Rx for Success in Math and Science

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Rx for Success in Math and Science

Michelle S.
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## Miracle Worker!

CeWyon, 49 lessons with MichelleTruly gifted tutor who is helping my daughter overcome major deficits in her knowledge of pre-algebra concepts so that she may be successful in her current, algebra class. I highly recommend Michelle!

I am a pharmacist who loves helping students with math and science! Biology (see Birds of Galapagos T-Shirt in the photo) and Chemistry are my favorite high school subjects to teach, but I will help elementary school students all the way through Calculus students find the gaps in their knowledge and figure out the answers for themselves. College students majoring in health professions would find me a great partner to navigate through courses like microbiology, pharmacology, or biochemistry....

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Statistics
#### Statistics

In both undergraduate and graduate school, I had to take statistics and experimental design classes. I used the formulas and statistical tests in my research projects. Because I was so interested in applying these concepts, I earned my A's in these classes. Despite the years that have gone by since then, I still have retained enough knowledge about these statistics to interpret studies I read professionally to interpret the results and determine whether the researchers designed a good study or not. If not, their conclusions are not valid.

Elementary Math,
#### Elementary Math

I always took Gifted and Talented classes in mathematics throughout elementary school, Honors classes in mathematics in junior high and high school, and placed out of Calculus through the AP exam in high school.
Mathematics has always been a part of my job as a pharmacist for 22 years.
I use and teach logical ways to check one's work to make sure the answer makes sense.
I have a talent for breaking down math into pieces that others can easily understand.

Study Skills
#### Study Skills

I was taught proper study skills as a young child, and I was successful with school and studying for tests. As a college student, I kept those skills and disciplined myself to make sure I had the proper time and environment to devote to my studies. Because I organized my life with a strong focus on studying, mixed with other pursuits, I was successful enough to graduate magna cum laude and be a leader in an intercollegiate group that was both fun and important to me. I would like to share my success with others.

Algebra 1,
#### Algebra 1

I took Algebra 1 in Junior High and received an A. I enjoyed solving for variables because I enjoyed mysteries, and I felt I was solving some on my own.
Algebra helps me determine how to correctly mix prescriptions that are not ready made. As a pharmacist, I use it often.
Part of the way I teach includes finding and showing the student ways of double checking their work so they are confident they have the right answer.

Algebra 2,
#### Algebra 2

I took Algebra 2 and Trigonometry together a year ahead of my class in high school. While I struggled with some concepts, I got help and understood everything better by the end of the semester. I was able to show my friends how to do certain problems the next year.
Some equations have use in pharmacy when looking at where a patient's blood level falls on a curve and how a pharmacist would adjust the dose.
Students appreciate my thorough explanations step by step through each type of problem, and they can then see how to apply those steps themselves.

Biology,
#### Biology

I took an Honors Biology course in 9th grade and received an A.
Biology was a big component of my college coursework as a pharmacist, and I graduated magna cum laude in May of 1991.
I have to know biology to know how the body works and how medication acts when someone takes it, as I have been a pharmacist now for 22 years. I use it often.
I also enjoy life learning with biology. I went to the Galapagos Islands as a vacation one year, and learned a great deal about Darwin, evolution, and the different species who live there. It was a fascinating trip and I would love to go back again someday!

Calculus,
#### Calculus

When I was in high school, I took AP Calculus. I received an A in the course and a 4 on the AP Exam. When I went to college, I placed out of the first term of calculus, and the Calculus 2 I took was much like the second part of the AP course I took in high school. I found it very easy. Later in pharmacy school, I took an elective in Differential Equations because I thought I might want to go into research. It was an easy A for me.
While it has been a while since I actively took this higher math, calculus has come back to me readily as I reviewed it to take WyzAnt's test and to prepare to tutor students in this subject. I am still able to visualize certain situations and I know what I am looking for. The derivatives and integrals to back that up are easy for me.

Chemistry,
#### Chemistry

I am the winner of Frank Gibbs Ryan Award for outstanding performance in chemical and pharmaceutical laboratory coursers at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1991.
I graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. degree in Pharmacy in May of 1991.
In high school, I took chemistry as a sophomore with a class full of juniors and was at the top of the class. It helped that I found it fun!
I have used elements of chemistry in my job as a pharmacist for 22 years so far.

