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Paul L.

Experienced College Physics and Engineering Tutor

Experienced College Physics and Engineering Tutor

$35/hour

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Hi, I'm Paul! I'm a fifth-year honors student at Cal Poly SLO, and I'm majoring in aerospace engineering and minoring in physics. In May of 2019 I was awarded membership to Sigma Gamma Tau, a national honor society recognizing academic excellence in aerospace engineering. My first tutoring experience was in high school, when I tutored classmates in introductory algebra. I spent the summers of 2015 and 2016 working at a STEM-themed summer camp, where I used hands-on activities to teach...

Hi, I'm Paul! I'm a fifth-year honors student at Cal Poly SLO, and I'm majoring in aerospace engineering and minoring in physics. In May of 2019 I was awarded membership to Sigma Gamma Tau, a national honor society recognizing academic excellence in aerospace engineering. My first tutoring experience was in high school, when I tutored classmates in introductory algebra. I spent the summers of 2015 and 2016 working at a STEM-themed summer camp, where I used hands-on activities to teach engineering and physics fundamentals to high schoolers and middle schoolers.

I began tutoring college-level physics and engineering students a little over a year ago, in the spring of 2019. I remember how overwhelming my own early college classes felt, as professors seemed to introduce unfamiliar material from every direction: new coding languages, bizarre-looking equations, and intimidatingly abstract approaches to physical modeling. Over time, though, I realized that this material wasn't so different after all; the seemingly endless onslaught of symbols and equations originated from a handful of fundamental concepts that unified all my courses. These days, instead of pouring energy into memorizing equations, I focus on understanding the concepts underlying the equations.

I bring the same concept-oriented approach to tutoring. I always ask students to draw a diagram before they jump into a problem, and they often find that constructing an outline of the problem helps them navigate the steps that eventually lead to a solution. I encourage students to use the relationships between units to try to derive equations on their own, locking in understanding at a fundamental level. In my experience, most students benefit from understanding why they are using an equation, rather than simply memorizing when to use it.

I know how intimidating algebra and trigonometry can be, and I've absolutely been there. As instructors introduce a series of new operators and formulas, it can sometimes be difficult to see the usefulness at the heart of these topics. But these topics actually are very useful, and understanding the motivations behind the equations can demystify problems. I know every student has a different way of thinking about math, and I can help students find approaches that fit their individual learning styles.

Engineering and physics can seem very overwhelming at first, but understanding foundational patterns can help simplify these subjects. For some students, the best way to understand the underlying concepts is to draw a picture of each situation; for other students, it may be helpful to look for familiar patterns in equations; and for still others the best strategy is conceptualizing the interactions between forces, masses, and energy in the problem. Whatever a student's learning approach is, I can help students recognize the underlying concepts that unite physics and engineering problems, helping them make sense of the seemingly large number of equations and methods.

I originally learned to code using javascript in high school, but transitioned to MATLAB in college. I'm now very experienced in MATLAB, but I understand how MATLAB's quirks can be difficult for new coders and people accustomed to different languages. There are a vast number of ways to use MATLAB, from solving transcendental equations to propagating satellite orbits, but there are some key tricks that make every MATLAB script a bit easier to write. Among other key skills, I can help students learn to debug effectively, loop efficiently, and use structures powerfully to build robust and reusable code.

I know how challenging STEM classes can be, and I hope I can help students find the learning approaches they need to succeed. Please reach out if a concept-based approach to STEM classes sounds like a good fit, and we can schedule a lesson!


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California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
AerospaceEngineering

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MATLAB

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I have strong experience applying MATLAB to engineering-related problems. I've used MATLAB for orbit determination, vehicle state propagation, and trajectory optimization. I have strong experience importing, manipulating, and displaying datasets in MATLAB. I've used MATLAB to apply Kalman filters, Fourier and inverse Fourier transforms, and linear least squares regression to data. I have also learned to leverage tools such as effective debugging, inline functions, and data structures, which make MATLAB both easier and more powerful.

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Algebra 2, Physics

Math

MATLAB,

MATLAB

I have strong experience applying MATLAB to engineering-related problems. I've used MATLAB for orbit determination, vehicle state propagation, and trajectory optimization. I have strong experience importing, manipulating, and displaying datasets in MATLAB. I've used MATLAB to apply Kalman filters, Fourier and inverse Fourier transforms, and linear least squares regression to data. I have also learned to leverage tools such as effective debugging, inline functions, and data structures, which make MATLAB both easier and more powerful.
Algebra 2, Physics, Trigonometry

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Algebra 2, Physics

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Physics

Summer

Algebra 2, Physics

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$35/hour

Paul L.

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