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, ... [more]
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.
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.
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.
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.