Tonya G. Experienced Science Teacher and Tutor
Tonya G. Experienced Science Teacher and Tutor
Hello all. My name is Tonya and I have been teaching/tutoring for the past seven years. Prior to that I am a nurse and have been for almost 30 years. I graduated from LSU with a pre-med degree and then decided that is not what I wanted to do. I have my Masters in Natural Sciences focused on Biology. While that all sounds official and amazing, this isn't what makes me a good tutor. Having been in the high school classroom and now at the collegiate level, I see such a disconnect between the...
Hello all. My name is Tonya and I have been teaching/tutoring for the past seven years. Prior to that I am a nurse and have been for almost 30 years. I graduated from LSU with a pre-med degree and then decided that is not what I wanted to do. I have my Masters in Natural Sciences focused on Biology. While that all sounds official and amazing, this isn't what makes me a good tutor. Having been in the high school classroom and now at the collegiate level, I see such a disconnect between the material being presented and how the students absorb the material. Most students simply want to memorize and unfortunately, this does not work for higher level thinking classes that they are exposed to. When I tutor, my focus is to help guide the student to the understanding that they need. I simply do not believe in giving answers. The hardest lesson for a student to learn is how to fail. I don't mean the class, but getting a wrong answer and correcting the thinking leads to lifelong knowledge.
I taught high school science in a very poor, rural, and low performing school for 4 years and during that time, I had one of the highest proficiency ratings in the parish for my test scores. I believe this is because I taught the students how to think, not simply do. I taught a summer course for low-income students to help prepare them for the science classes they will take during the school year including biology and chemistry. I tutor Microbiology now, and tutor the athletes in every subject including: environmental science, genetics, microbiology, biology I and II, and chemistry. I have a lot of requests from them to tutor over more than one semester.
I am very passionate about student success, especially in the sciences. Nothing makes me happier than to know that a struggling student not only "gets it", but changes their whole outlook on the learning process. I love feedback and anything constructive I take and implement into my sessions. You CAN teach an old dog new tricks.
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Tonya has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 37 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.
Tonya is tutoring our daughter for high school biology and after the first lesson our daughter feels hopeful for the first time. She said she loves how Tonya makes her think for herself on concepts and is so patient in the process...she said she knows just how to explain things to her!Diana, 14 lessons with Tonya
First year Nursing student.
Tonya is a very knowledgeable tutor. She makes Anatomy and Physiology easy to understand. My daughter looks forward to her session because she knows Tonya will make the lesson easy to grasp.Vivian, 5 lessons with Tonya
Tonya was able to help my son understand his Chemistry. She took the time to show and explain what he needed to do and how to solve. He is now more confident and able to get his lessons done.Ronald, 1 lesson with Tonya
She taught me biology. Helped me and it just came as common sense.She was a phenomenal person. On Time. Didn’t matter the circumstances, she was on the road and still called to help me. I would highly recommend her to friends and classmates for her to help them.#TheDarkTruthDedra, 1 lesson with Tonya
Tonya is extremely patient and knowledgeable about her subject. I would highly recommend Tonya for tutoring sessions. She researched my questions prior to our session. She was prepared.Terri, 1 lesson with Tonya
Great Teaching style .
Tonya G. Was able to help me understand things in a different way that I could use on my next exam.Tanya , 1 lesson with Tonya
Tonya helped me with microbiology and bio chemistry she was a great tutor. She was very friendly. She was very knowledgeable of the subjects, and she had a great personality. I highly recommend her.Janeta, 15 lessons with Tonya
So great full for her help!
She helped me get my assignment done and actually learn the material. With classes being online I don’t know that I could have gotten through it without her. I would define recommend her to others. Totally worth it!Vienna, 2 lessons with Tonya
My son needs help with high school biology. Tonya helped him work through it and feel more confident about the subject matter. Provides helpful explanations and communicates in a way that he can understand.Alex, 2 lessons with Tonya
Excellent Chemistry tutor!
Tonya worked very well with my son! A motivational instructor and amazing Chemistry tutor! She can prepared and accomplished a ton. I highly recommend her to help your child.Resi, 11 lessons with Tonya
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