My passion for tutoring and teaching began 5 years ago when I was studying for my first semester midterm exams at SUNY Maritime College. A good friend of mine desperately approached me to help him with his Electrical Engineering class, and, although I had never tutored anyone before, I agreed to help him. We spent hours and hours studying and mastering the material for his midterm the next day. Immediately after he received his midterm grade (87%), he came to my dorm room and hugged me thanking me for helping him. I registered to be a full-time tutor the next day.
Earning my Bachelor's of Engineering in Marine Engineering was a long and arduous academic journey, but with persistence, hard-work, and dedication I achieved my goal. While attending SUNY Maritime College, I was a member of the Regiment of Cadets. I held many different leadership roles, most of which held me responsible for teaching underclass cadets shipboard protocols, engine room knowledge, and engineering principles. Upon graduation, I successfully passed the U.S. Coast Guard Licensing Exams earning a 3rd Assistant Engineer license for any size vessel.
Now that you know a little bit more about my background and my educational experiences, I think it is important to talk about my experience and background as a tutor. Over the past 5 years I have logged 3600 hours of tutoring. Throughout that time, I have experienced many different types of students. My strong suits as a tutor is the ability to portray information to people in a way they can understand and comprehend. I am patient in the time it takes for you to grasp the material, I am persistent in my efforts to teach you the material, and, most importantly, I will never give up on you, regardless of how long it takes for you to understand the material.
My lessons consist of a few phases that educate and reinforce the subject matter. These include: Clarification and initial instruction of topic fundamentals; Addressing areas of confusion or concern by relating the material to something the student knows and understands; Reinforcement of subject matter through example problems and questions. The last phase of my lessons is, by far, the most important. I conclude my sessions by having my students teach me the material as if they were tutoring me. Throughout my career I have learned and noticed the best way to learn and reinforce information is to teach it to someone else.
I specialize in all of the topics relating to the very nature of engineering. More specifically, I specialize in: Mathematics (Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, PreCalculus, Calculus 1, 2, Multivariable Calculus, and Differential Equations); Physical Sciences (Physics I (Calculus Based), Physics 2 (Calculus Based), Engineering Statics, Engineering Dynamics, and Strength of Materials); Thermodynamics (Intro to Thermodynamics, Thermodynamics I, and Heat Transfer); Electrical Engineering (Electrical Theory, Circuit Analysis, Electric Motors, Transformers, Single Phase Power Systems, 3 Phase Power Systems, Power Production and Distribution); Mechanical Engineering; History (American History, European History, and World History). Lastly, I scored a Composite Score of 29 on my ACT. I scored a 28 on the ACT English component, a 28 on the ACT Math component, a 30 on the ACT Reading Component, and a 30 on the ACT Science Component. Kaplan Test Prep requires the ACT tutors to be ranked in the 90th percentile on their personal exams to qualify to tutor for the exam. Based on my exam report, in the eyes of Kaplan Test Prep, I have acceptable scores to be a qualified ACT exam tutor.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: SUNY Maritime College - Bachelors, Marine Engineering
I'm an engineer. That being said, I like to build things and fix things. Also, I have been playing rugby for 5 years, and I am looking to continue this spring. I'm a very active and open minded person as well.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My lessons consist of a few phases that educate and reinforce the subject matter. These include: Clarification and initial instruction of topic fundamentals; addressing areas of confusion or concern by relating the material to something the student knows and understands; reinforcement of subject matter through example problems and questions. The last phase of my lessons is, by far, the most important. I conclude my sessions by having my students teach me the material as if they were tutoring me. Throughout my career, I have learned and noticed the best way to learn and reinforce information is to teach it to someone else.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I teach my students how to study properly by focusing on mastery of the topic fundamentals. Studying is like building a house; you can't do anything until you lay down a strong foundation.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
My first session with a new student focuses on identifying areas of weakness and misunderstanding. It's important to identify these areas first so I am able to cultivate a game plan to overcome whatever obstacles the student is facing.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Not all students learn the same way. Many students learn through listening, but a majority of the student population learns through teaching themselves. In order for a student to teach his/herself something, he/she has to be able to relate to the material. I have strong abilities to relay and teach topics to students in a way they can relate to.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Practice, practice, practice! Reading comprehension issues are generally solved through practice problems.