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Jeff M.

Waltham, MA

$60/hr

Expert tutoring in general biology, cell biology, & genetics

Background check passed as of 3/11/12
Usually responds in about 8 hours

Expert tutoring in general biology, cell biology, & genetics

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I have two professional passions: teaching and biology. I love helping students learn and work to make sure each of my students not only recites content but also understand the concepts that are being taught.

I have taught high school and college aged students biology over the past 12 years as I earned a B.S. and a Ph.D. in biology. In addition to working one-on-one with students as a teaching assistant in graduate school, I have led laboratory and group discussion sections in microbiology and genetics. I have delivered lectures to college students, other scientists, and general audiences on basic science research in biology, and my training has included an emphasis on cell biology and genetics research. In the past year, I became a certified high school teacher and completed a one-year internship teaching high school biology and genetics.

My teaching philosophy is to engage students in their education using active learning techniques. I will review or teach the relevant material by using real world examples to help explain difficult concepts, such as explaining how cells adhere, or stick, to one another like a zipper on a jacket. I routinely ask for feedback from students as they learn to make sure they are grasping the concepts that are being taught and I encourage my students to ask questions or stop me when they do not understand a topic.

I truly hope that every student I work with improves both his or her grades and confidence when learning science. I look forward to working with and helping anyone who needs assistance with biology.

Elementary Education:
Elementary Science
Homeschool:
Biology

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Biology

I am experienced in teaching in introductory biology with an emphasis on cells, organisms (animal and plant), molecular biology and genetics.

Botany

My general biology training included numerous courses in plant biology, including plant physiology. The first organism I worked with was an aquatic fern in the laboratory. I am most comfortable teaching the basics of plant evolution, alternation of generation, and plant anatomy.

Elementary Science

I have a broad range of knowledge about biology, chemistry, and physics for teaching elementary science to students learning the basic principles of these disciplines.

Genetics

I have worked with with genetic organisms in the laboratory and I have participated in teaching genetics at the college level.

Microbiology

I have taught high school and college aged students biology over the past 12 years as I earned a B.S. and a Ph.D. in biology. I have taken courses in microbiology and microbial ecology, I have participated in the teaching of microbiology at the college level, and I have worked extensively with microorganisms, including prokaryotic E. coli and eukaryotic yeast. I am particularly comfortable with the basics of bacterial genetics.

Zoology

I have a a B.S. and a Ph.D. in biology and I have extensively studied zoology, including taking courses in zoology at the college level and working with worms in the laboratory. I have a broad base of knowledge about the animal kingdom, including training in embryology, evolution, classification, and the distribution of animals throughout the Earth.

University of Maryland, College Park
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
PhD

Education

University of Maryland, College Park

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (PhD)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Travel policy

Jeff will travel within 15 miles of Waltham, MA 02452.


About Jeff

I have two professional passions: teaching and biology. I love helping students learn and work to make sure each of my students not only recites content but also understand the concepts that are being taught.

I have taught high school and college aged students biology over the past 12 years as I earned a B.S. and a Ph.D. in biology. In addition to working one-on-one with students as a teaching assistant in graduate school, I have led laboratory and group discussion sections in microbiology and genetics. I have delivered lectures to college students, other scientists, and general audiences on basic science research in biology, and my training has included an emphasis on cell biology and genetics research. In the past year, I became a certified high school teacher and completed a one-year internship teaching high school biology and genetics.

My teaching philosophy is to engage students in their education using active learning techniques. I will review or teach the relevant material by using real world examples to help explain difficult concepts, such as explaining how cells adhere, or stick, to one another like a zipper on a jacket. I routinely ask for feedback from students as they learn to make sure they are grasping the concepts that are being taught and I encourage my students to ask questions or stop me when they do not understand a topic.

I truly hope that every student I work with improves both his or her grades and confidence when learning science. I look forward to working with and helping anyone who needs assistance with biology.

Education

University of Maryland, College Park
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
PhD

Education

University of Maryland, College Park

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (PhD)


Tutor Policies

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Waltham, MA 02452

Jeff’s Subjects

Elementary Education:
Elementary Science
Homeschool:
Biology

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Background Check Status for Jeff M.

Jeff M. passed a background check on 3/11/12. The check was ordered by Jeff through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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