Colby College, Waterville, Maine (Environmental Science)
Hello, I'm Mike B., a 30 year-old with a passion for the life and environmental sciences. I having been teaching and tutoring with successful outcomes for the past 6 years, most recently as a high-school science teacher at Connecticut's Salisbury School.
In my five years at Salisbury, I taught AP Biology, freshman biology, and environmental science. I care deeply about presenting science as a living, evolving understanding of systems, and about making the content "matter" to students. In addition to revamping the curricula in these classes to center around project and place-based learning, I also spent substantial time working one-on-one with students, both as a hired tutor in biology and chemistry, and providing extra help to students in my classes.
In one-on-one tutoring, I seek to identify a students strengths with regard to learning, then work with the student to frame the problem or subject matter in the context of that strength. I find that the use of relevant metaphors, analogies, drawings, physical models, or auditory story-telling can enhance a student's understanding of difficult topics. I also believe that learning has a strong emotional basis, and I enjoy one-on-one tutoring because it allows me to establish an environment that is at the same time safe, patient, encouraging, and engaging.
In addition to content instruction, I have also worked extensively tutoring students on their writing. My undergraduate research experience provided rigorous training in science writing, and I incorporated the development of students' written communication into my classes. Consequently, this also meant a great deal of time spent providing feedback and working individually with students to make their writing more organized, clear, and concise.
Please contact me with any questions you might have, and I look forward to helping you achieve your goals and unlock your potential in the sciences! Hello, I'm Mike B., a 30 year-old with a passion for the life and environmental sciences. I having been teaching and tutoring with successful outcomes for the past 6 years, most recently as a high-school science teacher at Connecticut's Salisbury School.
In my five years at Salisbury, I taught AP Biology, freshman biology, and
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