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Tiffany L.

Herndon, VA

$40/hour

Easy to Understand Science and Math Tutor

Background check passed as of 6/24/14
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Randolph-Macon Woman's College
Biology
George Mason University
Master's

Education

Randolph-Macon Woman's College (Biology)

George Mason University (Master's)

About Tiffany

Specializing in calculus and chemistry!
I listen to my students, observe their learning style as they explaining what they do understand, then utilize their own learning style as I help to untangle their problem-spots. Together, we reveal creative solutions to complex problems. We learn how to translate word problems into mathematical instructions and see difficult processes in new light. One by one, obstacles to comprehension are bridged, dissolved, or demolished as my students are educated, edified, and empowered. Learning CAN be a fun adventure and solving problems CAN be easy with a tour guide who understands the best vantage points.

I have helped many students at George Mason University. I've tutored various math, biology, and chemistry classes as an employee since Spring 2012, and also privately since Fall 2013. I've also tutored high school chemistry, algebra, and calculus students.

I offer tutoring services online using WyzAnt's online tutoring system--which offers scheduling flexibility and also enables me to offer assistance to anyone with an internet connection, not just in the DC area.

I am legally-blind which means three things for my in-person students: 1: I cannot drive to location so must take public transportation and walk to / from my meetings. 2: I cannot see well enough to make direct eye contact which sometimes makes young children uncomfortable. and 3: I cannot see well enough to read or write regular print, computer screens or textbooks without equipment to magnify them. This just means that my student would need to read questions out loud to me. I prefer to work with a white board so I can write everything out in large print and my student can easily see it and follow. I also can use a lot of paper and a black sharpie. Either way, it just means my student would need to read out-loud what another tutor would be able to see/read. My vision does not affect my ability to tutor online at all except that a webcam is not a viable option since my face is close to my computer monitor.

I am currently tutoring high-school seniors and college students in calculus and chemistry several hours a week and my vision has never been a problem for any of them. I can provide references if you'd like to find out more about my vision or about my tutoring style and successes.
Specializing in calculus and chemistry!
I listen to my students, observe their learning style as they explaining what they do understand, then utilize their own learning style as I help to untangle their problem-spots.
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I'm happy to add value to my hourly rate as well as altering my rate based on multiple meetings or multiple students. Please email me with any inquiries.

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Travels within 1 miles of Herndon, VA 20171
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"Great Tutor"

- Tracey, Reston, VA on 10/31/14
Test Preparation:
SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Algebra 1

Math has always come easily to me. I find it fun. I've helped fellow students with math for 20 years--since high school. My strengths are in communicating in ways that are easy to understand by any target audience, solving problems in creative and essential ways, and helping others in their endeavors. I look forward to the opportunity to show you how easy and fun Algebra can be.

Algebra 2

I've spent several weeks helping a high school student who struggles with math understand factoring, foiling, finding common denominators, finding range and domain, identifying limitations on variables, transforming graphs of parent functions, solving functions: linear, quadratic, cubic, inequality, rational and radical. I helped this student learn to identify the vertex, zeros, y-intercept, asymptotes, and various points for all kinds of functions. I watched as confidence was increased and the right answer came closer and quicker each time. It's a great feeling to succeed and a greater feeling to help another succeed.

My strengths are in communicating in ways that are easy to understand by any target audience, solving problems in creative and essential ways, and helping others in their endeavors. I look forward to the opportunity to show you how easy and fun Algebra II can be.

Biochemistry

I was awarded a BS in Biology which required me to excel in general and organic chemistry. During my graduate studies, I studied biochemistry at the graduate level and enjoyed learning more about the biochemical pathways that I had previously studied in less depth in my biology coursework.

Over the past semesters, I helped a few George Mason University students who struggled to understand and remember the biochemical pathways involved in cellular respiration and photosynthesis. I look forward to the opportunity to show you how easy and fun it can be to learn biochemical pathways.

Biology

I hold a BS in biology with MS in biodefense.

The coursework I've taken includes: general biology, botany, zoology, cellular biology, molecular biology, microbiology, genetics, developmental biology, genomics for drug discovery, cellular biology for bioinformatics, bioethics and biochemistry.

I also tutor as an employee of GMU for students taking any biology or chemistry class--my favorites are BIO 213 (Cell Structure and Function) and Chem 211 (General Chemistry I).

Calculus

When I first met a particular student, she had just received a failing grade on her first exam for her calculus class. After working with me for two hours a week through the remainder of the semester, she earned a 96% on her final exam and an A for her cumulative grade. While I absolutely cannot take any credit for her hard work, I did discover each of the blurry places on the map that her textbook and professor left her with. We zoomed into each problem area and spotted the brambles that needed clearing, the ditches requiring bridges, and icy turns that were too slippery to stick to. Simply by sharing her thoughts as she went about solving problems, I reinforced her correct decisions and guided her when she started to lose the path. Many times, a demonstration solution needed to come first, but she always left with a feeling of certainty and confidence in her own ability to solve each problem we discussed. I cannot guarantee grades and cannot even guarantee I'll know all the answers--but I will always help to the best of my ability.

