Over 300 tutoring hours

Melissa M.

San Antonio, TX

$35/hr

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

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Background check passed as of 12/21/13
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97 Ratings
 
 
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An Outstanding Tutor
— Cynthia, Menlo Park, CA on 11/30/14

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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

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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

"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.

"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 7/10/15

"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.

"Awesome Tutor"

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

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 7/6/2014

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 7/1/14
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 2/26/2014

Thank you so very much for you kind words.

"Great tutor"

- Adan, San Antonio, TX on 2/10/14
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 12/3/13
Melissa replied on 12/4/2013

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

"Very knowledgeable."

- John, San Antonio, TX on 11/6/13
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 6/14/13
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.

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

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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)

An Outstanding Tutor — Melissa has been tutoring my daughter in AP Env. Science for about 7 weeks and she is by far the best tutor we have. She is extremely patient and is very, very knowledgeable on this subject and responds to our emails fast. My daughter says she is concise, clear, precise and always has answers to questions. The most impressive part is Melissa has helped my daughter improve her grade from a B- last ...

— Cynthia, Menlo Park, CA on 11/30/14

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.

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