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Hello! I hold a B.S. in Biological Psychology, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and am a licensed clinical psychologist.
I was fortunate to have a math professor for a mother and research physicist for a father. Although I did not follow directly in their footsteps, the solid foundation my parents provided me in math and science helped me pursue my occupational dreams - a specific example would be that my quantitative score on the GRE (780) helped rather than hindered my getting into graduate school. A few academic achievements I am proud of include completing Calculus 3 with an A, scoring a 5 on the Advanced Placement English Exam, and I was the go-to person for my graduate school peers when they needed help with statistics. Some of the incredible opportunities I have had that I believe would not have been possible without a strong background in math and science include: Presenting my research on synesthesia at Oxford and other conferences, working with defendants in forensic psychology, and ultimately looking forward to an interesting and rewarding career. I have three years of teaching experience at the college level and have been tutoring with WyzAnt for six years. From these experiences I believe that the most effective tutoring method is to encourage a person to utilize their preferred learning style in addition to a strong rapport between the teacher and the student.
Although I have tutored in a wide variety of subjects, I would say that, simply by popular demand, recently I have spent more time tutoring in Chemistry and Algebra II than other subjects. At the moment I am looking to take on just one or two students.
Lastly, I would like to say that for a learning experience tailored to the individual student, one-on-one tutoring cannot be beat. Personalized tutoring is far more effective for helping a student achieve their goals than any scenario in which a number of students share a teacher.
Personally, I have taken math courses through Calculus 3 and 2 semesters of graduate coursework in Statistics. I greatly enjoy tutoring in Algebra because it contains the fundamental building blocks of Algebra II and Precalculus.
In graduate school I was involved in research examining Math Anxiety and Math Performance; Algebra 1 is arguably the turning point for many people in terms of leaving certain occupations open as opportunities. I find it extremely rewarding to work with students and increase their confidence and efficacy so that opportunities strongly linked to math and science remain open as they move forward in their scholarly pursuits.
Algebra 2 is the subject in which I have tutored the most, aside from Chemistry. I find it very rewarding to tutor in Algebra 2 as it has great overlap with content in standardized tests such as the GRE or SAT and is used heavily in non-calculus based Physics and Chemistry. If you are going to continue with math past Algebra 2, you will be doing yourself an immense favor by taking the time to master the core skills in Algebra 2 - and I'm delighted to be a part of it!
My Chemistry Experience:
As an undergraduate, I took the Chemistry courses required in a pre-medical curriculum (2 semesters of Chemistry, and 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry). I also took Biochemistry, which was my favorite course during my undergraduate years - I appreciated the way Biology, Physics, and Chemistry all came together in that course.
As a tutor, I have tutored more in Chemistry than any other subject, simply due to popular demand. I have tutored students in regular high school Chemistry, AP Chemistry, and college Chemistry. Please feel free to read student reviews of my tutoring and contact me with any additional questions.
I have tutored people for the GED, and am happy to report that they all passed with less than 5 tutoring sessions. Many times, it seemed to be just a matter of overcoming math and test anxiety and learning some key mathematical concepts. Not many exams are as rewarding as the GED when passed; it is always a delight to be part of the process.
I have both tutored and taught courses on taking the GRE. Generally, students increase their overall scores by 200 points at the least after working with me.
Including tutoring approximately a dozen students on the SAT over the past four years, I also taught SAT courses for a test preparation company (for one year). Besides tutoring/prep courses, the best thing one can do to prep for SAT Math is to master core skills and concepts from their Algebra I/II and Geometry classes.
Although the SAT Math Test pulls from the courses listed above, the questions are often trickier than you would encounter on a homework assignment. It's very satisfying for me as a tutor to help students anticipate potential "curve ball" questions on a test, but of course this is best done when the student has a solid foundation of math skills from which to work. Fortunately, much of the content on the SAT is predictable and students can indeed master the core concepts expected on the SAT in advance of taking it.
Trigonometry is a major component in Precalculus with which I have had much experience. Although the functions of sine, cosine and tangent may seem like a foreign language at first, you really can master these functions and interrelate them with each other and their derivatives. I greatly enjoy tutoring in this area and would like to share that I place heavy emphasis upon the Unit Circle when tutoring Trigonometry.
Fantastic Tutor! — When I realized I wasn't keeping pace in a summer session Chemistry 1 course, I knew I had a decision to make: drop the class, or get help. I opted for the latter and, after my first one-on-one session with Katherine, I knew I made the right decision to persevere. She not only provided immediate help, within two hours of initial contact, she adjusted her in-depth knowledge of Chemistry to make the ...
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