Allison Bostrom

Allison B.

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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
I believe that a love of learning and a love of teaching go hand in hand. Teaching and tutoring allow me to help others develop that same love of learning that drives me in my studies. I find joy in showing students that intelligence is not fixed, helping them prove to themselves that they can improve their performance in any class with hard work.

The best tutors are people who love both the subjects they tutor and the feeling of helping someone succeed. I have always loved math and science, and part of my tutoring process is helping others to appreciate these topics as well. With words of encouragement and a non-judgmental attitude, I guide students toward a deeper understanding and better problem-solving strategies.

I prepare in advance for every lesson, regardless of the topic, to ensure that I am refreshed on the subject and to develop any materials I might use during the session (equation sheets, worksheets, etc.). I develop practice problems during math and science sessions to directly address to areas of weakness, creating a flexible, personalized lesson plan. When starting any problem, I ask a student what he or she already knows about the topic. With a little prodding, the student is usually surprised at how much knowledge he or she already has, and can at least start the problem. In this way, the student becomes more confident and is better able to tackle tough assignments in the classroom when they don’t have a tutor by their side.

About Allison B.

Hello! I have been tutoring for nine years, and I have a Master's degree in Astronomy & Astrophysics. I love teaching, and I make sure to incorporate real-life examples into my math and science problems to help people develop an appreciation of the subjects. When tutoring French, I add elements of culture that I have learned from my multiple trips to France (including an entire summer in Paris!) to make the language come alive. Book a lesson with me and see how I can help you achieve today!

Crochet lessons: I have been crocheting for 14 years, and I love to get creative with it! I make stuffed animals, blankets, and articles of clothing both from patterns and from my own imagination. Whether you've never held a crochet hook before or just want to learn some new skills to add to your repertoire, I would love to help you pursue crochet as a hobby (or even a business!).

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Claire
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Allison is VERY sweet, patient and thorough! I really enjoyed working with her. I learned SO much in just one hour!! I was hesitant about taking the lessons as I've tried lessons at my local Michael's store but didn't get much out of it. One on one with Allison was the right decision. If you are just thinking about it - DO IT!!! You won't regret it. I'm looking forward to next week's lesson with Allison :)

Posted Sep 25, 2017
Mizpah M.
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Interactive science sessions with Allison are enjoyed by my daughter who is 10 years old, she wants me to increase the frequency of sessions with her.

Posted Sep 14, 2017

Experience

Private Tutor
Sep 2008 - Present

Self-employed

I am a private tutor for all subjects and levels. I provide subject-specific tutoring as well as general homework help.

Graduate Student Instructor
Jan 2016 - Dec 2016

University of Michigan

I assisted in running introductory astronomy courses, leading discussion sections, providing extra help, and giving feedback on the course to the professors.

Founder and tutor
Aug 2014 - May 2015

UMD ASTR120/121 Tutoring Program

I started a free, volunteer-based tutoring program for introductory astronomy for majors.

Teaching assistant
Aug 2013 - May 2015

University of Maryland department of astronomy

I was a teaching assistant for various introductory astronomy courses, where I ran discussion sections, provided extra help, and created activities.

Math coach
Jan 2013 - Dec 2014

University of Maryland

I provided group tutoring for college students at a walk-in math tutoring center.

Education

MS, Astronomy & Astrophysics
Aug 2015 - May 2017

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

BS, Astronomy
Aug 2011 - May 2015

University of Maryland, College Park

BS, Physics
Aug 2011 - May 2015

University of Maryland, College Park

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Stand Up for Science: Practical Approaches to Discussing Science that Matters
Apr 2017

University of Michigan

In this course, I learned and practiced science communication techniques for a variety of audiences.

Awards

JR Dorfman Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Research
Apr 2014

University of Maryland

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