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Haroldo S.

Walnut Creek, CA

$50/hour

Biomedical Engineer (UC Berkeley PhD) for Math and Science Tutoring

1500+ Hours
Background check passed as of 10/10/17
4.9 average from 299 ratings
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— Christine, Lafayette, CA on 9/4/16

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Florida International University, Miami, FL
Biomedical Engineering
University of California, Berkeley
PhD

Education

Florida International University, Miami, FL (Biomedical Engineering)

University of California, Berkeley (PhD)

About Haroldo

GENERAL EXPERIENCE:
As an undergraduate student at Florida International University (FIU) from 2001 to 2005, I often found myself tutoring my study groups in several subject areas, from Biochemistry to advanced Calculus, which greatly helped my performance in each class. By my senior year, I obtained a teaching assistantship for a graduate level class on Computational Modeling of Cellular Systems, which was a challenging course that combined advanced math and cell biology for engineering students. I was the first ever undergraduate student to teach a graduate course at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at FIU.

As a PhD student at UC Berkeley from 2006 to 2012, I assisted in developing the curriculum and teaching several Bioengineering and Physics courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels for engineering and science students, many of whom were freshmen and sophomores. In my thesis research laboratory, I mentored many small groups of undergraduate and graduate students on hands-on techniques as well as designing and performing experiments with minimal supervision. I also participated in several undergraduate and graduate student mentoring programs at UC Berkeley, which included group seminar presentations as well as one-on-one tutoring sessions of students from science and engineering majors, including minority students. I actually co-founded the Bioengineering Advising Representatives Program in the Bioengineering department at UC Berkeley with the goal of coaching undergraduate students interested in graduate school how to best prepare for the application process and the challenges faced as they pursue advanced degrees.

APPROACH TO TUTORING: There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to learning. Different students will respond better to one style of teaching versus another. My job as a tutor is to find out what teaching style or presentation will make my student comprehend the subject at hand better. First, I try to find out what sparks the interest in the student and then try to relate the subject matter that he or she has difficult with to that interesting topic. For instance, if the student enjoys listening to and writing songs but has a really hard time with a mathematical concept, I would ask the student to help me compose a catchy song to explain that concept to the student, thus making it easy for him or her to remember it. Another approach is to use clever acronyms or phrases as mnemonics tools. Analogies that the student can actually relate to are also helpful.

Of course, I do not impose one approach or the other on the student. I adapt to each student's needs. I want to learn from my students as much as they want to learn from me. This is a two-way process. Luckily, I had the opportunity to work one-on-one with many students throughout both my undergraduate and graduate school careers. All the experience I have acquired from countless hours of study groups, office hours, mentorship programs, and tutoring I am now applying to quickly pick up the most efficient way to explain the subject or concept to my students.
GENERAL EXPERIENCE:
As an undergraduate student at Florida International University (FIU) from 2001 to 2005, I often found myself tutoring my study groups in several subject areas, from Biochemistry to advanced Calculus, which greatly helped my performance in each class. By my senior year, I obtained a teaching assistantship for a graduate
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Please note that lessons cancelled less than 24 hours before the scheduled start time will incur a fee of $25.00

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Travels within 20 miles of Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Background Check: Passed

"Fabulous tutor"

- Christine, Lafayette, CA on 9/4/16

"Patient/enthusiastic tutor"

- Xavien, Vallejo, CA on 12/21/17

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"Honed in on the challenge"

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"Good Tutor"

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"Excellent"

- Marchel, San Pablo, CA on 11/8/15

"Very dedicated!"

- Carolyn, El Cerrito, CA on 5/25/15

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- Sachiko, Alameda, CA on 3/9/14

"Incredible Tutor for Chemistry and Physics"

- Elaine, Alameda, CA on 7/30/13

"Extensive knowledge in biology and encourages active thinking"

- Julie, Berkeley, CA on 5/20/13

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- Dina, Berkeley, CA on 5/9/13

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- Sarah, Oakland, CA on 4/26/13

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Algebra 1

I am an engineer by training so I’m very familiar and comfortable with a wide range of mathematical concepts, including algebra. I have also tutored several students over the years needing help with Math at both high school and college levels.

Algebra 2

I am an engineer by training so I’m very familiar and comfortable with a wide range of mathematical concepts, including Algebra 2. I have also tutored several students over the years needing help with Math at both high school and college levels.

