# John

Certified Tutor

Undergraduate Degree: Northwestern University - Current Undergrad, Applied Math and Computer Science

Piano, Cross Country and Track

AP Computer Science A

AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

AP Physics C: Mechanics

C++

College Physics

Engineering

High School Chemistry

High School Physics

Java

Macroeconomics

MATLAB

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

Special Relativity

Statics and Dynamics

Technology and Coding

Visual Basic

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy is that I should teach my students how to reason, not how to use a formula. Truly understanding a concept better builds a foundation for future learning than does remembering a formula.

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

If a student has problems to work on, we will go through the problems one by one. However, if I find that the student is weak on a particular concept, I take an aside to explain the concept, either through simpler problems or through proofs, that will help them understand. Similarly, if the student had no work to do, I would start from the basic concepts, asking them to explain them to me. If they struggled, I will teach them how to conceptualize the topic. I will give them problems to make sure they are able to apply their understanding to an actual example.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Especially when teaching math, I like to break things down into smaller, more manageable parts, or rewrite expressions into ways that help the learner understand better what is happening. When trying to understand a concept, it is important that you convince yourself that the concept is true, rather than just being told it is true. Teaching a student how to approach or rework a problem or concept, as I said I would do above. The student can become an independent learner if he or she can reorganize or break down the conceptual statement into pieces he or she already understands.