Physics Testimonials

Over the summer of 07′ I took a physics class at Saint Charles Community College. I had no idea what to expect, considering I had never taken a physics class before. After getting a 47% on my first exam, I knew I needed some help!

I found Dr. Whitcraft in the yellow pages and decided it was worth a try to get tutoring. At first I was a little hesitant going to someone house, so my mom drove me. After meeting Dr. Whitcraft I realized I had no reason to be nervous, he made me feel like I wasn’t going to fail, I had hope, and that I wasn’t as bad at physics as I thought I was! When I went to see Dr. Whitcraft I was actually almost halfway through the course (8 week course), but even with that challenge his tutoring helped tremendously.

The way my Physics professor was teaching the course was not my style of learning, and Dr. Whitcraft catered to my style.

My next exam I got a 75%, the third exam I got a 78%, and on my final exam I got an 88%! My final grade was a 76%, almost a B. My professor actually took my exam out to me and asked … Where have you been all semester?

It was imperative to my major that I passed this class, and if I wouldn’t have it would have set me back another year in applying for Occupational Therapy at University of Missouri-Columbia.

Dr. Whitcraft took time out of his own engagements to give me extra help, and even took time away from helping his family out with a sale to ease my fears before an exam. I can’t thank him enough for his hard work and dedication towards my education and success in Physics.

Cortney Held
University of Missouri –  Columbia

Dear Dr. Whitcraft,

Thank you so much for allowing me to be one of your students.  I cannot express my gratitude enough for both your time and teaching.  I was able to learn a lot about physics and mathematics from our time together, but also about believing in myself.  I came across a quote from William Ward that reminds me of you:

“The mediocre teacher tells.  The good teacher explains.  The superior teacher demonstrates.  The great teacher inspires.”

Thank you for being a great teacher and a source of inspiration.

Sincerely,
Julia S.
10-26-04
[St. Louis University student]

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September 4, 2008

In my senior year at Pacific High School I decided to take as many advanced courses as I could to improve my GPA for college applications. I was first in my class and was at risk of loosing it if I didn’t take both Calculus and Physics. At first I thought that they weren’t all that bad. I studied like I normally did and turned in all my homework.  homework.  So I was horrified when I got back my first Physics test and it was a 79 %.  That’s a C! Calculus was even worse I got a 75%. Even after I really buckled down I still was coming up with C’s and I couldn’t let my B in the course drop any lower.

That’s when I decided to get some help. Dr. Howard Whitcraft was the first tutor that caught my eye and I called immediately (it was eight o’clock on a Sunday night)! He sounded really friendly and eager to help. I started seeing him two times a week and I saw almost instant improvement. I realized that my problem was that my teacher would just read the notes she put on the board and when you asked for help she would just repeat the same thing (I had the same teacher for both classes).  Yet, when Dr. Whitcraft was teaching me, if I didn’t understand it, he would approach it differently until I did get it.

My first tests after having Dr. Whitcraft’s help were both in the high 80 range (88 % in Physics and an 89 % in Calculus).  Unfortunately, it was too late to really help my first semester grades, but with his help, they were both really high B’s.

All hope was not lost, because second semester started and I came to really like math. I really understood Calculus. I wasn’t the drone that could get the steps, but I started to really enjoy working the problems until I got the right answers.  That was all thanks to Dr. Whitcraft. He taught me how it look at the problem in a way that made me want to get the answer, but only in the correct way.  I even got a 100 % on one of my Calculus tests by the end of second semester (yes, I did go home and hang it on the fridge!)

My final grades at the end of the year were a 97 % A in Physics and a whopping 99% A in Calculus! My parents were proud of me, because thanks to these grades I was the Valedictorian of the Class of 2008, but I was proud of myself because I had discovered that I really did have a passion for math (it wasn’t necessarily my favorite class before that!). When you understand something, it’s easy to grow to like it.  Dr. Whitcraft showed me all the infinite possibilities that math could take you and I truly thank him for that.

Thank You So much for everything,

Amanda Boone
[University of Missouri- Columbia]

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