One of the many services offered by Ascent Tutors is science tutoring – one of the oldest forms of education, tracing its origin back to the ancient Greeks. Loosely defined as the body and practice of knowledge concerned with making and testing observations about the universe we live in, science has been practiced ever since man’s first ancestors discovered fire. Going back as far as the 18th century BCE, the Mesopotamian culture in the Middle East discovered what we now know as the Pythagorean Law, building on the advances of earlier generations. While science tutoring originally took place using word-of-mouth, later tutors and students were able to take advantage of writing to collect and aggregate the wisdom of entire civilizations.

Science tutors were one of the main educational occupation in Ancient Greece, and many of history’s greatest names in science – Pythagoras, Aristotle, Plato, Euclid, Archimedes, Hippocrates – practiced as science tutors teaching the children of the ruling class of Athens. Ancient India was also rich with scientists who worked as tutors, including Aryabhata, who is believed to be the first mathematician to conclude that pi is irrational. China and the Islamic world also saw their fair share of scientists who worked as tutors in addition to their research and discoveries. This trend continued through history, into the Middle Ages, when many scientist-monks also taught the children of royal families and nobles. One interesting fact about science is that until the 18th century, it was viewed as a type of philosophy and referred to as “natural philosophy”! All the way through the present day, science has been taught as much by one-on-one instruction and tutoring as it has been by textbooks and large lecture classes. Today, in New York, some of the world’s most preeminent scientists got their start tutoring during their sojourns in graduate school.

Yet science tutoring doesn’t only have the benefit of connecting you with an ancient historical tradition – it also prepares you for the modern world. In New York especially, there has recently been an up-swelling of students choosing to study the so-called “STEM” fields – that is, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. These fields are notoriously lucrative and many (if not most) of today’s new tech billionaires not only studied STEM fields in high school and college, but also benefited from extensive science tutoring in order to make the most of their innate intellect. In addition to helping with the mandatory science Regents exams all New York public school students must take, science tutoring can help students improve their grades in science classes, which are more and more important on college applications as STEM fields become more popular. Science tutoring can also help with AP exams and the SAT II subject tests. So if you’re ready to enjoy all the benefits that science tutoring can bring to you or your child, pick up the phone and give Ascent Tutors a call today!