Hi, I'm Ben. I graduated magna cum laude from high school in the 98th percentile for my SAT scores, and recently graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Physics. I scored in top percentiles on the GRE, and got an 800 (77th percentile) on the Physics GRE. I recently finished my first year in the physics PhD program at Georgia Tech, which comprised all of my core classes.

Qualifications:

I was a TA for four years in physics classes where my entire job was student interaction. The aforementioned classes were small and for nontechnical majors, so I am extremely proficient at communicating ideas even to students who might not be masters of scientific and mathematical concepts. The classes also involved the regular holding of office hours, where I would have extended one-on-one time with students. I also held one-on-one tutoring with a student in a major's level introductory mechanics class. I received excellent student evaluations in all classes where they were given.

On the General GRE, I scored a 660 (93rd percentile) on the Verbal Reasoning section, a 780 (88th percentile) on the Quantitative Reasoning section, and a 6.0 (99th percentile) in the writing section, indicating my broad skill set.

On the Physics GRE, I scored an 800 (77th percentile), indicating that I did better than more than 3/4 of prospective physics graduate students.

Availability:

My hours are fairly flexible and I'm happy to meet just about anywhere a reasonable distance from me (I live in Midtown).

Note: I usually respond very, very quickly! I had an inactive account for a long time, and the "usually responds in..." seems to have counted that idle time in its calculations.

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Algebra 2

Qualified to teach all math required for classes up to and including upper division physics.

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English

I got a 6.0 (perfect score) on Analytical Writing on the GRE, and a 630 (93rd percentile) on the Verbal section of the GRE. I am a native English speaker and know a lot of Latin, too.

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GED

I graduated magna cum laude in high school after taking all of the hardest classes that were offered.

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General Computer

I don't think there's that much to say about this subject, so I'll try to be succinct: I've built a computers for myself, my family, and my friends. I'm using a Lenovo ThinkPad T61p, with a 1920x1200 LCD @ 15.4" (the eye-meltingness speaks to my computer literacy, I think). I spend a good 8+ hours a day on my computer, which is currently running the Windows 7 Release Candidate (I had been using the Beta since... well, a bit before it was released. How did I get it before it was released, you ask...
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Bodybuilding

I have been powerlifting for about a year, and have helped a few friends to get into the sport. I plan to continue during the summer, and will join the Powerlifting club at Georgia Tech in the fall. My combined total is 995, and should shoot up relatively soon once my deadlift matures.

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Differential Equations

I took an Honors Differential Equations class with Karen Uhlenbeck (if you don't know who that is, google her name) last semester, and while she wasn't the professor that I had the easiest time understanding, I feel that I learned a significant amount in and out of her class. I got a B in it overall, and think that I have enough of an understanding to tutor most of the subjects it covers, especially undetermined coefficients, eigenvalue/eigenvector problems, and basic complex analysis. Thank you...
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Linear Algebra

I've taken an advanced linear algebra and basic functional analysis class with Lorenzo Sadun at UT Austin and gotten an A. The lowest score I got on any subsection of the course was a 94%, if I remember correctly. Regarding math, I got a 780 (88th percentile) on the Math section of the GRE, and have an honors degree in Physics from UT Austin, which required many difficult math courses. While my teaching experience is in physics, many students had weak backgrounds in algebra that I helped them...
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Mathematica

I have been using Mathematica for several years now, as I pursued my BS in Physics. I used it for homework for multiple class, simulations, and as a tool for data analysis when I worked in a lab.

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