Hi! My name is Ruby. I am a 2nd year PhD student in Applied Mathematics. I currently do research in Combustion Theory and flame propagation as well as Soliton Theory and wave phenomena in Nature. I believe mathematics is a universal language - one that allows us to understand our world on a deeper level.
After obtaining my PhD, I’d like to work at a national laboratory working with scientists and visionaries to help create solutions/technologies to problems that affect people on a national (or even global!) level. I have done research in disease spread as well as in environment toxicology which has inspired me to work for the CDC or the EPA.
In my spare time, I like to practice speaking, reading and writing in French as well as learn or create new music with my guitar. I have interests in philosophy, linguistics, and economics. I am a perpetual student of life and try to learn new skills regularly.
In terms of teaching experience, I have tutored at Gallegho Middle School, and at schools in Cape Town, South Africa. I have experience tutoring high school students in maths and physics across Tucson and I have taught 3 semesters of College Algebra with Applications at the university level.
I aim to develop critical thinking through use of story-telling and giving examples of real-world problems. I deliver personalized education by assessing what my students know, filling in the gaps in their knowledge and deepening their knowledge of what they already know through use examples and anecdotes.
I can start with foundations and guide my students as they discover/explore maths and physics. Or I can start at a students current level and build on what they know. I instill work ethic while teaching and teach them how to teach themselves.
“give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” - Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie