I am an upperclassman Mechanical Engineering and Physics major at TCU, with research interests in Semiconductor Materials and Plasma Physics. I have a passion for STEM education. I have participated in multiple research opportunities on campus--from cancer drug manufacturing research with an esteemed Welch Chair to industry-contracted materials research for Lockheed Martin. In Spring 2013, I won the Engineering Department award at the Student Research Symposium for my work in Rapid Prototyping Materials Properties for Lockheed Martin, and soon after some of my chemistry research was published in ACS's research magazine. For the past year I have worked for a Dallas engineering firm as a Structural Designer.
I have been a private tutor for over 10 years, working in both one-on-one and group tutoring, specializing in courses relating to Science, Math, Test-Prep, and Engineering. I also have much experience with and am very comfortable with tutoring those with learning and social disabilities.
I've heard people say that the best way to learn is to teach. I embrace this idea in my approach to tutoring, where I have the student walk me through what they understand, so together we can explore what they don't. This positive approach allows the student to see how much knowledge they actually already have at their disposal. It encourages the student and gives them the confidence they need approaching their coursework. My job is to give students the skills and tools necessary to be able to understand, analyze, and work through problems on their own.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Texas Christian University - Current Undergrad, Mech Engineering & Physics
ACT Composite: 34
ACT English: 35
ACT Math: 33
ACT Reading: 34
ACT Science: 35
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1530
SAT Math: 740
SAT Verbal: 720
SAT Writing: 770
Materials Science, Plasma Physics, Software Development
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
The biggest thing students tend to struggle with in reading comprehension is "what is important?" So a tutor must help the student learn strategies to see the passages from the author's perspective and seek out the main ideas and themes. One method I use for SAT/ACT prep is I work with the student to get into the habit of summarizing paragraphs as they read them, and then seeing how the beginning of the passage relates to the end to see the main idea.