Tell us about you!
Hi, I’m Lama (pronounced Emma with an L) and I’m a Studyville tutor and concurrent graduate student in the LSU Department of Philosophy.
Since graduating from Duke University with my B.S. in Economics and Political Science in May 2020, I have served as a tutor for students of all ages ranging from elementary school to secondary school to college and late-in-life learners. My primary subject areas include statistics, calculus, economics, English, U.S. and world histories, as well as ACT® and SAT® prep. I am also an ACT® Certified Educator.
When I’m not tutoring, you can find me being yanked around town by my canine friends, running the LSU lakes, or buried in a good book!
Pick one: Biology or Chemistry
Impossible! Chemistry is the foundation of biology, and biology is the fruition of chemistry. You can’t choose between milk and ice cream – you need both!
What are some of your favorite study tips?
- With biology and chemistry in particular, students typically see big and harsh sounding words like “abiogenesis” and go running straight for the hills, when they should be running through their existing root word repertoire!
- Scientific vocabulary is as straightforward and methodical as scientific reasoning. All you need to figure it out is some familiarity with Latin or Greek Roots that are already abundant in English.
- To figure out the meaning of a word like “abiogenesis,” break it apart to make it more digestible. Here we see the roots: “a,” “bio,” and “genesis.”
- From words like “atypical” and “apolitical,” we know that the prefix “a” means not.
- “Bio,” meanwhile, can be found in “biology” or “biosphere” and means life.
- “Genesis” we know from Sunday school or from words like “generation” or “progeny” means the origin.
- Putting all of this together, we know that “abiogenesis” must represent living (biotic) organisms that originated from (or had their genesis in) non-living (abiotic) organisms.
The ACT and SAT are crucial for high schoolers. Which Studyville workshop do you recommend to prepare?
If you’re an ACT/SAT novice, check out Studyville’s Essentials courses for a thorough overview of the exam structure, function, and material. If you’ve been around the block a few times, but you want to up your score before test day, put your gear in our Overdrive courses which will equip you with all the tips and tricks experienced test takers will need to beat the ACT and SAT at their own game.
We love the giant Scrabble board in Studyville! What’s your highest scoring Scrabble word?!
Ventriloquizing: making sound without perceptibly moving your mouth or lips
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