Geometry,
#### Geometry

I have had about 2 years experience tutoring students in the Geometry questions of the ACT. Whether the questions are about parallel lines with a transversal cutting them into various types of angles, the Pythagorean Theorem to find the sides of triangles, the equation of a circle, or similar vs. congruent shapes and their sides or angles, I am able to guide my students to the correct answers. Geometry requires more visual skills, and I am able to tap into those strengths of most students by showing them how a concept works. However, all of these concepts are also based on logic, hence the use of proofs in many of these classes. If a student understands the logic better than the visual, I can guide them to understand the concepts that way. This subject now paves the way for me to help all of my students from Prealgebra through Calculus!

Prealgebra,
#### Prealgebra

I took Gifted and Talented math (known to others as Prealgebra) in Junior High School and received an A.
There are many fundamental concepts learned in this class, and I still use many of them today in pharmaceutical calculations. Proportions are especially important in pharmacy.
I always teach students to double check their work, which increases their confidence when they are sure they have the right answer. The methods I show for double checking also help the students figure out where they went wrong if the answers do not match.

Precalculus,
#### Precalculus

The Algebra 2 and Trigonometry Class I took as a Sophomore in High School was very advanced and meant to be a preparation of Calculus in my Junior year. It was difficult, and while I started with D grades, I got help and pushed myself up to a B overall for the year. Not only did this class prepare me for AP Calculus as a Junior, it also helped me with Physics class the same year. I learned these concepts so well back then, that I did not have to review much now in order to pass the WyzAnt Precalculus test. I am even teaching some of these concepts to students who are currently taking an advanced level of Algebra 2. They will tell you that I can break down these concepts just as well as typical Algebra topics, into smaller pieces that students can learn and apply.

Statistics,
#### Statistics

In both undergraduate and graduate school, I had to take statistics and experimental design classes. I used the formulas and statistical tests in my research projects. Because I was so interested in applying these concepts, I earned my A's in these classes. Despite the years that have gone by since then, I still have retained enough knowledge about these statistics to interpret studies I read professionally to interpret the results and determine whether the researchers designed a good study or not. If not, their conclusions are not valid.

Study Skills
#### Study Skills

I was taught proper study skills as a young child, and I was successful with school and studying for tests. As a college student, I kept those skills and disciplined myself to make sure I had the proper time and environment to devote to my studies. Because I organized my life with a strong focus on studying, mixed with other pursuits, I was successful enough to graduate magna cum laude and be a leader in an intercollegiate group that was both fun and important to me. I would like to share my success with others.

ACT Math,
#### ACT Math

After tutoring in various mathematics subjects, I was requested to tutor a student for the ACT. I first did a practice test online and did very well. Next, I got the ACT study guide made by the makers of this test. Not only does it give the breakdown of the types of questions asked, but it shows various strategies for sample questions, as well as overall strategies for taking the test.
Because I now know some tips and tricks for the test, as well as being an expert in the math needed to bump up scores on the ACT, I expect to give this first student and any students afterwards several different ways to bring up their ACT scores and be successful.

Algebra 1,
#### Algebra 1

I took Algebra 1 in Junior High and received an A. I enjoyed solving for variables because I enjoyed mysteries, and I felt I was solving some on my own.
Algebra helps me determine how to correctly mix prescriptions that are not ready made. As a pharmacist, I use it often.
Part of the way I teach includes finding and showing the student ways of double checking their work so they are confident they have the right answer.

Algebra 2,
#### Algebra 2

I took Algebra 2 and Trigonometry together a year ahead of my class in high school. While I struggled with some concepts, I got help and understood everything better by the end of the semester. I was able to show my friends how to do certain problems the next year.
Some equations have use in pharmacy when looking at where a patient's blood level falls on a curve and how a pharmacist would adjust the dose.
Students appreciate my thorough explanations step by step through each type of problem, and they can then see how to apply those steps themselves.

Calculus,
#### Calculus

When I was in high school, I took AP Calculus. I received an A in the course and a 4 on the AP Exam. When I went to college, I placed out of the first term of calculus, and the Calculus 2 I took was much like the second part of the AP course I took in high school. I found it very easy. Later in pharmacy school, I took an elective in Differential Equations because I thought I might want to go into research. It was an easy A for me.
While it has been a while since I actively took this higher math, calculus has come back to me readily as I reviewed it to take WyzAnt's test and to prepare to tutor students in this subject. I am still able to visualize certain situations and I know what I am looking for. The derivatives and integrals to back that up are easy for me.

Geometry,
#### Geometry

I have had about 2 years experience tutoring students in the Geometry questions of the ACT. Whether the questions are about parallel lines with a transversal cutting them into various types of angles, the Pythagorean Theorem to find the sides of triangles, the equation of a circle, or similar vs. congruent shapes and their sides or angles, I am able to guide my students to the correct answers. Geometry requires more visual skills, and I am able to tap into those strengths of most students by showing them how a concept works. However, all of these concepts are also based on logic, hence the use of proofs in many of these classes. If a student understands the logic better than the visual, I can guide them to understand the concepts that way. This subject now paves the way for me to help all of my students from Prealgebra through Calculus!

