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Melissa M.

Knowledgeable, flexible tutor w Masters Degree in Medical Science

Durham, NC (27713)

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I have a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from Arizona State University and a master's degree in Medical Science from the University of South Florida College of Medicine.

I am primarily interested in the sciences but I am happy to help in a variety of subjects. I have tutored students both independently and through institutions for many years. I am well aware that the same study methods do not work for all students and I have a variety of methods that I am happy to teach, I will keep trying until we find the best method for you.

I have worked with students of all ages, from nannying toddlers and helping them study ahead of their grade level, and working with struggling junior high/ high school students, to college & graduate students, and even adults. I lived in Japan for 2 years and taught private lessons and small group classes where I formulated the curriculum, activities, quizzes and take home assignments. The classes were not only educational and challenging, but they were fun too.

I know personally how challenging school can be. I have been there, I have survived and succeeded, and I would love to help you get there too. I can help any age student with study skills and can help develop effective study plans and schedules to help you ace your exams.

I look forward to working with you towards a brighter future!


P.S. I'm new to the Durham/Chapel Hill area. I tutored extensively in Miami, FL for the past few years - don't let reviews confuse you about my location!

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Melissa’s subjects

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Physical Science, Physics, Physiology
Macintosh, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Geography, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th), English, Geometry, Japanese, Physics, Piano, Prealgebra, Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Science, GED, MCAT
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Japanese, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Elementary (K-6th)

I have volunteered in elementary classrooms for subject test preparation, spelling test prep., science projects and individualized tutoring. I am very familiar with ways that children learn and can break complex ideas down into more simple language to help them undertand. One example is that I explain medical diagnoses and surgical procedures to small children as part of a volunteer job in a local hospital. Before deciding to study health & medicine I was studying to be an Elementary School teacher. I have tutored several younger students and helped them learn better study skills and improve their grades. I was a nanny for many years and spent a lot of time doing after school homework with the kids.


I took Basic Medical Genetics in my master's program and earned an A.


I lived in a rural fishing village in Northern Japan (Aomori Prefecture) while teaching English for 2 years (2009 - 2011). I am familiar with the cultural norms and have a basic understanding of the language.


I took the MCAT multiple times and am very familiar with the test. I studied on my own as well as taking professional study programs. I have several textbooks, my course notes, and am happy to help students prepare for this exam. I know how stressful it can be and I understand the importance of studying the right things to prepare. I can help students with ways to build up their stamina to prepare for the exam. Additionally, I can help make a strict study plan to follow in order to prepare in a given amount of time.


My master's degree included a course in Pharmacology, in which I earned an A.

Physical Science

When I was in grade school I never liked science, even though I won "Science Student of the Year Award" from the district in 5th grade. I didn't think I was good at science, and I dreaded it in college. But looking back over old report cards I realized that I always did well in science. I must have had a mental block about it. Now that I've been through college and grad school and am about to start Medical School I realize just how fun science can be IF it is taught right! I think it's very important to work with grade school students and find ways to get them interested in what they are learning. Chemistry always seemed "irrelevant" to me but after I realized how much it matters, and how practical it is, even in daily life, i found it so much more interesting. I believe that when students are interested in what they are learning they are far more likely to succeed.


I took 12 years of private piano lessons and am comfortable teaching beginning students.

Social Studies

I took the required social studies courses while in K-12 and I took several social studies themed classes throughout college. While I am not an expert on the subject I would be happy to help K-12 students work through their homework, projects, papers and prepare for tests.

Study Skills

In college I worked with professional at the university to learn study skills and find successful ways for me to study. I learned many different styles that I can apply with different students. I have used various methods with different students and will seek to find you the perfect study method; flash cards, flow charts, turning lessons into games, making simple songs, or creating catchy phrases to remember complex things. I made several lesson plans complete with work sheets and quizzes for previous students. I am confident that I can help you find a more effective and efficient way to study.

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Arizona State University, Tempe (Kinesiology)

University of South Florida - Morsani College of Medicine (Master's)

Great Tutor — Melissa is an excellent tutor. She always arrives on time and is fully prepared to help my daughter with her algebra and chemistry homework. She is very flexible with the schedule and is very involved in my child progress in school. She is thorough and explains concepts in a way that my daughter can understand. We are glad to have her as a tutor. ...

— Agata from Miami, FL on 2/18/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

Group tutoring 3-5 students: $40/student/hour. $25 cancellation fee (2-5 hours before), cancelled within 2 hours/no-show is full charge. Exceptions may be granted due to extenuating circumstances.

Travel policy

Melissa will travel within 10 miles of Durham, NC 27713.

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