I earned an M.S. in physics while teaching two years of introductory physics at UC Davis as a graduate teaching assistant. I worked with the physics education research group at UC Davis, and have since written a complete high school physics curriculum. I also have about four years of cumulative lab research experience spread between an internship at NASA/NSSTC's Gamma-Ray Research Group and physics groups at the University of Virginia and UC Davis. I have been teaching and tutoring math and science for five years, and recently taught calculus, physics and astronomy part-time at a private high school in Woodland Hills.
Research shows that every student learns best when they are guided toward making their own mental models - connecting the 'dots' on their own. My goal as a teacher/tutor is to help a student find their own way toward becoming self-starters and self-motivated learners. I do this by developing problem solving skills, building academic and personal confidence, and presenting material in innovative and 'fun' ways. I believe that every student has a natural interest in science and math. Sadly, this interest is often squelched by egotistical, harsh teachers and professors. I work with a lot of young ladies to help them overcome societal stereotype surrounding math and science. I know that I have succeeded with a student when he/she no longer needs my help.
I also specialize in working with kids who have "Learning Differences" such as dyslexia and dyscalculia. I've often found that these kids have very unique and often brilliant perspectives on the subjects they are learning. I work with middle and high school students, as well as college level students.
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