BA, Holy Family University of PA (Biology)
Cornell University (PhD)
University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) (Graduate Coursework)
Hello, My name is Margaret and I'd like to tell you a few things about me to help you decide if I am the right tutor for you.
I hold a Ph.D.from Cornell University with a major in neurobiology, and minors in physiology and psychology. Postdoctoral studies included epidemiology and public health at several prominent Schools of Public Health. I graduated first in my undergraduate university class and received a B.A. (magna cum laude) in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, and was recognized for achieving the highest average in Biology. I was elected to Beta Beta Beta, the National Honor Society for Biology, and Alpha Mu Gamma, National Honor Society for Foreign Languages. I was recognized for my teaching ability by the Cornell University Center for the improvement of undergraduate education.
Ever since college, I've been called upon by classmates and colleagues for instructional assistance and now have an active tutoring practice for students from high school age and above, with an emphasis on adult learners in college, graduate school and working professionals.
My career has been in clinical and public health research, and I have taken numerous postdoctoral courses in epidemiology and clinical trials, public health, and methodology. I have always loved writing. So far I have authored over 100 published articles and book chapters, given many lectures and presentations, and have edited 12 books. I have won numerous awards for my accomplishments in research, administration, and for mentoring and teaching college students in the health and behavioral sciences.
I tutor because it gives me great satisfaction to assist learners to reach their goals by working through a program that I design for each individual, tailored to meet their particular needs and learning style.
I am especially interested in working with college students, graduate students and adults.
My personal goal is to teach others about the subjects I love, and to share the successful study skills I have developed over the years. I especially emphasize writing, a critical skill for success in any field. One of my strengths is to help students develop efficient methods of study, including ways to break large, confusing assignments into manageable chunks, to master reading with high comprehension and retention, to become highly organized, and to write effectively.
If your tutoring needs involve writing, composition, grammar, vocabulary improvement, ESOL, biology, chemistry, psychology, epidemiology, clinical trials, study skills,or career development I will be happy to discuss your needs and describe what I feel is the optimal approach to achieve your goals. I design specialized study materials and exercises for each student as needed and can provide on-line learning for those who wish.
It is my responsibility to be creative so that your lessons are interesting, relevant and tailored to your needs. I encourage questions and feedback and am a positive and patient person. I believe in going the extra mile to help each of my students succeed. Hello, My name is Margaret and I'd like to tell you a few things about me to help you decide if I am the right tutor for you.
I hold a Ph.D.from Cornell University with a major in neurobiology, and minors in physiology and psychology. Postdoctoral studies included epidemiology and public health at several prominent Schools of Public
My experience working with Margaret M. has been so delightful. She is approachable, knowledgeable and caring. Her expertise in editing and formatting has benefited me in completing my final paper for completing my graduate degree. Overall, this has been a wonderful experience and I highly recommend her tutoring style; she is able to work with a diverse group of learners. She is a great writing expert.
Margaret and I worked on epidemiology; more specifically the different kinds of incidence and prevalence when referring to diseases in populations. Margaret referenced an epidemiology text & went through my problem set prior to meeting so that she could answer any burning questions. She truly goes above and beyond.
Our daughter, a high school junior, worked with Ms. M on study skills, organization, reading and writing skills, and developing a timetable for AP preparation. She provided several highly informative handouts, was always on time, and was able to communicate well with our daughter. While many tutors are subject experts, we liked Ms. M's ability to help teach our daughter how to study, how to read, and how to plan ahead. Ms. M was also available for check in phone/email conversations with our daughter between formal sessions. We like also that she was flexible, punctual, and was a great model for our daughter. She also provided some helpful hints on approaches to college applications. We can recommend Ms. M unreservedly.
My daughter had tutors before but Margaret is incomparable to anyone my daughter had in the past. She is an exceptionally excellent teacher. She spends tremendous time planning what would be best for my daughter. Very thorough and detailed instructions, lesson plans and feedback are the best of what I have experienced. With gentle, kind and encouraging personality Margaret has, my daughter is very comfortable and enjoys having lessons with her. We are planning and looking forward to work with Margaret for a long time.
