I am a PhD Engineer interested in teaching/tutoring Mathematics and Physics. Specific areas include but not limited to: calculus, mechanics, statics, and dynamics.
I believe that education is one of the foundation stones to success. Apart from technical concepts, education provides the following: discipline, focus, and competitive spirit. These skills play a key role in an individuals life, both professionally and personally.
I love math and physics, since my middle school days. I get extremely excited upon observing a direct correlation between real life and technical concepts. This is the primary reason am an Engineer. So far, such excitement has been my fuel to achieve professional success.
I was a teaching assistant during my graduate studies. Responsibilities included: (a) conduct recitation sessions for a class of more than ~30 students, (b) hold office hours to help students on an individual basis, and (c) grade exam papers.
By teaching/tutoring math and physics, I would like to continue my interest in the basics of engineering.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: National Institute of Technology Warangal India - Bachelors, Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Degree: Drexel University - Masters, Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Degree: University of Maryland-College Park - PHD, Mechanical Engineering
GRE Quantitative: 790
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CLEP College Algebra
CLEP College Mathematics
High School Physics
OAT Quantitative Reasoning
PCAT Quantitative Ability
Statics and Dynamics
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching vision is to train students in solving technical problems with fun. Traditional classrooms typically involve an instructor writing on the chalkboard, with no feedback from students if they are following the class. This one-way communication from instructor is inefficient, because students lose interest in the subject and the instructor does not get any feedback from students. Feedback is critical in improvement. Hence, my tutoring goals are: (a) determine the problem of student, (b) address the problem, (c) keep the session engaging via two-way communication, and (d) receive feedback from student.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
After introduction, I would ask the student the area in which tutoring help is needed. If there is more than one area, I would ask them to prioritize so that we can take a step by step approach and address each area at a time. Depending on student's learning ability, more than one area could be focused at a time.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I'd motivate the student to have interest in the subject. The motivation could be in the form of providing practical applications, or/and getting good grades.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I'd motivate by providing real-life examples. Further, stating that improvement in one subject area or more leads to: (a) better grades, which may mean personal satisfaction or/and getting admission into a good undergraduate/graduate school, and (b) have a strong foundation, which would or may help them in their future career.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
My approach is hands-on and practical. I would see if the concept or skill can be applied towards student interest or hobby, e.g. playing football. The other approach is writing down the concept on a piece of paper rather than discussing it verbally.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Read slowly at a steady pace.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By asking questions and observing the student's approach in solving problems.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I am flexible and would use material that a student already has or/and feels comfortable using.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
(a) Start off right away by asking the student in which areas tutoring help is required. (b) Prioritize the areas and address them step by step. (c) Depending on timeline and the student's learning ability, more than one area can be focused on at a time.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Provide a link between the subject and practical applications, day to day activities, and the student's interests/hobbies or getting good grades to have a bright future.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
(a) Ask a question and see if the student gives the correct answer. (b) Practice the material with the student. (c) If possible, give homework to be completed by the next session.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
(a) State upfront that the student can overcome the hurdle. (b) Ask the student to practice the concepts and immediately answer questions. This approach can be repeated. With improvement, the student would automatically build confidence.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Depending on the student's need, I would change my approach. For example, some students might be comfortable talking it through, and others may want to write down.