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Garrett E.

Little Rock, AR

$35/hour

Helpful Wiz for Math and Phys(ics)

50+ Hours
4.9 average from 10 ratings
Knowledgeable, patient and easy to work with
— Brent, Benton, AR on 3/3/17

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(University of Texas at Austin
Physics
Pennsylvania State University
PhD

Education

(University of Texas at Austin (Physics)

Pennsylvania State University (PhD)

About Garrett

First session is free (up to 2 hours). Limited time rate of $25/hr in person, $18/hr online.

Einstein famously said that anything you cannot explain in terms your grandmother can understand is something you do not understand yourself. This is why, as someone who holds an advanced degree in physics, I feel it is an important part of my duty to speak to my students in ways they can understand and relate to and that reduce the sense of anxiety they may feel toward the subject matter.

By reducing the sense of intimidation students can feel toward math and physics, it is exciting for me to see students, who may have been frustrated in the past, start to experience these subjects in a positive way. Having the chance to see and be a part of that is one of the things I love about tutoring.

I have served in a tutoring/teaching role for over 8 years, including 7 that I've spent as a teaching assistant at a major university (Penn State). During this time, I have cultivated the ability to engage students' minds in physics and mathematics material, to stretch them to form their own insights (the kind that stick around best), and to talk to them in ways that put them at ease. I also know that too much engagement can be counterproductive and exhausting and there is a point when it's best to just show the student what to do.

Because I have been part of the education system, I am aware that one of the things math and physics teachers love to see in their students the most is the ability to think systematically and figure things out for themselves. Many of the problems that find their way onto tests and homework are designed to see which students can really do this and which ones can't. By removing the obstacles to this natural ability we all share and providing gentle coaching, I can help you or your student unlock your potential for success.

In 2015, I received my Ph.D. in Physics. Since then, I have been tutoring students in Physics, Calculus 1 and 2, Algebra 2, Trigonometry and SAT Math for a little over a year. My students often tell me that I explain things to them in a way that gives them confidence and allows them to make sense of the material.

I appreciate your taking the time to look at my profile. I am just getting started on Wyzant and have recently relocated, so I have a lot of availability for now. Please don't hesitate to contact me for more information or to schedule a lesson. Don't procrastinate... :)
First session is free (up to 2 hours). Limited time rate of $25/hr in person, $18/hr online.

Einstein famously said that anything you cannot explain in terms your grandmother can understand is something you do not understand yourself. This is why, as someone who holds an advanced degree in physics, I feel it is an important part of my
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Cancellation
1 hour notice required

$35/hr for in-person and $24/hr online. First session free.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Little Rock, AR 72205

"Knowledgeable, patient and easy to work with"

- Brent, Benton, AR on 3/3/17

"Great tutor!"

- Kimber, Maumelle, AR on 11/28/16
Science:
Physics
Test Preparation:
SAT Math

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Algebra 2

I have a doctoral degree in physics, which requires extensive use of the skills and methods learned in Algebra 2, and I have about 1 year's experience doing 1-on-1 tutoring in Algebra 2. I have worked with both high school students and college students studying at this level. My students have said that working with me has increased their self-confidence as learners.

Calculus

I received a doctorate in Physics in 2015, which required me to apply methods from Calculus 1-4 at length. So far, I have worked with one student in Calculus 2, and I would be happy to tutor students in Calc 1-4. Before coming to me, my Calc 2 student had recently failed the class and was in a position that required him to retake and pass it in a five-week summer session: a difficult task. We were successful in getting the desired result.

Physics

I have a Ph.D. in Physics from Penn State University that I received in May 2015. While studying for my degree, I worked as a teaching assistant for Penn State---instructing physics students at both the 1-on-1 and the group level. Penn State gave me an award for my performance in this role. Since my degree, I have tutored physics on the high school, college and graduate levels.

Precalculus

Throughout my time studying for my undergraduate and graduate degrees in physics, I regularly applied methods from precalculus to solve physics problems. As a graduate teaching assistant, I taught undergraduates to use these methods to solve physics problems as well. I have been tutoring pre-calculus for about 2 months.

SAT Math

I received an 800 (perfect score) on the math section of the SAT when I took the exam and a perfect score on the math section of the GRE (taken before graduate school) as well. During my time as a teaching assistant at Penn State, I regularly used and taught skills that the SAT math section is designed to test. I have about a year's experience tutoring high school math and have spent about six months tutoring the SAT Math itself.

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is a skill set that is central to the discipline of physics, which is my area of expertise. While studying for my bachelor's and then my doctorate degree in physics, I regularly used and applied the central definitions, functions and identities of trigonometry. I am familiar with the proofs of the identities as well. When I tutor students in physics, trig definitions and identities are common points of discussion.

(University of Texas at Austin
Physics
Pennsylvania State University
PhD

Education

(University of Texas at Austin (Physics)

Pennsylvania State University (PhD)

Knowledgeable, patient and easy to work with

My daughter has been tutoring now with Garrett for 2 weeks. We greatly enjoy his instruction and explainations. My daughter is gaining confidence and catching up on what she didn't understand in Calculus. After 1 week she came up around 20 points on her next test. I feel like Garrett was thrown into a fire so to speak to figure out what instruction my daughter needed. After reviewing her test

— Brent, Benton, AR on 3/3/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

$35/hr for in-person and $24/hr online. First session free.

Travel policy

Garrett will travel within 15 miles of Little Rock, AR 72205.