Ms. Margaret is a great tutor! I am completely satisfied with her proofreading skills and professionalism. She takes her time to correct my topographical errors, organize my paper in a way that my paper is flawless!
Margaret is a wonderful tutor who has been able to tutor multiple subjects equally well. She has been able to accurately tailor lessons to my daughter's specific needs and learning style. My daughter feels her time with Margaret has helped her tremendously with her homework as well as developing her study skills. We look forward to continued sessions with Margaret.
I must admit, Mrs. Margaret Ellen is definitely one of the most professional tutors, I have ever encountered. She is very knowledgeable in the area of epidemiology, and I was amazed at her ability to simplify complex materials into a form that is easily understandable. When I attended my first tutoring session, I was completely lost! I had a difficult time understanding some of the terminology used in epidemiology and interpreting research articles. This lack of understanding had a negative impact on my grades; however, two lessons later, my grades have improved and my confidence level is restored! I can't tell you how grateful I am for the wisdom and motivation that Mrs. Margaret brings to every lesson or session. She reviews every lesson plan in advance, and she shows up prepared and motivated to teach! She is very flexible (She worked around by busy work schedule), but most of all she gave me the motivation and knowledge that I needed to succeed in my epidemiology course.
I have learned so from Mrs. Margaret in such a short period of time, and I would certainly recommend her without any hesitation. Although the price was a little costly, the knowledge that I gained from these tutoring sessions was worth every cent I had to pay! Thank you so, much! Mrs. Margaret. Words can not express my gratitude.
Dr. Margaret is a very positive and helpful tutor. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and bringing some one to higher level. She has helped me to develop confidence, correct accents, develop dialogue skill, improve my writing skills as well as my vocabulary. She listens her students interest and change strategies as necessary to get the point they want to be. She provides relevant and helpful materials and exercises.
She does not pass on when she sees mistakes, she suggests corrections right at spot; this practice helped me to be conscious and critical thinker in all communications.
In general I found Dr. Margaret to be a reliable source, knowledgeable and honest tutor who is passionate about what she does. I consider my self lucky to have her as a tutor.
Excellent!! Able to evaluate student's learning style, course work and anticipate needs even before the student asks.Essay writing and pulling it all together is a remarkable strength.Professional and reliable. The interest of her students is prority.
I want to thank WyzAnt for connecting me with Ellen and giving my son a new look on life, his attitude toward school has changed and his grades have improved sense meeting Ms. Ellen. I would refer anyone to WyzAnt. I am a very satisfied parent
I can offer students career guidance in preparing for college regardless of their intended major, and in particular for careers in life sciences and biomedical science. Today, college and graduate/professional school is extremely competitive and demanding. Students' chances for success are increased when they understand what the expectations in college will be and when they have solid study skills,critical reading ability, confidence in test taking, note taking, mastering their textbook, time management, research skills, organizational skills, essential computer skills and the ability to write clear, concise and compelling essays and reports. My experience has taught me many things about succeeding in undergraduate school, graduate school, postdoctoral study and a successful career in biomedical sciences as a researcher, teacher, administrator and author. My educational experience included both a small liberal arts university for my B.A. and a Ivy League school for my Ph.D. I have worked in laboratory research, biomedical clinical trials, and large scale public health projects. My goal is to share my experience to assist students to be successful as they begin their higher education and/or careers.
Postdoctoral Training in Epidemiology
• John Hopkins Summer Institute in Epidemiology. Bloomberg School of Public Health. Epidemiology of Health Services Research. (coursework July 2011.)
• Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, National Institutes of Health Graduate School, Bethesda, MD (course work epidemiology, statistics and clinical trials: 1981; 1982; 1984; 1985; 1992)
• New England Epidemiology Institute, Summer Session coursework, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (1984)
• University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Graduate Summer Session in Epidemiology, Minneapolis, MN (coursework: summers of 1982 and 1985)
• American Heart Association Seminar Course in the Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases, Lake Tahoe, CA (1981)
In addition numerous publications in epidemiology, including in American Journal of Public Health, Mortality and Morbidity weekly Report, American Journal of Epidemiology. Publications available upon request.
