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Kochise B.

Physics Ph.D Student at UCI

Irvine, CA (92604)

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I am a 4-th year student in the Physics Ph.D program at UCI with a GPA of 3.924 and I earned a B.S. In Physics and a Minor in Mathematics from UCLA in 2009 with a GPA of 3.577. I have tutored privately during both my high school and undergraduate years. Additionally, I worked as a tutor for "Perfect Score Academy" in Northridge, CA for about 6 months while preparing to enter the UCI physics program. Since entering UCI, I have worked as a physics teaching assistant for a cumulative 7 academic quarters (over 2 years of coursework). During this time, I also worked as a private tutor for students who would request extra tutoring from the physics department.

Philosophically, I dislike teaching methods that rely on rote memorization. All too often, my own teachers would scarcely explain the ideas behind what we were doing and expected their students to simply solve exercises by semi-mindlessly re-applying some poorly-motivated algorithm. Personally, I have always had what I consider a poor memory and consequently, I have relied on conceptual understanding and regularly re-derive relevant equations. I believe this approach has helped me in my own studies and I have endeavored to instill this same focus on fundamental understanding in my students.

Since I do not have transportation, I prefer to hold tutoring sessions on campus or some other nearby public place. I am not opposed to in-home tutoring for those students who live within reasonable walking distance of the campus.

Additional Information:
2005 National Merit Scholar from Indiana
AP Calculus AB...5
AP Biology...4
SAT Verbal...770
SAT Math...750
SAT II Writing...740
SAT II Biology...770
SAT II Math level 2...800
GRE Verbal...710 (98th percentile)
GRE Quantitative...790 (92nd percentile)
GRE Writing...4.5 (63rd Percentile)

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Kochise’s subjects

Calculus, Physics, Precalculus
Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Precalculus, Trigonometry

Differential Equations

In addition to the standard lower division differential equations course required of all UCLA math minors, I have taken classes in systems of linear differential equations and ordinary differential equations, earning a B+ and an A respectively. Moreover, as differential equations are indispensable tools for the mathematical description of physical phenomena, I have ample practice in their use through my Physics studies.

Linear Algebra

During my undergraduate work at UCLA, I took both an honors-level lower division course on linear algebra as well as an upper division proof-based linear algebra course and earned a B+ and A respectively. Moreover, since that time, I have great familiarity with applying linear algebra through my studies in quantum mechanics. Since the state of a quantum system is described by a vector in a Hilbert space and physical observables are represented by self-adjoint operators on this space, linear algebra is the natural language of quantum mechanics.

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5 star tutor Very good at explaining details and also great evaluation on the students strengths and weaknesses. I will definitely use his services again in the near future. ...

— Eloisa from Riverside, CA on 11/4/13);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

I am willing to tutor groups of two for $75/hour.

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Kochise will travel within 2 miles of Irvine, CA 92617.

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