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After teaching biology for 30 years at the high school level, I have since retired and have been very much enjoying tutoring students in life science courses through the WyzAnt website. For more specific information concerning my credentials and references-please refer to my personal and professional profile located on the WyzAnt site.
In 2010 I had the pleasure of tutoring a sophomore student at Delaware Valley College in a course titled Botany. The course was all encompassing. There were 4 main exams and 4 lab practicals. The information covered was rapid and detailed. The topics included introduction to botany, diversity of the botanical world, the plant body and plant physiology. Each topic was broken down into many subtopics with a large amount of information to retain. The professor was very challenging and non-approachable. As a result this student sought my help as an outside resource.
Strategies that were employed were flashcards, charts, diagrams and on-line tutorials. These resources made it much easier for the student to prepare for the exams. My personal interaction with the student was important for the one on one interaction that the professor was unable to provide. She flourished in our sessions and grew in her knowledge of how she learned the best in order to retain such a large quantity of information necessary to be successful in the class. Beginning with a 30% this student ended the course with a 72% and an A on the final exam!
Our understanding of genetics dates back to the work of Gregor Mendel and his study of garden peas a century ago. Our current understanding of genetics includes Mendel's work with patterns of inheritance as well as meiosis and chromosomes, how genes are encoded, how genes are expressed, genetic change (mutations) and modern methods of gene technology. I have taught genetics on the honors ninth grade level, for a pharmacology entrance exam and in a high school Advanced placement course. I have a wealth of experience in this area and really enjoy teaching/tutoring in this exciting field of study
When I was in college as an undergraduate student at Dickinson College in Carlisle Pa. one of the most challenging courses that I had to complete was zoology. My love for the subject of biology (my major) and my passion for animals had me instantly interested in the content of the course. The professor was wonderful and the labs (dissections) were amazing. During the duration of this course I truly learned 'how to study'. I was pushed to a new level of understanding concerning how I 'learned the best'. And as a result I was able to develop strategies that helped me to retain such large amounts of comparative information (necessary to be successful in the course).
The students that I have tutored from Temple school of Nursing and Delaware Valley Community College, as well as junior and senior high school students all are at this 'same place' in their academic experience. How do they learn the best? What strategies work well for them? How can they be successfully in the most challenging of courses?
With 30 years of experience as a high school science teacher I can help you with these answers. Every individual is unique and so is how the brain functions and how one learns and retains information. I look forward to the challenge of helping you in life science related courses-to be successful and enjoy the experience.