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I graduated from Calvin College with a Geology/Geography/Urban Studies degree. I went on to graduate from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and ISARA-Lyon with degrees in Agroecology and Organic Agriculture.
I started tutoring in high school and did so in college as well. In graduate school I assisted students with academic papers. Most recently I have been a high school Biology and Environmental Science teacher in an urban public school.
I am comfortable tutoring a variety of subjects. I am most passionate about cultivating a love for the natural world and enjoy teaching the life sciences. I believe that the love for learning is what motivates students to excel and that is what I hope to create.
My experiences with diverse students and education systems adds to my differentiated teaching style. In my spare time, I enjoy writing, cooking, and being connected to nature by gardening or farming.

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Helga’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Calvin College - Bachelors, Interdisciplinary- Geology/ Geography

Graduate Degree: Norwegian University of Life Sciences - Masters, Agroecology


Cooking, Farming/ Gardening, and Writing.

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Science

Agricultural Science

Anatomy & Physiology

AP Biology

AP Environmental Science

AP Human Geography

AP Research

AP Seminar



Cell Biology



CLEP Biology

CLEP Human Growth and Development

CLEP Natural Sciences

College Chemistry

College Geography

Earth Science


Elementary School Science

Environmental Science


High School Biology

High School Chemistry

High School Geography


Human Geography


Life Sciences

Middle School Science


SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M

SAT Subject Tests Prep


Social Studies


Test Prep


Urban Design and Development

Q & A

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

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I first need to understand what they have learned and then modify my strategy for teaching the concept. Sometimes it is a matter of reviewing the concept, and other times it requires going back to the basics and taking a new approach to the concept.

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

I have a few different strategies I use with students struggling with reading comprehension. I like to encourage reading with a purpose by presenting students with questions to consider while reading. I also ask students to come up their own questions as they read. Graphic organizers help some students with reading comprehension. I find summarizing to be a good way to check for understanding, and it also help students connect the ideas they have read.

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