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MIT (Chemical Engineering)
**December 2014 Update: While I would love to work with students who need just a little help and/or guidance on one-time projects or college essays, my only open slots for students looking for regular, weekly sessions are Mondays and Thursdays from 3-4pm, or students on alternative schedules who are able to meet on weekday mornings**
I am a career student who has a love for both learning and teaching. I have four degrees: a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from MIT, a M.Ed. from Tufts, a MFA in Writing from Bennington, and an Ed.D. from USC... I collect degrees because it's fun, invigorating, and I'm perpetually curious about how things work. My husband always jokes that next I should get a degree in law (something I might eventually take him up on!).
I have taught in urban schools in Boston and Omaha as well as the suburban (and kind of famous) Arcadia High School in the LA area. I have won teaching awards, if you care, but more importantly, I love teaching. I loved making chemistry, science, writing, anything I was teaching relevant. I loved doing demos and having crazy analogies about how Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are a great example of a single replacement reaction.
I have students I still keep in touch with who are married, who are in graduate school, who are at all sorts of different stages of their lives.
When I got married and had a child of my own, I transitioned into private industry and worked briefly as the Director of Data and Research at an education technology company. It was more lucrative financially, but less emotionally satisfying.
Now that I have two small children at home, they take up a lot of my time and energy... yet I find that I miss teaching. I still work as a grant writer, evaluator, and researcher on a consulting basis for a variety of education companies. However, I am looking to add some tutoring to my days, and weekends. It will be nice to earn some money, but more importantly, I miss that aspect of my life.
I am looking to build longer term relationships with a few students. I am most comfortable as a Chemistry or English tutor, though I have also taught algebra and physics, done some SAT/ACT/GRE tutoring and have performed extensive college application editing for many of my students and friends (for graduate and undergraduate applications). **December 2014 Update: While I would love to work with students who need just a little help and/or guidance on one-time projects or college essays, my only open slots for students looking for regular, weekly sessions are Mondays and Thursdays from 3-4pm, or students on alternative schedules who are able to meet on weekday mornings**
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My wife and I have been very pleased with the help Christina has provided our son over the past couple months, as he worked through multiple college applications.
Our son was looking for someone who would help him with editing his college app essays for flow and grammar without compromising the message. He met with several folks including several professional college application readers and ended up electing to work with Christina.
Furthermore, Christina has also been easy and convenient for us to schedule and work with. Except for the first session, all our sessions have been online saving us hours of driving.
- Content and relieved parents of a college going senior
Christina is a patient, kind and understanding tutor who knows her students very well. She's helped me build up my confidence in test-taking, writing, and critical thinking skills. We've covered everything from math to graduate essays and now GRE prep and I have learned so much in such a short amount of time. She is very smart and expects the best and pushes me to always try harder. She is also very humorous and I always look forward to our sessions.
Christina is a very patient and thorough tutor. While helping me with my college essays, Christina focused the main ideas of my essays while keeping the content the same, and also provided help with writing flow and organization. Christina brings perspective when reading college essays. Christina is also easy to reach via Skype or Google Hangout.
I feel lucky to have Christina to teach my two kids (one boy 5th grade and one girl 2nd grade) in Math and English! Within a few lessons, my kids seem to be liking Math and gaining confidence in vocabulary. She is very quick to respond and encourages kids with lots of interesting and challenging riddles, fun activities, and reading materials. I almost feel like I;m her student myself improving my English!! Thank you, Christina!! My kids enjoy your lessons!
Christina is helping my daughter on AP Chem. She makes the sessions both entertaining and helpful, and provides a wide variety of resources to help my daughter with the class. To make sure my daughter understands the material, Christina asks my daughter to come early to do short practice tests so that she can check my daughter's work and give immediate feedback without additional charge. We are very thankful to have found such a great tutor.
Christina was smart and motivating. She helped me when she could see I was having trouble without being pushy or too forward. Christina is very straight-forward and has a great sense of humor. I felt right at home immediately with her. She kept the learning on track but was not rigid at all. I felt my time spent with her was used wisely. I would definitely recommend her.
