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Lauren B.

La Mesa, CA

$55/hour

Enthusiastic Chemistry and Math Tutor

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Background check passed as of 3/25/10
4.9 average from 82 ratings
Really good Tutor!!!
— Antoinette, San Diego, CA on 8/24/11

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University of California, Irvine
Chemistry
The University of California, San Diego
Master's

Education

University of California, Irvine (Chemistry)

The University of California, San Diego (Master's)

About Lauren

I have a BS in Chemistry from UC Irvine and a MS in Chemistry from UC San Diego.

I have a experience tutoring both high school and college students. I have experience teaching high school students in the San Diego Area at High Bluff Academy. I have also TA'ed chemistry courses at UCSD. My approach is to help students with trouble areas and then focus on building a strong foundation and improve study and problem solving skills. While not all students will go on to study science, math or engineering in college, but I try to instill and explain why learning these subjects in high school actually have applicability to the rest of their life. I also try to draw connections between either real world experiences and the material in the text book. Especially with students that really hate math and science I try to make the subject more interesting even instilling humor to help them remember complex or difficult topics.

I enjoy working with students and explaining scientific concepts so that they can succeed in all their educational endeavors. I am friendly and patient and work hard to find the best way to explain science and math so that each student I work with can excel! While I love spending time with my students my goal is to get them to a point that they don't need me anymore.

I also provide tutoring over Skype at a reduced rate! It is a solution for when the traveling distance is too far or you want to pay a cheaper rate!
I have a BS in Chemistry from UC Irvine and a MS in Chemistry from UC San Diego.

I have a experience tutoring both high school and college students. I have experience teaching high school students in the San Diego Area at High Bluff Academy. I have also TA'ed chemistry
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

I am also willing to be flexible in my rate; please discuss before we meet for a first session. I have a 1 hour minimum.

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of La Mesa, CA 91942
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Really good Tutor!!!"

- Antoinette, San Diego, CA on 8/24/11

"Friendly and efficient"

- Oceana, Lemon Grove, CA on 6/29/16

"Highly Recommended!"

- Tanuja, La Mesa, CA on 6/23/16

"Great tutor with flexibility and superb understanding of her subject"

- Rachel, San Diego, CA on 9/5/12

"Great communication"

- Janet, Del Mar, CA on 6/14/12

"Great Tutor"

- Linhchi, San Diego, CA on 5/5/12

"My Daughter's Tutor"

- Alyson, San Diego, CA on 11/2/11
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Biology, Chemistry,
Organic Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, ASVAB, CBEST, College Counseling,
GRE, SAT Math
Computer:
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
History:
American History, Geography
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Sports/Recreation:
Ballet,
Needlework

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

Algebra is the foundation of the majority of math classes students will take in high school and college. Without a strong foundation, students will struggle in their math classes as well as science and economics classes. I believe while not all students will enjoy math classes but any student can succeed in their math classes. I help students understand the principles involve, try to de-mystify confusing topics and build confidence in their skills an abilities. Each student that struggles with math have different problem areas. I observe the students problem solving process and correct logical errors in a kind and encouraging way. I draw connections between other courses and real life so they they might see the importance of building a foundation.

Algebra 2

Algebra II is the continuation of algebra often taught with a year off as students take geometry and trig. Whether your student is just rusty or never got a firm foundation in Algebra I, I work with each student observing their problem solving process and correcting logical errors or conceptual errors in a kind and encouraging way. I draw connections between other courses and real life so they they might see the importance of building a strong foundation in math.

Ballet

I started taking ballet when I was three years old. I trained seriously at The Classical Ballet Conservatory (Tricia Coran), West Coast Conservatory (Kristen Olson Potts) and the Orange County HS of the Arts (Sofie Monet and others) Classical/Contemporary Dance Department until I was 18. I have taken ballet classes at UCI when I was at college. I have also taken and taught classes at Anaheim Ballet (Larry and Sarma Rosenburg). I have no formal degree in Ballet, but have danced for 26 years and have benefited from taking classes from professionals. While I teach at a level best suited for students age 13 and up I have also taught students as young as 4 years old.

Chemistry

I love chemistry and I love teaching students chemistry. I have both a BS and a MS (soon a PhD) in Chemistry which I earned from UCI and UCSD respectively. Chemistry can be a challenging subject for students especially for those who are not science inclined. I understand not everyone will enjoy the subject as much as I do but my goal when tutoring students is to 1) set a solid fundamental foundation of the subject, 2) connect that subject to each student's personal interests, 3) encourage students to question and find answers and 4) instill in students why basic understanding of science is so vital in our current society. I work by explaining topics, asking students to tell me what they know and understand, correcting mistakes in an encouraging manner and drawing connections between topics.

College Counseling

At UCI I was a Peer Academic Adviser for the School of Physical Science. For this position I worked with students setting up their course schedules for the quarter and answering questions about major requirements. I would work with students to put together a four year plan so that they could complete their studies in a timely manner. I would also help transfer students determine how their classes from other colleges and universities transferred to UCI. I also updated course descriptions and coordinated with other Schools to help students fulfill course requirements in our school.

Beyond my position as a Peer Academic Adviser I have also successfully navigated both college and graduate school. My personal experience dealing with the University system has given me insight into how to navigate these waters.

Microsoft Excel

I am a regular Excel user and have taken Excel Computer courses.

University of California, Irvine
Chemistry
The University of California, San Diego
Master's

Education

University of California, Irvine (Chemistry)

The University of California, San Diego (Master's)

Really good Tutor!!! — Lauren was an amazing tutor! She is very patient, and she can break down complicated issues. My daughter had an extremely difficult time in Chemistry, and she made it very understandable. She was very friendly and she is very reliable. Thanks to her my daughter got through Chemistry! ...

— Antoinette, San Diego, CA on 8/24/11

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I am also willing to be flexible in my rate; please discuss before we meet for a first session. I have a 1 hour minimum.

Travel policy

Lauren will travel within 25 miles of La Mesa, CA 91942.