Hi, I'm Jim.
I've enjoyed a long career in the aerospace business with companies like Boeing, Honeywell, Motorola, Northrop Grumman, and Sikorsky. Most of those jobs required detailed geometry, trigonometry, Excel and Matlab skills. I am entertained by focusing my time using those skills, and sharing them with others.
My tutoring method attempts to engage the student in more than just solving the current problem by rote; it is important to me that the student understands the concepts of a problem. Geometry and trigonometry problems usually require visibility, so I like to require the student to draw a picture of the problem. This will often reduce the problem to a focus of the actual question being asked, isolating only the needed information to answer the question. The picture also provides clues in selecting the best tools (i.e., which formula to use) to solve the problem. Excel and Matlab problems are often exercises in logic. Again, I like to require the student to draw a picture of the possible logic paths to assist in the visibility and order of the programming development. Of course, a big part of programming is learning the syntax of the Excel and/or Matlab functions. It is important to me that the student understands the concept of each function and its role in logic solutions.
I enjoy students that are eager and ready to learn. My pace of tutoring is driven by what I think the student is absorbing. The student should feel free to stop my process at any time and let me know that more explanation is needed. It is not my normal method to complete a particular set of problems in a fixed amount of time. However, if directed by the student or parent, my method may be altered to being a guide of a particular direction to follow without actually solving problems. In other words, my method is flexible, but it's more satisfying to see that the student has understood the problems presented.
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