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Karen

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Hello! My name is Karen, and I am so excited to be your tutor. I was a tutor throughout college, and I found so much enjoyment in helping students learn, succeed, and grow.

I originally hail from New Jersey, but I have lived in Arizona as far back as I can remember. I went to Desert Mountain High School (gosh, 4 years ago now!), and spent most of my time playing on sports teams and be drowned with IB homework. But I managed to conquer the IB and graduated with a lot of skills that helped me in college. (For all you IB kids out there - I know it sucks now, but you will be thankful that you did it). I got an academic scholarship from Arizona State University, where I just graduated from the Barrett Honors College. My degree is in Forensics (but let's be honest, its a natural science degree with some CSI pizzazz thrown in). During college I volunteered in chemistry laboratories, tutored, did research in the Criminology school, and finished my honors thesis. Now I work as a hostess (downgrade) and am applying for graduate schools.

Now for the good part - what I tutor. If you are in need of organic chemistry, genetics, or analytical chemistry, I am your gal. I am also very strong in cellular biology, biochemistry, toxicology, biology (not ecology), and basic statistics. I lean towards organic topics, so if you need help with inorganic chemistry (such as gas laws/thermodynamics/catalytic cells/etc.), I would go to another tutor because they are probably much better at it than me - and I want you to have the best!

On a more specific note, if you are currently in IB English or The Human Event (Barrett students), I would be more than happy to help with your essays and offer advice for improvement.

So that is me! Hopefully I will get to meet you in the future, and if you do choose me, I know I can lead you on the path to success. Let's get started!

Karen’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Arizona State University - Bachelors, Forensics

Hobbies

Drawing, Badminton, Tennis, Movies and TV

Tutoring Subjects

Analytical Chemistry

Biology

Cell Biology

Chemistry

College Biology

College Chemistry

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

IB

IB Biology

IB Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

Other

Science


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that the best way to verify if you know a topic is to teach it to others - I have my students teach me topics to know if they really understand the material.

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

I ask them what areas they need help in and ask them preliminary questions to gauge their level of understanding. I also determine what type of teaching style works best for them.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

If I help them through a problem, I will ask them a very similar one directly afterwards and ask them to answer it without my help. If they can, I then ask them to teach it back to me.

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

Try different teaching styles - physical models, diagrams, metaphors, sample questions, or even different textbooks.