I have been a public school teacher for 23 years, teaching a wide range of subjects covering my 3 college majors. Courses I have taught include chemistry, biology, earth science, life science, integrated science, 7th and 8th grade math, algebra 1. Biology is my central interest in life and I earned a 4.0 GPA in my biology courses, I earned a 3.4 in my chemistry courses. I am actively involved with the Rouge Education Project. I also take part in Project Feederwatch through Cornell University and the Friends of the Rouge Frog and Toad Survey. I enjoy being a citizen scientist and also actively support environmental, animal and health related issues.
My method of tutoring includes giving students hints after demonstrating how to complete an assignment and asking them to explain concepts orally. I also like to do guided practice problems with them as applicable. For descriptive material, I have had success completing concept maps with students to help them figure out relationships between relevant vocabulary and concepts. I believe that making abstract concepts more concrete helps students master difficult ideas. I also instruct in good study techniques and share my own personal secrets of what helped me to do well in these courses, such as practicing with flashcards. It is a wonderful feeling when students finally are able to grasp difficult concepts. I would like to know the current topic students are working on before arriving at the appointment.
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