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Jamie S.

Austin, TX

$30/hour

A friendly tutor who tailors unique lessons for each student

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(University of Texas at Austin
Microbiology

Education

(University of Texas at Austin (Microbiology)

About Jamie

I have been a tutor for two and a half years independently, and for several months as an employee of a tutoring center. Most of my experience has been with students who are in elementary, middle, and high school (ages 7-18), but I have occasionally worked with older students who are either in college or planning to take their GED.

I consider myself to be an outgoing person who loves getting to know new people. Since no two people are alike, I tailor my lesson plans to play to the strengths and address the weaknesses of each individual student. I have a special place in my heart for students who suffer from test anxiety and other forms of learning difficulties. I also gladly work with students on study skills and time management. I try my best to make learning an engaging and intellectually stimulating experience.

I have a BS in microbiology, and I have completed additional coursework in biology and chemistry outside my major. I have worked in academic and public health laboratories during my time in college and post graduation. I absolutely love the field of biology, and microbiology is my special passion, especially as it relates to public health.

I have been an avid reader since I was in elementary school, so I consider myself to be well read. I received outstanding scores on my SAT, ACT, and AP tests when I was in high school, and I have come up with many strategies for improving reading comprehension and writing ability over the years that I would love to share with you.

Please feel free to contact me at any time, and I will do my best to reply as soon as I can. I prefer to meet with students for an hour or so before we begin our tutoring sessions so I can get to know them and gain a deeper understanding of what their unique needs are. Late nights are fine with me, and short notice is usually not a problem either.
I have been a tutor for two and a half years independently, and for several months as an employee of a tutoring center. Most of my experience has been with students who are in elementary, middle, and high school (ages 7-18), but I have occasionally worked with older students who are either in college or planning to take their Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Austin, TX 78729
In-person lessons
Science:
Biology,
Microbiology
Elementary Education:
Reading,
Vocabulary

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.

Algebra 1

I have been helping students with high school algebra I and 2 for several months at a tutoring center. I am available to review homework, prepare for tests, and to reinforce concepts in general. My usual method of instruction involves an assessment of what the student already knows at the first session and preparation of an individual lesson plan. For each additional meeting we will address any current needs the student has and hopefully get to a place where we can go over material they have not yet seen in class so they are at an advantage.

Algebra 2

I have been helping students with high school algebra I and 2 for several months at a tutoring center. I am available to review homework, prepare for tests, and to reinforce concepts in general. My usual method of instruction involves an assessment of what the student already knows at the first session and preparation of an individual lesson plan. For each additional meeting we will address any current needs the student has and hopefully get to a place where we can go over material they have not yet seen in class so they are at an advantage.

Biology

I have a BS degree in microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin, and my additional biology course work included genetics, biochemistry, ecology, cell biology, and immunology. I am most comfortable tutoring high school biology, as the bulk of my experience is with students of that age group. However, please feel free to contact me about college coursework, which I will consider on a case by case basis. It is my opinion that one of the primary reason students struggle with biology is that schools emphasize the memorization of facts rather than holistic understanding and creative problem solving. My goal, therefore, is to foster those skills in biology students, which makes the subject more engaging and easier to understand.

Literature

I am a great lover of literature, so discussing it with students doesn't even seem like work to me! I am most comfortable working with middle and high school students, but I am open to helping college students as well, depending on the author. If I have not read a particular book, I am willing to read along and discuss them with students as they are assigned in school so I can help with homework and general comprehension. I will help student explore the past and current significance of works, plot development, literary devices, and their own feelings about what they are reading. The benefit of hiring a tutor over using reading guides becomes very evident when test and essay grades come back. There is no effective way to quickly master these crucial skills, and students who are willing to put in the time and effort will always overcome those who are not.

Microbiology

I have never professionally tutored for microbiology, but I receive a BS in microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin. I still have all of my textbooks, some of which were very informative and useful, so I bring those to the table in addition to my own knowledge. I have worked in a bacterial genetics lab, a biophysics lab, two hospital labs, and, most recently, was a microbiologist for the State of Texas tuberculosis diagnostics lab, so the bulk of my professional career involved bacteriology, especially mycobacteriology. Much of my academic experience in the subject is related to public health, as I participated in public health clubs, conferences, and internships during my time at UT, in addition to the extensive coursework I completed and my job at the State. I am not pretending to be an expert in every branch of this vast and complicated subject, so if the course or unit you anticipate needing tutoring in is anything other than general micro, contact me and I will let you know if I feel like I can help you.

Prealgebra

I have been helping students with elementary and middle school level prealgebra for several months at a tutoring center. I am available to review homework, prepare for tests, and to reinforce concepts in general. My usual method of instruction involves an assessment of what the student already knows at the first session and preparation of an individual lesson plan. For each additional meeting we will address any current needs the student has and hopefully get to a place where we can go over material they have not yet seen in class so they are at an advantage.

Reading

I have been a reading tutor for going on three years, not including all of the times I have helped friends and family since I was a student myself. Most of my experience is with middle and high school students. I am willing to help students with assigned homework, but my primary goal is to develop reading comprehension skills that will last a lifetime. I emphasize critical thinking, recognition of literary elements, and building connections between the works themselves and other factors such as the author's intentions, historical circumstances, and current interpretations. If the student is open to it, I usually have them read a book with me over time, either out loud or in between sessions, and I have composed a list of questions we will go over together to gain a deeper understanding of what we have read.

Vocabulary

I have been officially tutoring students of all ages in vocabulary for three years, including for standardized and placement tests such as the PSAT, SAT, and ACT. My approach involves more than just making flashcards, as I do not find that to be very helpful, especially for some students in particular. My method involves using words in context through reading and practicing through writing. I will do my best to come up with a lesson plan that is both helpful and engaging by determining what the student's needs are in an initial session.

Writing

I have been a writing tutor for three years, and the bulk of my experience has been with middle and high school students. I am willing to consider working with younger children as well, depending on the situation. I am more interested in improving content rather than in grammar and sentence diagrams, which can be learned through repetition. My primary concerns are to help students construct arguments which will set them apart from the crowd, to demonstrate how to clearly and effectively communicate their feelings and ideas, and to teach them tricks and tips for essay planning and time management. I also enjoy tutoring students in creative writing. I have saved many essay topics of my own creation over the years, and my baseline and subsequent assessments of the student's progress come from their ability to respond to these prompts. No two students have the same sets of strengths and weaknesses, especially when it comes to writing, so my method of instruction will be unique to each student. I am also available to edit and help reshape essays written for school, but I would prefer to stick to extra curricular projects.

(University of Texas at Austin
Microbiology

Education

(University of Texas at Austin (Microbiology)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Jamie will travel within 20 miles of Austin, TX 78729.