University of Oregon (biology)
Hello potential students,
I graduated from the University of Oregon three years ago with a degree in biology, and I've worked since as an SAT teacher for a private company. I have also recently tutored high school students in science, math, and writing as a volunteer at PSU's Upward Bound program, where I was very popular. Those are my paper qualifications, but really I just love science, math, learning and general, and want to continue teaching as much as possible.
Biology has been a passion of mine since I started collecting ants as a kid. I first understood Darwin reading E. O. Wilson's magnum opus, The Ants, in high school and have lived for that moment of sudden clarity and understanding ever since. This is what I hoped to share with students at PSU's Upward Bound program, where I tutored as a volunteer for a year, working mostly on math, chemistry, and physics, which as a biology major I indulged in extensively.
Standardized tests are perhaps a little less exciting, but like anything one has a natural knack for, I take a certain pleasure in explaining how they can be done really well. My SAT scores were not only high (800 Verbal, 750 Math) but I made them that way by a lot of practice and self-study. Having taught myself, I can teach others to do the same, and have, successfully, in small, intensive weekend classes in Portland and Seattle. The same goes for the GRE (my score was perfect on the verbal, but only nearly so on the math and writing -- I never seem to get all the math questions!), an incredibly similar test.
For the SAT and the GRE, we would review all of the requisite material while practicing on real questions from the official study guides, until the questions lose their strangeness, and you start to understand the really rather predictable patterns in the types of strategies and solutions required. Independent practice is the key here, but I can set you up and be on hand for any questions, like "why did I get this wrong?"
For general subjects, my method is simple: to generate the enthusiasm I have for the subject, and to share the problem-solving process in every detail, inspiring you to do the same on your own. And again, to be on hand for all kinds of questions.
Any questions? Hello potential students,
I graduated from the University of Oregon three years ago with a degree in biology, and I've worked since as an SAT teacher for a private company. I have also recently tutored high school students in … Read more
James was able to explain problems in different ways, so that if I didn't understand it one way, I'd be able to understand it another.And was patient while also being really encouraging.
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I have a B.A. in biology from the University of Oregon, where I studied neuroscience and evolutionary biology, as well as other biological subjects. I also just finished an internship at a computational chemistry company.
I aced basic chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry at University of Oregon. I worked at a computational chemistry company using some of that biochemistry knowledge. Perhaps most importantly, I've tutored students in chemistry more than in any other subject (except for the always popular SAT prep!).