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Austin College, Sherman, TX
The University of Texas at Dallas (Master's)
The University of Texas Austin (Graduate Coursework)
Hello! My name is Thomas C., and I am an experienced professor and tutor ready to help you succeed. I received my B.A. from Austin College with a major in German and minor in Biology. I went on to study Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Dallas and received my M.S. Since 2009, I have been an Assistant Professor and Adjunct Professor of Biology at Austin Community College until my recent move to Denver! I have extensive experience teaching Basic Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Anatomy and Physiology. In addition to a strong back ground in biology, I also continued my interest in the German language and studied and taught German at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to teaching courses, I also spent time working in the learning lab at ACC and provided assistance to students in biology, math, statistics, as well as chemistry.
I have a great passion for teaching and tutoring. Highlights from my teaching history include seeing students in anatomy lab first recognize the difference between stratified and columnar epithelial cells and the excitement when they are correct! Or when students isolate DNA for the first time and see the significance of their accomplishment. When I first meet with students, I go over his or her current strategies and find out what is working and what isn't. Establishing a student's individual learning style is critical for success. While working with basic understanding of subject matter, I also work on discovering a student's individual interests and motivations and help them find how this fits into a certain subject. I love to see students progress and find a new love for a subject they once struggled with. Hello! My name is Thomas C., and I am an experienced professor and tutor ready to help you succeed. I received my B.A. from Austin College with a major in German and minor in Biology. I… Read more
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As a college professor I know what is needed for success in mathematics and as with over 3 years of tutoring experience in Algebra 1 I know what strategies work and how to make complex concepts clear and understandable. At Austin Community College I tutored Algebra 1 for over 2 years and have tutored math privately since I was a high school student. I have had great success working 1-on-1 with students and love to see students succeed. My education includes a B.A. from Austin College and an M.S. from the University of Texas at Dallas. I have a year of graduate level work in pedagogy (the study of teaching) and am current on best practices in all fields that I tutor.
I taught and tutored Human Anatomy at Austin Community College for the past 3 years. In addition to my regular teaching duties I designed content for Anatomy students with a specialty in Neuroanatomy and Histology. Before I taught at ACC as an assistant professor I was trained in Neuroscience and researched Alzheimer's disease in a molecular biology laboratory at the University of Texas at Dallas, where I earned my M.S. in Neuroscience. I have tutored since I was in high school and have always had a passion for teaching. Currently I am up-to-date on all best practices in the field and know how to take the most complex subjects and make them simple and understandable.
As a graduate student I researched ways to help prevent and stop Alzheimer's disease in the molecular biology laboratory at the University of Texas at Dallas. Then for three years I taught as an assistant professor at a community college in Austin, TX, in the biology department. My primary courses were Human Anatomy and Physiology and Cellular and Molecular Biology; however, I did teach other courses when needed. I also tutored in our learning center, where I helped with microbiology, genetics, pharmacology, evolution, and general biology help. I also was a faculty tutor in our open Anatomy and Physiology lab where I helped students with understanding dissections, models, and histology.
As a graduate student at the University of Texas at Dallas I spent two semesters studying research methods which included basic statistical tests such as t-tests and chi-square tests and also included ANOVA and regression analysis up to non-orthogonal multivariate regression. I also studied probability theory as applied to modeling natural language. I am familiar with SPSS and was a TA for a SAS programming course. In addition I spent three years tutoring statistics at Austin Community College in the learning center.
I have tutored calculus 1 for the past 3 years and enjoy explaining concepts such as related rates, exponential decay, limits, the definition of a derivative, and L'Hopital's rule. As an assistant professor at a community college in Austin, TX, I served as a faculty tutor in our learning center and assisted students in not only calculus but also many other math courses as well as biology and chemistry. I am current on all best practices in the field and have many years of experience tutoring beginning from when I was a senior in high school.
My mother is a 5th grade teacher and I would often help her with her class (as did my sister who is now a 2nd grade teacher) including helping with math and science lessons. When I was older I started substitute teaching and would teach the lessons for 4th and 5th grade classes. The picture of me shown on my profile is actually from a 4th grade classroom where we were discussing DNA, which we later extracted from strawberries (which they loved!). I have tutored and taught at all levels from 4th grade to college level and have training in pedagogy and best practices.
My mother is a 4th and 5th grade teacher and my sister teaches 2nd grade. They have asked me to come in and lead their students in science demonstrations. The most memorable science demonstration was when I led my mother's 4th grade class through extracting DNA from strawberries. She said it was the highlight of their year. I also substitute taught at the elementary level and was the primary sub for my mother when she was out of town or at a meeting. In addition I have years of teaching experience at the college level and know what kids need to succeed.
My first tutoring job was as a senior in high school tutoring an honors eighth grade student in Geometry. He was on the verge of failing his class when I was brought in and on his next test he made an A. I was thrilled to have seen such great results and was hooked on tutoring and teaching from then on. Today I have taught and tutored at the college level, but continue to tutor all grade levels in math, science, and German. I have had great success with math students and am up-to-date on all best practices.
I have completed college level courses in both organic chemistry 1 and 2 and have made As in both courses and their respective labs. In addition, I have spent two years at Austin Community College in their learning lab tutoring organic chemistry.
I have taught and tutored physiology for many years now. At Austin Community College I worked as an Assistant Professor and taught our Intro to A&P course for EMTs and medical professionals and also taught our Human Anatomy and Physiology courses for Nursing, Radiology, OT students, and others for whom the course was required. In addition I helped run and acted as a tutor for our open Anatomy and Physiology lab where I tutored 8 hours a week. I also tutored in our learning center where I was available to students to help 1-on-1 with physiology. My specialty is neurophysiology and was trained medically to enter that field, but decided that I enjoyed teaching much more than being in an operating room.
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