WyzAnt free-response, June 2013.

Sophomore year of high school, I struggled with my General Chemistry course. My parents insisted that I get tutoring help. During my tutoring sessions, I was able to ask questions that I felt shy asking in class. As I mastered basic concepts, studying became increasingly enjoyable. My tutor's support allowed me to gain confidence when approaching new topics and tenacity when solving complex problems. I took AP Chemistry my Junior year, earned a 5 on the AP exam, and a perfect 800 on the Chemistry SAT. I want to be a tutor in order to inspire high school students, especially those who are struggling with chemistry, biology, and mathematics classes; all students have the potential to succeed in these challenging subjects. It's just a matter of putting in a consistent effort with the proper guidance, and I feel privileged to be a tutor who can offer such support.

I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from UC Davis in 2006 with a Departmental Honor Award and a Dean's List distinction. After college, I worked as a clinical manufacturing chemist at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Fremont, CA. I was tutoring chemistry on the side, and decided to step out of the lab and into the classroom as a science teacher. I completed a Biology and Chemistry teaching credential in 2010 at the National Hispanic University (NHU) in San Jose, CA. My credential included successful completion of student teaching at Woodside High School in Redwood City, CA, where I taught chemistry and biology. I pursued a Master of Arts degree in order to improve my knowledge of effective teaching methods. My thesis, 'Strategies for Teaching Chemistry Gas Laws in Multiple Modalities,' was published in May, 2013. I am working towards a Multiple Subject teaching credential at NHU, and would like to continue tutoring high school math, science, test prep and study skills during this time.




Anna M.

tutoring as a catalyst for academic self-efficacy

900+ hours
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