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Tala S

Joined Jul 2022 · She/Her


I am a Jordanian senior working toward the American Diploma. I live in Saudi Arabia, where I attend an international school, but I plan to continue my higher education in the US. I value education, and I am especially interested in biology, as well as chemistry and math. I enjoy playing the piano, something I have done since I was a child.

I have been the top student in my grade at my school (which includes over 200 students in each grade) for many years. In my sophomore year of high school, I self-studied AP Biology and got a 5 on the exam. In my junior year, I also took the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth AP Chemistry course and received a grade of 96% (A) on it and a 5 on the AP exam. I have taken the ACT twice and, on my second try, scored a composite of 35 (Math: 35, Science: 34, English 36, Reading: 36). I have also taken UCSD's Intro to Epidemiology credit course in the summer of 2021 and completed it with a GPA of 4.00 (A+).

Moreover, I participated in the International competition Conrad Challenge: Health & Nutrition category (2021-2022). My team and I wrote a 7000+ word paper, on Neurodot, a product we innovated that uses quantum dots to communicate with patients in a vegetative state, and we received the 2022 Conrad Challenge Innovator Certificate. At the moment, I am working with my twin sister on a literature review on ways to improve the efficacy of CRISPR/Cas9-mediated homology-directed repair in basal cells of patients with cystic fibrosis. We are completing the paper under the guidance of a research mentor at the International Research Institute of North Carolina.

I have been working with The Phoenix School in Salem, Massachusetts, for about three years and counting. In addition to staying connected to the school by participating in various events and projects, my sister and I host weekly one-hour sessions with the school over Zoom. When I was a freshman in high school, we successfully designed and taught a beginner's Arabic course to its students. We gave a year-long course on Medieval Islamic Medicine the following year. We used a number of different books, research papers, and articles to prepare the course and incorporated a hands-on activity in almost every session. In the past year and for this year too, we host sessions on various biological and cultural topics, from forensic science to Islamic art. The school's innovative teaching methods, which include an emphasis on project-based learning as well as placement of students from K-8 in one room, push me to experiment with and incorporate different learning methods in the sessions I host. They also help me develop my skills in teaching and communication.

I have been tutoring at for over a year now, and I believe that Schoolhouse is an impactful and extremely valuable platform. I am here because I wish to continue to help others by tutoring.


Aug 2022 - Present

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100% Mastery
Algebra 1
100% Mastery
AP Chemistry
AP Biology


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Upcoming Sessions

Algebra for ACT

    14th session
This series is part of a group of series that I will be hosting in different math subworlds to cover all the math material needed for the ACT. During this particular series, we will cover all the algebra topics that appear in the Math section of the ACT test. This course is beneficial for students at different grade levels and at various scoring ranges who are planning on taking the ACT test. (Students who plan to take the SAT or wish to learn some algebra for other purposes or tests may also find this series helpful).

During our weekly sessions, I will start with an explanation of the concepts needed, followed by ACT-style practice questions, and I will give some useful tips and strategies throughout the session. I always welcome any questions you may have or related practice questions you struggled with when prepping alone.

NOTE: This series covers some topics classified by Schoolhouse/Khan Academy as Algebra I topics but in most textbooks as Algebra II topics. Additionally, it covers topics classified by most textbooks as Algebra I topics but by Schoolhouse as Algebra II topics. Lastly, there are topics that are unanimously considered higher Algebra/Algebra II topics that I included in this series to avoid dispersing the topics and sessions across many different series in various subworlds. If you have any comments or questions about this arrangement, do not hesitate to get in touch with me, and I would be glad to discuss it with you.
A Word on My Qualifications:
I have taken the ACT exam twice. On both tries, I scored 35 (out of 36) in the Math section. On my second try, I got a composite score of 35 (out of 36). I have gotten a GPA of 4.0 on all the math courses I took and I am taking, which include, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and AP Calculus AB.

Tala S


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the best class I've ever attended to.

Learner · 1 mo. ago

Amazing session! The slides were explained really well, and Tala was extremely kind with helping us understand the topics!

Learner · 5 mo. ago

i cant thank her more))))) she id the best teacher ever

Learner · 1 mo. ago

She was amazing!! So interactive and open to questions. It was really helpful. Now I feel more confident in biology thanks to her amazing and easy-to-understand explanations and patience.

Learner · 8 mo. ago


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