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Mary M.

PhD Tutor: Biology, English, SAT, ACT, College Applications

Olney, MD (20832)

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Hello!

I am a patient and knowledgeable tutor and teach from a positive point of view. It is my love for education and dedication to my students that make me successful at what I do. After years of work and study, tutoring is my sole occupation, and I spend many hours outside each session focusing on the individual student.

I currently tutor students in high school biology, 100 level college biology, English, and the ACT and SAT topics in critical reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary and science. I minored in English literature at the City University of New York, and I continue my interest in this field by belonging to a reading club and taking writers' workshops. I graduated from the University of California - San Diego in biology. I have a PhD in molecular biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine. I have spent many years doing research and scientific review, which included the necessary skills in writing, reading and teaching. I have published 22 scientific papers including research articles and book chapters.

Mary M., PhD

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Mary’s subjects

Corporate Training:
College Counseling, Grammar, Proofreading
Homeschool:
Biology, English, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing
Business:
GRE
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing

ACT English

I am certified in ACT English, ACT reading and the verbal sections of the SAT and GRE. I am also certified in English, grammar, reading, vocabulary, proofreading and writing, and have tutored students in almost all of these subjects. (No one has asked for proofreading.)

I carried a minor in English literature in college, where I did a considerable amount of reading classics and writing papers. Having received a PhD in molecular biology, I have extensive experience in reading, writing and editing scientific literature.

The ACT English section contains 75 questions to be answered within 45 minutes. It covers punctuation, grammar, usage and sentence structure, along with rhetorical strategy, organization and style, through five prose passages and multiple choice questions. We will go over practice tests and focus on speed and accuracy. We will study the types of questions so no time is wasted in trying to decipher the question itself. To develop your skills, we will also review the basic rules of grammar and punctuation, and learn to apply these to proper sentence and paragraph structure, so your answers to English questions will come naturally.

For the ACT, we have to focus on the test. For this reason, I teach mostly by using sample exams. There is usually limited time before the exam, so you should be willing to work extra hours outside the tutoring session. This will insure that we have the most productive sessions possible.

I am a very patient and knowledgeable teacher with a lot of experience teaching high school students. I want to help you get a great score while being in a relaxed but studious environment.

ACT Reading

I am certified in ACT reading, ACT English and the verbal sections of the SAT and GRE. I am also certified in English, grammar, reading, vocabulary, proofreading and writing, and have tutored students in almost all of these subjects.

I carried a minor in English literature in college, where I did a considerable amount of reading classics and writing papers. Having received a PhD in molecular biology, I have extensive experience in reading, writing and editing scientific literature.

The ACT reading test includes a number of passages and multiple choice questions to test your comprehension. It contains 40 questions to be done within a period of 35 minutes.

To develop your skills, we will go over practice tests and focus on speed and comprehension. You will study the types of questions so no time is wasted in trying to decipher the question itself. To read and answer questions you must not only know the vocabulary and comprehend the facts, but you must be aware of the context, understand what is implied by the author, grasp the tone of the passage and be able to form conclusions.

For the ACT, we have to focus on the test. For this reason, I teach mostly by using sample exams. There is usually limited time before the exam, so you should be willing to work extra hours outside the tutoring session. This will insure that we have the most productive sessions possible.

I am a very patient and knowledgeable tutor with a lot of experience teaching high school students. I want to help you get a great score while being in a relaxed but studious environment.

ACT Science

I am certified in ACT science, biology, genetics, microbiology, elementary science and reading comprehension (among other subjects in English). I have a PhD in molecular biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, School of Medicine, and a minor in English literature from the City University of NY.

The ACT science section is composed of 40 questions to be answered within 35 minutes. This is a test of your ability to understand science as measured by your comprehension of 7 science passages. You don't have to memorize science facts, although a familiarity with science, through courses you have taken, would be of help.

For the ACT, we have to focus on the test. For this reason, I teach mostly by using sample exams. There is usually limited time before the exam, so you should be willing to work extra hours outside the tutoring session.

I am a very patient and knowledgeable teacher with a lot of experience teaching high school students. I want to help
you get a great score while being in a relaxed but studious environment.

Biology

I have tutored and taught high school students in molecular biology at the National Institutes of Health. I have also tutored general biology and am certified in the following areas:

- Biology, genetics and microbiology
- ACT science
- Elementary science

Having received a PhD in molecular biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, I also have a BS in biology from the University of California - San Diego.

