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My name is Leanne Lapaz and I am a graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in Integrative Biology. I also have a Master's Degree in Biology from CSUN. My experiences as a elementary and junior high school science teacher and tutor at a career college have afforded me the opportunity to interact with diverse student populations and engage them in learning. What I have discovered is that regardless the age of the student, if the subject matter is not presented in an interesting and engaging way, there is a negligible degree of learning that occurs. Math does not have to be laborious and mind-numbing! There are so many practical applications for it in everyday life that it is astounding! I understand that not all students are going to learn in the typical way and that sometimes one has to apply unorthodox solutions to break through that brain-barrier. I also understand that taking tests is just as much about HOW you take the test as WHAT you know. There are definitely strategies that can be applied that can significantly improve test scores. I am qualified to tutor in an array of subjects, such as: Biology, Algebra, Geometry, Anatomy and Physiology, Basic Math and Science. My goal is to make the student excited about learning, that’s when it stops being work!
I played soccer for around 10-11 years on AYSO and then for 3 years when I got to high school. Many of those years I was picked for the All-Star team and when I first got to high school in the 10th grade, I was able to make it on the Varsity team (which at the time, at Alemany High School, was no small feat). I have played in all the positions, so I possess a well rounded knowledge of the necessary skills/attributes needed for each member of the team.
When I was a tutor at Concorde Career College, much of my time was spent with students who were lacking in study skills. After spending about a year there, I put together a presentation that outlined the basic fundamentals when it came to studying, such as time management, consistency, and smart practices. I understand the critical need for students to demonstrate good study habits and how vital a role that will play in their academic success. There are little tips and tricks that also can be utilized to aid in the studying process that I have become privy to in my years of tutoring (bold-faced words, flash cards, how to take tests, etc.)
I practically knew how to swim before I could walk! I joined my first swim team when I was 5 and went to the junior Olympics when I was 15. I taught swimming at the YMCA and a small private school in the valley. I have been certified in Lifeguarding and WSI, although these are not current. I also participated in a triathlon when I was 16, which included an ocean swim. I was on the Varsity swim team all of my years in high school.
One of the most competitive programs at Concorde Career College was their Vocational Nursing program and there were many aspiring students that needed help in preparing for this exam. I was the tutor for these students, and have an understanding of what is required to pass the exam. The test consists of Reading, Mathematics, Science and English and Language Usage. I can say with some confidence that there were many students that would not have passed the exam without my assistance in strengthening their skills.
GED Success! — Leanne worked very well with our 19 year old to pass the GED. We tried another tutor before selecting her and ended up unhappy after a single session. Leanne was doggedly determined to make sure this young man passed, even counseling us not to suggest that he could retake the math part because we were giving up to easily. He was very surprised when he saw his math score. It was much higher tha ...
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