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I am a proud homegrown product of the Arizona education system; University High School (Class of 99') and the University of Arizona 04'!
I've had the great pleasure of studying the sciences as both a college student and graduate student. Along the way I took advantage of many opportunities to further my working knowledge in research, teaching, and mentoring with the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
I've worked as a tutor for over 12 years. Additional experiences that have helped me improve my tutoring methods include teaching experience at the college level (Pima Community College- Math Faculty Certified), and a National Science Foundation Graduate K-12 Teaching Fellowship.
The sum of my experiences left me with a desire to share all that I've learned and help more students find the beauty in the uncharted territory of a higher education just as I did. I believe that every student is unique and my priority, as a tutor, is to help each and every student access their full potential through encouragement, motivation, and confidence.
Ultimately, I work hard to keep math simple, complete, and achievable for everyone.
I have a B.S. in Math and Statistics (2001). While the statistics degree required joint courses to be completed at LSU-Health Science Center in Biometry. I completed the coursework in Biometry (theoretical statistics) at LSU-HSC (2001). I received my MPH with a minor in biostatistics from the University of Arizona (2004). I'm currently completing my doctorate in Epidemiology with a minor in biostatistics at the University of Arizona (2013).
My research is heavily based in analytical Epidemiology. Aside from my quantitative background, my research work in the sciences combined with my skills in biostatistics have enabled me to engage students in interesting conceptual questions that relate currents events to mathematics!
To tutor biostatistics well you have to understand not only the application side (using the software and calculating the numbers) but as well, the theory side to help students truly comprehend their objective in the process of analysis.
I have tutoring experience in math, reading, science, writing, and social studies for K-6th grade students. Over the last 2 years I have worked with 5 students in the K-6 grades. Beyond math we worked on multi-subject tutoring that required additional assistance in science, language arts, reading and writing. My emphasis for the upper grades is study skills and attention to specific areas where the students may have weaknesses which include concentration, attention to detail, comprehension, and pace of work. For the lower grades I emphasize comprehension and detail. Comprehension and pace is important at these grade levels to ensure students are not engaging in poor habits such as rushing through work or lack of attention.
I have graduate level course work in STATA and I am a self-taught programmer in STATA. I make the distinction because most programmers use SAS and STATA is often used in the Windows based version for introductory level statistics courses. However, at the University of Arizona, STATA is a preferred statistical software package and I have learned to program in STATA to gain more access to the powerful tools that STATA has to offer a programmer.
My experience with STATA extends to the following courses: Intro Statistics, Test of Means, ANOVA, ANCOVA, Test of Propositions, Regression Analysis (linear, multi-linear, logistic). I've been working with introductory statistics for 10 years.
I received my BS in Statistics in 2001, my MPH with a biostatistics concentration in 2004, and I'm completing my dissertation in Epidemiology with a minor in biostatistics Dec. 2013.
I've worked as a tutor and mentor to students of all ages (HS--College) for 12+ years. Good study skills are a necessary part of setting a goal, working through the steps towards reaching a goal, and ultimately accomplishing a goal.
As a mentor it was extremely important for me to work closely with students within a finite amount of time to ensure their assigned projects were worked on daily (setting manageable daily tasks). In my working experience with students it was important for the student to meet a standard of comprehension that ensured their learning goals were being met, and they were capable of passing internal examinations (short term goals) which showed their progress and gains in accomplishing their long term goals.
Studying effectively is a technique that is unique to each student. There are some generalized methods that all students should adhere to such as:
- Good note taking skills
This includes good headers
Creating sections for each topic
Good penmanship is a must
- Good Posture when studying
Proper seating does wonders for blood flow
Have a good work area for study materials
- Good organization
Highlighters, post-it flags
Taking pride in your work is a must!
Ultimately all of these items can be modified by the student. What's important is that the person working with your child takes the time to learn your child’s individual learning style and works with them to build good, strong, positive, study skills.
Learned a lot! — I used Rachel for tutoring in math for the ACT. I learned a lot not only for the ACT but also applied this knowledge to my current math class. She taught me knew math concepts in a way that made sense and I was actually able to remember! Will definitely use Rachel in the future if I need future tutoring. ...
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