Hello! My name is Angelo and I am a 2nd year chemical engineering graduate student at RPI. I've tutored for over two years now and have worked with a diverse array of students in that time, ranging from peers to nontraditional students among others. Prior to attending RPI, I recently graduated with a Master's degree in chemistry from SUNY Albany. During my time there, I was selected to be a peer educator for the Center for Achievement, Retention, and Student Success (CARSS). I tutored throu... [more]
I have been a fan of American History my entire life. In high school I excelled at US history to the point where I received a 99 on the US history regents (NY state standardized test) and a 5 on the AP US history exam. As such, I feel well versed in the material to the point where I could tutor someone in the nuances of American history.
After graduating high school with a 4 on the AP Chem exam (the same year I also took AP Calc AB (4), English (4), and European History(5)), I went to SUNY Albany to study chemistry. Last year I graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry, with minors in Math and Physics, Summa Cum Laude (3.99 GPA) after three years of study. This year I graduated with a MS degree in chemistry (3.94 GPA). In addition to my high grades throughout my degree program, I have worked as a tutor for two years, tutoring organic and physical chemistry to groups of 1-10 people. Furthermore, I have worked one on one with a number of my peers, striving to teach them chemistry.
At my job, we work regularly with computers. Namely we work with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux as our operating system of choice. As such, I have much experience working with Linux, and have even worked through much of the Linux from Scratch (LFS) program. Whether it's working with yum/apt-get, or trying to kill a defunct program that won't turn off, I've seen a wide variety of what Linux can do, and have become familiar with how it works. As I am largely self taught, I know what it feels like to be first introduced to Linux, and how frustrating the learning experience can be. As such, I feel well suited to help tutor someone in Linux.
Organic chemistry is the study of carbon's chemistry, particularly in the way it bonds with itself and other molecules to create large and complex molecules. In college I received A's in Organic Chemistry 1&2 as well as in Advanced Organic Chemistry. This exposure to Organic Chemistry has left me with a strong grasp of the material. So much so that I tutored Organic Chemistry at SUNY Albany's CARSS tutoring program. When tutoring I take a problem oriented approach where I take a problem and break it down step by step until the student 'gets it'. Then I have the student explain it back to me.l, as proof that they get. As such I feel I am a capable and even accomplished Organic Chemistry tutor.
Currently I work in a computational biophysics lab and as such I am regularly working with computers and computer generated data. As such Python is my scripting language of choice in order to parse and manipulate computational data. I use Python in order to streamline my workflows and have been working with Python for a year and a half now. In one of my proudest scripts, I use information generated from GROMACS in order to perform Thermodynamic Integration. When I teach Python I am problem oriented and strive to explain how a solution or method works, often going so far as to have a student re-run a script for each change we make, so they can see how we are changing the script.