I am an astrophysicist finishing a PhD with Columbia University while completing research at the Harvard College Observatory. My expertise is in the physical sciences and mathematics with a particular emphasis on physics and astronomy. I have a background in community college education having taught introductory physics, physical science, and astronomy for two years in Chicago and also completed the Teacher Preparation Program at Princeton University with an emphasis in mathematics, physical science, chemistry, and physics. I have worked in the past with middle school students needing special instruction due to needs associated with learning disabilities or personality disorders.
My teaching and tutoring style is very much individualized depending upon the particular need that a student shows. Most of the time, I find that that students are missing key conceptual approaches to the subjects in which they need help, and so tutoring often will center upon acquiring this understanding along with the basic skills necessary to complete problems and projects in the relevant academic area. Problem solving and, in particular, practice with assigned homework and attainment of an independent ability to complete work will be emphasized.
If you're looking for a tutor who will help you understand the material, I'm your guy. If you're looking for someone who will help you copy, cheat, or slide on by with minimal effort, you probably will want to find someone else.
My motto: Everybody learns; everybody teaches.
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