Anyone can learn but different people learn in different ways. This is why sometimes a little help is needed. From years of teaching and scientific work I have learned that in mathematics, physics and astronomy many of the difficulties students experience can be put right by clear and simple disclosure of underlying concepts.
For many students, mathematics is not like other subjects and appears to be mysteriously difficult. This difficulty extends to other subjects such as physics and astronomy which substantially involve mathematics. Though not necessarily more difficult than other subjects mathematics is different and usually requires a different approach. A student grappling with new and unfamiliar concepts can, with proper help, overcome obstacles and move on.
As a tutor I try to understand what a student's particular needs are and address them on an individual basis. Many students wonder why they need to learn the material they are studying. I try to show the relevancy by explaining what scientists actually do.
My method consists simply of seeking out each person's difficulty and addressing it personally. Concepts and subject matter, along with methods and procedures, are expressed in simple language that a student can understand. Sometimes it is the wording that throws the student off. There is no one size that fits all. Each person's difficulty in a subject is different and must be approached individually.
I worked as physicist at the Aeropspace Corporation and retired from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. My teaching experience includes teaching at California State Univ., Long Beach, CalPoly, Pomona and several Community Colleges in southern California. I am presently teaching at East Los Angeles College.
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