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as of 5/22/14

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I absolutely love learning how things work. This is why I have a huge passion for science. It can inform an individual's actions on so many levels, and in areas you'd never expect. I also enjoy teaching because I have a very deep faith in human potential, and I believe widespread education can be a systematic answer to many of society's problems. In order to marry these two interests, I am currently on my way towards obtaining a PhD in nuclear engineering. I want to become a professor some day so I can develop new technologies and inspire the following generations in education.

Now, I'm not a formal teacher yet. On some level, though, I can relate to students' struggles much more closely because I'm still a graduate student myself. I've had experience as a teacher's assistant for engineering courses. I've traveled to be a volunteer teacher in Central America, and I have also volunteered to teach GED math at a local literacy council. As an engineer, I can bring a unique skill set to tutoring. I hope to instill a sense of interconnectedness within the world. Science and math are most often taught in vacuum, where teachers simply dictate piecemeal knowledge and expect you to memorize it all. That can work to some extent, but seeing how everything relates can make learning, even your life, so much richer.

As to my teaching style, I'm very flexible. Every individual learns differently, and I work with my students to tailor the lesson plans. I also welcome criticisms about my teaching because it is a craft I hope to perfect one day as a professor. I'm willing to meet in local cafes, libraries, or your home. I have no other responsibilities outside of graduate school, so my hours are open as well.

Math:

ACT Math,
Business:

Microsoft Excel
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In earning a BS and MS in chemical engineering, I gained an extensive practical background in mathematics. Because of this, I prefer to teach through real-world word problems, giving the student the math and comprehension skills needed for the ACT. I also received a 35 on Math section of the ACT in high school, and I understand the test expectations.

Algebra is used extensively in basic chemistry problems. I have a strong background in these applications, and prefer to teach algebraic concepts through real-world applications in chemistry or other science that the student is interested in. This makes the mathematical concepts more readily accessible to the student.

A background in chemical engineering has given me a strong foundation in algebra. Engineering is all about optimizing systems of unknowns.

I've taken AP calculus in high school and Calc 1 through 3 at the college level, among other mathematics courses. After reviewing the theory with the student, I prefer to solidify his or her understanding through real-world applications. Because Calculus is often taken in conjunction with physics, these problems can involve this topic or other sciences of interest to the student.

I have a BS and an MS in chemical engineering. I have also been a teaching assistant for an introductory chemical engineering course. This required teaching an exam review class prior to each midterm, and I held regular office hours as well.

I have an MS degree in chemical engineering, which requires taking classes in chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry. I've also worked in wet chemistry labs throughout college, doing research in solar cells, biomedical devices, and environmental soil chemistry.

Engineering systems often involve differential equations, or inter-related systems of them. Because of this, I've taken courses on Calculus 1 through 3, partial differential equations, and engineering mathematics. I prefer to teach with more emphasis on real-world problems, and less time spent on pure mathematical theory. This grounds the math for the student, and shows how it's actually useful in application.

My Master's thesis was about the numerical modeling of heat transfer phenomena, and it was all programmed and simulated in Matlab. I've also taken classes that use Matlab heavily in my engineering studies. I'm able to tutor students in the modelling of physics, and I'd approach tutoring as a series of increasingly difficult modelling problems.

My university required that we complete a senior design project to obtain a BS in chemical engineering. In order to show our work for the project, we did everything in Microsoft Excel. This included engineering calculations, schedule setting with group members, and economics calculations for the proposed design. I also have experience with Visual Basic for calculation purposes.

As an engineering graduate student, I have an extensive background in answering mathematical word problems under timed exam conditions. I prefer to spend more time with the student on practicing word problems, because practice leads to speed on the SAT. I also teach strategies that have worked for me in quickly comprehending the problem and developing a path to the solution.

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

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Kris will travel within 10 miles of Raleigh, NC 27606.

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