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I am a Doctoral Student in Public Health with an undergraduate degree in general sciences (i.e. Pre-Med) and masters in Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness as well as in Biology. I decided to tutor because when I was an undergraduate I often struggled in my classes and spent far too much time struggling just to get the answer, much less understand the material.I like tutoring students because I can help make the learning process easier, and perhaps enjoyable. I don't think it is beneficial to struggle for hours just trying to get an answer to a question. Instead, I think there is added value in having someone help you through a problem to understand the material as a whole (while still answering your homework problems). School is challenging, but it doesn't have to be impossible, and I hope that I can help with that process.

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Allison’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Oregon - Bachelors, General Science

Graduate Degree: Illinois Institute of Technology - Masters, Biology, General

Test Scores

MCAT Verbal Reasoning: 11

Hobbies

Swimming, Skiing, College Football, Playing with my dogs and everything about the Holidays!

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

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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

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5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

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6th Grade

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6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

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8th Grade

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9th Grade

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Academic Coaching

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep

ACCUPLACER Language Use Prep

ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Prep

ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep

ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep

ACT with Writing Prep

Adult Literacy

Algebra

Algebra 2

Anatomy

Anatomy & Physiology

AP Research

AP Spanish Language & Culture

MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

Biology

Business

Business Writing

Cardiology

Cell Biology

Chemistry

CHSPE Prep

CLEP Prep

CLEP Biology

CLEP Chemistry

CLEP College Algebra

CLEP College Composition

CLEP College Mathematics

College Application Essays

College Biology

College Chemistry

Creative Writing

Developmental Biology

Elementary Algebra

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

Emergency Medicine

English

Evolution

Evolutionary Biology

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing

Flute

GED Prep

GED Math

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

GED Science

GED Social Studies

General Biology

General Chemistry

Geometry

Gifted

GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

Health Care Policy

High School

High School Biology

High School Business

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Physics

High School Writing

Human Development

Languages

Mac Basic Computer Skills

Math

Medical Ethics

Medical Terminology

Medicine

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Molecular Biology

Molecular Genetics

Other

Physical Science

Physics

Physiology

Piano

Pre-Algebra

Probability

Public Health

SAT Subject Test in Physics

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Science

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spelling Bee

Statistics

Statistics Graduate Level

Study Skills

Summer

Technical Writing

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

Vocabulary

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is that everyone has the potential to master any subject if the material can be conveyed in a manner which they can understand. Therefore, it is my job as a tutor to help ensure that any student can master any subject that they so desire.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

A student can't be independent until they feel confident in their learning abilities. By working with students and showing them techniques to help them master the basic material, we can then apply those techniques to more complex material, and give them the confidence to at least try initially on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Keep it fun and interesting! No one wants to be bogged down with difficult material. If a student is getting frustrated and lacking motivation, then it is important to take a step back and help them remember the progress they have made and what subjects they have enjoyed.

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

I am a visual learner, so often I will draw diagrams, create parallels, and/or simplify the jargon into a relatable concept. If we can get to a basic understanding using other themes, then we have a better shot of conceptualizing the difficult material.

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

I would try to get to know them, understand what they are interested in, and find out what subjects they like and which ones they loathe. I would also gauge where they are at in their curriculum and establish both short-term and long-term goals.

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

When I start with a student, I make sure to find a balance between what is difficult for them along with what is less challenging. By not overwhelming them, we can work on establishing confidence and good study skills with the subjects they already know.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I try to make both short and long-term goals with the student, and check in periodically to see if we are accomplishing those goals. This also allows for the opportunity to adjust to the student's needs and make our sessions more effective.

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

I continually adjust my technique (as is fit) until we find a method that best helps the student understand the material.

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