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Jessica

I am a Dallas transplant, having grown up in Southern California. I earned my B.S. in Biology and my M.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Riverside. I spent 3 more years at UC Riverside working towards a Ph.D. before deciding to focus on teaching. I am addicted to the “light bulb” moment that students have when they finally understand a concept and work tirelessly to help my students achieve that. I try to take a very individualized approach with my students as I know there are many different ways of learning. I have taught numerous courses in anthropology, all focusing on various aspects of biological anthropology, but my favorite subjects to teach, and to tutor, are general biology, genetics, and evolution, especially as they all relate to humans. I also really enjoy helping students with their college admissions essays. When I’m not working or tutoring, I like to explore the sights of Dallas, the Arboretum being my personal favorite, cook, and take in a guilty-pleasure television show.

Undergraduate Degree:

University of California-Riverside - Bachelors, Biology, General

Graduate Degree:

University of California-Riverside - Masters, Anthropology

SAT Composite: 2120

SAT Verbal: 720

SAT Writing: 720

SAT Subject Test in Literature: 730

SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 770

Sports, crafting, reading, guilty pleasure: television

Archaeology

Basic Computer Literacy

Cell Biology

CLEP Prep

CLEP Biology

CLEP Human Growth and Development

College Application Essays

College Biology

Developmental Biology

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Evolution

Evolutionary Biology

GED Science

General Biology

High School Biology

Homework Support

IB BIology

Life Sciences

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

Middle School Science

Molecular Genetics

Other

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Social Sciences

Study Skills and Organization

Technology and Computer Science

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

In a first session with a student, I'd like to get to know them, their learning style, and what it is that they are struggling with. I'd also take a look at any materials that they have been provided with to see where I might be able to provide some supplemental material.

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

I have found that connecting abstract concepts to real-world problems or examples is one of the best way to get a student engaged in the material. If I can relate the material to a hobby or personal interest of the student, even better.

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

This is going to depend on the student and the subject, but I am big on drawing/writing; so, I'll definitely use a notebook, a blank screen and my tablet pen. I also love showing video clips, so a YouTube tab will always be open!