What are your views on standardized testing?
Standardized testing, in my opinion, is a necessary evil. Of course, the score that one receives on a single examination will not necessarily be reflective of their intelligence, but there has to be a way for schools to compare students in an equitable fashion. Schools differ too much for GPAs to be that sole tool. Therefore, standardized testing must fill that void. These tests are a test of how well you can learn material put in front of you, so taking time to learn that material deeply is an incredibly productive use of your time.
What is the importance of calculus?
Calculus is an essential course because it is the connection between simple arithmetic and higher levels of mathematics. Understanding calculus deeply will be useful for people of all majors. For those who want to continue learning math, having a strong foundation in calculus will intrinsically make harder courses easier to understand. For those who want to stop at calculus, the course will be sufficient to analyze problems concerning math in their day-to-day lives.
What is your approach to tutoring physics?
Most people fail to realize that learning is a staircase. Each step has to be built up before proceeding to the next. When there is a gap in a student's learning, I take steps backward, one by one, with them until I find it. Once that gap has been bridged, I proceed onward and upward with the student to more difficult and nuanced concepts.