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My name is Ben, and I'm a senior at The University of Texas at Dallas studying physics. I've been a math and science tutor for a few years, and I actually started teaching at Best Buy as a guitar instructor about six years ago (I know it sounds weird, but Best Buy opened up about a hundred musical instrument departments in various stores across the country, and I was hired on as a guitar instructor for the Dallas location). I taught there for just over four years and during that time realized how much I enjoy the process of teaching. After furthering my academic career at UTD I decided to try tutoring math and science students at my school, and absolutely loved it. Currently, I work for UTD as an integral calculus (Cal. 2) tutor while also doing private lessons on the side. During my hours at the university (not including private lessons), I generally work with two separate groups of about eight students each, reinforcing the material from their lectures, working through various problems that relate to the material they've covered in class, and clearing up any uncertainties about what they've learned from their professors.
As a tutor I am extremely patient, understanding, and relaxed (you won't feel like you're in class). Through my years of experience I've learned how to work with students of almost any background and learning style. This flexibility has become very important to my method of teaching, as everyone learns a bit differently. I am very enthusiastic about math and science and will make the learning experience fun and exciting no matter what subject material we are focusing on. For some subjects this may seem impossible, but I promise that even the most seemingly dull topics can become really enjoyable if you have the right teacher.
I generally teach, and have more experience with, college and high school students, but am not at all opposed to teaching younger children. I've learned to work with people of all ages and have had students ranging from 7-50 years of age. This range of students is what has allowed me to acquire and hone my flexibility as a tutor. I've learned how to adapt very well to many styles of learning and have, in most cases, brought my students grades up from C's or lower to the A and B range. Generally, this is not very difficult to accomplish; I just have to find a way to relate the material to my students by understanding what their weaknesses and learning styles are.
I usually teach in the McDermott library at UTD or the business center at my apartment complex which is right down the street from the university. If you'd prefer to meet me somewhere else, just let me know and we can arrange to have a lesson at that location.
Good luck with your studies. I hope to hear from you.
As a physics major, I have been studying and working with ordinary and partial differential equations for quite some time. These types of equations are some of the most useful mathematical tools for anyone pursuing a career in a field of engineering or natural science.
I have been tutoring and helping students understand this subject for over a year and have found that it is actually much easier than most people think. If interested, I can show you just how simple it is to identify the kind of differential equation you're working with and implement a specific method required to find the solution.
Honestly, most of the time solving a differential equation comes down to remembering a fairly simple procedure, and generally, the hardest part of solving these equations is figuring out what kind of DE you're working with and what form it's in. After taking these steps it usually becomes very easy to solve, and because of this, differential equations is one of the easiest subjects for me to teach.
I have been involved in music, and playing guitar for just about ten years now. Best Buy decided to try their hand in musical instrument retail several years ago and opened up one of about a hundred musical instrument departments inside one of their Dallas locations. I was hired on as a guitar instructor and gave lessons at that store for just over four years. While working there I taught students who ranged in age from seven to fifty years old and taught basic theory and composition, as well as improvisational techniques for styles such as jazz, blues, and rock. I learned how to become very flexible with students because most were never at the same level and they all progressed differently.
Teaching guitar is very satisfying, but very challenging. One reason for this, that I've noticed, is that many students (mostly the younger children) are under the impression that if they attend every lesson (usually an hour long lesson twice a week) then they don't have to practice at home to make progress with the instrument. It seems obvious, but I cannot stress enough the value of practicing your instrument at home. Generally, most learning takes place, not in the lesson, but at home when you're either practicing material covered during the lesson, or when you're just fiddling around with the instrument. The guitar will only go as far as you want to take it.
Just like any instrument, the guitar is very frustrating. Becoming a guitar player requires quite a bit of patience and motivation, and after teaching for a few years I realized just how important it is to keep my students motivated. For beginners it is especially difficult, and I try to keep that in mind when teaching. I make a lot of effort to stay relaxed while working with my students through those very tough beginning stages. If I had to pick out one piece of advice for anyone who's just starting out with the guitar, it's this: "Even though there will be times when you want to give up, just keep playing and practicing because it gets easier."
Very good and helpful tutor. — My first test grade since Ben starting tutoring me increased 3 grades. He explains things well and breaks them down so I can understand them. He's very patient and helpful. ...
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