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I absolutely love teaching! It is an absolute privilege to be able to work with students who are learning new skills and gaining knowledge every day. It is my hope that as a tutor I can help guide them to success in their studies, help them to achieve the goals we set together, and perhaps have a bit of fun while we do that!

I am an experienced tutor and teacher While working towards my undergraduate and master's degrees at Cleveland State University I paid the rent by working for the tutoring department as a tutor and an academic success coach and later as a teaching assistant in the biology laboratories. I've also taught as an adjunct instructor at Bowling Green State University's Department of Environment and Sustainability. In this position I was able to "go out and get muddy" on a regular basis with my students. At BGSU I taught courses in introductory environmental studies (ENVS 1010) environmental field and laboratory methods (ENVS 3100) and environmental field experience (ENVS 4930).

I believe the best teachers are those who are passionate about the subject they are teaching, and want to pass on that enthusiasm to their students. Students need to learn beyond the fundamentals of the course, to develop skills for critical thinking, writing, and problem solving, that they will use in their future coursework and careers. Effective teaching and excellence in higher education are necessary to create a successful society. Teaching the content is important, but providing context and developing enthusiasm in students is critical. I am passionate about ecological education, for the public and for students at institutions. I am motivated by the critical need for action for the planet. It is only through education that positive environmental changes can begin to take place.

As an undergraduate I was not the best student, and my transition into adulthood was, at best, tumultuous. I tended to take on more than I could handle (sometimes 20 + credit hours, while holding down several part-time jobs) and my gpa suffered as a result. I did, however, graduate with a bachelor's of science in biology, minoring in both physics and chemistry. I excelled in laboratory courses hands on learning is definitely my first choice, and part of why I appreciate research so much today. When I began working on my master's degree I learned to be a better student, although still not the "perfect student." I believe that my experience as a teacher has helped me understand a great deal of where I "went wrong" along the way, and the struggles I had were essential in shaping my approach to teaching. I am a better student today because I struggled my way through science. We all learn from our mistakes.

I believe that my struggle to succeed in science can make me a better teacher because I truly understand how difficult it can be to understand and work through courses in science, while also juggling life, part-time jobs, and family obligations.

I look forward to working with new students!

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Wren’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Cleveland State University - Bachelor of Science, Biology, General

Graduate Degree: Cleveland State University - Master of Science, Environmental Science


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Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Math

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Academic Coaching



ACT Science

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

AP Biology

AP Environmental Science

ASPIRE Reading

ASPIRE Science


CLEP Biology

CLEP Natural Sciences

College Biology

Earth Science



Elementary Algebra

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

Environmental Science

Evolutionary Biology


GCSE Biology

GED Prep

GED Math

GED Science

General Chemistry

Graduate Level Biology

Graduate Test Prep

High School

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Physics

High School Writing

IB Biology

IB Biology SL

IB Physics

Life Sciences

Marine Biology

Medical Terminology

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

OAT Survey of Natural Sciences


PCAT Biology

Physical Science


Plant Biology


Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep




Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that teaching and learning should be active and engaging. By teaching how concepts are related and using real world examples, I set students up for long-term success.

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

In a first session with a student, I first try to assess what method of learning works best for that student. If the student requires multiple sessions, we will discuss a plan to tackle the material, set a few goals, and begin working. I often use a combination of real world examples/applications, practice questions, and videos of demonstrations/animations to help the student master a topic.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help to foster independent learning by setting achievable and realistic goals with the student and teaching study/success skills throughout the lessons. By helping students use the tools they have (such as textbooks) and by showing them how to find information in external sources, I encourage active and independent learning.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I work hard to get to know my students and find ways to make a subject interesting for them. When they can relate to a topic and learn why it matters, they are much more motivated to learn.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

New concepts can be difficult to understand for anyone. With a student, I have them read the given "textbook" explanation of the concept, paraphrase it in their own words, and look for examples that demonstrate this new concept. By talking through examples, pointing out related concepts, and working through practice problems, the student will master the concept relatively quickly.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I work with the student to read through a passage slowly, stopping to identify and define new terms, and paraphrasing each sentence as we go.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Every student is different, all of them appreciate patience. By taking the time to build a rapport with a student, I put them at ease and communication becomes much easier. I ask every student what their goals are for a session, we identify what tasks might be more difficult, and we decide where my expertise and assistance are best applied.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Creating enthusiasm for a topic a student is not interested in is simply a matter of finding out what the student is interested in and presenting the topic on those terms. This can mean finding real life applications, or creating practice problems about zombies, whichever works.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I often ask a student to teach the topic back to me. After reviewing the subject and working on practice problems, most do this with ease. This is by far the best way I have found to identify the one or two details the student might be misunderstanding.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Show them their own success. Start a student off at a level of difficulty that you believe they can handle, give them the tools they need to find the answers, practice those problems, and encourage them every step of the way. "Math isn't scary! We just did math on that last problem, and you did great!"

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

First, I speak with the student, they very often know what they need the most help with. I give a range of practice problems for their subject with different levels of difficulty and work to identify what level the student is at. Then, we can start at that level and work our way up until the student is proficient and confident in the subject.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Everyone learns differently. By incorporating different learning styles into my tutoring, I can identify early on what works best for a student and adapt any future sessions to include more visuals, more hands-on practice, or more focus on memorization.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

This largely depends on the student and the subject. I start every session with a notebook and pen for my own notes. I may incorporate practice problems, YouTube videos (especially animations of biological concepts), flashcards, and drawings to help a student learn.

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