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Anand M.

The Keys to Understanding a Subject: Fundamentals and Problem Solving

Cambridge, MA (02239)

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As a student approaches a subject, there are two major factors to success: a solid foundation in the fundamentals and skills at solving problems. The fundamentals are very important for understanding why aspects of the subject work the way they do and to be able to build on one aspect to understand others. Being able to solve problems means the student can apply what they have learned in useful ways.

As a tutor, my role is to insure that the student is proficient in both parts of learning the subject, using a systematic approach which is part of the general learning processes. The first step is to identify the student's strengths and weaknesses in the subject. The aspects where there is difficulty can then be addressed in smaller pieces, which is less overwhelming. As the student grasps the pieces, there is a sense of accomplishment, making continuing progress easier. As the fundamentals and problem solving get stronger, test results will reflect the improvement.

I have a BS in physics and PhD in physics (astrophysics) from MIT, doing extensive teaching and tutoring along the way. I created and taught "A Crash Course in C", a 16-hour course, which is still being taught today. Since then, I worked at a software company, using Python and Perl to do part of my job. I am now returning to the world of education, one aspect being tutoring.

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Anand’s subjects

Sports/Recreation:
Test Preparation:
SAT Math
Homeschool:
Algebra 2, Calculus, Physics, Precalculus, SAT Math
Art:
Photography
Science:
Computer:
C, Computer Programming, Photography, Python
Math:
Algebra 2, Calculus, Precalculus, SAT Math

Astronomy

As an undergraduate and graduate student in physics, my specialty was astrophysics. I was also the teaching assistant for several planetary science classes.

C

I developed and taught "A Crash Course in C" at MIT for 6 years. It was a 16-hour class covering all of the language. I also used C for my graduate school research and at my job, so I can give real-world context when tutoring.

Calculus

As an undergraduate and graduate student in physics, applied mathematics, including calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra, was one of the main tools used to solve problems. When teaching physics, if the student was not comfortable with the math needed to understand the material, I filled in the gaps.

Computer Programming

I developed and taught "A Crash Course in C" at a university for 6 years. It was a 16-hour class covering all of the language. I used C, Perl, and Python for my graduate school research and at my job, as a software development manager, so I can give real-world context when tutoring.

Physics

As an undergraduate and graduate student in physics, I taught physics (mechanics and electromagnetism) in several modes: a recitation instructor, teaching assistant, and tutor.

Python

To do part of my job as a software development manager, I taught myself Python, building on other languages and general programming skills. Having taught myself, and then used it extensively, puts me in a good position to tutor others.

Volleyball

I have been playing competitive volleyball for over a decade, and have played in the USAV Adult Nationals six years. For three seasons, I coached a junior olympics club team (16U, 17U, 16U). I am Impact certified, the first level of the USAV coach's accreditation program. I have also coached an adult skills clinic for two years.

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Education

MIT (Physics)

MIT (PhD)

Very knowledgeable and patient My 10 year old son was able to connect with Anand right away and the session went so well they continued working for 2 hours. I could tell that Anand knew his subject, knew how to relate to kids, and made sure that my son was understanding what he was discussing. He was effective right from the beginning and I sensed this would work well and it absolutely did. Anand is engaging, easy to understa ...

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Anand will travel within 20 miles of Cambridge, MA 02141.

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