Whether she is reading up on molecular orbitals or gazing at the stars with her astronomy club, Leah S. is always fascinated by the world around her. And with her Master’s Degree in Biology, we’re happy she is able to bring that excitement to students each week as a Tutor.com tutor. The appreciation and passion for knowledge is just as important as mastering a concept itself. And Leah’s passion makes us proud to call her the Tutor.com Tutor of the Month!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Leah S, and I live in Arizona. Next year my husband and I will celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. We are proud of our three grown children, and two adorable granddaughters. I have a Master’s Degree in Biology. But choosing my major in college was a difficult decision, as I found all fields of math and science to be fascinating!
When did you first hear about Tutor.com?
I first heard about Tutor.com from a newspaper article about online tutoring, and realized that this format would fit in well with my schedule and other responsibilities. It enables me to tutor whenever I have some free time. I have been tutoring with Tutor.com for five years now.
What is your favorite part of tutoring?
I love tutoring because of the opportunity to help the students understand their schoolwork, and sometimes -to help them feel better about themselves in general. Being a tutor means being part teacher and part cheerleader. It’s a great feeling to be able to take the student from “I don’t know where to begin this problem” or even “I’m not good at math” to “I get it! It makes sense to me now!”
Why do you like tutoring with Tutor.com?
I think the one-to-one connection on Tutor.com is an important feature. It enables us to make sure that each student understands the concepts, and all the student’s questions are answered. It doesn’t replace the classroom, but is an important supplement to make sure that each student is understanding the classroom material fully.
Another thing I like about Tutor.com is the challenge, because questions can come up from so many different topics. I tutor math (elementary, mid-level, and algebra) and chemistry; and each of these includes a very wide variety of topics. In one evening I can go from sessions on adding fractions, to balancing equations, determining pH, graphing a parabola, or solving distance or mixture problems.
What is your number one piece of advice for students?
My best tip for students is: Practice! practice! practice! That’s how you learned the “elementary” math topics and science facts that you already know. Don’t think that you’re “not good” at math or science. If necessary, get help from Tutor.com to better understand the logic behind the concepts and then do lots of practice questions. And soon enough, the new concepts will become familiar to you, and you will be able to add them to the growing list of things that you already know!
What are your hobbies outside of work?
In recent years, I have become an amateur astronomer. Arizona is known for its beautiful clear skies and I belong to a local astronomy club, where we give “star parties” at schools and other public places. We bring our telescopes and show people the beautiful and fascinating objects that they can see in the sky. (To find similar events in your area, just google “astronomy club” and your city or state.)