I'm Alexis! I'm a science and math educator excited about working with you to find the best way to gain mastery of science and math knowledge and skills and reach your learning goals.
My first experience with tutoring was during my undergraduate physics degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I discovered what really excited me was not just learning class material but also finding the most effective ways to learn physics concepts with my peers.
Since then, I've tutored math and science for over five years, been a Teaching Assistant for physics courses at multiple institutions, and served as an instructor for STEM educational programming. I have five years of experience working as a private tutor for undergraduate students in physics, mathematics, and chemistry. I’ve worked successfully with these students to identify areas of focus and work through personalized lessons in order to help them build confidence in their math and science abilities and increase their scores on exams and standardized tests.
What sets me apart as a tutor is that I understand students seek tutoring for a variety of reasons and am patient in figuring out my students’ needs and working with them in making tangible progress towards their academic goals.
I’m always excited about learning and thinking about new ways to teach physics in ways that are engaging and authentic to my students. I am an active member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and currently conduct research in the field of Physics Education Research. I have an associate’s degree in general science from Moraine Valley Community College and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While there, I served as a Teaching Assistant for an undergraduate electricity and magnetism course, where I instructed in-class labs, hosted office hours, and held study sessions to make sure my students were prepared for exams. I’ve also completed graduate physics coursework at Florida International University and served as one of three instructors for a mechanics course where I implemented research-based curriculum in which students learn physics by doing activities that are very similar to the work actual physicists do: developing scientific models. In addition to my instructional work, I have over four years of experience as a private tutor in physics and one year of experience designing and teaching innovative summer camps for children ages 8-18 focused on science, design, and the arts.
PhD in Learning Sciences | May 2023
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
BS in Physics| May 2015 | GPA: 3.76/4.00
Technische Universitat Darmstadt
Winter 2013 | Darmstadt, Germany
Moraine Valley Community College
Associate of Science | May 2012 | GPA: 4.00/4.00
CITY COLLEGES OF CHICAGO | Professional Tutor
September 2017-Present | Chicago, Illinois
• Provide tutoring and instructional support in math and physical science at Kennedy-King College, including tutoring one-on-on and in groups, providing in-class instructional support, and developing and delivery supplemental workshop curriculum
• Manage the Math Tutoring Lab at the Dawson Technical Institute
Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab | Lab Assistant
January 2017-August 2017| Urbana, Illinois
• Developed and led summer camps for children ages 8–17, including camps on digital fabrication and DIY biology
• Managed assistance with several visitor projects and tasks at once during open hours, responding to questions in a timely
manner and delegating when necessary
• Collaborated with Fab Lab staff and a Uni faculty to develop and teach a 4-week makerspace curriculum to sub-freshman at
University Laboratory High School
• Utilized a variety of teaching methods to lead weekly instruction and guide individual learning for INFO 490: Open Studio Lab, a project-based university course inviting undergraduate and graduate students of diverse academic interests to build competency in makerspace technologies and develop design thinking through experiential learning
• Collaboratively designed and taught workshops for visitors, including workshops to help K-12 teachers create unique
activities to incorporate technology into their classrooms
• Prioritized visitor interests and encouraged visitors’ consideration of ethics, respect for cultural difference, and inclusion while assisting them at every stage of project development
Florida International University STEM Transformation Institute | Graduate Teaching Assistant
August 2016-December 2016 | Miami, Florida
• Assisted in the planning, instruction, and assessment of a 72-student studio-style undergraduate mechanics course
• Studied and implemented the Modeling Instruction physics curriculum, focused on helping students gain physics knowledge
and problem solving abilities by collaboratively developing and applying representations of physical systems through guided
• Facilitated regular group dialogues in which students reflect, construct meaning, and come to a consensus on in-class
• Identified trends in student progress and developed and recommended solutions during weekly planning meetings with
course instructors and undergraduate assistants
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Undergraduate Teaching Intern
January 2015-May 2015 | Urbana, IL
• Taught the lab section for a 200-level undergraduate physics course on electricity and magnetism
• Evaluated student laboratory reports and proctored student examinations
• Supplemented instruction with one-on-one and group tutoring during dedicated office hours
• Co-coordinated additional study sessions to provide extra support before exams
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