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I graduated Spring of 2012 from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Physics (4.0 GPA) with additional emphasis in Mathematics and Astrophysics/Astronomy. In the future, I will be moving towards a Masters in Secondary Education to ultimately be a physics and math teacher at the high school level. Beginning with high school, I have been helping and tutoring my fellow students and colleagues struggling with physical and mathematical concepts and problems in the context of homework, studying for exams, and even personal curiosity with respect to the scientific realm of understanding. During my undergraduate years at ASU, I was involved in a various number of positions in the physics department including, but not limited to: teaching assistant (grading as well as helping with homework), single and group tutoring within the ASU Academic Success Center (emphasis on physics and calculus), and teaching labs/recitations to physics students (along with the associated office hours, personal appointments, etc). My primary method in teaching and tutoring students, especially when it comes to physics, is to ask questions to help the student fully understand a concept by examining it from many different angles. My philosophy, like many physics professors, is that when you obtain an answer to a question or problem, step back and think to yourself, "Does this make physical sense? Am I considering all the variables?" Understanding an answer is ten times more important than the answer itself.
I live near ASU campus, so naturally that is my target audience and preferred location to teach and tutor. I am, however, willing to visit off-campus sites up to 5 miles away.
I've taken college level astronomy both at an entry level and upper division level (specifically astrophysics) all at ASU.
AST(111-114, 321, 322, 421, 422)
I have covered both ordinary and partial differential equations in their associated math courses at ASU (MAT274, grade A, and MAT462, grade A+). I am very comfortable with solving and teaching first and second order ordinary and partial differential equations.
I've spent a great deal of time reviewing for the various sections of the GRE before taking it myself as well as while tutoring students on the specific subsections of this exam.
I have taken both MAT342 (Applied Linear Algebra) and the physics equivalent PHY201/302 (Math Methods for Physics) at ASU all with A/A+ final grades. I am well versed in matrix operations, finding eigenvalues & inverses, etc.
From basic high school mechanics, to advanced quantum theory, I have covered the round of bases in between during my physics degree. This is my most sought after area mostly for PHY121/131 (calculus based mechanics and E&M at ASU) though I have tutored for the upper division physics major classes as well.
Flexible to your needs — Bryan helped me understand the first semester of Physics which was Mechanics and it wasn't calculus based. This was very confusing for me, but Bryan was able to explain things in a clear manner, showing me where I tended to make mistakes, and he always made sure I understood how to approach the problems and the conceptual theories behind them so by the time I got to the test, I felt very confident ...
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