I am a physics major and computer science. I am currently a junior. Since I was a kid, I’ve wanted to be a physicist. That dream has not changed. My goals are to graduate from Westminster with my bachelor of science in physics and then go to grad school to get a PhD in physics with an emphasis on astronomy and astrophysics. The classes I’ve taken at Westminster have all been amazing for getting me closer to realizing that dream. I plan to use my computer science knowledge I’ve gained to automate the data collection and processing of my observational astronomy so that I can collect massive amounts of data and analyze it quickly.
Through all the classes I’ve taken, I’ve left with something I can put to work in my career. This is the reason I want to tutor students in these very same classes. I want to not only be able to give them the resources they need to succeed, but I want to learn from them as well. Engaging with different students from different backgrounds and with different perspectives will allow me to further increase the amount of tools I have at my disposal when it comes to being a successful physicist. I believe I have many skills and experiences which would allow me to excel in the tutoring role.
In high school, I tutored students in Algebra 2. I was the only tutor for it, and I had anywhere from 1–10 students depending on the day. Here, I learned how to talk to students in a way that made them feel comfortable asking questions. I found that this was the most important part of tutoring. If a student doesn’t feel comfortable, they won’t want to ask the questions they need answers to.
I feel very comfortable with my knowledge of physics, math, and computer science. In all of these classes, I felt a firm understanding of the subject material. Specifically, for computer science, I feel as though I could tutor any of the languages used thus far, be it Java, Python, C, C#, or assembly language. Although, if I’m being honest, I’m likely not the best resource for assembly programming help.
I feel that my people skills are sufficient to convey the learning material in such a way that it is easiest for each individual student to absorb best. Every student learns differently. I feel that I will be able to recognize these differences and adapt my tutoring accordingly.
Courses Tutored: MATH 201, MATH 202, CMPT 201, CMPT 202, PHYS 211, PHYS 212