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Andy S.

Ames, IA

$20/hour

Iowa native - ISU graduate who enjoys Biology, Science, and Education.

Background check passed as of 10/2/15
4.8 average from 52 ratings
Good listener and supportive tutor/coach
— Bob, Naperville, IL on 11/3/16

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Iowa State University
Dietetics

Education

Iowa State University (Dietetics)

About Andy

I am native Iowan, and a graduate of Iowa State University (ISU); still living and working in the Ames area.

My first degree is in Dietetics (with a minor in Psychology), and I have had a life long passion for all things science. I have returned to ISU to complete a second Bachelors degree in Biology and then begin a Master's Degree in Education. With the long term goal of becoming a high school science teacher.

Biology, Nutrition, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Psychology, Sociology, and Social-Psychology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry are all types of my favorite subjects and areas of science that have always, and still, hold my interest.

In my previous work as a Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach, the most exciting aspect of my job was the education, knowledge, and insight that I was able to provide to my clients. I use a variety of methods, from analogy and metaphor, to diagrams and graphics to help my clients understand the concepts behind the science that is guiding their program, their biology, and their psychology. I consider what I did a form of teaching, but also a form of motivation, psychological navigation with support, and opening client's eyes to the interactions of the myriad of factors that contribute to their health choices.

I have also worked as a substitute teacher in a number of the local school districts, and if not for my own continuing education, would still be enjoying that line of work today. Though that experience did teach me that I want to pursue a full time position as an educator.

My current schedule (as of 12.9.16) is a bit constrained, but between my own classes, and work, I am able to meet with my tutoring students on a regular basis. As of now my available hours are typically for in person, on campus, session.

I would thoroughly enjoy answering any questions that you may have, and if there is a topic that you would like my assistance with please do not hesitate to ask.
I am native Iowan, and a graduate of Iowa State University (ISU); still living and working in the Ames area.

My first degree is in Dietetics (with a minor in Psychology), and I have had a life long passion for all things science. I have returned to ISU to complete a second Bachelors degree in Biology and then begin a Master's Degree in
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Cancellation
6 hours notice required

* Outside of Ames rate is $32 / hour * Please inquire for group rates and multiple hour rates.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Ames, IA 50010
Background Check: Passed

"Good listener and supportive tutor/coach"

- Bob, Naperville, IL on 11/3/16

"Knowledgeable Tutor"

- Avery, Ames, IA on 11/9/16

"Andy Is Fabulous"

- Karen, Chicago Heights, IL on 3/23/16

"I warmly recommend Andy as a tutor!"

- Ingrid, Ames, IA on 2/4/16

"Very good English tutor"

- Ye, Ames, IA on 1/12/16

"Easy to understand what is being said."

- Dyanna, Ames, IA on 1/8/16

"Great tutor"

- Esmat, Philadelphia, PA on 12/1/15
Math:
Elementary Math, Prealgebra
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology,
Chemistry, Ecology, Microbiology, Nutrition,
Organic Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics, Physiology, Psychology, Sociology
Art:
Theatre
English:
ACT Reading,
English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading,
ACT Science, SAT Reading
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows,
Microsoft Word
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Economics, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking,
Fitness

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.

ACT Reading

I have been an avid reader my whole life and enjoy a wide variety of subjects and topics. This has helped me to be able to understand the many ways information is presented to us in the written format. Be it a news article, a novel, a website, or a scientific paper in a journal.

In my degree program, not only were the textbook readings required, but my ability to comprehend those, evaluate news, interpret journal articles, and synthesis this information into a cogent argument of support, was required for the projects that I submitted.

Biology

All my life I have loved the Biological sciences. 
In high school I took every biology and ecology class that was offered. And at both the community college and state university that I attended, biology was an continuous part of my course work. 

Biology I & II , Microbiology, Biochemistry, Anatomy, Physiology and Environmental Science were all courses that I excelled in. 

From the cellular and molecular level, all the way up to the level of governmental policy and food production practices, I must retain an up-to-date working knowledge of all of these biological areas and how they can impact individuals.

Cooking

I recently graduated from Iowa State University, in 2014, with a Bachelor's Degree in Dietetics.

There were a number of classes and labs in this curriculum that were centered exclusively around cooking. Quantity Food Production, Food Analysis, Advanced Food Preparation Lab.

I have also been cooking, baking, and grilling for myself for the last 10 years.

English

As a native English speaker, (and Mid-westerner to boot) I feel that I have a powerful command of spoken English and my love of discovering new words (and their meanings) is a constant passion.

I feel that this subject goes hand-in-hand with my love of reading. As not a day goes by that I do not read some type of book, novel, series, publication, journal article, or even the packaging that my foods comes in.

My English students have thoroughly enjoyed not only practicing their spoken English with me, but the knowledge and insight into American culture that I also provide.

Fitness

I have been working as an A.C.E. certified Personal Trainer for the past 3 years, and my focus with my clients is on understanding the what, how, and why they should, or should not, do certain exercises.

Measuring, evaluating, and providing insight into improving their exercise form, program, and goals.

I also help them to understand how their metabolism is playing a role in their success with improving their physical capabilities.

Microsoft Windows

I have been using Microsoft Windows, in one form or another, for the last 18 years. Originally I used Windows 3.1; back in the 1990s.

I have also, many times, installed, and reinstalled the Windows operating system to multiple PCs over the years.

I can navigate the file hierarchy, modify system setting, enable or disable operating features, and evaluate and install a variety of programs to make the operating system preform as I want.

Nutrition

In addition to my Bachelor's Degree in Dietetics, I have been working as a Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach for the past 3 years, and my focus with my clients is on understanding how their food choices play a role in their overall health.

Educating my students on what their food is made of, how it interacts in their bodies, and what good nutritional choices look like are the core of what I do.

However, there are many other aspects to Nutrition that I also bring to my students attention for the purpose of increasing their awareness of how complex and interconnected their food system really is.

Public Speaking

In my work as a Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach for the past 3 years, I have been in front of individual and groups of people on a daily basis.

I am very comfortable standing in front of people and educating, questioning, and interacting with them in a conversational, authoritative, or communal fashion.

With my degree, there were a number of times that we had to design, develop, and deliver presentations to our classes and groups outside of the university.

I have also taken, and passed, numerous speaking classes over the last 18 years.

Iowa State University
Dietetics

Education

Iowa State University (Dietetics)

Good listener and supportive tutor/coach

Andy did a great job of both taking my request for subject tutoring and providing good feedback and suggestions for how else he could help my son improve his academic performance. The results we are getting are what we wanted - glad we found him!

— Bob, Naperville, IL on 11/3/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $20.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

* Outside of Ames rate is $32 / hour * Please inquire for group rates and multiple hour rates.

Travel policy

Andy will travel within 20 miles of Ames, IA 50010.