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Erica S.

Chicago, IL

$60/hour

Chemistry doctorate with 10+ years of tutoring experience

50+ Hours
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University of Miami
Chemistry and Math
University of Chicago
Master's
University of Chicago
PhD

Education

University of Miami (Chemistry and Math)

University of Chicago (Master's)

University of Chicago (PhD)

About Erica

Hello!

My name is Erica and I have been tutoring since 2003. In that time I have worked with students in one-on-one settings and small groups of two or three at a time. My students have spanned all education levels and ages, whether I was working with a same-aged peer in grade school to adults my senior. While I have tutored a variety of different topics over the years, my education is in chemistry and mathematics so any academic help I have provided lately has focused in those areas in particular.

During grade school I noticed that I had a knack for explaining class material to my peers and younger siblings, perhaps a learned trait from watching my mom teach--she is a math teacher. I felt that I could help smooth the way for some students who were struggling if only because maybe I could explain it differently. In my experience, this was the biggest stumbling block for many people. They were capable of mastering the material, they just needed to hear it a different way, or maybe just a little slower than the fast pace of the classroom. One of my greatest joys in tutoring is watching the 'aha' moment when a student lights up because the subject they never thought they would understand suddenly seems easy. What a wonderful feeling!

As I grew older I continued to refine and enhance my style until I reached college where I obtained a position with the athletic department as an academic tutor. Working with athletes exposed me to several new challenges in tutoring, including language barriers and inadequate preparation. I had to re-examine how I presented material and ultimately developed a less formal style of tutoring. Instead of me leading our session by talking and explaining, I let the student motivate the session by 'teaching' me so that I could pinpoint their exact difficulties. This is far more effective.

In graduate school I was required to work as a teaching assistant for one scholastic year. During this time I was responsible for teaching a full hour class one time a week in addition to tutoring responsibilities. I now got to see the other half of the learning experience and this further helped me understand how to relay information to my students. My graduate university offered a class in education pedagogy which I took.

To summarize:
My goal as a tutor is not to be another teacher, dictating what a student should or should not do. My job is to be a guide, to show the student that it is likely that they can in fact get the right answer for the right reason. I provide assistance, work through examples, fill in the gaps, and rephrase the students own words to deepen their understanding. If I help lay out the first few stepping stones, ideally the student put down the next one.
I want the student to have an 'aha' moment on their own steam. :)



I have a bachelor's of science in applied mathematics; that is, the branch of mathematics that physical scientists use in their research. In grade school I was part of the math team, so you could say that I really enjoyed it!

My current job requires me to constantly use calculus and linear algebra as my bread and butter. I use them both practically ever single day, I am very comfortable with these topics.

I have a doctorate in computational chemistry. Chemistry was also the first of my two majors in college (the other being math). I have worked as a general chemistry teaching assistant for over a year, running a one hour lecture once a week as well as providing tutoring services.

I am easy to work with and I can usually think of more than one way to convey an idea if the standard explanation isn't working for you. During a session with me you will do a lot of the talking so that I can figure out how to best approach any question you may have.

My schedule is incredibly flexible, so do not hesitate to ask for "weird" tutoring hours!
I am happy to work with groups of one or two as well if you have a friend. We can work with internet video chat or sit down in person, whatever makes you comfortable.
Hello!

My name is Erica and I have been tutoring since 2003. In that time I have worked with students in one-on-one settings and small groups of two or three at a time. My students have spanned all education levels and ages, whether I was working with a same-aged peer in grade school to adults my senior. While I have tutored a variety
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Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 3 miles of Chicago, IL 60618
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations,
GRE, Linear Algebra,
Microsoft Excel, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Trigonometry
Science:
Chemistry, Physics
Test Preparation:
GRE
Computer:
Computer Programming,
Computer Science,
General Computer, Linux,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Python,
UNIX
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Computer Programming

I had 2 semesters of object oriented programming experience in college with Java. Since then I have learned on my own: python, C++, scripting languages and I have familiarity with perl and fortran. I have a working knowledge of the listed languages. But I readily understand the fundamental building blocks of all computer languages (ie: booleans, loops, conditionals, subroutines, variable control).

Computer Science

I had 2 semesters of object oriented classes in Java several years ago in college, I passed both with A's. Since then I have taught myself a functional use of python, scripting languages (like bash), C++ and perl. I have written ~1000-1500 lines of code in these. I have also worked with Eclipse on and off. Most of my code either manipulates .txt files or creates them to achieve mathematical results from data sets.

Cooking

I have been cooking for myself and other since I was little, and my menu only increases. I am especially interested in baked goods and do a lot with that--pies, breads and cookies. But I am also good at putting together balanced meals.
**Note, I keep kosher so I have never worked with pork products (e.g., lard), shellfish or mixed milk and meat. But I understand the principles of how to use them.

Differential Equations

I took a class in ordinary differential equations (ie, single variable) in college several years ago. I passed with an A and I have kept my thorough notes for reference and I still occasionally use the material in my line of work.

Linear Algebra

I took a class in linear algebra in college and passed with an A. Additionally, my doctorate is in a field that routinely uses concepts such as eigenvalue, eigenvectors, matrix multiplication and as such I am familiar with properties such as Hermitian, identity, unitary, inverse, etc.

Linux

I have worked mostly with Ubuntu and Redhat. I understand the basic interface for both GUI and terminal uses. My use of Linux distributions has been as a consumer, not a programmer; it is a tool, not something I develop.

Python

I have written ~1000 lines of code in Python, mainly the 2.7 version. My code is applied to scientific problems, mainly linear algebra mathematics and .txt file manipulation/creation as input for other programs or data extraction. I have used regular expressions (regex).

University of Miami
Chemistry and Math
University of Chicago
Master's
University of Chicago
PhD

Education

University of Miami (Chemistry and Math)

University of Chicago (Master's)

University of Chicago (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Erica will travel within 3 miles of Chicago, IL 60618.