Over 100 tutoring hours

Fiorella S.

Cary, NC

$55/hour

Bilingual Tutor: Chem, Bio, SAT Math, Study Skills, Spanish, English

4.9 average from 38 ratings
Excellent
— Ellen, Cary, NC on 3/21/11

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The College of Wooster
Chemistry
George Mason University
Master's
George Mason University
PhD

Education

The College of Wooster (Chemistry)

George Mason University (Master's)

George Mason University (PhD)

About Fiorella

Greetings! I have a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from The College of Wooster, a Masters in Chemistry, and a PhD in Environmental Science, both from George Mason University. My professional endeavors have included being a Chemist at the American Dental Association Paffenbarger Research Center, a pre-doctoral fellow at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, a Scientific Liaison at the US Geological Survey, and a consultant for the Energy and Environment team for LMI. In 2007 I became a stay at home Mom who also works part-time as a consultant and as a tutor.

I have both taught and tutored chemistry at the college and graduate level, tutored elementary and high-school students in math and chemistry, tutored elementary school to college students in Spanish, and have taught study skills to student athletes (I was a student athlete myself and know firsthand the need to balance academics with sports: a tutor can help you thrive).

I am very patient and thorough and particularly enjoy working one-on-one with students of all ages. My tutoring style is to work with each student at their level, identifying and addressing each obstacle preventing them from understanding and mastering the topic. In addition I am bilingual in Spanish and so I can help bridge any language barriers (should those exist) that are preventing the student from thriving academically.

My method is to create an environment that fosters mutual respect while making learning fun yet thorough, using what I call the four “Cs” of learning: clear, concrete, concise and complete. For example, if while tutoring chemistry I encounter that the student is lacking in math, I make sure to review the math necessary to understand and do well in chemistry.

In my experience, a tutor can help you thrive. As each student begins to understand and master the topic, he/she will feel more confident and able to take on challenges in the academic (like exams in the subject matter or taking higher level courses) as well as in life.

Thank you for reading my tutoring profile. I hope that I can help you or your loved one(s) thrive in the academic world!

NOTE: My hourly rate for tutoring groups or more advanced subjects like Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry is $65 as each tutoring session takes preparation on my part.
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 0 miles of Cary, NC 27519
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent"

- Ellen, Cary, NC on 3/21/11

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Sylvia, Raleigh, NC on 10/1/14

"Great tutor"

- Jill, Cary, NC on 3/27/14
Math:
Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math
Science:
Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry,
Organic Chemistry
English:
English, TOEFL
Test Preparation:
GMAT, GRE, SAT Math, TOEFL
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Language:
Spanish,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Study Skills
Business:
GMAT, GRE, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Chemistry

I love chemistry and love teaching it. I have taught at the college level and have tutored numerous students throughout the years.

During my lessons I find out where the student is having a hard time understanding and then present the material in layman's terms. I call this approach "jelly-bean chemistry." Students respond well to it.

My sessions are professional, respectful and thorough. I hope that I can help you or someone in your family or circle of friends.

Organic Chemistry

I have a MS in Chemistry and a PhD in Environmental Science. The course load required me to take a number of classes in organic chemistry, biochemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, geochemistry. In addition I have tutored many students in organic chemistry in the past and am I confident that I can be of help to those seeking to understand and master the basic concepts of organic chemistry.

Spanish

Spanish is my first language and I love teaching it. I have found very effective ways to teach my own kids Spanish and will use those same techniques and more to help you or your loved ones learn the language.

Study Skills

I have taught study skills to many students over the years as I tutored them in particular subjects. In high school and college I was a student athlete and through that I learned the need to organize my time so that I could be efficient.

Over the years I have also taken note of what helped others and I thrive in school: organization skills, note taking skills, subject reviewing skills, reading to learn. In my sessions I teach these skills to the student and/or help them sharpen those study skills already in place.

Study skills must be tailored to each student because each person had a different way of learning and assimilating information. In my sessions we work to discover how the student learns and help him/her sharpen those skills to make them efficient and effective.

The College of Wooster
Chemistry
George Mason University
Master's
George Mason University
PhD

Education

The College of Wooster (Chemistry)

George Mason University (Master's)

George Mason University (PhD)

Excellent — My daughter went to see Fiorella for AP Chemistry. My daughter felt like she was being tutored by a classroom teacher and was very impressed. Fiorella had a good grasp of the subject matter, she was very patient, detailed, and supportive. She also gave my daughter some pointers in test taking, which is a problem area for my daughter. Overall, we are very satisfied with her service and will use her ...

— Ellen, Cary, NC on 3/21/11

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Fiorella will travel within 0 miles of Cary, NC 27519.