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Angela
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Angela
« I needed to get my kid ready to take the SAT, he had taken it once and had done very badly so we needed to get his score up. Sarrita has been getting my kid ready for the SAT and he is doing very well in all his practice exams. I know his score will be massively improved because of Sarrita. Sarrita will create a structured plan for your kid so you know that all the material is covered. She makes a "goal list" and every lesson my kid will have to show that he has met his goals for the SAT. This really pushes him to try his best and learn the material between lessons. Sarrita's from England and I think education is done differently there because the way she teaches my son is very different to how his school does things. He tells me he wishes all his teachers were like Sarrita because then school would be easy for him. Sarrita cares about how my kid does in his SAT, she talks to him about the things he can do at college and the jobs he wants to do when he is older. »
$80/h
1st lesson free!
Verified profile and diploma
Response Time 1h
Lessons offered by Sarrita
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at her home
  • at your home
Taught subjects
  • Academic help for reading
  • Special needs - ADHD
  • Special needs - Autism
  • Special needs - ADD
  • Special needs - Asperger's Syndrome
Levels
  • All Levels

Scientist who Researched the Neurobiology of Autism providing Lessons for Unique Learners

Methodology

I received both my BA in Natural Sciences and my PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge, UK. For every student I tutor I devise an individualized learning program which is designed to meet the student's specific needs and learning style.

I am a full-time tutor and I devote a lot of energy into ensuring every student I teach reaches their full potential. I am a very flexible teacher and believe that in order for a student to learn to their best ability that it is first necessary to gain an understanding of how they take in information and reason about it. To that end I continually adapt my teaching style to meet the needs of the student.

I have a background in research science, specifically in the field of neurobiology. My research focused on the neurobiology of autism spectrum disorders and I use my knowledge in this discipline when it comes to reasoning about how best to help my students learn. For example, many people with autism are very good at pattern recognition so I use this unique ability when helping them to understand abstract concepts. Similarly, children with ADHD are usually able to focus better when they are highly stimulated, so I make sure to keep my tutoring lessons high energy and engaging. I encourage all of my students to take breaks when they need them, to tell me to repeat myself if they do not understand and to let me know if a lesson is becoming frustrating. I believe very firmly that the education system can hurt some children's ability to learn by pushing them too far and too fast. If a child is unable to keep up their learning begins to suffer and they begin to experience failure. The child then desperately tries to keep pace with their class and the more desperate they become the more panicked they get and the harder it becomes for them to do their work. Eventually, the child is exhausted and frustrated by the whole system of education and they fear school work because they do not wish to fail.

My teaching strategy is that I never let my student fail. I never leave my student desperately seeking to work out an answer and resorting to guessing. Instead, If I ask my student a question and if they cannot answer I help them get to the answer. Education should be rewarding for everyone and not just the students who come top of the class. Every time a child feels they have been successful at school it makes them want to keep working and trying harder because the feeling of success is rewarding. All of my tutoring sessions I geared toward showing the student that they can be successful at their school work and giving them the confidence to keep trying.

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Background

I have over ten years of tutoring experience and have been working as a tutor full-time for the last four years. I currently teach SAT/ACT preparation in classes and one-to-one and I have seven students that I individually tutor.

Over the last four years I have taught many students with ADHD and autism, with varying degrees of severity. I like working with children with special educational needs because I learn a lot about the many different ways children perceive and interact with the world.

Rates

Rate for a 1-hour lesson. : $80/h

Details

There is a 24 hour cancellation unless for an emergency. Prices may vary depending on the needs of the student and the location

Lessons offered by Sarrita
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at her home
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Academic help for reading
  • Special needs - ADHD
  • Special needs - Autism
  • Special needs - ADD
  • Special needs - Asperger's Syndrome
Levels
  • All Levels

Sarrita's resume

Sep 2010 - Jun 2017
PhD Biochemistry
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE, UK

SKILLS ACQUIRED:
• Research project focused on the molecular roles of two genes that are implicated in autism.
• Over four years experience in wet lab biology
• Lab skills in the field of molecular biology with an emphasis on
mammalian nervous system development
• Isolation and purification of mammalian neural progenitors for cell
culture
• Statistics and Data Analysis
• Two years experience of Bioinformatic analysis using R
• 55,000 word PhD thesis dissertation with 400 references in APA style

Sep 2006 - Jun 2010
BA and MA in Natural Sciences
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE, UK

SKILLS ACQUIRED:
• Studied a range of sciences including:
• Math, Biology, Neurobiology, Organic Chemistry, Physiology, Plant
Biology, Molecular Biology, Inorganic Chemisry and Biochemistry

