Coaching / Tutoring

You set the goals, and together we discover the path to your success.

This is a great service for anyone needing a little help recognizing their own giftedness and putting that into action.

The one-on-one format allows for a self-directed experience, tailored to your specific learning style. I am here to help support, channel, resource, and empower you to achieve the goals you set for yourself. I utilize a Socratic approach, asking questions to bring out your knowledge, questions, and ideas for research, experiments, and experiences you would like to pursue.

If you’re a visual learner, we’ll draw it, If you’re a kinesthetic learner, we’ll act it out. We’ll sing it, dance it, map it, walk it, find it, collage it–whatever it takes to make it fun and relevant. I teach in conversation with the natural world and by utilizing the vast resources of open sourced teaching materials including videos, projects, blogs, DIY projects, images, and scholarly articles.

In the past this has involved an artist learning chemistry by drawing every element in the periodic table in response to a short video on each element. It meant learning to swim by letting the student decide what to do next. It has meant visiting different religious services while studying world religions. It means putting purple cabbage in a blender and mixing it with things we found in the cupboard to learn about pH. It means looking for Fibonacci angles, numbers, and spirals in leaves, petals, and pinecones during a day at the park after watching Vi Hart’s videos.

This methodology builds confidence, proficiency, and takes a holistic interdisciplinary approach to learning, understanding that any subject explored deeply enough runs into every other.

I enjoy and have experience working with people of all ages, from graduate students needing help with academic writing or a philosophy course to homeschool kids just dipping their toes in the waters of the wider world. I specialize in Physics, Astronomy, Math, Writing, Philosophy, Religions, Spirituality, Consciousness, Big History (see: https://school.bighistoryproject.com/bhplive), Astrology, Swimming, and Soccer and am open to other directions you might like to explore.

Please see my “About Kerri Welch” Page for my qualifications and bio, and my “Rates” page for my fee listings, or my Teaching Portfolio.

Sampling of Student Feedback                                      

“I think you have pushed me harder than any professor I’ve had before.  Thank you for challenging me and helping me realize that, while this class was difficult, and I was out of my comfort zone, I could do the work!”

“She understands the material in and out. She was an incredible resource for feedback and elaboration.”

“The instructor has a deep understanding of the material she is presenting.”

“Kerri is, at once, erudite and highly intelligent, yet humble and open to the ever-changing possibilities of understanding and interpretation–coveted skills of the aspiring facilitator. She understands the material in and out. She was an incredible resource for feedback and elaboration.”

“She was deeply supportive of our perspectives and constantly tied them into the larger conversation we were having.”

“It is 4am and I am completing my paper for this week.  I am tired, yet somehow ignited.  First, I want to thank you for your thoughtful comments on my first paper.  You ignited my confidence in continuing this program. My brain is truly ignited. This class is changing my perception of the world.  This class is changing my social interactions with my husband, friends, and co-workers (for the better). Thank you for being such an open-minded, open-hearted person/teacher.  You are truly affecting me.  I hope you know the impact you have on your learning community.  This class has been SO frustrating for me, yet I could not ask for a better instructor. I am excited about submitting this paper. I am 32 years old and working full-time, while supporting my husband through Geology school.  This is a huge endeavor.  Yet, I am comforted knowing there are instructors like you, here to guide me through this adventure. Thank you, thank you! And PLEASE never stop teaching… You are truly unique.”

“I appreciate your kindness, criticism, and support throughout this course. I have gained wisdom, understanding, and knowledge from your feedback each week. Please continue to encourage and motivate others. I must say, you are one of the few teachers that care about their students. Be bless. You are a special gift, handle it with care. Thank you.”

“I would like to take the time out to say Thank You for the encouragement you have been providing me throughout the class thus far. Your support has meant a great deal to me. There have been times I have felt as if I can not grasp what is being asked because I am a person who does better on a ground campus versus online studies, especially at this level (doctoral). You have been able to provide me with the support to continue to move on and not give up. I am not a person to give up easy by any means, but your words of encouragement of “Keep up the good work, Your getting there” those types of words really provide a sense of comfort in a time where I need it the most(personally). Again, Thank you for taking your time and the time to lend a virtual encouragement.”

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Coaching / Tutoring

  1. Hi Kerri,

    Quite a few years ago, I happened to discover how a simple paint routine can produce some interesting pictures. You can see them for yourself at http://www.sirst-firsty.org. All that’s happening is that a number of pixel points (say 400) are initially placed in a straight line, say on the -Y axis. Then the points are rotated around in their circular paths, step by step. And step by step, a regular color pattern is applied to the points. As the points move, each point eventually moves away from its current pixel location, and that leaves behind a color on the pixel map. This color is determined by a color wheel being rotated in sync to the stepping movements of the points. You can see it all for yourself at the website above.

    From what I’ve seen of your blog, your interested in math, physics, and astronomy. And I see your available as a tutor. I would like to pay you to help me submit a paper describing the sirsty firsty painting scheme. I’ve scoped out the journals, and it may be the open-access journal symmetry ( http://www.mdpi.com/journal/symmetry ) would be a good place to publish.

    I have a BA in computer science from UCSC. I just want to spread the pictures around, kind of thing. I’ve tried writing to various people and online journals, and there just doesn’t seem to be much interest really. To me, the fact that these images appear spontaneously seems amazing. They are remarkable designs, in my opinion. But they need some kind of explanation. Mathematically the pictures are produced by a number of simple harmonic oscillators and a color wheel working together to produce a color coded modulus map depicting relative orbital velocities. Or something like that.

    I was thinking of writing an e-book. And embedding you-tube videos to show how the pictures generate.

    What do you think?

    I live in Tucson AZ, and work in data entry part-time.

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    1. Hi Mark, Thanks for reaching out, let’s take this conversation to email – at kix1426@gmail.com. I’d be happy to take a look at the article you have worked up. I don’t have a lot of spare time currently, but can put in a few hours to help move your project forward.

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