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Abigail

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Science does not have to be hard or scary. Science can be fun and interesting. Let me help you navigate the world of Biology and Chemistry. I have loved Science since I was a child (a really long time ago), but I know it can sometimes be a challenge. I can help you with your work in a fun, friendly way. I also love music and sports in addition to Science. For my hobbies I rock climb, row crew, play golf, and I play bassoon in several chamber groups. I would love to work with you to help Biology and Chemistry be easier, more fun and as fascinating as they should be.

Abigail’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Swarthmore College - Bachelor in Arts, Biology, General

Graduate Degree: Massachusetts Institute of Technology - PHD, Biology, General

Hobbies

golf, cycling music

Tutoring Subjects

AP Biology

Biology

College Biology

High School Biology

Microbiology

SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Science

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that all students can achieve. I think that breaking large ideas or concepts into smaller parts makes them more understandable. I believe in tailoring sessions to a student's learning style (visual, auditory, etc.)

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Review goals for sessions. What does the student feel they need and what do they want to accomplish?

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

In becoming an independent learner, the most important things are time management and figuring out one's learning style. Does the student learn better by copying something, reading it out loud or looking at a picture? Can they figure out how to break something down into smaller bits and start earlier rather than cram? Identifying what works best for the student (which can be different for each person) and making a plan are essential to become independent.