Ph.D. in Physics, Columbia University
M.A. in Physics, Columbia University, May 2014
B.S. in Physics with Concentration in Advanced Physics, University of Notre Dame, May 2012
Honors: National Physics Honors Society, Cum Laude
B.S. in Mathematics, University of Notre Dame, May 2012
Honors: Cum Laude
ExperienceHi, my name is Matthew Anthony and I am a graduate student at Columbia University working towards my Ph.D. in physics.
In addition to my research I also teach here at Columbia University. Over the last two years, I have taught five laboratory courses and four recitation courses. Each of these courses were aimed at introductory physics students.
I have also been teaching students one-on-one for the past two years. These individual sessions are typically from 1.5-2.5 hours and have ranged from working with students to catch up in a course to teaching new material from scratch! I am available to teach the subjects listed above - if there is a course that is not listed that you would like to work on, please let me know and I can tell you whether I am available to teach it or I can give you the name of someone else who can help!
While I enjoy teaching courses in a classroom session, my favorite part of teaching is being able to work with students one-on-one. Individual environments allow me to shape the material in new ways that are tailored to the students. This, in my experience, gives the student a much deeper level of understanding than can be achieved in a typical classroom environment.
Upon request, I can provide more references and reviews (from both classroom and individual sessions) but here are a few samples:
---"Matt cares about his students. His pedagogical content knowledge and teaching style were phenomenal. He pushed us and challenged us to figure out hard problems on our own, and this developed really good scientific thinking skills in us all, even if it was frustrating at times! He graded carefully, explained concepts thoroughly, and expressed enthusiasm for the course material and for our experience with physics lab. It was a really amazing course, because of Matt, because the material itself was hard to grasp and didn't interest me personally. He made me care about it and want to improve. He was very responsive by e-mail and I am grateful for that."
---"Matt was the best TA I have ever had in my undergraduate career. He not only helped when we had questions about the assignment or topic, but he cared about our education--he taught us. He went above and beyond what the duties of the TA and I have learned so much because of that."
--"Overall Matthew has been the best TA I have had. His ability to explain concepts and problems in a manner which was easy to understand was incredible. Hopefully he is planning to teach in his future."
---"Matt was a great TA - very patient with questions, and he genuinely wanted us to understand the material."
---"Matt was easily the best TA [Teaching Assistant] I have ever had. He taught us a lot but always made everything very clear. He was always open to answering any questions we had and was always very helpful. Not only in lab but also with problems from class. He made everything entertaining. I actually looked forward to physics discussion and lab every week because I knew he would make it fun. I almost didn't believe him when he said this was only his first year TAing. He enjoyed the material and enjoyed teaching it which can make all the difference. Very, very well-rounded TA."
--"Matt was the best part of this course. He was great about questions, made sure you understood, and then would point out important take aways from each problem. He improved my experience in Physics exponentially."
---"Matthew is an awesome TA! One of the best TAs at this university! He is always willing to help during lab or outside of lab. I highly recommend him to anyone!"
---"I probably could not have gotten through this semester without the help from Matt, especially because he was usually able to give us more effective methods of understanding and attacking the problems."
---"Matt was really helpful in explaining the information and seemed like he actually cared how each of us did. He is extremely effective at teaching and was really helpful in the lab."
---"Matt has been a phenomenal TA. He's very helpful and explains information concisely yet effectively"
---"Matt was really helpful throughout lab, he was always knowledgeable and was great at breaking down concepts if you were having trouble understanding."
---"Matt is an excellent TA and an excellent teacher. He makes himself available, is professional in his demeanor and eager to assist. I believe that he wants to pursue a teaching path. The department should encourage him to do this, as well as support his endeavors. It would be mutually beneficial."
---"Matt Anthony, the TA, was awesome. He took the time to give short, rich, and meaningful talks about the underlying science of each lab. These talks often went beyond the scope and level of detail of the sister lecture class (Physics 1202). I was very grateful just to be given this information at all, and to have a smaller environment in which I could ask more intellectual and less practical questions."
HobbiesWhile I really enjoy teaching at the university level, my main responsibility as a graduate student is research. I am a member of the Xenon Collaboration, a direct detection dark matter experiment. For more information, please see my personal webpage: http://matthewanthony.weebly.com/research.html.
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