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Marsha

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I enjoy working with students one-on-one to help them achieve their academic goals. I ensure my students understand the material and challenge them to think about the subject matters with real-world application in mind.

I am a research scientist by training and have earned my Ph.D. in Human Genetics. My education has included extensive scientific and non-scientific writing as well as a full breadth of math, reading and science.

When I'm not tutoring, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and I love sushi!!

Marsha’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: City College of the City University of New York - Bachelors, Biology, General

Graduate Degree: Albert Einstein College of Medicine - PHD, Biology, General

Test Scores

GRE: 150

Hobbies

Reading, listening to music, spending time with my family.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade Math

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

Adult Literacy

Biology

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

Essay Editing

High School Biology

High School English

High School Writing

Life Sciences

Math

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Other

Pre-Algebra

Reading

Science

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe students should have a thorough understanding of the subject matter rather than learning by rote. Understanding fundamentals is the key to academic success.

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

Talk to the student about where he/she is struggling. Then observe the student's approach to working through the material.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Give the students the tools to break down something complicated into simple parts.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Ensure that he/she is grasping the material and keeping the goal in view.

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

Take a step back, and uncover the root of the confusion the student experiences.

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

Ask students bite-sized questions on the topic. Helping students think systematically about the text helps with comprehension. Also, introducing relevant real-world scenarios.

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

I find that really engaging students and helping them relate what they're learning to real world scenarios helps students see the big picture and sparks more interest in the subject matter.

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

Firstly, I help students get over the fear of failure; it's amazing how much that helps a student feel more confident and ready to take on anything.

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

I find that repetition of most tasks helps students realize that they can tackle a variety of questions on a topic; it really builds their confidence.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I talk to my students first to find out where they are mentally. Then I ask them to work on a few incrementally more difficult tasks to see where remediation (if necessary) is needed, and we build from there.

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

I listen to my students needs; I also observe how they learn and assimilate information. Then I observe how the strategies used are working for the student and adapt from there.

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

During a tutoring session I use materials that are tailored to my student's learning style and needs. So for some, I may use flashcards, for others practice sheets to drill on a topic, and for others I may use auditory-books, etc.

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

I challenge and test my students on an ongoing basis. I find material that is fundamental to the subject matter and ask students to answer questions that they have not seen before, but since fundamentals of a subject don't vary across tests or textbooks, it is usually a good measure of comprehension.