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Gabriel E.

Empowerment through curiosity with Stanford physics/math tutor

Empowerment through curiosity with Stanford physics/math tutor

$120/hour

  • 22 hours tutoring

  • Palo Alto, CA 94306

About Gabriel


Bio

Learning physics and math can be a joyful experience. Too often, learning environments include obstacles that can make learning instead feel intimidating, frustrating, or hopeless. I tutor so that I can help my students of all ages navigate the challenges of learning math and physics and rebuild their trust in their ability to learn.

TUTORING PHILOSOPHY

Many students learning physics or math feel disempowered by challenging learning environments. Accordingly, I center my work around...

Learning physics and math can be a joyful experience. Too often, learning environments include obstacles that can make learning instead feel intimidating, frustrating, or hopeless. I tutor so that I can help my students of all ages navigate the challenges of learning math and physics and rebuild their trust in their ability to learn.

TUTORING PHILOSOPHY

Many students learning physics or math feel disempowered by challenging learning environments. Accordingly, I center my work around empowering my students. I listen compassionately to their challenges and offer experiences, tools, and resources that can help them make the best learning decisions for themselves. Tools I use to empower my students include:

• Using everyday objects and physical space to communicate about abstract physics and math concepts in easily understandable ways
• Encouraging unconventional approaches to understanding concepts to support students in taking ownership of their knowledge
• Sitting with students while they solve physics and math problems so that I can support them in learning from the challenges they encounter
• Offering expert problem-solving intuition, an ecosystem of learning resources, and tailored explanations of concepts when students get stuck
• Respecting my students’ evolving trust in their physics and math teachers, in me, and in themselves
• Listening to students’ classroom experiences, supporting them through their challenges, and celebrating their successes
• Asking students about their progress toward their goals and letting them decide how they want me to hold them accountable
• Maintaining flexibility with my methods and seeking feedback on what is working best and what unmet needs my students may have
• Fostering a relaxed atmosphere with my easygoing and humorous demeanor

I work patiently with my students to increase their autonomy until they have outgrown my help and can confidently draw on these experiences, tools, and resources on their own.

BIOGRAPHY

As an undergraduate physics student at Stanford, I had the opportunity to explore the workings of the physical world around me. My physics studies ranged from bicycles to black holes, and my math studies from integers to integrals. My curiosity was my guide, and it led me faithfully to a clear and satisfying understanding of the physics and math concepts I sought to understand. I wished to help others experience the curiosity and wonder of discovery, so I began tutoring professionally. As a tutor, I now use the well-worn trails of my conceptual map to help my students find their own way.

At Stanford, I also gained an appreciation for the challenges students can face in even the most ideal educational circumstances. Despite its world-class resources, Stanford’s lecture-based courses created a learning environment where I felt unsupported and unheard. My tutoring training at the Stanford Center for Teaching and Learning helped me understand how offering explanations alone, unaccompanied by careful listening, can be overwhelming to overworked students. I have learned to listen empathetically to my students so that together we can identify and address the most important obstacles they face to learning.

My research experience with the University of Illinois’s physics education research group has sensitized me to the importance of my students’ empowerment in their learning. As a researcher and teacher for an inventive physics lab course, I learned that students’ insights occur when they feel free to trust their curiosity as a guide to their learning, whereas their typical learning experiences often leave them feeling constrained, uninterested, and disempowered. I specifically studied how racism, misogyny, classism, and other forms of oppression affect students’ physics and math classroom experiences so that I can support students through the unique kinds of disempowerment oppression can create. In my tutoring practice, I have learned to prioritize my students’ empowerment so that their curiosity can inspire their ideas to flow.

My experiences have granted me opportunities to become fluent with physics and math concepts, empathetic as a listener, and sensitive to the importance of empowering students in their learning. If you think my practice might be a good fit for your needs, I would be happy to meet with you for a trial session.

