My background is heavy in biochemistry, biophysics, and mathematics. I taught Chemistry at University of Oregon while I attended there as a doctoral candidate, and tutored in physics, math, biology, and chemistry while at Western Washington University pursuing my undergraduate studies. I specialized in computational modeling of protein folding as a doctoral student. I was a top finalist in numerous national math competitions, including the national Mu Alpha Theta, the NSA Math Talent Search, and others. I also have significant expertise in the computer field, having worked in IT in various capacities ranging from Development to Infrastructure and Systems Design for over 14 years. I also hold a Masters in Business Administration, with an emphasis on Sustainable Business and the green economy.
Credentials aside though, what matters in a tutor, from my experience, is the ability to connect with and understand a students mental models and mindset when approaching problems. When working with students who have struggled with material, I have consistently found that by first working to understand their manner of thinking, and then working to frame the material in a way that is consistent with their mindset is highly effective. I have applied this strategy with great success as a tutor, teacher, guide, and businessman. Sometimes it takes time - I was notorious for extending my office hours as a teacher to keep working with struggling students, even to the point where I was reprimanded at one point for spending too much time teaching, if such a thing is really possible! But the reward is worth it - I enjoy nothing more than seeing my clients succeed and win, whether it's finally grasping new concepts, acing a test they had previously failed, or helping them reach lofty personal goals. As an educator at the University of Oregon I consistently had the highest ratings from my students in comparison with other teachers in the department, even earning high marks and comments like "Tough but fair" from students who I regrettably had to fail.
As someone who has spent a lifetime dealing with ADD personally, I also have a unique ability to connect with individuals who struggle with those issues and know from first hand experience many of the tools and tactics to help them succeed.
My skill as a tutor derives from a tripod of support: my experience and education, my methodology of approach, and my passion and drive to see my students succeed. As a tutor, I have received praise and thanks; As a teacher, I have received gratitude and invitations to thanksgiving dinners; As a guide, I have received passionate letters of recommendation. Most importantly, perhaps, I continue to work as a tutor not because I need to, but because I LOVE TO. This is my micro-career and I enjoy every minute of it. If you or someone you know could use a rock star scientist and entrepreneur to help them work through difficult material, I know I can be of assistance.
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