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Nathan F.

San Diego, CA

$60/hour

Kind, Encouraging, Professional Pre-Medical Tutor

50+ Hours
4.9 average from 28 ratings
Very thorough
— Nada, San Diego, CA on 3/12/15

$60/Hour


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University of California, Santa Barbara
Biochemistry - Molecular Biology
California State University, San Marcos
Graduate Coursework
San Diego Miramar College
Other

Education

University of California, Santa Barbara (Biochemistry - Molecular Biology)

California State University, San Marcos (Graduate Coursework)

San Diego Miramar College (Other)

About Nathan

Hello, and thank you for visiting my profile!

My name is Nathan and I am currently a graduate student in Immunology. My research investigates how the immune cells of the skin sense tissue damage, and release chemical signals which activate skin tissue repair. I am also looking at how metabolic diseases like diabetes and obesity disrupt normal immune cell function and wound healing. My goal is to pursue a career as a clinician and medical researcher.

My background has made me well versed in subjects ranging from social psychology to integral calculus, however my core education centers around my Bachelors Degree in Biochemistry. I have the most experience in scientific writing, biology, chemistry, genetics, microbiology, and emergency medicine. Graduate school requires little coursework and I set my own research schedule, so I am very flexible with meeting times.


My teaching philosophy revolves around four key principles:


1) Conceptualization beats memorization.
With so much to learn at any level of education, facts are often learned as quickly as they are forgotten. Real understanding and retention results when we decipher HOW a process occurs. I begin each topic by first looking at the big picture: how does the heart move blood? how does the stomach protect its cells from its own acid? how do cells divide? - and I relate these questions to real-world examples. Once students understand how a process occurs, we use our big picture understanding to give context to the student's terminology.


2) Active learning ALWAYS beats passive learning.
If I asked you to read an entire chapter of a textbook without pause, what would happen? Most people would get through the first page or two, but eventually they lose their concentration and start thinking about something else. It's ok though, that is completely normal behavior! It is human nature to become bored or distracted from dry material! Textbooks are a great resource for learning, but most students never read their textbooks because to them, reading a textbook feels like a huge waste of time. I strongly encourage textbook learning, and I do so by teaching students to read in a whole new way. I help students break chapters into much smaller pieces, and then I ask students to learn actively by translating important information into their OWN WORDS (no copying and pasting). These study methods are designed to minimize wasted study time, to promote a deep and lasting understanding of subject material, and they have helped me earn A's in nearly all of my coursework.


3) Perspective gives purpose to theory.
Science can be fun for everyone (I promise), but the most interesting parts of science are often hidden behind chemical equations and scientific jargon. Metabolism for example is a wonderful, albeit highly complex series of chemical interactions that occur in every living organism. Many classes delve into these chemical reactions without providing students with real world perspective, and this can cause students to lose track of the big picture. I do my best to provide students with real perspective, and students find that these perspectives make the material feel like it is worth learning. As an example, consider a dog eating dog food. The food may look unappealing to us, but we are told that it provides dogs with energy. What many students do not initially understand is that when our dog eats his food he does not gain energy in the same way that a wall socket can charge a battery. In reality, our dog's body is made up of the exact same atoms that were in his diet! With this perspective in mind, the phrase "you are what you eat" becomes a whole lot more interesting.


4) Inspiration cannot be taught.
Students that are spoon-fed answers will never have that "a-ha" learning moment. As a tutor, I will help students to the absolute best of my ability, however it is a matter of personal integrity that I do not complete homework assignments for my students. I am here to inspire learning and self-sufficiency in all whom I teach, because I want others to experience those same epiphanies that still inspire me to perform at my very best each day.

My rate is $60.00 per hour for the first student, and $15.00 per additional student per hour. This second option is great for parents and friends who want to share a discounted rate across multiple students.

I also provide talks by request for students exploring careers in medicine and medical research.

Thank you again for viewing my profile. I look forward learning together :)

Sincerely,
-Nathan
Hello, and thank you for visiting my profile!

My name is Nathan and I am currently a graduate student in Immunology. My research investigates how the immune cells of the skin sense tissue damage, and release chemical signals which activate skin tissue repair. I am also looking at how metabolic diseases like diabetes and obesity disrupt
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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

My rate is $60.00 per hour for the first student, and $15.00 per additional student per hour. Recommended for parents and/or friends with multiple students. Lectures by request only.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of San Diego, CA 92131
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"Very thorough"

- Nada, San Diego, CA on 3/12/15
Science:
Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Biostatistics,
Chemistry, Genetics,
Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Physical Science, Physiology
English:
English, Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Biostatistics

I received an A in this course at CSU San Marcos. Also received an A in general statistics at Mesa College. I am highly proficient in math, and frequently assisted classmates with material. I can provide my transcripts upon request.

Composition (Music)

In addition to over 10 years playing the trumpet, I have been writing all manner of classical to electronic music in my spare time for the last 8 years. I have a minor in music and am experienced with music theory, music composition, orchestration, acoustics, and several forms of digital media. Experienced primarily with FLStudio 11.

Genetics

Received an A in this course at UCSB. Also received an A- in recombinant DNA lab at UCSB. I use genetics frequently as a part of graduate school (genotyping and sequencing) and genetics is integral to Biochemistry (my major in college) since proteins are coded or mutated based almost entirely upon genetic mutations / code.

Trumpet

I played trumpet for over 10 years, was first chair in elementary school, middle school, and high school. I received a minor in music from UCSB, and have been writing music for the last 8 years. I played frequently in pit orchestra for school musicals, and was a member of the Tri-M music honors society.

University of California, Santa Barbara
Biochemistry - Molecular Biology
California State University, San Marcos
Graduate Coursework
San Diego Miramar College
Other

Education

University of California, Santa Barbara (Biochemistry - Molecular Biology)

California State University, San Marcos (Graduate Coursework)

San Diego Miramar College (Other)

Very thorough

Nathan did a general review of Biology (11th grade) with my daughter, ensured she was aware of all key ideas and explained all concepts in a lot of detail. He also helped her take notes and come up with a study guide that she used to prepare for her finals (summarized all chapters in few pages containing key notes).

— Nada, San Diego, CA on 3/12/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

My rate is $60.00 per hour for the first student, and $15.00 per additional student per hour. Recommended for parents and/or friends with multiple students. Lectures by request only.

Travel policy

Nathan will travel within 15 miles of San Diego, CA 92131.