Prealgebra,
#### Prealgebra

I took Gifted and Talented math (known to others as Prealgebra) in Junior High School and received an A.
There are many fundamental concepts learned in this class, and I still use many of them today in pharmaceutical calculations. Proportions are especially important in pharmacy.
I always teach students to double check their work, which increases their confidence when they are sure they have the right answer. The methods I show for double checking also help the students figure out where they went wrong if the answers do not match.

Precalculus,
#### Precalculus

The Algebra 2 and Trigonometry Class I took as a Sophomore in High School was very advanced and meant to be a preparation of Calculus in my Junior year. It was difficult, and while I started with D grades, I got help and pushed myself up to a B overall for the year. Not only did this class prepare me for AP Calculus as a Junior, it also helped me with Physics class the same year. I learned these concepts so well back then, that I did not have to review much now in order to pass the WyzAnt Precalculus test. I am even teaching some of these concepts to students who are currently taking an advanced level of Algebra 2. They will tell you that I can break down these concepts just as well as typical Algebra topics, into smaller pieces that students can learn and apply.

Statistics,
#### Statistics

In both undergraduate and graduate school, I had to take statistics and experimental design classes. I used the formulas and statistical tests in my research projects. Because I was so interested in applying these concepts, I earned my A's in these classes. Despite the years that have gone by since then, I still have retained enough knowledge about these statistics to interpret studies I read professionally to interpret the results and determine whether the researchers designed a good study or not. If not, their conclusions are not valid.

Trigonometry
#### Trigonometry

Trigonometry was one of the hardest math topics for me in high school. I studied it as part of my Honors Algebra 2 course. I took it as a sophomore, in a class full of juniors. I had the privilege of learning from these juniors how to reason out the solutions to trigonometric identities. With practice, I got much better with these problems, and I ended up with a B in the class.
This experience gave me an appreciation for all students who struggle with trigonometry. I recently reviewed these trigonometric identities for a student whom I was tutoring in precalculus. It brought back memories of high school and I was able to connect with this student better and help her understand the logic involved in these problems. I would like to share this knowledge with other students and take them from where I was to the best that they can be.
It was also incredibly rewarding to take WyzAnt's test today and receive 100% correct responses of 12 questions. I found the test quite easy, which validates that I understand the basic principles of trigonometry much better now than I did in high school.

Algebra 1,
#### Algebra 1

I took Algebra 1 in Junior High and received an A. I enjoyed solving for variables because I enjoyed mysteries, and I felt I was solving some on my own.
Algebra helps me determine how to correctly mix prescriptions that are not ready made. As a pharmacist, I use it often.
Part of the way I teach includes finding and showing the student ways of double checking their work so they are confident they have the right answer.

Algebra 2,
#### Algebra 2

I took Algebra 2 and Trigonometry together a year ahead of my class in high school. While I struggled with some concepts, I got help and understood everything better by the end of the semester. I was able to show my friends how to do certain problems the next year.
Some equations have use in pharmacy when looking at where a patient's blood level falls on a curve and how a pharmacist would adjust the dose.
Students appreciate my thorough explanations step by step through each type of problem, and they can then see how to apply those steps themselves.

Biology,
#### Biology

I took an Honors Biology course in 9th grade and received an A.
Biology was a big component of my college coursework as a pharmacist, and I graduated magna cum laude in May of 1991.
I have to know biology to know how the body works and how medication acts when someone takes it, as I have been a pharmacist now for 22 years. I use it often.
I also enjoy life learning with biology. I went to the Galapagos Islands as a vacation one year, and learned a great deal about Darwin, evolution, and the different species who live there. It was a fascinating trip and I would love to go back again someday!

Calculus,
#### Calculus

When I was in high school, I took AP Calculus. I received an A in the course and a 4 on the AP Exam. When I went to college, I placed out of the first term of calculus, and the Calculus 2 I took was much like the second part of the AP course I took in high school. I found it very easy. Later in pharmacy school, I took an elective in Differential Equations because I thought I might want to go into research. It was an easy A for me.
While it has been a while since I actively took this higher math, calculus has come back to me readily as I reviewed it to take WyzAnt's test and to prepare to tutor students in this subject. I am still able to visualize certain situations and I know what I am looking for. The derivatives and integrals to back that up are easy for me.

