Hello! I am originally from the Los Angeles area but have spent the last ten years working for various government agencies as a wildlife biologist since finishing grad school. I spent two years in New Zealand working with fur seals and received honors in two graduate level degrees.
I did quite a lot of tutoring in high school in biology, ESL, English, French, and math. I have a solid education in all the sciences and a strong writing ability. I am currently working on publishing two novels. I was a teaching assistant for 100- and 200-level zoology courses while in grad school, and I also taught computer courses for the Information Technology Department. I would be a competent tutor in university level biology, geology, introductory French, and introductory statistics.
I'm also an expert swimmer with high school and college level competition experience and have taught swimming lessons for fifteen years to all ages, including adults and special needs individuals. I also have two years experience as a masters swim team coach, and have coached a youth swim clinic for a year. I really enjoy helping others improve their strokes and swim with a technique that will not cause them injury.
My tutoring style emphasizes practice and reiteration of information and skills to enhance learning. I was diagnosed with ADHD at age four and have spent my life learning ways of getting myself to focus, concentrate, and learn. Because of this, I am very good at getting others to focus on the information that is truly important. I also emphasize study skills by teaching students how to organize their studying and the information they must learn in order to make things easier for them. I am laid back and flexible, but firm, and ask students a lot of questions to get them to think through to the best answer on their own. I use a lot of positive reinforcement and try to create a visual and environmental motivational space in which to work to help the student focus on the task at hand.
In the pool I also stress practice, reiteration, and positive reinforcement. I believe anyone, regardless of history, can learn to swim, and I will work with you or your child to make you safe and comfortable in the water. For those that already know how to swim, I will tailor lessons to your goals and will correct anything that could cause you physical damage or pain in the future. I also firmly believe that an instructor should not teach something they can't do, and I am in the water with the student at every lesson unless he or she is very advanced. I believe students learn physical skills better when shown what they are supposed to be doing.
I look forward to meeting you and hope that I can be of service.
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