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Mellisa W.

Just a chemistry loving chemical engineer

Aurora, CO (80011)

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Please note my rate increase is due to my limited time availability.

My original training was at Colorado School of Mines with a Major (Bachelor's and Master's degree) in Chemical Engineering and Minor in Biological Engineering Life Sciences. I interned at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) while completing my thesis-based masters degree. I graduated with high honors but I found that I thoroughly enjoyed teaching students in my recitation-style workshops (references upon request), so I joined Teach for America.

I have taught as a licensed secondary science teacher at two high schools for the following courses: Chemistry (regular, honors, and AP), Physics (regular, AP C and AP B), Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Earth Science. Over the Summer, I teach for outreach programs and pre-colligate health programs ACT Math, ACT science, SAT math, precalculus, calculus, and Algebra.

My qualifications:
- I was a licensed science teacher (will expire by end of 2014 and will NOT be renewed as I will be a Medical Student).
- I have a BS/MS chemical engineering and bioengineering with a GPA of 3.8.
- My ACT math, SAT math, ACT science, and SAT II Chemistry scores are: 36, 800, 35, and 780, respectively.
- I was the youngest general tutor at Colorado School of Mines(General tutors cover all of freshman and some sophomore courses including: Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Chemistry I and II, Biology I and II, and Calculus based Physics I and II, Statics).
- I have 7 years of tutoring experience

I will be a medical student and my time will be very valuable. If you are willing to drive to my area, I can reduce the price - contact me for details.

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ACT Math

I teach ACT Math at Anschutz Medical Campus for a pre-collegiate health program. In addition, I personally scored a 36 for my college application.

I can tutor with two method. First, I can work with student through a practice test (I can provide or students can provide). Second, I have a general curriculum (that targets 20-30 range and covers algebra - trigonometry) and will require several sessions to complete the entire curriculum.

ACT Science

I have been tutoring ACT science for the last 4 years. I can help you the most if you are currently aiming to score between 15-27. After a score of 30, the best way to improve is simply to practice. While I did fairly well on ACT Science myself, it was my younger brother that showed me how someone who knows very little about science can score very high on ACT Science. ACT science is a test on logic and critical thinking more so than pure science knowledge.

Algebra 1

I'm a Chemical Engineer who graduated with high honors. Algebra 1 is the foundation to most math and I am very familiar teaching this to students online. My student population for Algebra I (prior to college) ranges between 8 years old - 18 years old.

As a chemistry teacher, I often have to review algebra with my students.

Algebra 2

I'm a Chemical Engineer who graduated with high honors. Algebra 1 and II is the foundation to most math and I am very familiar teaching this to students online. My student population for Algebra I and II (also known college algebra) ranges between 8 years old - 18 years old.

As a chemistry teacher, I often have to review algebra with my students.


My background major is chemical engineering, graduated with high honors. I have been tutoring at the college campus for 3 years, tutor privately online for 6 years, and am currently teaching chemistry and AP chemistry.

My tutoring style is using hints, facts, and questions to guide student's thinking. Please do NOT expect me to provide answers directly as that only hinder's a learning process. Please only contact me if you interested in learning rather than ONLY needing help completing an assignment as I will not be doing any problems for you. I may make up an example problem to help you but I refuse to do your homework as I am also a high school teacher.

SAT Math

I am familiar with SAT math as I have helped tutor students for the past 2-3 years in this area. I have taken SAT three times (for English scores) and my own math scores ranged between 750-800.

I will tutor either using a practice test and work through a set with the student or we can cover individual topics. It would be best if student has taken a practice test and score it themselves so I would know which topics to help review.

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Colorado School of Mines (Chemical Engineering)

Colorado School of Mines (Master's)

Wonderful tutor! I have a son in AP Chem and a daughter in General Chem, both have the same, very tough, teacher. Mellisa is changing their lives. She is patient and passionate and they really respond to her. There is so much pressure on kids today. I expect great grades, but I feel like I need to support them as well. I wish I would have hired Mellisa in August. Her English is perfect and my children's stress le ...

— Kristi from Littleton, CO on 2/20/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $100.00

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Mellisa will travel within 5 miles of Aurora, CO 80011.

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