Chemistry,
#### Chemistry

I am the winner of Frank Gibbs Ryan Award for outstanding performance in chemical and pharmaceutical laboratory coursers at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1991.
I graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. degree in Pharmacy in May of 1991.
In high school, I took chemistry as a sophomore with a class full of juniors and was at the top of the class. It helped that I found it fun!
I have used elements of chemistry in my job as a pharmacist for 22 years so far.

Geometry,
#### Geometry

I have had about 2 years experience tutoring students in the Geometry questions of the ACT. Whether the questions are about parallel lines with a transversal cutting them into various types of angles, the Pythagorean Theorem to find the sides of triangles, the equation of a circle, or similar vs. congruent shapes and their sides or angles, I am able to guide my students to the correct answers. Geometry requires more visual skills, and I am able to tap into those strengths of most students by showing them how a concept works. However, all of these concepts are also based on logic, hence the use of proofs in many of these classes. If a student understands the logic better than the visual, I can guide them to understand the concepts that way. This subject now paves the way for me to help all of my students from Prealgebra through Calculus!

Prealgebra,
#### Prealgebra

I took Gifted and Talented math (known to others as Prealgebra) in Junior High School and received an A.
There are many fundamental concepts learned in this class, and I still use many of them today in pharmaceutical calculations. Proportions are especially important in pharmacy.
I always teach students to double check their work, which increases their confidence when they are sure they have the right answer. The methods I show for double checking also help the students figure out where they went wrong if the answers do not match.

Precalculus,
#### Precalculus

The Algebra 2 and Trigonometry Class I took as a Sophomore in High School was very advanced and meant to be a preparation of Calculus in my Junior year. It was difficult, and while I started with D grades, I got help and pushed myself up to a B overall for the year. Not only did this class prepare me for AP Calculus as a Junior, it also helped me with Physics class the same year. I learned these concepts so well back then, that I did not have to review much now in order to pass the WyzAnt Precalculus test. I am even teaching some of these concepts to students who are currently taking an advanced level of Algebra 2. They will tell you that I can break down these concepts just as well as typical Algebra topics, into smaller pieces that students can learn and apply.

Statistics,
#### Statistics

In both undergraduate and graduate school, I had to take statistics and experimental design classes. I used the formulas and statistical tests in my research projects. Because I was so interested in applying these concepts, I earned my A's in these classes. Despite the years that have gone by since then, I still have retained enough knowledge about these statistics to interpret studies I read professionally to interpret the results and determine whether the researchers designed a good study or not. If not, their conclusions are not valid.

Study Skills
#### Study Skills

I was taught proper study skills as a young child, and I was successful with school and studying for tests. As a college student, I kept those skills and disciplined myself to make sure I had the proper time and environment to devote to my studies. Because I organized my life with a strong focus on studying, mixed with other pursuits, I was successful enough to graduate magna cum laude and be a leader in an intercollegiate group that was both fun and important to me. I would like to share my success with others.

ACT Science,
#### ACT Science

The ACT Science test is based on interpreting data, information regarding the design of experiments and analyzing results, and understanding conflicting theories about how and why a scientific system operates. I have had experience with conducting research studies, analyzing journal research studies to determine whether to use a medication or procedure in my practice, and communicating these ideas in layman's terms for my patients and students to understand. Therefore, I know what to look for in each of these passages in order to answer these questions. I can also teach this process to students so they can focus in on the most important details and answer the questions quickly.

Anatomy,
#### Anatomy

As a pharmacist, I need to know all the parts of the body and how they function. This information allows me to know how drugs will interact with the body, both as intended and in terms of adverse effects. I also understand what happens when the normal body responses are changed by disease, and what changes to expect that might be a challenge for medication therapy.
Because I know all this information, I can help anatomy students learn the basics and put structures and functions of organs and tissues into perspectives they can grasp in smaller units. There are several mnemonic tricks that can be used to remember the important structures and names in areas of the body.

Biochemistry,
#### Biochemistry

I had to take Biochemistry as a pharmacy student. The Krebs Cycle, the Citric Acid Cycle, DNA and RNA replication, the role of cyclic GMP, and how proteins interact with cell membranes to cause cellular transport or to become drug receptors were all topics I studied and I can help students with. In the 22 years I have been a pharmacist, this information has been helpful to discern how drugs work, what they will do in the body, and what adverse effects a patient might have.
My greatest strength as a tutor is to take these types of complex ideas and break them down into smaller pieces that my students can understand.

