I am a UCSD graduate student in physics. I'm a Sloan Scholar and San Diego Fellow, and I work on theoretical astrophysics. For undergrad, I attended the California Institute of Technology, currently ranked by the Times Higher Education Supplement as the best university in the world. I have been tutoring for four years, in a variety of subjects. I particularly focus on STEM fields -- I love sharing my love of math and science, and teaching others to love math and science as I do. I also do... [more]
We use algebra all the time in everyday life, and often don't realize it. Algebra doesn't have to be hard or intimidating; it's just math with slightly less arithmetic. (And for those prone to arithmetic errors, that alone can make it easier!) I was homeschooled for algebra, at age 10. Since my public school didn't believe that I could have master algebra by that point, I took their credit-by-exam, and got a 98%. I also easily tested out of geometry and algebra II by the time I was 13. I took the AP Calculus BC exam at 14, got the maximum score. Over the next several years, I got a 2310 on the SAT, a 35 on the ACT, a 234 on the PSAT and a 770 on the Math Level 2 SAT II. I love tutoring students in algebra, because so many teachers make it seem much harder than it is. It's great to see it click with students, when they realize that they really can do this. I also work with students to fill any holes from previous classes that may be making algebra more difficult.
I got a 5 on the AP US History Exam. In college, I've focused on constitutional law, and received As in three terms of focused con laws studies under Dr. Morgan Kousser. Dr. Kousser is one of the foremost experts on voting rights law in the US and has served as an expert witness in several Supreme Court cases (Garza v. County of Los Angeles, United States v. Memphis, Shaw v. Hunt, Cano v. Davis, Perry v. Perez). I've also done independent study under Dr. Kousser's direction.
I got a 5 on the AP Biology exam, am conversant in molecular biology, and have taken an advanced genetics course at Caltech.
Calculus doesn't have to be hard! Many students are frightened of calculus, but it can be simple, logical, and even fun. I enjoy seeing calculus "click" for students. I took AP Calculus BC when I was 13, and got the maximum score on the AP exam not long after I turned 14. I also took differential equations and linear algebra in high school, and have since taken more rigorous proof-based calculus, multivariable calculus, linear algebra and differential equations at what the Times Higher Education Supplement ranks at the best university in the world.
I have been using Excel for 10 years, including for business applications while employed by a medical company.
If I wasn't a physicist, I'd be a historian. I will write a thesis on the cultural interactions between Muslims and Christians in the early Crusades, and have a minor in medieval history. I have taken courses in knighthood, the Crusades, and the medieval church. Outside of this focus, I have done substantial reading (and traveling) and am happy to teach nearly any period of European history.
I've been using computers for 20 years. I was a full-time Windows user for about 15 of those; I've been a Mac user for about 5; I've also used most popular distributions of Linux at various points. I can use any and all MS Office programs, and I've programmed in Java, C++, Python, Fortran, Basic, etc. I've done web design and designed marketing materials in Adobe Illustrator.
I got a 5 on the AP Physics B exam, and over 750 on the SAT II Physics exam. I got A's in all intro physics classes in college. I now work as a neutrino physicist, and am a physics major at a university consistently rated in the top five in the world for physics. I have previously done physics research for Stanford, Caltech, and UCSD. I am currently working on a paper on cosmological limits for sterile neutrinos with Dr. George Fuller (UCSD), Dr. Christian Ott (Caltech), and Evan Grohs (UCSD), as well as working on a electron neutrino flux study for MINERvA at FNAL.
I'm a physicist; I give Powerpoint presentations every time I want to present data. I certainly have experience in creating good Powerpoint presentations vs. awful ones.
I am a voracious reader. I read between 1 and 20 books a week, and average >50 books a year. (Before college, I averaged more like 500 books per year.) My personal collection is around ~2000 books.
