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Sara S.

Westlake Village, CA

$60/hour

Achieve Great Things in English and Science

100+ Hours
5.0 average from 32 ratings
She's pretty awesome
— Akshita, Oak Park, CA on 11/2/16

$60/Hour


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UC Los Angeles
Molecular Biology
Durham University (UK)
MBA

Education

UC Los Angeles (Molecular Biology)

Durham University (UK) (MBA)

About Sara

During my first week of high school, I had the opportunity to dissect a cat in biology class. Something clicked in me that day, and the experience ignited my unquenchable passion for the biological sciences. Since then, I obtained my BS in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from UCLA, and now work for one of the top Biotechnology companies in the country.

I have 4 years of tutoring experience, and have worked successfully with middle school through university level students. I specialize in various biological sciences, where I believe that an understanding of the "big picture" is a necessary prerequisite to mastering the details. I am also an extremely strong writing coach, and can help students master all areas of English, from analytical essays to college application essays.

I am a strong believer that understanding the big picture, or the "why," behind topics is key to not only understanding, but enjoying coursework. Our sessions will be motivating, positive, and productive experiences!

After completing my BS in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, I transitioned to a career as a Biophysical Characterization scientist. It is from this combination of academia and real world experience that I approach tutoring. I can help students master General Biology, Molecular Biology, and Microbiology. I can also guide higher level students through interpreting scientific papers and understanding experiments.

Academically, I have earned an A in every English class I've taken in school. More importantly though, I absolutely love writing and public speaking. I have helped students go from failing English class to achieving 5's on the AP English exam. I have also studied public speaking extensively, and have coached everyone from students to executives on how to speak effectively and with confidence.

I am available on weekdays after 4:30 pm, and on weekends between 10 and 5. I look forward to meeting you!
During my first week of high school, I had the opportunity to dissect a cat in biology class. Something clicked in me that day, and the experience ignited my unquenchable passion for the biological sciences. Since then, I obtained my BS in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from UCLA, and now work for one of the top Biotechnology companies Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Westlake Village, CA 91361

"She's pretty awesome"

- Akshita, Oak Park, CA on 11/2/16

"Well Prepared - Great Ideas"

- Leah, Westlake Village, CA on 10/6/16
Math:
ACT Math, GRE, SAT Math
Science:
Biology, Microbiology
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading,
Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, GRE, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
Reading, Writing
History:
American History, World History, Writing
Special Needs:
Reading, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Handwriting, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
GRE, Public Speaking,
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Proofreading

I have been performing proofreading and tutoring others in their proofreading skills for nearly 8 years. I have helped students proofread essays, term papers, and have helped numerous students gain admission to prestigious universities with strong admissions essays.

I also have extensive experience proofreading in a professional environment, where I have successfully edited scientific presentations to fundraising proposals. Through tutoring, I focus on editing a piece of writing with the student, so they can see how I do it, and begin to gain confidence in their own proofreading skills.

Public Speaking

I have studied public speaking extensively for 4 years, and have been speaking professionally for 3 years. My formal training includes Dale Carnegie and Toastmasters, and I have utilized this knowledge to coach executives, professionals, and students on techniques to speak confidently and effectively. Many of the difficulties students encounter around public speaking are grounded in mental insecurities, so after spending time exploring and conquering these insecurities, we can build techniques on a foundation of confidence.

Study Skills

I believe time management and personal organization skills are at the core of study skills. When I'm working with a student who is feeling overwhelmed, we begin by writing down everything that is on their plate, and then decide on an action plan to tackle it with the least amount of stress. When it comes down to learning information, each student learns differently, so I will work individually with the student to assess how they learn and retain information most effectively, and build upon those skills while introducing new methods.

Writing

I have been helping students perfect their writing skills for nearly 8 years. I have helped students compose essays, term papers, and have helped numerous students gain admission to prestigious universities with strong admissions essays.

I also have extensive experience writing in a professional environment, where I have successfully composed scientific presentations to fundraising proposals. Through tutoring, I focus on walking students through my own writing process, so they can see how I do it, and begin to gain confidence in their own writing skills.

UC Los Angeles
Molecular Biology
Durham University (UK)
MBA

Education

UC Los Angeles (Molecular Biology)

Durham University (UK) (MBA)

She's pretty awesome

Sara helped me with my criminology essay and she helped me outline and write it. She was very patient and encouraged me to reach my own thoughts about the essay rather than pushing her opinions onto me. Really great essay tutor!

— Akshita, Oak Park, CA on 11/2/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sara will travel within 20 miles of Westlake Village, CA 91361.