Tutors Profiles - Spring 2015

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Graduated (Master's Degree)
Currently Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus

    Mogi received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University at the age of 19 and received her M.S. in Chemical & Biological Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  At Purdue, she was employed as a Calculus and Chemistry tutor by the university's Minority Engineering Program.  She also worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant for the Chemical Engineering Calculations course (equivalent to CU's Chemical Engineering Materials & Energy Balances course) and for the Design of Staged Separation Processes course.  As a graduate student at CU, she worked as an advanced graduate teaching assistant for the Chemical Engineering Kinetics course. 

  In the Fall of 2009, Mogi left CU's PhD program and founded the BuffTutor Network. Since then, she has tutored hundreds of students in Math, Chemistry and Physics.  As a full-time tutor, Mogi is able to devote all of her time to addressing her students' academic needs, and as the director of the BuffTutor Network, she works tirelessly to assist hundreds of other students find the best tutors in the Boulder area.

Graduate Student
Currently Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus, University Hill

Adam is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a BS in physics. His teaching career reaches back to high school as he began tutoring courses ranging from Algebra to Pre-calculus. During his undergraduate time he began to realize the effectiveness of student TAs and the value of peer teaching. In junior year he became an undergraduate teaching assistant for Physics II for two semesters leading to a job as an undergrad TA for Quantum Physics I and Electromagnetic Theory in his senior year. Concurrently he conducted research for the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment requiring the knowledge of multiple computer languages and analysis techniques.  Now he is a 1st year graduate student in the physics department teaching recitations for PHYS 1120.

Graduate Student
No Longer Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus

Anders graduated with honors in June 2014 with his B.S. in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering concentration, and is currently pursuing his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering. He has had experience as a tutor since his first year in high school, tutoring subjects such as Math and History for all four years, and later was also and Math and Physics tutor the junior and senior years of his undergraduate program. Having been a tutor for such a long time, he has had the opportunity to see many different learning styles, and enjoys being able to help people understand the areas of math and science.

Undergraduate Student
No Longer Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus, University Hill

Ariana is a senior Iphy major at CU Boulder. She has tutored students for over six years and was a TA for general chemistry and organic chemistry at Scripps College in California. She excels at helping students learn study tactics for memorization-heavy biology classes and at teaching the problem-solving necessary for succeding in chemistry.

Graduated (Bachelor's Degree)
Currently Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus, University Hill, Downtown Boulder, North Boulder, South Boulder, East Boulder

Ari graduated with a BS in Environmental Engineering from CU Boulder. She was employed as a Statics and Structures TA during her undergrad and is now a High School Statistics teacher. She has worked tutoring individuals and mall groups in Math and Chemistry, and has taken STEM education courses to be a more effective tutor.  

Graduate Student
Currently Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus

Aroob was training for three years to be a math and chemistry high school teacher before she decided she wanted to do research first and joined the PhD program at CU Boulder. During those three years, she had to attend pedagogical seminars monthly (at least) to teach her how to teach science and math to those that struggled with it, and how to make abstract concepts more universally understood. She also was part of the EFE (Early Field Experience) program that placed her in a high school chemistry class, and a middle school Algebra class, each for 1 semester. In those semesters, she observed some of the best teachers in the Fresno Unified School District teach, and she herself was responsible in teaching at least one lesson in each semester, with feedback from her students. Aroob was also a TA for GenChem 1 in Fall 2014. She enjoyed having her own classes for a semester and helping them succeed. She is teaching again in Spring 2015.

Aroob has informally tutored many of her friends in almost every STEM subject she has taken, as she did pretty well in those subjects, earning A's (in some cases, the top score or second best- she is competitive). She has also formally tutored a student for 6 years in Arabic and Math, following her from middle school to high school. Besides that, she was a Sunday School teacher for 6 years, she has helped lead programs to introduce math and science to thousands of elementary and middle school kids in the San Joaquin Valley via programs called Circuit Science and Stellar Science, and she overall loves to teach, and enjoys it very much when people learn, and will do everything in her power to get the student that far. 

