Mackenzie Quirk

Mackenzie Quirk

5.0 (5)
9 hires on
1 employee
4 years in business

About this tutor

As a current graduate student in pharmacy school, I have a dynamic approach to learning continuously and building upon the foundation of knowledge that I have in biology and chemistry. 

My experience includes being tutor at Siena College for three years, from which I graduated in 2019 with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Spanish. I have had extensive experience in both individual and group tutoring, and feel very confident in working one on one with students. I specialize in tutoring general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and cell biology. I have a passion for learning I hope to pass on to my students.

Getting the opportunity to guide students from struggling with material to mastering it is unbelievably rewarding. This past year and a half in particular has shown how difficult it is for students to learn material remotely without adequate guidance. As someone who needed smaller groups and one-on-one time with professors and teachers, I always appreciated when someone who knew more than me gave me some of their time to help me out. I now hope to be a resource for my students to help them attain the goals that they have for their course work.

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Albany, NY 12211
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5 Reviews


  • Ramon Estrada

    Ms. Quirk helped my son tremendously. He was very happy as were we as his parents.

  • Ellie F

    Very nice and knowledgeable! She was flexible with meeting times and helped better explain the topics of organic chemistry in a way that made sense to me.

  • Jacqueline Katzen

    She is very bright, very personable, and made challenging academic material accessible to my daughter.

  • Ma Hecht

    So far, I like how Mackenzie is tutoring my son. She is engaging, reliable, and was able to build a good rapport with him.

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

I typically set up an introductory meeting, free of charge, in order to introduce myself and talk face to face with the student (and when applicable, their guardian) to evaluate their needs and concerns. 

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

I completed my Bachelor's of Science in Biology at Siena College in May, 2019, where I also earned minors in both Chemistry and Spanish. I am currently pursuing two graduate degrees: a Doctorate of Pharmacy as well as a Master's in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. I have been trained as a tutor through Siena College, and have tutored both individuals and groups in biology and chemistry.

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

My pricing is generally $35 per one hour session.

What types of students have you worked with?

Currently, I have worked with a variety of students in different courses and levels. I have worked with high school biology and chemistry students, honors and AP level biology and chemistry, home-taught students, as well as college level biology and chemistry students for a variety of undergraduate courses. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I completed a pharmacy rotation at an independently owned pharmacy near my home town. My preceptor and coworkers were incredibly kind and a wonderful resource to help me practice hands on pharmacy skills. I am fortunate enough to have been offered a part-time position with them, where I spend my time compounding medicines for animals and patients. It is very rewarding to see the physical application of having a firm understanding of biology and chemistry in my career. 

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

Be willing to put in as much as you want out of your tutoring session. Science is hard! But that does not mean you cannot master whatever subject you need help with. You will enjoy the subject more if you engage with it and have fun with the learning challenge set before you!

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

What material am I struggling with the most? 

What teaching methods do I find most effective; do I learn by watching videos, writing things out, repeating them to someone else out loud, etc?

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