Biology,
#### Biology

I took an Honors Biology course in 9th grade and received an A.
Biology was a big component of my college coursework as a pharmacist, and I graduated magna cum laude in May of 1991.
I have to know biology to know how the body works and how medication acts when someone takes it, as I have been a pharmacist now for 22 years. I use it often.
I also enjoy life learning with biology. I went to the Galapagos Islands as a vacation one year, and learned a great deal about Darwin, evolution, and the different species who live there. It was a fascinating trip and I would love to go back again someday!

Chemistry,
#### Chemistry

I am the winner of Frank Gibbs Ryan Award for outstanding performance in chemical and pharmaceutical laboratory coursers at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1991.
I graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. degree in Pharmacy in May of 1991.
In high school, I took chemistry as a sophomore with a class full of juniors and was at the top of the class. It helped that I found it fun!
I have used elements of chemistry in my job as a pharmacist for 22 years so far.

Microbiology,
#### Microbiology

As part of pharmacy school, I took Microbiology and completed both classwork and labs. The information from this class helped to explain why antibiotics work on certain bacteria and increased my understanding of infections. I received an A in this class. In a recent job for a home infusion company, Microbiology was applied to the procedures and specifications of our clean room. We practiced to keep our IV preparations sterile and pyrogen free.

Organic Chemistry,
#### Organic Chemistry

As part of my pharmacy college education, I took advanced organic chemistry. It was a very difficult class, but I never gave up. I received a B in the class, which would be equivalent to an A in regular organic chemistry. This course served as a strong basis for biochemistry and pharmacology, both of which I use routinely as a pharmacist.

Pharmacology,
#### Pharmacology

I have been a pharmacist for 22 years. As part of pharmacy school, I had 2 years of pharmacology. I need to apply principles from pharmacology routinely in my pharmacy practice to solve adverse event issues, choose the most optimal drug for a patient, or know why a drug-drug interaction might occur. Anyone in a healthcare field who has pharmacology questions would get the best answer coming to a pharmacist, like myself.

Physical Science,
#### Physical Science

Physical Science combines basic physics concepts, basic chemistry concepts, and basic geological concepts. I received A's when I took a similar course in 8th grade Honors Science. I also received an A when I took chemistry as a sophomore.
I enjoy teaching these concepts, and I have items for show and tell with students, as well as projects that can be done to enhance their understanding if needed.

Physiology
#### Physiology

I took two Pathophysiology courses in pharmacy school. Pathophysiology I covered the nervous system, both sympathetic/parasympathetic and peripheral/autonomic. Pathophysiology II covered the remaining major organ systems of the human body, each presented by a different guest lecturer. I received an A in Pathophysiology I and a B in Pathophysiology II.
Today I explain (to both patients and students) what goes wrong in an organ system, and how the body reacts to drugs that attempt to treat a patient's condition.

GED,
#### GED

The GED test is based on knowledge one would learn through high school. When I attended high school, I graduated as the Salutatorian (2nd) in my High School Class.
My strongest subjects are math and science, and I currently tutor middle school, high school, and college students in these areas. I am also qualified to tutor English subjects, such as grammar and writing.
I also had no trouble passing WyzAnt's GED test for approval in this subject.

ACT Math,
#### ACT Math

After tutoring in various mathematics subjects, I was requested to tutor a student for the ACT. I first did a practice test online and did very well. Next, I got the ACT study guide made by the makers of this test. Not only does it give the breakdown of the types of questions asked, but it shows various strategies for sample questions, as well as overall strategies for taking the test.
Because I now know some tips and tricks for the test, as well as being an expert in the math needed to bump up scores on the ACT, I expect to give this first student and any students afterwards several different ways to bring up their ACT scores and be successful.

ACT Science,
#### ACT Science

The ACT Science test is based on interpreting data, information regarding the design of experiments and analyzing results, and understanding conflicting theories about how and why a scientific system operates. I have had experience with conducting research studies, analyzing journal research studies to determine whether to use a medication or procedure in my practice, and communicating these ideas in layman's terms for my patients and students to understand. Therefore, I know what to look for in each of these passages in order to answer these questions. I can also teach this process to students so they can focus in on the most important details and answer the questions quickly.

GED
#### GED

The GED test is based on knowledge one would learn through high school. When I attended high school, I graduated as the Salutatorian (2nd) in my High School Class.
My strongest subjects are math and science, and I currently tutor middle school, high school, and college students in these areas. I am also qualified to tutor English subjects, such as grammar and writing.
I also had no trouble passing WyzAnt's GED test for approval in this subject.

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## Thorough-ly A Gem!

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## Knowledgeable and Excellent

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## Wonderful tutor who is both patient and knowledgeable

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