Religion has always been an important part of my life. I look at religion as a guidepost for moral and ethical decision-making, and as a source of inspiration for dealing with the difficult parts of life. My view is inclusive in that I do not consider any one religion superior to another. They each address the Higher Power in life, just in a different manner, much as different languages all are communication tools but with different sounds and conventions.
My education was in Catholic schools through college. Although I had 16 years of formal training in the Catholic religion, my independent studies encompassed studies of Jewish traditions as taught by contemporary Jewish scholars, as well as mainstream Protestant beliefs, especially the Episcopal denomination. I also have studied various 12 Step Approaches and believe that they have much to offer beyond their traditional uses.
I studied both the Old and New Testaments and have read the Bible almost in its entirety.
In addition to formal and informal study of religion, I have taken 8 semesters of philosophy, including the history of philosophy, ethics, metaphysics, logic and moral philosophy. These studies deepened my inquiry into the meaning of life and the ethical questions we all grapple with.
Although not formally trained in the Eastern religions, I have great respect for these teachings and admire their holistic views and the values of respect, contemplation, oneness with nature and non materialism they represent.
I would love to be of assistance to you as you reflect upon the writings of the great religious and philosophical teachers throughout history. I can assist you with sorting out the particulars of various religions, and with researching their tenets through reliable information sources for term papers, thesis preparation and other assignments.
Religion takes as many forms as there are individuals and I would be honored to be a part of your exploration.
Regardless of the subject or the age of the student, acquisition of good study skills is essential for success. Not only will these skills be of use while in school, but many jobs require the same kind of discipline and organization involved in good study skills.
There are many aspects of study skills, including: (1) Focus and attention—the ability to shut out distractions and concentrate on the task at hand, (2) Listening, effective note-taking, and obtaining clarification as needed during class, (3) Study and retention of material after class by review of notes, study of the text, and consulting other references, (4) test preparation for the variety of test types—multiple choice, essay, etc. Students need to understand that studying is not just reading over the materials, (5) Ability to perform research and write papers of differing purposes and lengths. When doing research it is especially important for students to understand the strengths and limitations of the variety of print, media and internet resources, (6) organization of learning materials and supplies, and (7) time management.
These skills often do not come naturally and may not be internalized even if taught in school. My approach is to first understand the student’s current study habits by means of discussion, review of notebooks, term and research papers, and graded tests and homework. I emphasize understanding the student’s point of view, what they find difficult, what they enjoy. Problems with study skills may be different for different subjects, or due to the teacher’s style. I believe in illustrating principles in a very concrete way, e.g. sitting with the student and helping them organize their papers, notes, assignment diary, supplies, desk, etc while explaining how the changes will make it easier for them to complete their assignments.
After assessment, my next step is to work with the student in the particular subject(s) they are having difficulty with, and show them techniques to help them be more effective.I want them to understand that I am there as their coach to make study easier and more pleasant, and not to impose more work.
An essential component of my approach is to show the student how to break projects down into smaller pieces of work and systematically work through them. I use a combination of standard techniques, as well as my own methods derived from college, graduate school for my Ph.D., postdoctoral studies, and my professional activities. I clarify when “memorization” is appropriate and when it may be counterproductive.
My success with study skills is something I am proud of. During 4 years of college, four years of graduate school, and several more years of post doctoral courses, I received mostly A’s and never a grade below a B. These skills were acquired over a period of time, during which I assisted colleagues and other students to polish their own abilities. I was called upon in cases where complex material needed to be mastered because of my reputation for tailoring the learning approach to the audience. For this I was recognized by my University's Center for the improvement f Undergraduate Education. I continue to apply many of the study skills I have learned over the years to my professional activities with success.
My greatest satisfaction comes from making it possible for others to succeed and to enjoy learning more when they are equipped with the necessary skills.