Hi there - My name is Alberto and I recently attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, graduating in May of 2012. I studied Mechanical Engineering with no specific area of focus, though the classes I enjoyed the most involved general physics. I also found higher-grade calculus classes challenging, but fun nonetheless. Of the technical classes I took, calculus (math), thermodynamics, and physics were my strong suits. Outside of the typical technical classes an engineering student takes, I also enjoyed and excelled at classes in the liberal arts. These included: writing classes, film analysis, and sociolinguistics. I graduated with highest praise (summa cum laude) so I suppose you can say I’ve built up my ability to remain academically diligent. As a tutor I hope to pass on my experiences while keeping students engaged, excited, and empowered to succeed.
I’ve had plenty of work experience involving the engineering field, so I’m familiar working in a professional setting. Starting in the summer of 2008, I began my engineering career as an intern with Navistar. The following summer I obtained a position as an undergraduate researcher studying vehicle hybridization at the Illinois Institute of Technology. This was a great learning experience working alongside graduate students on the design of a vehicle propelled by a completely recyclable and non-toxic zinc-air battery. The next two summers I worked as an HVAC intern with General Motors near the Detroit, MI area. There I was under the tutelage of several talented and wise mentors who tutored me on the ins and outs of having an enjoyable and successful engineering career with GM. I performed well enough to be offered a full-time position after graduation, which I appreciatively turned down to pursue my true passions. I am now working on a project in the new and exciting field of sustainability and urban farming for a revolutionary non-profit in the Chicago area known as The Plant. I am also working on a very exciting music project (writing, sound engineering, performing) which involves the harmonious unification of music, visuals, and concept-based performances.
I do not have experience holding an official tutoring position. However, I do have experience tutoring several fellow college students throughout my academic career. This has essentially allowed me to always approach tutoring with a casual and friendly attitude in mind. Since I do have experience in a professional work setting, I've come to understand that the benefits of professionalism lie mostly on one's ability to communicate and to work diligently on the required task at hand. With that in mind, I hope to lay this understanding as the foundation of my tutoring style while remaining casual and approachable in nature. I enjoy meeting new people and would hope that becoming your tutor would not only allow me to make a new friend, but to help that new friend in need. As far as tutoring philosophy is concerned, I would approach it similar to the saying that goes: "If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. But if you teach a man how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime." My goal is to understand the subject matter, as complex as it may be, and be able to express it simply so that anyone may learn it and then be able to apply it. Thanks for taking the time to read this, I am very appreciative of your interest. Happy studying.
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