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I just graduated from MIT with a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. I'll be spending the summer in the Boston area, and I would like to spend some time tutoring!
I grew up in State College, PA (Penn State), and have moved to the Boston area in 2012 to attend MIT for graduate school. My most recent studies have been in controls, probability, linear algebra, and optimization. I've use MATLAB almost every day for my research work. I'm comfortable tutoring a variety of mathematics subjects, science subjects, and some computer software. My hobbies include playing volleyball and frisbee golf, going to parks, playing video games, and tinkering with computers.
Besides casually helping friends out, my best experience as a tutor has been as a teaching intern for a physics course at Penn State. I taught a few classes, prepared quiz and exam questions, but spent most of my time helping students, both one-on-one and in groups. I enjoyed getting to know the people who frequently came by for tutoring, and to see their understanding get better and better throughout the semester.
I believe that Math and Science skills are a combination of knowing the relevant information and understanding the "tools." Knowing the relevant information requires memorization, which can often be naturally (and almost unconsciously) learned through examples. To understand the "tools," we have to understand the rules that make them work or fail to work in different situations. Once we understand the rules (I swear this doesn't have to suck!), we can determine whether or not the tool will work. Eventually, we gain the experience to know which tools may be best in different situations.
I'm looking forward to meeting you!
For the past two years, my primary work has involved programming simulations and optimizations in MATLAB. I been involved with computer programming for over ten years, going back to when I started prior to high school. Besides MATLAB, I have taken a two-semester course in Java, and have used it for two major projects.
I have taken both undergraduate and graduate level Linear Algebra courses. I received As in both classes.
I first learned MATLAB seven years ago. I have used MATLAB on a daily basis for the past two years for my graduate research. Prior to that, I also used MATLAB for a semester-long independent honors project on modeling a bicycle suspension system. Additionally, I have been required to use it on a weekly basis for approximately five semester-long courses, including two graduate-level courses in the past year.
I have used MATLAB primarily for controls work, simulations, and optimization. I am familiar with the structure of the language, including how to use many basic capabilities, as well as how to implement unfamiliar capabilities by using documentation effectively. In order to improve the execution speed of code, I am very familiar with best practices in MATLAB.
I have a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering.
I have primarily used Windows on my computers since 1996. I have installed and troubleshot most Windows operating systems, including Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, and 8. I know where to find all common settings in Windows, and most advanced settings.
I have played volleyball for 10 years, including captaining a team for four year. I have attended USA Volleyball Open Nationals for the past two years. Currently, I am captain/instructor the the MIT Men's Volleyball Club.
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