Graduated (PhD)
Currently Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus, University Hill, Downtown Boulder, North Boulder, South Boulder, East Boulder
Longmont, Louisville, Superior

Art is a retired Physics Professor, having taught for 4 decades at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Art stressed fundamentals and critical thinking and will do the same as your tutor. Art has many practice Quizzes and tests to help students become better students and to build confidence. Students can check out his previous student evaluations at the RateMyProfessor web site.  Search for Braundmeier, at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Graduated (Bachelor's Degree)
No Longer Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus

Brian is a physics student at the University of Colorado Boulder. He has several years of experience tutoring students of all levels, and has tutored college algebra, calculus 1, calculus 2, calculus 3, linear algebra, differential equations, and physics 1 & 2. One of Brian's greatest attributes is his ability to take conceptually difficult problems and relate them to everyday intuitive examples, making understanding of the subject matter very simple.

Undergraduate Student
No Longer Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus

Bryan is a senior, graduating in May 2015 with a degree in Applied Mathematics. Bryan has acheived a B+ or better in all classes he is avialable to tutor in, and has had past experience being an LA (learning assistant) for calculus 1, 2 and 3 workgroups. Bryan is a tutor who understands that people learn in different ways, and is commited to helping each and every student take away the most that they can from their courses.

Graduate Student
Currently Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus, University Hill, Downtown Boulder

Bryony graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA degree in Spanish in 2011, and is now a Graduate student in the Linguistics program at Boulder. In 2010, she studied at Cemanahuac Educational Community in Cuernavaca, Mexico, with a focus on Spanish grammar. During her senior year of undergraduate work, she tutored college students in three languages, with a focus on Spanish. Since graduation she has kept up her tutoring practice with students of all levels of Spanish grammar.

Graduate Student
Currently Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus

Catherine is a graduate student at CU Boulder in the Aerospace Engineering department. She graduated from Grinnell College a year and a half ago with a degree in physics, receieving the Grinnell College physics department award for excelling in academics, research, and community involvement. As an undergraduate she tutored Calculus I and II for a year and a half, and graded problem sets for two years for the Grinnell College physics department. She also worked as a T.A. for the Modern Physics Lab, Introduction to Electromagnetism Lab, and Introduction to Mechanics. Before coming to CU, Catherine worked at Williams College the past year as a lab instructor for all of Williams' lower level physics labs. Catherine is friendly, open, and committed to helping students learn. She wants the students she works with to feel respected, relaxed, and comfortable asking questions.

Graduate Student
No Longer Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus

Catherine is a 4th year PhD student at CU Boulder researching ultracold atomic physics. She received her B.S. in physics with a minor in mathematics from the University of Arizona, and received her MS in physics from the University of Colorado in spring 2014. Her research has resulted in several publications in scientific journals as well as presentations both across the country and internationally.

Catherine has experience in tutoring, assistive teaching (TA), and mentoring undergraduate physics research. She looks forward to working with eager students in both physics and math through BuffTutor. Her teaching strengths include finding many approaches to solve one problem - and finding which approach works best for the student.

Graduated (Master's Degree)
Currently Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus, University Hill, Downtown Boulder, North Boulder, South Boulder, East Boulder
Louisville, Superior

Charlie is a May 2014 graduate of CU Boulder's Asian Languages MA in Japanese. After three years of working as a TA for Japanese language courses at CU, Charlie is applying to PhD programs in North America and Japan this next year in order to achieve the super-epic-dream-job of teaching Japanese language and civilizations classes at a university.

Graduated (Bachelor's Degree)
Currently Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus, University Hill, Downtown Boulder, North Boulder, South Boulder, East Boulder
Broomfield, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, Superior

Chris is an accomplished graduate student with 2 peer reviewed research publications and a 3.9 graduate GPA. He has 4 semesters of teaching experiance in both Human Anatomy Lab and Human Physiology Lab. He consistently receives high marks on his FCQs, 5.9 out of 6.0 for TA overall and 6.0 out of 6.0 for TA's knowledge of the subject. In addition, his sections perform very well compared to other sections in the course, 1st and 3rd on the most recent Muscles Practial (Human Anatomy Lab) out of 24 sections. 

