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Emerson O.

Low-stress, Effective Tutoring in Bio, Math, English and Philosophy

Low-stress, Effective Tutoring in Bio, Math, English and Philosophy

$50/hour

  • 643 hours tutoring

  • Pittsburgh, PA 15208

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About Emerson


Bio

Tutoring is about more than just helping students to pass a test. While grades are important, my goal for my students is that they engage with the subject they are learning, gain a deeper understanding of the underlying fundamentals, and build learning skills that will help them in all their future endeavors.

I got my start as a tutor in Skidmore College's biology department in 2013 as a student teaching assistant and peer tutor for introductory classes. As a tutor, I aim to work with my...

Tutoring is about more than just helping students to pass a test. While grades are important, my goal for my students is that they engage with the subject they are learning, gain a deeper understanding of the underlying fundamentals, and build learning skills that will help them in all their future endeavors.

I got my start as a tutor in Skidmore College's biology department in 2013 as a student teaching assistant and peer tutor for introductory classes. As a tutor, I aim to work with my students to help them achieve their academic goals with as little boredom and drudge work as possible. My style of teaching is based on helping students to find their own way through the material, working through practice problems and questions with them and letting them draw conclusions and synthesize ideas themselves. Students tell me that this approach is both effective and low-stress, since it allows them to work through material at their own pace, while retaining the benefits of some structure and guidance.

I am an active tutor in biology, chemistry, various levels of math, and English, working with students from the middle school level through college. My degree in neuroscience provides me with a strong background in biology and chemistry, and I have experience tutoring genetics as well as general biology. I also earned a minor in philosophy from Skidmore, and love working through the metaphysical ideas of history's great thinkers with my students. For my math students in particular, I draw on my Harkness method background, a practice-problem based approach that I learned during my time at Phillips Exeter Academy, one of the country's top prep schools. With my English students, I can offer my expertise in a wide range of subjects and styles, including scientific writing, analytical essays, personal essays, and creative writing, based on college coursework and a lifelong love of language and the written word.

I know that scheduling can be difficult, so I try to be as accommodating to students' needs as possible. I am available most afternoons and evenings as well as some mornings, and am available at short notice. I am happy to schedule makeup lessons if you miss a lesson or just need to reschedule.
I am available to tutor at a coffee shop or library, or at your home. I make every effort to respond quickly to emails, so please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or to set up a first meeting!


Education

Skidmore College
Neuroscience

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 10 miles of Pittsburgh, PA 15208
  • Lesson cancellation: 1 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 8/12/2015

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Elementary Education

Study Skills

Study Skills

I learned to teach study skills as part of my training to be a tutor in Skidmore College's biology department. My training covers specific study techniques such as teach-back and flashcarding, as well as broader good study habits like daily review and adequate sleep, that help students keep their memory and comprehension firing on all cylinders. I also learned to structure cohesive study plans that help students organize the information they have to learn in a way that makes sense to them.

English

English

History

Philosophy,

Philosophy

I earned a minor in philosophy alongside my bachelor's in neuroscience from Skidmore College. I believe philosophy to be a challenging subject that is often underestimated, and I enjoy having the opportunity to help students broaden and deepen their thinking. In philosophy, I aim to help my students follow their own ideas to their full conclusion, and to help them express them concisely in papers and classroom discussions.
American History

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I studied high-school level math at Phillips Exeter, one of the country's top prep schools. I draw heavily on Exeter's discussion-based method of learning with my math students, inviting them to talk through problem-solving methods in our lessons. My algebra students tell me that working with me improves their confidence and ability in class and on tests.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I studied high school math at Phillips Exeter, a top ranked prep school, and I draw heavily on Exeter's Harkness method of teaching with my math students. I use practice problems and a conceptual approach to allow my students to gain a deeper understanding of what they are learning. This method allows my students to become comfortable with the underlying ideas behind the material, instead of having to memorize long lists of formulae. My students tell me that working with me on algebra improves their confidence and their grades.
Biology,

