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“**Very patient, positive and encouraging!**”

My teaching philosophy is that most topics are more easily understood with the hands than the ears. I personally learn best through experimentation, design problems, and analytical dialog, and I try to coach students through new or difficult material via these means whenever possible. Equations and proofs can quickly become overwhelming when what

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We had a great first meeting with Caitrin! She was very patient, hands on and a great listener. She gave my daughter encouragement and positive reinforcement. My daughter gave her an "11" out of a possible "10"! We look forward to out next meeting! Thank you Caitrin!

In the time I was with Caitrin I learned more in detail about various C++ materials such as vectors, voids, classes , objects, constructors, and she even showed me and gave me advice on how to read and work on a code more easily and carefully without getting overwhelmed. She was very encouraging and friendly.

We talked a little about C++, matlab, and Java.

After that we discussed state space search, BFS, DFS, Uniform cost search and other topics related to search in AI.

The lesson was very helpful. Caitrin is very professional. Thanks a lot!

Caitrin is very knowledgeable about Matlab and was a big help with getting me started learning it. She had some nice tips on how to visualize the subject that clarified some things I had trouble with. Highly recommended.

I needed help with preparing for an upcoming Calculus final exam, and Caitrin was very patient and understanding, especially in the areas I needed help with the most in.

She is patient and help me a lot! I am a bio major who takes a matlab class this quarter. I have no background programming learning and struggling with this course, she help me a lot and with her help I got full credit for my homework! Thank you

Patient and understanding. I struggled w/ some concepts of kinematics which she helped lay out and showed me the ground work to get the answers.

The kids look forward to meeting with Caitrin every week.

She is very patient and a great teacher.She is a role model to both of my daughters.

Caitrin is very thorough and provides immediate feedback on tutoring lesson. Her lessons provided immediate results. She is very flexible in scheduling and working with students. Overall: A+

Not only is our daughter now excelling in Trigonometry, she is using her new found confidence to improve her grades in other classes. Now that she has had a taste of success, she is applying herself to her studies and seems a lot more relaxed and has an "I can do this" attitude. Caitrin is wonderful role model and we are grateful.

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The key to success in standardized test taking is to recognize the easiest way to get to a solution. Memorizing equations won't be as big a help here as building up a good sense of mathematical intuition. Being given an equation and shown how to solve a problem quickly will only help a student solve that specific problem. I think students benefit much more from a discussion of the different ways in which a problem can be solved, with a look at the pros and cons to each method. I advocate this approach for two reasons. First, there is no worse feeling than not being able to recall a formula that you know would be helpful during a high-stress exam. If you understand why that formula is useful, oftentimes you don't need to memorize it; with a little practice, you can see how the pieces fit together in your problem, and voila! Second, the experience of approaching a problem from different angles helps a student conquer his or her phobia of new problems and learn that math and science really do have room for creative solutions. You do not have to memorize the method with which your middle school or high school teacher first showed you how to solve each specific math problem. Building up a little mathematical intuition leaves you free to tackle new problems efficiently and with much less stress.

This is one of those subjects that keeps coming in handy long after you're done with the course itself. I relied on a solid grasp of algebra throughout my undergraduate studies in computer engineering. Now, as a roboticist, I can honestly say I'd be lost without it.

I received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Tufts University in 2009. I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of South Florida, studying robotics in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. I have used C and C++ for both coursework and research. Most of my recent work with these languages has involved interfacing sensors and motors with microcontrollers for the control of mobile robots.

I received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Tufts University in 2009. I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of South Florida, studying robotics in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. I have used C and C++ for both coursework and research. Most of my recent work with these languages has involved interfacing sensors and motors with microcontrollers for the control of mobile robots.

To be clear, I hated calculus in high school. I did my best to memorize the proofs on the blackboard, but they didn't help me truly understand the concepts. It was tinkering with robots that finally revealed to me the beauty and universal utility of calculus. The application of calculus to the design and control of legged robots now constitutes a hefty chunk of my daily routine. This experience has helped me recognize the calculus of things in the real world and to finally understand all of those theorems and equations that had seemed inaccessible before. Seeing calculus in context can make all the difference. Hands-on projects or just plain old doodling can make an equation much more understandable than 20 pages of a textbook ever could. Discussion of the calculus that underlies things in the real world that are already familiar to you can be a great help, as well. You see calculus at work in the world every second of every day! It's actually pretty cool when you learn to recognize it. You can even begin to understand the way things around you work in a whole new way--things like your skateboard, your car, even your own body. (You're chock-full of calculus, whether you like it or not!) The point here is that there are plenty of ways to learn calculus that do not rely entirely upon the mind-numbing, soul-crushing textbook that was forced upon you this semester. If you find yourself less than 100% satisfied with the derivations in the textbook, please know that you are not alone, and that there are MUCH less painful ways to learn calculus.

I received my Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering in 2009 from Tufts University. I have continued to apply Comp E concepts throughout graduate school at USF both for my research and as a teaching assistant within the department, where I have taught undergraduate courses in both Data Structures and Microprocessor Interfacing.

I have been programming for over a decade. My graduate research in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering revolves around the modeling and control of robotic systems with C, C++, and MATLAB. I also recently taught an undergraduate Data Structures course at USF that required C++.

My graduate research in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at USF involves the simulation, optimization, and control of robotic limbs using C, C++, and MATLAB. I have worked as a lab aide, teaching assistant, and/or instructor for several undergraduate computer science courses including Logic Design, Data Structures, and Control of Mobile Robots.

I have lead several semester-long Logic Design labs at USF. These labs covered topics such as logic gates, Boolean logic, finite state machines, Karnaugh maps, and (everyone's favorite) wiring.

My graduate research is dependent upon the accurate simulation of the dynamics of robotic systems modeled in MATLAB. I have several years of experience with this tool, and have come to really appreciate it!

Even if you haven't realized it yet, you already know physics. It's just shorthand for how the world works--something you've been experiencing your entire life. Graduate research in robotics has made me realize that a lot of the pain and memorization can be taken out of the learning process if physics is approached first through a conversation that relates it--in plain English--to what you already know about the world. A discussion of the concepts with concrete examples can illuminate the link between abstract-sounding principles and reality before you need to worry about any math. Once you have established some context, equations stop looking like sadistic alphabet soup and start making sense. After all, they're just describing things you already knew.

The SAT loves to trick students with carefully worded problems. Many of the SAT math problems seem at first glance like they will take ages to work out. These problems are almost always much simpler than they appear. There are two tricks: First, recognizing what the problem is asking for (which can be harder than it sounds!). Second, if you feel like this might be a whale of a problem, take a second to think of multiple methods of solution before you bog yourself down with any actual math. Building up a little mathematical intuition through practice and a discussion of the different ways to solve practice problems will help a great deal. There are almost always several ways to solve any given problem, and understanding this is a giant leap toward efficient and stress-free test taking.

Trigonometry is one of the first math classes that you get to take in grade school that shines some light on the real-world applications of math in art and engineering. This can be a really exciting class if you know how to apply it. Unfortunately, many teachers don't get into the applications of trigonometry, and students are left trying to memorize a mass of equations without any context. As a roboticist, I've had the pleasure of applying trigonometry to the design of legs for running robots, to the development of steering and maze-solving algorithms for robotic cars, and to the study of the animal musculoskeletal system. Trigonometry also forms the basis for a lot of interesting stuff like calculus (the mathematical study of how things change) and projectile physics (catapults!). This opens the door for lots of great hands-on learning opportunities (like catapults! ... as long as your parents say that's OK).

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