SCIENCE TUTORING SERVICES
Biology, and Chemistry, and Physics, oh my!
WHAT DOES A SCIENCE TUTOR DO, AND WHY DO I NEED ONE?
We’ve all heard, (and probably even asked!) the common question “when am I ever going to use this?” in reference to a specific equation or science topic that was challenging to learn. Why invest in learning this stuff anyway? Classroom teachers put a lot of time and effort into creating relatable hands-on lessons with real world applications to help answer these questions, but I believe focusing on a literal translation of the scientific world is only helpful in illustrating how the information has been applied in the past. The answer to “when are you ever going to use it” is more about how you fundamentally learn if you want to apply it to your future. My focus as a science tutor is to coach you to focus on how you personally approach learning difficult things and problem solving. This is the stuff that you’re going to use, build on, and modify throughout the course of your life. So, the answer to “when am I ever going to use this” is basically… well… always and forever. When an awareness of diverse strategies and skills is co-learned with content, these things become more inherent and readily accessible, which means they’re transferable. This boosts overall academic performance, builds college readiness/success, and makes you a more adaptable thinker.
You’re right, you are probably never going to need to recite Le Chatlier’s Principle, Newton’s Laws, or the Central Dogma of Biology in your everyday life. That said, a lot happens behind the scenes that you don’t always realize when you’re learning things like this. First, you’re probably picking up some fun vocabulary that you can impress people with at parties. Okazaki Fragments! Quantum levels! The Permittivity of Free Space! … but, I want to do more than make you a New York Times Sunday crossword whiz. If you’re bumping up against feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, or on the verge of shutting down over your biology, chemistry, or physics class, contact me! Believe it or not, that’s your brain growing. Let’s focus on that growth, and use it to bring the awareness of how you approach and master intimidating topics to the forefront. Fun vocabulary aside, I want to you be able to analyze any type of data to determine not only what has happened, but what might happen in the future, and to be able to communicate your understanding using models and systems. Everyone is different, so how you go about getting there depends on you. My job is to help you learn your strengths and style as they’re developing, fine tune them, and catalog them to be easily accessible and applicable for future use. The more pathways and approaches you have to solving a problem, the more confident and equipped you are for anything. Let’s get that science-y left brain pumping! Mastering science doesn't necessarily mean that you end up being a scientist, but it sure does mean that you'll learn how to think ..... and good thinkers go far no matter what path they choose.
WHY CHOOSE MARQUIS TUTORING TO SUPPORT SCIENCE DEVELOPMENT?
The assessment of a student's learning needs usually comes from two primary sources: parents and teachers. Parents are tuned in to the details of their children's particular challenges, but sometimes there are blind spots because they have no basis for comparison. Teachers have experience with a broad spectrum of learners. Their perspective on processing is in the context of a group dynamic, so sometimes things can slip through the cracks. I have over 20 years’ experience working with students both 1-on-1 and in classrooms. This means that while I see people as individuals, I also understand how their thought patterns can affect their classroom experience. The more engaged kids are with teachers and peers, the more productive their school day is. I bridge gaps so that learning doesn’t just happen with me and things click more in classrooms and study groups.
WHY DOES AN NYC SCIENCE TUTOR MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
The NYC private school system is one of the most academically rigorous and competitive in the world, and some of our public schools’ graduate students with college credit already under their belts. New Yorkers are a different breed. Our goals can be a little more ambitious, our courses can be a little more advanced, and our students are often aiming for top tier universities. While there are thousands of great tutors out there, only a New York City tutor understands this unique landscape, and how to accommodate student’s social emotional well-being in this environment. I work with students across the country via Zoom. Believe it or not, most high school students prefer this! But for those that don’t, being based in NYC means I can come to your home in select areas of Manhattan and Brooklyn for in-person sessions.
AVAILABILITY AND SERVICE AREAS.
Monday – Thursday 4:00p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (E.S.T.)
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (E.S.T.)
Sunday 10:00 a.m.- 8 p.m. (E.S.T.)
I work with students in their homes in Manhattan below 86th street and in central Brooklyn, but I don't choose neighborhoods, they choose me. This means I travel to you, or Zoom based on bookings, and the early bird gets the worm.
I provide detailed feedback at the end of every month with your invoice, but that doesn’t mean I’m not available for chats in the interim if need be. Email me anytime! Sometimes, Im able to call you back right away, but if I'm not, I will always get back to you by the end of the day to set up a time to speak.
I don’t work with students per se, but rather with families supporting the long term science and math needs of all siblings in the household. Each families' circumstances are unique so your rate reflects that, and depends on a lot of factors. How many kids, what grade level, in-person vs. online, and if in-person, which neighborhood? However, to give you a ballpark, my rate will never be less than $120 or more than $220 for 1-on-1 sessions, and I bill after the last session of each month.
NYC LEARNING PODS FOR CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS.
Because students come from different education systems (homeschoolers, unschoolers, public schoolers, etc), I offer in-person NYC pod tutoring for chemistry and physics students who already have a group of 4 together and a space available. Pods have the advantage of a deeply discounted rate per person ($75/hr), and longer session times (2hrs). The format depends on the needs of the group, but usually includes more instruction and workshop style problem solving, and is always more collaborative. You get double the tutoring time, half the price, and quadruple the fun!
Pod sessions must be paid in advance, and are non-transferable and non-refundable. If your group is homeschooling or unschooling, weekday sessions between noon and 3:00 p.m. can be arranged.