EducationUC Berkeley, PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2004
Yale University, BA, English literature
ExperienceI'm a biology, English, and math tutor (elementary math, algebra 1 and 2, and geometry) and have tutored students of ages from elementary school to college. I'm still amazed at how effective one-on-one tutoring can be. One high school biology student that I tutored went from getting a "D" on a test to scoring 94% on his next test after only a few weeks of tutoring. My approach is to have a dialog with the student instead of just lecturing, and I ask many questions to find out exactly where trouble in understanding occurs, and then focus on those points. After discussing a topic, I have the student explain it back to me or solve a problem on their own to check their understanding. I just love it when the light bulb goes on and a student suddenly understands a concept and says, "Oh!"
My PhD is in biology from UC Berkeley and I have worked as a staff scientist at UCSF for several years after getting my PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology. I was awarded a PhRMA fellowship for my postdoctoral research on using bioinformatics approaches to studying and comparing proteases from parasites and humans. Regarding writing and English tutoring experience, I have professionally writing experience when I worked as a public information specialist. In addition, I tutored college and high school students in English and writing for a year at a tutoring center at California State University for an academic year and also for a summer at their intensive college preparatory program for high school seniors.
I really enjoy working with students and have been told I am patient and have an excellent and clear way of explaining things. When I was in school, students often came to me on their own for help because I am very friendly, am very effective at helping others learn, and am always respectful because I realize that students are trying hard to increase their understanding of something.
HobbiesI enjoy music and dancing and play the harp, violin, piano, and sing. I especially like Celtic music.
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I highly recommend Susan who is currently tutoring our 9th grade son in biology. She has helped him to understand difficult concepts and to close the gaps in his understanding as he reviews class notes and prepares for tests. My son says that she is "helpful, nice, knowledgeable, and doesn't give answers over my head". Susan is always on time and very responsive. I highly recommend her as a tutor.
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