Dr. Thomas M.
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering · specializes in Math, Science · 51-60 years old male
"My objective as an educator is primarily to help students see problems from broader perspectives, to better see the underlying structure of problems they are trying to solve, and to motivate students to augment their particular strengths to master critical thinking. I enjoy using Plato’s Allegory of the Cave as a way of suggesting to students that we view the world from a unique prism, we should more...
"My objective as an educator is primarily to help students see problems from broader perspectives, to better see the underlying structure of problems they are trying to solve, and to motivate students to augment their particular strengths to master critical thinking. I enjoy using Plato’s Allegory of the Cave as a way of suggesting to students that we view the world from a unique prism, we should recognize and challenge our opinions, and we should leverage associative knowledge. I find this last point to be a common weakness with my students, and I use a simple sports analogy to help them overcome the limitations of this narrow prism. For example, I never see professional athletes do pushups on the field or bench-press during a game. It’s important for students to recognize the incredible leverage that comes from associative knowledge, even if its relevance is not immediately understood.
Businesses need to solve unique problems, not the problems in the book, and students need to be prepared to add value to the technical and business processes of their future employer. Collaborative learning environments are obviously a critical element to modern teaching, and businesses are demanding a progressive workforce capable of leveraging modern knowledge transfer. The application of technology and computer-based material in classrooms with Blackboard, wikis and YouTube is imperative for modern education and meeting our learning objectives but also in conditioning the future workforce to be comfortable in these environments. Sharing knowledge is a critical element of Dr. Steven Spear’s “The High-Velocity Edge,” which describes how market leaders leverage information to beat their competition. Not only is the subject matter of scholastic importance, but the processes by which this knowledge is realized." less...
|fee:||$50 (for 60 min, negotiable)|
|years of tutoring:||10 and more|
|students tutored:||100 and more|
|travel distance:||15 miles|
|meeting type:||either in-person or online|
|member for:||4 years and 11 months|
|references:||John and Laura Bernhardt|
Education and Qualifications
|school:||George Washington University|
I completed a D.Sc. Degree from The George Washington University in 2008 in the general subject of thermochemistry and recently completed the National Defense Executive MBA Program at George Mason University in 2015. I am currently a full-time computational physicist at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Carderock Maryland where my job focuses on technical as well as business innovation. I currently am an adjunct professor at NVCC and Stratford University Woodbridge.
Fairfax Station, VA 22039
full address is on file
|Elementary & Junior High School|
|Elementary Math||Elementary Science|
|Algebra 2||Applied Math|
|Linear Algebra||Numerical Analysis|
|Financial Markets||Strategic Planning|
|Computer & Internet|
|Chemical Engineering||Chemistry (General)|
|Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)||General Chemistry|
|Heat Transfer||Mechanical Engineering|
|Physical Chemistry||Physical Science|
|ACT Math||ACT Science|