I have received an Associates in Science from Portland Community College and nearly finished with my Bachelor's in Physics from Oregon State University, which I expect to have in August. Both my college and life experience has led me to work with people of various ages in a plethora of settings, but a favorite focus has been in teaching children. I have done a lot of outreach with my physics department with K-12 kids, including designing experiments and walking kids through demonstrations, but I've also worked with children in small groups in a more casual environment.
Despite the focus on children, I have also worked with peers in math and physics and enjoy employing many different methods of learning, such as 3D models, folding paper, Mathematica graphs and simulations, and physician demonstrations.
My favorite subject to teach is literature, with physics and mathematics close seconds. My teaching philosophy can be summed up as follows:
Learning should be fun.
People learn at different rates and in different ways.
Teaching and learning should be flexible and made to fit the student.
It's good to take breaks and let your brain rest.
My tutoring style is to be a guide and to help a student "learn how to learn", so to speak. I like to try to get the student to pull on previous knowledge and to learn fundamental concepts for learning and problem solving that can be used in many different subject areas.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Oregon State University - Bachelor of Science, Physics
I love literature, particularly 19th century Russian and English literature. Partly due to this passion for books, I have taken to writing my own short stories and am currently working on a novel. I also love researching different kinds of algebras and non-euclidean geometries---in fact, I wrote my senior thesis on using Lie algebras and quaternions for describing particles. Finally, I love to craft and hike and play too many video games.