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Thomas M.

Los Gatos, CA

$65/hour

STEM Tutor & PhD Engineering Student

50+ Hours
5.0 average from 33 ratings
Excellent Tutor!
— Ann, San Jose, CA on 7/22/16

$65/Hour


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University of San Francisco
Finance
University of California Santa Cruz
PhD

Education

University of San Francisco (Finance)

University of California Santa Cruz (PhD)

About Thomas

I'm a professional student of science and engineering with 4 years' tutoring experience.

I started as a Finance major in undergrad, during which I devised and testing trading strategies. Upon graduating in 2009, I began a post-baccalaureate in health sciences and worked at UCSF as a researcher for a year, then worked at Amgen for 4 more years. During this time, I volunteered as a tutor and senior college advisor at College Track San Francisco. I am returning to the rewarding world of tutoring now that I'm in graduate school for a PhD in Bioinformatics. It's a great way to reengage with students learning these topics for the first time (and also to take a break from my professors and thesis advisors).

Contact me to set a tutoring appointment, and I'll work with you to meet your academic goals.
I'm a professional student of science and engineering with 4 years' tutoring experience.

I started as a Finance major in undergrad, during which I devised and testing trading strategies. Upon graduating in 2009, I began a post-baccalaureate in health sciences and worked at UCSF as a researcher for a year, then worked at Amgen for 4 more
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Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required

$70 Python, Physics $65 Biology, Chemistry

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Los Gatos, CA 95032
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Ann, San Jose, CA on 7/22/16

"Very knowledgeable and patient"

- Celeste, Cupertino, CA on 2/23/16

"Extremely knowledgable and an excellent teacher"

- Benjamin, Hayward, CA on 10/8/15
Science:
Biology,
Chemistry,
Genetics,
Physics
Computer:
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Outlook,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Python
Business:
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Biology

My combined 6 years of professional experience in biology -- from academic labs at UCSF (medical microbiology), industrial labs at Amgen (genetics-based target discovery), and in my current PhD work (bioinformatics) -- qualifies me as a content expert in biology. I specialize in molecular biology topics and techniques (biotechnology), but I can also help with "macro" topics varying from population genetics to ecology. I also placed in the 96th percentile for the biological sciences section of the MCAT, which speaks to my varied understanding of all things biology.

Chemistry

The basis of my personal and professional interest (biological science) lies Chemistry. Apart from earning all "A"s in Chem 1, Chem 2, OChem 1, Ochem 2, and Biochemistry, I also had to employ my understanding of chemistry in a research setting. Optimizing DNA preps, developing RNA synthesis, and performing biosensor tech development, all required a solid understanding of chemistry topics from inorganic chemistry (stoichiometry, acid/base, electrochemistry) to organic chemistry (redox reactions, polymers, synthesis).

Genetics

My combined 5 years experience in cancer genomics -- both in industrial drug discovery and in my current PhD work -- qualifies me as a content expert in genetics. From Mendelian to molecular genetics, denovo sequencing to personalized medicine: I am ready to bolster your understanding of nearly all things genomic.

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel and I go way back. My first introduction to Excel was a using it as a graphing program for a middle school science project. I continued using it throughout high school and college for both school assignments and personal use. Excel continued to be my go-to spreadsheet solution for analyzing scientific data as a biology research professional, which often employed the use of VBA scripts to automate jobs.

Microsoft Outlook

MS Outlook was my part of my everyday email needs from 2004 to 2014, both personally and professionally. I can tutor topics ranging from basic message editing, to mailbox organization, to automation (with a little help in VBA). I can help you handle your email correspondence like a pro.

Python

I use Python as an engineering grad student to explore "big data" questions applied to cancer genetics. Before starting grad school, I had no experience with programming and had to become proficient quickly in order to survive a graduate program in Bioinformatics. Coming from a non-CS background makes me well equipped to tutor and teach python to students from other fields. Namely, I'm qualified to teach the basics the Python, as well as more advanced libraries like pandas, seaborn, and sklearn. The way I self-teach via "learning by doing": tackling small coding projects that provide a guided learning experience and provide a portfolio of python work.

University of San Francisco
Finance
University of California Santa Cruz
PhD

Education

University of San Francisco (Finance)

University of California Santa Cruz (PhD)

Excellent Tutor!

My son had regular sessions with Thomas for grade 11 AP Bio and it was extremely helpful. He is a diverse young man who easily connected with my son on many different levels, which also made the sessions fun. He not only effectively taught the biology but also study and testing strategies. Thomas is very pleasant, flexible with his schedule, and always got back to me quickly, which I appreciated w

— Ann, San Jose, CA on 7/22/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

$70 Python, Physics $65 Biology, Chemistry

Travel policy

Thomas will travel within 40 miles of Los Gatos, CA 95032.