I'm in the business of making students happy. At the end of the day, that's my goal. I want to make learning fun and exciting. My passion for knowledge led me to graduate school and a PhD in biology. Now as a tutor, I am always learning new things about my subject areas and study skills. I've written several WyzAnt blog posts that offer my advice and perspective on learning science; feel free to check them out! I earned a PhD in neuroscience (Northwestern University, 2009), and I have te... [more]
Due to popular demand, I began tutoring algebra I in the fall of 2014. I usually tutor this subject in combination with one of my core subjects, biology or chemistry. There is a lot algebra in genetics and chemistry, so while I am still new at tutoring math, there is a lot of overlap between math and the subjects that I tutor most frequently.
Biology is a popular tutoring subject for me. I have tutored students in general, cell, and molecular biology. I also frequently work with genetics students. I have even tutored a graduate student in nutrition! I have a PhD in biology (neuroscience with a focus on molecular biology, genetics, and behavior) and ten years of research experience. My undergraduate major was in biochemistry, including several biology classes. I am very comfortable teaching students theory and practical application of biology.
I tutor students in general chemistry at the high school and college levels. I'm skilled at explaining the theory and application of chemistry. I offer a bridge between ideas (theory) and the problems that chemistry students must solve (application). I frequently work with high school students who are taking pre-AP chemistry. I have some experience working with students who are taking CHEM301 and CHEM302 at the University of Texas here in Austin. I majored in chemistry in college and have been tutoring students in general chemistry since March 2014. I am also building a library of great chemistry study resources and can offer these resources to my students. My library includes practice questions, several textbooks, on-line lessons, and on-line lectures.
Need a short course in the power of Microsoft Excel? I can help! I work with this program every day and find it insanely useful. I've tutored several students in Excel, and they've walked away feeling much more confident and knowledgeable.
Due to popular request, I recently began tutoring students in geometry. Generally, I teach geometry along with one of my core subjects, chemistry or biology. I enjoy geometry very much and look forward to working with more students in this subject. Currently I am building my own library of study materials and practice problems, and I'm happy to create worksheets to help my students work on their geometry skills.
I work with PhD students and science PhDs to help them improve their technical writing. I understand the importance of clear, concise writing to communicate technical ideas. My goal is to help students develop their own writing style in polished, professional English. I focus on the deep structure and logical underpinnings of technical writing to illustrate how an argument is made using theory and data. I also walk students through the small details that can be difficult to master, such as use of articles and pronouns in English. My tutoring sessions make use of published pieces and my students' in-progress manuscripts.
As an SAT math tutor, I specialize in helping students review content and identify strategies and shortcuts that will allow them to solve problems methodically. I have worked with several students on comprehensive SAT math. I am especially well-versed in teaching the geometry and probability problems. In my view, the most important strategy to use on the SAT math sections is to maximize the number of questions answered correctly. To that end, I think the best test strategy is to not rush but to identify the problems that can be solved most easily. After the "easy" problems are done, I encourage my students to tackle more time-consuming problems, with the caveat that an educated or "estimated" guess is better than no answer at all.
I have PhD-level expertise in genetics and three years of experience tutoring the subject, primarily at the college level. I am a patient, creative tutor, and I work to help my students make the connections between data presented in problems, genetic theory, and molecular biology. I am happy to work one-on-one or with small groups on college-level genetics courses.