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.
2005 National Merit Scholar from Indiana
AP Calculus AB...5
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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