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Ben H.

Years of experience in education, specializing in math & science

Chicago, IL (60601)

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I am beginning a PhD program in Learning Sciences at UIC. Prior to this, I worked with the education department at Shedd Aquarium, first as a program designer and implementer, then as a researcher studying trends in informal science learning.

My training as a tutor has taught me to focus on each client as an individual. No two people are alike. My job is to find out where the learner is currently and what he or she needs to make progress. I enjoy getting to know people and helping them achieve their goals, whatever those might be!

My tutoring experience began at Kaplan, a national leader in test preparation. I worked for Kaplan as an ACT tutor, and I was certified on all sections of the test: English, reading, writing, math, and science. Through WyzAnt, I have worked with students from elementary school to college on a variety of subjects.

I earned my undergraduate degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where I majored in biology and minored in psychology.

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Ben’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GRE, ISEE, SAT Math, SAT Reading
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th), English, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics, Study Skills, Writing
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Social Studies, World History
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Ecology, Genetics, Microbiology, Physical Science, Physics, Physiology, Psychology, Zoology
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing

Algebra 1

I have experience tutoring math all the way up through Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus. My approach involves having the student work through problems aloud as I listen for conceptual stumbling blocks. As these come up, I use simplified examples to illustrate individual principles, making sure that they are understood before moving on. I believe students benefit from a balance between procedural and conceptual competence.

Biology

I have a degree in biology, and I have worked for ten years in the Education department at the Shedd Aquarium. I have developed and delivered programs on a variety of topics in animal science and environmental science to students in grades K-12. I am familiar with genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, botany, zoology, physiology, ecology, and evolutionary biology.

Ecology

I have a degree in biology, and I have worked for ten years in the Education department at the Shedd Aquarium. I have developed and delivered programs on a variety of topics in environmental science to students in grades K-12. I have experience teaching not only fundamental principles in ecology, but also concepts related to specific ecosystems: tropical rainforests, coral reefs, wetlands, oceans, and others.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have several years of experience teaching and interacting with children. I worked at Shedd Aquarium from 2003 to 2013, focusing mainly on elementary schools for much of that time. I developed and delivered programs for thousands of students in grades K-5 with specific connections to Illinois Learning Standards.

Elementary Science

I have several years of experience teaching and interacting with children. I've worked at Shedd Aquarium since 2003, focusing mainly on elementary schools from 2006-2011. I developed and delivered programs for thousands of students in grades K-5 with specific connections to Illinois Science Standards. At the elementary level, I believe it is especially important to use inquiry-based methods that deal with the process and goals of science as much as the factual content.

General Computer

I use computers on a daily basis both at work and at home. I have experience both with PCs and Macs. I have a special interest in data management & representation and in audio/visual editing. In teaching someone to work with technology, it is important not only to develop routine skills, but also to build confidence in learning new tools.

Genetics

I have a bachelor's degree in biology, and my coursework included Genetics, Evolutionary Biology, and Molecular Biology. I am familiar with the basics of Mendelian heredity, such as dominance/recessiveness and independent assortment of alleles. I understand basic cellular genetics, such as mitosis/meiosis, DNA replication, and RNA transcription/translation. I also understand population genetics, including natural selection, mutation, and genetic drift.

Microsoft Excel

I am one of the world's few Excel junkies, the rare breed of person who thinks spreadsheets are just enormous fun. I don't pretend that I would be able to make everyone feel the same way, but I can at least help people feel less intimidated or baffled by Excel. I am familiar with complex formulas, graph-making, formatting, and filtering. My approach to teaching someone to use any technology is to develop not only routine skills, but also capacity to learn new features.

Microsoft PowerPoint

I have used PowerPoint in many different ways, from standard presentations to making interactive backgrounds projected onto theatre sets. I am especially experienced with animations and media. My approach to teaching someone to use any technology is to develop not only routine skills, but also capacity to learn new features.

Microsoft Word

I have used Word for years to produce regular a variety of documents: written text, labels, fliers, etc. I have experience using several formatting techniques, making tables & illustrations, and even working with add-ons such as citation generators. My approach to teaching someone to use any technology is to develop not only routine skills, but also capacity to learn new features.

Prealgebra

I have experience tutoring math all the way up through Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus. My approach involves having the student work through problems aloud as I listen for conceptual stumbling blocks. As these come up, I use simplified examples to illustrate individual principles, making sure that they are understood before moving on. I believe students benefit from a balance between developing procedural and conceptual competence.

Psychology

I have taken courses in developmental, cognitive, physiological, and evolutionary psychology. My career in informal education has immersed me in even more branches of psychology, especially constructivism and learning. As a science, psychology is best understood through inquiry-based instruction that focuses not only on content, but also on process.

Spelling

Students often feel frustrated by a subject that seems to involve only rote memorization. As a tutor, my first job is to be patient and encouraging. Beyond that, I can help students accelerate their skill development by focusing on broadly applicable strategies and linguistic patterns.

Statistics

I frequently encounter statistics in my work as a researcher, especially as they are used in the social sciences. I can help with descriptive statistics (mean, variance, standard deviation) as well as inferential statistics, both parametric and non-parametric. I also have experience using PSPP.

Vocabulary

The fastest way to acquire new vocabulary is through exposure as a reader and listener. The role of a tutor is to ask and answer questions, ensuring that the learner understands contextual clues, connotations, and special meanings.

Writing

I have written in a number of different formats, including creative and formal. In my job at Shedd Aquarium, I produce research reports customized for different audiences and have co-authored published articles. I have written marketing materials for educational programs. I also have experience writing creatively, going all the way back to national short story competitions in high school.

Zoology

I have a degree in biology, and I have worked for ten years in the Education department at the Shedd Aquarium. I have developed and delivered programs on a variety of topics in animal science to students in grades K-12. I am familiar with most animal physiology, ecology, and taxonomy. My background in ethology and behavioral ecology is especially strong, having worked closely with the animal trainers at Shedd.

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DePauw University

Excellent tutor, highly recommend He is the best tutor hands down. Ben is extremely helpful, knowledgeable and patient. He was always on time and available every time I needed him. I highly recommend him. ...

— Motaz from Chicago, IL on 1/11/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I offer a discounted rate for some subjects.

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Ben will travel within 13 miles of Chicago, IL 60601.

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