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With a PhD in Physics, and advanced graduate work in chemistry, I have taught both subjects at the university level, and have conducted research in both subjects. Recently, I have been an adjunct faculty member at San Antonio College in both the Physics and Chemistry departments.
Although qualified to teach math at the college level, I have chosen instead to teach math at the high school level. Now I am tutoring physics, chemistry, and various math courses (including SAT, ACT, and GRE prep) through WyzAnt.
I thoroughly enjoy working with either secondary school students and college students here in San Antonio. However, due to the chemotherapy program I'm currently on, I now primarily tutor students in my own home.
Given my doctorate in physics, and having conducted research science that required serious expertise in physics, chemistry, and higher mathematics, my hope is to instill a love of math and science in students. These can be deeply interesting, even exciting subjects!! The key is to develop a solid foundation in the basics, and then to guide your child to see for themselves how good they will feel about themselves when they truly understand the math (or science). From the feedback I receive, available to be seen here, my goal of getting students enthused about the subjects they study has been working well.
When common sense is combined with stimulating your child's imagination, learning HOW to tackle problem-solving situations becomes a positive, rewarding experience. This is as true for my middle school students as it is for those of my students taking advanced courses in college.
According to the ADA (American Dental Association) the components of the DAT Test are as follows:
i) Survey of the Natural Sciences
ii) Perceptual Ability Test
iii) Reading Comprehension Test
iv) Quantitative Reasoning Test
I have mastered these educational areas well enough to help others do well when they take the DAT. My undergraduate degrees in natural science and math will help with most of the test; My doctoral work in chemistry and physics (PhD), along with my research in chemistry -- especially organic chemistry -- and physics will help me help students master these subjects, and hence do well on the DAT exam.
(Not unlike the dentist, I find holes -- cavities -- in students' learning, and fill them with an amalgam of knowledge and insight about the subjects where help is needed, so that students will be able to continue painlessly on their chosen career path.)
Despite having a PhD in Physics, I have enjoyed tutoring elementary students (as a volunteer) for many years. Now that I'm needing to boost my retirement fund, I'm tutoring young students (as well as older students) through WyzAnt. For example, I've been helping a young student for some time now, starting when he was in the 5th grade. His mother's feedback to me was quite gracious, as you can see (it's also on my public profile):
"Very patient and supportive! — Vicki works extremely well with my son. She is always patient and guides him along when needed. She also provides positive feedback and compliments his abilities that instills in him a sense of pride in his achievement. Vicki is a terrific tutor."
I love teaching young students how to read, and how to improve their reading. And of course, as a scientist, I thoroughly enjoy teaching young students the wonders of science, and the power of mastering mathematics. Younger students are often more fun to tutor than older students -- they're so thrilled when they master new skills.
An important aspect of my tutoring, whether with a college student or with a third-grader, is to help them develop study skills. They learn to organize materials related to the topic being studied in a thoughtful, efficient manner. While doing so, they're learning how to edit and to prioritize their thoughts. Younger students are especially enthusiastic about learning how to organize their ideas and new-found knowledge.
Certainly tutoring an upper-level college student is far different from tutoring a 4th grader, say. Yet so many of the skills involved are quite similar --- it's a matter of reaching the student at a level he or she can best appreciate --- in order to optimize their academic growth.
Organic Chemistry was part of my major in Chemistry (B. Sci.) at St. Mary's College of Maryland. In grad school (U of S. Carolina, PhD in Physics), the organic chemistry of humic materials was an integral component of my research. After grad school, I used physics to continue my research into these environmentally important organic materials at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Great Tutor, Very Knowledgeable! — I want to say how grateful I am for Ms. Vicki H. She has the patience and ability to explain the concepts, which assists the student to understand and apply the knowledge. Because of her service and expertise my son completed Chemical Principles II and he will be applying for the nuclear medicine program. ...
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