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Sarah E.

Qualified Math and Science Tutor

Qualified Math and Science Tutor

$75/hour

  • 562 hours tutoring

  • Camas, WA 98607

About Sarah


Bio

***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...

***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.


Education

Rose-Hulman Institue of Technology
Chemistry
Ball State University
Masters
Miami University
PhD

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $75
  • Rate details: Ask me about special rates for multiple hour sessions and group rates!
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 24 miles of Camas, WA 98607
  • Lesson cancellation: 1 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 10/27/2015

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint

Computer

General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint

Corporate Training

General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Statistics

English

ACT English

Homeschool

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics

Math

ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry

Most Popular

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Statistics

Science

Organic Chemistry,

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.
Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics

Summer

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Geometry, Physics, SAT Math, Statistics

Test Preparation

MCAT,

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.
Praxis,

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.
ACT English, ACT Math, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Very knowledgeable!

Chemistry and Algebra 2 Sarah knew exactly what he needed help with. She is so knowledgeable. She helped break things down for him. He left his 1st session with her feeling confident and relieved to know he has her to help him. I highly recommend her.

Carolina, 1 lesson with Sarah

Sarah was great!

We had our first meeting with Sarah and she was amazing. She knows her stuff (AP Chemistry) and hit it off right away with my daughter. She was helpful, supportive, and great at explaining things.

Beth, 15 lessons with Sarah

Smart and patient

I was getting behind in my college statistics class. Sarah was able to quickly get me back on track. She teaches in a way that makes sense by breaking the subject matter down. I am elated with the experience and would recommend her highly.

Courtney, 1 lesson with Sarah

Awesome!

Sarah was well prepared for a complicated subject: Organic Chemistry. My son felt like he had a much better understanding of the college level material after just one visit. We will definitely be using her again!

Jennifer, 4 lessons with Sarah

Excellent and patient tutor

This is the first tutor I have ever used for my child and I have to say I am pleased with the results thus far. Sarah is patient, kind and very helpful. She is actually "teaching" him how to go through the process of what he missed in his college course and is very thorough. Sarah has a great personality, is always on time and very prompt with her replies. I highly recommend Sarah!

Lisa, 9 lessons with Sarah

Very knowledable and flexible

Sarah is doing a great job with my son. It's only been 2 sessions and we are seeing an improvement and he is getting a grasp on his algebra concepts. Can't wait to see what happens over an extended period of time!

Melissa, 4 lessons with Sarah

Excellent grasp on the issues

Addressed questions and explained things well in preparation for final exams. Excellent help in covering problem solving strategies. Gives real thought to the solution to a problem and not afraid to try a couple different ways and explain how she reached her conclusion and how I can do the same.

Blue, 9 lessons with Sarah

Incredible tutor

Sarah is intelligent, engaging and extremely knowledgeable. As you can see from her educational experience, she is qualified to teach and tutor just about any subject. She has been tutoring my daughter in pre-AP chemistry and algebra and the experience for my daughter has been amazing. She has a gift of explaining difficult to grasp concepts in easy terms to understand. My daughter was hating chemistry, but since working with Sarah, not only does she enjoy chemistry, but she finds herself helping other students as well. We feel extremely lucky to have found Sarah.

Susan, 50 lessons with Sarah

Great first session

Flexible schedule, and my son was very hopeful that his grade would turn around for the better. I'm thankful for Sarah's easy to get along with attitude and vast knowledge of the subject.

Jennifer, 1 lesson with Sarah
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$75/hour

Sarah E.

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