I thoroughly enjoy tutoring children, adolescents, and adults and have an upbeat and positive attitude. I am a patient and knowledgeable teacher, and my students almost always achieve great success.


College Counseling

Preparing for college entrance is a unique experience for which few families are well equipped. There are the fearsome SATs, daunting college choices, and overwhelming applications for colleges and scholarships. No student can do this alone, and many times parents don’t have the time or experience to manage all of this successfully. It can almost be a full time job. I can guide high school students through this process or any part of it.

The following is an ideal time frame for studying for the SAT verbal sections and the preparation of college applications. Of course, the most effective timing for each step in the process is presented here, but few will be able to fulfill these suggestions. I always work within the time frame available to the student.

1. SAT or ACT review should start the summer after sophomore year or the summer after junior year, depending on when the test is to be taken. This is because summer is the perfect time to study for these exams. (I tutor the critical reading, essay writing and grammar sections. WyzAnt has many tutors to help with math.)

2. College choices should be determined by the fall of senior year. Again, this requires a lot of research during the summer months.

3. Applications for college and scholarships should be prepared between September and December. These entail far more work than students usually recognize. Although four months seems like a generous amount of time, most students find themselves scrambling to meet deadlines. Remember, applications are done on top of the requisite school assignments, standardized tests, and visits to colleges of interest.

I have a BA in biology from the University of California – San Diego, and a PhD in molecular biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. My career in this field has entailed enormous amounts of reading and writing complex scientific materials. With a minor in English literature from the City University of New York, I am now furthering my education by taking writing workshops at a writer’s center in Maryland. I have many years of teaching and tutoring experience in the sciences and in English. Since my early retirement, tutoring is my sole, full-time occupation.

Having had a long career in research and as a scientific grants review officer at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Institutes of Health, I am very experienced in the academic realm. I have guided high school, college, and graduate students, MDs and PhDs in their careers in academia and research. By running grant reviews for seventeen years, I am thoroughly familiar with what an admissions committee looks for in a young person seeking an academic career, and the process by which decisions are made.

I know what reviewers want to see in student applications; the overall presentation, essays and letters of recommendation, in addition to good grades and test scores, are critical to their success. I have a talent for getting students to recognize the accomplishments that they take for granted and for helping to create essays that have real meaning and solid content. Students also need coaching on how to get the best recommendations possible. In the final analysis, admissions boards want a holistic picture of the student, not just a transcript. They want to know the person behind the application, and to not only judge their academic successes, but to see the student’s budding potential. I know that you, as a parent or caregiver, want only the best for the young student in your life. Giving your child the important advantages will help them on their way to a thriving academic career.

Genetics

I have a PhD in Molecular Biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a BS in biology from the State University of California at San Diego. For my PhD thesis I did research in molecular genetics and microbiology. I showed that pieces of DNA, called transposons can "jump" from one bacterial genome to another, carrying with it a gene for antibiotic resistance. I determined the process by which the DNA does this by selecting bacteria with antibiotic resistance and DNA sequencing. My post -graduate research was to create animal cell DNA carrying bacterial strains using bacterial viruses (called DNA libraries); and using these DNA libraries to screen for metastatic cancer genes. I have also done other undergraduate and graduate research.

A combination of courses from my undergraduate and graduate schools include: Biology; Chemistry; Organic Chemistry; Physics; Calculus; Genetics; Molecular Genetics, Microbiology; Neurobiology; Molecular Biology; Ecology, Evolution and Population Biology; Physical Biochemistry; Animal Cells and Viruses; Developmental Biology; Cancer Biology; Cancer Histology; Microbial genetics; Macromolecules; Immunology; DNA, RNA, and Protein Synthesis, biomembranes, and others.

Microbiology

I have a PhD in Molecular Biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a BS in biology from the State University of California at San Diego. For my PhD thesis I did research in molecular genetics and microbiology. I showed that pieces of DNA, called transposons can "jump" from one bacterial genome to another, carrying with it a gene for antibiotic resistance. I determined the process by which the DNA does this by selecting bacteria with antibiotic resistance and DNA sequencing. My post -graduate research was to create animal cell DNA carrying bacterial strains using bacterial viruses (called DNA libraries); and using these DNA libraries to screen for metastatic cancer genes. I have also done other undergraduate and graduate research.

A combination of courses from my undergraduate and graduate schools include: Biology; Chemistry; Organic Chemistry; Physics; Calculus; Genetics; Molecular Genetics, Microbiology; Neurobiology; Molecular Biology; Ecology, Evolution and Population Biology; Physical Biochemistry; Animal Cells and Viruses; Developmental Biology; Cancer Biology; Cancer Histology; Microbial genetics; Macromolecules; Immunology; DNA, RNA, and Protein Synthesis, biomembranes, and others.

