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Hello! I am a former high school teacher who loves helping students learn about science and math. I earned my B.S. in Biology from UNC Chapel Hill and my M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Delaware.
I have a wide range of teaching experiences: I spent a year and half as a Doctor of Physical Therapy student before I decided to become a teacher. I started with Delaware Nature Society as an Education Intern, where I taught students pre-K through 7th grade in school outreaches and field studies. After earning my Master's in Education, I taught high school science in Delaware and North Carolina: Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Earth Science, and Plant Science. I also spent a year creating College Biology video lessons for an educational website. But my favorite type of teaching is to work one-on-one with students... so I finally ended up here on WyzAnt! :)
I take an intuitive approach to my tutoring, which allows me to meet each student where they are and move them along at their own pace. I have successfully tutored tough subjects like PreCalculus and AP Chemistry, and I've had plenty of success with students who have learning challenges like ADHD. Students connect easily with my easy-going, down-to-earth personality. I always make sure my students are comfortable with content before moving on. While I do thoroughly enjoy science and math, I appreciate that my students don't always share my enthusiasm! So I always strive to make learning a positive experience, even through the most muddlesome math problems. ;)
I have been tutoring algebra 1 & 2 for high school students since 2007. I help students identify with abstract concepts by using analogies and student-friendly language. I can easily "translate" textbooks and teacher notes. I can also anticipate teachers' expectations, which allows me to guide students in minimizing errors and showing all their work.
I began tutoring algebra 1 & 2 for Back to Basics in 2007. Here in North Carolina I have tutored high school students in most algebra topics: inequalities, linear and quadratic equations, matrices, sequences & series, exponential and logarithmic functions, and trigonometry. My biggest strength in math is helping students identify with abstract concepts by using analogies and student-friendly language. I often become a "translator" for textbooks and teacher instructions. I anticipate teachers' expectations, so I can guide students in minimizing calculation errors and showing all their work.
Before deciding to be an educator, I was a Doctor of Physical Therapy student at the University of Delaware. I spent a year and a half in the program, which of course included extensive study of human anatomy and physiology. We even dissected real cadavers! I know way more about the human body than I need to, but sharing that knowledge with my students is pretty awesome.
I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. As a Doctor of Physical Therapy student at the University of Delaware, I strengthened my understanding through intense study of Human Anatomy and Physiology. As a tutor with Back to Basics Learning, Inc., I tutored Biology, Chemistry, and Life Science. My education coursework focused on the best practices for teaching science content to adolescents and young adults, and I passed the Biology Praxis exam as a requirement for my Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. I taught Biology at Woodbridge High School in Bridgeville, DE, and at Ragsdale High School in Jamestown, NC. As an Online Instructor and Course Developer with Education Portal Academy, I design, write, and record video lessons on topics in college-level Biology. I currently tutor Honors and A.P. Biology.
I began tutoring Chemistry in 2007 for Back to Basics. Here in the Triangle I tutor General/Honors as well as A.P. Chemistry. My biggest strength here is that I can help students identify with the content by using student-friendly language and "translating" the textbook or teacher's notes. My strong background comes from my college and post-graduate coursework: I minored in Chemistry at UNC and studied physiology as a DPT student at the University of Delaware. I anticipate what teachers are looking for in terms of homework and assessments, so I can really coach my Chemistry students into developing proper methods.
As a B.S. Biology major at UNC, I was on the "pre-med" track and, therefore, took enough biology and chemistry courses and labs to prepare me for the MCAT. My knowledge in biology, anatomy, physiology and physics was further strengthened through my coursework as a Doctor of Physical Therapy student at the University of Delaware. I do well on test preparation in general and have excelled on tests like the GRE, Biology Praxis, and Biology CLEP. I am comfortable teaching all subject areas of the MCAT, including Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Verbal Reasoning, and Writing.
I have been pleasantly surprised by the number of requests I get to tutor Precalculus! Precalc combines many basics of Algebra and Geometry with the more mind-boggling aspects of Trigonometry and Physics. My strong Physics background from UNC and my work as a Physical Therapy student really helps me become a great tutor in this topic. Students are usually overwhelmed with odd concepts like vectors, but I've always been able to break it down for them rather painlessly. Precalc extends to basic Physics and I find I am even tutoring college students in this subject!
SAT Math combines knowledge of Algebra 1 and 2 and Geometry, while the SAT itself formats math questions differently than most classroom problems. I have experience with many math testing formats, including the SAT, GRE, and Praxis tests, and I can provide winning strategies for test-taking. I have also tutored Integrated Math at several levels, including Algebra, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus.
The SAT Reading Comprehension portion requires students to understand the basic structure of English language. Students must also follow a process to find the right answer in a reasonable amount of time. Due to my experience with the SAT, GRE, Praxis, and other standardized tests, I am familiar with most reading testing formats. I can provide winning strategies for effectively solving problems in reading comprehension.
The SAT Writing portion included both a free-response essay and a multiple-choice question. My experience with the SAT, GRE, Praxis, and other standardized tests has taught me winning strategies for completing these portions effectively. I can help students learn how to structure their essays and utilize key phrase trends to increase their writing scores. For the multiple-choice portion, I can show students how to efficiently recognize errors and improve sentences and paragraphs to help them complete the test on time.
I have worked with all areas of study skills, including time management, notebook organization, study methods based on preferred learning styles, note-taking, test preparation and rehearsal, highlighting and summarizing, color-coding and outlining. As a Master of Education, I was required to understand and apply a wide variety of educational methods for high school students of all academic levels, including exceptional students. I have tutored a few students exclusively in study skills, and about half of my students have required some level of study skills as a supplement to their academic work.
I have tutored Trigonometry for many students in the form of Precalculus and HS/college Physics. Trig is frustrating for most students but amazingly simple once the basics are well understood. I break down the Unit Circle and draw every problem back to the Pythagorean Theorem in order to bring continuity and clarity to my students' work. Once all the connections are made it is just a matter of applying them consistently. I also watch and confirm all of my students calculations because I find they just LOVE to mix up their degrees with their radians!
Great Tutoring — It has been very helpful having the lesson with April. The student has been improving in many ways and gaining confidence every time after the tutoring lesson. ...
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