• Colorado School of Mines (Chemical Engineering)
• Colorado School of Mines (Master's)
I'v enjoyed teaching for as long as I can remember. There are few things more rewarding than sharing the "eureka" moment with someone who had given up on understanding. Too often, people see their own lack of understanding as a lack of intelligence. In my experience, it usually means that the teacher explains in a way that doesn't make sense to the student or the student can't see a reason to care about the subject. I'v dealt with both of those problems in my own early education.
I was home-schooled up through 5th grade. My mom was learning with me up to a point, but she eventually fell behind. She had forgotten most of the material, and couldn't absorb it as quickly I did. As I began to teach myself at my own pace, I found that the book can only teach from one direction. When I got lost, I had to take a break and go back through the basics. It was terribly tedious at first, but I developed a skill for breaking down a new concept and coming at it from several different directions.
The other problem with teaching yourself from a book is that you rarely find the bulk material interesting. At first, I could get away with doing the subjects I liked and ignoring the ones I didn't. Eventually it caught up to me and I had to spend a full quarter on grammar and history. The solution I found was to dig deeper into the subjects I hated. For example, I found that reading historical fiction taught me grammar by repetition and put the names and dates of my history lessons into a context where I could see why they mattered. Once I found a reason to like the subject, learning didn't seem to take any effort. I think the best thing any teacher could hope for is to inspire a student enough for him to go beyond the lesson plan.
This method proved especially effective for me; earning me a 3.646/4.0 GPA as an undergraduate and a 3.495/4.0 GPA as a masters student at the Colorado School of Mines.
My previous tutoring experience includes teaching my younger brother (who suffers from ADHD) during 8th grade using the k12 program, 1 year as a Denver Math Fellow at Kepner middle school in DPS, volunteer tutoring of students from Golden High School at the Golden Public Library, tutoring Fraternity brothers in several different subjects, helping fellow graduate students through their classes and preparing for their qualifying exams, and teaching TaeKwon-Do at a Rec-Center in Westminster.
I'v tutored in math subjects from subtraction to partial differential equations (solved analytically or numerically.) Most recently I worked for Denver Public Schools, tutoring 6th grade math. I recently passed the PLACE exam in secondary mathematics with a score of 285 and have never received a grade less than a B in a mathematics subject. Lastly, I received an 800/800 on my GRE Math section.
My graduate research was about the gas-phase and catalytic reactions of ethylene doped synthesis gas in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells. I have tutored students in Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Physics, Thermodynamics, Kinetics, and Circuits.
I'm an extreme generalist. If you don't see your subject here, I may still be able to tutor you in that area. The first lesson is half price, and I won't charge anything if I'm not able to help. If you're unsure, please send me an example problem and I'll let you know if I can tutor you. I'v enjoyed teaching for as long as I can remember. There are few things more rewarding than sharing the "eureka" moment with someone who had given up on understanding. Too often, people see their own lack of understanding as a lack of intelligence. In my experience, it usually means that the teacher explains in a way that doesn't make sense to
My first hour with a new student is half price. I charge up to $30 for meetings outside Golden as well as cash for any necessary parking fees.
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I've earned a B.S and an M.S in Chemical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. I've been asked for help by classmates and fraternity brothers regularly throughout my education and have never been unable to help in an area related to chemical engineering. Lastly, I managed to finish the Mines research qualifying exam with a perfect score.
I earned A's in Ordinary Differential Equations, Applied Mathematics in Chemical Engineering (analytical solutions to partial differential equations) and Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering (numerical solutions to partial differential equations). I've tutored classmates in the latter two.
I hold a 3rd degree black belt with the Traditional TaeKwon-Do Association. I've been practicing TKD for 12 years and teaching for the City of Westminster for almost 3 years.
I earned A's in organic chemistry 1 and 2. I occasionally ran study sessions for my fraternity in order to prepare them for O-Chem tests. Lastly, I used the gas-phase applications of O-Chem a great deal in my graduate research.