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Mercedes

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I am a graduate of The University of Central Florida (UCF). I received a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology & Microbiology as well as a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a focus on Neuroscience. My tutoring experience started in college as a teaching assistant, both in English and Spanish for the Biology Department. As a teaching assistant, I tutored students one-on-one, cultivated student interaction via study groups, encouraged critical thinking and trained students on the improvement of study skills. Later, I was awarded the NSF Graduate Teaching Fellowship in K-12 Education where I taught science learning to middle school students, in the community, by developing laboratory experiments that would encourage critical thinking via the inquiry method. After graduation, as a Scientific Research Assistant, my research focused on Neuroscience, specifically the central & peripheral nervous system. As a researcher, I published my research in peer reviewed journals and presented at many scientific conferences in order to effectively communicate my research findings to the world.
After five years in research, I felt the growing need to give back in a more direct way to my community. I wanted to use all of my education and research skills to give students real-world experience in science.
Today, I am a certified Professional Educator in Biology, Chemistry as well as a Gifted Endorsed Instructor, grades 6-12, with many years of experience. I believe all students have their own unique motivations and goals which require different tutoring approaches that address each student's individual needs. I am grateful to have the opportunity to be a guide who can help students learn, structure new knowledge and connect key academic concepts to their daily lives. I am excited to be working with students via Varsity Tutors and look forward to working with you!

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Mercedes’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Central Florida - Bachelor of Science, Biology, General

Hobbies

I love spending time with my family, traveling, the beach, playing volleyball, reading a good book (historical fiction), sewing, crocheting and hand embroidery.

Tutoring Subjects

Biology

Conversational Spanish

Earth Science

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Writing

English

High School Biology

Languages

Life Sciences

Math

Middle School Science

Science

Spanish

Writing

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