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I am an environmental scientist with an MS in Soil Science from Cal Poly and a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Mary Washington.
My end goal of every tutoring session is to turn on the student's light bulb of understanding. If a student does not grasp a concept initially, I will try to teach it differently. I believe flexibility and practical application are essential to good teaching. Sometimes it takes a new way of approaching a subject in order to understand the problem at hand.
I have extensive experience horseback riding (14 years and college varsity performance) and teaching the basics of riding. If *you* supply the horse, I can provide lessons.
I request notification of schedule changes at least 24 hours in advance, unless there is an emergency.
I understand how hard it is to get into college! As a graduate student, I have endured getting into both undergraduate and graduate school. I have six years of experience in the higher education system; my expertise in academics can give students the edge they need moving forward.
As a Specialist at Black Bear Lake Day Camp in Millstone, NJ over the course of two summers, I've learned to work with pre-school age children to freshmen in high school. I have extensive experience babysitting children of all ages, which helps me to understand young minds.
Because I am working toward teaching in the future, I have tailored my course load for a wide range of skills, including reading, writing, English, history, math, science...the list continues on. I am at an advanced level in most subjects, but I am told that I am very talented at breaking down advanced concepts into simple, easy-to-understand formats. I enjoy hands-on learning, and if I come to your house to tutor your child, we may require a kitchen instead of a table and chairs for the duration of our session.
I have about 15 years experience using Microsoft Windows for personal, professional, and academic development. If you are new to computers and need to learn the ropes, I am a patient professor who will teach you how to run your computer, keep it virus-free, and maintain it for long-term "health." Many of the programs you need to run a computer safely and efficiently are available to you for free; I can arm you with this knowledge. I can also assist you with typing skills, and get you started with other Windows operating systems such as SmartPhones and tablets.
I have several years of public speaking experience for classes, theatre, and more recently, professional conferences. If you are nervous speaking in front of others, or just want to brush up on the etiquette of public speaking, I'm here for you! I will help you edit power point presentations, learn to speak without the assistance of notecards, and improve your comfort level in front of a crowd.
Studying is like art. When someone (a teacher) commissions an artist (a student) to complete a portrait, the customer has a picture in his or her mind; so does the artist. The artist (student) must choose a medium to complete the portrait, but if the medium is not the same as what the customer (teacher) had in mind, then the finished product will not be as highly regarded by the customer (teacher). Most students dread studying because they study the wrong concepts, do not understand how to study for a particular teacher or subject, or do not know their strengths and weaknesses to optimize studying. I can pinpoint a student's strengths and weaknesses, and teach that student how to study more effectively in a shorter amount of time. In short, I can teach students the right medium for the job.
Above and beyond! — Lyssa was a great tutor - she always made the time to meet with me, even if I needed multiple tutoring sessions a week. I was easily able to contact her to set up additional sessions when needed. She was patient when I didn't understand concepts and encouraged me to email or call her with any questions I encountered while studying. In addition, she catered the lessons to my visual learning styl ...
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