Hello, my name is Duncan :)
First a bit about my own education: I recently graduated from CU Boulder with a BA with majors in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Psychology (as well as minors in Chemistry, Philosophy and Neuroscience). I've had a hardcore intellectual bent since childhood and my future career goals include graduate work in philosophy, law, medicine and the ways in which these disciplines intersect.
As far as teaching goes, I've been at it for the last seven years. Most of my experience was in the form of one-on-one homework help sessions with middle and high school students from low income communities around Cleveland, Ohio and Boulder, Colorado organized by two non-profit organizations: the Educational Resource Center and the Family Learning Center (resume available upon demand). I've also proctored summer school classes for five summers where I was individually responsible for running almost all of the math and science classes offered by the center. While at college, I also tutored a number of my friends and classmates in a range of different subjects on a more informal basis, worked as a Teaching Assistant for CU Boulder's flagship Neuroscience class, assisted in running several upper division political philosophy classes, taught high school anatomy classes accompanied by live dissections, and ran an independent research project examining biochemical mechanisms of bacterial evolution
Although most of my education has centered around learning biology, I've had extensive practice with college level math (having completed multivariable calculus, at the highest), chemistry, physics, and psychology and feel confident in my ability to tackle nearly any of these topics up to a college undergraduate level, though I've had extensive practice tutoring middle and high school level material as well. In my approach, I value patience and mutual understanding as crucial to making progress in learning about mathematics and the natural sciences. I've also worked with many students with mild to moderate learning disabilities and I always pay close attention to ensure that we are working at a pace that is most appropriate to the students' needs and I have learned to be broadly adaptive to the needs of both struggling and gifted students.
Teaching has always been a pleasure to me, and I always make an effort to nurture my students' innate spark of curiosity. Although I consider it my first priority to understand what the student wants from me and how I can get that to them (whether it's just better grades, or a more comprehensive understanding of a topic), I always do what I can to make the teaching process as engaging and enjoyable as possible. Whether it's help with homework, studying for tests, or just sating one's natural curiosity, I've done it all and would be delighted to assist more new pupils on their intellectual journey.
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