Are you frustrated with teachers who seem to be more proficient with gibberish than their subject matter? Are you finding that despite putting hours in with your textbook its just not paying off? Do you just need someone to explain the same material from a different perspective? If your answer is yes to any of these questions then you have come to the right profile.
I discovered my passion for teaching very early on. As early as middle school I remember helping out my classmates with their algebra / pre-algebra homework. I found that I had the ability to translate complex ideas into much simpler descriptions that helped my classmates to understand. Further, I derive great joy leading my students from hazy confusion to that "ah-hah" moment when the light bulb goes off in their eyes, and finally to the point where they are describing in detail to their peers the very same material that had given them such difficulty.
My love of teaching goes hand-in-hand with my passion for math and physics. Although I came to physics later in my life (I always wanted to make video games as a child and have extensive programming experience from these early years), I have been studying the subject non-stop over the last 11 years. In that time I have received a B.S. and M.S. in physics from Wright State University. I am also close to completing my PhD in physics at the Air Force Institute of Technology. I have completed all of my coursework, passed my qualifying exams, and completed all of my research. All that remains is the writing of the thesis, which I will get right back to after finishing this profile :)
As for my teaching experience, it began with tutoring math and computer programming in 2000-2001. When I started at Sinclair in 2002 I continued to work in the math tutor room. It was at Wright State during my undergraduate / graduate studies that I taught my first official classes. I was responsible for administering and grading all of the lab reports for both algebra- and calculus-based physics classes. During my PhD work, I have also worked as adjunct faculty at Wright State and Sinclair. At Wright State I teach recitation classes for calculus-based physics. At Sinclair I have also taught the PHYS 2201 course, which is first semester, calculus-based physics.
While the approach to tutoring is as individual as the student, in general I find the experience is facilitated by three main steps: 1) evaluate where your current abilities lie in the course material, 2) determine where we need to get to in the material and by what date, 3) come up with a comprehensive strategy to get you to where you need to go. This last step is only partially fulfilled by our meetings. The rest of the strategy will depend on you doing your part outside of our tutoring sessions. For my part, I will be sure to prepare by refreshing myself with the material before each meeting. In this way I will put more time into our effort to improve your education than just the time we spend face-to-face.
If you have any questions or wish to discuss how I can help you meet your educational goals, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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Aaron's subjects
Algebra 1
I have an extensive tutoring background when it comes to algebra. I have tutored several personal friends through the entire college algebra course. Also, when I teach physics I have my students pay particular attention to the algebraic steps involved in their problems. As a practicing physicist I use algebra daily.
Calculus
As a practicing physicist I use calculus all of the time. After all, calculus was actually invented by Newton in order to explain physical laws. I bring an intuitive point of view to this subject which complements the more formal content found in textbooks. With this perspective I hope to make clear the concepts of calculus by illuminating their practical applications. I have tutored many students in this subject over the years, both students taking formal calculus classes and those studying physics...
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Physics
Physics is not only my passion but is also my career. I have multiple degrees in the subject in addition to research and teaching experience. I have published 4 peer reviewed papers, mostly on computational chemistry and atomic and molecular physics. I have taught first semester calculus-based physics at Sinclair (PHYS 2201) as well as many recitation and lab classes. I'm considered adjunct faculty at both Sinclair and WSU. I can help with physics at all levels, including undergraduate physics...
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Prealgebra
After all of the math that I've had over the years the concepts involved in prealgebra are quite basic to me. However, the ability to explain well these concepts can be difficult for even the most advanced mathematicians. That's where I feel that my teaching background helps me excel. I've learned from many years of experience the patience and guidance required for a good teacher. I'd love a chance to tutor you in prealgebra!
ACT Math
I have a wide and diverse mathematical background. This makes me suitable for tutoring any of the mathematical topics covered on the ACT. Also, my teaching experience has honed my ability to explain these concepts in clear and concise terms.
Differential Equations
As a practicing physicist, I have constant contact with differential equations. I am familiar with all of the analytic methods typically covered in a differential equations course. Additionally, many of the differential equations encountered in the physical sciences are not amenable to an analytic solution. As such, I have extensive experience in the numerical approximation of the solution to these classes of equations. In summation, I am well qualified to help any student with their studies of...
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Linear Algebra
Linear Algebra finds nearly ubiquitous application in physics. All subjects of physics incorporate this powerful mathematics in one form or another. This relationship of linear algebra to the physical sciences finds no greater example than that of quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics is literally written in the language of linear algebra. As an atomic and molecular physicist I am intimately familiar with linear algebra. At the undergraduate level, not only did I take the linear algebra class required...
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