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Alex

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I am a graduate of the University of Michigan, with a B.S. in Physics and a Minor in Computer Science. I have been tutoring consistently for three years, having spent two years as an independent tutor followed by one year on staff at the University, where I was responsible not only for providing supplemental instruction but also general support and guidance, including helping students develop better study habits and test-taking skills. I was highly regarded in this position for my rapport among students, where I frequently ran additional study groups that drew over half of the enrolled students in a particular course. I am comfortable and experienced in a broad range of subjects including physics, math, C++, economics, statistics, and ACT prep. The subjects I know most thoroughly are physics and calculus.

I believe my primary job as a tutor is to open students' minds to exciting new ways of thinking and spark or develop their interest in the subject. There is no amount of help I can give to a student that will be greater than the help they can offer themselves, if they are motivated to do so. I focus on developing a careful understanding of each student's background, goals, thinking habits, attitude, and motivations, and tailor my sessions to each individual as we come to understand each other. I provide not only complete supplemental instruction on a particular topic, but also coaching on general mentality, study habits, problem solving strategies, and test-taking skills, as needed. I will go beyond the subject to help students become better, more interested thinkers, with a fresh outlook on the value of learning in and of itself.

Alex’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Michigan - Bachelors, Physics

Hobbies

Reading, writing, playing soccer, seeing friends, listening to music, playing music, watching movies, playing video games.

Tutoring Subjects

C++

College Physics

Math

Physics

Pre-Algebra

Technology and Computer Science


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Every student is a unique individual that demands a unique approach to teaching, which comes from the student and I growing to understand each other.

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

Casually get to know each other and discuss the student's background, motivations, and perspective.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The answer to this depends on the student in question.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Each student's motivation will be unique to him/her, and as we come to understand each other, I will be more capable of addressing motivation.

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

Explain it again in another way, get feedback from the student, and repeat.

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

I read with them, we take it as slow as we need to, and we do not move on until we fully understand the section in question.

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

First and foremost, it is my job to make the student feel comfortable so they will be receptive to the instruction I provide.

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

It depends entirely on the subject and the student. There is no formula for producing engagement.

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

I will often have the student walk me through their thought process as they solve problems related to the material at hand.

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

A student builds his or her own confidence in the subject; it is my job to guide them toward having an accurate perception of their abilities so their confidence matches their skill level, and they have a clear understanding of their proficiency in a given subject.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By speaking with them and watching them work.

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

My tutoring is based upon the idea that each student will receive an instructional approach tailored to their individual situation.

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

Anything I feel may be helpful, from particularly clear explanations I've found online to standard textbook problems to anecdotes from my own experience.