Theory Meets Practice
Theory Meets Practice
"Insightful and creative tutor"
Debbie, 20 lessons with Nathan
I specialize in moving you from where you are to where you want to be. My style is a whole-life approach to learning. That is all. If I am familiar with it, I can teach you. In most cases, if I don't know it, I can teach myself and help you improve. My experience is that learning is both simple and pleasurable when you approach it with the right mind.
I have a B.S. in Psychological Science from WPI (located in Worcester, MA) which is essentially an undergraduate degree in designing and analyzing scientific experiments. I graduated with high distinction in 2008. Since then, I have worked in two education research and development labs designing and evaluating curricula and learning progressions with a focus on web applications.
WPI is a tech school, so although I'm a psychology major, I'm quite proficient in math and science and can easily tutor calculus, physics, and chemistry at the college level. My background in learning and countless hours practicing my trade allow me to structure lessons to scaffold students in these topics all the way from middle school (even laying the ground work in primary, although thinking of it that way is a stretch).
My teaching experience comes from guiding students through web-based science activities in urban classrooms (middle school), tutoring university students privately, and (oddly enough) teaching dance classes to all ages (from private lessons to classes of 100+) which I consider to have awoken me to effective teaching technique – something people might find surprising given my formal graduate work in the learning sciences. To give a word of explanation, I find that science does not currently understand learning well enough to engineer good teachers – rather, they have to come into their own through experience.
Nathan hasn’t set a schedule.
Insightful and creative tutor
I have really appreciated Nathan's willingness to think deeply about how to help my 11th grade son with his writing assignments, and more fundamentally, with figuring out how to master this intellectual challenge. Nathan goes beyond getting the task done and wants his students to have the tools to tackle the kinds of thinking and writing that they will need in college and even graduate school with intellectual integrity. Nathan recognizes that the technical skills for writing that are taught in school do not work for everyone and that at this stage, a student needs to develop his own system with some self awareness about it so that it can become a personal strategy for tackling writing tasks in college and a career. Sometimes the process seems slow (we benefit from longer, more frequent sessions) but Nathan is more of a coach than just a homework helper. Nathan is very smart, totally present, on time always, persistent and understanding.Debbie, 20 lessons with Nathan
Physics College Level
Was looking for a college level physics tutor who not only understood the material but could teach and explain the concepts well. Nathan did an excellent job at explaining and discussing the concepts in depth. Very good communicator and able to recognize the best way to explain the concepts.Susan, 1 lesson with Nathan
Very knowledgeable and patient
This tutor was very knowledgeable. I went to meet him without confidence and I left full of confidence and knowledge. He is very intelligent and understands the level of each student and how to approach the subject. He was God sent.Ime, 1 lesson with Nathan
I called Nathan in a panic. My son is taking an online Algebra 2 class and it's gotten so difficult that I can no longer help. I called Nathan and he returned my call in less then a hour or two and was able to meet with my son the following morning. He is very patient and encouraging. Great Tutor and I will def call him again!Athena, 2 lessons with Nathan
Excellent tutor, very bright
Nathan in one session was able to capture the essence of what I was proposing to study for my doctoral dissertation. As soon as he sat down he was able to hone into the specifics of my project without any prior knowledge of the subject area. Finally, Nathan was able to explain stats to me in such a way I was able to grasp it right away. I definitely will be hiring Nathan down the road when I need help with the number crunching for my data collection.RITA, 1 lesson with Nathan