During my years as an educator, I have worked with a wide variety of students from college age to kindergarten, from those with substantial natural gifts to those with great learning challenges and with students in urban, suburban, and rural settings and from a wide variety of life experiences and cultural backgrounds.
In my experience, the key to successful teaching lies in understanding the learning style of each individual student and helping them marshal their greatest strengths toward the achievement of her educational goals, whatever those may be.
Yet, my aim as a tutor is not simply to meet the overt goals of each student during our sessions.
In addition to imparting information, developing specific subject skills, and promoting conceptual understanding of the study topic, I strive to teach my students vital critical thinking and problem solving skills to increase their innate abilities as self-educators.
My goal for each of my students is to have them gain the competence and confidence to proceed through life prepared to take full advantage of all the rich learning opportunities they will be offered in whatever context those opportunities appear.
I employ a wide variety of educational tools in my lessons, starting with the materials provided by the student's current instructors and adding in additional tools as needed, including textbooks, workbooks, articles, multimedia presentations, videos, and hands-on models and puzzles to promote maximum comprehension and retention of concepts and skills.
Every effort is made to use the types of materials that best suit each student's individual learning style.
While I believe all learning is inherently an enjoyable process and work hard to instill that feeling in my students, I also recognize the importance of encouraging students to develop the mental discipline and focus necessary to master any material required for their academic goals, regardless of their level of natural interest in the subject.
Therefore, where necessary and desired, I attempt to teach skills for time management, task management, project planning, and associated valuable techniques such as note taking methods and test anxiety management.
As a trained scientist who is also a writer, I have a special interest in integrating English comprehension and expression skills into the mastery of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) studies. I make a special effort to help each of my students acquire a thorough understanding of the terminology specific to STEM topics as I believe that mastering the language of Science and Mathematics is a large part of mastering the entire topic.
The teacher who is wise does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind. Kahlil Gibran
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Bachelor of Science, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: Brandeis University - Master of Science, Molecular Biology
State Certified Teacher
GRE Verbal: 700
GRE Quantitative: 800
GRE Analytical Writing: 6
Reading, writing, education, computers, puzzles and trivia, acoustic guitar, choral singing, horseback riding, psychology, science fiction & fantasy, Broadway musicals
ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra
ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension
ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills
COMPASS Writing Skills
CSAP/ TCAP Prep
CST - California Standards Test
Elementary School Math
FCAT 2.0 Prep
Florida EOC Assessment Prep
GATE/ TAG Prep
High School Biology
High School English
SAT Subject Tests Prep
STAAR EOC Prep
Study Skills and Organization
WISC IV Prep