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Tom K.

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Durham, NC (27705)

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Hey everyone,

My name is Tom and I am an electrical engineer (math minor) from Duke University. I grew up in Bethesda, MD and went to St. Albans for high school. I have actually been tutoring since I was at St. Albans. One of my teachers asked me if I could tutor her daughter in geometry. I worked as her tutor for two and a half years until I went to college. Since then, I have tutored various younger students and even my peers in math and music production. I mention my first student because she taught me a valuable lesson about education. While working with her, I watched her progress as a student and gradually become self sufficient at teaching herself. This change occurred as she not only mastered the subject material, but learned a good methodology for learning.

I believe that the majority of subjects, when explained in a straightforward, patient, and methodical way, become accessible to anyone who is willing to learn. Often, the reason why a subject is difficult for a student is that it fails to be presented in a straightforward or patient way in the classroom. By the time a student realizes he or she needs help with a subject, it is sometimes too late to catch up. Therefore, part of what I do as a tutor is ensure that my clients are comfortable with the fundamentals of their subject. I have found that when a student does not understand something, it isn't because the topic is confusing in and of itself, but instead that he or she missed some key topic further back that, if explained, would illuminate the current one.

One thing that I will not do as a tutor is do homework for clients. While I can certainly help with homework problems, doing them outright wouldn't get you anywhere or even be worth your time and money. I will instead teach how to think in order to solve the problems without help. That skill is valuable on tests anyways.

I list that I can help primarily with math and music related topics. While this is the case, I do have some experience explaining many common high school topics. That said, I wouldn't feel comfortable listing myself as a high school English tutor, but If I am already helping a client with one subject and he or she has a question or essay to write in another subject, I would be happy to help to the best of my ability.

I mentioned the fact that I am able to tutor in music production. I can teach the principles of sound engineering, music production, mixing, and mastering to anyone interested. I can also teach electronic music synthesis, sequencing, and arrangement.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about what I have to offer as a tutor. I look forward to being of service.

Tom

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Tom’s subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Trigonometry
English:
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Biology, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Psychology
History:
Geography, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Elementary (K-6th), Geometry, Physics, Piano, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Soccer
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading

Composition (Music)

I compose electronic and piano music. I have not recorded any of my piano music, but I have been recording electronic music in various styles for four years. I know that it can be hard for newcomers to conceptualize how to arrange songs and I have had to explain my workflow, methods, and tricks to other less experienced music producers. I know how to structure songs in terms of form, build tension, and release energy through composition.

Electrical Engineering

I am an electrical engineer at Duke University who is about to enter my senior year. I have one more electrical engineering course and a design project left before having enough credit to graduate. I have completed all of the core courses and courses within my concentration (signals processing). I have a GPA of 3.7 among the electrical engineering courses that I have taken. I also worked as a teaching assistant for two classes: introduction to signals and systems, and electromagnetic fields. While I don't have a degree yet I feel comfortable explaining many electrical engineering subjects and may be able to help interested students.

Linear Algebra

I have taken linear algebra twice, once at a college level in college, and once at a college level in high school. I got an A both times. I am a mathematics minor at Duke University, and have been able to help many of my peers to receive good grades in linear algebra by helping them understand various problems and concepts. My understanding of linear algebra is centered around a theorem of matrix invertibility which draws on most of the concepts of linear algebra. It is my belief that with an understanding of this theorem, students will be able to understand span, linear independence, dimension, invertibility, rank, nullity, basis, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Furthermore, I can explain how these concepts relate to field extensions and abstract algebra for the curious student.

Music Production

I have been producing music for 4 years and have worked at a recording studio for two years. I don't know if there is some sort of certification I could get for this area, but I promise I have a lot to offer anybody interested in music production (especially electronic genres). I am proficient with compression, limiting, gating, expansion, equalization, distortion, reverb, delay, the stereo field, mixing, mastering, arrangement, composition, electronic music synthesis (software and hardware, Native Instruments Massive, FM8, Monark, Razor, Lennar Digital Sylenth), sampling (Ableton and Battery 4). I can also teach how to use Native Instruments Maschine for beatmaking, how to sequence a piano into a digital audio workstation, and how to use turntables or hardware DJ controllers for those interested in live performance.

Piano

I have been playing piano since I was 5 years old, took music theory up to level 5 from the Royal Academy of Music when I was in middle school, and have since taught myself many songs without sheet music. I can sight read, although that is not my expertise. I compose and improvise with songs that I write and can teach the skills necessary for beginning pianists to be successful. I also understand that while students in piano should learn the fundamentals and skills to be able to play what they want, they should ultimately learn to play what they want. Therefore I could help students learn songs they have stuck in their head, whether or not sheet music is available.

Songwriting

I have produced electronic music for 5 years and written my own piano songs for many more. I have had songs played around the world by dubstep and trap DJs and even had a song played on BBC Radio One. I have also studied music theory and know how to write songs in form.

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Education

Duke University (Electrical engineer)

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Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

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Tom will travel within 25 miles of Durham, NC 27705.

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