Passionate About Tutoring Biology, Chemistry and Life Sciences
Passionate About Tutoring Biology, Chemistry and Life Sciences
If my passion in life was not to be a teacher, I would have been a chef like my father, a retired Chef de cuisine. I believe that in many ways teaching is analogous to cooking. As a teacher, I strive to offer a rich à la carte menu in my classes by combining different teaching techniques so that I will be able to give the best learning experience to my students. Students come from different backgrounds, abilities, interests, and career goals, and I will eagerly cater to this diversity....
If my passion in life was not to be a teacher, I would have been a chef like my father, a retired Chef de cuisine. I believe that in many ways teaching is analogous to cooking. As a teacher, I strive to offer a rich à la carte menu in my classes by combining different teaching techniques so that I will be able to give the best learning experience to my students. Students come from different backgrounds, abilities, interests, and career goals, and I will eagerly cater to this diversity. Through many lectures at Brown University and Stanford University, I have been exposed to a diverse student body with different learning styles. I have discovered the importance of being a patient, creative, and motivated instructor who is able to respond to each student’s unique learning style and personal goals.
I am a broadly trained scientist and teacher with expertise in biology, chemistry, physics and math. In my teaching, I will strive to bring concepts alive by incorporating the most recent scientific findings from the literature, encouraging debate, and promoting active engagement from my students. Biology and chemistry help us understand the vast structural diversity and complexity of life on earth at the molecular level. For these reasons, I am particularly excited to teach biology, chemistry, physics and math, where I can fully utilize my multi-disciplinary educational background.
I have benefited from a multi-disciplinary science education at Brown University. As a first year graduate student, I had the opportunity to take a cell biology class taught by Dr. Kenneth Miller. He is one of the most popular and effective teachers of undergraduate and graduate students at Brown and the author of popular biology texts. The following year, I worked with Dr. Miller as a teaching assistant in his class, Cell Biology, which was a required course for all first year graduate students in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry as well as for senior undergraduate biology majors. Working with Dr. Miller helped me develop useful teaching strategies that have formed an important part of my teaching style.
I have learned four important elements of teaching from Dr. Miller. First, it is vital to inspire students and encourage them to become independent thinkers to solve problems. It is also important to give students group projects which will give them a chance to interact with one another and to engage in teamwork. Dr. Miller, furthermore, taught me to guide my students in the right direction without directly providing them with the answers. Finally, he advised me to give students challenging projects and questions, not only to test what they have learned from the course materials and discussion sessions, but to nurture their ability to work with and apply their knowledge to solve new and more challenging problems. Through my interaction with students at different levels of their education and from diverse backgrounds, moreover, I have come to realize the importance of knowing the profile of the audience, selecting the appropriate material from a vast pool of data, focusing on relevant information, and then delivering it to that specific audience, depending on their needs, expectations and level of knowledge.
Many courses, especially introductory ones, require considerable memorization and can intimidate students who are less invested in the field or who have difficulty with memorization. To help my students remember some of the key vocabulary, for example, I explain the roots from which the words originated. For instance, when I talk about “in vitro” experiments in biochemistry, I explain that “in vitro” means “in glass” in Latin and that we use the term “in vitro” for experiments that are conducted in test tubes. In addition, I often incorporate personal anecdotes and real examples from my own research into my lectures to make the subject more memorable and personal. Furthermore, I encourage them to construct a framework of key vocabulary and concepts, which they can then use in related courses as well as in their future professions or daily lives.
I believe that teaching can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience for both the student and the instructor. Having been a critical student myself, I take the role of teaching very seriously, and I am committed to making my classes interactive, inspiring and a real learning experience. Brown University provided me with many opportunities to develop as an effective teacher. In 2012, through the Sheridan Center Teaching certificate program, I received training on how to reflect on my teaching in order to improve the learning of my students. In my future classes, I will introduce frequent quizzes, which give students quick feedback on whether or not they are successfully integrating the material that I present while allowing me to identify the common misconceptions.
