Each month our team of mentors nominates a “Tutor.com Tutor of the Month”. We are pleased to introduce the August Tutor of the Month, Daniel B!
From interests in physics and earth science to astronomy and astrophotography, Daniel is a science buff. And after joining the Tutor.com team in March of last year he has been able to share his knowledge with students logging on needing help in the sciences. With many education discussions focusing on the importance of STEM in today’s schools, we are proud to be working with Daniel who not only understands the importance of those fields, but excels at them on his own.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a full time physics student. I began to tutor in March of this year, after one of my friends who studies with me told me about Tutor.com. My subjects are physics and earth science.
What is your favorite part of tutoring?
When I realize that the student just understood the problem and knows how to get the answer.
Do you think a 1-to-1 connection is important to learning?
Yes, it is very important because it allows the tutor to take the pulse of learning and gives the student the confidence to ask and solve his concerns.
Why do you tutor with Tutor.com? What makes you stay?
The freedom. I love knowing that I can choose the time that I can dedicate to tutoring. It adapts to my activities and lets me relax when I work and enjoy the sessions I give.
What’s one thing you think every student should do in order to become a better student?
As for the Physics problems two things are important: physics and mathematics, as you have to deal with both. Physics is solved by writing the equations in the right way according to the problem; for this subject it is always useful to draw the problem. Then the math part comes in to solve equations and find the answers. To write the equations adequately requires a strong comprehension of the physics concepts implied; one acquires this comprehension by studying. To solve equations to find the answer requires experience with math, and one can only gain experience by practicing. So study and practice.
What’s your best homework or study tip?
To understand a concept an example is always useful. I read all of the examples that I can and sometimes I look for more than the ones in the text book.
What’s your favorite book? Movie?
I have many favorite movies but my favorite book will always be “The Little Prince”.
What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy astronomy a lot! I enjoy observing through the telescope. I’m really a beginner but I am planning to venture into astrophotography soon.