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Alex P.

Las Vegas, NV

$60/hour

Experienced Innovator in Physics Instruction

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Background check passed as of 4/23/15
4.9 average from 10 ratings

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Computer Engineering

Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Computer Engineering)

About Alex

If I had to qualify my tutoring style, I'd say the most important thing that I emphasize is physically intuitive analogies, supported by illustration. The thing that always frustrated me about STEM education is how happy some teachers are to explain concepts entirely with math. While the math supporting the sciences is hugely important, it's not particularly exciting or memorable. I've always received great feedback around my insistence that my students not solve problems purely numerically, but instead harness their own powerful physical intuition.

As for qualifications, I began tutoring informally in High School, where I was captain of our science and engineering teams. I was named Regional Champion of the AAPT Physics Bowl in consecutive years, as well as finishing in the top of many regional physics competitions. I achieved perfect scores on the ACT Math and Science sections, as well as on the physics and math SAT II subject tests.

As an undergraduate at the University of Illinois, I pursued Computer Engineering after some time in both the Physics and Aerospace Engineering Departments. Illinois is (or recently has been) ranked in the top 5 of each of those disciplines by a large number of ranking institutions. I began tutoring my junior year, and was promoted after one semester to program leader for an experimental resource program. I have also worked in UIUC's Photonics Systems Laboratory, conducting research on LASER physics and resonance phenomena.
If I had to qualify my tutoring style, I'd say the most important thing that I emphasize is physically intuitive analogies, supported by illustration. The thing that always frustrated me about STEM education is how happy some teachers are to explain concepts entirely with math. While the math Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Las Vegas, NV 89103
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Science:
ACT Science, Electrical Engineering,
Physical Science, Physics
Test Preparation:
ACT Science
Computer:
C,
Computer Engineering

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C

My undergraduate degree was in computer engineering, and my program used C exclusively as a language of instruction. My capstone project was a from-scratch version of Linux written entirely in C. From an education perspective, I have tutored my University's official C intro class for 2 years with excellent feedback. The heart of my undergraduate degree was around understanding C as it exists on the runtime stack, which has made me a strong resource on C programming at every level.

Computer Engineering

I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with honors with a BS in Computer Engineering. Moreover, I tutored on many of my department's most fundamental course for 2 years on campus, with consistently strong feedback.

Electrical Engineering

I conducted research in my University's micro and nano technology laboratory, as well as taken our departments IC fabrication course, in which we physically process wafers of silicon into working logical devices. Due to the University of Illinois's historical ties to the transistor, computer engineers are held to a very high standard of EE proficiency, including analog signal processing, IC design, and low level logic and processor design. I can submit a transcript supporting this if required.

Physics

I led my traveling science team in high school, earning several first place prizes in individual physics competitions. I specialized in tutoring calculus based physics in college, and formerly conducted photonics and LASER physics research at Illinois's Micro and Nano Technology Laboratory. I earned 5s on every AP physics test, as well as a perfect score on the Physics SAT II subject test.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Computer Engineering

Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Computer Engineering)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Alex will travel within 20 miles of Las Vegas, NV 89103.