Science for me is fun and exciting. It is fascinating to find out why things happen the way they happen. Similarly, I experience the same enjoyment in math when I understand the way numbers behave and then apply that understanding to real life situations. We are all surrounded by math and science, and a practical knowledge of them makes the world that much less mysterious.
I teach and tutor because I can find no greater satisfaction than to instill the excitement I feel about the maths and sciences in others.
When I tutor a student, the first thing I do is evaluate what piece of the foundation is missing. Every science and math concept is built upon the foundations laid last week, month, or year. Trying to teach a concept or technique without the right supports beneath is merely postponing the problem until later. So often, once the root difficulty is found (and fixed!), a plethora of other problems and fears diminish or disappear. Once you understand it, science and math is fun and easy.
My style is not one who instructs. Instead, I lead and guide. The lessons we teach ourselves are the ones we remember best. Once I understand what concept a student needs to be taught or clarified, I devise a series of problems or logic steps that the student can solve in succession. Ultimately this will allow the student to start from a place of confidence and comprehension giving them a hands-on understanding as to why the new technique or theory works.
If you're anxious to learn, I'm anxious to teach!
I come to teaching having spent over fifteen years in industry, building products of all shapes and descriptions from stereo speakers to collagen hemostats, from holograms to helium leak detectors. I found some of the greatest satisfaction in my jobs came from teaching and assisting my staff, so I am now excited to be focusing my career towards this type of pursuit. Over the last three years I have been either tutoring or working in classroom settings. In 2010 I earned my Massachusetts Physics Teaching License.
I have a Bachelors of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Babson College. My hobbies include hockey, skiing, golfing (poorly), and (when time permits) theater.
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