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This enthusiastic PhD scientist/mom would love to help your K-12 son/daughter with their math and science. My professional degrees are in fields of biology but my passion is the pursuit and understanding of all areas of science. In 2010 I retired from 25 years in immunology research and biotech consulting in order to spend more time being a mom to my kids. As a bonus, I spend quite a bit of time doing homework with them. With the older child in 5th grade now, I’m finding much to my chagrin that in order to pass each next test in school, children this age are being pressured to memorize facts and phrases without any real understanding of the simple concepts underlying them. Not only is this boring and meaningless for the student but incredibly frustrating as well. Because without an understanding, even closely related questions will stump them all over again. Central to my approach is getting your student to grasp concepts in ways that are meaningful to them. It becomes a challenge they understand instead of meaningless memorization. More importantly, they are better prepared to meet similar challenges with insight and some sense of control instead of helpless befuddlement.
I’m very familiar with the current elementary school curricula in San Diego and can tutor any subject area K-6. I can cover all mathematics and science subject areas covered through middle school. This would include any earth sciences, natural sciences and introductory level physics and chemistry. Since my professional degrees are in the biological sciences I can tutor any high school, college and post-graduate level biology subject matter.
Lastly, I hold a current CNA certificate in the state of California.
I have tutored Elementary School students for four years. I set goals for students and ensure scholastic success in Science, Math, English Reading and Composition, and Independent Research Skills. This is accomplished by explaining and clarifying in ways the individual can relate, and advising in difficulty areas. Close communication with the parents is crucial for continued success in the student's work at home and school.
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