I have spent my most of my life in academia, having achieved a Ph.D. in Biology (with an emphasis on microbial ecology and evolution) and I'm presently pursuing a degree in medicine. I have taught at the university level for several years, run labs and mentored undergraduate and graduate students, and given a variety of lectures to the general public on scientific concepts. I've written several scientific publications, co-authored several grants, reviewed for journals and the National Science Foundation, done some consulting work in the green energy field, and worked for a time in the biotechnology industry. As an undergraduate I volunteered in labs doing work on fruit fly genetics, elephant seal physiology, fish genetics, and rodent ecology. So I think it is fair to say I have a pretty broad and extensive background in the sciences, particularly in the biological sciences (but also chemistry). I've taken the SAT, the GRE and the MCAT, so I have experience preparing for all three exams. I am well read in a number of subjects and I am a voracious learner and have been my entire life, so I'm able to tutor in a number of areas outside my particular areas of expertise.
Having gone through AP exams, GRE exams, qualifying exams for my Ph.D., my Ph.D. defense, dissertation writing, the MCAT, and then more recently medical school exams, I have a very good grasp of how to prepare for exams and for the arduous work required to succeed at every level of academia. I believe that I can help students not simply master subject material, but the more important skills of learning how to study, how to prepare for exams, how to approach test questions, and how to learn. These are skills that are vital not merely for succeeding in school, but life beyond school. I challenge my students and teach them to really think and problem solve. That said, I want learning to be fun. I keep pursuing my studies because I think science is, well, cool. I love to learn and learn how the world works, and I am constantly amazed and awed by the natural world. In both the classroom and in one-on-one settings I try to impart that sense of amazement to my students. Being forced to study dry and boring material, no matter how disciplined you are, is an awful experience. So I do my best to try and find things that interest and motivate my students so that they want to learn and put in the time and effort that it takes to get through the often necessary boring stuff.
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