I have a Masters of Science in Applied Physics and a Bachelors of Science in Physics from Northern Illinois University and The Ohio State University, respectively. I have been tutoring for 12 years in a range of mathematics and science courses from algebra to AP Calculus and physics to astronomy, respectively. I tutored math at a private tutoring center where I became very adept at helping students of varying ages, approximately 5 to 18.
While earning my masters degree I taught introductory physics laboratories for two years. I have also been a math instructor at a second private learning center where I learned techniques in helping students not only academically but boost their confidence, enhance their strengths and recognize as well as work on their weaknesses. When tutoring, I teach students how ask the appropriate questions to help them solve their problems. I start by asking leading questions and get the student to reason through the problem rather than simply showing them or having them memorize procedures. This method gets them to be an active participate and not merely an "audience of one." I believe that each student is unique and I tailor my methods of teaching to fit their needs. Many problems can be explained in multiple ways, different ways benefiting different students. For example, some students work better visually and some through auditory means.
I enjoy helping students learn because I like sharing the knowledge I spent considerable time acquiring with others and helping make it theirs, too. I particularly enjoy tutoring mathematics and science to educate and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. My favorite subjects to teach are physics and astronomy. Outside of academia, amateur astronomy, along with grilling and watching and reading science fiction are my hobbies.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: The Ohio State University - Bachelors, Physics
Graduate Degree: Northern Illinois University - Masters, Applied Physics
ACT Math: 31
Astronomy, science fiction, grilling, movies.
AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
AP Physics C: Mechanics
High School Physics
Statics and Dynamics
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
When tutoring I teach students how to ask the appropriate questions to help them solve their problems. I start by asking leading questions and get the student to reason through the problem rather than simply showing them or having them memorize procedures. This method gets them to be an active participant and not merely an "audience of one." Each student is unique, and I tailor my methods of teaching to fit their needs. Many problems can be explained in multiple and different ways.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first session, I ask questions to determine a student's abilities, strengths, weaknesses, prior knowledge, and progress so far in a particular course. This allows me to determine what needs to be done to help the student achieve his or her goals and what methods of tutoring would be most beneficial.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I help students become independent learners by showing them what types of questions to ask in order to break down and analyze problems. This way, they can apply their knowledge to other areas, and not just learn a procedure only relevant to one particular type of problem or academic subject.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help students stay motivated by showing them why what they are doing is important and what it can help them achieve.