I finished undergraduate at the University of California Santa Barbara with a major in English and a minor in Physics. I have tutored math and physics for students enrolled at UCSB on a drop-in basis for the Campus Learning Assistance Services (CLAS) for 1 1/2 years. During this time, I also tutored students at UCSB with learning disabilities and athletes on a one-on-one basis. I also tutored fellow students privately in math and physics. Additionally, I have tutored high school and middle school students in math. My students have given me positive feedback. I started as a Physics major, but then I changed my major to English. For many of my peers, I have helped proofread their essays (organization, grammar, and clarity).
I focus on helping the student arrive at the answer on their own. I believe that it's best to never tell the student any answers (because then, they will not be able reproduce that same answer on their own come test time). I am patient. I'm a firm believer in the quality of a session being far more important than attempting to get a bunch of sloppy work done in the time frame of the session. Also, I always encourage my pupils to try and work through their problems before they come to me. A tutor is not a teacher. We help guide students who have already tried to work through problems themselves first. This, I believe, is the way to truly allow students to understand the problem and then solve it themselves. I believe that students should try to read and understand their textbooks first before coming to me. Only after that should they come to me for clarification on concepts they don't fully understand. I believe that the first step in succeeding in anything is displaying a willingness to learn.
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Algebra 2
I have been tutoring students privately in Algebra 2 for 4 years now. I focus on the student really understanding all the concepts necessary to complete their assignment. If a concept has been skipped by the student, I will take them back to it and help them understand it.
Calculus
I have completed vector calculus courses at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB).
Additionally, I tutored students for the Campus Learning Assistance Services (CLAS) at UCSB in calculus for 1 1/2 years. I help students understand the concepts in their textbooks in order to enable them to complete their homework and do well on their tests.
Physics
I earned my minor in Physics at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). UCSB has a top 10 nationally ranked Physics undergraduate program. I tutored students in Physics for the Campus Learning Assistance Services (CLAS) at UCSB for 1 1/2 years. I focus on helping students understand the concepts in their book in order to solve their homework problems on their own. This helps them perform well on their tests.
Differential Equations
I took Math at the University of California Santa Barbara up to Ordinary Differential Equations. I tutored students on Differential Equations for 1 1/2 years for the Campus Learning Assistance Services (CLAS) at UCSB. I helped students understand the concepts in their textbooks so that they could complete their homework and do well on the tests.
ADD/ADHD
I tutored students with ADD/ADHD one-on-one at the University of California Santa Barbara for 1 1/2 years. I tutored them in Physics and Math. I was very patient even when they got frustrated and discouraged and helped them understand the concepts.
Linear Algebra
I took Vector Calculus up to Differential Equations at the University of California Santa Barbara (and received nothing under a B+ in any of those 4 classes). I tutored students in Linear Algebra for 1 1/2 years for the Campus Learning Assistance Services (CLAS) at UCSB. I help students understand the concepts in their textbook so that they can complete their homework and do well on their tests.
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