Simply put, I'm an astrophysicist. I've taken graduate level courses in stars and the interstellar medium. I am working on a paper in cosmology. I could (if I chose) graduate with an astrophysics degree instead of a physics degree. US News and World Report ranks my university as second in the country in astrophysics. I am currently doing research under the direction of the UCSD director of astrophysics and space sciences.
For a start, I've been to 43 states and 21 countries, which helps. I got a 98 in World Geography in high school and competed in the state-level National Geographic Geography bee.
I competed for 3 years in high school computer science competitions. I was a member of a state champion team in a Java-based robotics competition. I got a 5 on AP Computer Science A exam. I also used Java for data analysis while employed by Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
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I got a 5 on the AP US Government and Politics exam. In college, I've focused on constitutional law, and received As in three terms of focused con laws studies under Dr. Morgan Kousser. Dr. Kousser is one of the foremost experts on voting rights law in the US and has served as an expert witness in several Supreme Court cases (Garza v. County of Los Angeles, United States v. Memphis, Shaw v. Hunt, Cano v. Davis, Perry v. Perez). I've also done independent study under Dr. Kousser's direction. I also follow international politics, and am an avid fan of The Economist. I read Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs.
I built my first webpage at 13. I've been building increasingly complicated websites since then.
I got a 720 on the SAT math, and a 770 on the SAT II Math Level 2.
I got a 5 on the AP English Literature exam, a 790 on the SAT writing, and 800 on the SAT reading. I read voraciously -- at least two books a month, often more like two books a week (or more). The total number of books I've read in my lifetime is well over 10,000 at this point. My tastes run to literary fiction and SF/F, so I've read a fair selection of the "classics" (and will happily read more along with my students).
I got a 5 on the AP World History exam and the AP Art History exam. In college, my studies have focused on medieval Europe, and I have taken a number of courses on knighthood, the medieval church, and the Crusades. I have also studied the history of science in college. I am a history minor.
I got an 800 on the SAT reading.
I got a 790 on the SAT writing.
I took Geology 1 from Dr. Brian Wernicke at the California Institute of Technology. Caltech is regarded as the best geology program in the world, and Dr. Wernicke is one of the highest cited researchers in the geosciences (according to the Institute for Scientific Information). The course covered "an introduction to the ideas and approaches of earth and planetary sciences, including both the special challenges and viewpoints of these kinds of science as well as the ways in which basic physics, chemistry, and biology relate to them. The lectures and topics cover such issues as solid earth structure and evolution, plate tectonics, oceans and atmospheres, climate change, and the relationship between geological and biological evolution".
Art history is often approached as something very different than "regular" history. It is not - art is shaped by the conditions in which it is created. Understanding those conditions can only enhance one's appreciation of art. Furthermore, it's not possible to truly understand a period of history without examining the forms of creative expression of the time. Could one really understand 2014 without talking about books, music, television, and movies? Paintings and statues may seem dull to the modern viewer, but in the past, they were a very significant form of creative expression. Since art history is a melding of two fields (art and history), my approach melds the two - I'm happy to teach art-focused students about the context in which art was created, and show history-focused students just how beautiful some of the works of man can be. I received the maximum score (a 5) on the AP Art History exam. I have attended any number of public or members-only art history lectures and tours at various museums throughout the world, including the Louve (Paris), the Hermitage (St. Petersberg), the Uffizi Gallery (Florence), the National Gallery (London), the National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.), and many others. I am a current member of the Art Institute of Chicago.
I got a 234 on the PSAT, and was selected as a National Merit Finalist.
I got a 36 on ACT English (as well as an 800 on the SAT Reading). The ACT is not looking for broad knowledge; rather, they are looking for specific skills. If you learn the kind of questions the test is likely to ask, it's not hard to score well. I can teach you how to ace the exam.
I took Math 3319 Differential Equations and Linear Algebra at University of Texas at Arlington, as well as Ma 2a and ACM 95abc at the California Institute of Technology. I can tutor both ordinary and partial differential equations.
I worked in C++ while working at Fermilab for neutrino beam analysis.
