I am a senior at Valparaiso University studying to earn my degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as a minor in Electrical Engineering. I decided to become an engineer as I love figuring out how the world around me works. I have many questions about why nature and technology behave the way they do and I thoroughly enjoy applying my knowledge to answer my questions.
My passion for answering questions and learning had naturally lead me to become a Valparaiso University College of Engineering Hesse Scholar. As a Hesse Scholar, I not only have the opportunity to answer my own questions, but those of my peers. An aspect of being a Hesse Scholar is providing tutoring services for the College of Engineering. This way I can aid my colleagues in their quest for understanding. I enjoy my work as a Hesse Tutor and students have sought me out for aid even while I am 'off the clock.' As my abilities as a tutor grow I frequently find myself walking into a computer lab to study, but end up aiding groups of students in solving the challenging homework problems they receive.
As a tutor, I try not to simply 'do the homework for you.' I believe that the best way for a student to learn is to determine the questions to ask and the methods to use when solving problems. My goal is to make those I tutor not need me anymore. I want them to be able to understand the problems at a higher level so that when faced with the more difficult, different types of questions on the exam, they are prepared for the challenge.
As a Hesse Scholar, I hold myself to a high standard. I often times ask for feedback so that I can aid individuals in a way that meets their needs. Everyone is different. Also, I never bill for a lesson if a student or parent is not completely satisfied with my tutoring.
Because I am a college student, I have a flexible schedule. There are several quiet places on campus to study and they are open to everyone. I am also able to travel to another location if it is better suited for the student.
Please let me know if you need help in your studies. I would love to help you out.
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Tom's subjects
Algebra 1
During the past two years, I have taught several high school students algebra 1. Each of them came back and told me they saw marked improvements in their algebra test and class scores.
Algebra 2
In my engineering classes, algebra is the backbone of many of my calculations. I have worked with it extensively and have become proficient at it. I have also taught high school, as well as college students, algebra when they needed help.
Calculus
As a senior Hess Scholar tutor, I have taught Freshman and others Calculus throughout my years at Valparaiso. As such, I have a lot of experience teaching others calculus.
Geometry
In engineering, geometry is used extensively. It is used to find stress states as well as design products. I have been using geometry in practical ways in my internships and co-ops and can apply real world examples to the problems.
Physics
Physics is a large part of engineering. As a tutor, I help the freshman each year with their physics problems. I have weekly help sessions and make sure each of them know how the problems work and know what to look for. They have all told me that I have helped them out and made physics easy to understand.
Prealgebra
I have been using algebra all of my college life. It is used in all of my classes and is a vital skill to an engineer. My ability to use algebra well stems from my strong prealgebra skills. I have also taught several high school students prealgebra to great success.
Trigonometry
In engineering, you take several classes which essentially apply trigonometry. As such, I can provided students with 'useful' examples. I have aided others in these classes and have done well in them myself.
ACT Math
Currently, I am a senior studying to become a mechanical engineer at Valparaiso University. As such, I have successively learned and worked with high levels of math for almost four years. Comprehension of differential equations and calculus requires strong mathematical fundamentals which ACT Math is a part of.
Electrical Engineering
I am studying to become a Mechanical Engineer at Valparaiso University. However, I am also earning a minor in electrical engineering. I am graduating in May 2014 and have the honor of being a tutor for the College and regularly help underclassmen with linear circuits, digital logic, and circuit theory. I effectively aid my peers in their work and have earned a cumulative 3.7/4.0 GPA
Mechanical Engineering
I am studying to become a Mechanical Engineer at Valparaiso University. I am graduating in May 2014 and have the honor of being a tutor for the College. I effectively aid my peers in their work and have earned a cumulative 3.7/4.0 GPA
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