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I am a physics and mechanical engineering student interested in energy production. I didn't discover my passion for the sciences until my sophomore year in college, so I understand what it is like to lack purpose when studying these subjects. But I also know that particular classes and teachers can totally change your perspective on a subject. I hope I can do that for the students I tutor.

The most satisfying part about tutoring is seeing the light bulb go off for students. That "ah ha" moment is addicting if you can find it often enough. There is inherent pleasure in new understanding. These light bulb moments can happen anytime for students and at any age.

I began studying physics at Earlham College in Indiana. I chose this school because it is relatively small. I never had classes larger than 10 students. Along the way I decided not to pursue graduate school in physics, but rather to come to Columbia to study Mechanical Engineering. I did this for a number of reasons, mainly because I want to go directly into industry and an ME bachelors suited this purpose well. That said, I will have two degrees, a BA in Physics from Earlham College and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University.

I tutor subjects outside of Physics and Math. I spent a year living in Germany studying German, so I tutor that as well.

My favorite subjects to tutor are Physics and Calculus. The reasons for this are quite simple. Calculus is the bedrock of Physics and Physics is our most accurate understanding of physical reality. Math is the language of physics, physics and quantum mechanics formulate chemistry. Chemistry is used to understand biology and so on. The beginning of the chain sits with mathematics and physics.

My teaching philosophy and tutoring style are straightforward. I am convinced that everyone understands introductory physics, they just don't recognize it mathematically. I make sure to relate every mathematical statement to a physical interpretation so that the student can begin to gain mathematical literacy and maturity.

My interests outside of academia mainly consist of some sport, such as skiing, skydiving and motocross. However since I've moved to New York I have sacrificed these hobbies. Fun hobbies aside, I am committing my life to energy production and renewable energy. I believe it is absolutely necessary that our country move in this direction.

Maxum’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Current Undergrad, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

Hobbies

I enjoy reading, playing the piano, solving life problems, and optimizing personal finance.

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Math

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Aerospace Engineering

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algorithms

AP Computer Science Principles

AP Research

Applied Mathematics

Astrophysics

ASVAB Prep

Business

Business Analytics

Business Calculus

Business Statistics

C++

Calculus

Calculus 2

Civil and Environmental Engineering

CLEP Prep

CLEP Calculus

CLEP College Algebra

CLEP College Mathematics

CLEP Financial Accounting

CLEP Precalculus

College Physics

COMPASS Mathematics Prep

COMPASS Reading Prep

Computer Programming

CPA

Data Structure

Datamining

Electrical Engineering

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

English

Financial Accounting

Finite Mathematics

German

German 1

Graduate Test Prep

High School Physics

IB Computer Science

IB Further Mathematics

IB Mathematical Studies

IB Mathematics

IB Physics

Industrial Engineering

Intermediate Accounting

College Math

Languages

Mac Basic Computer Skills

Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese 2

Mandarin Chinese 3

Mandarin Chinese 4

Math

Mathematica

MATLAB

Mechanical Engineering

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Science

Music

Non-Euclidean Geometry

Nutrition

OAT Physics

OAT Survey of Natural Sciences

Other

PC Basic Computer Skills

Personal Finance

Physics

Piano

PRAXIS Prep

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

Probability

PSAT Prep

Public Speaking

Python

Quantum Computing

Quantum Mechanics

Quantum Physics

Quantum Theory

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Subject Test in Physics

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Science

Special Relativity

Statics

Statics and Dynamics

Statistics Graduate Level

String Theory

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

Thermochemistry

Thermodynamics


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Everyone is interested in math and physics. Anyone can learn these subjects. There just needs to be more time spent gaining mathematical literacy in this country.

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

Introduce myself and make the student as comfortable as possible.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I encourage them to solve as many problems as possible!

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would tell them my story. I didn't become seriously in love or interested in math and physics until I took multivariable calculus.

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

I use physics to relate the concept to something they already intuitively understand.

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

I expose them to new and interesting scenarios to solidify and give meaning to what they've read.

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

Start with an introduction, get to know each other, and learn the goals of the student.

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

The most efficient way to learn any subject is to relate it to something the student already knows. I try to make these connections, whatever the subject I'm teaching.

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

I expose the student to problems that gradually increase in complexity. These problems help the student expand their understanding while not intimidating the student.

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

Practice, practice, practice!!

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I ask them what his/her goal for the course is. Why do they want to learn the subject?

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

I often seek feedback from students. I want them to feel comfortable telling me what works best for them.

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

I usually have enough examples in mind that I can use my own mind for materials.