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Heidi S.

West Brookfield, MA

$60/hr

Humor, Passion, Patience and 12 Years of Science Teaching Experience

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Humor, Passion, Patience and 12 Years of Science Teaching Experience

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I have a passion for teaching. I have 10 years high school chemistry teaching experience at the AP, accelerated, 1 and 2 levels. I also teach freshman chemistry at the college level at Western New England University. I can help you through either your high school or college chemistry class. I have also taught a very successful TEAS math and science review course at QCC. All students who I have privately tutored have passed the math and science sections. I would love to help you succeed! I offer a laid back, friendly and non-judgmental environment.

I hold a Bachelors in Biochemistry from Regis College and a Masters in Biomedical Sciences from UMass Medical School. I also have research experience in Neuroscience, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as well as tissue and stem cell culture.

Student Testimonial
"As a former student of Mrs. Szydlo, I would strongly recommend her as a tutor for students who both need extra help or are looking to excel beyond their peers. I first studied under Mrs. Szydlo my junior year of high school in Chemistry. She taught with a markedly different style than other teachers; her style was developed in her time educating at Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science, a public high school for advanced students. Mrs. Szydlo focused on teaching theory tightly coupled with practice, which allowed us to develop a more intuitive and logical understanding of Chemistry. Mrs. Szydlo also provided exercises of varying difficulty which allowed her to gauge students’ aptitude and direct them appropriately. The next year, I again studied under Mrs. Szydlo in Advanced Placement Chemistry, a college level course which students could earn college credit for if they score well on a Standardized Exam. In this class, she balanced nurturing advanced and struggling students. She also encouraged team work and was always open to assist eager students to solve her weekly brain teasers, affectionately known as ‘Friday Problems’. Mrs. Szydlo’s best talent in teaching was her ability to break down large, complex problems into small manageable pieces that we could solve. This problem solving approach has been instrumental to my success through my career, both in academia and industry. When I left Mrs. Szydlo, I found myself well prepared for college at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and ready for research in affiliation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and later on designing quantitative analysis software in a Fortune 100 company. A final note about Mrs. Szydlo is that while she is a great educator, she also knows when to be tough with a student who needs discipline, like I certainly did."

Testimonials

"Great Tutor All Around"

- Taylor, Amherst, MA on 11/27/12
Math:
Algebra 1
Science:
Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry,
Nursing, Physical Science
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Study Skills
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Biology, Chemistry,
Study Skills
Test Preparation:
MCAT, TEAS
Corporate Training:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Chemistry

I have been teaching every level of chemistry at both the high school and freshman college levels for over ten years.
Science isn't just a part of my life, it's a part of me.
I love helping struggling students find an understanding of the topic when they are struggling, or just need a boost.
After all, the more Chemistry you know, the more interesting you are!

Study Skills

Organization is the key to great study skills. I can help you arrange your information so that you can easily and quickly access it in order to make the most of notes and reference materials. What to study and when to study can be covered.

TEAS

I have been teaching a TEAS test preparatory course. The course is on saturdays with the first saturday reviewing all things math TEAS related. This is a 6 hour review. The following saturday is 6 hours of science.
The review consists of power points, discussion and practice problems.
Students have expressed the utmost satisfaction with the reviews and feel more at ease and prepared when walking into the exam room. Furthermore, all TEAS review private tutoring sessions for math and science with my students have led to successfully passing the exam!

Regis College Weston, MA
Biochemistry
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Master's
Worcester State University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Regis College Weston, MA (Biochemistry)

University of Massachusetts Medical School (Master's)

Worcester State University (Graduate Coursework)

Great Tutor All Around — Heidi is honestly a great tutor -- not only does she make sure you understand any material that you are struggling with, but she makes it interesting to learn and fun to go over. She really knows her stuff and is a very smart woman. I like the way I feel when I am done with a session, because I feel like I actually will succeed with the material on a test or homework. Heidi keeps it light, and ...

— Taylor, Amherst, MA on 11/27/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Heidi will travel within 30 miles of West Brookfield, MA 01585.


About Heidi

I have a passion for teaching. I have 10 years high school chemistry teaching experience at the AP, accelerated, 1 and 2 levels. I also teach freshman chemistry at the college level at Western New England University. I can help you through either your high school or college chemistry class. I have also taught a very successful TEAS math and science review course at QCC. All students who I have privately tutored have passed the math and science sections. I would love to help you succeed! I offer a laid back, friendly and non-judgmental environment.

I hold a Bachelors in Biochemistry from Regis College and a Masters in Biomedical Sciences from UMass Medical School. I also have research experience in Neuroscience, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as well as tissue and stem cell culture.

Student Testimonial
"As a former student of Mrs. Szydlo, I would strongly recommend her as a tutor for students who both need extra help or are looking to excel beyond their peers. I first studied under Mrs. Szydlo my junior year of high school in Chemistry. She taught with a markedly different style than other teachers; her style was developed in her time educating at Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science, a public high school for advanced students. Mrs. Szydlo focused on teaching theory tightly coupled with practice, which allowed us to develop a more intuitive and logical understanding of Chemistry. Mrs. Szydlo also provided exercises of varying difficulty which allowed her to gauge students’ aptitude and direct them appropriately. The next year, I again studied under Mrs. Szydlo in Advanced Placement Chemistry, a college level course which students could earn college credit for if they score well on a Standardized Exam. In this class, she balanced nurturing advanced and struggling students. She also encouraged team work and was always open to assist eager students to solve her weekly brain teasers, affectionately known as ‘Friday Problems’. Mrs. Szydlo’s best talent in teaching was her ability to break down large, complex problems into small manageable pieces that we could solve. This problem solving approach has been instrumental to my success through my career, both in academia and industry. When I left Mrs. Szydlo, I found myself well prepared for college at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and ready for research in affiliation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and later on designing quantitative analysis software in a Fortune 100 company. A final note about Mrs. Szydlo is that while she is a great educator, she also knows when to be tough with a student who needs discipline, like I certainly did."

Testimonials

"Great Tutor All Around"

- Taylor, Amherst, MA on 11/27/12
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Education

Regis College Weston, MA
Biochemistry
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Master's
Worcester State University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Regis College Weston, MA (Biochemistry)

University of Massachusetts Medical School (Master's)

Worcester State University (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of West Brookfield, MA 01585

Heidi’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1
Science:
Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry,
Nursing, Physical Science
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Study Skills
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Biology, Chemistry,
Study Skills
Test Preparation:
MCAT, TEAS
Corporate Training:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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