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Univ. of New Orleans (Biology)
Indiana Univ. (Master's)
TX A&M Univ. (PhD)
I have taught sciences in both high school and college. I have also tutored students at both levels in sciences - biology, chemistry, genetics, microbiology, math - algebra, and English - writing and grammar, as well as ESL type English courses. My BS is in biology with a minor in chemistry, my MS is in microbiology with a minor in developmental biology (genetics, embryology, etc.), and my PhD is in horticulture with a minor in plant pathology.
My approach to tutoring is to use the materials used in the class for that subject and to review with the student the materials already covered in class. I work with the student and then ask them to demonstrate their learning to me by solving problems or answering questions. If the student has difficulty with the review, then I go back and approach the information covered in a slightly different approach. My goal is to have the material covered more-or-less mastered before going onto new materials. I also take a sort of light approach to the review part of our time together; by which I mean I try to be humorous and keep the mood light, so the student doesn't develop a sense of dread or inability to learn as we cover materials. This does not mean that I don't expect the student to learn. It just means that I want the learning experience with me to be pleasant and with a degree of openness so that the student feels free to ask questions as we go through the learning process together. By the way, this is also the approach I try to take with a classroom of students. Depending on the subject and where we are in the process, I may give the student an assignment for our next meeting. This is usually done just to assure myself and the student that they are serious about learning the information that we cover.
Since my PhD is in horticulture and I have experience as a chef, I also teach lessons in gardening of most sorts and cooking! I have taught sciences in both high school and college. I have also tutored students at both levels in sciences - biology, chemistry, genetics, … Read more
I have had a great experience with Ramsey because he is very patient and this is very important when someone learns English. He always corrects my mistakes and I appreciate his advice because I feel that I have improved in my pronunciation and have more confidence when I speak.
Thank you so much for saying this, Gloria. My goal is to help the students that I tutor to learn more and improve in their learning and life.
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Since I have a PhD in horticulture, I know quite a bit about botany. Further, I have taught the usual second semester of introductory biology numerous times and botany is introduced there. Also, in teaching introductory courses in horticulture, I include sections on plant morphology and plant physiology, just as introductory botany courses do.