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Mike W.

Warren, MI

$40/hr

PhD Level Neurobiologist Available for Tutoring in the Sciences

Background check passed as of 7/26/13
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PhD Level Neurobiologist Available for Tutoring in the Sciences

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I know that prospective students in need of tutors are usually interested in boosting exam scores and/or school grades. Of course that is worthwhile and important, however I am more interested in the students understanding the material. First of all, the material- the subject matter of the sciences is seriously the most incredible and interesting stuff you (or your child) might ever study. So teaching to the tests, and not going the extra yard to work towards understanding is a terrible waste, and besides, a decent understanding of something, as opposed to memorization, leads to real retention of the material, and the improved grades and exam scores follow. Additionally, the way I try and tutor facilitates critical thinking which can benefit students no matter what their educational and life's path and goals. I have a PhD and did my thesis work studying the molecular mechanisms of learning and memory. I have four kids of my own, and often do outreach as a guest science speaker in their schools, which is awesome. I have a solid foundation in math, biology, chemistry, physics, and physiology with an emphasis in neurobiology. I love the process of teaching and learning, and would look forward to tutoring you if you are the student, or your child if you are the parent.

Testimonials

"Great Tutor!"

- Tamaal, Farmington, MI on 11/16/14

"Great tutor! Highly recommend!"

- Alfredo, Brooklyn, NY on 4/30/14

"Awesome Tutor!"

- Deanna, Utica, MI on 3/4/14

"Excellent and very knowledgeable not boring"

- Tracy, Grosse Pointe, MI on 1/14/14

"Excellent tutor."

- Alexandra (Alex), Troy, MI on 5/15/13

"Mike is awesome."

- Susan, Grosse Pointe, MI on 5/14/13

"Highly knowledgeable AND able to teach at the appropriate level."

- Glen, Grosse Pointe, MI on 4/29/13

"Amazing!"

- Shannon, Detroit, MI on 12/12/12

"Top Notch Tutor"

- Maureen, Grosse Pointe, MI on 12/11/12
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Prealgebra
Science:
Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Genetics,
Pharmacology,
Physics, Physiology
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Prealgebra

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.

Genetics

I wanted to start out tutoring things more outside of my direct area of expertise, because I wanted the challenge of learning to teach. This is more difficult and required effort for me to think about and teach things I haven't thought about academically for awhile. Genetics, however, is directly related to my area of expertise, as I use mouse genetics to understand molecular mechanisms. I create mutations in mouse embryonic stem cells and use these cells to derive mutant animals for study.

Pharmacology

I have my PhD in molecular pharmacology, and have taught both medical students (MD) and pharmacy students (PharmD) at the University of Washington in Seattle. I have done research creating mutant mice where the mutations physically create drug binding pockets in specific proteins.

University of Illinois, Chicago
University of Washington
PhD

Education

University of Illinois, Chicago

University of Washington (PhD)

Great Tutor! — We have been working with Mike to help our daughter with Algebra. He is a great tutor and her confidence has skyrocketed in this course because of their work. I would highly recommend Mike to anyone who needs tutoring. Mike is patient and very knowledgeable- two things that are great for teenage students. ...

— Tamaal, Farmington, MI on 11/16/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Mike will travel within 10 miles of Warren, MI 48091.


About Mike

I know that prospective students in need of tutors are usually interested in boosting exam scores and/or school grades. Of course that is worthwhile and important, however I am more interested in the students understanding the material. First of all, the material- the subject matter of the sciences is seriously the most incredible and interesting stuff you (or your child) might ever study. So teaching to the tests, and not going the extra yard to work towards understanding is a terrible waste, and besides, a decent understanding of something, as opposed to memorization, leads to real retention of the material, and the improved grades and exam scores follow. Additionally, the way I try and tutor facilitates critical thinking which can benefit students no matter what their educational and life's path and goals. I have a PhD and did my thesis work studying the molecular mechanisms of learning and memory. I have four kids of my own, and often do outreach as a guest science speaker in their schools, which is awesome. I have a solid foundation in math, biology, chemistry, physics, and physiology with an emphasis in neurobiology. I love the process of teaching and learning, and would look forward to tutoring you if you are the student, or your child if you are the parent.

Testimonials

"Great Tutor!"

- Tamaal, Farmington, MI on 11/16/14

"Great tutor! Highly recommend!"

- Alfredo, Brooklyn, NY on 4/30/14

"Awesome Tutor!"

- Deanna, Utica, MI on 3/4/14

"Excellent and very knowledgeable not boring"

- Tracy, Grosse Pointe, MI on 1/14/14

"Excellent tutor."

- Alexandra (Alex), Troy, MI on 5/15/13

"Mike is awesome."

- Susan, Grosse Pointe, MI on 5/14/13

"Highly knowledgeable AND able to teach at the appropriate level."

- Glen, Grosse Pointe, MI on 4/29/13

"Amazing!"

- Shannon, Detroit, MI on 12/12/12

"Top Notch Tutor"

- Maureen, Grosse Pointe, MI on 12/11/12

Education

University of Illinois, Chicago
University of Washington
PhD

Education

University of Illinois, Chicago

University of Washington (PhD)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Warren, MI 48091

Mike’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Prealgebra
Science:
Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Genetics,
Pharmacology,
Physics, Physiology
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Prealgebra

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 Mike W.

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