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Robert G.

Urbana, IL

$30/hour

UIUC graduate seeking to tutor math, physics, and astronomy

5.0 average from 21 ratings

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Astronomy and physics

Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Astronomy and physics)

About Robert

I'm a recent graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a double major in physics and astronomy. I ended my undergraduate career in three years time with a GPA of 3.70. Currently, I'm a research assistant in an observational cosmology laboratory at UIUC. I spend my time analyzing data retrieved from telescopes that observe the echoes produced by the big bang (SPIDER, South Pole Telescope). Next year I'll be applying to graduate schools to pursue a PhD in astronomy & astrophysics.

During my undergraduate career, I gained a more intimate grasp of how physics, astronomy, and math describe our universe with profound precision. Although learning these subjects has been an enlightening, I'm equally passionate about sharing this knowledge with others. Seeing students understand and appreciate material after having it explained patiently is an extremely rewarding experience for me, and something I'd like to continue for the rest of my life. I prefer to teach these subjects by blending both the mathematical rigor of a concept with our physical intuition of nature. I emphasize working through physics problems using only symbolic manipulation at first to reveal how different quantities depend on each other mathematically, and then match those relationships to our physical intuition. I believe this fosters the type of thinking needed for solving more complex problems encountered in scientific research where the answer is not in the back of the book.

I have previous experience tutoring college and high school level physics and math to students, and I'd like to continue that now. Although I'll have less time than before, I'm free weekday evenings and on weekends to tutor both high school students struggling with AP courses (I received 5's in both AP physics C and AP calculus BC), and UIUC students taking physics courses such as PHYS 211, 212, 213, 214, and MATH 220, 221, 231, 285 as well as any ASTR courses. I prefer meeting in person at a coffee shop or a library, but online will work to. Thank you!
I'm a recent graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a double major in physics and astronomy. I ended my undergraduate career in three years time with a GPA of 3.70. Currently, I'm a research assistant Read more

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Cancellation
10 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 1 miles of Urbana, IL 61801
Science:
Astronomy,
Philosophy, Physical Science,
Physics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math
Computer:
Python
Language:
Italian

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ACT Math

I received a 32 on this test and the test questions are applicable to all sorts of things I do every day.

Algebra 1

I use these skills everyday to solve scientific problems.

Algebra 2

More advanced algebra skills are used all over the place in my studies and work.

Astronomy

This is my other major in college and my biggest passion.

Calculus

I use the skills learned in calculus everyday to solve scientific problems.

Physical Science

A basic knowledge of physical science is essential for study in physics and astronomy.

Physics

This is one of my majors in college and essentially what I do everyday.

Precalculus

The skills I learned in precalculus in high school have transferred over to my college work and appear everywhere.

Python

For the past two years, I have used Python for scientific research. Specifically, I used Python for analysis of large astronomical data sets such as ones retrieved by theDark Energy Survey, or the South Pole Telescope. Besides data analysis, I also have extensive experience visualizing data in plots and other representations needed for scientific research.

Trigonometry

Trigonometry comes up all over the place especially in many physics problems which require taking components of vectors for example. A strong skill for me.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Astronomy and physics

Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Astronomy and physics)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 10 hours notice required

Travel policy

Robert will travel within 1 miles of Urbana, IL 61801.