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Eileen L.

Portland, OR

$35/hr

Science and Math Tutor

Background check passed as of 12/20/13
Usually responds in about 15 hours

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I am a parent with a background in medicine, dentistry and biology which gives me a wealth of knowledge I am ready to share with your student. I've helped kids learn by volunteering and tutoring from 3rd grade to 12th. The best way to teach is to listen first, to understand where the student is coming from, what he or she thinks and what the goals of both parent and child are. I have experience tutoring chemistry, SAT prep, biology, math through algebra 2 and nursing, basic reading and math plus study skills and organization, but can also tutor other science, math and grammar/writing subjects. I look forward to meeting with you to see how I can help!

Testimonials

"Helped Me to Make the Right Choice"

- Gia , Portland, OR on 9/27/14

"An Amazing Tutor"

- Melinda, Portland, OR on 8/16/13

"Great Tutor!!"

- Chrissy, Gresham, OR on 7/21/12

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Brian, Portland, OR on 11/5/11
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, English, Grammar, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Genetics,
Microbiology, Nursing, Physical Science, Physiology, Psychology
Computer:
General Computer
Art:
Drawing, Painting
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th),
English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Science, CBEST, College Counseling,
GED, GRE, Praxis, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TEAS
Corporate Training:
College Counseling,
General Computer, Grammar

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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College Counseling

In the course of SAT, ACT and pre-professional test tutoring, I have also helped extensively with college coaching and counseling. I have read many books on the subject and also had the experience of writing my own essays, statements and put together successful applications for dental and medical schools, and applied to medical residencies. I have also attended seminars on all the major aspects of college counseling.

Elementary (K-6th)

I tutored grade school students in the Portland Public Schools as a volunteer for eight years. I think it is very important to understand the developmental level of the student and I studied human development for my psychology degree while working on pediatric wards and rotations. I also worked for several years in day care while in high school and college.

Genetics

I have a BA in Biology and my study emphasis was on human development, disease and genetics. I completed both medical and dental school and practiced general dentistry until an injury forced me to stop practicing, after which I worked in research at OHSU in the Molecular and Medical Genetics Dept. on various gene studies of degenerative diseases. Recently, I took an online MIT biology course to update my knowledge, and the course had special emphasis on genetics. I like to help students understand cell biology and genetics with drawings and models as well as examples from ordinary life: mitochondria is like the furnace of the cell, probability can be understood with dice, DNA is kind of like two ribbons coiled together.

Painting

I studied art and art history at Portland Community College from 1996 to 2002, including watercolor, mixed media, painting, drawing, life drawing, basic design and art history from ancient through contemporary times. I was a member of Blackfish Gallery, a Pearl District co-op, and have won several prizes for acrylic and mixed media works.

Study Skills

I have tutored many students and found that study skills were almost always a factor in their lack of academic success. Because of this, I took on the task of formally learning the subject of study skills. An example is how to approach a new chapter: the most effective approach is to skim the material, then read through once without note-taking, look at review questions and problems, and finally go carefully through the chapter, taking only necessary notes and answering both the provided questions and questions generated by the student himself or herself.

Another area plaguing most students is organization. The time it takes to set up a system for organizing tasks, books, notes and supplies is completely worth it. Every minute not spent looking for lost study questions or partially done homework is a minute that can be devoted to actual learning.

I don't have formal training in this area but I feel that a common sense approach combined with what I learned from reading books on the subject give me the ability to truly help the disorganized student succeed in creating a workable system where the student is in control.

Often students are characterized as just being disorganized, with the assumption that it is a personality trait. I don't think so. Organization is a learned skill, just like grammar or algebra.

Portland State University, Portland, OR
Biology and Psycholo
Oregon Health and Science University
MD
Oregon Health and Science Universtiy Dental School
Other

Education

Portland State University, Portland, OR (Biology and Psycholo)

Oregon Health and Science University (MD)

Oregon Health and Science Universtiy Dental School (Other)

Helped Me to Make the Right Choice — Eileen is very knowledgable and helped me to understand that I didn't have the prerequisites needed for the course I was taking. This is exactly what I was looking for. She spent well over an hour with me (90 mins) and I got a good deal of info from her in that time. ...

— Gia , Portland, OR on 9/27/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Travel policy

Eileen will travel within 10 miles of Portland, OR 97239.


About Eileen

I am a parent with a background in medicine, dentistry and biology which gives me a wealth of knowledge I am ready to share with your student. I've helped kids learn by volunteering and tutoring from 3rd grade to 12th. The best way to teach is to listen first, to understand where the student is coming from, what he or she thinks and what the goals of both parent and child are. I have experience tutoring chemistry, SAT prep, biology, math through algebra 2 and nursing, basic reading and math plus study skills and organization, but can also tutor other science, math and grammar/writing subjects. I look forward to meeting with you to see how I can help!

Testimonials

"Helped Me to Make the Right Choice"

- Gia , Portland, OR on 9/27/14

"An Amazing Tutor"

- Melinda, Portland, OR on 8/16/13

"Great Tutor!!"

- Chrissy, Gresham, OR on 7/21/12

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Brian, Portland, OR on 11/5/11
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Education

Portland State University, Portland, OR
Biology and Psycholo
Oregon Health and Science University
MD
Oregon Health and Science Universtiy Dental School
Other

Education

Portland State University, Portland, OR (Biology and Psycholo)

Oregon Health and Science University (MD)

Oregon Health and Science Universtiy Dental School (Other)


Tutor Policies

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Portland, OR 97239

Eileen’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, English, Grammar, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Genetics,
Microbiology, Nursing, Physical Science, Physiology, Psychology
Computer:
General Computer
Art:
Drawing, Painting
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th),
English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Science, CBEST, College Counseling,
GED, GRE, Praxis, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TEAS
Corporate Training:
College Counseling,
General Computer, Grammar

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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