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Science, Math and Engineering Tutors
Joanne is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at UC San Diego. Over the years, she has developed a great love for mathematics and physics and an even greater love of tutoring them. She is very patient with her students and is very determined to thoroughly answer any questions or problems presented. As a sophomore, she has a cumulative GPA of 3.92; her experiences include tutoring a variety of high school and college students in math and physics, ranging from Algebra to Vector Calculus. She's advanced for her age due to skipping a grade and understands the competitive environment in high schools and colleges. Aside from tutoring, she enjoys snowboarding and reading. She hopes to enter the field of machine intelligence at UC San Diego.
Josh Marxen is a current student at UCSD in the Computer Science class of '13. He passed the AP Calculus BC test with a 5, allowing him to take the Honors Math 31 Sequence at UCSD, which he passed with an A- average. He also took the 5 on AP Physics and the 780 on the SAT Physics subject test. Josh works with both high school students and undergraduates in physics and math. He tutors college calculus (multivariable and vector), college physics (mechanics, electricity and magnetism), and linear algebra. In addition, Josh works with C and Java, and can help teach those programming languages. His hobbies include tennis, learning piano, reading and writing.
Angelina is currently working on her Bioengineering PhD at UCSD. She graduated from UCSD in 2008 with a B.S. in Bioengineering with honors and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In the past, she has been a teaching assistant in the Department of Chemistry for inorganic and organic chemistry courses. She has experience working with different types of students in both group and individual settings. Her ratings from these classes are 3.7/4 in both delivery and teaching effectiveness. On the side, Angelina has researched abroad at Monash University in Australia and University of Edinburgh in Scotland. On the side, she loves to travel!
Emily's love for math and chemistry led her to study Chemical Engineering at UCSD with the class of '11, and is currently pursuing an engineering M.S. at UCSD. With an interest in business, she is also minoring in Management Science. Her current cumulative overall GPA is 3.75 with a 4.0 in math and a 3.85 in science, which has earned her the Revelle Provost's Honors each quarter at UCSD. She graduated magna cum laude from high school and scored a 5 on her AP calculus, AP statistics, and AP chemistry exam. In her free time, Emily plays sports, cooks, travels, and enjoys visiting her hometown in Texas.
Dan's diverse academic training reflects his broad interest in science. He received his BS in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 1999 where as an undergraduate he worked on a range of research projects encompassing anthropology and conservation biology. In 2007, Dan earned a PhD in molecular and cellular biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His dissertation research examined endocytosis and trafficking of cell surface receptors in mammalian cells. At Stony Brook, Dan has taught laboratory courses in biochemistry and cell biology. He has mentored undergraduate researchers and trained students in laboratory techniques. His expansive training has led to expertise in many subjects including anthropology, biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, genetics, and statistics.
Emily just completed her M.A. in psychology with a concentration in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience at SDSU. She completed her B.A. in psychology at Willamette University in Oregon, where she graduated magna cum laude as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. As a graduate student, Emily worked as a teaching assistant in several undergraduate psychology courses and assisted students with introductory and advanced statistics for social sciences. She also has experience tutoring general math and writing skills to students in elementary and middle school and enjoys mentoring students of all ages. In her free time, she loves to run, hike, paint, and work on constructing a winning college basketball bracket.
Daniel Lee is currently pursuing his Mechanical Engineering B.S. at UCSD. He holds a 3.92 GPA as a sophomore. He is very passionate about his studies, physics in particular. This passion is evident in his tutoring style, as previous students have mentioned. From his past tutoring experiences, he's learned to be scrupulous in making sure students understand all important aspects of a topic at hand. As a successful student, he is very effective in identifying the questions a professor may ask. In his free time, he loves to play sports, play guitar, and serve at his church.
Michelle earned a B.S in Cognitive Science with specialization in Neuroscience from UC San Diego in 2011. She worked as a teaching assistant in the Department of Cognitive Science for Neuroanatomy and Physiology, as well as the Department of Biology, teaching Genetics. Her diverse academic experiences has led her to study everything from chemistry, computer programming, and even studying history abroad in France. She was also president of Outreach Thru Art at UCSD, teaching young children how to do arts and crafts at a local library every week. Michelle hopes to attend medical school in the near future.
Julie received her BA in chemistry from the University of Puget Sound and her MA in chemistry from San Diego State University. She taught general chemistry lab as a graduate student and served as a a student TA for all lower division chemistry classes through the San Diego Foundation. As an adjunct professor, she now teaches introductory chemistry and physical science at Mira Costa and Irvine Valley College. After graduating in 2002, she worked in industry as a regulatory specialist and as a freelance science writer. Her pieces appear in Chemical & Engineering News, Technical Communication, and all publications of the San Diego Community Newspaper Group.
English, Writing, and Social Science Tutors
Cheryl is a resourceful and highly motivated teacher with 25 years of teaching and classroom experience. With a master's degree in education, she understands the need to provide positive direction for students’ academic, social, and emotional well-being, and she focuses on delivering individualized instruction appropriate to each student’s abilities and interests. Her background includes classroom teaching in elementary and middle schools, continuing education teaching at the college level, and private tutoring in a college writing lab as well as in-home. In addition to tutoring, Cheryl teaches at High Bluff Academy in Del Mar.
Christina focuses on helping college and graduate school applicants write personal statements that convey their uniqueness qualities and core strengths. Many applicants find it difficult to write about themselves and produce powerful, concise, and polished application essays. Christina helps through the whole process, starting with brainstorming and ending with a final check for grammar, flow, and effectiveness. Her legal experience as a paralegal has given her a tremendous foundation for effective written communication. She worked with a non-profit legal clinic representing employment and housing issues, and since worked with the general counsel and employment lawyer of NUMMI, California's largest manufacturing plant. Past experiences include serving as Editor-in-Chief of her high school newspaper. Christina graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2006 with a BA in International Political Economy.
Foreign Language Tutors
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