I'm a PhD student at Penn State in aerospace engineering with a research focus around helicopter aerodynamics. My education background includes a dual undergraduate degree in physics and aerospace engineering and a masters of science in aerospace engineering. As an undergraduate student, I tutored students for 3 years for many freshman and sophomore level courses in physics, mathematics and engineering. Since then, I have gained a much deeper understanding of many of these topics through my...
I'm a PhD student at Penn State in aerospace engineering with a research focus around helicopter aerodynamics. My education background includes a dual undergraduate degree in physics and aerospace engineering and a masters of science in aerospace engineering. As an undergraduate student, I tutored students for 3 years for many freshman and sophomore level courses in physics, mathematics and engineering. Since then, I have gained a much deeper understanding of many of these topics through my graduate education. As a tutor, I bring a firm understanding of the topics in courses such as calculus 1, physics 1, and statics. Coupled with with this understanding is a broader knowledge of how these concepts fit into real engineering problems and engineering research.
My tutoring method involves three general steps. The first is to identify where students are struggling and what concepts need further explanation. This usually involves just some quick concept checking questions and discussion. The second step is to work through an example problem in detail. Here, I'll try to point out any variants of the problem that could appear and to make sure to address any concepts the student is struggling with. Finally, I will pose some concept checking questions for the students to work through. In these problems, I'll let the student guide the problem as much as possible and only provide input when needed. Through the whole process, I am patient and try my best to understand exactly where the student is struggling.