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Natalie

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Originally I'm from Niagara Falls, NY, but I'm currently working as a forensic DNA technologist in Northern Virginia. I graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA with my Bachelor's in Biochemistry and my Master's in Forensic Science and Law. I was drawn to this major because of my interest in science as well as mysteries (especially Nancy Drew as a kid!). In my free time I enjoy hiking, kayaking, playing tennis, working on arts and crafts, and traveling

My love of learning started at a young age, thanks to my parents and a library card that opened my eyes to a wealth of information. It's my goal to help others enjoy learning as much as I have! I first started tutoring in high school, and I've enjoyed helping students from kindergarten age through college work through challenging concepts to gain a better understanding of the material.

I'm a strong believer that "hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard". Not all subjects come easy to everyone, but with the right attitude, anything is possible. I hope that through tutoring I can help students set and reach their academic goals and establish life-long learning habits.

Natalie’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Duquesne University - Bachelors, Biochemistry

Graduate Degree: Duquesne University - Masters, Forensic Science and Law

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 31

ACT English: 30

ACT Reading: 31

ACT Science: 34

SAT Verbal: 740

SAT Writing: 730

Hobbies

When I'm not busy with school and work I enjoy making arts and crafts, baking, spending time with friends, playing tennis, hiking, and traveling.

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Algebra

History

AP

AP Biology

AP Calculus AB

AP Chemistry

AP Statistics

AP United States History

AP US History

AP World History

Biochemistry

Biology

Biostatistics

College Biology

College English

College Essays

College Level American History

College World History

Conversational Spanish

Discrete Math

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Geometry

High School Biology

High School English

High School Level American History

High School World History

Homework Support

Honors Chemistry

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Middle Level

Languages

Life Sciences

Math

Middle School Math

Other

Pre-Algebra

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

Public Speaking

Reading

REGENTS Prep

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M

SAT Subject Test in Chemistry

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Science

Social studies

Spanish

Spanish 1

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Middle Level

Statistics

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

US History

World History

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that it is important to learn from mistakes, but not dwell on them. Each day is a fresh start, and yesterday's frustrations shouldn't be the focus. When tutoring, I like to begin the lesson by looking at one's strengths and approaching a problem by using these skills.

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

I think it's important to make the information being learned relevant to the student. Some topics might not seem to be that useful, but by learning more about the student's interests, I try to relate future lessons back to this information. Also, I think it's important to establish both short-term and long-term goals at the first tutoring session. This ensures that both the student and myself are on the same page, and allows us to track our progress.