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My name is Paula. For the past 12 years, I have lived, and worked in the US. However, I was born, raised, and educated in Finland, in a country with one of the best educational systems in the world.

I started tutoring, when I was in college, working on my degree in chemical engineering. My classmate had French during one of the math classes, so I ended up teaching her the entire math class, which was fun. In college, I tutored in many subjects, such as math, chemistry, and economics.

After my Master’s, I did my Ph.D. in chemical engineering. After working a while, I went back to school, and got my teacher certificate. I worked two years as a math, physics, and chemistry teacher in high school, before I moved to the US. I was supposed to stay here in Cincinnati, Ohio only for a couple of years, as a post-doc researcher. However, I am still on that trip. After my post-doc research position, I ended up working 10 years in the industry, before I became a Varsity Tutor.

I am a science tutor, primarily helping students in subjects like chemistry and math. Also, since I am currently finishing my Master’s in psychology, I can help out in that, too. I learned German early on at school, and used German every day for 5 years, here in a job in the US, so therefore, I can tutor students in the German language as well.

I teach theory by showing practice examples. I think it is important for the student to learn:
• By solving problems
• By experiencing, and doing exercises, by having those aha! moments, and really to understand the fundamentals, and how to apply the knowledge
• Visualizing, drawing (diagrams/pictures/tables), and summarizing is important as well

I am pretty easy going. I relax by playing with my kids, watching TV, doing outdoor activities, or going to the gym. I am excited to be a Varsity Tutor, and I hope to be as helpful and useful as possible.


Paula’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Lappeenranta University of Technology Finland - Bachelor of Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Graduate Degree: Abo Akademi University Finland - Doctor of Philosophy, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


playing with my kids, watching TV, doing outdoor activities, and going to the gym

Tutoring Subjects

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Conversational German


High School Chemistry