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Alison L.

Harvard Grad Student Tutoring in Technical and Creative Pursuits

Cambridge, MA (02239)

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I am a student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design pursuing a Master of Architecture. Previously, I received a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT, a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

I enjoy learning and the opportunity to share any knowledge I have learned along the way. I am not a tutor with a set curriculum; I hope to craft curriculum around the questions of an individual student.

As is often said, "Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime." This is what I believe about tutoring. It is not an opportunity to complete a student's assignments for him/her, but rather an opportunity to teach the skills that will have benefits far exceeding the completion of a single assignment.

I have skill sets in:
-- mathematics (algebra, geometry, calculus, and test prep)
-- the sciences (physics, introductory chemistry)
-- engineering (statics, mechanics of materials, structural analysis)
-- computer software (Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD)
-- writing (grammar and organization)

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Alison’s subjects

Corporate Training:
College Counseling, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Proofreading, Spanish, Statistics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, College Counseling, GED, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Spanish, Statistics, Writing
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel
Art:
Adobe Photoshop, Graphic Design
Elementary Education:
Grammar
Language:
Spanish
Computer:
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, Graphic Design, Microsoft Excel
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
Grammar, Proofreading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing

Adobe Illustrator

My experience in Adobe Illustrator includes both creating from scratch and use as part of a workflow. I have extensive experience working with output from AutoCAD and other vector programs for use in presentation documents.

Adobe InDesign

I have used InDesign for 5+ years in the creation of presentation boards, posters, and reports. I am well-versed in proper file management, especially the use of paragraph styles to create unified documents (with automatic reference notes, cross referenced images, and table of contents). I have worked documents ranging from a single page to over 200 pages.

Adobe Photoshop

I have used Photoshop heavily for 5+ years in creating and manipulating images and post-processing output from other software. My strength is in the use of Photoshop for communicating design intentions. Please note that professional photo retouching is not my area of expertise.

AutoCAD

I have used AutoCAD for 5+ years, both in its basic and advanced features. In addition to the drawing tools, I am especially familiar with blocks, user coordinate systems, paper space, plot styles, and layer management - everything necessary to create an organized, professional drawing. I am also knowledgeable in rules of thumb for line-weights in drawing building plans. Note that my expertise is concentrated in 2D CAD drawing.

Civil Engineering

I have an Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from UT Austin and a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT. Most of my knowledge is concentrated either in structures/engineering mechanics (statics, mechanics of solids, structural analysis) and energy modeling principles. In addition to the basics, I studied continuum mechanics, structural dynamics, motion-based design, and finite element methods during my time at MIT.

Differential Equations

While earning two engineering degrees (Bachelor's and Master's), I used differential equations both in abstract math applications and in practical physics applications. I have experience with both ordinary and partial differential equations. I have used differential equations in the Lagrange formulation of mechanics, particularly in the field of structural dynamics.

Mechanical Engineering

I have an Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from UT Austin and a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT. I have working proficiency of many subjects that overlap with mechanical engineering, as I took many of my electives in structures. I am available to tutor in subjects relating to engineering mechanics (statics, mechanics of solids, structural analysis, finite element methods).

PSAT

During my own time in high school, I took the PSAT three times and became a National Merit Commended Student. My areas of expertise include mathematics and grammar. In addition, I teach the test-taking strategies I used throughout my PSAT/SAT career.

Writing

My writing skills include essay structuring and editing with an eye for proper grammar. I also have training in technical writing.

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Education

University of Texas, Austin

M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) (Master's)

Harvard Graduate School of Design (Enrolled)

Very Knowledgeable Alison is a great tutor to work with. She is very knowledgeable and honest. She helped me on the topics which I wanted to know. She always prepared for every class. In that case, I always get what I want to know at the end of class. It is my great pleasure to work with her. ...

— Yanmei from Quincy, MA on 6/8/13);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Alison will travel within 10 miles of Cambridge, MA 02140.

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