Graduated (Bachelor's Degree)
Currently Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus, Downtown Boulder, South Boulder

Christina graduated at the top of her class in 2012 with a B.S. in Systems Engineering and 2 minors in Mathematics and Statistics.  Her teaching background includes 2 years as a Supplemental Instructor in Physics I, Physics II, and Calculus III and more than 7 years of personal tutoring experience.  She has been recognized by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s College of Science and Mathematics, College of Engineering and Information Technology, and Children’s International for her outstanding tutoring ability and devotion to helping others regain confidence in themselves and their schoolwork.

Graduate Student
Currently Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus, University Hill, Downtown Boulder, North Boulder, South Boulder, East Boulder
Denver, Broomfield, Eerie, Lafayette, Louisville, Superior, Westminster

Christopher is a recent graduate of CU Boulder and is currently a first year medical student at CU Denver.  He graduated in the Spring of 2014 with a bachelors in Neuroscience and minors in Germanic Studies and Philosophy.  He has been privately tutoring for over 3 years, and has been a tutor for the Student Acadmic Success Center on campus since Summer of 2013.  He has extensive experience tutoring the Natural Sciences, especially Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Neuroscience.  In addition, he has tutored subjects in Philosophy such as Logic.  He has taken all of these courses at CU at has first-hand knowledge of the professors and the structure of their courses.  He truly enjoys working with students and helping them succeed.

Graduated (PhD)
Currently Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus, Downtown Boulder, East Boulder
Lafayette, Louisville

Crystal graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelors of Science in Molecular Biology in 2008. After graduating, she entered into the doctoral program at the University of Colorado, Boulder in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology where she studied skeletal muscle stem cells. Crystal recently received her Ph.D. in December, 2014.

As a graduate student, Crystal worked as a TA for the Fundamentals of Human Genetics and Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology courses. Additional, Crystal has instructed students in biological concepts and experimental techniques in a laboratory setting. Crystal tailors her tutoring to students' individual learning styles to promote understanding of core concepts, not just memorization of facts. 

Graduated (Bachelor's Degree)
Currently Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus, University Hill, Downtown Boulder, North Boulder, South Boulder, East Boulder
Louisville, Superior

Dakota has been studying the Spanish language for seven years and counting. She began her study in high school, and continued through college, majoring in Spanish Language and Literature. In completing four years of intensive Spanish study in college with grammar, conversation, and literature courses she is extreamly well versed in reading, writing and conversing in Spanish. Although she did not study abroad, she went on a three week trip with the Volunteer Resource Center at CU to Nicaragua and was the only student who spoke Spanish. As a result, in her home stay she translated for a week and a half between her housemates, CU students, and the host family, Nicaraguans. Additionally, Dakota used her Spanish daily while working a previous job at a gym, and handeled all matters with anyone who spoke Spanish. 

Currently, she works at the Public Defenders office in Boulder, and handels matters with any spanish speaking client, in person or on the phone. She informaly helps translate communication between attorneys and cleints and provides any necessary or needed information to cleints or potential cleints. 

Graduate Student
Currently Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus, University Hill, Downtown Boulder

Dan graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Physics and Cognitive Science with a concentration in Neuroscience; he is now a graduate student in CU Boulder's Physics department. His recent experiences teaching for the physics department have helped Dan discover a passion for education.

Dan is a great believer in the "Feynman criterion for understanding": if you really understand something, you should be able to explain it to anyone. He has used this as a guide in his own studies, leaving him with a knack for thinking up new analogies and ways of explaining things. Dan found this skill invaluable in his year as a TA for Phys 2010 and 2020, allowing him to make difficult concepts approachable to students with different ways of thinking.

Dan has also developed a library of test-taking skills, tested and proven consistently over his academic career (including achieving the highest possible score on the physics subject GRE).  Dan feels that many students in math and physics are held back by an unfamiliarity with the way these subjects are tested, and is well-prepared to teach this often-neglected aspect of math and science education.

Guiding students through labs and working in the Physics Help Room gave him a great deal of experience working with students one-on-one and in small groups. This experience developed his firm belief that anyone can learn math and science if the material is shown to them in a way that fits their way of thinking. Dan hopes that, through tutoring, he can share some of his own enthusiasm and help students understand and appreciate the concepts that he finds so exciting.

