Academic Ambition Tutoring

Academic Ambition Tutoring

5.0 (4)
3 hires on Tutors.com
1 employee
7 years in business

About this tutor

My service provides a non-judgemental learning environment full of patience, knowledge, and caring.  I create an environment that is conducive to learning and improving upon skills that a student needs to not only do well on exams, but to truly understand the subject.  I offer tutoring in wide range of subjects - essentially everything studied to be a well rounded doctor. My complete list is the MCAT and all related subjects (Biochemistry, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, Psychology, Sociology) the GRE, Developmental/ Reproductive Biology, Algebra, Essay Editing/ Persuasive Writing, Statistics/ Probability, Plant Physiology and Environmental Science, Calligraphy/ Handwriting Services, Microsoft Office (especially Excel), Study Skills, Executive Functioning, Disability Services and have done so since 2015.  I welcome students that need all levels of help in the subject, and I try my hardest to do right by my students. My qualifications include teaching experience at University of Hawai'i connected with the John A. Burns School of Medicine, tutoring experience at Stockton University, and a Bachelors of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Stockton University.  I have attended graduate school for Developmental and Reproductive Biology, however, I switched from a lab-based goal to an educational goal, and am now devoting myself fully to tutoring.  I am currently in the process of switching my graduate degree to Scientific Communication to further refine my craft.  I am also a member of the National Tutoring Association.

I enjoy helping students have those "Lightbulb Moments" where they gain an understanding of something that was previously misunderstood.  I enjoy nurturing a love of science in my students through a new comprehension of material.  I like helping and empowering my students to critically think and eventually grow on their own.  It is a mark of my success when a student does not need me anymore.

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Frederick, MD 21702
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4 Reviews

5.0

  • Tasbeeh Muhamed

    I used to work alongside Lydia as a chem/bio tutor at school and I’m not lying when I say I thought she was the best out of us! Not only did I see her successfully help other students and hear great things about her from students she tutored, but me and other tutors would find answers to questions we couldn’t find from her. There was this one time I was struggling so hard with a Molecular Genetics paper and had absolutely no idea what to even write and thankfully Lydia was there to give me the help I needed. If you’re looking for help with the sciences, I would totally recommend asking Lydia!

  • Maha

    First off, not only is she extremely knowledgeable about the material but she presents it in a way that can be easily absorbed. Often, tutors have a hard time explaining but Lydia does an excellent job with being sympathetic and tries to best know where I am having trouble. She is good at communication and is professional. She is the real deal.

  • Casey Rosamond

    She is one of the most amazing tutors that I have ever had hands down! I suffer from ADHD and PTSD so sometimes my concentration and memory is not the best. I have to say that Lydia is so patient with me and understanding. She never makes me feel bad or ashamed for being different. She works with my differences and meets me on my level to make sure that I can be the best that I can be. She is the type of tutor that really cares for her students and continuously checks in to see how they are doing and what they need. She is truly the best especially for those of us who are neurodivergent or have different needs than the typical student. Lastly, besides her strength in understanding and flexibility of learning styles, she also tutors a diverse range of subjects. She has helped me with biochemistry, anatomy, math, and even writing essays. If you want the most out of a tutoring experience then look no further.

  • Stephany

    Lydia is great. She knows how to explain things in simple terms something that a lot of professors don’t know how to do. She is also good at helping you learn studying and time management skills.



FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

My typical process for working with a new student is to use the first session, which is free, to learn more about the student's learning style, class difficulties, and if the student and I are going to be a good fit.  In the second session onward, material begins to be covered and I teach the student the necessary skills to solve the problems they need for their course.  I individualize my approach for every student, as one method does not necessarily work for everyone.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a Bachelor's of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, over seven years of tutoring experience in the sciences, and am a member of the National Tutoring Association.  Most of my tutoring training has been at Stockton University at their Math Tutoring Center.  I also have attended graduate school at the University of Hawai'i, and taught an Anatomy and Physiology class while doing so.  My experience is also extensive when working with disabled students, since I have made myself a successful disabled person.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Rates that are not for standardized tests are negotiable, but for the most part follow these guidelines.

In Person Rates:

AP High School Courses - $40/hour

Introductory Undergraduate Courses - $50/hour

Intermediate Undergraduate Courses - $60/hour

Advanced Undergraduate Courses - $70/hour

Graduate Level Courses - $90/hour 

Graduate Level Exams - $100/hour

Online Rates

AP High School Courses - $30/hour

Introductory Undergraduate Courses - $40/hour

Intermediate Undergraduate Courses - $50/hour

Advanced Undergraduate Courses - $60/hour

Graduate Level Courses - $80/hour 

Graduate Level Exams - $90/hour

Group Rates (all students must be in the same subject at same time):

2-5 students - 20% discount per student

6-10 students - 30% discount per student

First sessions are free and are used to determine how well a student fits with me.


How did you get started teaching?

I began tutoring through helping my younger brothers with their schoolwork, which lead to helping their friends with schoolwork.  Eventually, I joined Stockton University's Math Tutoring Center, which is where I gained the majority of my tutoring experience and eventually became Head Tutor.  Once I left Stockton University, I began teaching at University of Hawaii at Manoa during graduate school.  Once I returned home from there, I've been devoting myself to improving my tutoring skills.


What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with many types of students, especially students with disabilities.  My experience with disabilities ranges from Autism Spectrum Disorder to ADHD and many more.  I have also worked with first-generation college students, non-traditional college students, ESL students, and high school students. 


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I enjoy playing what I call "Rapid Fire" in Biochemistry tutoring.  It's a game based on drawing amino acids as quickly as you can competitively with other students.  As a low-stakes test of a student's knowledge of amino acid structure, it helps relax my students before an exam and they have fun.  


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

I would tell a student looking for a science tutor or any college-level subject tutor to look for someone that is not only well-versed in the material, but can explain it in a non-technical matter that can be easily given to a student.  It doesn't matter if they're good at chemistry if you have no idea what they're saying.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

I believe that students need to think through all questions before talking to a teacher/ tutor.  Often the area of highest difficulty on an exam question is where to start the problem, and the student needs more experience starting it on their own before bringing it to another set of eyes.


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