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As an engineering program manager for twelve years, and with an MIT degree to boot, I know my fair share of math and science, having taken Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology AP II. It all started when my algebra teacher sent me to math camp and entered me into a geometry contest the next year, which I got a perfect score on all rounds. Proofs are my specialty. My tutoring experience comes from running a girl scout troop and tutoring kids of all ages through a library sponsored drop-in free tutoring. Each kid comes with his/her own learning style. I like to be patient but firm with my students so they learn the process, no matter how tedious or complex. I am a big fan of learning by doing, and I encourage my students to do the same.
If I didn't graduate in engineering, I would have gladly done it in music! I have played three instruments since age four, and I love piano the best.
I'm finishing the last two classes of a business management degree at Drexel which includes classes in financial management, statistics, probability, inventory control, production scheduling, quality control and decision analysis are considered. Topics include linear programming, integer programming, queuing theory, decision theory, probability concepts, and simulation. I am currently waiting for my communications and last financial programming course to show up in the fall.
I've been playing cello since I was first given an instrument in middle school, in quartets, orchestras, state competitions, musicals and individual gigs. In college, I played in Gilbert and Sullivan and Hammerstein productions and eventually became president of the Gilbert and Sullivan group before graduating college. Since then I've been playing in local Gilbert and Sullivan groups wherever I got, and still run the local group in NC where I lived in 2006.
I've been helping students apply for college since I graduated from college fifteen years ago, mentoring college age students through mentornet since 2005 and helping classmates with GMAT applications post bachelors. Since then I've helped three students write college essays and one of my students is eagerly preparing for the PSAT as a sophomore. We are already writing college essays and she is very excited about applying next year.
I have an electrical engineering and computer science degree from MIT specializing in hardware engineering. For the past twelve years I have been designing and coding consumer hardware for Fortune 500 companies including IBM and Microsoft, specializing in digital logic and design. My best classes were in Computer science and it continues to be my best asset in my work.
After acing math and science courses in high school, I went on to get an electrical engineering degree at MIT and used it in a career in digital and analog design at IBM for eight years, as well as embedded design at Seabird Electronics and in program management in the Xbox group at Microsoft as of late.
I've been tutoring K-6 students at a free drop in tutoring center for the past year, and teaching eight brownies a wide variety of really amazing things for the past two years. This has given me a lot of insight about the challenges that K-6 students face with their schoolwork and quite a bit of experience about how to get them through it. My biggest mantra is not just to guess but to write everything down! My most novel approach was to make a cube out of paper to help a student imagine how to approach numbers.
I am a certified personal trainer (CPT) registered by The National Academy of Sports Medicine who trains in resistance, circuit, balance, agility, strength and plyometric workouts five times a week when I'm not taking Hatha and Power Vinyasa bikram yoga courses. After fifteen years of long distance running and track and field, I appreciate how important fitness is and encourage people to start training early to train correctly and love doing it!
I discovered my love for logic in high school when I spent an entire summer immersing myself in theoretical math, proving obscure facts like 1+1=2. In geometry I aced all the proof quizzes and found it easy to apply to calculus and physics as well. Even now my favorite puzzles are logic equations, even if they are in the form of circuits these days.
I've been using Outlook since its initial forms in 1997 at Texas Instruments up to now at Microsoft, where I can work the latest and greatest versions, thanks to my husband who has to test them all. It's made vast improvements, which I believe everyone can take advantage of if they are aware of it.
I've been using Project in my career in program management for twelve years now, managing schedules and milestones for all my projects. I now have the latest and greatest versions, thanks to my husband who has to test them all as an employee at Microsoft. It's made great improvements and is essential to my career. It is also a hard requirement for program management if one wants to get into it.
After spending my early high school years performing biology and chemistry experiments, I went work in an organic and inorganic chemistry lab the summer year after my junior year and continued my chemistry adventure at MIT, where I was one lab short of minoring in chemistry (electrical engineering and computer science ended up taking 60% of my time). My first love is and always was organic chemistry thanks to an amazing Professor Kemp at MIT and I want other students to love it as much as I do.
Having played since age four, I've used my love for piano to play concerts, compete on the state level, learn music theory, violin, cello and even taken music composition classes up to the advanced level in college. Being able to sight read and play by ear makes teaching students easier to adapt my lessons to the student.
I've been cross stitching (without patterns) for fifteen years and counting now and hand stitching my own designs and hems for my own clothing since I was 12. I just love the creativity of needle and thread! Recently I've been helping my girl scouts by teaching them the art of using sewing machines and would love to resurrect the love of sewing for more kids if given the opportunity.
Since tutoring students at the library and through WyzAnt, I've been taking my students through the process of using a planner, flash cards and planning out their homework so they can focus on the hardest work like papers and projects for their time at home. Already two of my students do most of their homework well before our sessions in the afternoon and my current students are using my services to catch up on being out of commission for two months due to illness. I have been an engineering program manager for twelve years, and have an MIT degree
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