Christina is a very, very responsible and knowledgeable teacher. She does know how to motivate my son and restore his interest and confidence in science and math. Not only does she teach him, but she also spends extra "playing" various games with him and inspiring him to "think", then she applies those thoughts to the subject. My son has a pleasant experience studying with her. I would highly recommend her to any student who needs to improve.
Christina did an amazing job at guiding me through the organization of my college personal statements. She is very professional, yet personal. The session was tailored to my personal experience and I will definitely be using her again.
Christina is THE BEST!!! She has been tutoring my daughter in Chem. Honors since last September. Just after the first lesson, my daughter said to me that Christina really "knows her stuff". Over the last five months, Christina has also proven to be an awesome tutor. She has the amazing ability of making chemistry, one of the most difficult subjects, understandable and interesting especially for my daughter. I think the key to Christina's greatness is that she has a true passion for teaching and chemistry. Combine that with her positive attitude, and you have THE BEST TUTOR.
Christina is an amazing tutor!
First of all, it is easy to contact her because she is so prompt to reply to your emails/texts/calls. However, you have to respect her schedule, especially because she has children- but other than that, she will try to arrange meeting times that work best for you. Also, she is really approachable and friendly. She has been helping me with my college application essays, and I have never felt uncomfortable talking to her and telling her about how I feel about certain topics. She points out your mistakes and makes suggestions on how you should fix/improve something, so every second with her is super valuable.
Overall, Christina is great, and I cannot thank her enough for all her help!
Christina has tutored my daughter in Chemistry for several sessions and has been a great fit for us. She is very flexible and willing to schedule sessions even when time is tight. She has gone out of her way to accommodate my daughter's busy sports and school schedule. Even more important is that Christina takes the time to understand my daughter's learning style and suggests ways to make the sessions work best for her. She has sent extra practice problems and test questions and is always willing to check them and provide feedback. I highly recommend her tutoring!
Christina is the best tutor I have ever worked with. She is very patient and understanding. She wants to help me understand and won't move on until I do. Over a short period of time she has helped me understand topics that I never did before. 5 stars.
Christina is one of the best tutors we have ever had. She is extremely patient and comes completely prepared with lecture material of AP Chemistry for each session. She really cares about my son’s progress, and makes sure he understands areas that are confusing to him. She even spends her personal time to record video in order to explain how to solve difficult problems, and uploads to YouTube for students to review. I thank her for her dedication and passion. She is a very nice and honest person.
Christina makes all her sessions fun, enjoyable and almost game-like for my young daughter (2nd grade). Christina assesses what my daughter needs, and then teaches her a mixture of math, English... even origami! The sessions are a mixture of current needs as well as subject enrichment. My daughter really enjoys her sessions, and we are very happy to have found such a great tutor!
Christina is an excellent teacher who has a wealth of knowledge, a technique to teach and kindness. We are so happy to have discovered her. My son had problems with English and Algebra 2. But with her help, he can understand them a lot better now. She has great ideas to make him understand. She knows my son's learning style, what my son needs to study and why he can not understands. She gave him suitable instructions to make him understand. Again, we are fortunate to have a teacher like her. My son enjoys her lesson very much.
I was very impressed by Christina's knowledge of the subject and how quickly she identified the problem areas that my son was having. She also took the time to review the past tests given by my son's chemistry teacher so that she could predict the types of questions he would ask going forward. She also provided feedback on each of the sessions and provided some practice questions for my son to work on between sessions Chemistry can be tough and she really helped break it down and make it easier!!!! I would recommend her to anyone!!!
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As a lifelong student who has switched careers multiple times, I feel I am uniquely qualified to advise in a variety of careers and fields. I have worked as a researcher, an engineer, a manager, a teacher and a director of data and research.
As an experienced high school teacher, I have counseled my students on the college application and decision process. I have edited and counseled many of them as they made the transition to graduate school, and have intimate knowledge and experience of the entire process having received degrees from four different institutions (MIT, Tufts, Bennington and USC).
I have experience as a competitive high school speech and debate team member, as an educational leader, and also in a professional capacity. I am able to give public speaking coaching and tips for all age ranges, high school and up.
I have coached and edited many personal statements and essays at high school, undergraduate and graduated levels.
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