Biology

I studied biology as part of my neuroscience degree from Skidmore. I got my start as a tutor in the college's biology department in 2013, helping teach lab sections and holding one-on-one tutoring hours with students. The course covered a wide range of topics, from evolution to microbiology to anatomy and physiology. Since graduating from Skidmore, I have worked with a number of biology students in high school and college; my students have met with success improving their grades, understanding the material, and preparing for labs and tests.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I studied chemistry at Skidmore College as part of my neuroscience degree program, and received an A in both semesters of the course. With my chemistry students, I try to combine a focus on attention to detail and step-by-step process with an appreciation for the big picture and broader conceptual connections that make chemistry less abstract and more interesting.
Geometry,

Geometry

I studied high school math at Phillips Exeter, a top ranked prep school. With my math students, I draw heavily on Exeter's Harkness method, a discussion based style of teaching that allows the student to explore concepts by completing practice problems and explaining their methods and thought processes. By helping students become familiar with the concepts underlying the problems they are solving, I aim to make math more interesting and transparent while improving confidence and grades.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I studied high school math at Phillips Exeter, a top ranked prep school, and I draw heavily on Exeter's Harkness method of teaching with my math students. I use practice problems and a conceptual approach to allow my students to gain a deeper understanding of what they are learning. This method allows my students to become comfortable with the underlying ideas behind the material, instead of having to memorize long lists of formulae. My students tell me that working with me on algebra improves their confidence and their grades.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I studied high school math at Phillips Exeter, a top ranked prep school. With my math students, I draw heavily on Exeter's Harkness method, a discussion based style of teaching that allows the student to explore concepts by completing practice problems and explaining their methods and thought processes. By helping students become familiar with the concepts underlying the problems they are solving, I aim to make math more interesting and transparent while improving confidence and grades.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I learned to teach study skills as part of my training to be a tutor in Skidmore College's biology department. My training covers specific study techniques such as teach-back and flashcarding, as well as broader good study habits like daily review and adequate sleep, that help students keep their memory and comprehension firing on all cylinders. I also learned to structure cohesive study plans that help students organize the information they have to learn in a way that makes sense to them.
English, Physics

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I studied high-school level math at Phillips Exeter, one of the country's top prep schools. I draw heavily on Exeter's discussion-based method of learning with my math students, inviting them to talk through problem-solving methods in our lessons. My algebra students tell me that working with me improves their confidence and ability in class and on tests.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I studied high school math at Phillips Exeter, a top ranked prep school, and I draw heavily on Exeter's Harkness method of teaching with my math students. I use practice problems and a conceptual approach to allow my students to gain a deeper understanding of what they are learning. This method allows my students to become comfortable with the underlying ideas behind the material, instead of having to memorize long lists of formulae. My students tell me that working with me on algebra improves their confidence and their grades.
Geometry,

Geometry

I studied high school math at Phillips Exeter, a top ranked prep school. With my math students, I draw heavily on Exeter's Harkness method, a discussion based style of teaching that allows the student to explore concepts by completing practice problems and explaining their methods and thought processes. By helping students become familiar with the concepts underlying the problems they are solving, I aim to make math more interesting and transparent while improving confidence and grades.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I studied high school math at Phillips Exeter, a top ranked prep school, and I draw heavily on Exeter's Harkness method of teaching with my math students. I use practice problems and a conceptual approach to allow my students to gain a deeper understanding of what they are learning. This method allows my students to become comfortable with the underlying ideas behind the material, instead of having to memorize long lists of formulae. My students tell me that working with me on algebra improves their confidence and their grades.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I studied high school math at Phillips Exeter, a top ranked prep school. With my math students, I draw heavily on Exeter's Harkness method, a discussion based style of teaching that allows the student to explore concepts by completing practice problems and explaining their methods and thought processes. By helping students become familiar with the concepts underlying the problems they are solving, I aim to make math more interesting and transparent while improving confidence and grades.
Physics

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I studied high-school level math at Phillips Exeter, one of the country's top prep schools. I draw heavily on Exeter's discussion-based method of learning with my math students, inviting them to talk through problem-solving methods in our lessons. My algebra students tell me that working with me improves their confidence and ability in class and on tests.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I studied high school math at Phillips Exeter, a top ranked prep school, and I draw heavily on Exeter's Harkness method of teaching with my math students. I use practice problems and a conceptual approach to allow my students to gain a deeper understanding of what they are learning. This method allows my students to become comfortable with the underlying ideas behind the material, instead of having to memorize long lists of formulae. My students tell me that working with me on algebra improves their confidence and their grades.
Biology,

