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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


Drawing, Badminton, Tennis, Movies and TV

Tutoring Subjects

Analytical Chemistry


Cell Biology


College Biology

College Chemistry

High School Biology

High School Chemistry


IB Biology

IB Chemistry

Organic Chemistry



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.