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Sarah S.

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El Cerrito, CA (94530)

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Hi! My name is Sarah, and I am a 22-year-old recent grad from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I have experience tutoring at the middle, high school, and college levels and I specifically tailor my tutoring approach to each individual. For high school and college, I specialize in algebra, biology, chemistry, and SAT/ACT test prep, and at the middle/elementary school level, I can help with all subjects.

My qualifications: I graduated with a double major in chemical-biological engineering and biology. At MIT, I took extensive classes in heat and mass transfer, reactor design, fluidics, physiology, and genetics. ACT Score: 35. I have growing tutoring experience in a variety of subjects, including varying levels of math, chemistry, and biology. I also volunteered to give special presentations about women in STEM fields to middle and high schools in the area. I currently work at a biotech company where I work with the cutting edge of electrophoresis and Western blotting techniques on a daily basis.

Why I tutor: Learning should be fun. To make this happen, each student deserves an individualized program infused with the right dose of humor, real-world application, and structure. Humor is one of the most effective, yet under-utilized tools in learning that can help form connections through silliness. Real-world applications bring a sense of purpose to the room along with an understanding of how the material fits into life outside the classroom. Structure provides a framework to set goals in a clear, consistent manner. Most of all, I just love to help people learn and gain a sense of connection to the academic world.

If you have a question or would like to schedule a lesson, please don't hesitate to contact me!

I hope to hear from you soon!

Sarah

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Sarah’s subjects

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading

ACT English

When I took this exam, I received a score of 35 on this section. I have had extensive training in English usage/mechanics and rhetorical skills throughout my education. My tutoring approach in this subject is two-pronged: I focus on general reasoning and comprehension skills using the passages and other materials as examples, and I also focus on strategies and skills specific to this section.

ACT Math

When I took the ACT, I received a score of 36 on the Math section. I understand the content itself extremely well. I also understand the variety of techniques that can be used to solve even the most difficult problems in the time crunch of the test. These techniques can be just as important as the content itself. To understand this subject, it can be best to isolate different types of problems and work through different techniques, continually checking progress to a set goal along the the way.

ACT Reading

When I took this exam, I received a score of 34 on this section. I have had extensive training in reading comprehension and use of reasoning skills throughout my education. My tutoring approach in this subject is two-pronged: I focus on general reasoning and comprehension skills using the passages and other materials as examples, and I also focus on strategies and skills specific to this section.

ACT Science

When I took this exam, I received a score of 34 on this section. I have had extensive training in science-based reasoning and problem-solving skills throughout my education. This education includes a multitude of science classes as well as hands-on experience in the laboratory running various experiments. My tutoring approach in this subject is two-pronged: I focus on general reasoning and problem-solving skills using the given scenarios and other materials as examples, and I also focus on strategies and skills specific to this section of the ACT.

Algebra 1

In addition to my own experience with algebra, I have extensive experience tutoring this subject to different people. I customize my approach to fit the specific questions and needs of the individual and generally use many different examples and analogies to make each concept easier to understand.

Biochemistry

While at MIT, I took Biochemistry and received an A in the class. This subject, while difficult at first glance, can be learned by applying a few basic rules to the chemistry of the body. Once learned, these principles can be applied to this chemistry and greatly simplifies it. After all, it comes down to one basic question: how to create and use energy.

Biology

I just received my bachelor's degree (part of a double major) in biology from MIT. While there, I took classes in genetics, physiology, biochemistry, and general biology, etc and maintained an average GPA of 4.6/5.0. This subject has always been one of my many favorites to learn and to teach.

Chemical Engineering

I just received my Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from MIT. My coursework includes Thermodynamics, Fluid Dynamics, Heat & Mass Transfer, Transport Processes, Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design, as well as extensive laboratory experience in cell culture and polymer work. My average GPA was 4.6/5.0 throughout.

Chemistry

I have taken the equivalent of over 7 years of high school chemistry, advanced chemistry, honors/accelerated chemistry, AP chemistry (score: 5), and general honors college chemistry. I have also tutored in each of these subjects as well. I customize my approach to fit the specific questions and needs of the individual and generally use many different examples and analogies to make each concept easier to understand.

Elementary Math

My general approach to tutoring elementary math is to make it fun. There are many ways to make learning math fun, depending on the student. Personally, I was taught with M&Ms. There's no better way to learn basic math than with M&Ms. I apply this basic idea to different math concepts and demonstrate how each concept is relevant to "real life". I've found this to be the most meaningful method in my experience tutoring this subject.

Prealgebra

My general approach to tutoring math, including prealgebra, is to make it fun. There are many ways to do this, depending on the student. There's no better way to learn basic math than with real-world examples with real-world consequences. When you're trying to find "x", it almost always helps when "x" is something realistic and easy to think about. I apply this basic idea to different prealgebra concepts and demonstrate how each concept is relevant to "real life". I've found this to be the most effective and meaningful method in my experience tutoring this subject.

Probability

I received a 5 on the AP Statistics exam and have taken general classes on probability. I generally use multiple analogies and examples to tutor this subject, although I tailor my approach to the individual student.

Proofreading

Throughout my educational experience, not only have I written my fair share of papers and essays, but I have also gained extensive experience in proofreading others'. My extremely strong grasp of grammar, punctuation, and general writing skill make for well-developed content that flows throughout the piece, no matter it's topic. I can proofread almost any piece of writing at almost any level, ranging from short answer questions to college application essays to technical research papers.

SAT Math

I received a score of 770 on the SAT Math Level 2 exam and a score of 740 on the Math section of the general SAT. I understand the content itself extremely well. I also understand the variety of techniques that can be used to solve even the most difficult problems in the time crunch of the test. These techniques can be just as important as the content itself. To understand this subject, it can be best to isolate different types of problems and work through different techniques, continually checking progress to a set goal along the the way.

Study Skills

Through my education throughout high school and MIT, I have gained extensive experience in studying and learning material effectively. Depending on the content, setting, and time frame of the curriculum, my methods of studying vary and have grown over the years. However, they all boil down to 4 different themes: preparing to study and setting goals, different ways to take in the information, how to remember and work with this information, and the expected output (e.g. tests, etc). I have experience tutoring others in this subject as well, and I have found that the key to success is to find the right combination of these four themes for different types of content for each person.

Vocabulary

Through reading, context, and through classes, I have gained a large vocabulary of the English language. One of the most meaningful ways to increase your vocabulary is to associate the word with a physical and/or tangible meaning, regardless of the definition. This method is my main approach to tutoring this subject.

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Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (Chemical Engineering)

Educational and interpersonal connection - VERY good! — Sarah is engaging and had "chemistry" with our daughter upon first contact. Our daughter is an "alpha" female with a strong self-esteem, good HS scores, SAT and GPA and needed a booster for her college chemistry entrance exam. Sarah was very responsive to our proactive need to have our daughter get up to speed for her college chemistry entrance exam which is happening ASAP. Sarah was very flexib ...

— M from San Francisco, CA on 6/17/14

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Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

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Sarah will travel within 15 miles of El Cerrito, CA 94530.

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