I am a technically-minded, compassionate parent who enjoys translating what can seem like confusing topics into digestible nuggets of information. As a parent of two teens, I'm patient, and considerate to where a person is at, and the learning process itself.
I gravitate towards practical knowledge, so when I look at a subject or problem, I try to map it to real-life experiences, as much as possible. Answering the question "When am I ever going to use this?!" hopefully in a way that makes sense.
I got into engineering because I love working with my hands (woodworking, small electronics, fixing things, etc). For that reason, I love the practical applications of physics, math, etc. And I love to write, playing with words and digging into etymology. I have an insatiable curiosity about how things work, and where they come from. And I try to wrap that curiosity with pragmatism, and with the heart of a teacher.
I am excited to be able to be an objective teacher to someone struggling with a concept, or just needing a little help to move forward.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Dayton - Bachelors, Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Degree: University of Tennessee - Masters, Mechanical Engineering
ACT Composite: 29
I enjoy playing guitar, woodworking, building stuff, and figuring things out. My pleasure reading is all sociology and psychology, and I take a sincere interest in people, and what makes them tick.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to make the student feel safe expressing confusion about a topic, and to find relatable, practical, realistic examples to anchor the explanations that will serve as a starting point for understanding the whole topic.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
At a first session with a student, I'd work to understand his or her current level of understanding of the material, establish a rapport with the student that builds a trusting tutor/student relationship, and understand what they feel are the obstacles to understanding the materials.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by teaching him or her the methodology and logic behind addressing a problem, rather than just showing them how to solve the specific problem. For example, finding analogies that simplify the problem into discrete concepts can often make it easier to understand the material from a broad level, rather than just solving that specific problem.