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April K.

Chapel Hill, NC

$65/hr

Triangle Tutor for High School and College Science and Mathematics

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Background check passed as of 3/19/15
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University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Biology
University of Delaware
MEd

Education

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Biology)

University of Delaware (MEd)

About April

Hello! I am a former high school teacher who loves helping students learn about science and math. I earned my B.S. in Biology from UNC Chapel Hill and my M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Delaware.

I have a wide range of teaching experiences: I spent a year and half as a Doctor of Physical Therapy student before I decided to become a teacher. I started with Delaware Nature Society as an Education Intern, where I taught students pre-K through 7th grade in school outreaches and field studies. After earning my Master's in Education, I taught high school science in Delaware and North Carolina: Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Earth Science, and Plant Science. I also spent a year creating College Biology video lessons for an educational website. But my favorite type of teaching is to work one-on-one with students... so I finally ended up here on WyzAnt! :)

I take an intuitive approach to my tutoring, which allows me to meet each student where they are and move them along at their own pace. I have successfully tutored tough subjects like PreCalculus and AP Chemistry, and I've had plenty of success with students who have learning challenges like ADHD. Students connect easily with my easy-going, down-to-earth personality. I always make sure my students are comfortable with content before moving on. While I do thoroughly enjoy science and math, I appreciate that my students don't always share my enthusiasm! So I always strive to make learning a positive experience, even through the most muddlesome math problems. ;)

These days I have a very full schedule with only a few openings! I have a 24-hour cancellation policy which I don't apply until the 3rd missed session and any missed sessions following. Students are charged for 1 hour at their regular rate for each session missed with less than 24 hours notice.

If a student/parent cancels a session within 1 hour of the appointment, or if there is a no-show, then there will be a charge for 1/2 hour for the 1st instance and for 1 hour each subsequent occurrence.
Hello! I am a former high school teacher who loves helping students learn about science and math. I earned my B.S. in Biology from UNC Chapel Hill and my M.Ed. in Curriculum and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Background Check: Passed

"Great tutor!!!"

- Rebekah, Raleigh, NC on 3/12/14

"April is a great tutor and a very nice person! Highly recommended!"

- Dan, Durham, NC on 5/30/15

"Fantastic"

- CM, Raleigh, NC on 11/23/14

"Great Tutoring"

- Hao, Chapel Hill, NC on 8/27/14

"Great Tutor"

- Jane, Pittsboro, NC on 8/14/14

"Compassionate, Knowledgeable, Results-oriented, easy to work with"

- Glenn, Chapel Hill, NC on 12/12/13

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Ami, Chapel Hill, NC on 8/15/13

"Super" Tutor!"

- Tina, Durham, NC on 8/7/13

"Awesome Tutor!"

- Kelley, Summerfield, NC on 8/5/13
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus,
SAT Math,
Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
English, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science,
Anatomy,
Biology,
Chemistry,
Ecology, Geology, Organic Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics, Physiology
Computer:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
GRE, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Biology,
Calculus, Chemistry,
English, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus,
Reading, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
Statistics, Study Skills,
Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Statistics

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ACT English

I have worked with two different test prep companies as a class instructor and one-on-one tutor for the ACT. The ACT English section is mostly a test of grammar, with a some knowledge of writing composition mixed in. I find that students struggle most with English grammar rules that simply are not taught strictly enough in regular school. They also struggle with the fast pacing of this section, as ACT English tests 75 questions in 60 minutes. I work with students on strategies that maximize their scores within their time constraints.

ACT Math

I have worked with two different test prep companies as a class instructor and one-on-one tutor for the ACT. The ACT Math section is mostly a test of various algebra & geometry concepts, with a some knowledge of logic, probability, and trigonometry mixed in. I find that students struggle most with general definitions and theorems that were not completely solidified in regular school. They also struggle with the fast pacing of this section, as ACT Math tests 60 questions in 60 minutes. I work with students to clear up any missing math content, and then to maximize their scores within their time constraints.

ACT Reading

I have worked with two different test prep companies as a class instructor and one-on-one tutor for the ACT. The ACT Reading section is typically the most difficult, because students have trouble understanding the rhetorical relationships within the reading passages. This is a skill that develops over a long period of time, but there are ways to improve scores in the short term. I focus on helping students understand the questions that are being asked and why the alternative choices have to be incorrect. I show them the many ways they can be "tricked" by the test and how to recognize those traps in order to maximize their scores.

ACT Science

I have worked with two different test prep companies as a class instructor and one-on-one tutor for the ACT. The ACT Science section is more of a test of reading than of science content knowledge. I find that students struggle most with identifying the specific information they need to find within the charts, tables, and descriptions given. I focus on helping students move past the distracting information and feelings of "I never learned that in science class!" because 99% of the time, the answers are given. Students maximize their ACT Science scores when they realize all they have to do is locate the correct answer within the correct context.

Algebra 1

I have been tutoring algebra 1 & 2 for high school students since 2007. I help students identify with abstract concepts by using analogies and student-friendly language. I can easily "translate" textbooks and teacher notes. I can also anticipate teachers' expectations, which allows me to guide students in minimizing errors and showing all their work.

Algebra 2

I began tutoring algebra 1 & 2 for Back to Basics in 2007. Here in North Carolina I have tutored high school students in most algebra topics: inequalities, linear and quadratic equations, matrices, sequences & series, exponential and logarithmic functions, and trigonometry. My biggest strength in math is helping students identify with abstract concepts by using analogies and student-friendly language. I often become a "translator" for textbooks and teacher instructions. I anticipate teachers' expectations, so I can guide students in minimizing calculation errors and showing all their work.

