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Jonathan M.

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Passionate Math and Physics Tutor

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North Carolina State University
Physics, Mathematics

Education

North Carolina State University (Physics, Mathematics)

About Jonathan

Hi! I'm a young, passionate tutor of math and physics at the college and high school level. I'm a graduate of North Carolina State University, where I received two degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. I graduated magna cum laude and was the valedictorian of the physics program, as well as a member of the University Scholars Program. Further, I have worked for a full year as an assistant teacher in physics, I have a year of prior experience as a private tutor, and I have taken a course in Educational Psychology.

I have a deep love for science and math, and helping others to understand and appreciate these subjects is a passion of mine. I believe that anyone can develop a deep comprehension of any material with the right approach, and I believe that the most foolproof approach of all is to develop an appreciation for the subject such that learning becomes intrinsically motivating. My goal as a tutor is to instill in my students a love for physics an math through lucid, step-by-step explanations that build on one another to communicate a rich, complete understanding of the bigger picture. Through this process, students learn to connect concepts together to foster deep learning, such that the need for memorization is as minimal as possible.

As a recent graduate, I know intimately what student life is like; I know which education techniques work and which ones don't, from personal experience on both sides of the lectern. In short, I'm not so caught up in the philosophy of teaching to forget how it feels to learn. I think this is a big asset: often educators deeply understand the material they teach, but they've forgotten what it was like to lack that understanding. As a result, their instruction is a mere recitation of their knowledge, which fails to connect with students and bridge the gap between ignorance and comprehension. This difficulty, often referred to as "the curse of knowledge," is a problem I'm very conscious of, and one I believe I'm particularly well-suited to avoid.

More than anything, my belief is that far too many educators focus on being gate-keepers and disciplinarians, not as a means to the end of being effective communicators, but for its own sake. I think this mixing of roles causes a great deal of needless hardship for students and teachers alike, while the chief goal of maximally effective, minimally stressful education is often forgotten. This is something that I am all-too-familiar with as a recent graduate, and it's a stance that distinguishes me from many other instructors. My guarantee is that as a tutor, my goal will always be to facilitate learning in as simple a way as I know how: through encouragement, enthusiasm, a positive learning environment, and vivid, elegant explanations. If that goal resonates with you, I hope you'll consider me to help you become more successful as a student.

I look forward to hearing from you!
Hi! I'm a young, passionate tutor of math and physics at the college and high school level. I'm a graduate of North Carolina State University, where I received two degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. I graduated magna cum laude and was the valedictorian of the physics program, as well as a member of Read more

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Cancellation
10 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Durham, NC 27707
Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Differential Equations,
Geometry,
Precalculus,
Probability, Statistics, Trigonometry

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

Perhaps more than any other subject shy of basic arithmetic, Algebra I contains the material I've gotten the most use of. In every one of the myriad math and physics courses I've taken, algebra has been right at the center. As a result, I've developed a next-to-instinctive understanding of it, and have had many years of experience mastering its every nuance. I've also both taught and tutored the material of algebra I through college-level physics.

Algebra 2

I have bachelor's degrees in mathematics and physics from NC State University. I've taken all levels of high school algebra, in addition to dozens of classes that build off of algebra, from calculus, to mechanics, to differential Equations. Further, I have one and a half years' experience as a tutor, a year's experience as an assistant teacher, and I've taken a course in Educational Psychology.

C

As a physics and math student, C is a language I've worked with for about two years, and I'm well acquainted with its many peculiarities and strengths. Learning to code in C requires a style of thinking that isn't immediately intuitive for many, but through the many dozens of lessons I've given in the language I've developed ways of breaking the more complicated aspects of the language into terms that anyone can understand.

C++

C++ is a language I picked up while pursuing my degrees in math and physics, and it's a language I've worked with for about 3 years. I'm familiar not only with its syntax and workflow, but also with the best coding practices and methodologies to get the most out of it's unique set of strengths and weaknesses. I've tutored many dozens of students in the subject, and have come across many if not most of the possible hangups one could have with the language at an introductory level.

