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UC San Diego (Physiology, Neurosci)
Colorado State University (Master's)
My desire to learn and teach science has remained constant over the years. As a result, I know that my extensive teaching background and passion for math and the sciences would make me an excellent candidate as your tutor.
Following my graduation from UCSD (BS in Physiology and Neuroscience) with top honors of Summa Cum Laude (top 1% with a GPA of 3.948), I gained extensive knowledge in the fields of biology and math.
During my undergraduate years in college, I mastered math and biology classes receiving more A+ than A's. I also spent my time as a teacher's assistant for 3 biology courses covering metabolic biochemistry, basic biology (BILD 2), and mammalian physiology.
After UCSD, I worked for a top test preparatory company for 2 years. I received over 100hrs of training so that I could teach the following classes: ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, and MCAT. Over the years, I have developed my own test taking strategies that have proven to be very successful.
I then graduated from CSU with a Master's in Biomedical Science, graduating in the top of my class with a GPA of 4.00. During this program, I spent time as a teacher's assistant for a human anatomy course and worked in a research lab on campus.
I know that my success in college and many years of teaching experience illustrate my thorough experience, passion, organizational skills, and knowledge for the sciences and teaching. My desire to learn and teach science has remained constant over the years. As a result, I know that my extensive teaching background and passion for math and the sciences would make me an excellent candidate as your tutor.
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Megan worked with our 16 yr old son, Sam, this past year to prepare him for the ACT. He scored a 28 on the first practice test before tutoring with Megan. They worked hard for 3-4 months, and Megan was fantastic! She was able to quickly assess Sam's strengths and challenges and had strategies to significantly improve his scores. She is very professional and ethical, and she is a great teacher! By the third month Megan felt Sam had progressed enough to do much of the further practicing on his own. She then cut back on their time together (initially it was twice weekly for approximately 45-75 minutes for six weeks, and by the end it was just brief check-ins weekly) which saved us money while giving Sam thorough preparation for the test.
Sam took the ACT in April and scored a 34 overall(32,34,35,35)! Needless to say we are very happy with Megan.
Our daughter Anna (16 this summer) started tutoring with Megan June 2015, and she will take the ACT this September. Anna has learned a lot already and loves working with Megan. Each week Anna has homework assigned by Megan (catered to Anna's strengths and needs), and in addition she practices the specific test taking techniques she is learning. Megan always specifically designs the tutoring and homework to what our children need to improve their scores: an example is that our daughter is already doing very well on the reading portion so Anna continues to practice it on her own but only uses time with Megan on that section if she has problems. So again we as parents save some money, our children learn some independence, and they are getting excellent tutoring for the ACT!
Megan is very professional and thorough, and has great energy. She helped our son markedly improve his scores, and we are excited to see Anna's ACT score this fall! (and so is Anna). THANK YOU Megan!!
Megan has been helping our daughter a lot with her confidence in her abilities and in her skills. Very thankful!
Megan has helped me prepare for the ACT test. She gives me specific techniques and strategies to answer the questions correctly.
Thank you Megan! I know a review is the best way to thank you for all you have done for my two boys. They now are more confident in Algebra and Geometry. They have improved immensely, coming up 1.5 letter grades in 11 sessions. I ask them after each session; "Do you understand it now" and they always respond "Yes." The methods and how you explain it to them, is making a difference. It is all in the presentation of material, you are connecting with kids! Thank you!
Megan helped my daughter prepare for the ACT, and did a great job. My daughter has some memory and processing speed issues, and Megan went out of her way to try new techniques to help her in addition to the regular techniques she uses to tutor for this test. Additionally, Megan demands a lot from her students, which I consider a definite plus, and was great at communicating with me throughout the entire time she was working with her. My daughter said the tutoring with Megan was more beneficial then the tutoring she received at Huntington (and more cost efficient!). We highly recommend her!
Megan is an amazing tutor! My daughter was struggling in math and science. Megan helped her understand and feel more comfortable with the two subjects and by the end of the school year she was excelling in both. During parent-teacher conferences, her teachers even told me that they were impressed by her improvements. I will definitely be sending my other daughter to see Megan.
My daughter has had a few lessons with Megan and has already learned a lot and is more relaxed about doing her homework and studying for tests. She did very well on her last test and we will definitely keep seeing Megan for tutoring!!
Don't know what the kids would do without Megan. She does a tremendous job. Will continue to use her for several subjects including ACT Prep.
Megan is an amazing tutor! She is really good at explaining things and giving great practice problems to work through. Megan also had useful tips that I can use on the GRE. I highly recommend her!
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With 10+ years of tutoring under my belt, along with my own experience in college, I have learned many successful study skills that are applicable to all classes. On top of that, I also worked for a national test prep agency where I was certified to teach: GRE, GMAT, ACT, SAT, and the Biology section of the MCAT. I have over 100 hours of training with this agency. The training taught me study skills for all types of subjects, tests, and learning styles.
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