My whole approach to teaching can be summed up by a quote from Albert Einstein: "Imagination is More Important than Knowledge." I teach for long-term retention of concepts - not short term retention of facts. In today's connected world, the facts are at our fingertips. It's what we know how to do with those facts that matters! My tutoring sessions focus on problem-solving skills and interpretation of scientific evidence. Along the way, if needed, I'll also share tips and tricks for memorizing... [more]
My years of experience working with students who struggle with math comes down to one word: listen. I don't talk at students, I listen to them "think out loud" as they explain how they approach a problem. It's by listening that I can really understand where a student needs help, then present the student with similar problems as we work through that challenge.
Most of what is taught in this course has application in science - lot of functions, graphing, and polynomial equations. I use this math all the time with my chemistry students. This makes me especially good at the word problems you find in Algebra II.
I've been teaching chemistry to students of all ages for years. At the high school level, I've tutored in regular (basic) courses, honors courses, and Advanced Placement chemistry for students at a range of public and private high schools. At the college level, I have years of experience teaching and tutoring college chemistry courses for science majors. My focus is on conceptual thinking, not memorizing. With a subject as cumulative as chemistry, my approach to tutoring and teaching is to help students "connect the dots" - what does this chapter have to do with the one we just finished, and how will what I learn now be important as I move on?
Precalculus courses include many of the foundations of mathematics needed for success in physics: advanced algebraic functions and trigonometry are prominent topics that cross into the sciences. Although my background is in chemistry, I've tutored in physics and done lots of review prep for college-level physics (including AP) for standardized tests such as the SAT subject tests and the MCAT.
Problem-solving for standardized test questions in math is one of my specialties. As a tutor, I'll help make sure you have a solid conceptual base in all of the topics covered on the test. We'll also spend time working on testing strategies - how to narrow down the choices of right answers, use test time efficiently, and make smart decisions about when to guess or skip a question.
Helping students interpret scientific information across many disciplines has been the focus of my teaching. My chemistry and biochemistry degrees include coursework in physics and biology, and I've always been fascinated by astronomy and geology. For students preparing for the ACT science test, my background in helping students prepare for standardized tests by critically reading and interpreting complex information will help you get a high score on this section of the test.
I have taught organic chemistry at Agnes Scott College and Tulsa Community College. I have taught the second semester of a general-organic-biochem class on numerous occasions. In addition, I coordinated the MCAT Preparation sessions at Agnes Scott, teaching problem-solving in organic as it relates to MCAT-style questions.