Salma first became a tutor as a high school student helping her teammates and friends with their geometry and algebra classes in exchange for their mothers’ delicious, home-baked cookies. She took this new-found skill to Williamsburg, Virginia where she attended college and tutored middle and high school students in their math and science classes. Salma approaches learning by breaking down new information into digestible chunks and finds that that lends itself well to teaching students effectively. She enjoys teaching and is most excited when she sees students start to build their self-confidence in their abilities, academically and beyond.
Salma graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.S. with Honors in Biology and a minor in Marine Science. She’s had a variety of research experiences working with bacteria/viruses, sea urchins, sand dollars, and marine mammals. Her research experiences provided her opportunities to travel all over the country (and world) for data collection and to present her work in scientific conferences. Salma moved from the DC-metro area to the Bay area to start graduate school in August of 2017. Currently, she is a graduate student at San Francisco State University working towards her M.S. in Geographic Information Science. Her thesis aims to integrate local perspectives on the environmental state of an island in Belize with traditional natural resource use, biophysical characters, and the biogeography of native fauna of the island. She is also a Graduate TA for an introductory environmental science lab, where she is thrilled to nerd out on ecosystem functions and trophic interactions, all while giving out weekly stickers for lab reports! Salma’s academic background and previous tutoring experiences enable her to most effectively tutor geometry, trigonometry, algebra, calculus, biology, chemistry, the environmental sciences, and SAT and ACT.
When she’s not tutoring, Salma can most likely be found furiously mapping on her computer either in her lab in Tiburon, or at home in Oakland. When she’s not being a student or mentor, she enjoys taking part in human activities such as walking along waterways and hoping to see some harbor seals or California sea lions, biking (while wearing a helmet!), hiking, eating delicious food, or FaceTiming her cats back on the east coast.