SAT Reading

I am certified to tutor the critical reading and writing sections of the SAT. I am also certified in ACT English, ACT reading, ACT science, the verbal section of the GRE, and academic English, grammar, reading, vocabulary, proofreading and writing. I carried a minor in English in college, where I focused on classic and modern literature and creative writing. I have continued with my interests in studying literature and writing by belonging to book clubs and taking writer’s workshops. I have both a BA and a PhD in biology.

My approach to one-on-one tutoring of the critical reading and writing sections of the SAT is thorough and complete. I have my students take the full SAT exam at the start. After scoring this exam we go over it, identifying areas of strength and those that require more attention. Depending on how long a student is with me, he or she takes at least one other SAT exam to monitor progress.

(The following is on preparation for the SAT reading section. Please also see my subject description under SAT writing section.)

The critical reading section of the SAT includes sentence completion and passage-based reading. Sentence completion questions test the student’s ability to understand complex sentences, while completing them with the appropriate word pair. This requires strength in grammar and vocabulary, which I cover extensively.

Most students are familiar with passage-based reading, which consists of reading a passage followed by answering multiple choice questions. Learning to read the passage quickly and with understanding is essential to doing well in this section. In our sessions, students learn approaches to getting each passage done in time with the correct answers. To become adept at the multiple choice questions, students learn to recognize the specific types of questions routinely asked on this section of the SAT. Typical questions require an understanding of the author’s assumptions and inferences, and his or her use of logic, style and tone. Common questions also include vocabulary-in-context and literal comprehension of the passage. It is essential to have prior knowledge and experience with the types of questions asked in the SAT critical reading section in order to do well.

I keep a notebook for each student to monitor his or her progress, and the student keeps a notebook that I provide for handouts, worksheets, homework, essays, notes and the like. Each week I send out a report of the student’s progress and activities.

I have had a great amount of teaching and tutoring experience throughout my career, and this is now my full time occupation. Beyond the tutoring sessions, I devote hours a week to each of my students, and I can be reached at any time by e-mail, phone or text message. I am a patient, kind and understanding tutor, but we get the job done!

Mary

SAT Writing

I am certified to tutor the critical reading and writing sections of the SAT. I am also certified in ACT English, ACT reading, ACT science, the verbal section of the GRE, and academic English, grammar, reading, vocabulary, proofreading and writing.

I carried a minor in English in college, where I focused on classic and modern literature and creative writing. I have continued with my interests in studying literature and writing by joining book clubs and taking writer’s workshops. I have both a BA and a PhD in biology.

My approach to one-on-one tutoring of the critical reading and writing sections of the SAT is thorough and complete. I have my students take a full SAT exam at the start. After scoring this exam, we go over it, identifying areas of strength and those that require more attention. Depending on how long a student is with me, he or she takes at least one other SAT exam to monitor improvement.

(The following is on preparation for the SAT writing section. Please also see my subject description under SAT Reading.)

The writing section of the SAT includes identifying sentence errors, improving sentences, improving paragraphs, and a written opinion essay. With this in mind, I cover advanced grammar, college level vocabulary, and essay writing, extensively. These are all applied to actual SAT questions.

I keep a notebook for each student to monitor his or her progress, and the student keeps a notebook that I provide for handouts, worksheets, homework, essays, notes and the like. Each week I send out a report of the student’s progress and activities.

I have had a great amount of teaching and tutoring experience throughout my career, and this is now my full time occupation. Beyond the tutoring sessions, I devote hours a week to each of my students, and I can be reached at any time by e-mail, phone or text message. I am a patient, kind and understanding tutor, but we get the job done.

Please send me an e-mail to let me know if you are interested or have any questions?

Sincerely,
Mary

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Education

Univ of Calif San Diego and City Univ of NY (Biology-Min English)

SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine (PhD)

Excellent Tutor Mary is fantastic! She really helped my daughter with her reading home work, she is very experienced and knows exactly how to teach, with lots of encouragement and parental involvement. She has a passion for teaching and that is an invaluable trait! She brought her own materials, understood her learning needs, and worked patiently with my daughter so that she could absorb and understand the materi ...

— Lily from Rockville, MD on 3/27/13);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

My rate includes many hours of preparation for each individual session, and I am available to the student at any time by phone, text or e-mail.

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Mary will travel within 20 miles of Olney, MD 20832.

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