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Leita P.

Spencer, NY

$35/hour

Biology Tutor with Experience

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5+ Hours
4.3 average from 4 ratings

$35/Hour


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Elmira College

Education

Elmira College

About Leita

Hi, my name is Leita, and I am a Elmira College graduate. After graduation I worked briefly as an Organic Chemistry Lab Instructor. Currently I am working in human services as a counselor, and studying to go to law school. My counseling skills are helpful working with younger kids and kids who are on the autism spectrum.

I have been a teaching assistant for Intro Biology, Microbiology and Genetics. While my major was in Biology, my minor was women's studies/sociology so I feel I have a wide knowledge base.
I have taken a wide range of classes ranging from Organic Chemistry to Cellular Biology, and am well-versed in a variety of upper level topics. I have had a range of teaching experiences from tutoring my peers on campus to tutoring 7th Grade Science. I think this versatility is vital to being a successful tutor. I am flexible with tutoring sessions, I want to build the experience around how you will best learn; I have done a variety of methods, including test-prep, re-teaching concepts that a student found difficult, helping memorize concepts, doing homework questions, problem solving, etc.
Therefore I find it best to meet with you first and discuss what will work for you! I am flexible with hours, times, location, etc. Please contact me here with any questions!

Thank you so much for your interest, I look forward to hearing from
Hi, my name is Leita, and I am a Elmira College graduate. After graduation I worked briefly as an Organic Chemistry Lab Instructor. Currently I am working in human services as a counselor, and studying to go to law school. My counseling skills are helpful working with younger kids and kids who are on the autism spectrum.

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Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required

Please contact me with questions about group rates or if multiple sessions per week are needed for certain test-prep, etc. I will surely be flexible about modifying the price.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Spencer, NY 14883
In-person lessons
Math:
Elementary Math,
GED, GRE
Science:
ACT Science, Biochemistry,
Biology,
Chemistry, Elementary Science,
Genetics,
Microbiology,
Organic Chemistry,
Psychology, Sociology
English:
English, Public Speaking, Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Science, GED, GRE, Regents
Language:
Reading, Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science,
Reading, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science,
Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Business:
GRE, Public Speaking, Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Biochemistry

I took Biochemistry Fall 2012 and I received an A in the course. I have an understanding of the material because of my involvement in both Biology and Chemistry classes.

For this class, I found that drawing out processes was the most efficient way for me to study. I have a large poster-board with the steps of Gluconeogenesis and Glycolysis on my wall! As a tutor I would recommend a visual learning approach and I would work with you to understand the reaction steps.

Biology

I have been involved with the Biology Department at Elmira College since my freshman year. I have taken a wide range of Biology classes, focusing on cellular, microbiological and genetic areas. I truly enjoy learning and teaching this material! I have tutored a variety of students in Biology, from test-prep to help writing laboratory reports. I have also helped teach a variety of different age groups from 7th Grade Science up to College level Genetics. I am able to explain the concepts at any level.

As a tutor I think that it is important to tie Biology into our daily lives, how does this apply to me? (Especially for students that dislike or have trouble understanding the subject.) When you can understand that genes dictate whether or not you are lactose intolerant or that bacteria keep you healthy it helps you retain information.

Elementary Math

I have taken a variety of upper-level math classes, including Calculus I and II and Physics I. Math does not come very easy to me, especially at a college level, which is why I signed up for elementary math, since I have struggled with math in college I am actually very good at teaching it to others. Math is a tricky subject because it comes easy to some people and takes more active thought for others. That is why having a tutor that doesn't just assume a younger student would know how to do a problem makes teaching easier.

For math I find that taking a step-by-step approach works best, writing down and showing all my work when doing example problems helps others be able to do the problem on their own. Even though I have never tutored elementary math, I have tutored statistics and plan on using a similar approach.

Elementary Science

I love Science and I love working with kids! Instilling a love for science at a young age is something I am passionate about. I have brothers in middle school that I love helping with their science homework.

As a tutor I believe that using visual learning is key, showing the student images, video clips and writing out their answers are some of the best ways for them to learn. I also think that making associations, and helping them understand how science is such an important part of every-day life helps them recall information in the future.

Genetics

I have taken College level Genetics and received an A in the course. Currently, I am the Teaching Assistant for Genetics and Society (for non-majors) which involves tutoring the students and helping them with test-prep and laboratory work. I am taking Molecular Genetics a Graduate level comprehensive class Fall 2013.

Microbiology

Microbiology is my passion. I am hoping to go to Grad School for Infectious Disease Control. I spend lots of time working in the Micro lab and have been the Lab Assistant for 2 Microbiology classes. I really enjoy learning through lab work so I used my laboratory manual to help me study, looking at the pictures of the bacteria and the media was a good way to jog my memory.

I also think that reading articles about the bacteria helps give you background knowledge that might solidify the concept. For example if you learned about facultative anaerobic bacteria in class, reading an article about E. coli might help you connect the two later on.

Organic Chemistry

I have taken two terms of Organic Chemistry with Labs and received an A in both sections. I have also conducted research synthesizing porphyrins with my Organic Chemistry Professor.

Regents

I have tutored for the Biology Regents before, and my background in Biology makes me well-suited. I have found that the best way to review is to do practice problems or practice regents exams to find areas to target. Once the student and I are aware of their needs, I have reviewed concepts with them from their textbook, old notes etc. to help them gain the skills needed in that area.

Sociology

In addition to majoring in Biology, I have taken on a Women's Studies Minor (which falls under Sociology). I have taken a variety of classes in this subject, including Gender Theory, Norms and Deviance and the Psychology of Women. I am also an active member of Gender Issues and participate in Feminist Events. I volunteer with Rape Crisis of the Southern Tier, and through this I am involved in actively teaching the community about sexual assault and resources. I believe that my minor and real world experience provides me with a sufficient sociology background.

Study Skills

I have been a tutor for a variety of subjects throughout my college experience including Writing, Biology, Genetics, Microbiology and Chemistry. I feel comfortable creating practice materials and assessing a student's needs. I have also tutored a wide-range of students, and therefore I am able to tailor my level of difficulty and tutoring style to fit the student.

Being a successful student takes practice and that is what "study skills" is about. It's finding a technique that works for the student, whether it is flashcards, reading aloud, problem solving or visual learning it is so important that students find out early on their best method to succeed in their academic career.

Elmira College

Education

Elmira College

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Please contact me with questions about group rates or if multiple sessions per week are needed for certain test-prep, etc. I will surely be flexible about modifying the price.

Travel policy

Leita will travel within 15 miles of Spencer, NY 14883.