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Biology at Berkeley High School
My daughter is a good student, but really struggling with her AP Biology course at Berkeley High school. I'm thinking that she may benefit from a tutor. Does anyone have recommendations for a good tutor for this course? Any idea how much they would charge? I've searched previous postings, but there aren't many recommendations for this particular course. It would also be helpful to hear from other parents of students who have taken this course. Is there anything else you would recommend other than getting a tutor? Thanks in advance for your support and recommendations. BH mom
We have also liked the Bay Area Tutoring Center in Berkeley (not for AP Bio, for geometry and pre-calculus but I know they tutor AP Bio), for which we paid $55/hour but we had to go to Berkeley.
I pushed my daughter (to no avail) to join a study group or get a study buddy which was recommended by her teacher; I think it definitely helps to study this with others. We also got her a supplemental study guide and she watched videos on the Khan Academy site.
With all of this (plus some study help from me) she managed to improve her grade but it was definitely an uphill battle. Glad to have AP Bio in the rearview
OK, I'll second the recommendation of Alex Panasenko
for biology. I had him some (sigh) 28 years ago and when I
went to see him at last year's back to school night he was still the
same feisty, funny, irreverent, caring, & tough teacher I remember
shepherding my brothers & me through his class. I've now convinced my
not-so-great-student son to take him this next year for Advanced Biology
because I believe that Mr. Panasenko will keep him amused, challenged
and motivated, and that I'll hear from Mr. Panasenko just as my mother
did if my son starts screwing up like I did. I credit Mr. Panasenko
with being a major factor in my graduating from Berkeley High at times
when there were an awful lot of far more interesting distractions than
high school in Berkeley. While my son's not at the risk I was of not
graduating, I'm convinced Mr. Panasenko will help him work to a higher level.
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