I completed my undergraduate degree in physics at Gordon College with minors in chemistry and math and have since attended one year of graduate school at Northeastern University. During my time in college I not only gained the requisite knowledge in theoretical and experimental physics, but also served as a research assistant and a teacher's assistant.
I thoroughly enjoy teaching, and my passion for physics is surpassed only by that of helping others to understand and appreciate physics themselves. In addition to physics, I am also well equipped to tutor students in math, as a significant part of understanding theoretical physics is also understanding the math behind it.
My goal as a tutor is not simply to help the student get a good grade in his or her class (though that is certainly an important part of it), but also to help the student gain a deep understanding and appreciation for the subject. A deep understanding will not only help the student naturally get a good grade in class, but will also develop the critical thinking and knowledge base necessary later in life (perhaps during college or at a job).
I have seen altogether too many examples where a student "learns" material for a test and then promptly forgets it afterward. To avoid this I prefer not to encourage rote memorization. Instead, I try to tailor my tutoring to whatever will help the student draw connections between the material and real life in an attempt to make the subject as intuitive as possible. Usually this involves doing lots of examples, discussing problem solving strategies and working through practice problems.
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