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I am a recent graduate of the University of Redlands with a double BA in Sustainable Agriculture and Latin American Studies. I am most capable and comfortable tutoring in the biological or environmental sciences and beginning to intermediate Spanish. This doesn't mean that I'm not qualified or willing to tutor in history, English language or literature, or math (algebra or geometry only), it just means that I'm most comfortable with the areas my degree is in.
During my educational career I've found that I learn best through visual methods - drawing diagrams, writing information down for myself, and vocabulary flash cards - and by teaching others. Therefore, when I am tutoring I like to teach in a similar way. Students of mine can expect to draw diagrams and flowcharts, make and be quizzed with flash cards, and explain to me in their own words what they are learning. However, I realize that not everyone learns this way, and if you tell me how you or your student learns best I can adapt to that, or if you don't know we can work together to figure out the best method for you. I look forward to working with you.
I have a BA in Agriculture, in which my focus was plants. Aside from classroom learning I also have 2 summers worth of experience working on organic vegetable farms, as well as tending my own community garden plot during the school years.
My college degree is in agriculture, so the majority of my classes were in environmental studies. The study of ecology, or the relationship between living organisms and their environments, was included in all of these classes, particularly Botany, Conservation in Practice, and Climate Disruption.
My whole life I have considered myself a "science person," consistently doing well in science courses. In high school I took honors and AP biology, honors chemistry, and zoology. In college I used my AP credit to skip general biology and took genetics, general chemistry, and one semester of organic chemistry. I also took many environmental studies classes that necessarily had scientific components.
As part of the generation of students who grew up in the late 90's and early 2000's, I have hardly known life without a computer. I began typing and general computer lessons in the third grade and continued to use computers for everything from research to papers and presentations ever since. I also worked for three years in an office, which was also very computer intensive. I prefer PCs but have experience with Macs as well and am very comfortable with the programs in the MS Office Suite and relatively comfortable with Adobe programs.
I spent four years on my elementary school's Geography Bee team, as well as a geography class in 8th grade and high school and college history classes that included strong geographical components (AP European History, AP US History, Latin American studies courses).
I am comfortable with the basic macros and formulas for Excel but not the more advanced ones (such as: if a is true, do b, but if a is not true, do c), though I do know how to look them up and can figure them out given a bit of time.
I can provide sample presentations I have done if desired.
I played soccer every year from the time I was 5 until I left high school. This included both recreational league teams, competition teams, All-Star recreational league teams, and school teams. I was also a substitute for an indoor soccer team for a short time.
I started Spanish classes in 7th grade and continued all the way through Spanish 5 in high school (including getting a 4 on the AP Spanish Literature test and a 5 on the Spanish Language test). During my junior year I served as a volunteer translator for a missions trip to Mexico, during which I put together a week-long Vacation Bible School lesson plan in Spanish. In college I tested directly into 300 level (third year) classes. I originally double majored in Spanish before switching to a more comprehensive Latin American Studies degree. I served as a volunteer translator for a missions trip to Mexico during my Junior year of high school. I can speak, read, and write and would consider myself 80% fluent. I am most comfortable teaching beginner and intermediate levels.
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