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I am a Virginia Beach native and a 2011 alum of the University of Oklahoma. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and a Bachelor of Music in Composition. After working for a Fortune 500 company in the Great Lakes region for two years, I decided to move closer to home and start a career as a private tutor in order to better engage my intellect and creativity at work.

I have provided music lessons and academic help on a professional and a peer-to-peer basis, as time permitted, for the last eight years. My experience includes mentoring for the JCOC Kids Club program and the U. of Okla. K20 college-bound program, presenting Brain Awareness exhibits as a member of the Society for Neuroscience, and assistant coaching a high school Mock Trial team.

Tutoring goes best when the student is motivated, and I have two main approaches to motivating my students. First, context- a topic isn't interesting or important 'just because', we have to discover how it's related to our whole world and especially to things the student already knows they care about. Second, getting to know the student- everyone has unique talents, tendencies, and goals. There is an area of overlap between each school subject (even standardized tests, which require critical thinking!) and a student's goals, and it's usually bigger than it first appears. A star athlete doesn't just need to pass English to graduate; she needs to be able to write a well organized and error-free letter. In time, I'd hope to become the kind of tutor a student wants to impress, and whose tips and tag lines come to mind at unexpected moments even after the student is off to new adventures.

Thomas’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Oklahoma Norman Campus - Bachelor of Science, Neuroscience

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 1560

SAT Math: 780

SAT Verbal: 780

GRE: 335

GRE Verbal: 169

Hobbies

Viola, Composition, Songwriting, Bike Commuting, Swimming, Reading

Tutoring Subjects

Advanced Placement Prep

Algebra

Algebra 2

History

Anatomy & Physiology

AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP United States History

AP US History

Biology

Chemistry

College Algebra

College Biology

College Chemistry

College Geography

College Level American History

College Physics

Earth Science

Ecology

Environmental Science

European History

Geography

Geometry

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

High School Geography

High School Level American History

High School Physics

ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Middle Level

ISEE- Upper Level

Life Sciences

Math

Middle School Math

Other

Physics

Physiology

Pre-Algebra

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

Science

Social studies

SSAT- Middle Level

SSAT- Upper Level

Statistics

Summer

Trigonometry