I have a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience/Biopsychology, as well as a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. I have taught and tutored students in many different capacities over the past 12 years. I currently teach and have taught undergraduate university courses in psychology, neuroscience, neurobiology laboratory, and statistics as both a graduate student and professor. I have tutored both undergraduate and primary students in subjects such as chemistry, biology, arithmetic, pre-algebra, and algebra. I also assist my wife in teaching our son math, science, reading, and related subjects within a homeschool environment.
In general, my personal teaching/tutoring philosophy is focused on the following objectives: (1) engaging the student in active participation in learning (i.e. taking ownership), (2) inspiring student interest through enthusiastic presentation, (3) using practical, real-world examples to bring relevance to material, and (4) creating an environment where students feel comfortable and empowered to participate. My approach is to NOT simply present the students with facts and formulas and push rote memorization. Instead, I prefer to employ more thoughtful and interactive teaching methods to promote a deeper understanding of the subjects that generally helps students retain a better understanding and appreciation for the material.
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