As far as my educational background is concerned, 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. Later, 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 and also received the Chair's Fellowship and a Thank a Teacher award.
So, after cooking in restaurants in Arizona for a couple of years, I finally realized that Physics was my true passion and decided to go back to school. I started out at Yavapai 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. Later, at Northern Arizona University, I worked at the Learning Resource Center tutoring all levels of Math, Physics, and Spanish, as well as several other subjects. I also took various tutoring certification courses while employed there and worked my way up to the highest level of certification before I graduated. At Georgia Tech, I started out working for a few semesters in the Physics tutoring lab. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, I held weekly group sessions in my office helping students to understand the concepts and to learn how to apply them to solve problems.
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 also work problems on their own during the sessions so that they are more confident when attempting the homework by themselves.
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