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Lindsay

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My name is Lindsay O'Brien, and I am excited to be a member of Varsity Tutors! I have lots of experience tutoring chemistry (it's my specialty!), but I am also very comfortable with algebra and biology as well. I just graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, so ask away when it comes to those topics! I eventually want to go to graduate school studying immunology and possibly get an MD/PhD. I am also very down to earth and love music and life. Being outdoors or creating something new are always exciting to me, so if you want advice on keeping a balance between school and fun, I would be happy to help there as well. It is my personality to teach and expand knowledge for myself and others, so I am glad Varsity Tutors recognized this and will allow me to help students across my area!

Lindsay’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Davis - Bachelors, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Test Scores

SAT Writing: 710

Hobbies

making music, singing, hiking, seeing movies, hanging out with friends downtown

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Algebra 2

Biochemistry

Biology

College Algebra

College Biology

High School Biology

Homework Support

Honors Chemistry

Math

Other

Pre-Algebra

Science

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is to go at the student's pace and check if they are learning every step of the way. Knowing is one thing, but imparting knowledge onto another is completely different.

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

I would slow down and take a step toward the more basic side of the concept before trying to rush forward.

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

I would show them what kinds of real life connections they can make with the subject to make it more relatable.

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

I would ask them questions after every step of the problem and have them phrase the technique as opposed to me just explaining it.