When I was a schoolboy, my classmates called me "our emergency helper" because of my ability to assist them and explain things clearly. I have been teaching or tutoring during most part of my career, first tutoring job involved third and sixth graders who needed help with mathematics. Then I tutored freshman students, later I became a graduate student and taught the section of physics laboratories for science majors for three years. During my postdoctoral appointment at Los Alamos, I tutored a student in physics for MCAT test. Twice I worked as an instructor at a summer camp at the Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University, teaching a group of middle-school students small physics-based courses, "Principles of Engineering Design" and "Nuclear Physics."
When teaching, I use student-oriented approach. It is my student, who determines the pace and the way of learning, I will use leading questions and encourage a student to ask his/her own questions to promote better understanding of the subject taught. I firmly believe that the best results are achieved when a person understands fundamental concepts and basic rules and is capable of applying them to problems. Such understanding helps a student to discover things himself, this ability empowers a student and builds his/her self-confidence. On the contrary, simple memorization of standard formulas and/or typical solutions is the way to binding yourself with the cords of dogmatism. I believe that I have skills and abilities to explain complex concepts in a simple and clear way and would like to help anyone, who is interested, achieve understanding and gain knowledge.
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