Biochemistry

Biochemistry was a required class for my BS in Biomedical Engineering. I organized and led a study group that helped my colleagues do well in the class. I was the only student in the class to get an A that semester. I was also the head Graduate Student Instructor for the Intro to Bioengineering class at UC Berkeley. I have been applying and teaching what I learned in that Biochemistry class for more than 14 years now.

Biology

I have undergraduate and graduate training in Biomedical Engineering with a strong focus on Molecular and Cell Biology and Biochemistry. I have also taught/tutored students in Biology at both high school (Honors/Advanced Placement/etc) and college levels (MCAT). I was the head Graduate Student Instructor for the Intro to Bioengineering class at UC Berkeley.

Calculus

I am an engineer by training so I’m very familiar and comfortable with a wide range of mathematical concepts, including Calculus. I have also tutored several students over the years needing help with Math at both high school and college levels.

Chemistry

I have a minor in chemistry as part of my bachelors degree in biomedical engineering. I have also tutored chemistry for many years now. I have helped students taking Honors, AP and college-level chemistry classes.

Genetics

My undergraduate and graduate Biomedical training required advanced knowledge of Genetics and its associated fields such as Biology and Biochemistry. As a Research Scientist I got to apply and teach other students Genetics concepts and how they could put that knowledge to good use in a laboratory environment.

Geometry

I am an engineer by training so I’m very familiar and comfortable with a wide range of mathematical concepts, from Algebra to Geometry. I have also tutored several students over the years needing help with Math at both high school and college levels.

Microsoft Excel

I use Microsoft Excel on a daily basis for analysis of experimental data from laboratory experiments. I have also trained many students over the years on how to use Microsoft Excel for different types of applications.

Microsoft PowerPoint

I use Microsoft PowerPoint weekly to create professional presentations aimed at other scientists at the research institute where I work. I have trained several students over the years on how to use Microsoft PowerPoint to craft impressive presentations for maximum impact.

Microsoft Word

I use word processors, including Microsoft Word, daily to prepare professional reports aimed at other scientists at the research institute where I work. I have also trained several students over the years on how to use Microsoft Word productively and effectively to craft professional reports complete with graphs, tables, reference, etc.

Physics

In high school I was an AP Physics student and my excellent performance on the AP exam earned me College Physics credit when I started pursuing my BS degree in Biomedical Engineering. I did take courses with a heavy advanced Physics content later on as part of other requirements for my BS degree. As an undergraduate student I did laboratory research that required application of several Physics concepts. My work culminated in a peer-reviewed publication shedding light on how cells in blood vessels operate.

As a graduate student at UC Berkeley, I was a graduate student instructor at the Physics department, which is home to several Nobel Laureates in the field. I also took courses that required advanced knowledge of Physics as part of requirements for completion of my Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering.

Portuguese

I was born and raised in Brazil. I moved to the US when I was only 16 years old, but basically all of my formative years were taught in Portuguese. I have taught many students over the years to master the Portuguese language. I can help students practice conversational Portuguese as well as proofread any written work in Portuguese from students.

Prealgebra

I am an engineer by training so I’m very familiar and comfortable with a wide range of mathematical concepts, from Prealgebra to Geometry and Calculus to Differential Equations. I have also tutored several students over the years needing help with Math at both high school and college levels.

Precalculus

I am an engineer by training so I’m very familiar and comfortable with a wide range of mathematical concepts, from Algebra to Geometry and Precalculus to Differential Equations. I have also tutored several students over the years needing help with Math at both high school and college levels.

Trigonometry

I am an engineer by training so I’m very familiar and comfortable with a wide range of mathematical concepts, including Trigonometry. I have also tutored several students over the years needing help with Math at both high school and college levels.

Florida International University, Miami, FL
Biomedical Engineering
University of California, Berkeley
PhD

Education

Florida International University, Miami, FL (Biomedical Engineering)

University of California, Berkeley (PhD)

Fabulous tutor

Haroldo does a wonderful job of breaking down the complexities of physics into understandable and enjoyable sections to learn. My child is thriving under his help and gaining a broad background in physics. He paces the subject just right so that it is not overwhelming. He is such a kind person and wants to help and see your child succeed. I recommend him highly.

— Christine, Lafayette, CA on 9/4/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Please note that lessons cancelled less than 24 hours before the scheduled start time will incur a fee of $25.00

Travel policy

Haroldo will travel within 20 miles of Walnut Creek, CA 94597.