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I am a former professor in human, physical, and environmental geographies. I have a background in geology and marine science, communications, as well as a doctorate in geography. I have taught a wide range of subjects including chemistry, physical geography, human geography (and labs), marine geography, environmental science, Caribbean geography, globalization, political ecology, writing for the sciences, writing and research, and communication. I enjoy teaching a variety of subjects and like to discover ways to personalize lessons. My first focus is to build trust and communication with the student, and give them the skills to feel independent and sure of how to succeed in the desired subject area. I tend to apply alternative methods that encourage open communication, and interactive engagement (versus "top down" teaching strategies). I believe strongly in self-assessment and giving the student the ability not only to find their strengths, but also their weaknesses and give them the skills to overcome those challenges through attainable milestones. I have fostered and tutored three nieces into advanced programs and honor rolls in their schools through my method of engaging their skills with real world applications, and showing them how all of these skills are used in our society in various ways. This provides motivation and purpose and takes the subject from one of "a required knowledge" to one that they see as valuable and worth investing their time with. I love the outdoors and used to be a kitesurfing instructor as well.

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Barbara’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: College of Charleston - Bachelor in Arts, Geology

Graduate Degree: Florida State University - Doctor of Philosophy, Geography


watersports (surfing, kitesurfing instructor, paddle boarding, kayaking), biking, photography and digital image processing, cooking, soap-making

Tutoring Subjects

Academic Coaching

ACT English

ACT Science

ACT Writing

AP Environmental Science

AP German Language and Culture

AP Research

Arrangement and Composition


Basic Computer Literacy


CLEP German

College Application Essays

College English

College Geography

Conversational German

Earth Science



English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Expository Writing




Graduate Test Prep

GRE Verbal

High School English

High School Geography

High School Writing

IB Environmental Systems and Societies

IB Geography

IB Global Politics

IB Social and Cultural Anthropology

IB Theory of Knowledge



Mac Basic Computer Skills

Marine Biology

Middle School Science



Philosophical Ethics


SAT Subject Test in German with Listening

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language


Social Sciences

Social Studies


Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Technical Writing

Technology and Coding

Test Prep


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