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Amanda

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I am a second-year pharmacy student at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. I tutor a variety of subjects, but my main areas of focus are math/science tutoring and college counseling.

College counseling is the area of expertise where I am most fond to offer my services. I am a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and have firsthand experience in navigating the college and pharmacy school admissions processes, having participated in admissions decisions for the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy itself. I can help you navigate the stressful endeavor that is the college/graduate school application cycle.
My private tutoring services include, among other things, proofreading college admissions essays, making sure the final product is leaves a positive lasting impression. With my assistance, one could not be more prepared to help land the college of his/her dreams!

My services also include science and math tutoring ranging from elementary school level to college aged students. My two years of being an undergraduate teaching assistant at the University of Maryland, College Park have given me valuable experience and knowledge I apply when tutoring students.

Amanda’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Maryland-College Park - Bachelors, Microbiology

Graduate Degree: University of Maryland-Baltimore - Current Grad Student, Pharmacy

Test Scores

SAT Math: 710

PCAT Biology: 466

PCAT Chemistry: 455

Hobbies

Running and singing

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Anatomy

Anatomy & Physiology

Biology

College Biology

College English

College Essays

English

Graduate Test Prep

High School Biology

High School English

Math

Microbiology

PCAT Biology

PCAT Chemistry

Physiology

Science


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Lifelong learning and the pursuit of growth.

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

Make a list prioritizing what tasks need to be completed first, second, third, and so on within a tutoring session. This is so we can use our time efficiently.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Teach study skills as well as facts!

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Emphasize that in acquiring knowledge, there will days where it will seem harder than usual to pick up a new skill. The key is to stay positive and keep working at it!

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

Focus on this particular skill/concept in depth by giving this area extra practice while attacking it from a variety of angles. Sometimes, a new perspective is the key.

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

While reading or taking a test, slow down and focus on what is directly in front of you. Meanwhile, read articles and books in your downtime, as practice is key.

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

Build trust between me and the student by demonstrating knowledge of the subject, or arriving at the right answer in the least amount of time when solving a difficult challenge.

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

Mention or look up examples of the subject within the context of real life, i.e. genetic modification used in treating cancer patients, or chemistry being used to create new equipment and tools.

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

Have him or her explain the material in his/her own words. Ask the student to teach the material back to me as if I were a student myself.

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

Keep reminding them of how far they have come from where they started. Give them exercises that drive home the message that they know more now than they had before.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Ask them about their prior knowledge of subjects, and note areas of knowledge that may need some improvement or practice. Or, I would give them sample questions relating to the material and see how they go about answering them.

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

Always stay engaged with the student. Stay aware of how they are receiving the material. If they show signs of confusion or discouragement, address this immediately with "Do you understand?" or "Any questions so far?"

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

Paper, pen, pencil, and sometimes a whiteboard with dry erase marker. Laptop plus internet is also a very useful tool. Students should definitely be knowledgeable in how to wisely use the resources they have at hand.