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Barbara G.

New Orleans, LA


Energetic and Creative PhD. tutor: preK-PhD., Math, Science, Tests

Background check passed as of 2/17/14
5.0 average from 997 ratings
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University of Miami
Florida State University


University of Miami (Chemistry)

Florida State University (PhD)

About Barbara

I have a PhD. in molecular biophysics from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, and a B.S. in chemistry and biology from the University of Miami, Florida.

Related Work Experience
From 1995-2008, I was an assistant professor in the department of biology at Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans. During the thirteen years at Xavier, I taught anatomy, physiology, comparative vertebrate anatomy, Introduction to Scientific Literature, Histology Laboratory, and biology. The Biology Laboratory course had a vocabulary building component.

Tutoring Experience
I have lots of experience tutoring younger students, preschool through high school, including home-schooled students. Whether the need is for reading comprehension, elementary math, prealgebra, algebra, biology, chemistry, study skills, or other specific subjects, I tailor each lesson to fit a student's learning style. I believe learning should be fun. All of my students and I manage to have fun in our own way.

I have been a WyzAnt tutor since May 2010. During that time, I have accumulated over 140 hours tutoring preK-12th students and adults with ADD/ADHD. As I do for all of my students, I design every lesson to accommodate each individual.

I have a passion for preparing students for the GED. For a year and a half I was the program manager at Kedila Family Learning Center in New Orleans. Kedila is a nonprofit organization that prepares young adults for the GED test. Likewise, I also volunteered at another local non-profit, Covenant House, for a year preparing young adults to take the GED.

I also tutor students in preparation for standardized tests. In graduate school I taught for The Princeton Review. They excel in teaching the content AND the test taking strategies to score the most points. I use The Princeton Review materials and my experience as a Princeton Review instructor, to tutor students for the ACT, ASVAB, DAT, GED, PCAT, PRAXIS, SAT, SSAT, TABE, TEAS.

I tutor ESL/ESOL and TOEFL. I love to interact with people of different cultures! I lived in Miami for about ten years where you can hear just about any language in the world as you walk down the street. I therefore learned how to communicate effectively and efficiently so that I could take advantage of Miami's rich cultural diversity. As a result, I found myself teaching English to people who became my friends and neighbors.

I am available Monday-Thursday from 8:00AM-9:00PM. You pick your hourly rate! I charge $60/hour if we meet at Xavier University's library. I charge $65/hour if we meet any where else in the Greater New Orleans area.

Cancellation Policy
Please understand that I tutor many students. Therefore, I require 24 hours advanced notice for canceled, skipped, or rescheduled lessons; otherwise your account will be billed for one-half the rate and duration of the normal lesson.
I have a PhD. in molecular biophysics from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, and a B.S. in chemistry and biology from the University of Miami, Florida.

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Travels within 40 miles of New Orleans, LA 70118
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ACT English

Have you ever proofread another person's writing? Editing a passage is not a grammar test. Likewise, editing is not a writing test. The ACT English section tests your editing skills. Guess what? All of the correct answers are printed in your test booklet! You just have to eliminate the wrong answers. Can you identify and correct mistakes in grammar and punctuation? Yes, you are left with the correct answer after recognizing the three wrong answers. I will teach you the types of questions asked about grammar and punctuation. Can you improve the organization and style of a passage? Yes, you are left with the correct answer after recognizing the three wrong answers. I will teach you the types of questions asked in improving the organization and style of a passage. The best way to score as many correct points as possible is by applying these test taking strategies. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get started.

ACT Math

The ACT math test is not like your math class tests. There are 60 questions to answer in 60 minutes. Getting your personal best score involves learning the content and the test taking strategies. I will teach the content you need to know; and not any extra content! There are 33 algebra questions, 23 geometry questions, and 4 trigonometry questions. Learning and effectively using ACT math specific test taking strategies are CRITICAL to achieving your personal best score. I will teach you how to work all of the problems you KNOW how to do first. Next, you will work the problems you THINK you know how to do. You will try the problems you do not know how to do with the remaining time. Remember every question is worth one point! Accuracy, not speed, produces the highest score.

ACT Reading

Since the ACT reading section has the word "reading" in the title you would expect to approach this test just like you would in school. Wrong! Your goal is not to understand what you read. Your goal is not to take time to think about what you read. Your goal is to get as many points as possible in 35 minutes. Now that you understand your primary goal, how do you do it? The ACT reading test has 4 passages, always in the same order: prose fiction, social sciences, humanities, natural sciences. You will learn the best order for YOU to work the passages. Your decision will be based on the type and content of the passage AND on the type and number of the questions for the passage. You will also learn to recognize the specific kinds of WRONG answers used over and over. Never, never, never pick the correct answer on the ACT reading test; eliminate the wrong answers. Why? Often, the credited response (the answer that earns you the point) is the LEAST wrong answer.

ACT Science

Have you ever taken an open book test? All the information you need is in front of you; all you have to do is figure out how to use the information properly. The ACT Science section is an open book test. You do not need any outside information, not even outside science information! Therefore, the ACT science section is a reading comprehension test. I will teach you how to use the information in the passages to answer the questions correctly in the time you are given. The Data Representation part has 3 passages/5 questions per passage. You will learn how to make reading charts and graphs a breeze. The Research Summaries part has 3 passages/6 questions per passage. You will learn how to analyze experiments. All experiments have the same pieces. The Conflicting Viewpoints part has 1 passage/7 questions. You will use some of the same test taking strategies that I already taught you for the ACT Reading sections.


I am a very patient but focused tutor. I have over 140 hours of ADD/ADHD tutoring experience. I design every tutoring session around the specific needs and goals of each student. Why? Each student learns differently. Each student has a unique personality. Learning should be effective and efficient. Learning should be fun and spontaneous within a flexible structure. The student and I work as a team to achieve short term, medium term, and long term benchmarks. Success is measured by smiling faces as each goal is met.


I was an Assistant Professor at Xavier University in the Biology department for thirteen years. During that time I collaborated with Xavier's Division of Education. I helped to establish guidelines for tutoring prospective Education graduates. In addition, I helped to design a one hundred question multiple-choice test to simulate the Praxis Biology test.

University of Miami
Florida State University


University of Miami (Chemistry)

Florida State University (PhD)

Great Tutor — Barbara tutored my daughter on ACT science. She is very patient, knowledgeable and quick to know where the issues are. Within very short period of time, I saw the progress in my daughter, especially her confidence in answering questions. Barbara's way of teaching helped my daughter not only in science but also in all other areas as well. We just got her ACT score from February test, and the re ...

— Jing, Buffalo Grove, IL on 2/25/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Barbara will travel within 40 miles of New Orleans, LA 70118.

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