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Ben K.

Physics PhD with a decade of teaching experience

Physics PhD with a decade of teaching experience

$75/hour

  • 260 hours tutoring

  • Champaign, IL 61821

About Ben


Bio

Hi, I'm Ben. I recently defended my PhD in physics (specifically, the statistical mechanics of bacterial biofilms) at Georgia Tech. Prior to that, I 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 recently moved to Champaign to work for my dream company!

Qualifications:

As an undergrad, I was a TA for four years in physics classes where my entire job was student...

Hi, I'm Ben. I recently defended my PhD in physics (specifically, the statistical mechanics of bacterial biofilms) at Georgia Tech. Prior to that, I 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 recently moved to Champaign to work for my dream company!

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 was a TA for my entire tenure at Georgia Tech. I taught Physics I and II (classical and modern styles; mechanics and electrostatics) in addition to working many hours in the tutoring center, as well as running the lab course for upperclassman physics majors. 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:

I'm generally available on the weekends and in the evenings. Just send me a message, and we'll figure something out. I'm located right next to downtown Champaign, and am happy to meet at coffee shops, libraries, or wherever!


Education

University of Texas at Austin
Physics
Georgia Institute of Technology
Masters
Georgia Institute of Technology
PhD

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Business

GRE

Computer

General Computer,

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.
Mathematica

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.

Corporate Training

General Computer,

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.
Grammar, Latin, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

English

Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary

History

Philosophy

Homeschool

Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Qualified to teach all math required for classes up to and including upper division physics.
Algebra 1, Calculus, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading

Language

Latin

Math

Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

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

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.
Linear Algebra,

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,

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.
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Calculus, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry

Most Popular

Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Qualified to teach all math required for classes up to and including upper division physics.
Algebra 1, Calculus, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading

Other

Philosophy

Science

Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics

Sports/Recreation

Bodybuilding

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.

Summer

Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

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

GED

I graduated magna cum laude in high school after taking all of the hardest classes that were offered.
Algebra 1, Calculus, Geometry, Physics, Reading, SAT Math

Test Preparation

GED,

GED

I graduated magna cum laude in high school after taking all of the hardest classes that were offered.
ACT Math, GRE, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

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$75/hour

Ben K.

$75/hour

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