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Duke University (PhD)
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I believe I have the experience and skills for tutoring students of physics and math in high school and introductory courses in college. I was a member of the Physics Faculty at Emory University, where I taught calculus based introductory physics as well as non-calculus based and most physics major and several graduate courses. For three summers I taught a National Science Foundation Institute for high-ability high school students. Other involvement with high school students include teaching a one semester advanced placement physics course at Westminster Schools, being a member of the campus interview and selection committee choosing entering freshman Woodruff scholars at Emory and evaluating physic advanced placement exams for placement in physics courses. I was awarded the Emory Williams Teaching Award in science and mathematics in 1985.
I was in the Physics Department at Emory from 1958 to 1987, rising from Assistant Professor to Professor. I was Departmental Chair for six years.
I was a member of the staff of the Georgia Tech Research Institute as a Senior Research Scientist from 1988 to 1999. In my last years there I was a Division Head. Tutoring is as much about the student as about the subject and this is why it can be particularly successful. In a face-to-face learning situation the tutor can usually determine the challenges that the student encounters that might not be dealt with the classroom. The goal is to develop the tools for mastering the school subject at hand and to… Read more
Dr. G is an excellent tutor, and his sessions are always helpful. You can tell he loves to teach, and the fact he has a PhD illustrates he has mastery of the material. He is patient and kind, although he won't hesitate to let you know when you are going about problems the wrong way either. He also has an excellent sense of humor, so working with him is always a pleasure.
My daughter had her first session with Dr. G yesterday. She reports that she learned more from him in that time than she'd learned in her HS physics class all week (at a very rigorous prep school). This comes as no surprise because Dr. G's credentials are quite impressive: he's taught at several, prestigious, research universities. I am most impressed, however, with how personable and patient he is with my daughter. Sometimes, extremely accomplished tutors, such as he, can be impatient and, well...condescending; especially when the student is struggling to grasp a concept. Even their body language screams, "Why aren't you getting this?" We know FIRST-HAND, having experienced it twice in our quest for a physics and higher level math tutor. Thankfully, Dr. G IS NOTHING LIKE THAT!!! I was quite pleased when, after the session, my daughter exclaimed, "He's excellent; really explains things well..and, he's soooo patient!!!" I'm confident that Dr. G. will help our daughter overcome her fear of challenging science courses and hopefully, regain her love of the science discipline. Dr. G CERTAINLY LOVES IT, AND IT SHOWS. I do believe, as his wife says, "he would do this for free." And, frankly, he really could charge triple the hourly rate that he does. I am happy that has chosen not to do so and grateful to have found him. I highly recommend this tutor!!
I just had three short days to prepare for my final and Allen came through. He was prompt for our meeting, and during the session we covered a ton of info. Needless to say I will be seeing him again, again, and again.
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I taught undergraduate premed physics my whole career at Emory University and continue to tutor students studying that course now. I have tutored two students who were studying for their MCAT. Both gave me high ratings.
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