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Natalie K.

Patient PhD Specializing in Math and Science

Patient PhD Specializing in Math and Science

$59/hour

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Hi! I'm Natalie.

Before starting a lesson, I get information from a student regarding the subject they need to learn in order to tailor the experience to them.
- Is the student on a tight schedule?
- What is their background, how much do they know about ___ before I dive into an explanation using ___?
-How much outside time do they devote to studying the particular subject, and what resources (books, online open courses, websites) do they use?
-Do they need homework help, or do they need...

Hi! I'm Natalie.

Before starting a lesson, I get information from a student regarding the subject they need to learn in order to tailor the experience to them.
- Is the student on a tight schedule?
- What is their background, how much do they know about ___ before I dive into an explanation using ___?
-How much outside time do they devote to studying the particular subject, and what resources (books, online open courses, websites) do they use?
-Do they need homework help, or do they need more intensive help in preparing for an exam? -Does seeing a picture of a problem help more, or the written text?

The lesson plan is based on this information, but would include any of the following strategies:
-A lesson on the material
-Going over prepared examples in the form of a problem sheet, and tying them in using real life, understandable analogies
-Answering questions a student has on difficult problems, and going over the problem with them
-A short quiz at the end which we will discuss before the session ends
-Homework, if desired, and going over it on the next tutoring session

I would always include the following:
-Checking in after every problem set to see whether the student has any questions
-Asking questions about a completed problem where parts of the problem are slightly changed. This solidifies the understanding of a particular concept and addresses issues where it was not learned properly.

Checking in helps hone in on the student's weaknesses and difficulties, in order to improve on them and see which concepts are misunderstood.

I'm quick to respond by e-mail, and have flexibility in my time and location, as long as it's not too far from the city. If you think I'm a good fit for you, feel free to reach out!

Some background on me:

I'm a PhD candidate in physics. I graduated cum laude with distinction (physics), as well as being part of the Honors College. In high school, I took AP classes in high school as a junior and college classes as a senior. I've spent quite a bit of time pouring over prep books and taking practice SAT and ACT exams. I scored a 33/36 on the ACT and a 2150/2400 on the SAT. Academic qualifications aside, throughout my undergraduate years and graduate years, I've moved from tutoring English to foreign students, to tutoring physics to undergraduates. As a teaching assistant, I've spent several years teaching a variety of physics as well as a few math subjects. I always enjoy teaching my students, am very approachable and patient, and I like to keep things as simple as possible. It's easy to get lost in details and have a problem look huge and complicated. A good tutor can break that problem down and show the way to untangle it, and make it look less scary.

My way of helping students is anchored in both personalization and efficiency. When explaining a concept, I always try to put myself into the student's shoes - what level of knowledge do they have, and what could be the most understandable example? For example, a student who's going to be a history elementary school teacher has less experience in graphing functions and might need more explanation, than a student majoring in kinesiology. Or, when explaining the concept of ratios in algebra, a pre-med student would do better with an example of drug ratios than a student studying French history, who perhaps might appreciate an example involving the ratio of French vs non-French soldiers in a battle. Moreover, I've spent a lot of time outside of my office hours or classes explaining the subject material in more detail and answering questions outside of the scope of the class, but within my expertise - I like to keep students' curiosity alive! However, I don't like to get bogged down in the details when not necessary, like if a student has a lot of material to get through.

I'm a big fan of analogies and applying new angles to the problem. I don't give the answer, but provide hints when necessary, and I've found that often my students, after a bit of struggle, eventually come to the solution themselves, sometimes not even requiring any help from me!
Fun fact: I myself have had tutoring help in high school (physics did not come naturally to me).


Education

University of Illinois at Chicago
Physics, Mathematics
University of Illinois at Chicago
PhD

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Corporate Training

Proofreading

Elementary Education

Elementary Math

English

Proofreading

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have had 4 years of experience teaching algebra based physics to college age students as a graduate student at University of Illinois at Chicago.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I've been both a teaching assistant facilitating discussions, problem sets, and labs in lower and upper level physics courses. I've also been a tutor both in my office hours and in the tutoring center at my school, and I've nearly always gotten positive feedback from students. I hope to help you as well.
Geometry,

Geometry

In many physics problems, geometry is an essential part of understanding and solving the problem.
Prealgebra

Prealgebra

I have 5 years of experience as a graduate student at UIC, teaching algebra based physics and tutoring students. I'm patient with students and make sure they understand the material.

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have had 4 years of experience teaching algebra based physics to college age students as a graduate student at University of Illinois at Chicago.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I've been both a teaching assistant facilitating discussions, problem sets, and labs in lower and upper level physics courses. I've also been a tutor both in my office hours and in the tutoring center at my school, and I've nearly always gotten positive feedback from students. I hope to help you as well.
Geometry,

Geometry

In many physics problems, geometry is an essential part of understanding and solving the problem.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have 5 years of experience as a graduate student at UIC, teaching algebra based physics and tutoring students. I'm patient with students and make sure they understand the material.
Probability, Trigonometry

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Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have had 4 years of experience teaching algebra based physics to college age students as a graduate student at University of Illinois at Chicago.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I've been both a teaching assistant facilitating discussions, problem sets, and labs in lower and upper level physics courses. I've also been a tutor both in my office hours and in the tutoring center at my school, and I've nearly always gotten positive feedback from students. I hope to help you as well.
Geometry,

Geometry

In many physics problems, geometry is an essential part of understanding and solving the problem.
Prealgebra

Prealgebra

I have 5 years of experience as a graduate student at UIC, teaching algebra based physics and tutoring students. I'm patient with students and make sure they understand the material.

Science

Physical Science

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have had 4 years of experience teaching algebra based physics to college age students as a graduate student at University of Illinois at Chicago.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I've been both a teaching assistant facilitating discussions, problem sets, and labs in lower and upper level physics courses. I've also been a tutor both in my office hours and in the tutoring center at my school, and I've nearly always gotten positive feedback from students. I hope to help you as well.
Geometry

Geometry

In many physics problems, geometry is an essential part of understanding and solving the problem.

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$59/hour

Natalie K.

$59/hour

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