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I have almost 10 years college teaching experience as an adjunct professor for the city and state universities of New York and Long Island University. Please check out my WyzAnt blog (click the "Resources" tab, above) for a sample physics lesson. In addition, I am a representative to the public for NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and a guest scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory. My fields of expertise are astrophysics, physics, astronomy and information technology. Additionally, I am certified to teach all of the natural sciences including Earth science, geology, environmental science and biology and all levels of mathematics up to and including calculus.
I have a life-long passion for astronomy, physics, mathematics and the natural sciences and want nothing more than to share that passion with the young, fertile minds so eager to learn and grow.
B.S., Physics, 1983, Stony Brook University
M.Sc. (Cum Laude), Astronomy, 2011, James Cook University
Tutoring Philosophy & Approach:
Using a variety of methods that include diagrams, images, multi-media and real-life experiences, I try to develop each student’s innate abilities using a conceptual approach to problem solving, allowing them to internalize the material on their own. This approach provides the basis for an authentic and long-lasting understanding and provides the basis for new insights and independent discovery. In short, I make learning fun and enjoyable and something the student looks forward to.
1. Results oriented with demonstrable improvement in higher test scores and passing courses
2. Develop an individual style and rapport with each student, engendering confidence and reliability with an eye towards completeness
3. Focus on the of understanding concepts and the development of problem solving skills rather than memorization
4. Excellent communication and writing skills
Professional Memberships and Honors:
NASA/ JPL Solar System Ambassador
Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society
Associate Member, American Astronomical Society
Astronomers Without Borders
Project Astro Educator and Mentor
I hold a Master's Degree in Astronomy from James Cook University, a Bachelor's Degree in Physics from SUNY, Stony Brook and have been teaching Astronomy, Physics and Environmental Science at the college level as an adjunct assistant Professor for 7 years. As part of that teaching experience, I have taught the Writing Intensive Astronomy courses at Queensborough Community College. The WI program is a CUNY initiative that improves writing skills by "teaching across the curriculum".
I have completed various Professional Development courses, most recently the Online Teacher Training offered by Northampton Community College.
I am a former STEP instructor for Suffolk County Community College and have taught and lectured at a number of major Northeast Planetariums.
I am a NASA/ JPL Solar System Ambassador (http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador), a
Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of Great Britain (http://www.ras.org.uk) and an Associate Member of the American Astronomical Society.
Additionally, I am a participating astronomer in Project Astro, an initiative of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Project Astro is a program designed to mentor and coach science teachers in the classroom in an effort to raise the bar and standards for astronomy and physical science education.
Very smart and helpful! — Tom is very knowledgeable, smart, and an excellent teacher. He was able to jump right in and help our daughter with college level Astronomy. We would highly recommend Tom and we plan to continue to use him in the future. ...
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