I view the teacher’s role outside the classroom to be just as important as his or her role in class. I plan to hold office hours to both answer my students’ questions on the course material and to allow them to discuss challenging problems. Furthermore, having students come to my office hours will give me the opportunity to discuss their future plans and how I can help them to reach their goals. I hope to continue inspiring my students with the curiosity and excitement I feel for science. I look forward to serving not only as a teacher, but also as a mentor and eventually a colleague as they develop into independent thinkers, skilled researchers or teachers.
My teaching experiences in the classroom and in the laboratory have been diverse. I am constantly striving to become a more effective teacher, and I am testing diverse approaches in order to become more adept at serving my students. Teaching will be an important part of my life, and I am fully prepared to devote myself to becoming an inspirational and effective teacher in biology, chemistry, physics and math.
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Not just a tutor! An Ivy League professor and world class researcher teaching me Biology and Chemistry!
Hasan is the best teacher I've ever met. Not just the best tutor, but the best teacher. Hasan has a PHD from Brown, and researches in the Stanford SLAC laboratory, but he is not an ivory tower academic. He is really personable, and loves to work with younger students. He makes the sciences come alive, and gets me to interact with him so I am never bored. I am really inspired by Hasan to pursue my dreams in the sciences. My tutor and mentor has helped me to believe that I can not only work in these fields, but I can become as passion about the sciences as he is!Randy, 46 lessons with Hasan
very knowledgeable, very good at teaching, very nice
Hasan D. Saved me in college bio 1 cells and organisms. I Would definitely recommend him 100% for tutoring helpKareem, 2 lessons with Hasan
Hasan is a very knowledgeable and patient tutor!! He is great for teaching too. Hasan goes in-depth in his explanation. He is open to teach topic that you would like to learn personally. His teaching is very engaging. He is very lively during the class and encourages you to ask questions and think creatively. We would highly recommend him to any student who would like to learn and become proficient in Biology and Chemistry.Fan, 8 lessons with Hasan
Passionate and Inspiring Teacher
Hasan is an excellent teacher and very knowledgeable. My son enjoys his classes. Hasan goes in-depth in his explanation. He is versatile and teaches multiple different topics. He is open to teach topic that you would like to learn personally. His teaching is very engaging. He is very lively during the class and encourages you to ask questions and think creatively. We would highly recommend him to any student who would like to learn and become proficient in Biology.Senthil, 16 lessons with Hasan
Knowledgeable and Flexible
Hasan has in-depth knowledge of AP Chemistry. He is very quick with his responses and flexible with his schedule. He is very committed--followed up after the class with solutions to some tricky questions they could not complete during the class promptly.Neelima, 4 lessons with Hasan
Knowledgeable/positive and energetic
Hasan has a calm but energetic approach to teaching. He is very knowledgeable and simplifies the concepts for better understanding. He encourages you to ask questions. I highly recommend him.Fojan, 2 lessons with Hasan
Great first lesson
In a brief initial discussion, we agreed that Hasan would help my son to love Biology. Rather than delving right into the material that my son needs in his AP Biology course, Hasan gave him (and I was allowed to join) a great overview of biology. More than 2 hours passed by before we realized. A bit fast paced, but my son understood and he likes it a lot. It's like seeing the puzzle pieces fall into place. Not just were complex concepts explained in easy-to-understand language, an aspiration for the subject starts to form. We definitely want Hasan to help my son until he completes the course. Thank you.Frank, 2 lessons with Hasan
A Great Biology Tutor
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Knowledgeable and detail oriented
Hasan is an excellent tutor. We worked together on my masters level molecular biology class. Hasan is extremely knowledgeable and detail oriented. If a concept comes up that he isn’t 100% on, he’ll spend time prepping and reviewing original journal articles to be sure he’s fully prepared. Hasan is extremely smart and can make complex concepts simple. He can work as quickly or patiently as you want—Hasan will work to get the pacing right for you. He’s also a great artist, drawing biology cartoons on the fly! I really enjoy working with Hasan.Elena, 19 lessons with Hasan
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