Teaching and tutoring has always been a big part my life. It is as much fun to me as it is for you students to realize something that you just learned and apply. When you're in class you listen to lectures on new material and you try to take notes whether it relates to mathematics, English, science, history - all those subjects that you are taking. If I’m your tutor, I go over your homework with you, but before that we re-work classroom examples the teacher put up on the board and in doing that I will again go over a little the theory of why a problem is solved that way or a principal is put to use. Also we re-work examples in the text book - step-by-step - together. In doing this I will change the parameters - the numbers if its math, or a related topic if its history or English and then have you work the problem with coaching until you solve it. Teachers also prefer to either tell you explicitly what the next test will cover or in the case of math or science - will give you a pre-test to do for homework. I love these! We will work on these problems the same way as the examples in the book for mastery. Why? I can assure you that these problems are on the next test along possibly with some extra-credit ones. If you've learned the steps - you should be able to solve those too.
I have always been interested in technical things. As a kid in high school, I was into amateur radio, audio HI-FI and building electronics kits, etc. In school I did OK in science but had problems in math. As an electronics technician I became very interested in math because technology is so based on it. That motivated me to work hard and I got to be pretty good at it. After earning my two-year Associate in Arts degree in electronics technology, I worked for a company where I tested and helped perform installation of height-finder radar systems in Naval vessels like destroyers and cruisers. After earning my Bachelors Degree in Mathematics from Cal Poly in Pomona, CA I worked in an aerospace company using math to simulate (model) the motion characteristics of sub-orbital missiles. This required the application of differential equation solutions and modeling which requiring a solid understanding of calculus. To see math applied at this level is truly fascinating. Also I had to both explain and write out the findings of my simulations. To accomplish this in an organized, interesting way requires writing abilities you learn in composition and reading classes.
I also tutor subjects such as physics, first-year Spanish and am a semi-professional trumpet player which I also teach along with elementary flute. I’ve performed in symphony orchestras, concert and swing bands and even in a rock ‘n roll band way back when I was in high school. This is me!
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