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Seena T.

University of Michigan graduate: Math and Science tutor

Farmington, MI (48335)

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I graduated in April 2012 from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor with a major in biochemistry and a minor in math. While in undergrad, I tutored fellow students in organic chemistry and algebra. Over the last year as a Wyzant Tutor, I've helped many students achieve their goals in difficult subjects including AP chemistry, honors pre-calc, AP biology, and AP stats. In addition, I've helped students in college level organic chemistry and biochemistry courses as well. I will help the student achieve his/her dreams as much as I can, and the more initiative the student shows, the harder I can push him/her. I usually give my students worksheets to complete after our lessons to reinforce the topics, because half the battle in becoming a better student is working on problems to reinforce the concepts.

I plan on continuing my education in medical school in the Fall of 2014, and in the meantime, plan on helping students achieve their academic goals. There's nothing like that lightbulb going off in a students head and seeing that "aha" expression when they've come around the corner and understood the material.

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Seena’s subjects

Corporate Training:
GMAT
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, GED, GMAT, GRE, MCAT, PSAT, SAT Math
Business:
GMAT, GRE
Math:

ACT Math

I took the ACT twice and scored in the 96 and 97% tiles on this section in those two examinations. I went on to take AP BC Calculus and AP Stats my senior year and received a 5 in both subjects. I then went on to minor in math at U of M - Ann Arbor. I have several workbooks for ACT math that would be greatly beneficial to any student trying to master this section.

ACT Science

The ACT science section pretty much is a read the graphs/charts, and interpret data and make a conclusion from these graphs/charts. It doesn't actually test ones science knowledge. The best way to prepare for this section is to just practice. In addition, it could be beneficial to read some basic science journals and see what information one can extract from it.

Algebra 1

Having the fundamentals down in Algebra will be crucially useful for a student down the line in any future Math, Chemistry, and Physics courses. Algebra, by itself, may come across as boring to a middle/high school student. However, if this subject can be applied to the real world, I believe the student will have a much easier time learning the material.

Algebra 2

Having the fundamentals down in Algebra will be crucially useful for a student down the line in any future Math, Chemistry, and Physics courses. Algebra, by itself, may come across as boring to a middle/high school student. However, if this subject can be applied to the real world, I believe the student will have a much easier time learning the material.

Biochemistry

This was my major in undergrad, and I also took the three courses closely tied to this subject field: Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Physiology. I also have a great background in Organic Chemistry, which is crucial when students are trying to understand the mechanisms of Glycolysis, Glycogenolysis, the Citric Acid Cycle, the Urea Cycle, and other important metabolic pathways.

Biology

My major in undergrad was Biochemistry. I also took related Biology courses in Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Physiology. Because of this, I have a much deeper understanding of the topics that are covered in General Biology at the University level and AP Biology at the high school level. I think this will help me get a student to understand this material at a deeper level as well.

Calculus

I took the AP BC Calculus exam in high school and received a 5. I went on to take Calc III and Calc IV at Michigan, and received an A in both classes. I went on to take an advanced engineering mathematics course, and received an A- in that course as well. Calculus was actually my favorite topic in math, because there are so many real-world applications in this subject. From projectile motion, to carbon-dating, to enzyme kinetics, and microeconomic theory, there are many different applications of this subject. While Algebra and Trigonometry may seem boring, Calculus should never be boring.

Having the fundamentals down pat in Calculus will tremendously help a student in future math/science/engineering courses in college. As a science major, I've seen many students flinch once any calculus becomes involved in the course. However, if a student really understands this subject, this will give them a leg up throughout their college courses.

Chemistry

I took AP Chem in high school and received a 4 on the exam. I went on to take another Gen Chem course at U of M and received an A-, and I took an upper level Physical Chemistry course and received an A+. I also just took the MCAT and General Chemistry is a major portion of the Physical Sciences section.

General Chemistry itself is boring, but if the student sees its applciation to other topics, I believe that would kickstart the students desire to learn the topic which would better help them learn the material.

Genetics

I took Genetics at U of M - Ann Arbor and received an A-. Genetics is composed of two major branches. The first part is the Molecular Biology component, and the second part is Quantitative Biology. The Molecular Biology component is rooted in Biochemistry, and that was my major. So I can teach the intuitive Chemistry of how DNA replication, DNA transcription, and DNA translation work. The Quantitative Biology component is rooted in Probability and Statistics, and I minored in math. So I can teach the intuitive math of how genes have different probabilities of occuring in a specific society, and the probability of a child developing a certain disease from the genotype of his/her parents.

Organic Chemistry

I have the most experience tutoring Organic Chemistry of all the sciences, as this was the subject I primarily tutored students in during undergrad. My subsequent courses in Biochemistry heavily built on this Organic Chemistry knowledge.

Organic Chemistry can be very difficult if you take an approach to just brute memorize everything. However, the beauty of the subject is that if you learn the mechanisms of each reaction and how the electrons logically flow, it will make learning the reactions much easier (which a majority of people have the most problem with).

Physical Science

A typical Physical Science course will encompass basic Chemistry and Physics and give its applications to solving real-world problems.

Physiology

Having taken so many courses in biology from Biochemistry, to Molecular Biology, to Genetics and studying for the MCAT (Almost all the Biology is Human Physiology), Physiology is the combination of all these subjects to give the function of the body. There's Physics, Chemistry, and Biology involved in describing the function of how the body works, and it is truly elegant how the body works to correct any deficiencies in its internal environment to maintain homeostasis.

Precalculus

Pre-Calc is the math course that ties everything together learned from Geometry, Algebra, and Trigonometry. It is crucial that a student gets a fundamental understanding in this area, as many of the material one sees in Pre-Calc, they will also see in Calculus. From my experience, most people have problems with the Geometry, Algebra, and Trig portions of Calculus, and not the actual Calculus concepts themselves.

SAT Math

I never took the actual SAT exam in high school. However, I took both SAT I and SAT II Math sections and scored a 780 and 770 respectively. The SAT Math covers Geometry and Algebra, and with enough practice, any student can master it. I will help the student master the exam and give them the confidence and insight to ace this portion of the test.

Trigonometry

Students usually get exposed to Trig in Geometry through SoaCahToa. Then, they'll either get a full on exposure through Honors Algebra II, or their regular pre-calc class. Trig is almost as important as Algebra, because its a fundamental language of math. Many applications in Calculus and Physics use Trig because many things in life happen at angles. Trig is not a hard topic to understand if it's given enough practice, just like Algebra.

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University of Michigan (Biochemistry)

Greatest tutor ever. When I first contacted Seena I was in dire need of help. I really could not understand organic chemistry, and I thought I never would. When I first met with Seena he was kind and patient. He really made sure I understood the concepts. He broke down the organic chemistry concepts in a way that no professor or tutor ever did. He also made sure that I made the most of each session. Sometimes I wanted ...

— Omar from Dearborn, MI on 11/23/12);

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I offer MCAT Biology/Chemistry tutoring for $80/hr. I offer DAT & PCAT Biology/Chemistry/quantitative reasoning tutoring for $70/hr.

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Seena will travel within 10 miles of Farmington, MI 48335.

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