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Emerson O.

Pittsburgh, PA

$60/hour

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

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 8/12/15
5.0 average from 125 ratings
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— Patrick, Pittsburgh, PA on 9/8/16

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Skidmore College
Neuroscience

Education

Skidmore College (Neuroscience)

About Emerson

For me, tutoring is about more than helping students to memorize facts or passing a test. 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, philosophy, 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 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 on 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!
For me, tutoring is about more than helping students to memorize facts or passing a test. 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.

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Cancellation
1 hour notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Easy to Learn From"

- Patrick, Pittsburgh, PA on 9/8/16

"A good fit"

- Kirk, West Mifflin, PA on 3/6/16

"Great tutor!"

- Elise, Mars, PA on 2/22/16

"Wonderful experience"

- Merris, Pittsburgh, PA on 2/15/16

"An extremely positive and productive experience"

- John, Pittsburgh, PA on 9/29/15
Science:
Biology,
Chemistry,
Genetics,
Philosophy,
Physics, Psychology
English:
English
History:
American History
Elementary Education:
Study Skills

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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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

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

I was a peer tutor in introductory biology courses at Skidmore College from 2013 to 2015, 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. Students who came to me with questions often came back regularly throughout the semester because of the positive effect my help had on their homework and test scores.

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 the attention to detail and step-by-step process required for success in the study of chemistry with an appreciation for the big picture and broader conceptual connections that make chemistry less abstract and more interesting.

Genetics

I received an A in my genetics course at Skidmore College. I earned perfect scores on both of the exams in that course, and a 97% on the semester-long fruit fly breeding project.

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.

Philosophy

I earned a minor in philosophy alongside my bachelor's in neuroscience from Skidmore College. I love having the opportunity to explore the big ideas of history's greatest thinkers with my students. 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.

Prealgebra

I studied high school math at a top prep school. With my math students, I draw on my school's Harkness style of teaching, creating a dialogue with the student and allowing them to engage with the concepts they are learning in order to develop a better understanding of them. I also use my school's books of word problems to provide practice problems for my students.

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

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.

Skidmore College
Neuroscience

Education

Skidmore College (Neuroscience)

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, Pittsburgh, PA on 9/8/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Emerson will travel within 10 miles of Pittsburgh, PA 15208.