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Susan B.

Palm Springs, CA

$40/hr

Learning can be fun

Background check passed as of 12/8/14
Usually responds in about 14 hours

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I love learning and teaching alike. My first teaching experience was in high school when I helped teach inner city children how to swim. Following high school, I earned a bachelor's degree in genetics at UC Berkeley, during which time I worked as a teacher's assistant for a genetics professor. While in medical school in Hungary, I tutored Hungarians in English, and medical students in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and biophysics. I completed internship and residency in Internal Medicine in the United States. As a senior resident I was responsible for teaching and supervising junior residents and interns. Although I currently work as a freelance science writer, my love of teaching has led me to continue tutoring (mainly math to middle and high school students) over the years.

When tutoring, I strive to make lessons engaging, effective and enjoyable. Specifically, I tailor lessons according to an individual student's needs and involve students in a dialogue by asking questions that provoke thought, conversation, and perhaps humor. Because facts and figures are easily looked up in the information age, I place particular emphasis on thinking and on "learning how to learn". My teaching goals for any student are threefold: 1. learn the material (well!) 2. pass the test/subject (with a comfortable margin!), and 3. enjoy it (most challenging with math!).

Math:
Algebra 1,
Prealgebra, SAT Math
English:
ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading,
SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Anatomy, Anthropology, Archaeology, Biochemistry, Biology,
Genetics, Nutrition, Physical Science, Zoology
Computer:
Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History,
Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, European History, Geography, Music History, Social Studies, World History
Music:
General Music, Music History, Piano
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Grammar, Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Phonics
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Biology,
Elementary (K-6th), English,
ESL/ESOL,
Piano, Prealgebra, Reading,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, ASVAB, CBEST, GED, GRE, SAT Math, SAT Reading
Sports/Recreation:
Fitness, Needlework, Swimming, Yoga
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

Math is one of my favorite subjects because it involves problem solving. The challenge for students is to learn how to think in terms of symbols, unknowns, constants, and how they relate to one another. Once these concepts are mastered, algebra becomes much easier.

American History

American History is so important, yet it seems to be under-appreciated. I believe it's very important for students to learn about how the United States became the country it is today and how we have freedoms that many other countries don't!

Biology

The incredible diversity of life forms on earth makes biology particularly fascinating to study. As an undergraduate student, I majored in genetics because of my interest in reproductive biology and heredity. My passion for biology is so great that I can't imagine a boring or unenlightening lesson in this subject.

English

Language is key to communication and excellent communication is priceless. English, as a mixed German-Latin language, is difficult to master, particularly for non-native speakers. However, good language skills do more than simply enhance effective communication, they also open doors to literature and poetry!

ESL/ESOL

English for non-native speakers is challenging both because English is a mixed German-Latin language and because English, unlike many languages, is not a phonetic language. For this reason it is just as important for students of English as a foreign language to practice speaking and listening in English as it is to practice reading and writing in English.

Reading

Good reading skills provide a necessary foundation for learning. While some people are more auditory than visual, reading is nevertheless necessary for most forms of communication and learning. In addition, reading opens doors to fiction and literature.

UC Berkeley
Genetics
Pecs University Medical School
MD

Education

UC Berkeley (Genetics)

Pecs University Medical School (MD)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Susan will travel within 20 miles of Palm Springs, CA 92264.


About Susan

I love learning and teaching alike. My first teaching experience was in high school when I helped teach inner city children how to swim. Following high school, I earned a bachelor's degree in genetics at UC Berkeley, during which time I worked as a teacher's assistant for a genetics professor. While in medical school in Hungary, I tutored Hungarians in English, and medical students in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and biophysics. I completed internship and residency in Internal Medicine in the United States. As a senior resident I was responsible for teaching and supervising junior residents and interns. Although I currently work as a freelance science writer, my love of teaching has led me to continue tutoring (mainly math to middle and high school students) over the years.

When tutoring, I strive to make lessons engaging, effective and enjoyable. Specifically, I tailor lessons according to an individual student's needs and involve students in a dialogue by asking questions that provoke thought, conversation, and perhaps humor. Because facts and figures are easily looked up in the information age, I place particular emphasis on thinking and on "learning how to learn". My teaching goals for any student are threefold: 1. learn the material (well!) 2. pass the test/subject (with a comfortable margin!), and 3. enjoy it (most challenging with math!).

Education

UC Berkeley
Genetics
Pecs University Medical School
MD

Education

UC Berkeley (Genetics)

Pecs University Medical School (MD)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Palm Springs, CA 92264

Susan’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1,
Prealgebra, SAT Math
English:
ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading,
SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Anatomy, Anthropology, Archaeology, Biochemistry, Biology,
Genetics, Nutrition, Physical Science, Zoology
Computer:
Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History,
Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, European History, Geography, Music History, Social Studies, World History
Music:
General Music, Music History, Piano
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Grammar, Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Phonics
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Biology,
Elementary (K-6th), English,
ESL/ESOL,
Piano, Prealgebra, Reading,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, ASVAB, CBEST, GED, GRE, SAT Math, SAT Reading
Sports/Recreation:
Fitness, Needlework, Swimming, Yoga
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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