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I hold a PhD in biomedical science and have a lot of experience training both undergraduates and graduate students in various areas of biology. While in graduate school I won an award for communication of scientific information and data to lay populations...or, in other words, I'm really good at communicating difficult topics in simple ways people with non-science backgrounds can understand. I'm super laid back and easy going, but grades have always been important to me, so it is really important that my students make good grades too! I have devoted my life to the sciences...Biology is a passion and joy to me, not just a job.
Biomedical science is an extremely broad field, so I have expertise in a lot of different areas. My doctoral work was on cellular and molecular mechanisms of cancer, so I'm extremely well versed in all human biology, physiology, genetics, and basic biochemistry. I'm not so great at the physical sciences (physical chemistry and physics) though I do have enough basic understanding of them to explain simple concepts necessary for understanding the more complicated biological concepts they can be a part of.
As for teaching methods, I am a big fan of the "see one, do one, teach one" method popular in medical school. This basically translates to me showing/explaining an aspect of a topic, having the student work through one, then having them explain/teach it back to me. I've found that the best way of making sure that what I am teaching isn't going in one ear and out the other is to have the student "teach" me their understanding of it. This also allows me to hear their interpretation of what I have taught and to make sure they are actually processing my explanation for proper understanding.
If you are a parent looking for a tutor for your child, don't let the PhD scare you away! I'm not one of those hard-core academic PhDs who has trouble communicating science below graduate school level. I do this for fun, and love every minute of it. I love when I have the chance to make science fun and interesting. I had a teacher in 5th grade who I credit 100% with my love of science, and I want to be someone who can pay that passion forward.
I am a scientist by training and have 11 years of post-high school education and training in the sciences. I also do standardized testing very well, and scored high enough on my ACT that I gained a full tuition scholarship to college and was in the top 10% on the GRE for graduate school.
I majored in biology for my bachelor's degree, and hold a phd in biomedical science. I have been learning and teaching Biology at the high school level and above for 14 years. It is my passion and career. I have particular expertise in cellular and molecular biology, but also have experience in subtypes such as physiology and ecology.
I can teach basic to intermediate genetics. I have taken several college level courses in human genetics, and have 6 years' experience working on genetic-based assays in the laboratory at the graduate level. I have a PhD in biomedical science, specializing in the cellular, molecular, and genetic aspects of cancer.
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