I have been tutoring students in Physics, Math, and standardized test performance for nine years, throughout college and my PhD program. I implement structured lessons focusing on deepening understanding of core concepts, building problem solving skills, and improving study skills and time management. Optionally, I can assign regular homework assignments to help you structure your study outside of our lessons.
Many students find math and physics intimidating, discouraging, or dull. It can be downright painful to try to force yourself through problems that seem to make your brain hurt. Math and physics are hard, and different people understand them in different ways. It doesn't help that a lot of teachers (and textbooks) tend to make students feel stupid or incorrect if they understand a concept in a different way. Once you get past the realization that you aren't stupid, and that this material is hard for everybody (in different ways), it becomes a lot easier to get some work done. It takes time and practice to learn math, and if you spend that time feeling bad about yourself you will never enjoy math. That would be shame, because math is beautiful.
I maintain an electronic library of online resources which I make available to students who need them. I offer open source textbooks, a wide variety of problem sets and solutions in many subjects and skill levels, and links to other useful online tools and references. You will have access to a variety of explanations of each idea without having to buy any more books.
Although I find math and physics far more fun than standardized tests, I do offer SAT and GRE preparation lessons. Students today are subjected to immense pressure to perform well on standardized tests, and the resources available for preparation are not always easily available. Many students find standardized tests confusing, challenging, and intimidating. Most find them mind numbing and inane. Preparing for these exams tends to wear down students’ self esteem, leaving them feeling worthless, stupid, or incompetent even if they score well. This discourages productive studying, making it difficult for a struggling student to improve. Students often spend many miserable hours preparing for an exam without improving their score significantly. I try to remind students that their score does not reflect their worth as a human, while implementing creative strategies to keep study sessions upbeat and productive.
More advanced students should inquire about upper level coursework, graduate coursework, or dissertation editing.
I received a Bachelor's with Honors in Physics from Harvard University in 2007 and a Master's in Physics from UC Berkeley in 2010, and this semester I am finishing my PhD at Berkeley in Quantum Nanoelectronics.
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