My education background is in physics, and I'm currently in the process of completing a physics PhD at UT Austin in which I do research in gravitational physics (mainly in topics relating to binary black holes, and fundamental physics). My teaching background has been in the various physics courses where I have been a teacher’s assistant and my years of tutoring students in math!
I’ve worked with students from elementary to college level.
My motto is, “If you’re going to be wrong, be wrong with me!”. Being wrong with me doesn’t matter, there are no grades in our tutoring sessions. However, if you get something wrong on an exam, it matters for your grade. Hence, the motto.
My style is to have the student walk me through problems and act as if it were an exam/quiz. The reason for this is because it skips the “I don’t know” phrase because on exam or quiz, you usually put something down in hopes of partial credit. By starting here, it allows me to see what the student knows, but also allows me to guide the student towards a solution from their starting point. When exam time comes around, the student is going to start problems wherever their gut tells them to. So, by showing them how to solve problems from their starting point, it bolsters their confidence when I'm not there.
I would say the story I'm most proud of was a student who was getting low scores in his AP Calculus BC course, but still wanted to take the exam since his intended major was not math based, and thus, wanted to try and get credit for the courses at his college.
With my help, we were able to drill down the word problems he was struggling with, help him understand what series are all about, and gave him confidence in using trigonometric substitutions in his integrals. He was able to get a 4 on the exam, and was able to get credit for calculus 1 and 2 when he entered college!
I like to listen to music, watch videos on YouTube, play video games and lift weights in my free time!
Middle School Math
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
College Calculus I
College Calculus II
College Calculus III
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