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"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."
~ Albert Einstein
I have had experience in tutoring a number of different ages and subjects over the past ten years. I enjoy working with students and seeing them achieve their goals and reach their potential.
I feel that every student has the ability to succeed. Many students need one-on-one attention to achieve that potential. I will work with each student to achieve his or her goals. However, learning is a collaborative process and the student needs to work hard as well. Learning is made easier when students believe in themselves and their goals, and I wish to convey this to each student. Knowledge is exciting to me and I hope to convey this as well. I believe in the Einstein quote that it is a joy to awaken creative expression and knowledge in a student. I hope to do just that in every student I tutor.
I grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana, was in the top five of my graduating class (2001) from Valparaiso High School, and received awards in mathematics. I passed AP Chemistry, English, US Government, and Calculus tests. I attended the University of Pennsylvania for 5 years in which time I completed a BA in Biochemistry and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and an MS in Chemistry. I graduated magna cum laude from Penn with honors in both Biochemistry and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies in December 2006. I completed a MSc from the University of Bradford, England in Archaeological Science in 2009. I am completed my PhD in Biology and Astrobiology from Penn State University in 2014. I am currently employed at Penn State in the Biology department.
I have been a tutor in Valparaiso, Philadelphia, Bradford (UK), and State College working with individuals and small groups. I have worked in a wide range of subject areas including elementary and middle school reading, math, and science; high school chemistry, algebra, geometry, and SAT math; undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry; percussion; and presentation skills and visual design for presentations for all levels.
While I have no formal training with working with ADD/ADHD, many of the students I have worked with in the past have suffered from forms of ADD/ADHD. My mother, an elementary and middle school teacher and tutor, and I have spent many hours reading and discussing different ways to help students with this spectrum of disabilities. I feel the most important thing of working with an ADD/ADHD student is to give the student the tools to manage their own life successfully. Most often this comes through through finding ways to cope with distractions, learning ways to expel extra energy, maintaining organization at home, school, and in the bookbag, and recognizing limitations and coping with them. As all students are different, finding the ways to do these things are unique to the student and might take time and effort on my part as well as on the parts of the student and parents.
Tools for ADD/ADHD students include, but are not limited to, periodic breaks including exercise to help expel energy and renew focus, organizing a binder and assignment notebook, paying attention to the amount of time one has worked on something, physical movement while studying, flashcards, and learning how to phrase questions when one needs to ask for help after spacing out. Working with students with ADD/ADHD is not the same every time, and I work with students to find the best ways for them to cope with their difficulties and succeed.
I have my BA in biochemistry and an MS in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. The BA in biochemistry involved two undergraduate classes in biochemistry, two advanced classes in biochemistry, and a class in genetics, as well as other classes in chemistry. For the MS I took classes in advanced biochemistry, enzymes, bioinorganic chemistry, and bioimaging. I conducted research for over five years in biochemistry working with DNA. In addition I worked as a speaking adviser with a biochemistry research class. I helped over 100 students prepare presentations about their research. During this time, I learned about a great variety of current research projects in biochemistry.
I have many years of tutoring experience at all grade levels. I feel that between my experience tutoring and my knowledge of biochemistry, I can tutor high school or undergraduate biochemistry courses.
I have had over ten years of tutoring experience. Five years of those were working with elementary and middle school students. I worked both one and one and with small groups of these students to improve the student's grades. I tutored all subjects and levels during this time and also helped students with study and homework skills. Many of these students were unmotivated and most felt that they were not able to succeed at school. Some of these students are now doing well in college.
I feel that all students have the ability to succeed, but some students need one on one help to make that success happen. I believe that learning is fun and exciting and I bring that enthusiasm to my tutoring. I believe in my student's ability to succeed and learn and help empower students to do their best in school.
I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Biochemistry. I have worked with DNA, RNA, and proteins extensively and am familiar with them in both higher organisms and bacteria/archea. As part of the Biochemistry degree I attended a number of seminars dealing with micro-organisms and how they effect the world. As a PhD student at Penn State, I am working on extracting DNA from ancient bacteria. I am co-advised by a geomicrobiology faculty member and have spent much time talking and working with her students learning about specific bacteria. In addition to this, I have taken several classes where part of the class discussed current issues in biochemistry and molecular biology which often included discussions of how bacteria play a role in food processing, waste treatment, health, disease, and warfare. I have a solid knowledge of bacteria cells and their uses in society for tutoring a introductory level microbiology course.
I have both done a large quantity of public speaking and taught public speaking skills. I have spoken in front of audiences since I was 15 and on the Valparaiso High School Debate Team. I qualified and attended the National Debate Competition my senior year in High School. Since then I have spoken numerous about speaking skills and about my own research. I taught public speaking skills for 5 years through the University of Pennsylvania's Communication within the Curriculum program. The year of training including a class on speaking skills and real world training with experienced advisers. In addition, I attended workshops including one by Edward Tufte on visual design for presentations. I worked with a wide range of individuals both in group and one-on-one settings which included giving presentations on how to give presentations, answering questions from roups, and individual tutoring for students in undergraduate and graduate programs. I worked with individuals from a wide range of subjects which included business, humanities, social science, and science students talking about topics they had researched for class and their own individual research proposals.
When I work with an individual for speaking skills I feel it is important for the individual to stand up and give a presentation or replicate the situation in which he/she will be speaking if not standing in front of an audience. Then I focus on the needs of that individual, both what I have seen from the presentation and what the individual feels that they wish to improve. This includes all aspects of pubic speaking: content, organization, nerves, language choice, body movement, visual aids, interaction with visual aids, interaction with the audience, and question and answer sessions. Since public speaking is often a difficult situation for many people, I also work with individuals to make sure that they see their strengths in addition to working on weaknesses. Working on improving public speaking skills can be anything from one hour on a specific presentation to a long term set of sessions to get over nerves. There is no one way to improve public speaking skills, and I look forward to working with individuals to make them "wow" their audiences.
Every student with whom I have worked has had at least one conversation about study skills with me. Many students have a lot more conversations dedicated to study skills. Study skills encompasses a wide variety of useful skills which are necessary to succeed in school and often times in life. Most students pick up the basics of study skills as they go through school and find the best ways that work for them. Some students, however, need some more help in finding the best way for them to learn. I have succeeded at school, but that doesn't mean that my methods for studying work for everyone, so have read many books on organization and study skills and try to incorporate different techniques trying to "zero in" on the best methods for each student.
Some different types of study skills I have used or helped others to use include flash cards, songs/rhymes/mnemonics, note taking for different purposes, organization, time management, and planning. I have worked with students on how to take timed tests, computer adaptive tests, multiple choice tests, free response tests, and essay tests. I also help students make learning fun, which in some ways helps to improve study skills all on its own. I try to make relevant connections between what students are learning (both subjects and study skills) to real life, which makes learning easier and often more productive.
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