I am an award winning teacher with high standards. I have taught physics at UT Austin, SMU and in Germany. I have been a scientist at a national lab and a professor of physics. At UT Austin, I was honored with the Outstanding Physics Teaching Assistant Award. I was told my student teaching evaluations were "head and shoulders above everyone else's."
I have been tutoring and teaching physics since 1971. I ask questions of the student to help identify the main issues. When possible I ask students to work out a problem ahead of time, as best they can, so I can review it. I have found that students often do not do well when they are being watched by a teacher and this approach provides me with the data to quickly diagnose the problem areas.
The approach to solving problems in physics is largely the same, no matter what the nature of the topic. I have seen virtually every kind of mistake students can make and I am able to quickly diagnose the root causes of the student's difficulties and create a plan to rapidly improve student understanding and performance. Because of the similarity of the problem solving techniques, helping a student solve a problem in mechanics,for example, automatically helps them solve problems in another area such as electric circuits.
I have often been told that I help students "until they have been helped."
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