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Purdue University (Mechanical Engineeri)
Saint Louis University (MBA)
As a Navy veteran, I have been able to apply my education to practical problems for my entire career, applying theory to real-world situations. I have always been able to explain concepts to others, so I'm going to put that ability to use as a tutor. I see education as a process of building a framework on which one can hang experiences to better understand the world.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration, which helps me explain concepts from either a technical or a business point of view (or both, if that helps). I like to relate abstract concepts to real-world concepts that the student is already familiar with. I find that this aids greatly in understanding subjects heavy on theory, such as math. The opposite is also useful for subjects like grammar and proofreading, where applying the real-world usage of language to a conceptual framework can help reveal weaknesses and errors.
I am often told that I am incredibly patient. A good tutor needs to be able to avoid frustration if a student cannot understand a concept, in order to focus on overcoming barriers to learning. As a Navy veteran, I have been able to apply my education to practical problems for my entire career, applying theory to real-world situations. I have always been able to explain concepts to others, so I'm going to put that ability to use as a tutor. I see education as a process of building a framework on which one can hang experiences to better
Ben is very descriptive, informative, and has no problem presenting different methods to approach any engineering problem to best suit your learning. He works problems at your pace and encourages conceptualizing each problem so that the every aspect of it becomes more clear. Ben is very patient and structured and I definitely recommend him for any subject he tutors.
Ben taught me aspects of Physics that I needed help on. He helped me to understand formulas and Newton's Second Law.
Math homework used to be stressful and frustrating for our high school daughter. Since we found Ben, it has been stress free. Ben is patient and has a calming presence. New and/or confusing concepts previously induced anxiety and frustration. Now my daughter remains focused and confident even if she doesn't completely understand a concept during class because she knows she can get all of her questions answered when she has her session with Ben.
Ben is flexible and will extend the session if needed to complete homework or whatever concept they are working on. The result is that my daughter has a sense of accomplishment at the end of each session, and doesn't feel rushed to ask all her questions, or pressured to understand the concepts, within the artificial constraint of a one hour lesson.
We are so glad that we found Ben.
Ben has a quiet manner about him, but he is effective. Our son was at risk of failing his physics course, but thanks to Ben, he passed and won't have to retake the class. Ben was on point with each question our son had, offering several ways to approach a problem. Ben is also very responsive and flexible, even last minute. Thanks again, Ben!
Update: June 2015
Ben remained Jake's tutor through this semester of Honors Physics (11th grade). Thanks to Ben, Jacob got an A on the final exam which allowed him to maintain at least a decent grade in a class that was really tough for him. Without Ben's help, I fear Jake would have ended up needing to repeat the class. Much thanks, Ben!
Ben was great at answering my questions and helped me decide which math class to take in college. He is very knowledgeable in his explanation of mathematics to his clients. Ben was on time for the tutor session and has a very professional approach to tutoring.
A wonderful tutor whose practical knowledge allows him to help you not only master the material, but understand what you are doing in the real world. He is currently tutoring me in Statics and I will continue to use his expertise for any problems I have in my future mechanical engineering classes. Thank You!
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I have an MBA degree from St. Louis University, where I was selected for the business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma. During my military career, I have over six years experience working on major acquisition programs monitoring contractor compliance with the terms of the contract. I have assisted first-time military contractors with understanding and meeting the terms of new contracts.
I have a degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. Since graduating, I have worked in military aviation, where mechanical engineering concepts are applied, especially thermodynamics and hydraulics. In addition to being an operator of military aircraft, I have also been involved in test and evaluation, and aircraft production and repair. This experience has emphasized failure analysis and reliability.
I have used Microsoft Project frequently to plan small projects at work. I have been able to show my coworkers how to set up a plan using the software.
Also, my MBA included a concentration in project management, which covered theory and best practice involved with project planning software such as Project.
I have used physics concepts throughout my career as a naval officer, and have tutored related subjects for over two semesters. Also, my engineering degree has given me a strong theoretical background in physics.
Clear writing is critical to getting your point across. Seemingly minor errors can, at best, distract the reader, and, at worst, destroy the credibility of the author.
My career has exposed me to several different writing styles that vary depending on the audience. I've written and edited news releases, where active voice is good and technical jargon is bad; I've also written flight test reports where the opposite is true. I can go beyond basic grammar and spelling to help select an appropriate writing style for the subject at hand.
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