About the Classes

What Makes it Personalized?

In my previous teaching experience I created most of my material from scratch. This included simple things like handwriting solutions so students could model my written organization and penmanship, to altering my robotics curriculum for each class to match the students’ capability. I was simultaneously known to be the hardest teacher, while also boasting the highest pass rate of 100%. I pay close attention to my students, give detailed feedback, and give additional help when it is needed.

What Makes it Advanced?

Having experience with alternative as well as traditional education helped me appreciate where both systems are useful. Traditional education has its flaws, but it is the product of experts who have been refining this system for approximately a century. Creatively combining this wisdom, with practices seen in alternative schools and then delivering this combination in very small classes produces something powerful. 

In my classes I not only teach the material, I teach how to absorb the material, how to think about the material, how to study, and how to prepare for tests. The strategies I teach are based off my research in advanced learning methodologies while in graduate school and medical school. I refined these ideas into a system that I lectured to approximately 600 medical professional students. I also understand that helping a student develop their learning style is a process of teaching skills and modifying habits. My experience was developed through working as a personal trainer and through developing a published curriculum entitled “Small Changes Counseling,” which taught medical students how to sensitively counsel patients to lose weight.

Class Options

Math (All levels from 5th grade to Calculus)

My math class has three primary goals: to develop a deep understanding of the language of mathematics, to use math to mature a student’s ability to think, and to genuinely connect the student to the subject by making it fun and relevant. Since I have instructed math from the second grade level to calculus, I understand the greater “game” of math. I know what types of concepts they need to learn and which procedures are irrelevant.I also intelligently schedule review within in my class to ensure the students truly retain what they have learned

Grade School Science

My education goals for these students are to ensure I cover topics relevant to state standards, to develop an understanding of the scientific method through experiments, and to begin associating science with math. Beyond the base knowledge that students gain in the class, they will leave with a scientific mindset that cultivates their innate curiosity and teaches them how to evaluate their world. I also like to give bonus projects. These can range from helping students build their own computer to working with the students to create educational material.

Robotics

The hands-on project based robotics class naturally develops thinking skills, creative problem solving, grit, and the ability to apply logic and math. The class progresses from having the student build simple circuits that turn on LED lights to building a robot that can navigate a maze autonomously. It teaches the basics of electricity and wiring, computer programming, and how to use assorted sensors and motors to create robots. The class can be offered at multiple levels to fit the child’s level of understanding so that they feel challenged, but never overwhelmed. I also offer this class as an independent study where the student and I determine a project and build it together.

Physics including AP Physics

Having written the textbook Mastering AP Physics 1 to prepare students for the national AP Physics 1 exam, I am very qualified to teach physics. I use physics as a way to connect math with their physical reality and see the world on a deeper level. The math involved in many physics problems is relatively simple; physics is more about thinking about how you can describe a situation with math and use it to make predictions or build a machine. The projects in the class will challenge them and go well beyond typical experiments seen in most classrooms. Students will also learn how to read scientific research papers, evaluate their claims, and then reach their own conclusions independent of the authors.

Pricing and Scheduling

How often do classes meet?

Most grade school classes meet twice a week.  (Students may attend class only once a week with special exceptions.)

Most high school classes meet three times a week.  (Students may attend class only twice a week with special exceptions.)

Where will in-person classes occur?

Classes will occur at 164 Massimo Circle, Santa Rosa, CA, 95404

 

Who do I contact to set up classes or learn more?

Contact William Billich at wbillich@gmail.com