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Salutations! I'm Joseph B., a math and science tutor. I'm a recent college grad, having studied to be a science and math high school teacher, and I've been tutoring my class and schoolmates all through my school years.
My primary areas of focus are high school and junior high school math and science, particularly earth science, astronomy, and biology. My academic interests are wide and varied, however, so I've taken classes and read books on everything from history to literature to computer science and more. I'm friendly, enthusiastic, and I've found that my English language training really helps when it comes to finding a way to explain a subject to someone in a way that they can understand.
I hope to meet you soon!
A childhood favorite, and still one of the areas where I keep regularly abreast and up-to-date on the latest discoveries and advances. I've taken a variety of college courses on the subject, in areas as varied as Stellar Evolution to the Geological Evolution of other planets, to basic Orbital Dynamics, as well as more general astronomical observation courses. In high school, I volunteered at Cleveland's Natural History Museum and worked as an aid for one of the astronomers there, both at the Planetarium and at the large telescope on the roof.
One of my primary specialties, I studied Ecology as a part of my education into Geology, Evolutionary Biology and the Physical Sciences. I have learned about the complex forms of interaction and co-dependencies that natural systems create, in all of their mind-boggling complexities and subtle arrangements, the interplay of evolution, as predators and prey, parasites and hosts, and symbiotes evolve in relation to each other, in either a constant race with no end or in partnership.
One of my primary specialties and one of my majors in college, I have spent most of my life studying Geology and Earth Sciences, everything from the basics of the classifications of stones and how they form to the slow movement and evolution of continents and planets over eons of deep time and the natural systems developed in the course of cycles over these periods.
I have even held rocks so old that my near three decades of life compare to their age at a rate of one second of my life for every six months of theirs--and then realized that those rocks are only 1/10th of the age of the Earth itself, and yet predate the existence of multi-cellular life.
I Cannot Live Without Books - Thomas Jefferson.
This sounds eminently reasonable to me. Human beings tell stories, as lessons, as history, as memories, to enlighten, to instruct, to entertain. The written word, the ability to pass on information, to store knowledge for future generations, is one of our defining ability as a species.
And we use it to immortalize ourselves in text, to tell tales of great heroes and epic villains, of flawed people doing the best that they can, of damaged minds surrendering to the darkness within. Tales of joy, of hope, of darkness, of triumph, of defeat, of small men and great hearts, evil kings and noble villains, all of this and more, from the mind and soul of the writer, to printed page, and from there to the reader. That is what Literature is: the distilled and stored soul of mankind, reaching and grasping for understanding.
A specialty and one of my majors alongside Education and Adolescent Psychology. I studied as part of the physical sciences Ecology, Meteorology, Evolution of the Earth, and various other areas of Geological Sciences, which, by its nature, also includes areas of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Evolutionary Genetics, and a host of other synergistic subjects.
Semantics: (n) 1. The definition or meaning of a word, phrase, text or other form of written or spoken communication. 2. A petty concern, worthy of dismissal.
This second definition is absurd and foolish; if one does not know what the meaning of what they say means, how can they mean what they say? Picking the right words, and understanding what they mean is important if one is to communicate at all with others and prevent misunderstandings. Thus, expanding one's vocabulary and semantical knowledge of that vocabulary are important if one wishes to be effective in communicating with other people.
Past Is Prologue, they say, or, alternatively, Those Who Do Not Learn From History Are Doomed To Repeat It (George Santayana). I have studied history to learn from what came before, to understand where I and everyone around me came from, to appreciate the rich tapestry of human existence, and to avoid the mistakes that our predecessors made as we move forward into the future. To understand and see how humans interact with each other and to see what forces are in play in these interactions, one must look at what came before.
Great tutor. — Joseph worked for a short time with our son for four lessons and our son rates Joseph with an A+++. Patient, knowledgeable and easy to work with! Final exam today, fingers crossed that tutoring sessions paid off. ...
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