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Joshua

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My favorite teacher taught me AP Chemistry in high school. He made the class fun, interesting, and I learned almost everything that was covered in my college-level General Chemistry course. Ever since, I have understood the value of effective teaching, and I strive to bring that same excitement and understanding to my clients. I have always had a passion for learning, and I understand the importance of 1-on-1 assistance from my own experiences in college.

Throughout my undergraduate experience at The Citadel, I tutored countless friends and underclassmen that needed help in Chemistry. I am currently a graduate student at NC State University studying Chemical Engineering. I have one semester of my master’s degree remaining, and following graduation, I will pursue my PhD in Chemical Engineering at Clemson University.

Even though my favorite subject is Chemistry, I also enjoy tutoring Math (especially what’s needed in the scientific fields, Algebra, Calculus, Differential Eqns, etc). I think the best way to understand a topic is to start from the beginning and walk through step-by-step, making sure the student fully understands why each step was done. I am easy to talk with and always available for questions through the messenger, text, or over phone. My favorite hobbies include weightlifting, cycling, and riding ATV’s.

I look forward to hearing from you, and I wish you the best during your studies!

Joshua’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Citadel Military College of South Carolina - Bachelors, Chemistry

Graduate Degree: North Carolina State University at Raleigh - Masters, Chemical Engineering

Test Scores

SAT Math: 720

Hobbies

Weight Lifting, Riding ATVs, Cycling

Tutoring Subjects

Calculus

Chemistry

College Chemistry

High School Chemistry

Math

Pre-Calculus

Science


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I have always had a passion for learning, and I understand the importance of 1-on-1 assistance from my own experiences in college. I think the best way to understand a topic is to start from the beginning and walk through step-by-step, making sure the student fully understands why each step was done. I wholeheartedly believe a student that understands the basics will be able to master the complex.

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

Typically the first session involves a quick 'meet and greet' so that the student and I can get to know each other and feel more comfortable asking questions. After identifying the students areas of need, I often explain these areas, and walk through practice problems if desired. Many times, a student will have a particular assignment of which we can review, discuss, and develop a better understanding.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I give the student the most effective strategies, tips, and tricks that I have discovered over the years, so that they can implement them in their own studies. I also identify areas or 'gaps' in the student's understanding so that they can put the larger picture together. I find that this helps the student develop long term subject knowledge, and not simply the knowledge to pass one test.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I try my best to make the tutoring sessions as fun, interesting, and understandable as possible! I have found a love for science by understanding the science of everyday life, and I strive to convey that to the student.

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

I always address the specific area the student is not grasping. Then I work backwards to identify and explain the missing links in the chain. Additionally, I review practice problems and provide real-life examples when possible.