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Blake G.

New Orleans, LA

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Post-bacc student specializing in struggling academic performance

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Louisiana State University A & M Baton Rouge
biological sciences
LSUNO (University of New Orleans)
Graduate Coursework

Education

Louisiana State University A & M Baton Rouge (biological sciences)

LSUNO (University of New Orleans) (Graduate Coursework)

About Blake

I am currently a post- bacc student at UNO with a Bachelor's of Science in biology from LSU in Baton Rouge.

I am also in the process of applying to medical school. During my undergrad at LSU, I volunteered in a zoology lab that studied the effects of nicotine on the developing brains of a model organism used for neurological studies (zebrafish).

My math experience goes up to calculus II, which requires a very holistic approach to problem solving. The holistic approach I developed to understand higher calculus is the same approach I use to explain math and how different aspects of math are interconnected. By explaining the big picture, I am able to relate concepts to people to concepts they already know, establishing a foundation to build upon.

I tutored for approximately two years, mainly in math, but also biology and chemistry. All of my experience has been in one-on-one tutoring. For math, I like to late out an outline of concepts and practice each one repeatedly. I revisit every concept every time we move to a new one in order to emphasize they are related to the things we have already know. For science, I like to relate every topic to the scientific method and critically think through each point through discussion.

I have tutored several people in ACT math and two in SAT math. The type of math found on those tests varies slightly from math classes. They focus mainly on word problems and practical applications instead of math problems that are already set-up. Word problems require an extra step to identify the type of problem it is, the type of variables given, and the type of answer being asked for.

I found that most of the people I tutored in SAT and ACT math did not have a strong foundation in math to begin. For instance, one of my pupils was home-schooled, but when it came to pre-calculus, his mother/teacher did not understand the nuances of certain processes enough to effectively teach them. He needed to raise his ACT math score in order to get accepted to LSU. His score went from a 17 to a 23 in the math portion after meeting for 6 weeks, twice a week. Many of the high school students I taught were struggling in algebra 2 because they did not relate it to the earlier math they had learned. Very soon after meeting with pupils, most people begin to show a substantial improvement, most of which is developing their fundamental skills through LOTS OF PRACTICE and explaining the practice as we go along.

My experience with GED math came while tutoring a teenage pupil. His mother began inquire about GED testing when she would pick him up. She eventually asked me to tutor her so she could get her GED (albeit privately because she was embarrassed about not finishing high school). When we started meeting, her math skills were at a 6th grade level. We met twice a week for approximately 8 weeks. At the end of the 8 weeks, she could do up to pre-calculus and passed her GED with flying colors.

I graduated in from LSU in 2009 and was undecided in what career path I wanted to pursue. In 2010, I moved to New Orleans and became a paramedic, which is what I have been doing for approximately the past 5 years. In 2014, I began to attend UNO as a post-bacc student and just recently took the MCAT. My post-bacc focus has been upper level biology and my GPA stands at a 4.0. I took the MCAT recently in August and my composite score was in the 96th percentile (517/127/130/131/129). I spent 14 weeks reviewing and practicing for the test.

I make a personal investment into each pupil and their progress. I will rearrange my schedule and accommodate my life to help someone who wants to help themselves. One of the greatest feelings in my life is the "A-HA!" moment when I finally understand something, followed very closely by the "A-HA!" moment in one of my pupils. Anyone can teach anyone anything if they can find a way to relate it, but, additionally, I try to give each person a bit of the passion I have for science and math. I eat, breathe, and sleep science and I like to expose people to that, especially the very young ones uncertain about their future plans. One of the high school seniors I tutored became very interested in biology during our meetings and eventually majored in biology and went to medical school.


I am currently a post- bacc student at UNO with a Bachelor's of Science in biology from LSU in Baton Rouge.

I am also in the process of applying to medical school. During my undergrad at LSU, I volunteered in a zoology lab that studied the effects of nicotine on the developing brains of a model organism used for neurological studies
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

For high school subjects, it is $40/hr. Anything collegiate is $50/hr. MCAT instruction is $60/hr, which includes access to my own personal resources.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of New Orleans, LA 70122
In-person lessons
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Prealgebra, Precalculus,
SAT Math
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biology,
Chemistry, Genetics,
Microbiology, Organic Chemistry,
Physical Science, Physiology, Psychology
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, GED, MCAT,
SAT Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math

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.

Algebra 1

I have tutored Algebra I to many high school students. The most important thing to focus on while learning Algebra I is to develop the student's fundamental understanding of math concepts and not to memorize the steps. Algebra I is the foundation upon which the next math courses will build on, so it is extremely important that students understand it now and don't have to relearn it in the future.

Biology

I am a post bacc student at UNO with a Bachelor's degree in biology. I am also applying to medical school this cycle and scored a 99% on the biology section of the MCAT (96% composite).

Genetics

I have taken genetics many moons ago, but relearned basic genetics when I took the MCAT. As far as advanced genetics go, I am proficient in Molecular biology and cellular processes. I have some lab experience in a biotech lab that studied genomics and proteomics in model plant organisms.

MCAT

I am a post bacc student who has already taken the MCAT and is picking up my GPA. I scored in the 96th percentile composite (517), 99th in biology, 98th on CARS, 92nd in psychology/sociology, and 79th in physics/chemistry. I carved out a study system that allowed me to take a pragmatic approach to prioritizing my time spent with each topic using a ratio of yield per time spent. I can teach others my methods and how to get extremely high scores if they are willing to utilize my methods.

Organic Chemistry

I have take a full year of Organic Chemistry with the lab with A's in both. I also have taken higher chemistry, such as biochemistry and analytic chemistry. I also prepared for general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry for the MCAT recently, which I scored in the 96th percentile.

Precalculus

I have taken all of the algebras (including pre-calculus), calculus I, calculus II, and statistics. Being proficient at one requires being proficient in the one before it.

Louisiana State University A & M Baton Rouge
biological sciences
LSUNO (University of New Orleans)
Graduate Coursework

Education

Louisiana State University A & M Baton Rouge (biological sciences)

LSUNO (University of New Orleans) (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

For high school subjects, it is $40/hr. Anything collegiate is $50/hr. MCAT instruction is $60/hr, which includes access to my own personal resources.

Travel policy

Blake will travel within 20 miles of New Orleans, LA 70122.