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Debra G.

Livonia, MI

$50/hr

Dependable Science and Math tutoring

Usually responds in about 11 hours

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I am currently in the process of moving to another area and will not be tutoring until I am settled in after my move. I will update my location at that time.

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.

Testimonials

"Great tutor"

- Judy, White Lake, MI on 5/15/13

"Very Responsive and Helpful"

- Tammy, Novi, MI on 11/13/11
Math:
Algebra 1, Prealgebra
English:
Proofreading
Science:
ACT Science,
Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology,
Botany,
Chemistry,
Ecology, Genetics,
Geology,
Organic Chemistry,
Zoology
Music:
Flute
Elementary Education:
Elementary Science, Study Skills
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Biology,
Chemistry,
Prealgebra, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
ACT Science
Sports/Recreation:
Sewing
Corporate Training:
Proofreading

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.

ACT Science

The vast majority of the ACT science test focuses on having students interpret arrays of charts and graphs. There are only 6-8 questions from each of the major areas of science. So, when I work with students, I would help them improve their ability to interpret data since this is where they could potentially most improve their science score.

Biology

Subjects taught include cell biology, human body systems, anatomy and physiology, genetics, ecology, evolution, botany, zoology, and microbiology

Botany

I love biology and have a biolgogy major with a 4.0 GPA. The study of botany was part of this course. I also took an online course through Schoolcraft college in starting a greenhouse/nursery business and have received certification for opening my own nursery. My backyard is a certified backyard habitat for wildlife. During my first year of teaching I taught a zoology/botany course before it was removed from the curriculum. I could easily help someone be successful in this course.

Chemistry

Subjects taught include metrics, conversions, the periodic table, electron configurations, quantum mechanics, ionic and covalent bonds, naming compounds and writing formulas, stoichiometry (grams, moles, atoms), kinetic molecular theory, states of matter, gas laws, acids and bases, LeChatlier's Principle, and Thermochemistry.

Flute

I am not a professional musician but played flute from grades 4-12. I also currently play flute with the Novi Concert Band and have played with concert bands for about 12 years. I am able to work with young musicians who wish to improve their abilities.

Genetics

I have a biology major with a 4.0 GPA in my biology courses. My introductory biology course included genetics as a topic. I also took a specific biology course called Genetics at Madonna Univeristy and earned an A in that as well. During my first year of teaching I taught genetics to students in basic and advanced biology.

Geology

Topics taught include the geology and the rock cycle, plate tectonics, the hydrosphere, the atmosphere, energy, radioactive decay, oceanography, and weather.

Organic Chemistry

As a chemistry major at UM-Dearborn, I took organic chemistry during my sophomore year. I enjoyed all the memorization and predicting of reactions and reaction types. I always strove to get the high score in the class. I am sure I could help college students to better understand the material and help them to study for tests.

Sewing

I have been an avid seamstress since I was in the 9th grade. During that year I took a course at Singer's, which used to be located at Wonderland and I have stopped since. Currently, sewn items are part of my inventory for craft shows. I would enjoy teaching someone how to make clothes or crafts.

Study Skills

I am a certified secondary teacher of science and math. I have taught both middle school and high school for 20 years. While at the middle school, I was assistant coordinator and then coordinator of a special mentoring program for at-risk youth. In that program we taught the students organizational and study skills. The organizational skills included keeping a special folder for work done and new work for each academic class. Study skills included things like taking notes, finding main ideas, use of color, practicing, and making flashcards.

Zoology

I have a major in biology with a 4.0GPA in all of my biology courses. Zoology was included in my general biology course. I love the study of life and also taught a zoology/botany course to high school students during my first year of teaching. It was then removed from the curriculum. I also taught a simplified version of zoology and botany to 7th grade students when I taught life science.

UM-Dearborn, Madonna University
Chem, Bio,Math
Madonna University, Livonia
Master's

Education

UM-Dearborn, Madonna University (Chem, Bio,Math)

Madonna University, Livonia (Master's)

Great tutor — I am very happy with Debra. She gives great detail what is discussed with my son. His grades have improved with her guidance and help in study skills and math. I would recommend her highly. ...

— Judy, White Lake, MI on 5/15/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Debra will travel within 10 miles of Livonia, MI 48154.


About Debra

I am currently in the process of moving to another area and will not be tutoring until I am settled in after my move. I will update my location at that time.

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.

Testimonials

"Great tutor"

- Judy, White Lake, MI on 5/15/13

"Very Responsive and Helpful"

- Tammy, Novi, MI on 11/13/11
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Education

UM-Dearborn, Madonna University
Chem, Bio,Math
Madonna University, Livonia
Master's

Education

UM-Dearborn, Madonna University (Chem, Bio,Math)

Madonna University, Livonia (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Livonia, MI 48154

Debra’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Prealgebra
English:
Proofreading
Science:
ACT Science,
Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology,
Botany,
Chemistry,
Ecology, Genetics,
Geology,
Organic Chemistry,
Zoology
Music:
Flute
Elementary Education:
Elementary Science, Study Skills
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Biology,
Chemistry,
Prealgebra, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
ACT Science
Sports/Recreation:
Sewing
Corporate Training:
Proofreading

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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