My name is Tyler and I love tutoring all types of math and physics from the elementary
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school level up to the undergraduate level. As a kid, I was not always good at math. I was often
in the lowest available math class for my age and struggled to even pass. I feared making
mistakes, I didn't find math useful, and consequently, I quickly fell behind. As a tutor I believe
in creating an environment where students aren't afraid to mess up, because even the mistakes
help us learn. I also make an effort to apply mathematical concepts to each students passion to
make lessons seem relevant and worth committing to memory.
When I was 16 years old, I discovered my passion for physics through an article in a
magazine about sub-atomic particles. I wasn't going anywhere in my high school environment at
the time, and my newfound passion outweighed my desire to be around my peers, so I dropped
out of high school and instead enrolled in my local community college. In one year, I went from
getting a C in algebra 2, to getting an A in college level trigonometry, all four calculus classes,
differential equations, and linear algebra. At age 17, the college hired me as a math tutor
qualified to tutor every class. At the Clackamas Community College math lab, I tutored an
extremely diverse pool of students in terms of ability levels and learning styles.
After finishing up at CCC when I was 18, I began attending the University of Arizona.
Three years later, I graduated suma cum laude with my B.S. in mathematics and with honors in
physics. At the university, I worked for two years in an ultrafast laser lab studying electron
dynamics in atoms. I began working here the summer after my first year, and was humbled by
the genius professors and grad students who ran the lab. Horribly intimidated, I managed to
persevere and show up to the lab for my preliminary research each day. Beginning small, I was first tasked to measure the width of a laser beam using the knife edge method. To complete this
experiment, I had to learn how to program micrometers, CCD cameras, and then process the data
using the theory of gaussian optics to find the answer. As simple as the experiment was, there
was a lot to learn and it took me the whole summer to get everything running. Continuing my
work in the lab the following semester, I was tasked to create several visual Matlab programs to
demonstrate optical concepts in the lab for incoming freshmen. Breaking these abstract formulas
down helped me grasp the innerworkings of the lab and gave the professor confidence to let me
take on a huge project for my honors thesis: Building a titanium sapphire laser amplifier. The
details of this project are vast and if you're interested, you can check out the video I made
explaining it all here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t-wQtPvrxw&t=646s
All of my experience may seem intimidating, but I assure you, I am not at all a gifted
mathematician. My hard work was driven by my passion, and through perseverance, I was able
to succeed. I would like to help students with math by not only providing technical guidance, but
by also developing a positive mindset to assist the drive to learn.
I charge $48 per session.
I tutor students in math and physics from the elementary to college level. I have been tutoring for
a total of four years, and have applied my knowledge to real world problems in an ultrafast laser
lab. I graduated with a 4.0 GPA and honors in mathematics at the University of Arizona. I am
now located in Oregon City and drive myself to tutoring sessions. I am extremely accepting of
all abilities and love to work with passionate hardworking students.