The student must come first with focus on their interests, strengths, and future goals being most important in driving how learning about a subject is approached. In my personal quest to better communicate with others I have studied English and am currently studying plant biology. I've successfully tutored math at the college level while working on my AAS of Architecture and in my previous work history have had more than 5 years of computer training experience. I also have completed a BSGS with a major in Mathematics and a minor in English Writing at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Currently I am enrolled in the Northwestern University & Chicago Botanic Garden's Plant Biology & Conservation graduate program.
Math: Math can be challenging to learn, but it can also be a lot of fun. My goal is to help students discover ways to learn and understand math that works best for them. Math is beautiful and ultimately every branch of math is connected and there are wonderful ways, beyond the old fashioned word problems, that math can be though about in real-world examples.
English: I firmly believe that the best way to improve writing is to focus on what is working and then to consider how the message of the author can be improved. The rules of writing can be used to strengthen and support the author's message. Some writers are good at presenting a meaningful message while others are good at artfully formatting their piece; while excellent writers do both. I have and continue to read extensively and through my education and writers groups have participated in many literary criticisms and writing workshops.
Plant Biology: One of my favorite hobbies is gardening, and in a desire to learn more about plants, I am currently enrolled in an MS plant biology program. Through this I have learned many laboratory techniques as well as how to put together lab reports, hypotheses, and plan field studies & experiments. I also am familiar with major ideas of ecology and plant biology / physiology. My research primarily focuses on soil ecology and photosynthesis in relationship to the success of a population of plants.
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