Calculus

I have bachelor's degrees in Mathematics and Physics from NC State University. I've taken all levels of high school undergraduate Calculus, as well as two classes in Analysis, which is a rigorous formalization of Calculus. I have also taken dozens of classes that build off of Calculus, from Quantum Mechanics, to Differential Equations, to Topology. In addition, I have tutored Calculus-based Physics for one semester, and I have helped to teach Calculus-based Physics for two semesters.

Computer Programming

Computer programming is a subject I've studied extensively for over a decade, and through a variety of languages. Along the way, I've become competent in C, C++, Python, Java, Haskell, Fortran, Ruby, and Javascript. I've used a number of these languages academically in pursuit of my degrees in math and physics, and I've since tutored in all of them, some of them many dozens of times. Though the subject is a bit too vast for me to be able to solve any problem you might have, I've likely come into contact with the majority of them before.

Computer Science

Computer science was a significant part of my academic career in pursuit of degrees in math and physics, and moreover it's a subject I've studied for over a decade and through a variety of languages. I'm proficient in C, C++, Python, Java, Haskell, Ruby, Fortran, and Javascript. I've used all of these languages extensively both academically and in my own work, and I've tutored students in all of them, some many dozens of times.

Differential Equations

Differential equations is a course utterly integral to both physics and math. I've taken both levels of differential equations, and have used the material in many other classes, from quantum mechanics, to computational physics, to thermal physics. I've also taken courses which do much to formalize the material of differential equations, such as real analysis and topology. It's a subject I've approached from many directions and at many levels of complexity, and one of which I have an extensive understanding.

Geometry

Geometry is a subject I've dealt with extensively in my educational experience. In many ways, it serves as foundation for trigonometry and calculus, which have in turn been integral to dozens of classes I've taken. Having approached geometry repeatedly from both the real-world side through physics and the abstract side through mathematics, I have a very solid and intuitive understanding of this material. Likewise, I have also taught and tutored much of the material in geometry by way of college-level physics, which relies heavily on geometry.

Java

Java is a language I've used for about four years now. I've read multiple books on the subject, and have a solid understanding not just of the syntax and workflow of Java, but also the ways to write code that makes the most of Java's very particular object-oriented style. As a result, I can teach you to write and think about code in a way that utilizes Java's best features and avoids its biggest shortcomings.

Physical Science

Physical science constitutes the beginnings of physics, a field I have a great deal of experience in. I have a formal understanding of thermal physics, mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and atomic physics, all of which are rooted in the subject matter of physical science. I've also both tutored and taught in physics for a combined two years, in subjects which build directly off of the material in physical science.

Physics

I have bachelor's degrees in Physics and Mathematics from NC State University. I've taken every variety of high school and undergraduate physics, as well as many graduate physics courses, in such subjects as Classical Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Physics, and General Relativity. In addition, I have a year's experience as a teaching assistant in Calculus-based Physics, and a semester's experience as a tutor in Calculus-based Physics.

Precalculus

Precalculus is a subject that continues to be extremely important in nearly all math classes beyond it. Having taken not just precalculus but also dozens of other classes in math and physics which build upon and formalize its subject matter, my knowledge of the material is very intuitive and foundational. As a result, I can not only teach you to understand precalculus, but also to begin to see things through a framework that makes further classes such as calculus much more intuitive.

Python

I've been using Python for about 7 years now, both in my work pursuing degrees in physics and math and for personal projects, and I've given probably a hundred or more lessons in the language over the past 2 years. I'm highly familiar with Python's nuances, from its intro-level syntax to its high-end paradigms, and I can teach you the best ways to write and understand code that is most suited to its unique style.

North Carolina State University
Physics, Mathematics

Education

North Carolina State University (Physics, Mathematics)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 10 hours notice required

Travel policy

Jonathan will travel within 25 miles of Durham, NC 27707.