EXPERIENCE
Sep 2014 - Present
Academic Tutor
SELF-EMPLOYED

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Tutoring undergraduate and High School, Middle school and Elementary school students in English, Math and the Sciences
• Experience Tutoring children with special educational needs, specifically autism and ADHD.
• Tutoring for SAT and ACT exams
• Teaching students in Advanced Placement Biology and Chemistry • Teaching 1-to-1 and in a classroom setting

Sep 2012 - Sep 2014
Research Scholar
UC DAVIS, MIND INSTITUTE

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Established a research collaboration between Cambridge and UC Davis
• Wrote and reviewed research publications
• Trained undergraduate and graduate interns in practical lab skills
• Wrote a successful NIH Grant for Research into Rett Syndrome
• Presented research to peers and the public
• Conducted experimental research in a biological lab environment
• Developed new cell culture protocols for the lab

Sep 2006 - Sep 2010
Research Intern
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE, UK
Throughout my undergraduate degree I was a research intern in several labs in the University of Cambridge
• Recipient of Nuffield Bursary and Denman Trust Award

Sep 2006 - June 2010
Science and Math Class Instructor and Tutor
University of Cambridge Schools Outreach Program

• A community outreach program to teach children 8-18 math and science
• Ran weekly classes through term time and the summer vacation
• Tutored students with autism and learning disabilities in Science and Math

PUBLICATIONS

Phosphorylation of Distinct Sites in MeCP2 Modi es Cofactor Associations and the Dynamics of Transcriptional Regulation
Michael Gonzales, Sarrita Adams, Keith Dunaway and Janine LaSalle

Mouse models of neurodevelopmental disorders: Overlap between FoxG1 and MeCP2
Sarrita Adams, Rima Woods and Janine LaSalle

MeCP2 and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Sarrita Adams and Janine LaSalle

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4 recommendations

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Angela

I needed to get my kid ready to take the SAT, he had taken it once and had done very badly so we needed to get his score up. Sarrita has been getting my kid ready for the SAT and he is doing very well in all his practice exams. I know his score will be massively improved because of Sarrita. Sarrita will create a structured plan for your kid so you know that all the material is covered. She makes a "goal list" and every lesson my kid will have to show that he has met his goals for the SAT. This really pushes him to try his best and learn the material between lessons. Sarrita's from England and I think education is done differently there because the way she teaches my son is very different to how his school does things. He tells me he wishes all his teachers were like Sarrita because then school would be easy for him. Sarrita cares about how my kid does in his SAT, she talks to him about the things he can do at college and the jobs he wants to do when he is older.

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Archibald


It's been a real battle to find the right tutor for my two kids. We have a son and daughter who are autistic and they have severe behavior issues. Most tutors have not lasted more than a few sessions. Sarrita has been with us for months and she's changed our lives. My kids are learning things and they can tell me the thing they've learned. My daughter couldn't count passed 12 and now she can count to beyond 100. Both kids can read to me from books; which they could never do before. I'm amazed. I wish we'd known Sarrita earlier because we would've saved a lot of stress. Sarrita can manage my kids behavior and get them to focus on work. She plays a lot of games with them so they end up learning without knowing. They love story time with her and she will even do sing-a-long songs to help them with their reading. Sarrita is a trained scientist and she uses her knowledge of neurosciences to help my kids learn.

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Brian


We hired Sarrita to tutor our 15 year old son who was not doing well with his reading, math and science. We have noticed a huge change in our son's test scores and he even likes going to school now. I really like how Sarrita has built his confidence up over the last few months so he can go into tests without getting anxious. My son has ADHD and some other problems and Sarrita has always been patient and understanding of his differences. I never get the feeling Sarrita treats him like a "special needs" kid, she just treats him like a kid. My son has a new interest in science which he never showed before he started lessons with Sarrita. I feel lucky that we found Sarrita when we did. I went through so many tutors and my son could not work with them but I get the feeling Sarrita could work with any kid and help them become better at school. She never gives up working on a problem, if my son cannot understand something one way she can think of 10 other ways to explain it.

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Jayne

So that you know Sarrita is one of the smartest people you will meet she got her BA and PhD from Cambridge University in Britain and you can really tell. She has a great accent which your kids will find funny. She is able to make learning fun and I have seen that with my daughter who is 13. Sometimes she will bring her dog with her for tutoring sessions and my daughter loves that because it is the friendliest dog you will ever meet. Sarrita got my daughter's grades in Science and English from Cs and Ds to As and Bs. More importantly, I trust Sarrita to be around my daughter which is something that concerns all parents now. She is very conscientious and really wants to see my daughter do the best she can at school.

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