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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