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My passion for Biology started at William & Mary when I was earning my Biology BS. My teaching career started as a life science teacher in middle school, moving on to High School where I have been for the past 12 years. During that time I earned a Masters degree in Special Education. I have taught AP Biology, IB Biology HL/SL, IB Environmental Science, AP Environmental Science. In high school I played basketball and lacrosse, and enjoy any type of sport.

Laura’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: College of William and Mary - Bachelors, Biology, General

Graduate Degree: Grand Canyon University - Masters, Special Education

Hobbies

Basketball, Soccer and Reading

Tutoring Subjects

3rd Grade Math

5th Grade Math

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Science

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Science

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Science

ACT Science

History

AP Biology

AP Environmental Science

Biology

Chemistry

CLEP Prep

CLEP Biology

College Biology

College Level American History

Earth Science

Ecology

Elementary Algebra

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Science

Environmental Science

General Biology

Genetics

Geometry

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

High School Level American History

IB Biology

IB Biology HL

IB Biology SL

IB Environmental Systems and Societies

IB Environmental Systems and Societies SL

IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science

IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science SL

Intermediate Algebra

Life Sciences

Math

Middle School Science

Science

Social studies

Test Prep


Q & A

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Being an independent learner means knowing how to study, research and determine important information, and which study skills work best for them.

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

Techniques used to help students understand materials, graphic organizers, highlighting, analogies, hands-on, and using pictures or videos to help understand concepts.

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

The best way to build a student's confidence in a subject is to show they have mastered the concepts. Good test scores or performance in school is the best way to show success. Also, working with the learner on how to answer questions.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Depending on the student's goals, it may be an initial assessment to see what they know and do not know. Also, by working with the student on the subject matter.

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

I look at what works and does not work, as well as feedback from the student to determine if they are having success.

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

Videos, graphics, textbooks, graphic organizers...anything to help the student to understand the subject.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Everyone can learn; adapting and meeting the needs of the learner is the most important.

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

In a typical first session, I determine the goals of the student, where they are currently, where they want to go, and what their learning style is.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Motivating students can come in a lot of different forms, from e-mails and encouragement before tutoring to following up on testing success. During tutoring sessions, giving good, positive feedback helps.

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

Explain the concept, and show text, video, graphics, and if possible hands-on materials to explain. Also break the concept down and ensure the student is grasping each area, and the background information.

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

Reading comprehension can be a problem. Take things slowly and break it down. Use reading strategies to help students who struggle with reading comprehension.

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

Building confidence and trust. Students have to know you are looking out for their best interests and you want them to be successful.

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

Find out what they are interested in and then use that to make comparisons to their interests.