Currently, I serve as a freelance science consultant, ghostwriter, textbook editor, tutor, and study guide writer for students of all ages. I have been a long time tutor of several middle school and high school students in the Queens, NY area for nearly the past two years. I have seen my students improve greatly and have become highly recommended among parents and teachers at an area Catholic academy. I am patient with my students and take all the necessary time needed to address their concerns and specific needs. My greatest success story to date has been elevating a failing math student who was consistently receiving 40s, 50s, and 60s on her exams to a student who is now displeased to received a 95 on her math exams. Currently, she is in the 5th grade, however, with my encouragement and guidance, she has been easily completing linear algebra and precalculus work with ease and has developed a new appreciation for all forms of mathematics. Additionally, I tutor an older student at her school in high school test prep and have seen a great deal of improvement in her overall comprehension of what such tests are asking versus what is actually written. My students routinely tell me that I make things fun and enjoyable and appreciate that, particularly with the younger students, I don't treat them like children and instead focus on teaching them lessons as if I were explaining something to a colleague.
While I primarily focus on math, science, and ELA lessons, I also tutor in a number of other areas like social studies, that often show up in other subjects. Because of this, I like to integrate my lessons so that students can see that there doesn't have to be this clear cut distinction between what is deemed to be math and science and what must be English and instead learn to see the way all of the subjects they learn in school interact in the real world and can therefore see practical applications of concepts from one field being applied in another.
One of the most important things I've learned from being an anthropologist (BA, Hunter College 2009) and practicing archaeologist is that you need to know a bit of everything. Even though my specialty is physical anthropology specializing in forensic anthropology, taphonomy, primatology and bioarchaeology, I'm currently taking graduate classes in applied physics and bio-mechanical engineering. While my academic background is in anthropology and the sciences, my creative background is incredibly varied. In my spare time I have been reproducing and restoring antique clothing for over five years typically without the use of a sewing machine. I have a lengthy amateur dance history including more than ten years of English ballet and about six years of Russian.
I have practical experience in many areas including: fashion, photography, archaeology, volunteering, writing, and film. I am interested in applied mathematics, physics, biology, mortuary studies, cultural anthropology, early American history, dance, evolutionary science, and engineering. These experiences are what I draw on when it comes to teaching. It is one thing to read about various excavation tools and techniques and another thing completely to know that using the pick on the end of a toothbrush can be a lot more helpful than a stiff paint brush to help excavate a horse tooth.
My goal is to make learning fun and applicable to you and your interests using many non-traditional resources to make concepts as tangible as possible and as relatable as possible. A fan of Facebook or Twitter? How about applying them to linear algebra? Love Paris Hilton, reality shows, and TMZ? Let's analyze their impact on society or their depictions of societal roles. How better to practice your writing skills or media knowledge then by blogging? With all the learning you do in a classroom, you can expand your knowledge base and build confidence in subjects by taking those concepts out of the classroom and fitting them into whatever you want. The only way you can truly learn something is by using it, and that's what my entire approach to teaching is about.
Whether you are looking for a tutor for your young child or you're a college or graduate student needing to cram before I big test, I can help. With a large family and volunteer experience with the World Science Fair, I'm great with everyone from children to teens and will tailor each lesson to suit your needs.
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