My name is Matthew! I would like to help you become a Biology Rock Star! A little about me first... I have a masters in Biology from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi with emphasis on marine ecology, benthic ecology, field biology, and microbiology. I have worked various jobs including being a manager at Petsmart, working in a psychiatric hospital, as a bird of prey rehabilitation, an outreach educator, a lab monkey in a marine ecology lab, and a college Biology professor. I LOVE biology! If that makes me an uber-nerd...so be it! I will represent! I have a refined sense of humor that I like to incorporate into my sessions!
I think that science is fun, exciting, and imparts life skills to students that can be used inside and outside the academic world. With regards to teaching, at the most basic level I wish to teach the curriculum set forth by the course you are taking, but this is just the beginning! I go to great lengths to impart my passion and excitement about the field of Biology to my students and clients, and show them how it can be applied to their lives on a daily basis.
Being a kinetic learner myself, I know the importance of incorporating all of the different learning styles into the classroom environment, be it face-to-face or online. I was never taught how to make use of my particular learning style. I was often frustrated because in simply listening to lectures or reading a text I just was not “getting it.” Once I figured out I had to modify my methods of learning to match my learning style, not only did I succeed, I blew all of my previous attempts and expectations away! I use this past experience to impart the curriculum of your classes in a way that allows you to succeed, regardless of your primary learning style.
I like to use life experience as a practical guide to helping you with learning...and this may include some field trips as tutoring sessions if time and finances allow. There is a great wealth of biological activity in the San Francisco area, and all of it can be applied to your course work in some way, shape, or form!
Pick me! Pick me! Pick me! I would love to help you achieve your academic goals, and am confident I can do so. I am a tough task master, but I am fair, and I will go to any length to assist you.
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