Margaret M.

Silver Spring, MD


Ivy League Ph.D: English, Writing, Biology, Study Skills, Career Plans

In-person lessons
300+ Hours
Background check passed as of 8/25/14
5.0 average from 125 ratings
— Gerdine, Columbia, MD on 5/2/13


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BA, Holy Family University of PA
Cornell University
University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)
Graduate Coursework


BA, Holy Family University of PA (Biology)

Cornell University (PhD)

University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) (Graduate Coursework)

About Margaret

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
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Travels within 10 miles of Silver Spring, MD 20905
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons


- Gerdine, Columbia, MD on 5/2/13

"Above & beyond!"

- Claire, Bethesda, MD on 2/5/17

"What a Great Tutor!"

- Mike, Bethesda, MD on 5/29/14

"Excellent Teacher Ever!!"

- Ji, Ellicott City, MD on 4/30/13

"Great Tutor"

- SUKI, Rockville, MD on 4/13/12

"Excellent and Caring Tutor"

- Michele, Brookeville, MD on 11/1/11

"Exceptional tutor!"

- Yvette, Rockville, MD on 10/30/11

"Great tutor"

- Mulugeta, Washington, DC on 7/18/11

"Priceless Tutor. You will suceed if you are willing to do your part."

- Nigell, Silver Spring, MD on 4/18/11


- Renita, Silver Spring, MD on 3/14/11
Biology, Chemistry, Epidemiology,
Physiology, Psychology, Zoology
Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary,
Test Preparation:
Career Development,
GED, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
General Computer, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Reading, Speech, TOEFL, Writing
Special Needs:
Reading, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Reading, Study Skills,
Career Development,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Career Development

I have successfully provided students career guidance in preparing for college, graduate school or the workplace regardless of their intended field, and in particular for careers in biomedical and behavioral sciences.
I am experienced in providing students with critical skills to help students increase their chances for success in their chosen path and to understand the expectations of their new role.
I have expertise to tutor students to acquire and strengthen study skills,critical reading ability, confidence in test taking, note taking, mastering their textbook or professional materials, time management, research skills, organizational skills, essential computer skills and the ability to write clear, concise and compelling essays and reports.
As a successful researcher, teacher, administrator and author I bring to my students my experience in a wide variety of academic and professional settings where I have worked in laboratory research, biomedical clinical trials, and large scale public health projects.


I have successfully tutored students from junior high school school through professionally employed adults who desire to improve their ability to speak, write and read English.
I especially enjoy working with students whose first language is not English.
I tailor the lesson plan very specifically to the individual needs and goals of my student.


I completed university level coursework in epidemiology. My professional experience for over 20 years has emphasized the epidemiology of chronic diseases and behavioral health conditions. One of my particular areas of specialization is clinical trials. I am particularly interested in behavioral health epidemiology, with a focus on substance abuse.


I have successfully worked with students from diverse backgrounds for whom English is their second language and helped them refine their speaking,reading and writing skills.
I especially enjoy working with adult learners who wish to improve their skills to enter higher education or advance in the workplace.
My students have increased their language skills and their confidence to achieve the goals they set to succeed in competitive and demanding educational and professional environments.


I have written or edited over 100 scientific articles and books, plus hundreds of shorter works for a variety of audiences which have been commended for their accuracy, clarity and compelling expression.
My students have appreciated that my tutoring in grammar improvement is tailored to their unique needs. I thoroughly assess my students to understand their specific needs and devise an individualized program.
I provide my students with a variety of materials to enable them to practice the principles of grammar I teach them. To reinforce the material, we review all of the practice material and I answer any questions and provide more examples as needed.


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.

Study Skills

I strive to help students acquire the effective study skills essential to success regardless of the subject or the age of the student. Not only are these skills of use while in school, but many jobs require the same kind of discipline and organization involved in good study skills.
I help my students to organize their time, set goals, and evaluate their progress. Specifically, I assist my students to master the components of good study skills, such as (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 are helped to understand that studying is not just reading over the materials nor is it memorization, (5) ability to perform research and write papers of differing purposes and lengths and 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.


I enable my students to enrich their vocabulary scope and thus express their ideas in a clearer, more compelling manner.
My students are able to build their vocabulary through structured study of vocabulary at increasing levels of difficulty and conversational practice.
My students are encouraged to read diverse reading material that I suggest as a way to easily learn new vocabulary in context.


I provide my students with an individualized program of writing skills development to meet their needs and goals.
I have tutored junior and senior level high school, college and graduate school students as well as working professionals desiring to elevate their writing skills.
My tutoring assists students in all phases of the writing process: identifying what they want their piece to accomplish, researching their topic,organizing their material and expressing their conclusions in an effective and polished style.

BA, Holy Family University of PA
Cornell University
University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)
Graduate Coursework


BA, Holy Family University of PA (Biology)

Cornell University (PhD)

University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) (Graduate Coursework)


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 exp

— Gerdine, Columbia, MD on 5/2/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Margaret will travel within 10 miles of Silver Spring, MD 20905.