Graduate Student
Currently Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus
Broomfield

Daniel obtained his B.A. in Chemistry with an emphasis in Mathematics and Engineering at New Mexico State University in 2012 and  is currently pursuing a Masters in Chemical Engineering.  As an undergraduate, he was employed for four years at Dona Ana Community College (a local branch of New Mexico State) as a tutor in Math (developmental to Calculus 3), Chemistry, Physics, and backup English where he received Tutor of the Year.  In addition to these subjects, he has a background in Spanish, Music Theory, Beginning Piano, Creative Writing, and Theatre (character/script analyis and performance technique).  Daniel graduated with high honors with a 3.989 GPA and received the Outstanding Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Award as a result of his scholastic and leadership achievements. 

Graduate Student
Currently Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus, South Boulder, East Boulder

Dan attended University of California, Berkeley as an undergraduate, graduating with high honors with a B.A. in physics in 2011. He is a fourth-year graduate student at CU in the physics department, earning an M.S. in physics in 2014 and currently working towards a Ph.D. His research involves developing infrared lasers to detect greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Dan has TAed two sections of PHYS 2010, graded for PHYS 3310, and has taught classes at an academic enrichment summer camp in electricity and engineering for elementary and middle school students.

Dan is passionate about all areas of physics and enjoys solving problems, and strives to develop a strong problem-solving intuition in his students. Dan feels that physics is not about memorization, but rather an understanding of the principles involved in a problem, and applying those principles in a strategic manner to find the solution.

Graduate Student
No Longer Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus

Drew is a recent Applied Physics graduate of the Class of 2014 from the State University of New York at Geneseo. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and was initiated into the National Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society. He was also nominated to be a Presidential Scholar of the university.

During his time at Geneseo, Drew was a particle accelerator operator for 2 years and was a part of several applied nuclear physics research groups in collaboration with the National Ignition Facility with the goal of facilitating the use of nuclear fusion reactions as feasible energy sources. He also was a physics lab instructor and physics tutor for 2 years, and was the recipient of the Geneseo Physics Alumni Scholarship, an award given to the junior or senior with the highest overall physics GPA. He also received several awards and scholarships for his undergraduate research work on applied nuclear physics.

Drew is now pursuing his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences with a focus in Systems and Controls at CU Boulder. His research is concerned with the use of robotic drones to perform tasks that are typically too dangerous for humans to perform.

Drew is extremely passionate about math, science and engineering and truly enjoys tutoring students in these areas. 

Graduated (Bachelor's Degree)
Currently Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus, University Hill, Downtown Boulder, North Boulder, South Boulder, East Boulder
Broomfield, Longmont, Louisville, Westminster

Eric graduated from University of Colorado-Boulder in May 2014 with Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude in Physics with a second major in English. Since graduation, Eric works for the Physics Education Research Group at JILA and helps run and organize Partnerships for Informal Science Education in the Community, a inquiry-based physics education program that focuses on espousing scientific principles throughout the community and making physics and physicists more accessible to elementary and middle school students. He also conducts Physics Education Research. In undergraduate, Eric earned his honors designation in the Dessau lab in experimental Condensed Matter Physics. Additionally Eric works for Varsity Tutors, tutoring primarily elementary school thru high school students. He is well-versed in a wide array of subjects, primarily in Physics, Math, and English.

At CU-Boulder, Eric's dualistic double major provided him with interaction with many different walks of life as well as learning and teaching styles, in both primarily objective and primarily subjective fields. As such, he is extremely well-equipped to tutor students whose academic focus or optimal learning style does not necessarily align best with the subject at hand. Eric is also happy to tutor for the Physics GRE, a test that budding physicists are required to take that is very unlike any physics test required throughout college, and he has created extensive resources for this test in his own studies. 

Graduated (PhD)
Currently Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus, University Hill, Downtown Boulder, North Boulder
Eerie, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville

Gina is currently a postdoctoral fellow conducting research on the impact of the pine beetle outbreak on water quality in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. She obtained her PhD in Chemistry from Old Dominion University, VA in 2011. Her PhD research involved investigating the organic nitrogen molecular character and reactivity in lake sediments using a variety of advanced analytical techniques. In 2006 she obtained her undergraduate Masters MChem from the University of Sheffield, UK (Instead of a bacholars). As a result of her research, Gina has published several papers in scientific journals.