Anatomy

Before deciding to be an educator, I was a Doctor of Physical Therapy student at the University of Delaware. I spent a year and a half in the program, which of course included extensive study of human anatomy and physiology. We even dissected real cadavers! I know way more about the human body than I need to, but sharing that knowledge with my students is pretty awesome.

Biology

I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. As a Doctor of Physical Therapy student at the University of Delaware, I strengthened my understanding through intense study of Human Anatomy and Physiology. As a tutor with Back to Basics Learning, Inc., I tutored Biology, Chemistry, and Life Science. My education coursework focused on the best practices for teaching science content to adolescents and young adults, and I passed the Biology Praxis exam as a requirement for my Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. I taught Biology at Woodbridge High School in Bridgeville, DE, and at Ragsdale High School in Jamestown, NC. As an Online Instructor and Course Developer with Education Portal Academy, I design, write, and record video lessons on topics in college-level Biology. I currently tutor Honors and A.P. Biology.

Chemistry

I began tutoring Chemistry in 2007 for Back to Basics. Here in the Triangle I tutor General/Honors as well as A.P. Chemistry. My biggest strength here is that I can help students identify with the content by using student-friendly language and "translating" the textbook or teacher's notes. My strong background comes from my college and post-graduate coursework: I minored in Chemistry at UNC and studied physiology as a DPT student at the University of Delaware. I anticipate what teachers are looking for in terms of homework and assessments, so I can really coach my Chemistry students into developing proper methods.

MCAT

As a B.S. Biology major at UNC, I was on the "pre-med" track and, therefore, took enough biology and chemistry courses and labs to prepare me for the MCAT. My knowledge in biology, anatomy, physiology and physics was further strengthened through my coursework as a Doctor of Physical Therapy student at the University of Delaware. I do well on test preparation in general and have excelled on tests like the GRE, Biology Praxis, and Biology CLEP. I am comfortable teaching all subject areas of the MCAT, including Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Verbal Reasoning, and Writing.

Precalculus

I have been pleasantly surprised by the number of requests I get to tutor Precalculus! Precalc combines many basics of Algebra and Geometry with the more mind-boggling aspects of Trigonometry and Physics. My strong Physics background from UNC and my work as a Physical Therapy student really helps me become a great tutor in this topic. Students are usually overwhelmed with odd concepts like vectors, but I've always been able to break it down for them rather painlessly. Precalc extends to basic Physics and I find I am even tutoring college students in this subject!

SAT Math

I have worked with two different test prep companies as a class instructor and one-on-one tutor for the SAT. SAT Math combines knowledge of Algebra 1 and 2 and Geometry, while the SAT itself formats math questions differently than most classroom problems. Students struggle most with the wording of the problems and the presentation of answer choices. Most strategies for maximizing scores on the SAT Math involve breaking loose from well-grown habits like following specific processes, showing all your work, and using memorized formulas. SAT Math requires a level of creativity and flexibility that most students are not used to. But I find they often respond well with practice and the realization that it works on a fast-paced test like the SAT.

SAT Reading

I have worked with two different test prep companies as a class instructor and one-on-one tutor for the SAT. The SAT Reading Comprehension portion requires students to understand the basic structure of English language. Students must also follow a process to find the right answer in a reasonable amount of time. SAT Reading is very tricky, and even well-educated adults with plenty of reading background have trouble answering some problems correctly. Therefore, I focus on helping my students recognize question types, common traps, and when it makes sense to skip questions on the SAT. Strategy over skill is more important in this test than in any other.

SAT Writing

I have worked with two different test prep companies as a class instructor and one-on-one tutor for the SAT. The SAT Writing portion includes a free-response essay and two multiple-choice sections. The MC portion is often called "Grammar" because it only tests certain rules in standard written English. These rules are often rusty, or completely absent, in the minds of high school students. I focus on making those rules clear from the beginning, and students' Grammar scores usually go up right away. For the essay, I help students learn how to plan and structure their essays to help them write pieces that will earn the most points from the SAT graders.

Study Skills

I have worked with all areas of study skills, including time management, notebook organization, study methods based on preferred learning styles, note-taking, test preparation and rehearsal, highlighting and summarizing, color-coding and outlining. As a Master of Education, I was required to understand and apply a wide variety of educational methods for high school students of all academic levels, including exceptional students. I have tutored a few students exclusively in study skills, and about half of my students have required some level of study skills as a supplement to their academic work.

Trigonometry

I have tutored Trigonometry for many students in the form of Precalculus and HS/college Physics. Trig is frustrating for most students but amazingly simple once the basics are well understood. I break down the Unit Circle and draw every problem back to the Pythagorean Theorem in order to bring continuity and clarity to my students' work. Once all the connections are made it is just a matter of applying them consistently. I also watch and confirm all of my students calculations because I find they just LOVE to mix up their degrees with their radians!

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Biology
University of Delaware
MEd

Education

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Biology)

University of Delaware (MEd)

Great tutor!!! — April is so knowledgeable, patient, and a great teacher. She brought my daughter's Chemistry and Algebra 2 grades from Ds to an A and high B, respectively, within a very short amount of time. I would ask April to return in a heartbeat if needed. I undoubtedly recommend her tutoring services if your child is struggling. April is very flexible with her time and will travel, which was imperative for ...

— Rebekah, Raleigh, NC on 3/12/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

April will travel within 20 miles of Chapel Hill, NC 27517.

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