Philosophy & Approach —
Many people agree that chemistry, mathematics, and physics are among the most challenging (and worrisome) subjects taken in school, at any grade level. When students encounter these subjects for the first time, they are often shocked at how quickly they are expected to apply the complicated concepts that they learned in class to their homework and exams. Furthermore, it is not uncommon for the problems on an exam to look so unfamiliar to the student, despite having read and understood the text cover-to-cover! What’s the secret to mastering these applied sciences?
The Language of Math and Science
There is little difference between how we learn math or science and how we learn a new language. One traditional approach that language teachers employ is basic repetition — months and months dedicated to going over various rules and exercises, until it is committed to memory. This is also the case for Math and Science. Since efficiency is key, and there is usually only one correct answer to a given problem, your proficiency depends on your willingness to comb through both the fundamentals and nuances of a math or science course until it becomes second nature, just like speaking in your native tongue. I motivate my students to devote themselves to practicing the language of the problems.
Hard Work Will Pay Off, Even if You Start Off Slow
Putting in the work for these classes is like walking through a dark tunnel: at some point your eyes will adjust and the answer will appear in the distance. However, you must keep moving forward. Although it may take a leap of faith in the beginning, I give each student the confidence to stick with the subject he or she is perusing to put them on the path to success.