Biology

I studied biology as part of my neuroscience degree from Skidmore. I got my start as a tutor in the college's biology department in 2013, helping teach lab sections and holding one-on-one tutoring hours with students. The course covered a wide range of topics, from evolution to microbiology to anatomy and physiology. Since graduating from Skidmore, I have worked with a number of biology students in high school and college; my students have met with success improving their grades, understanding the material, and preparing for labs and tests.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I studied chemistry at Skidmore College as part of my neuroscience degree program, and received an A in both semesters of the course. With my chemistry students, I try to combine a focus on attention to detail and step-by-step process with an appreciation for the big picture and broader conceptual connections that make chemistry less abstract and more interesting.
Geometry,

Geometry

I studied high school math at Phillips Exeter, a top ranked prep school. With my math students, I draw heavily on Exeter's Harkness method, a discussion based style of teaching that allows the student to explore concepts by completing practice problems and explaining their methods and thought processes. By helping students become familiar with the concepts underlying the problems they are solving, I aim to make math more interesting and transparent while improving confidence and grades.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I studied high school math at Phillips Exeter, a top ranked prep school, and I draw heavily on Exeter's Harkness method of teaching with my math students. I use practice problems and a conceptual approach to allow my students to gain a deeper understanding of what they are learning. This method allows my students to become comfortable with the underlying ideas behind the material, instead of having to memorize long lists of formulae. My students tell me that working with me on algebra improves their confidence and their grades.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I studied high school math at Phillips Exeter, a top ranked prep school. With my math students, I draw heavily on Exeter's Harkness method, a discussion based style of teaching that allows the student to explore concepts by completing practice problems and explaining their methods and thought processes. By helping students become familiar with the concepts underlying the problems they are solving, I aim to make math more interesting and transparent while improving confidence and grades.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I learned to teach study skills as part of my training to be a tutor in Skidmore College's biology department. My training covers specific study techniques such as teach-back and flashcarding, as well as broader good study habits like daily review and adequate sleep, that help students keep their memory and comprehension firing on all cylinders. I also learned to structure cohesive study plans that help students organize the information they have to learn in a way that makes sense to them.
English, Physics

Other

Philosophy,

Philosophy

I earned a minor in philosophy alongside my bachelor's in neuroscience from Skidmore College. I believe philosophy to be a challenging subject that is often underestimated, and I enjoy having the opportunity to help students broaden and deepen their thinking. In philosophy, I aim to help my students follow their own ideas to their full conclusion, and to help them express them concisely in papers and classroom discussions.
Study Skills

Study Skills

I learned to teach study skills as part of my training to be a tutor in Skidmore College's biology department. My training covers specific study techniques such as teach-back and flashcarding, as well as broader good study habits like daily review and adequate sleep, that help students keep their memory and comprehension firing on all cylinders. I also learned to structure cohesive study plans that help students organize the information they have to learn in a way that makes sense to them.

Science

Biology,

Biology

I studied biology as part of my neuroscience degree from Skidmore. I got my start as a tutor in the college's biology department in 2013, helping teach lab sections and holding one-on-one tutoring hours with students. The course covered a wide range of topics, from evolution to microbiology to anatomy and physiology. Since graduating from Skidmore, I have worked with a number of biology students in high school and college; my students have met with success improving their grades, understanding the material, and preparing for labs and tests.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I studied chemistry at Skidmore College as part of my neuroscience degree program, and received an A in both semesters of the course. With my chemistry students, I try to combine a focus on attention to detail and step-by-step process with an appreciation for the big picture and broader conceptual connections that make chemistry less abstract and more interesting.
Genetics,

