I have been tutoring Algebra 1, 2, Geometry, Trig, Pre-Calculus and Calculus for the last two years to students throughout the Syracuse, NY area. While some of my students were struggling to pass a Regents exam, others were looking for more challenging math. With a PhD in Plant Physiology from SUNY ESF and more than 10 years of working as a research scientist, I am very comfortable using math and solving problems. I love working with kids and turning them "on" to the wonders of math!
I have been tutoring Algebra 1, 2, Geometry, Trig, Pre-Calculus and Calculus for the last 18 months to students throughout the Syracuse, New York area. While some of my students were struggling to pass a Regents exam, others were looking for more challenging math.
With a PhD in Plant Physiology from SUNY ESF and more than 10 years of working as a research scientist, I am very comfortable using math and solving problems. I love working with kids and turning them "on" to the wonders of math!
I have taught General Bio, Microbiology, Cell Bio labs and Genetics labs at SUNY Cortland. I love explaining biological concepts to students and helping them visualize the world of the small - from what DNA is and how it functions in the cell to the biological warfare going on between microbes in the soil. Because I have a background in research, I am very familiar with common molecular techniques commonly used in research, and have a lot of practice explaining these techniques and why they are used to my students.
I've been tutoring Regents Chemistry and AP Chemistry for the last couple of years. While I'm not a chemist, my PhD incorporated a lot of plant biochemistry, so I have taken a number of upper level biochemistry courses. Furthermore, I've worked in biochemistry labs and used biochemistry in my research at Cornell and SUNY-ESF.
I was the senior lab instructor for the genetics course at SUNY Cortland for 2 years, so I am very familiar with the genetics course material. I also have a lot of "hands-on" experience having used plant genetics in my work as a research scientist at SUNY ESF and Cornell University. I help students learn how to visualize the material for themselves and solve genetics problems, by engaging each student in describing, with as much detail as possible, what he/she can understand. Then, I fill in the blanks.
I have tutored students in high school geometry for the last two years. Some of my students are home schoolers, others are struggling in geometry, and others are looking to excel in geometry. The ACT exam also incorporates Geometry in their math section, so I have also helped students review their geometry for these tests.
I taught microbiology and medicine at SUNY Cortland for a couple of years and had so much fun doing so! I have also done research in the plant pathology department at Cornell University. Microbiology is such a fascinating subject – it’s exploring a whole world that we rarely think about – but one that is so incredibly important and beneficial to us. As a plant physiologist, I am always fascinated by the way plants defend themselves from microbes and how microbes overcome defense systems. I love the study of microbiology, and I love exciting students about the wonders of the microbial world.
I have been tutoring students in Precalculus for the last 2 years. I start by working through problems with students, then have students complete problems themselves with help as needed. Students build confidence in their own abilities. This provides a positive feedback situation, where, because of their new found success, they are able to successfully tackle new problems and develop a positive attitude toward math in general, and precalculus specifically. I also tutor students in Calculus and AP Calculus so as a student learns Precalculus, I explain how the particular skill they are learning today, will be further developed in Calculus and why it is so important to understand the PreCalculus.
I have taught small-group Regents review courses in biology and chemistry. In these courses, we reviewed the course material for the year and completed practice exams. I have also tutored students in Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. My background in academia as a research scientist, instructor, and lab instructor, has allowed me to develop my teaching techniques and use my math and science skills to successfully tutor students preparing to take their Regents exams.
I have been tutoring students in SAT Math for the last 2 years. Over that time, I have developed ways to explain problems and help students build their own confidence to solve problems. My background as a Research Scientist makes me uniquely qualified - I like to solve problems and I find the challenges associated with SAT Math to be fun and rewarding.