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Hi, I'm Michael! I'm currently a student at Harvard University studying physics and archaeology. While physics and archaeology seem quite different, on a fundamental level both fields involve solving puzzles. This is why I love tutoring in physics, math, and Latin, all of which are topics embedded with puzzles. I'll begin with physics and math. I have tutored a number of students who believe that they are simply unable to understand the material at a high level. However, I truly believe that with proper instruction every student is capable of understanding physics and math in an intuitive and interesting way. I work to demonstrate this reality in sessions by never giving away the answer to a problem; I instead use leading questions to get the student to understand the problem as a whole instead of just the answer. Regarding Latin, I work to illustrate that questions in a Latin class are puzzles in and of themselves. Translations of ancient sentences are just puzzles to solve. You are given a set of rules, and students must think nimbly to apply those rules to the situation at hand. In the end, a question that seems dull at first becomes an interesting puzzle to figure out. I believe that physics and math provide a language to understand our universe and Latin provides the basis for our own language. I hope to impart on my students how much fun it can be to solve puzzles in those three subjects and to use those solutions to understand the world around us.

While I hope I have communicated above my love of physics, math, and Latin and my love for teaching those subjects, it's also important to know my qualifications in those topics. I'm planning on majoring in physics and have so far taken courses in classical mechanics, electrodynamics, and quantum mechanics. Regarding math, while I have studied multivariable calculus and theoretical linear algebra in structured class environments, I have also learned to apply this math through my physics courses. As for Latin, I have taken four years of language classes in high school and have continued my study of the language in college having taken courses in Latin literature and Roman history.

Then there's music. I've been playing violin for the past 15 years and the viola for the past 5. I spent three summers at the Indiana University Summer String Academy, culminating in winning first place in their annual string quartet competition during my last summer there. I have played solo and chamber music, and I played in an orchestra for four years, serving as principal second violin, principal viola, and associate concertmaster (not all at the same, though). I even played in a pit orchestra for four years.

Outside of the classroom and practice room, I love doing stand-up comedy, I've dabbled in creative writing, and during the summers I work as a sailing instructor at a summer camp.

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Michael’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Harvard University - Bachelor in Arts, Physics

Test Scores

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1540

SAT Math: 790

SAT Verbal: 750

AP Chemistry: 5

AP Calculus BC: 5

AP Latin: 5

AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism: 5

AP Physics C: Mechanics: 5

AP English Literature: 5

AP English Language: 5

AP US History: 5

AP European History: 5

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 800

SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 790

Hobbies

Stand-up comedy, creative writing, violin, theater, sailing.

Tutoring Subjects

A Level Prep

A Level Physics

Anthropology

AP Calculus BC

AP Physics 1

AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

AP Physics C: Mechanics

Archaeology

Calculus

Calculus 2

Classics

CLEP Prep

CLEP Calculus

CLEP College Mathematics

College Physics

Electromagnetism

High School Physics

IB Classical Languages

IB Further Mathematics

IB Mathematical Studies

IB Mathematics

IB Physics

Languages

Latin

Latin 1

Latin 2

Latin 3

Latin 4

Linear Algebra

Math

Mathematica

Music

Newtonian Mechanics

Physics

Quantum Mechanics

Quantum Physics

Quantum Theory

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Subject Test in Physics

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Science

Social Sciences

Social Studies

Special Relativity

Technology and Coding

Test Prep

Viola

Violin

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