I am a seasoned professor with teaching experience for 15+ years on teaching undergraduate and graduate students in domestic and international colleges and universities. I am also a research scientist with a proven track record of 20+ years of research in atomic & molecular physics, laser physics, computational physics, plasma physics, and quantum computing. Given below is my teaching philosophy which I will employ in my tutoring.
I believe that many people can learn physics well, but few can teach physics well. Teaching, particularly teaching physics is an art. A person who has solid physics knowledge may not be a good physics teacher although a good physics teacher must have comprehensive understanding of physics. Ironically, many people think that physics is just formulas and laws, and thus teaching physics is just letting students remember them. That is why so many students consider physics boring, incomprehensible, or even unnecessary. However, I have found physics both interesting and useful through years of teaching and research. I hope that through my teaching, students can take interest in physics, use physics in their work and life, and more importantly, gain the ability to explore wonderful natural phenomena and enjoy the beauty of the natural world during their exploration.
When asking a physicist what physics is, you may be told that physics is a subject about everything. Indeed, physics has outreached almost every field in the world and formed the basis of modern science and technology. However, the kernel of physics, in my opinion, is a synthesizing process of describing, understanding, and applying, through thinking and analyzing, various kinds of physical phenomena observed. Thus, my teaching objective is to foster students' keen abilities in all these aspects.
To realize my teaching objective, all my teachings are designed around three themes: observing and describing, thinking and understanding, and analyzing and applying.
The key of physics teaching is flexibility. Four different approaches are adopted in my teaching depending on difficulty of course materials, levels of students' knowledge, and teaching objectives: lecturing, in-class discussion, after-class assignment, and guide-oriented tutoring.
I love teaching, particularly teaching physics since physics is both interesting and useful. Organically integrating above teaching techniques has made me an effective teacher. I was awarded the Excellent Teacher Award of Jilin University, China in 1998. I will also continue to seek opportunities to create new courses and constantly update the course materials with the most up-to-date research and theories.
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