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Ben K.

Atlanta, GA

$65/hour

Georgia Tech Physics PhD student; bonus language skills included!

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Background check passed as of 9/24/15
4.9 average from 46 ratings
Highly knowledgeable and great personality
— Dale, Charlotte, NC on 8/29/15

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University of Texas, Austin
Physics
Georgia Institute of Technology
Master's
Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) (still enrolled)
PhD

Education

University of Texas, Austin (Physics)

Georgia Institute of Technology (Master's)

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) (still enrolled) (PhD)

About Ben

Hi, I'm Ben. I graduated magna cum laude from high school in the 98th percentile for my SAT scores, and recently graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Physics. I scored in top percentiles on the GRE, and got an 800 (77th percentile) on the Physics GRE. I'm in my third year in the physics PhD program at Georgia Tech; I work in the Yunker Lab on soft condensed matter with a specialty mechanics of soft tissues.

Qualifications:

As an undergrad, I was a TA for four years in physics classes where my entire job was student interaction. The aforementioned classes were small and for nontechnical majors, so I am extremely proficient at communicating ideas even to students who might not be masters of scientific and mathematical concepts. The classes also involved the regular holding of office hours, where I would have extended one-on-one time with students. I also held one-on-one tutoring with a student in a major's level introductory mechanics class. I received excellent student evaluations in all classes where they were given.

As a graduate student, I have been a TA for my entire tenure at Georgia Tech and have taught Physics I and II (classical and modern; mechanics and electrostatics) in addition to working many hours in the tutoring center. Here, as in my undergraduate positions, I've earned nothing but excellent reviews from students.

On the General GRE, I scored a 660 (93rd percentile) on the Verbal Reasoning section, a 780 (88th percentile) on the Quantitative Reasoning section, and a 6.0 (99th percentile) in the writing section, indicating my broad skill set.

On the Physics GRE, I scored an 800 (77th percentile), indicating that I did better than more than 3/4 of prospective physics graduate students.


Availability:

My hours are fairly flexible and I'm happy to meet just about anywhere a reasonable distance from me (I live in Midtown).

Note: I usually respond very, very quickly! I had an inactive account for a long time, and the "usually responds in..." seems to have counted that idle time in its calculations.
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Travel Radius
Travels within 8 miles of Atlanta, GA 30318
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Highly knowledgeable and great personality"

- Dale, Charlotte, NC on 8/29/15
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Calculus, Differential Equations,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics
English:
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, GED,
GRE, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
Latin
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
GRE
Sports/Recreation:
Bodybuilding

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Algebra 2

Qualified to teach all math required for classes up to and including upper division physics.

Bodybuilding

I have been powerlifting for about a year, and have helped a few friends to get into the sport. I plan to continue during the summer, and will join the Powerlifting club at Georgia Tech in the fall. My combined total is 995, and should shoot up relatively soon once my deadlift matures.

Differential Equations

I took an Honors Differential Equations class with Karen Uhlenbeck (if you don't know who that is, google her name) last semester, and while she wasn't the professor that I had the easiest time understanding, I feel that I learned a significant amount in and out of her class. I got a B in it overall, and think that I have enough of an understanding to tutor most of the subjects it covers, especially undetermined coefficients, eigenvalue/eigenvector problems, and basic complex analysis. Thank you for your time.

GED

I graduated magna cum laude in high school after taking all of the hardest classes that were offered.

General Computer

I don't think there's that much to say about this subject, so I'll try to be succinct: I've built a computers for myself, my family, and my friends. I'm using a Lenovo ThinkPad T61p, with a 1920x1200 LCD @ 15.4" (the eye-meltingness speaks to my computer literacy, I think). I spend a good 8+ hours a day on my computer, which is currently running the Windows 7 Release Candidate (I had been using the Beta since... well, a bit before it was released. How did I get it before it was released, you ask? GENERAL COMPUTER KNOWLEDGE IS THE ANSWER!). I know my way around Windows (Vista and 7, mostly, but I can do XP as well), Office, Mathematica, Photoshop, and whatever else I find useful. I'm a prolific Googler, too, so if I don't have knowledge about something, I know exactly what to search for to get what I want quickly and efficiently.

Linear Algebra

I've taken an advanced linear algebra and basic functional analysis class with Lorenzo Sadun at UT Austin and gotten an A. The lowest score I got on any subsection of the course was a 94%, if I remember correctly. Regarding math, I got a 780 (88th percentile) on the Math section of the GRE, and have an honors degree in Physics from UT Austin, which required many difficult math courses. While my teaching experience is in physics, many students had weak backgrounds in algebra that I helped them with so that they could understand the physics.

Mathematica

I have been using Mathematica for several years now, as I pursued my BS in Physics. I used it for homework for multiple class, simulations, and as a tool for data analysis when I worked in a lab.

University of Texas, Austin
Physics
Georgia Institute of Technology
Master's
Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) (still enrolled)
PhD

Education

University of Texas, Austin (Physics)

Georgia Institute of Technology (Master's)

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) (still enrolled) (PhD)

Highly knowledgeable and great personality — We revisited basic algebra techniques in prep for a calc class. He is extremely knowledgeable and patient. Great at explaining things and gives great examples. Very easy to work with for scheduling. ...

— Dale, Charlotte, NC on 8/29/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Travel policy

Ben will travel within 8 miles of Atlanta, GA 30318.