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Tamara S.

Portland, OR

$50/hour

Compassionate and Creative MD for Life Sciences, ESL and Spanish

In-person lessons
20+ Hours
5.0 average from 6 ratings

$50/Hour


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University of Massachusetts Amherst
Biology
Indiana University School of Medicine
MD

Education

University of Massachusetts Amherst (Biology)

Indiana University School of Medicine (MD)

About Tamara

My life-long love of learning has taken me on a some exciting adventures, from studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain to Trujillo, Peru for a medical Spanish program; conducting plant genetics experiments to performing clinical lab tests as a medical technologist; and from deciding to return to school to obtaining a medical degree. In addition to satisfying my inquisitive personality, all of these experiences have also enhanced my teaching skills in different ways. Moreover, they have provided plenty of practical experiences to draw from to engage and hopefully inspire students during our tutoring sessions.

I began teaching during my undergraduate years, first as a peer tutor for life science subjects and then as a co-instructor for the Anatomy and Physiology lab section. My role as a lead medical technologist offered a chance to further hone my skills while training staff on the theory and operation of the clinical chemistry instruments and developing continuing education materials used by our department. Learning effective strategies to teach each other and patients was a significant focus of my medical school curriculum, the principles of which I continue to practice and develop today. My medical training first brought me to the specialty of Family Medicine and I am currently preparing for a career in Public Health. During this transition period, I'm excited to have the opportunity and time to help other students and adult learners achieve their academic and career goals.

Before starting any sessions, I prefer to discuss each student's particular needs and whether I'm the right tutor for you via email or phone. The first session usually consists of an assessment, review of previous assignments, and creating an individualized tutoring plan, complete with small, achievable goals so we can monitor your progress. I have additional training in time management skills, so if that has been a barrier to your success, I'd love to hear from you.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or to set up an appointment. Thank you for interest and I look forward to working with you.

Kind regards,

Dr. Tamara

Responses to questions:

I have studied these subjects in a variety of settings. Combining this with my real-world experiences, I am confident I can help students master these subjects in a fun way and build self-confidence in the process.

Studying a foreign language was one of the best things I have ever done. Even after my formal coursework as a Spanish minor in college and recent training in medical Spanish while living in Peru, I continue to challenge myself to use and expand my Spanish-language skills in a variety of settings. I believe my experiences both as a student and while living abroad in addition to my continued love of Spanish qualify me as a tutor for this subject.
My life-long love of learning has taken me on a some exciting adventures, from studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain to Trujillo, Peru for a medical Spanish program; conducting plant genetics experiments to performing clinical lab tests as a medical technologist; and from deciding to return to school to obtaining a medical degree. In addition to Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Portland, OR 97201
In-person lessons
Science:
Anatomy, Biology,
Chemistry, Microbiology, Physiology
English:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading
Computer:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish
Elementary Education:
Grammar
Business:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking

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.

Biology

I am a recent medical school graduate and was a biology major in college. I also have substantial work experience in both basic science research and medical technology.

Cooking

I not only enjoy cooking, but as a medical professional, I also believe it is an essential skill to have in order to live a healthy, long life. I learned most of my cooking skills from my host mother in Spain, and still make the soups, paellas, and everything else she taught me to make from scratch. Since then, I have also learned how to make a variety of dishes from multiple cultures (e.g. Sri Lankan, Indian, Moroccan, Peruvian, Latvian, to name a few), several quick and healthy meals, and have even been baking the bread we eat for several years. I'd love to share what I have learned to help other people rid their diets of processed foods as well as share practical tips on how to do this with a busy schedule.

ESL/ESOL

Over the years, I have taken many language classes myself and understand both the difficulties and joys of using a foreign language while living in another country. I also know firsthand how challenging this can be as an adult learner. I believe that the study strategies and tricks I have acquired would help students expand their knowledge and become more confident in using their English-language skills.

Physiology

I am a recent medical school graduate and former physiology teaching assistant.

Spanish

I was a Spanish minor in college, have lived in both Peru and Spain, and still use my Spanish every chance I get! My written and conversational Spanish is at an advanced proficiency level and my medical Spanish is at an intermediate level.

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Biology
Indiana University School of Medicine
MD

Education

University of Massachusetts Amherst (Biology)

Indiana University School of Medicine (MD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Tamara will travel within 20 miles of Portland, OR 97201.