Over 500 tutoring hours

Maureen K.

Bethel, CT

$50/hour

College Professor offers help with Bio, Chem, A & P

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 12/9/15
4.8 average from 97 ratings
Very knowledgeable and professional
— Loretta, Croton On Hudson, NY on 4/17/11

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University of California. Davis
Cornell University
PhD

Education

University of California. Davis

Cornell University (PhD)

About Maureen

I have taught biology as a fulltime professor at Western Connecticut State University and high school chemistry. As a tutor, I seem to have a talent for determining what trouble spots impede a student's understanding and know how to target those. I am an experienced, published author and editor and can guide your expository science writing, essay writing, and lab reports. I have taught biology as a fulltime professor at Western Connecticut State University and high school chemistry. As a tutor, I seem to have a talent for determining what trouble spots impede a student's understanding and know how Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Bethel, CT 06801
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Very knowledgeable and professional"

- Loretta, Croton On Hudson, NY on 4/17/11

"Very knowledgeable tutor!"

- Jean, Brookfield, CT on 12/14/15

"Connects well"

- Tim, Wilton, CT on 9/23/15

"What a huge help!"

- Laura, New Milford, CT on 10/28/11
Math:
Precalculus, SAT Math
Science:
Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology,
Botany,
Chemistry,
Organic Chemistry,
Physiology
Music:
Ear Training, General Music,
Piano,
Sight Singing
English:
Proofreading, SAT Reading
Test Preparation:
SAT Math, SAT Reading

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.

Biology

I am trained as a research biologist but have taught various topics in biology since I was a graduate student. I try to organize the material for my students and teach them the concepts before the details. Once they grasp the concepts, details are easier to manage. I seek to actively engage the student's thought process as we work with challenging questions and exercises. I love my field, and enjoy sharing it that enthusiasm with my students.

Botany

I have a Ph.D. in biology but my specialty was plant physiology and botany. While at Cornell, I taught botany and plant physiology for at least three semesters and I believe I know the subject matter very well.

Chemistry

I have taught high school honors chemistry in private schools and tutored a student for an entire school year in chemistry. He earned a 5 on the AP Chemistry exam and an 800 on the SAT chemistry exam. In college and graduate school, I took several series of chemistry classes to support my biology and biochemistry concentration (specifically, a year each of inorganic and organic chemistry, quantitative analysis, a year of biochemistry, plant biochemistry, protein synthesis, and enzyme kinetics.

General Music

I am an accomplished pianist and classically trained singer. Although I am not a music major, I took many music classes at college. Both at college and through private study with qualified teachers, I am confident that I have an complete understanding of elementary music theory.

Organic Chemistry

I took a full year of an advanced level organic chemistry as an undergraduate and have used that information in many other courses, such as biochemistry. I have taught college-level biology and high school chemistry; both of these subjects include at least an introduction to organic chemistry. Finally, I successfully tutored a college student recently for several months in organic chemistry.

Physiology

I currently teach Anatomy and Physiology at the college level. I usually develop an excellent relationship with my students, and they tell me that my teaching is clear and well paced. I believe I know how to organize the material so that students can learn it efficiently.

Piano

I have studied the piano since high school and continued it through college and the present. My teaching has largely been in a successful local piano studio. I practice and perform regularly, partly as I continue to strive to excel in my teaching. Even with the earliest beginner, I work to incorporate correct technique and habits. I seek to identify and correct the individual student's unique problems and weaknesses and train each student in effective practice. Each student is advanced at his or her own pace; I never hold students back who are ready to move forward but neither do I believe that students should play material that they cannot master in a reasonable amount of time. I follow method books as the skeleton plan for education, but supplement with the classics and a variety of repertoire beginning in the early elementary level. The student is required to master music theory appropriate to the level of playing and is exposed to music history. There are four parts to my approach: theory, sight reading, repertoire, and technique. Theory and technique overlap as scales, chords, rhythm, arpeggios, etc. must be both studied and executed.

University of California. Davis
Cornell University
PhD

Education

University of California. Davis

Cornell University (PhD)

Very knowledgeable and professional — Maureen is a clear, organized and versatile tutor. She stays on topic, is patient with the student and explains the topic (in our case Chemistry) with the expertise of a seasoned teacher. I highly recommend Maureen. ...

— Loretta, Croton On Hudson, NY on 4/17/11

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Maureen will travel within 40 miles of Bethel, CT 06801.