As a medic in the Army and a near-graduate (one summer class left!) in Biology, I've lived and breathed it for the past several years. I retain information well and relay thoughts and ideas clearly to others, which is something I do as both a medic and Sunday School teacher, so my experience is fairly broad. I've taught everything from how caffeine works with adenosine receptors, to The Parable of the Sower, to how to give aid to a severe trauma victim. People tell me that I'm friendly and a good-listener, and I'm very well-spoken, well-written, and professional in the workplace.
I normally start by identifying issues regarding the material. Finding the source of the problem usually leads to a quick fix. If the problem is conceptual, I break the material down into its most basic form, usually using metaphors and analogies to relate abstract concepts to real life situations and objects (i.e. the Golgi complex being like a cell's "mail room"). After instruction, I test the student's retention through either testing from book material or asking review questions, identifying areas that need improvement or concepts that were less understood. I've taught people at a fifth-grade reading level how to use an EKG machine and what the lines mean, if that's an indicator of my skills.
I'm also a history buff, I write novels and short stories (and am in the processing of publishing two), and I do freelance artwork, drawing semi-realism figures and landscapes and negative-space color work.
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