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I graduated with a Master of Science in Entomology (Biology) from University of California, Davis, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Policy (Biodiversity and Conservation Biology) from University of Maryland, College Park. I also minored in Spanish Language Literature. I love both science and humanities!

I enjoy working with students of all ages (elementary school to adult) to facilitate their learning and academic achievement. I've tutored ever since elementary school in a variety of subjects, including Algebra, Spanish, Reading and Writing, Biology, and Exercise Science. During instruction, I meet students "where they are" to foster trust and communication, to establish groundwork for improvement, and to understand the student's needs and goals. Moving forward, I challenge and encourage students as they work hard to reach their goals. My favorite aspect of tutoring is seeing students' confidence and self-esteem increase as they learn, work hard, and apply critical thinking to new material. I believe that one of the most effective ways to learn is to understand how something applies to "real life" and how it could be useful in real-world scenarios.

My favorite classes have been on interdisciplinary topics, such as "Environment and Culture of Amazonia," "Freshwater Ecology," and "The Idea of Crime." For over 9 years, I worked as a Research Entomologist, and I recently started my own business working with organic food production. In my spare time, I enjoy reading non-fiction and historical fiction, hiking, kayaking, yoga, cooking, and traveling.

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Irina’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Maryland-College Park - Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science

Graduate Degree: University of California-Davis - Master of Science, Entomology


hiking, kayaking, reading non-fiction and historical fiction, yoga, travel, cooking

Tutoring Subjects

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep


ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep

ACCUPLACER Language Use Prep

Agricultural Science

AP Biology

AP Environmental Science


College Application Essays

College English

Creative Writing


Elementary School Math


English Grammar and Syntax


Environmental Science

Essay Editing

Expository Writing


Graduate Test Prep

GRE Verbal

High School Biology

High School English

High School Writing


Life Sciences

Marine Biology



Middle School

Middle School Math



Public Health

SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening

SAT Subject Tests Prep


Social Sciences



Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Technical Writing

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep


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