I describe myself as a mentor; I am not simply a tutor. I have a passion for bettering individuals in multiple aspects of life. In order for my pupil to fully reach their potential in any given subject, they must also possess the proper perspective on the work they are setting out to do. I enjoy and excel at teaching others concepts that I have previously mastered. However, I have found that half the battle is being taught correctly; the other half is having the proper attitude and approach to the given subject. I bring to the table not only the academic wherewithal to effectively tutor a pupil, but I also carry with me the life experience to provide the student with the proper mindset - which is an ever present prerequisite to learning any subject matter.
I received my B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a GPA of 3.2/4.0. My curriculum involved physics classes into the 400 level. I obtained research experience in the area of optical electronics within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. I became a tutor of high school math and physics during this time and accumulated approximately 50 hours of tutor experience. While in law school, I founded a physics tutor study group where I volunteered my time to help undergraduates with introductory physics courses, accumulating roughly 40 hours of tutor experience. Physics is the subject matter I truly have a passion for teaching.
A fundamental precursor to all subject areas of physics is the math that underlies it. Math has always been my strongest subject, though my second favorite subject to teach next to physics. I have taken math classes up to college level linear algebra and differential equations, inclusive. All of my physics tutoring experience has involved teaching the underlying mathematical concepts. I am comfortable teaching mathematical concepts to pupils of ALL ages. I have the intellectual acumen for a high school senior and the patience/sensitivity for a second grade student. Having four younger siblings (20, 17, 14, 8) has given me the nuanced ability to teach technical concepts to a varying degree of sophistication. I received a 31 on my ACT with a 34 in the math section. I am very comfortable teaching the concepts covered by the ACT/SAT math sections.
I also mentor in the areas of nutrition and football. I believe the proper diet leads to the proper fitness which leads to reaching the highest potential in football skill. I played tackle football from the ages of 6-19 years old. During high school as a member of the Providence Catholic Celtics (9 total state championships), I started at the positions of Wide Receiver, Fullback, Tailback, and Strong Safety throughout my four years. I won an IL Class 6A State Championship, beating Bloomington 40-0, on our way to a 13-1 season and a large championship ring. Since my playing days, I volunteered as a wide receiver/defensive backs coach over the summers for my alma mater and gained experience over the course of three years. Further, I have acted as physical trainer for high school football players - having retained to this day the same lifting techniques and form taught to me as a high school freshman. Maintaining physical fitness is one component of a healthy and balanced lifestyle and, in my opinion, a means to further raise the ceiling of a individual's academic and social potential. However, a means to maintaining fitness and the motivation to maintain fitness comes from our diets. I have taken classes on dietary nutrition and further have spent time in professional kitchens (Boka, GT Fish & Oyster, Girl & the Goat) as a part of understanding how to keep a healthy (yet tasty) daily diet.
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