I received a B.S. in Physics and a B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Spanish from Northern Arizona University in 2004 and my final GPA was a 4.0. While there I received such awards as the Senior Slipher Scholar, the Hooper Undergraduate Research Award, and the Chair's Scholar. Then I earned an M.S. in Physics and finally a Ph.D. in Physics from Georgia Tech in 2013 with a GPA of 3.8. I won two travel grants to attend conferences in order to present my research. I also received the Chair's Fellowship and a Thank a Teacher award.
After cooking in restaurants for a number of years, I decided to go back to school. I started out at Yavapai Community College and, outside of classes and homework, I spent most of my time on campus running the tutoring lab. I tutored a wide variety of subjects and held weekly group sessions at the whiteboard. At Northern Arizona University, I worked at the Learning Assistance Center tutoring the subjects mentioned above, as well as several others. I also took various tutoring certification courses and worked my way up to a Level 3 certified tutor before I graduated. At Georgia Tech, I spent a few semesters working in the physics tutoring lab and held group session office hours as a TA for several different graduate courses.
As far as my teaching philosophy is concerned, I think it is important not to overthink things and take them too seriously, but it is also important to focus and not to get sidetracked. I find this to be true both for the tutor as well as the student. I think the student should come well-prepared to a tutoring session and already have specific questions and/or concepts they might be confused about. In my experience, everything runs more efficiently this way. On my end, I try to balance (especially with math and physics) teaching a concept both visually as well as through equations and logical reasoning. This is also my approach in demonstrating how to solve problems. Finally, the student should work problems on their own as well during the sessions so that they're more confident when attempting the homework by themselves.
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