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PrepNow Tutor - Benjamin G.

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Benjamin's Bio

Benjamin holds a BA in physics from Pomona College and an MS from the University of Michigan, where he is currently working toward his PhD. While at Pomona College, he received the Richard P. Edmunds Physics Prize for being the outstanding upperclassman of the year and the Tileston General Physics Prize for being an underclassmen student with a promising record. After graduating from Pomona College, Benjamin matriculated directly into the University of Michigan Physics PhD program. He has most recently worked as a Graduate Student Instructor, teaching incoming first-year students introductory mechanics courses. In his research, Benjamin studies quantum many-body systems, specifically the light-matter interactions in semiconductors.

Benjamin started tutoring in high school when he was asked by a previous algebra II teacher to mentor her current students. "I love the ah-ha moments students experience when they finally understand a concept," he says, adding that this new understanding always leads to future confidence. He was eventually told by the teacher who recruited him that one of the previously struggling students was now answering and asking questions in class. "It's a great feeling to see the impact that education can have in people's lives, and thus, I have enjoyed tutoring and teaching to this day," Benjamin says. He later worked as a mentor in the Pomona Physics Department during his last two years in college. This included being an additional teaching assistant in laboratory classes of twenty students and answering discussion questions at the end of introductory physics classes of thirty-five students. Since then, he has worked as a graduate student instructor and teaching assistant at the University of Michigan.

When asked about his tutoring style, Benjamin says, "Questions are the best way to assess knowledge as well as gain it. I find it helpful to break down the larger complex problem into smaller simpler problems and then use questions to lead the student to the correct answer or efficient approach." In a large sense, this approach allows students to understand the material through their own discoveries, making the learning more engaging.

In high school, Benjamin competed as a long-distance runner in both track and cross country and ran in the NCAA DIII program while in college. Benjamin continues to enjoy running, as well as hiking, reading, and writing short stories. "My fastest 5,000m time is below 15 minutes. My favorite word is why. I have always loved trying to understand the world around me."