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University of Massachusetts (Physics, Astronomy)
I believe that most students are capable of learning anything they set their mind to. What's fundamentally important is to find the inner passion and motivation, and to learn how to direct that energy in a useful way.
Many people think math is extremely difficult, but actually, the difficulty has nothing to do with math. The difficulty stems from a lack of self-confidence, an inability to concentrate, and a disconnection with the inner self. Combined, these factors make it very challenging to succeed in math and can be a source of depression, frustration, and/or anxiety.
I provide students with a space in which to discover and express their inquisitive nature with no judgement, no expectations, and no pressure.
A little about my methods:
-I teach students the basic skills of mindfulness and self-awareness, allowing them to understand their own thought patterns and to begin to identify what is actually going on in their mind.
-I assess the student's level of understanding and identify their strengths and weaknesses.
-Each student has a unique mind. I meet them where they're at and begin by helping them to see and internalize the fundamental principles of mathematics.
-I believe that it is vitally important to build this intimate understanding from the ground up, rather than just learning how to problem solve. When a student starts from the roots and masters basic concepts first, they gain confidence and a solid foundation from which to work.
-I connect with students on a real, personal, emotional level. Math and physics can be incredibly fun and rewarding when we feel connected to what we are doing. Oftentimes math becomes too abstract and disconnected from life, so it's not surprising to hear words like "pointless", "difficult", or "a waste of time".
-From a practical standpoint, I help students develop a sense of internal structure. The creativity and freedom involved in mathematical problem-solving can only occur within the context of a larger structure (whether it be the laws of mathematics, the constraints of a particular problem, the subject matter for an upcoming exam, or the year-long progression of a course syllabus). Students already have plenty of external structure imposed on them in the form of schedules, due dates, grades, parental expectations, peer pressure, and so on. The key is to balance this external structure with a strong internal structure. When the student feels calm and centered internally, it is no problem at all to
-Ultimately, my goal is to help students become self-aware and independent thinkers. Rather than relying on a tutor, a book, or their parents, I point students toward their own mind. I teach them to be confident in their own mind so that they can approach problems with joy and ease. I teach them to question everything and to recognize and be thankful for when they make mistakes, because those are the best learning opportunities.
A little about me:
I have a B.S. in Physics and Astronomy from UMass Amherst and WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) where I graduated with honors. Professionally, I have worked as a researcher and data analyst at Harvard, Mass General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital. I have tutored math and physics at the high school and college level for two years, and have tutored all subjects at the K-8 level for three years.
Some of my other interests include: meditation, hiking/nature, creative writing, and photography. I live in Concord, MA and travel within a 15-mile radius.
I currently only do tutoring part-time, and I prefer to develop strong one-on-one relationships with a small group of students rather than tutoring many students for just a few sessions. I just moved to Concord and am new to the WyzAnt website, so please contact me with any questions or if you would like to set up a free initial meeting to discuss your needs and goals and so that we can both determine whether or not it might be a good fit.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Note: For most students, I discourage the use of smart phones and computers during tutoring sessions. I believe that most students are capable of learning anything they set their mind to. What's fundamentally important is to find the inner passion and motivation, and to learn how to direct that energy in a useful way.
Many people think math is extremely difficult, but actually, the
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