Over 300 tutoring hours

Melissa M.

San Antonio, TX

$35/hour

AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, and Biology EOC (STAAR) Help

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Background check passed as of 12/21/13
5.0 average from 106 ratings
Great expertise and insight beyond our expectations
— Monica, Chicago, IL on 11/9/15

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Texas Lutheran University
Biology
Stephen F. Austin State Univ
Master's
Texas A&M College Station TX
Graduate Coursework

Education

Texas Lutheran University (Biology)

Stephen F. Austin State Univ (Master's)

Texas A&M College Station TX (Graduate Coursework)

About Melissa

I have been a high school teacher for the last 8 years. I have taught Biology, Chemistry, Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC), Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, AP Biology, and AP Environmental Science (APES). My students know that I listen to their needs and will work with them in order learn the material for the class. I will try multiple approaches to meet you or your student's needs.

I am also great with helping for test prep. I have been the TAKS Blitz teacher for the last 6 summers at an area high school. My tutoring sessions have been quite successful in helping students pass TAKS in order to graduate. I am also available to help you or you child pass the Biology EOC (STAAR) test. During the summers I work one on one with students in order to help them pass the summer Biology EOC(STAAR) retest.

I can also help you with strategies to pass the AP Bio and APES test.

I have also taught at the college level prior to me teaching at the high school level - I have taught the following classes:
1. Intro to Concept of Biology Lab (for non-Biology majors) and Botany Lab (for Biology majors) (Stephen F. Austin State University)
2. Intro to Plant Pathology Lab - Texas A&M University
3. Environmental Biology - Northeast Lakeview Community College

I am here to help meet your needs!
I have been a high school teacher for the last 8 years. I have taught Biology, Chemistry, Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC), Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required

Group Rates - Two students $22.00/hour/student. Three or more student - $20.00/hour/student. 15% discount to active and retired military personnel.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of San Antonio, TX 78254
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great expertise and insight beyond our expectations"

- Monica, Chicago, IL on 11/9/15
Melissa replied on 11/10/2015

Thank you so much for your kind words and praise. It is my pleasure to help your daughter find confidence and success in her science courses. :)

"We are very happy to find Miss Melissa"

- Sai, Helotes, TX on 12/7/15

"Melissa improved my daughter's understanding of biology by encouraging my daughter to ask questions and patiently listened to my daughter paraphrase the lesson in her own words."

- Leticia, San Antonio, TX on 7/11/15

"Excellent!"

- Jeff, San Antonio, TX on 1/11/15
Melissa replied on 1/12/2015

I am glad that your student is finding success in her class. Thank you for the praise.

"Great tutor"

- Abby, San Antonio, TX on 12/6/14
Melissa replied on 12/7/2014

Thank you so very much for your kind words. It is my pleasure to help you in your APES class.

"An Outstanding Tutor"

- Cynthia, Menlo Park, CA on 11/30/14
Melissa replied on 11/30/2014

Thank you so very much for your kind words and praise. It is my pleasure to help your student find success in a challenging class.

"Awesome Tutor"

- Xavier, San Antonio, TX on 8/9/14
Melissa replied on 8/10/2014

Thank you so very much!!! I wish you the best of luck with your fall semester classes!!!

"Great Skype AP Environmental Science Tutor"

- Roopa, Chandler, AZ on 7/6/14
Melissa replied on 7/7/2014

Thank you so very much! It was a pleasure to work with your student. I am so very proud that she was able to make a 5 on her APES test.

"Amazing"

- Dallas, Castroville, TX on 7/2/14
Melissa replied on 7/2/2014

Thank you Dallas!!!! I'm glad that I can help you find success in your class.

"Very Knowledgeable and Patient"

- Adrian, San Antonio, TX on 6/25/14
Melissa replied on 7/2/2014

Thank you for your kind words! Your student is a pleasure to work with. I look forward to helping her in the future. I am so very happy that she passed her test. I knew that she could do it!!!

"Very Caring"

- Deborah, San Antonio, TX on 2/26/14
Melissa replied on 2/27/2014

Thank you so very much for you kind words.

"Great tutor"

- Adan, San Antonio, TX on 2/11/14
Melissa replied on 2/11/2014

Thank you so very much!!! It was a pleasure to work with your student!!!! I wish him the best of luck and look forward to working with him in the future!!!

"Wish I had found her sooner!"

- Melissa, San Antonio, TX on 12/4/13
Melissa replied on 12/4/2013

You kind words humble me. I am glad that your student is finding success in her biology class.

"Really Helping"

- Laurie, San Antonio, TX on 12/4/13
Melissa replied on 12/5/2013

Thank you so very much!!!! IT is a PLEASURE to help you both.

"Very knowledgeable."

- John, San Antonio, TX on 11/7/13
Melissa replied on 11/7/2013

Thank you so very much! I appreciate your kind words and review. It is a pleasure to help assist your student gain confidence in her Biology class.

"Truly cares!!"

- Neil, San Diego, CA on 6/15/13
Melissa replied on 6/16/2013

Thank you so very much for your kind words. Working with your student to get him ready for his AP Biology class is a pleasure.

Test Preparation:
ACT Science,
TAKS
Elementary Education:
Elementary Science

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ACT Science

Because of the AP Biology redesign I used released passages from the ACT prep materials. My students used these materials and were quite successful with AP Biology test. Using the ACT Science prep materials I quickly learned the mechanics of the ACT Science test.

Biology

I have a BA and an MS in biology and I have been a science teacher for the last 8 years. I have taught General Biology, Pre-AP Biology, and AP Biology and Dual Credit.

Ecology

I have a BA and an MS in Biology. I have been a high school science teacher for the last 8 years. I have taught AP Environmental Science for the last four years. Ecology is one of the major units that I teach.

Elementary Science

I have been a high school science teacher for the last 8 years. I have also taught at a private kindergarten previous to my current job.

Physical Science

I have taught IPC (Integrated Physics and Chemistry) for 3 years. IPC is a form of Physical Science. I have been a high school science teacher for the last 8 years.

TAKS

I have taught the TAKS prep classes during the summer for Taft High School the last 7 years. A typical day was 3 hours of intensive study of Bio, Chem, and Physics needed to pass the test. I also worked with other teachers at the district level planning developing curriculum to be used during the 8 day summer prep class. My students have had great success passing the TAKS test. I have also independently tutored people taking the TAKS test.

Texas Lutheran University
Biology
Stephen F. Austin State Univ
Master's
Texas A&M College Station TX
Graduate Coursework

Education

Texas Lutheran University (Biology)

Stephen F. Austin State Univ (Master's)

Texas A&M College Station TX (Graduate Coursework)

Great expertise and insight beyond our expectations — Wow! You have been so helpful and responsive in such a short time frame. You were highly recommended to us but I am still wowed. Thank you so much Melissa for your encouragement, validation and attentiveness to my daughter's questions and tutoring needs. :) ...

— Monica, Chicago, IL on 11/9/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Group Rates - Two students $22.00/hour/student. Three or more student - $20.00/hour/student. 15% discount to active and retired military personnel.

Travel policy

Melissa will travel within 20 miles of San Antonio, TX 78254.