Experience
• Physics education researcher and teaching assistant, 2.5 years, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• Curriculum designer, student teacher, and course mentor for 4 years for an annual quarter-long scientific Python course for Stanford physics majors
• Peer tutor for 3 years at Stanford, from training through leadership (Lead Tutor, Math and Physics, Stanford Center for Teaching and Learning)
• Additional experience as a private tutor and classroom teacher

Education
• M.S., Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• B.S., Physics, with distinction, Stanford University

Awards
• Teacher Ranked as Excellent, four semesters, campus-wide, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• David S. Levine Award, “awarded to the most outstanding physics student [in their Junior year at Stanford] on the basis of academic breadth in addition to demonstrated abilities in experimental physics”

LOGISTICS

I offer a trial session to assist you in deciding if my support is a good fit for your needs. If it’s not a good fit, the trial session is free.

I offer a full sliding scale for students to whom my standard rate poses a hardship. If you think it’s a good fit but are concerned about the price, I would be happy to discuss a sliding-scale rate.


Education

B.S., Physics, with distinction, Stanford University
undergrad
M.S., Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Masters

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Hourly rate: $120 for in-person / $120 for online
  • Rate details: I offer a full sliding scale for students to whom my standard rate poses a hardship.
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Palo Alto, CA 94306
  • Lesson cancellation: 4 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Computer

Python

Homeschool

Calculus,

Calculus

Limits, derivatives, related rates, integrals, infinite series... These concepts were all really tough for me when I was first learning them in 10th grade, but after many years of training in physics, I have not only become familiar with them but indeed learned to live and breathe single-variable calculus, as a prerequisite to learning vector calculus, Riemannian geometry, and differential equations. Learning physics has required me both to memorize the details of the the definitions and also arrive at a functional, conceptual understanding of derivatives and integrals, and it is by uniting this pair of tools—the reductionism of language and the holism of visualization—that I have helped my peers at Stanford and other students to understand calculus for themselves. If you find calculus difficult now, don't worry: I can help you understand it too.
Algebra 1, Physics

Math

Calculus,

Calculus

Limits, derivatives, related rates, integrals, infinite series... These concepts were all really tough for me when I was first learning them in 10th grade, but after many years of training in physics, I have not only become familiar with them but indeed learned to live and breathe single-variable calculus, as a prerequisite to learning vector calculus, Riemannian geometry, and differential equations. Learning physics has required me both to memorize the details of the the definitions and also arrive at a functional, conceptual understanding of derivatives and integrals, and it is by uniting this pair of tools—the reductionism of language and the holism of visualization—that I have helped my peers at Stanford and other students to understand calculus for themselves. If you find calculus difficult now, don't worry: I can help you understand it too.
Algebra 1, Linear Algebra, Physics

Most Popular

Calculus,

Calculus

Limits, derivatives, related rates, integrals, infinite series... These concepts were all really tough for me when I was first learning them in 10th grade, but after many years of training in physics, I have not only become familiar with them but indeed learned to live and breathe single-variable calculus, as a prerequisite to learning vector calculus, Riemannian geometry, and differential equations. Learning physics has required me both to memorize the details of the the definitions and also arrive at a functional, conceptual understanding of derivatives and integrals, and it is by uniting this pair of tools—the reductionism of language and the holism of visualization—that I have helped my peers at Stanford and other students to understand calculus for themselves. If you find calculus difficult now, don't worry: I can help you understand it too.
Algebra 1, Physics

Science

Physics

Summer

Calculus,

Calculus

Limits, derivatives, related rates, integrals, infinite series... These concepts were all really tough for me when I was first learning them in 10th grade, but after many years of training in physics, I have not only become familiar with them but indeed learned to live and breathe single-variable calculus, as a prerequisite to learning vector calculus, Riemannian geometry, and differential equations. Learning physics has required me both to memorize the details of the the definitions and also arrive at a functional, conceptual understanding of derivatives and integrals, and it is by uniting this pair of tools—the reductionism of language and the holism of visualization—that I have helped my peers at Stanford and other students to understand calculus for themselves. If you find calculus difficult now, don't worry: I can help you understand it too.
Algebra 1, Physics

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Knowledgeable and engaging tutor

I have a 16-year-old son who is struggling with physics. I signed him up for an online lesson with Gabriel and he was quite pessimistic about it. The class was engaging, interesting and easy to follow. My son told me he really enjoyed it and that now he has understanding about his assignment. I am very happy about it as it hasn't been easy to get my teenager interested or engaged in school work. Granted we had only one class so far but I definitely recommend Gabriel for anyone looking to brush up on skills in physics.

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$120/hour

Gabriel E.

$120/hour

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Response time: 25 minutes