I've tutored several students over the last few semesters at George Mason University with first and second semester calculus classes. While I occasionally encounter a questions I'm stumped by, I always help a student as far as I can on the spot and return with completed solutions within a week--often utilizing other resources.

Chemistry

In addition to having excelled in chemistry as a high school and undergraduate student and biochemistry at the graduate level, I have spent several semesters tutoring dozens of college students in first and second semester general chemistry at George Mason University (Chem 211 and 212). I am a capable creative and critical problem solver and enjoy helping students see how atoms and molecules exist and interact in a new and fun way. Instead of memorizing the exact answer to specific questions with specific conditions, I prefer to focus on understanding trends and concepts which will serve students better in the long run.

Ecology

In addition to studying ecology, developmental biology, and biodiversity as part of my BS in Biology, I have tutored several George Mason University students as they worked through their ecology class.

English

During my undergraduate studies, I took many courses in English--both in composition and in literature.

I studied British and American Poetry, 20th century American novels, Shakespeare, and was awarded a minor in British and American Literature.

I completed several courses in creative-writing, including nonfiction, poetry, plays, and short stories. If I had taken the last two courses in the senior program I would have qualified for a double major (a BA in English in addition to my BS in Biology).

During my graduate coursework in unrelated subjects, I improved my skills in researching scientific literature, writing essays and articles, proofreading and editing my work and following referencing formats of MLA and APA.

Genetics

My undergraduate degree (BS in Biology at Randolph-Macon Woman's College) included coursework covering molecular biology, genetics, and microbiology. My graduate coursework at George Mason University included Recombinant DNA Techniques, Forensic DENA Sciences, Molecular Biology for Bioinformatics, and Drug Discovery as well as Biochemistry.

I have served as a tutor in the George Mason University Athletics Department for several semesters as a tutor for various biology and chemistry classes including cellular and molecular biology, ecology, microbiology, genetics, general chemistry and organic chemistry.

Geometry

Students learn best when they can see their problems in three-dimensional space and discuss the aspects that confuse them and also touch and interact with the problem and manipulate its pieces.

I enjoy helping each student see their problems in new ways and giving him or her a feeling of confidence and empowerment as they proceed to grow in creativity and comprehension.

Math has always come easily to me. I find it fun. I've helped fellow students with math for 20 years--since high school. My strengths are in communicating in ways that are easy to understand by any target audience, solving problems in creative and essential ways, and helping others in their endeavors. I look forward to the opportunity to show you how easy and fun Geometry can be.

Grammar

As a high school student in AP Latin, I studied grammar and syntax extensively. I think that is the reason why English grammar is now second-nature to me. I enjoy the challenge of proofreading and dissecting sentence structures.

Commonly used phrases such as "one less problem" and "a whole nother" do hold significant value in pieces of creative writing where voice and tone matter, but I do find them irksome. If you would like help removing such phrases (and other less commonly identified phrases), let me know. I'd be delighted to give your knowledge, familiarity, and confidence the boost they deserve.

Literature

During my undergraduate experience, I completed several courses in literature. I studied British and American Poetry, 20th century American novels, Shakespeare, and was awarded a minor in British and American Literature. During high school, I completed AP English and AP Latin courses and exams.

I look forward to the opportunity to help you understand, analyze or contrast literature.

Microbiology

During my undergraduate studies, I completed several courses in biology--including molecular biology, cellular biology, microbiology, immunology, and genetics. In the course of my graduate coursework (MS in Microbial Defense), I studied antibiotic resistance, medical microbiology, microbial genetics, virology, bacteriology, biosafety and biosecurity and laboratory/hospital containment engineering.

In addition to my coursework, I have helped several students at George Mason University through their microbiology and medical microbiology coursework.

Microbiology and its related fields are cutting-edge and exciting. I look forward to the opportunity to help you complete a microbiology course..

Organic Chemistry

I have helped several students at George Mason University (through the tutoring program with the Athletics Department) who were taking courses in chemistry, including general chemistry first and second semesters and organic chemistry first and second semesters.

My undergraduate coursework included both semesters of organic chemistry (with laboratory components) at Randolph-Macon Woman's College. My graduate coursework at George Mason University included Biochemistry.

Prealgebra

Math has always come easily to me. I find it fun. I've helped fellow students with math for 20 years--since high school. My strengths are in communicating in ways that are easy to understand by any target audience, solving problems in creative and essential ways, and helping others in their endeavors. I look forward to the opportunity to show you how easy and fun Prealgebra can be.

