I have 15+ yrs. of classroom experience, including a charter public H.S. in NC, Middle Schools in IL, and bilingual schools in Haiti and the DR., primarily teaching Science and Math. Although my BS is in Civil Engineering, I always loved being in the classroom and with young people. I have been tutoring students in the SAT for several years now, for my children, friends, and several tutoring organizations. Generally my students were able to raise their score 10-20% in one to two months of me... [more]
Physics is the breaking down of real-world problems into pieces in which we can understand motion, energy, power, force, current, etc. The key to success in physics is mental hygiene, not talent. We need to make simple drawings that show the nature of the question, and use numbers and units in a way that they remind us if we are straying from the shortest path. Solving one problem in three ways, e.g., graphically, by equations, and by derivation from simpler concepts, gives us a robust grasp of the nature of the concept. Relating all bookish concepts like "acceleration", or "gravity" to realities like "at what angle would I throw a baseball in order for it to travel the longest distance?" makes physics more tangible to the average person. basketball is therefore a sport for advanced physicists to work on the best possible trajectories.
I earned a 33 in both math and science on the ACT (in High School) which was 99th percentile in the state and the US. But when I began teaching others who struggled in math and science, I was humbled by the challenge... After several years of studying and coaching the SAT, I realized that every skill and aptitude tested by the SAT is coachable--none requires outrageous talent. For example, the math never goes above simple algebra. The principle challenge is to know what skills will be required, and have strategies for problem solving and more importantly, time management. A system of linear equations can be solved at least three ways. If you know all three, you have a full toolkit as far as seeing which path is quickest to an answer. But knowing how to pull the right tool out of the bag is the key to solving it in 30 seconds instead of 5 minutes. The SAT is really about time-management, confidence, and simple endurance. I can coach you to become an SAT athlete with not only skills, but also the reps to finish in accord with your goals.
I earned a 33 in both math and science on the ACT (in High School) which was 99th percentile in the state and the US. But when I began teaching others who struggled in math and science, I was humbled by the challenge... Every skill and aptitude tested by the ACT is coachable, but not necessarily encountered in math class. The ACT does not test math capacity only, but creative thinking and problem solving, choosing strategies wisely, and most of all, time management and efficiency. As a coach of many sports as well as subjects, my focus is directing your practice so that you put your mind in "excellent condition" so that the ACT becomes a natural and simple part of daily practice, rather than a stress and fear-filled leap from a precipice.
The key to engineering success is consistent and robust process in problem solving--breaking down complex problems to simple steps, and taking the simplest possible route, communicating with symbols, drawings, and numbers, so we don't confuse ourselves or our evaluators. I have been tutoring university students in Civil Engineering hundreds of hours with 5/5 ratings. I was repeatedly Dean's List at University of IL. college of Civil Engineering, and worked two years for the USGS doing water-quality monitoring and data collection, then a year at two consulting firms. I spent six years developing my own contracting business into a city contractor and engineering design consultancy.