I've tutored a wide variety of students from 4th grade to Ph.D. level in many math and science disciplines. I've also co-led several writers' workshops, and I'm a professional writer and editor of math and science textbooks. My educational background is in biochemical engineering. I received a full academic scholarship to Penn State and an NSF fellowship to MIT for graduate school. I'm certified to teach chemistry in Massachusetts, and I've won a national writing award for my work.
My tutoring style is informal and fun but rigorous. When tutoring writing, I usually focus on clarity, finding your voice, and suitability for the intended audience. When tutoring science, I usually emphasize imagination and visualization. Thinking about and "seeing" what molecules are doing never hurts and often helps. When tutoring math, I usually explore different problem solving techniques with the student until we find the ones that work best for him or her. Scientists, mathematicians, and writers often doodle and draw cartoons in their work. Students should do the same to help them through the learning process.
I've helped teacher candidates prepare for the Massachusetts Tests for Education Licensure--the MTEL--in Biology, Chemistry, General Science, and Physics. I've also worked with new teachers to develop their course material and understand the finer points of their science discipline during their first year in the classroom.
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