During her PhD she was a TA for Chemistry for non majors in which she was responsible for teaching a 1 hour recitation and laboratory, including all grading. She has also taught as a guest lecturer an undergraduate/graduate course in environmental soil chemistry for the last 3 years. She is also the organiser of a summer soils science institute in which she is responsible for designing experiments and teaching students from a wide range of disciplines and levels chemical laboratory techniques. During both her PhD and postdoc she has been a mentor to both undergraduate and graduate students, in which she taught key skills, helped in solving problems and assigned work when applicable.

Gina is an expert in many analytical techniques, environmental chemistry and organic geochemistry. She seeks to use her extensive chemical background to help students in understanding difficult aspects of their chemical courses. 

Undergraduate Student
No Longer Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus, University Hill, Downtown Boulder, North Boulder, South Boulder, East Boulder

Jameson is a Senior Math major at CU. His experience includes being a Learning Assistant in Calculus I in the Fall of 2012 and over a year tutoring with the Buff Tutor program, as well as helping countless other students in Math and Physics. Although his major doesn't show any reason to take Physics or Chemistry, he recently took Organic Chemistry and has taken 3 courses beyond entry level Physics. He understands that sometimes the best person to teach the material is a student who just went through the course. Still an undergrad, Jameson recognizes that this is a great opportunity to help his fellow students in a way that graduate students and professors wouldn't be able to.

Graduated (Bachelor's Degree)
Currently Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus, University Hill, Downtown Boulder, North Boulder, South Boulder, East Boulder
Broomfield, Eerie, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, Superior, Westminster

With several years of professional writing experience within the fields of journalism, communications, and public relations, Joey has mastered the art of the written word.

After attending a journalism program in Hawaii for two years, he finished his B.A. in Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 2011. He has an all-around knack for writing, editing, and anything related to the field of communications.

Graduated (Bachelor's Degree)
Currently Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus, University Hill, Downtown Boulder, North Boulder, South Boulder, East Boulder

Jonathan graduated summa cum laude from CU Boulder with a double major in Integrative Physiology and German in 2013 (IPHY GPA 3.97). While a student at CU, he worked for 1.5 years at the Student Academic Success Center tutoring Anatomy, Physiology and Organic Chemistry. In addition, Jonathan spent a year abroad in Regensburg, Germany and currently hold the C1 certificate from the Goethe Institute. 

Graduated (Bachelor's Degree)
Currently Accepting Students
North Boulder, East Boulder

Keir has taught high school math for ten years including accelerated precalculus, trigonometry, functions, geometry, algebra, algebra 2 and algebra 3.  He has spent countless hours helping his student outside of class time.  He can easily adapt to a wide range of learning styles.  He particularly enjoys assisting students with limited confidence and/or math phobias.

Graduate Student
No Longer Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus, University Hill, Downtown Boulder, North Boulder, South Boulder, East Boulder

      Kyle completed his undergradutate education at Iowa State University, with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in Mathematics (cum. 3.84 GPA). His academic interests include astrodynamics and automatic control of spaceflight vehicles, both of which heavily involve mathematics (algebra, trigonometry, linear algebra, calculus, differential equations) and physics. He is currently pursuing a Master's degree in the Aerospace Sciences department at CU Boulder with a focus in astrodynamics and satellite navigation.

     Kyle strongly believes in learning from the bottom up, and developing simple skills as a means to break down and solve more complex problems easily. He is always looking for new opportunities to sharpen his skills and help others to succeed.

     Tutors STEM courses, primarily mathematics, physics and also a few aerospace science courses.

Graduate Student
Currently Accepting Students
CU Boulder Campus
Broomfield

Luis has 6 years of experience tutoring Math (Pre-Algebra through Calculus III and Differential Equations), Physics (mechanics), and lower-level Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering courses. He was also a Teaching Assistant for an Aero/Fluids Laboratory course for 2 semesters. Luis has a Bachelor's Degree with Honors from New Mexico State University in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. He is currently a graduate student in Aerospace Engineering.


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