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Meghan M.

Somerville, MA

$70/hour

Biology and English tutoring with Ph.D. level scientist

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$70/Hour


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Vanderbilt University
Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh
PhD

Education

Vanderbilt University (Neuroscience)

University of Pittsburgh (PhD)

About Meghan

I received a B.S. in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Since obtaining my Ph.D. I've worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University studying the neurodegenerative disorder ALS. As a tutor, I’ve found that students show the highest potential to retain information when they have a strong conceptual foundation of the subject matter from which to build their knowledge. Thus, my approach is to explain the material from the ground up, using real world examples whenever possible, in order to establish a strong basis for future successful learning. As someone with a Ph.D. in the life sciences, I have a deeper understanding of biology than most, and can therefore explain complex concepts in a simplified and relevant manner. Additionally, I cater my teaching technique to the needs of the student depending on what type of learner they are (visual, verbal, etc.).

I also stress the importance of building a personal relationship with each student so that they feel comfortable approaching me with questions and concerns. With an easy-going, nonjudgmental attitude, and good sense of humor, I encourage students to be themselves, and make it clear that they should never feel embarrassed if they don’t understand something. Although I have a doctorate, I’ve found that most students have an easy time relating to me. In addition to tutoring, I can also provide guidance and mentoring to students, especially those interested in pursuing a career in science.

I have extensive knowledge of cellular and molecular biology, genetics, and neuroscience. I've tutored high school biology, including preparation for standardized tests, and have experience as a teaching assistant for college level neuroscience courses.

I am a strong writer, with a large vocabulary and excellent knowledge of grammar. I have authored multiple scientific publications, both for scientists and for the general public. I have tutored multiple students in English, and have assisted with several college essays.

Please feel free to contact me with any further questions!
I received a B.S. in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Since obtaining my Ph.D. I've worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University studying the neurodegenerative disorder ALS. As a tutor, I’ve found that students show the highest potential to retain Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Somerville, MA 02143
Science:
Biology, Genetics,
Physiology
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Reading, Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Reading
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
ESL/ESOL, Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Genetics

I have a Ph.D. in neuroscience, and am currently a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, where I do research on the genetics of the neurodegenerative disorder ALS. Specifically, I am using GWAS (genome-wide association studies) data to determine why certain genetic variants in noncoding regions of DNA contribute to a higher incidence of ALS. Additionally, I have tutored high school level genetics for the past eight months. My approach to this is to start at the DNA level--why we see certain differences in DNA between individuals--and build from there (i.e., going from genotypic differences to the resulting phenotypic differences).

Vanderbilt University
Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh
PhD

Education

Vanderbilt University (Neuroscience)

University of Pittsburgh (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $70.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Meghan will travel within 10 miles of Somerville, MA 02143.