Precalculus

Math has always come easily to me. I find it fun. I've helped fellow students with math for 20 years--since high school. My strengths are in communicating in ways that are easy to understand by any target audience, solving problems in creative and essential ways, and helping others in their endeavors. I look forward to the opportunity to show you how easy and fun Precalculus can be.

Proofreading

As a high school student in AP Latin, I studied grammar and syntax extensively. I think that is the reason why English grammar is now second-nature to me. I enjoy the challenge of dissecting sentence structures. I've always found homophones such as whose and who's particularly fun.

Commonly-used but grammatically-incorrect phrases may hold significant value in pieces of creative writing in which voice and tone matter. However, there are always better solutions. If you would like help removing or correcting these phrases, let me know. I'd be delighted to give your knowledge, familiarity, and confidence the boost they deserve.

Reading

I remember carrying home piles, nearly half my height, of books from the library. I loved to read as a child, and still do. It was and still is an opportunity to explore new ideas--a window into another reality.

Understanding the benefits of the ability to read, I desire to make these benefits accessible to every student. Vocabulary and syntax are crucial to comprehension, and practice is essential to gaining a mastery of these fundamentals. Patience is key to effective practice. I have patiently helped many students discover that learning is fun and easy, and I look forward to the opportunity to help more students.

SAT Math

It is valuable to understand how to solve every problem with precision. I can help you identify the solution to almost any math problem that will be on the SAT math section. But time is up when you have answered half of the problems in a timed environment, how can you score well?

How can you identify the correct answer without making precise calculations? Intuition plays a small part in this process but guesswork does not. It is possible to eliminate many choices simply using a method that you can learn. Once you learn it and become familiar with using it, you can improve test-taking time and efficiency. With more practice comes more confidence and more speed.

I help you identify the tips and tricks that will work for you. After you learn to use these methods, we practice them together. With practice, you will gain familiarity and ease. With familiarity and ease, you will gain speed. Over time, my students master the ability to answer test questions with greater speed and accuracy.

SAT Reading

Comprehension of the written language is crucial to your success in the SAT reading section. Many puzzle pieces help to create the full picture or message contained in a reading sample. I help students quickly notice and integrate the critical sharp-edged, uniquely-shaped pieces that stand out and offer definition to the shape or direction of the message. I can also help improve understanding of the simpler and more mundane pieces of the puzzle, such as vocabulary and sentence structure.

SAT Writing

My coursework in English and Latin provide me with a solid foundation in the understanding of language. My strengths include the ability to communicate complex ideas, the intuition and innovation to find solutions to problems, and the passion to help students succeed.

Grammar, syntax and vocabulary are essential keys to the SAT writing section. I can help you understand what any SAT question asks and what kind of answer each question expects. We can improve defining vocabulary words, dissecting sentence structures, and comparing improving response time.

Trigonometry

Students learn best when they can see their problems in three-dimensional space and discuss the aspects that confuse them and also touch and interact with the problem and manipulate its pieces.

I enjoy helping each student see their problems in new ways and giving him or her a feeling of confidence and empowerment as they proceed to grow in creativity and comprehension.

Math has always come easily to me. I find it fun. I've helped fellow students with math for 20 years--since high school. My strengths are in communicating in ways that are easy to understand by any target audience, solving problems in creative and essential ways, and helping others in their endeavors. I look forward to the opportunity to show you how easy and fun Trigonometry can be.

Vocabulary

As a high school student in AP Latin, I studied and enjoyed learning about the derivation of words in the English language.

I enjoy learning new words and their meanings and excel at guessing meanings of new words based on any similarity they have to Latin / Romance roots.

I also excel at identifying the essence of the word that dictates its antonyms and synonyms. Additionally, I love creating flash cards with words and their meanings as well as synonyms and antonyms.

If you would like help with these skills, let me know. I'd be happy to help you discover how fun language can be.

Writing

I've completed several courses at the college level in various styles of creative writing, from fiction and playwrighting to poetry and nonfiction. I briefly studied journalism and scientific writing as well as persuasive and expository essay writing styles.

I'm certain that, working with me, your voice will resolve, your style will grow in strength, and your flow will become smooth.

Zoology

My undergraduate coursework included zoology and developmental biology, ecology, and general biology (among many other biology courses). For several semesters, I have served as a biology and chemistry tutor for students in the George Mason University Athletic Department. Though I haven't yet helped a student with zoology, I have assisted students with marine mammal and general ecology courses as well as others.

Randolph-Macon Woman's College
Biology
George Mason University
Master's

Education

Randolph-Macon Woman's College (Biology)

George Mason University (Master's)

Great Tutor — Tiffany is a great instructor. She is well-prepared and organized and makes learning fun. I would absolutely recommend her. ...

— Tracey, Reston, VA on 10/31/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

I'm happy to add value to my hourly rate as well as altering my rate based on multiple meetings or multiple students. Please email me with any inquiries.

Travel policy

Tiffany will travel within 1 miles of Herndon, VA 20171.