I did three years of computer science competitions in high school, won a state championship in robotics, and got a 5 on the AP Computer Science A exam. I have experience in Java, C++, Python, and Fortran. I program for a living for my work at Fermilab.
I competed in computer science competitions for three years during high school, and won a state championship in robotics. I got a 5 on the AP Computer Science exam. I have done significant coding in the course of my work on physics research for Stanford University, Caltech, UCSD, and Fermilab. I am conversant in C++, Java, Python, and Fortran. I have also taken CS 2 at the California Institute of Technology, which covers "data structures, including lists, trees, and graphs; implementation and performance analysis of common algorithms; algorithm design principles, in particular recursion and dynamic programming; concurrency and network programming; basic numerical computation methods. Heavy emphasis is placed on the use of compiled languages and development tools, including source control and debugging." Through independent study, I have covered the material from CS 4, which includes "the conceptual background necessary to construct and analyze programs, which includes specifying computations, understanding evaluation models, and using major programming language constructs (functions and procedures, conditionals, recursion and looping, scoping and environments, compound data, side effects, higher-order functions and functional programming, and object-oriented programming). The course emphasizes key issues that arise in programming and in computation in general, including time and space complexity, choice of data representation, and abstraction management."
I improved and refined a simulation of Big Bang nucleosynthesis written in Fortran 77, publication pending.
I got a 5 on the AP Biology exam. In college, I took Bi 122 (Genetics) at the California Institute of Technology under Dr. Bruce Hay. It covers the basics of genetics, and requires background knowledge equivalent to two terms of molecular biology. The textbook used is Introduction to Genetic Analysis, 9th Ed. by Griffiths.
I took Math 3319, Differential Equations and Linear Algebra at University of Texas at Arlington, got an A. I also took Math 2b at California Institute of Technology, which is a "comprehensive presentation of linear algebra".
I use Scientific Linux on a daily basis as a physicist. I've run Ubuntu and Linux Mint on my main machine, and DSL Linux off a flash drive as a portable machine. I run a server on Raspbian, and have used Arch Linux.
I've been a Mac user for five years. I can use (and teach) all stock Macintosh programs, as well as basic usage of Xcode. I've run both a Hackintosh and a stock Macintosh, and can debug issues.
I've been a Windows user for two decades. I have experience in Java, C++, Python, and Fortran. I program for a living for my work at Fermilab.
I grew up in Texas, and therefore took (and achieved distinction) on every level of the TAKS test.
I have used a variety of UNIX-based systems, including various popular Linux distributions, such as Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Debian, and Arch Linux. I use Scientific Linux on a daily basis for my day job as a neutrino physicist.
In high school, I got a 5 on the AP US History Exam and the AP US Government and Politics exam. In college, I've worked under Dr. Morgan Kousser. Dr. Kousser is one of the foremost experts on voting rights law in the US and has served as an expert witness in several Supreme Court cases (Garza v. County of Los Angeles, United States v. Memphis, Shaw v. Hunt, Cano v. Davis, Perry v. Perez). As his resume might indicate, he focuses on the policy consequences of law and thus, is more of a political scientist than a law professor. I got an A in his constitutional law series, which is near-identical to the course he taught at Harvard Law School. I've also done independent study under Dr. Kousser. I took PS 12 "Introduction to Political Science" from Peter Ordeshook, who is a fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has written influential books on elections and game theory. I also took Law 33 from Dr. Edward McCaffery, which is "an introduction to Anglo-American law from both the legal and the social-scientific points of view". Despite the course name, this focuses significantly on policy choices and the economic implications of such. Outside of schoolwork, I care deeply about science policy, and have been to many lectures focusing on science, scientists, and politics. I've been to Washington DC on a policy trip, including meeting the director of the Office of Science at the Department of Energy (a former provost of Caltech). I also visited India on a trip sponsored by the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhingar that focused on Indian-American collaboration on science, and the policy implications/consequences of that.