SUNY New Paltz (Biology)
I love sharing the experience of person sighing with relief and beaming with victory as they overcome what used to be an impossible concept to grasp. Everyone has a unique way and pace of learning - and let's be real, it isn't always easy. The easiest way to beat a tough subject and pass a test is to simply understanding the basic concept and build from that foundation so that you (the student) don't have to simply memorize endless lists of facts or formulas. No more worrying about essay questions and long answers. It's easier to test prep and navigate through a subject you understand.
Tutoring then becomes a tool to help untangle all the wires, add new connections and accomplish the goal with the tools (learning style) that you the student bring to the table. I have often been commended for passion, patience, dedication and a natural ability to simplify complex concepts. It's based on a belief that you can accomplish more than you think. It's just a matter of helping you to understand how and working towards it!
I have successfully lead college study groups, tutored my own siblings as well as taught science with a local educational organizations for over 4 years of collective experience. My passion for helping others in their education also inspired me to create a community hands-on science museum where almost 2,000 people in two years have enjoyed the program and special events. In day to day life, I enjoy teaching guitar/piano, chess and handyman (and other life) skills to my cousins and others as we go along in life. Currently, I am returning to school to become a NYS Certified teacher in biology to pursue this life full-time!
Granted, much of this technically isn't tutoring experience, but my experience has given me a plethora of educational opportunity to develop my skills as well as the students'. Many have experienced breakthrough and even enthusiasm in areas they previously felt overwhelmed or bored with. The positive results and attitudes as well as my enthusiasm and dedication to help students win are the most important.
My approach is to invigorate the mind by asking the right questions then guiding the student in how to achieve the answer. Basically, it's to tutor myself out of a job. A student who can learn the subject and also learn how to learn independently is happier, successful and progressively faster at learning.
Science can be a tricky subject, but I love it and I have been able to maintain a 3.7 average in this academic area for myself. I enjoyed teaching high school level biology for a local home school group that saw grade increase and enthusiasm for even the most resistant students. I've also had the privilege (and fun) of helping fellow students and younger age groups in their own studies intermittently for several years.
Reading was a challenge for me until age 9. After trying different methods and dedicating myself to keep trying I had breakthrough and became a voracious reader. I had sophomore college level reading comprehension at age 14 and have continued to read of course. I encourage every struggling reader and parent of a struggling reader that there is hope.
With avid reading comes good spelling and vocabulary. I encourage reading coupled with memorizing words. Yes, this can be enjoyable.
Please feel free to contact me to learn more about what I can offer, your need specifically and how we can set a schedule and location. I love sharing the experience of person sighing with relief and beaming with victory as they overcome what used to be an impossible concept to grasp. Everyone has a unique way and pace of learning - and let's be real, it isn't always easy. The easiest way to beat a tough subject and pass a test is to simply understanding the basic concept and
It is important for trust to be established therefore the first lesson is free.
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