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About Me

I'm a PhD student in Astronomy and Astrobiology at the University of Washington. I have bachelor's degrees in both physics and applied mathematics, with a minor in computer science from Boise State University. I've been involved in tutoring and academic assistance since 2013. If you need help in Astronomy, Physics, or Mathematics, please contact me to set up a tutoring session!

Below you'll find lists of specific courses that I feel comfortable tutoring students in. I'm also able to tutor similar courses offered at other institutions, as well as high school math and physics.

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I'm happy to set up a recurring session, or to tutor you on an as-needed basis.

For inquiries, contact me at tagordon@uw.edu

Tutoring Philosophy

We all know that math and science concepts build on each other, and that if one doesn't build a strong foundation as they move through a course or sequence of courses, it can become increasingly difficult to keep up with the curriculum. This is why I believe that one of my most important jobs as a tutor is to make sure that students are able to keep up and build those foundations as their course progresses. The way in which I accomplish that goal depends to some extent on the learning style and preferences of an individual student, but usually involves supervised problem solving. By working through problems with my supervision, I can aid the student in identifying misunderstandings or common mistakes before they become habit, and before they begin to interfere with the student's progress.

While I prefer to tutor students on a regular basis, because regular tutoring gives the highest probability of success, I can also tutor on an as-needed basis to help students prepare for tests or to review old material. As a long time student myself, I also have a wealth of experience in test preparation to draw on, and can provide a variety of study techniques and tips that I've found useful.

If you have any questions about my philosophy or technique, feel free to send me an email. I also strive to be responsive to the needs of individual students, as every student learns and develops skills in a unique way.

Seattle Central Community College

Astronomy

  • ASTR 100 Survey of Astronomy
  • ASTR 201 The Universe & the Origin of Life

Physics

  • PHYS 100 Physics for Non-Science Majors
  • PHYS 114 General Physics I
  • PHYS 111 Technical Physics I
  • PHYS 112 Technical Physics II
  • PHYS 113 Technical Physics III
  • PHYS 115 General Physics II
  • PHYS 116 General Physics III

Math

  • MATH 080 Preparatory Mathematics
  • MATH 081 Basic Math Skills
  • MATH 087 Foundations of Algebra
  • MATH 088 Algebra in Context
  • MATH 091 Discrete Stats with Algebra
  • MATH 096 Foundations of Algebra II
  • MATH 098 Intermediate Algebra
  • MATH 141 Precalculus I: Functions
  • MATH 142 Precalculus II: Trig
  • MATH 146 Statistics
  • MATH 151 Calc I: Differential
  • MATH 152 Calc II: Integral
  • MATH 163 Calc III
  • MATH 238 Differential Equations

The University of Washington

Physics

  • PHYS 107 Physics Concepts for Non-Scientists
  • PHYS 114 General Physics
  • PHYS 115 General Physics
  • PHYS 116 General Physics
  • PHYS 121 Mechanics
  • PHYS 122 Electromagnetism
  • PHYS 123 Waves

Math

  • MATH 098 Intermediate Algebra
  • MATH 100 Algebra
  • MATH 102 Algebra
  • MATH 103 Introduction to Elementary Functions
  • MATH 111 Algebra with Applications
  • MATH 120 Precalculus
  • MATH 124 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
  • MATH 125 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
  • MATH 126 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III
  • MATH 134 Accelerated [Honors] Calculus
  • MATH 135 Accelerated [Honors] Calculus
  • MATH 136 Accelerated [Honors] Calculus
  • MATH 301 Elementary Number Theory
  • MATH 307 Introduction to Differential Equations
  • MATH 308 Matrix Algebra with Applications
  • MATH 324 Advanced Multivariable Calculus I
  • MATH 394 Probability I

If you need help with more advanced courses, or anything not on this list, let me know and I'll tell you if I can assist.

Pricing

One hour session: $50

Two hour session: $90

I'm happy to negotiate pricing for students with limited means.

Credentials

Undergraduate Education

  • B.S. Physics, Boise State University, 2015
  • B.S. Applied Mathematics, Boise State University, 2015

Graduate Education

  • PhD student in Astronomy and Astrobiology, University of Washington
    • M.S. expected 2018
    • Ph.D. expected c.a. 2022

Experience

  • Five years teaching introductory physics lab courses at Boise State
  • Two years as a learning assistant at Boise State, assisting students in introductory physics and calculus courses at Boise State
  • Three years tutoring high school and college students in math and physics
  • One year as a teaching assistant for introductory astronomy courses at the University of Washington

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