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I have spent my most of my life in academia, having achieved a Ph.D. in Biology. I have taught at the university level for several years, run labs and mentored undergraduate and graduate students, and given a variety of lectures to the general public on scientific concepts. I am presently teaching middle school and high school science, as well as serving as an adjunct professor at a community college. I've written several scientific publications, co-authored several grants, reviewed for journals and the National Science Foundation, done some consulting work in the green energy field, and worked for a time in the biotechnology industry. As an undergraduate I volunteered in labs doing work on fruit fly genetics, elephant seal physiology, fish genetics, and rodent ecology. So I think it is fair to say I have a pretty broad and extensive background in the sciences, particularly in the biological sciences (but also chemistry). I've taken the SAT, the GRE and the MCAT, so I have experience preparing for all three exams. I am well read in a number of subjects and I am a voracious learner and have been my entire life, so I'm able to tutor in a number of areas outside my particular areas of expertise.
Having gone through AP exams, GRE exams, qualifying exams for my Ph.D., my Ph.D. defense, dissertation writing, the MCAT, I have a very good grasp of how to prepare for exams and for the arduous work required to succeed at every level of academia. I believe that I can help students not simply master subject material, but the more important skills of learning how to study, how to prepare for exams, how to approach test questions, and how to learn. These are skills that are vital not merely for succeeding in school, but life beyond school. I challenge my students and teach them to really think and problem solve. That said, I want learning to be fun. I keep pursuing my studies because I think science is, well, cool. I love to learn and learn how the world works, and I am constantly amazed and awed by the natural world. In both the classroom and in one-on-one settings I try to impart that sense of amazement to my students. Being forced to study dry and boring material, no matter how disciplined you are, is an awful experience. So I do my best to try and find things that interest and motivate my students so that they want to learn and put in the time and effort that it takes to get through the often necessary boring stuff.
I took a graduate level biostatistics class as an undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz taught, T.A.'d for my advisor in grad school for his biostats class, and took advanced stats courses at the University of Texas Summer Statistics Institute. My most recent publication (Goldman and Travisano, 2011) demonstrates my mastery of some advanced statistical principles applied to data analysis.
I have taken an extensive number of genetics courses in getting my B.A. and Ph.D in Biology including Genetics, Population Genetics, Molecular Genetics, as well as a number of graduate level seminars. I was tested extensively on genetics during my Ph.D. advancement to candidacy exam. I also have two publications that lean heavily on genetics theory and application (in addition to my Ph.D. dissertation, which covers population genetics in bacteria).
My Ph.D. dissertation focused on the topics of bacterial adaptations to extreme environmental stress and resource competition within microbial communities. While in graduate school I taught both Introductory and Pre-Nursing Microbiology at the University of Houston. My graduate work was funded via a competitive NASA Astrobiology Fellowship, as well as the National Science Foundation. Additionally, through the Environmental Institute of Houston, I conducted research on naturally occurring soil viruses. While in graduate school I attended the prestigious Microbial Diversity Course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. I completed two post-doctoral research positions at the University of Texas and the University of Minnesota. At the University of Texas I continued my research on microbial ecology, while at the University of Minnesota I pursued a project on bacterial viruses. Prior to graduate school I worked for a biotechnology company developing cancer drugs from soil bacteria.
I have published microbiology papers in several journals, served as a microbiology reviewer for the National Science Foundation, and reviewed microbiology articles for journals. My professional experience in microbiology extends over a decade and I continue to stay current with the literature.
I've successfully completed a B.A., a Ph.D., and I am presently both an adjunct college professor and a middle/high school science teacher. I think that my background is evidence of my ability to organize and develop my own study skills. Moreover, I've taught at the university level and worked with students one-on-one on their study skills, particularly in office hours. I understand different learning modalities and approaches to studying depending on the student's strengths.
Great Tutor! — Robert is an amazing tutor who is very knowledgeable of Microbiology and explains the topics in ways that break it down slowly so I can understand them on a deeper level. He has helped me in a very tough subject and I look forward to our meetings so that he can clarify things I am very confused about. He is easy to get in contact with and is always on time. He is patient and always makes sure I un ...
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