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April G.

Colorado Springs, CO

$40/hour

Former College Prof for Biology Tutoring, MS through College

20+ Hours
Background check passed as of 10/4/15
5.0 average from 15 ratings

$40/Hour


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Centre College of Kentuky
Biochem-Mol Bio
Purdue University
PhD

Education

Centre College of Kentuky (Biochem-Mol Bio)

Purdue University (PhD)

About April

I am a former college professor who taught courses in introductory biology, cell biology, and genetics. I hold a PhD from Purdue University. In addition to teaching large and small classes, I spent much of my time in office hours tutoring one or a few students from my classes. The latter was the most enjoyable aspect of university teaching for me. I got to know my students individually: the struggles they were encountering, as well as their hopes and dreams. It was personally gratifying to me to be able to help students through their struggles and on the way to their dreams. For the last several years my focus has been developing and writing biology curriculum. Although I don't work directly with students, I never lose sight of the fact that I am writing to and for students. My writing has involved learning about concepts that are particularly challenging and why they are so challenging. Learning about this has emphasized the importance of using language carefully and clearly to make challenging concepts more understandable by students. While I have found my writing to be very interesting and fulfilling, I have missed interacting directly with students. Tutoring provides the opportunity for me to work with students again.

Because I believe that students learn and retain their understanding best when they construct knowledge for themselves, I tend to teach by asking strategic questions that help students put together what they already know, what they have read about in their textbooks, and what they have experienced in class. In this way they arrive at a deeper, more complete understanding of biology concepts. As students are constructing their own understanding I support them by providing information they have missed or explaining ideas that confused them. I also provide sample problems. I work through one or two problems with students and then listen as they work through one or two on their own. Listening as students work through a problem helps me to understand where they get stuck so that I can provide more targeted guidance and explanations.

Please contact me if you would like to meet for a (free) introductory session to see if you think I could help you in your studies.
I am a former college professor who taught courses in introductory biology, cell biology, and genetics. I hold a PhD from Purdue University. In addition to teaching large and small classes, I spent much of my time in office hours tutoring one or a few students from my classes. The latter was the most enjoyable aspect of university teaching for me. Read more

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Cancellation
6 hours notice required

$40 per hour for one student $75 per hour for two students

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Background Check: Passed
Science:
Biology,
Genetics

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Biology

I was a college biology professor for 12 years. I taught courses in general biology, biology for elementary teachers, cell biology, and genetics. I also worked with high school biology teachers, and students planning to become biology teachers.

Genetics

I successfully completed at least four graduate and undergraduate courses in genetics and conducted research in a bacterial genetics lab. I taught genetics at the university level for at least six years. I have written a chapter on genetics for a college-level introductory biology textbook.

Centre College of Kentuky
Biochem-Mol Bio
Purdue University
PhD

Education

Centre College of Kentuky (Biochem-Mol Bio)

Purdue University (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

$40 per hour for one student $75 per hour for two students

Travel policy

April will travel within 10 miles of Colorado Springs, CO 80918.