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Lessons offered by Chris
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Statistics
  • Physics - Chemistry
  • Algorithms
Levels
  • All Levels

PhD physicist gives science, math, and computer science lessons for university students in Vancouver

Methodology

Students depend on tutors as a crucial resource in their success, so I take my role as a tutor very seriously. However, I still make my lessons fun and stimulating!

My teaching is guided by three main principles.

First, I always consider the perspective of the student I'm working with. When teaching challenging concepts, I put myself in the shoes of the student, and recall the difficulties my classmates and I had when learning those same concepts.

Second, I make sure to give a high-level overview of a concept and how it fits in with the broader field of study. The purpose of this is to help students not get lost in the curriculum, and also motivate them to learn a concept (i.e. answer the common question “what is the point of learning this topic?”).

Third, I treat tutoring and teaching as a two-way street. Recent physics education research has shown that mastery and retention of physics concepts are greatly increased when students are actively engaged in their instruction.

Additionally, I am always open to feedback from students to adjust my instruction to best suit their learning style.

After incorporating the above principles into my teaching, I have found that students perform better in exams, are more involved in the classroom, exhibit less frustration and more curiosity, and overall are more satisfied with their education.

Background

I have a PhD, MSc, and BS in physics, with a minor in mathematics. I have 9+ years of experience teaching and tutoring a wide range of physics courses at the undergraduate level, ranging from first-year lecture-style courses to advanced 4th-year lab courses. I have received exemplary evaluations from both students and professors for my teaching, including multiple teaching awards.

Throughout my PhD I used a wide range of techniques and tools from chemistry, math, statistics, and computer science, so I am also comfortable with teaching these topics.

Looking forward to working with you!

Rates

Transportation Fee : $5
Rate for online lessons : $ 35/h

Details

My travel rate depends on the distance traveled and the time of day. Please ask me for details.

Lessons canceled with less than 24 hours notice will result in 50% of the lesson being charged.

Lessons offered by Chris
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Statistics
  • Physics - Chemistry
  • Algorithms
Levels
  • All Levels

Chris's Resume

EDUCATION

PhD, Physics, University of Toronto, 2013-2018
MSc, Physics, University of Toronto, 2012-2013
BS, Physics, University of Minnesota, 2007-2011

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Laboratory Demonstrator, University of Toronto, 2013-2017
• Courses taught: PHY 439 (Advanced physics laboratory) and PHY 294 (Quantum and thermal physics laboratory).
• Coached 2nd-4th year undergraduate students to obtain and present meaningful results for a variety of experiments, such as motion in fluids, thermal motion, thermal diffusivity, thermoelectricity, atomic force microscopy (AFM), x-ray fluorescence (XRF), and characterization involving various material properties.
• Taught students on how to become better experimentalists by giving general guidance that applied to any experiment (e.g. avoid treating equipment as a “black box”).
• Consistently received exemplary evaluations from students and professors, e.g. 6.7/7 for "attends to students' questions and answers them clearly and effectively."

Tutor, University of Toronto, Sep 2013-Dec 2013
• Course taught: PHY 151 (Foundations of Newtonian mechanics).
• Led a weekly one-hour discussion section.

Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto, 2012-2013
• Courses taught: PHY 131 (Intro to Newtonian mechanics) and PHY 132 (Intro to electricity, magnetism, and waves).
• Responsible for weekly two-hour sessions in an integrated lecture-laboratory environment.

Teaching Assistant, University of Minnesota, 2009-2011
• Courses taught: PHYS 1201 (Newtonian physics for biology/pre-medicine), PHYS 1301 (Newtonian physics for scientists/engineers), PHYS 1302 (Electricity and magnetism for scientists/engineers), PHYS 2601 (Quantum physics).
• Led weekly one-hour discussion and one-hour laboratory sections for science and non-science majors, held weekly office hours, wrote discussion problems, and graded homework, lab reports, and exams.
• Received a outstanding teaching assistant award, based on student and professor evaluations.

Learning Assistant, University of Minnesota, Sep 2008-Dec 2008
• Attended lectures and led discussions with a section of 20 students in PHYS 1101 (Newtonian physics for non-science students). Also graded weekly homework

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