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“**Phenomenal teacher!**”

I have a broad background concerning my tutoring experiences, primarily in areas of mathematics, but also in physics. My educational background is very strong. I have a bachelor of science at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, where I double majored in math and physics and minored in German. I then earned a Masters degree in Astronautics from

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I contacted Kurt in utter desperation for help in Physics 212, College Physics. I was in a situation that needed extra attention in order to not only graduate, but graduate with an acceptable grade. Kurt understood my predicament and sat down with me twice a week ranging from 2-3 hours a week. He simplified problems for me in a way that I could understand better. Much of what we did and how he taught was through actual practice and repetition. Being with Kurt was not like a second lecture but a problem based approach to understanding Physics concepts. Often he would have to take a different approach with me because I didn't understand it right away, and he adapted seamlessly. Which I must add is a great attribute for someone to have, especially since I was under time constraints.

Kurt always responded to emails in a timely manner and allowed me to pick a location that worked best for me to meet at for our sessions. He is very easy to understand, he understands where students have the most problems and can curtail the specific situation to the students needs. He had to do that several times for me and it paid off for me at the end of the semester. I not only met what grade I needed, but I exceeded it it too. With the schedule that I had for my final semester, there is not a doubt that Kurt's teachings excelled me to the higher grade. I understand he wants to become a full time instructor or professor and based on my first hand experience, the institution and students will benefit greatly. Higher education needs more faculty members like Kurt, he wanted me to learn the material and understand it, and I did after our sessions.

I highly recommend Kurt his experience, knowledge and teaching ability are bar none the best I have experienced.

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I feel very qualified to work with Algebra I students, not only because I have an extensive background in mathematics, but more importantly I understand the frustrations of having to work with variables (letters to describe quantities) instead of numbers.

In 7th grade, I not only enrolled in a new school, but was placed in an advanced program, so most of my classmates were older 8th graders. The frustrations of being surrounded by older students along with the difficulty of learning a new form of math really prepared me to sympathize with the frustrations of a student in learning algebra.

I worked as an online tutor for tutor.com for six months (November, 2008 through April, 2009). I assisted students in several math subjects (7-8th grade math, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry), but the majority of my questions involved advanced algebra topics. The set of clients included middle school, high school, college, and adult students.

I am very experienced in the subject of calculus, having four calculus textbooks on hand! I have spent many hours tutoring students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the three sequence of Calculus courses, and have also tutored several students in business calculus. My scientific background [Physics and Aerospace Engineering] also exposed me to both the theoretical and practical applications of calculus in the physical world.

Although I did not take many courses in chemistry on the college level, I did perform well on the courses I took. Also, as part of my doctoral physics research, the area was in the area of theoretical atomic physics, so have a lot of exposure to chemistry as part of my physics training.

I have worked over five years in the Highly Gifted Lincoln Public Schools program, so have a lot of experience working with both elementary and middle school students in the areas of math and science on a one to one basis. Most of the students I worked with were highly gifted, but I have also worked with autistic children, as well as students with handicaps (legally blind, etc.).

I worked with one student for about 5 sessions, and he was successful in getting his GED. Ran into him a month later in a parking lot, and he informed me he now owns the company he was working for!

Having an undergraduate college degree in mathematics and tutoring many elementary, middle school, high school, and college students, geometry is one of the subjects I have mastered. With my graduate degrees in aerospace engineering and physics, I have also learned spherical geometry involved in celestial mechanics, as well as non-Euclidean Geometry required to describe the gravitational field as outlined in the General Theory of Relativity [the physics application resolved by Einstein, following the work of earlier mathematicians Gauss and Riemann].

My breadth of math subjects (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, statistics) is ideal for a thorough review of all math topics in preparation for the GRE. Also, having spent many years as a graduate student, my general and physics subject GRE scores were essential in getting accepted into the University of Colorado physics program in 1992. While a graduate student there, I also served on a committee selecting new graduate physics students. So I understand the importance of good GRE scores in getting accepted into graduate programs in higher education.

I have a PhD in atomic theory from the University of Colorado-Boulder (among the top 25 physics programs in the country). I do have some experimental physics experience, but my doctoral research was more focused on using computational calculations to solve problems. Also have much experience as a teaching assistant in physics.

As a bonus, I have a MS in astronautics from an off-campus George Washington University program at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia (research involved lunar gravitational models), so have extensive exposure to the engineering world and the U.S. space program.

I have many years experience working with middle school students, and prealgebra is often a very difficult hurdle for students to master. To do math using variables instead of specific numbers requires a different mindset concerning how one thinks about solving problems. My approach is an extensive practice of various problems, so that eventually the student can master specific topics and add them to their problem solving "tool box." Patience is essential, as a student can get very frustrated in learning new topics for the first time.

have an undergraduate degree in Math from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln before going on to obtain graduate degrees in the areas of science and engineering.

As part of my college undergraduate major, I took a course in statistics. Since I have an extensive background in physics, doing atomic theory research involving quantum mechanics, and covering the topic of statistical mechanics, I am very familiar with the use of statistics in the real world. More recently, I have extensively brushed up on probability, relying on an extensive review of the topic in one of my advanced algebra textbooks.

I am a qualified tutor in TOEFL because I have spent a lot of time around others whose native language is not English. In the Spring of 2014, I assisted a Southeast Community College teacher providing ESL (English as a Second Language) to foreign parents of Lincoln Public School students (speaking German, Spanish, and various African dialects). I have spent a couple of extended vacations in Germany and have toured around Europe. I have a strong math/science background and am a gifted English writer.

With my many years of tutoring mathematics, trigonometry is one subject I have much experience in tutoring. In addition, with advanced degrees in aerospace engineering, I have also studied spherical trigonometry. And with advanced degrees in physics, I have also studied non-Euclidean geometry, which is required to describe the current theory of gravitation as developed by Einstein.

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