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Moses N.

Auburn, AL

$60/hour

Physics Without Tears (Tutoring, homework help)

Background check passed as of 4/25/16
4.7 average from 3 ratings
Excellent
— Gary, Fort Lauderdale, FL on 4/25/16

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University Of Buea
Physics
Auburn University
Master's
Aubun University
PhD

Education

University Of Buea (Physics)

Auburn University (Master's)

Aubun University (PhD)

About Moses

Tutoring Philosophy

Curiosity and enthusiasm are two important factors that in my experience, dramatically impact a student’s success in physics. The role of the tutor should therefore be to, attempt to engender curiosity and interest during the learning process. To achieve this, it is important to create a comfortable environment, one in which the students view the teacher as accessible and encouraging, while simultaneously setting reasonable and clearly communicated expectations.

Personal Experience

Growing up in rural Cameroon in West Africa, I found myself fascinated as I observed the world around me. Initially, my curiosity was provoked by day-to-day phenomena such as: mirages, rainbows and lightning strikes. I found myself asking, “Why do things happen the way they do?” My quest for answers brought me to the field of physics. In eighth grade a memorable teacher formally introduced me to physics. I was initially thrilled by the way in which these theories were able to provide explanations for my observations. I became absolutely captivated when my enthusiastic teacher expounded on everyday occurrences, introducing concepts like refraction, dispersion, resonance, interference and electrical resistance.

My heightened curiosity and enthusiasm toward physics propelled me to the top of my class in physics, leading me to the successful completion of my B.S (first class honors), M.S and PhD in Physics. Having completed my doctoral program in Computational Solid State Physics, I wish to impart in my students the same kind of curiosity and enthusiasm that my eighth grade teacher did for me all those years ago. It is this personal experience that has been the foundation of my teaching philosophy.
In my 7 years of instruction, I have found that it is very important to set reasonable goals at the beginning of a session and communicate these clearly to the students. This helps the students and I gauge the progress of the session while simultaneously driving the learning process forward. For the several classes I have instructed, I have found using real life pedagogical methodologies very successful. This involves relating the problem or concept being taught to real life situations. An example would be to relate the concept of impulse and momentum to the use of seat belts and other restraint systems and highlight their safety roles during car collisions. Taught alone, the concepts of impulse and momentum appear abstract and more of an exercise on vector algebra and mathematics, but when related to these real life situations, the attention of every student is engaged as they are able to make connections between the theoretical problem and their actual experiences. By relating Physics concepts to real life situations, the teacher can help the student to see the relevance of the concepts beyond the classroom (tests and exams). Over time, I have also come to discover that it is also important for the teacher to be enthusiastic and prepared as it is very difficult to positively engage someone in something one is not interested in.

Comfortable Learning Environment

Beyond capturing the student’s interest, another important task is to keep students engaged in an interactive learning process. I create an atmosphere that facilitates student participation. To this end, I always ensure that a student’s effort to attempt a solution is complimented even if their solution is wrong. It is my experience that students are more likely to participate in class discussions if they know that they will not be ridiculed for giving an incorrect response to a question.

While at middle school in Cameroon, I vividly recall a teacher who humiliated one of my fellow classmates in front of the whole class for failing to give the correct response to a question. Consequently, very few students interacted with the teacher that day as they did not wish to receive the same treatment for an incorrect answer. This resulted in a dull and teacher-centered lecture. This humiliated student likely carries this experience with him to this day. Therefore, in order to achieve a constructive learning environment a teacher needs be approachable and friendly to his students, while maintaining professionalism and understanding regarding the diversity of their individual backgrounds.

I have successfully tutored over 400 students in 5 years at Auburn University usually with remarkable improvement in their performance in the courses and final exams. Having worked as a Teaching Assistant for 5 years and now a main instructor for various physics courses, I understand where students usually get lost: I know how to unlock students understanding and help students develop qualitative and quantitative problem solving skills. I am comfortable working with students from diverse backgrounds.
Tutoring Philosophy

Curiosity and enthusiasm are two important factors that in my experience, dramatically impact a student’s success in physics. The role of the tutor should therefore be to, attempt to engender
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Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Auburn, AL 36830
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent"

- Gary, Fort Lauderdale, FL on 4/25/16
Math:
Calculus, Precalculus
Science:
Physics

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Physics

Currently a PhD candidate in Physics, Moses has 3+ years of tutoring students at all undergraduate levels, from general physics to engineering physics. Having successfully tutored over 200 students in the past 3 years, Moses understands what it takes to unlock the main concepts of physics to students he tutors and make studying and passing physics an enjoyable activity (Physics without tears).
Extensive experience in tutoring diverse students.

Strong Points:
Genuinely cares for the success of the students.
Excellent dedication to duty.

University Of Buea
Physics
Auburn University
Master's
Aubun University
PhD

Education

University Of Buea (Physics)

Auburn University (Master's)

Aubun University (PhD)

Excellent — Moses is an excellent physicist . He has command of subject manner and the ability as a teacher to convey the subject matter in a simplistic and uncomplicated way. He is patient with those of us whom are not gifted in the area of math and science as he is. ...

— Gary, Fort Lauderdale, FL on 4/25/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Moses will travel within 5 miles of Auburn, AL 36830.