Emily Whapham
Longwood, FL
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Emily Whapham

Emily W.

Longwood, FL
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High School, College
Physics lessons with me are unique because I have an extensive background in physics, which allows me to explain concepts in both abstract and concrete ways to match the needs of the student. In the year since I graduated from Boston College with a degree in physics and moved to Florida, I have tutored 2 students in college level physics and 1 high school AP physics student. Teaching physics is a challenge because the content is not concrete or straightforward. The questions are vague, abstract, and often puzzles for the student to solve. Therefore tutoring physics is not about showing the students equations or step by step processes because even for 2 problems of the same type, the steps will not be the same; rather, is about teaching the students how to think abstractly in order to accomplish these tasks themselves, rather than dissect each question for them. My lessons may involve some silence, head scratching, and erasing at times when I am pushing the students to think for themselves. But in the end, this process allows the student to master their abstract thinking and problem solving skills.

About Emily W.

"It's not about learning, it's about understanding."

Hi! My name is Emily and I am 23 years old. I am originally from Massachusetts, where I earned my degree in physics at Boston College before moving to central Florida in August 2017. I took off with just what I could fit in my car and drove from Massachusetts to Orlando to try a new life on my own. Tutoring was an accidental passion that definitely saved me. I was messaged around midnight by a worried mother telling me her son received a 0 on his last chemistry exam, and that the teacher gave him a day to take it home to retake for partial credit. At this time I had been applying and applying to jobs with no luck so I jumped on the opportunity and messaged her back right away. The next night I was at their house for hours helping their son understand the material and retake the exam. He received the full partial credit on the test. After 1 more session with him the folllowing week, he had another exam. He received a 100%! His mother was in shock and at that moment I realized I had something special. I loved the nights we spent fighting through material just as much as I loved the nights where everything just clicked for him. Since then, I have tutored over 30 students in subjects including (not limited to) middle school math, pre-algebra, algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, college algebra, pre-calculus, liberal arts math, arithmetic, college calculus 2, biology, AP chemistry, AP physics, college physics, and test prep including SAT, GED, GRE, GKT, and ASVAB. I attribute my success to not focusing on memorization because problems memorized are problems forgotten! Instead, I teach the students how to teach themselves how to start a problem because even complex problems are just series of simple steps disguised by complicated word problems and extraneous information. It's not about learning, it's about understanding. So far I have been blessed with students who will openly tell me "I do not understand" which is an awesome thing to say! It gives me a great place to start: from the beginning. (It's okay if you don't say you don't understand...I will still know ;) ) Often students will just say they do not know how to start a problem, but this hides a deeper dependence on memorization and lack of conceptual understanding. The only way to teach true understanding is to let go of the conventional concept of memorization. Thank you for taking the time to read my bio and I hope to hear from you soon!


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Emily is very easy to talk to and will go over things in different ways to make sure that you understand the concepts you struggle with.

I was very impressed with how open she was to setting goals and having something prepared for our first meeting.

Posted Nov 30, 2019
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Superb instructor! I am a beginner with alto sax. I would highly recommend Emily for teaching. She is very knowledgeable, patient, and organized!

Posted Feb 11, 2019


Private Tutor
Oct 2017 - Present


Tutored over 30 students, ranging in age from 11 to 50+ in the folllowing subjects: As of August 2018: Math: Middle school math (2 students), pre-algebra (1 student), algebra 1(5 students), algebra 2 (6 students), college algebra (1 student), geometry (6 students), liberal arts math (1 student), arithmetic (1 student), pre-calculus (2 students), college calculus 1 and 2 (1 student), test prep math (see test prep) Science: Biology (1 student), chemistry (5 students), AP chemistry (2 students), AP physics (1 student), college physics 1 and 2 (2 students), environmental science (1 student) Test prep: GED math, science, and grammar (2 students), SAT math (1 student), GKT math (1 student), GRE math (1 student), ASVAB math and arithmetic (1 student) English + Social Studies: High school English (multiple levels, 3 students), High school history (multiple levels, 2 students)


Bachelor of Science, Physics
Aug 2013 - May 2017

Boston College

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