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Sarah E.

Camas, WA

$75/hour

Qualified Math and Science Tutor

400+ Hours
Background check passed as of 10/27/15
5.0 average from 178 ratings
Excellent Tutor
— Kelly, Camas, WA on 6/25/16

$75/Hour


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Rose-Hulman Institue of Technology
Chemistry
Ball State University
Master's
Miami University
PhD

Education

Rose-Hulman Institue of Technology (Chemistry)

Ball State University (Master's)

Miami University (PhD)

About Sarah

***Now taking new students. Rate is $75 for first hour and then $25/half hour per session***

As I will show, I have extensive academic training in a variety of the natural sciences, as well as an interest and devotion to tutoring and teaching. I have B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, an M.S. degree in Chemistry, and an ABD Ph.D. in Chemistry, focused in Chemistry Education. In each of these programs, I have excelled academically and in teaching service, earning above a 3.9 GPA in all course-work and winning multiple teaching awards during my graduate work. Additionally, I have served as an instructor and tutor for academic institutions, and private teacher and tutor for a variety of purposes including preparation for major tests (such as ACT, SAT, MCAT, and GRE).

I started my education at an engineering college, which emphasized rigorous training in mathematics, problem-solving, and inquiry-based science. My master's and Ph.D. coursework helped deepen my understanding and see the hierarchy of skills and topics, which has enabled me to deconstruct complicated ideas for myself and my students. My research is also important in my development, as it has helped me see the connections between academic disciplines and the importance of learning how to transfer skills from other disciplines. Additionally, working in a variety of laboratory settings (traditional chemistry lab, pharmaceutical research, and educational statistical research) has given me particular insight in a variety of applications, and experience in virtually all of the forums in which one of my students might perform.

I not only have the knowledge, I have the experience teaching it. I have tutored and taught for over ten years in a variety of settings. I started in undergrad, where I was trained to tutor in the university learning center. There I assisted students in calculus, genetics, writing, and general and organic chemistry. I quickly realized I had a passion for teaching, and started tutoring outside of the learning center as well. During my graduate work, I supplemented my chemistry course-work with classes on learning theory and educational research, where I honed my ability to use research-based methods in my tutoring and teaching, and learned to critique and evaluate my own instruction. This course-work paid off, as I was awarded the top graduate teaching award at both Ball State and Miami University. More importantly, I have students from both tutoring and teaching that still reach out to me, speaking of their positive learning experience working with me. It's especially rewarding to have students tell me that they were able to pick-up study and learning theory skills that has enabled them to be successful on their own after working with me.

These extensive experiences have taught me a lot about how students learn. First, I know that all students can learn, and that for any given problematic topic, the student often misunderstands a foundational concept that had not been adequately addressed in the classroom. I can figure out what the root cause of the student's misunderstanding is and help him or her work through it. Further, my mastery of math and science allows me to break down complex issues and make them accessible for students. I also am aware that students can learn in many different ways, and a single methodology will not work for every student. Teaching requires a student-centered approach, where I work to find the needs of the student and family, and how to help him or her gain the skills to master the topic and take control of his/her own learning. Moreover, learning is both a cognitive and affective process; it requires skills and concepts, but also belief and self-confidence. At times, working with students on their metacognition - helping students learn about what they know and how they know it - helps students regain confidence in the classroom and in their individual learning. Finally, I take a principled stand on tutoring and teaching, and think that it is my job not simply to help a student to memorize material, but also to foster critical thinking skills and overall comprehensions.
***Now taking new students. Rate is $75 for first hour and then $25/half hour per session***

As I will show, I have extensive academic training in a variety of the natural sciences, as well as an interest and devotion to tutoring and teaching. I have B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Rose-Hulman
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Policies
Cancellation
1 hour notice required

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Travel Radius
Travels within 24 miles of Camas, WA 98607
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent Tutor"

- Kelly, Camas, WA on 6/25/16

"Excellent and patient tutor"

- Lisa, Camas, WA on 7/20/17

"Very knowledable and flexible"

- Melissa, Camas, WA on 5/24/17

"Excellent grasp on the issues"

- Blue, Portland, OR on 3/24/17

"Incredible tutor"

- Susan, Vancouver, WA on 3/5/17

"Great first session"

- Jennifer, Battle Ground, WA on 12/13/16

"Amazing and kind"

- Molly Jo, Vancouver, WA on 11/3/16

"Patient and clear"

- Andrea, Sherborn, MA on 10/16/16

"Very knowledgeable"

- Annette, Martinez, CA on 9/28/16

"Thankful we found Sarah"

- Emma, Vancouver, WA on 7/26/16

"Best Tutor I've had in my academic career !"

- Joey, Portland, OR on 7/11/16

"Great Chemistry tutor"

- Lynnette, Portland, OR on 5/11/16

"Great tutor!"

- Harrison, Oakdale, CA on 5/5/16

"Wonderful tutor."

- Nicole, Vancouver, WA on 3/3/16

"Never hired a tutor before"

- Heather, Muncie, IN on 5/13/12
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, GED, Geometry, GRE, Microsoft Excel, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, SPSS, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry,
Physical Science, Physics, Praxis,
PSAT
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GED, GRE, MCAT,
Praxis,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TEAS
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, SPSS
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint

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Approved subjects

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MCAT

I took the MCAT in August 2008 and scored an 11 on verbal reasoning, 10 on physical sciences, and a 12 on the biological sciences. Additionally, my strong science and critical reasoning background gives me the ability to teach all the subjects covered on the MCAT test. I am confident that I can help you get the score you want on the MCAT.

Organic Chemistry

I took a full year of Organic Chemistry at Rose-Hulman which covered all the basics (SN1, SN2, E1, E2, addition, elimination reactions), as well as many additional reactions. Additionally, I took two 400 level organic classes, which gave me further insight into organic chemistry. I scored A's in all of these classes, and teach organic chemistry in a way that focuses on understanding how the electrons move in reactions, rather than memorizing reaction names.

Praxis

In 2009 I took the general Praxis scoring a 185 in reading, 180 in writing, and 187 in math (190 being the highest score possible). Additionally I have a score of 192 (out of 200) on the Biology Praxis II exam. These scores show my ability to take the test, but I also have an excellent background in these subjects which allows me to break the subject down, so that anyone can learn the material. Don't let the Praxis exam be the only thing that stands between you and your teaching license.

Rose-Hulman Institue of Technology
Chemistry
Ball State University
Master's
Miami University
PhD

Education

Rose-Hulman Institue of Technology (Chemistry)

Ball State University (Master's)

Miami University (PhD)

Excellent Tutor

Having Sarah work with my daughter has given her a completely different self image as someone who has innate math competence. This has also reflected been in her other courses and even in how she relates to family and peers. I wanted my daughter to find a way into enjoying Math for its own sake. We are enjoying watching her enthusiasm develop and Sarah has given her that. We are extremely glad

— Kelly, Camas, WA on 6/25/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $75.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Ask me about special rates for multiple hour sessions and group rates!

Travel policy

Sarah will travel within 24 miles of Camas, WA 98607.