I am a 2010 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I earned a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering. Since then, I have spent most of my time as a management consultant to engineering companies, but have also worked as a mathematics instructor and volunteered for a Battlebot engineering team.
During high school and college, I worked as a private tutor of mathematics, physics, and English for local students from age 14-22. While job-searching after...
I am a 2010 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I earned a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering. Since then, I have spent most of my time as a management consultant to engineering companies, but have also worked as a mathematics instructor and volunteered for a Battlebot engineering team.
During high school and college, I worked as a private tutor of mathematics, physics, and English for local students from age 14-22. While job-searching after graduation, I worked for one year as a full-time mathematics instructor for students of all ages; my youngest students were just developing math skills in elementary school, and my oldest students were taking BC calculus in high school or preparing for standardized tests (SAT, ACT, GRE) to re-enter school as adults. I taught students individually and in groups of two to four, if they were working on similar subject matter.
My engineering background and consulting experience have honed my ability to break down complex ideas into manageable parts, allowing me to clearly express them to any audience. As a tutor, this helps me improve students' understanding of key concepts, discover problem areas to be addressed, and create improvement plans to measure progress. I strive to keep learning every day, and enjoy helping my students do the same.
Most of my students during the year after my college graduation were between 8th and 11th grade, so I have the most experience teaching algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2, and precalculus. These are foundational years that form the backbone of any further mathematical education, and I enjoy distilling complex concepts to help students learn. Often, I found that students benefited from a more conceptual approach. Once the students understood what their equations and proofs were trying to represent, they had an easier time finding the solution.
When explaining mathematical concepts, teachers will often employ real-world examples. Physics takes this a step further, demanding that students solve real-world problems. My engineering education was steeped in physics concepts, and I enjoy conveying this kind of knowledge to students. I think it's a lot of fun to learn the concepts that govern how things move through their environment.
My engineering training has sharpened my natural ability to convey complex ideas simply, which makes me an excellent second set of eyes for any essay or professional paper. I enjoy guiding students towards a leaner, more focused argument. During high school, I worked as a tutor in our "writing center", where I helped my peers improve their essays for english and history courses. During college, I specialized in helping engineering students that had trouble with essay composition.
I studied GRE materials extensively before applying to graduate schools. Students would benefit from my rigorous preparation; my test-taking strategies and focus on specific concepts worked extremely well for me, and I am confident that a similarly structured plan would be rewarding for others, too.
Please contact me to discuss what you are looking to improve. I'm excited to work with you to meet your goals.