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I have taught general physics at both the high school and college level. In all of those experiences, I have tried to put the student first, taking the extra time to try to find the right explanation to make things a bit clearer. It is that attention to individual student needs that makes me a good tutor.
I have also tutored in the past. This was primarily introductory level, algebra-trig based physics courses. During that time, I helped nearly a dozen students who were taking that course as a requirement for entering into the pharmacy program successfully finish their physics courses. During those times, we worked on problems related to their homework or related to concepts that were not clear to them from lecture. For physics courses, I feel that understanding can come from problem solving as this is where the theoretical meets the everyday. Seeing the theory applied to everyday situations can be a big benefit for clarification.
Because of the work I have done in physics, I have also had to maintain a strong math background, giving me the skills to be a successful tutor in math topics, such as algebra. My thoughts here are much as they are in physics - the student will learn best if they are doing more problems than just those for homework. Practice is the key to success in math courses just as in physics or chemistry.
Algebra 1 generally refers to high school freshman algebra, though some 8th graders have been known to be taking it as well. I use algebra in my physics classes, so that I end up teaching it to some of my students so that they can be successful.
Algebra 2 generally refers to high school junior algebra, though some sophomores and seniors have been known to be taking it as well.
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