Genetics

I studied genetics as part of my degree in neuroscience from Skidmore, receiving an A in the course. Since graduating from Skidmore I have worked with a number of students in genetics at the high school and college level, helping them improve their grades and prepare for labs and tests. With my genetics students I tend to focus on breaking down the concepts to make them more digestible, allowing students to maintain an intuitive grasp of the material rather than relying on rote memorization.
Philosophy,

Philosophy

I earned a minor in philosophy alongside my bachelor's in neuroscience from Skidmore College. I believe philosophy to be a challenging subject that is often underestimated, and I enjoy having the opportunity to help students broaden and deepen their thinking. In philosophy, I aim to help my students follow their own ideas to their full conclusion, and to help them express them concisely in papers and classroom discussions.
Physics, Psychology

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

I learned to teach study skills as part of my training to be a tutor in Skidmore College's biology department. My training covers specific study techniques such as teach-back and flashcarding, as well as broader good study habits like daily review and adequate sleep, that help students keep their memory and comprehension firing on all cylinders. I also learned to structure cohesive study plans that help students organize the information they have to learn in a way that makes sense to them.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I studied high-school level math at Phillips Exeter, one of the country's top prep schools. I draw heavily on Exeter's discussion-based method of learning with my math students, inviting them to talk through problem-solving methods in our lessons. My algebra students tell me that working with me improves their confidence and ability in class and on tests.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I studied high school math at Phillips Exeter, a top ranked prep school, and I draw heavily on Exeter's Harkness method of teaching with my math students. I use practice problems and a conceptual approach to allow my students to gain a deeper understanding of what they are learning. This method allows my students to become comfortable with the underlying ideas behind the material, instead of having to memorize long lists of formulae. My students tell me that working with me on algebra improves their confidence and their grades.
Biology,

Biology

I studied biology as part of my neuroscience degree from Skidmore. I got my start as a tutor in the college's biology department in 2013, helping teach lab sections and holding one-on-one tutoring hours with students. The course covered a wide range of topics, from evolution to microbiology to anatomy and physiology. Since graduating from Skidmore, I have worked with a number of biology students in high school and college; my students have met with success improving their grades, understanding the material, and preparing for labs and tests.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I studied chemistry at Skidmore College as part of my neuroscience degree program, and received an A in both semesters of the course. With my chemistry students, I try to combine a focus on attention to detail and step-by-step process with an appreciation for the big picture and broader conceptual connections that make chemistry less abstract and more interesting.
Geometry,

Geometry

I studied high school math at Phillips Exeter, a top ranked prep school. With my math students, I draw heavily on Exeter's Harkness method, a discussion based style of teaching that allows the student to explore concepts by completing practice problems and explaining their methods and thought processes. By helping students become familiar with the concepts underlying the problems they are solving, I aim to make math more interesting and transparent while improving confidence and grades.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I learned to teach study skills as part of my training to be a tutor in Skidmore College's biology department. My training covers specific study techniques such as teach-back and flashcarding, as well as broader good study habits like daily review and adequate sleep, that help students keep their memory and comprehension firing on all cylinders. I also learned to structure cohesive study plans that help students organize the information they have to learn in a way that makes sense to them.
Physics

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biology

Emerson was a pleasure to work with. he was prompt in responding, knowledgeable, and has great potential. His demeanor is very pleasant, and has good communication skills.

Venkata, 1 lesson with Emerson

Easy to Learn From

My son felt totally comfortable and felt that Emerson was very relaxed and easy to learn from. We look forward to more sessions.

Patrick, 9 lessons with Emerson

A good fit

Emerson is a knowledgeable and patient tutor. He is thorough but is able to keep it to a level that is easy to understand.

Kirk, 1 lesson with Emerson

Great tutor!

Emerson has been great with my daughter Jordan and her Algebra 2 struggles. She is more confident than she's been all year with this class. He's putting the pieces together for her and she's hopefully going to turn this around!

Elise, 47 lessons with Emerson

An extremely positive and productive experience

Emerson has been working with my 11th grader for a few weeks now, and it has been an extremely positive and productive experience. He has worked on both content and organizational strategies, and has helped my son do well on tests and complete a project that would have been overwhelming to him without Emerson's help to figure out how to plan and execute it. We're looking forward to a great school year!

John, 117 lessons with Emerson

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