to express intrinsic meaning in the form of universal archetypes, which may then be correlated to the human realm of experience (both inner psyche and outward experience). These correlations do not deal with inescapable fate or destiny, but rather point to pervasive, ambiguously specific archetypal patterns in individuals (natal charts), personal biographical experience (personal transits), and overarching trends in history and the modern world (world transits). This is a highly contentious subject in the modern west, where the average person’s understanding of astrology involves only sun-sign-based news columns (horoscopes), which are usually both highly simplistic in their use of only sun signs and overly specific in their predictions about people with those sun signs (all of whom have extremely different natal charts and, of course, their own unique life experiences). If you are curious about my practice and its philosophical and/or scientific basis, please ask! Finally, a few of my personal pleasures are singing (often with a guitar in accompaniment), exploring my ecosystem (both natural and human-made), and exchanging perspectives with friends and strangers alike.