University of Colorado Boulder (Biology and chemistr)
University of Colorado Boulder (PhD)
University of Southern Claifornia (MEd)
I feel I have always been tutoring. When I was in research I helped numerous people obtain a better understanding of Biology and chemistry in particular but also math and physics on occasion. My background includes extensive experience in research biology. I know not just the details and isolated facts of biology and chemistry I know how it all fits together, and I know how one must mold their thinking to understand science better. I feel I have learned over the years how to teach all of this to those that need some help understanding these often very complex concepts.
As my research career came to an end I thought more and more of exploring my passion for teaching. I have obtained a Masters in Teaching from USC and have been certified in Colorado to teach science. As I look for a job I volunteer at Boulder Preparatory high and help second chance students get their academic career back on track. In many ways I am tutoring them. There are few things more rewarding than helping students who have had to overcome great difficulties finally find their confidence in a subject and begin to feel the joy that comes with success. WyzAnt gives me the opportunity to tutor in a more formal setting and expand my opportunities to help students.
It is a wonderful experience when you help someone else understand something about math or science. I have encountered the dreaded question all the time. Why do I have to learn this? Practically I can't promise a student will need an understanding of math or science in their future for a specific problem. However, I do know that when someone does learn and understand some aspect of science and math they don't want to give it up. And you never can say when such knowledge will come in handy, even in the arts, for in the end math and science is understanding the world around you. Additionally, as technology becomes more and more a part of our lives it will become more and more important for everyone to understand science better. Finally, while any specific aspect of science may never be needed in a student's future the cognitive skills science teaches can be used in all aspects of life.
My strengths as a science tutor begins with my deep knowledge of the subject. I will not get tripped up on content I don't know, and more, I can approach that content from a variety of angles. Students don't all learn the same and being able to present the material in a variety of ways can help a student learn and understand better. Just as important as the facts and details of science is the understanding of larger principles, this aspect in of learning science in particular is often not taught well if it is taught at all. Knowing the general principles can make learning and understanding science much easier and more fulfilling. I feel this is one of my strengths. The other is teaching critical thinking. Critical thinking is not easy. It requires a confidence not every student has to be able to put forth ideas with the knowledge that often they will be wrong, they will fail. However, it also teaches that if you continue to work at the problem and collaborate well with others you can often arrive at solution to very difficult problems, and these is a great sense of joy in being able to do so.
My experience in research can also be a great help to students that want to pursue a career in research, the health professions or some other aspect of technology. Tutoring isn't only about knowledge though. Good teaching is about being able to form positive relationships as well. Every person I have helped, adult, teen, child, in science or out I have cared about and wanted to succeed. My students now at Boulder Preparatory know this and it helps builds their confidence knowing I think they can succeed, even with the complexities of math and science. I feel this confidence and the skills they develop will help them in the future no matter what career they choose.
If you are struggling with science lessons the last thing you should do is quit on those lessons. Those lessons were not designed to make life hard for you, even though it might be at the moment. I know it is hard. I have also seen some students with enormous challenges find a way to succeed in science. I can see that they know they have earned something no one can take from them and that they have learned skills that will help them to advocate for themselves in the future. I will do all I can to help you succeed. It is my hope that I can make science relevant and meaningful to you. Again I know it can be difficult. I will be patient and work with you to find a way of presenting lessons that will work for you. I feel I have always been tutoring. When I was in research I helped numerous people obtain a better understanding of Biology and chemistry in particular but also math and physics on occasion. My background includes extensive experience in research biology. I know not just the details and isolated facts of biology and chemistry I know how it all
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I have a PhD from the University of Colorado Boulder (received 2002)
Since then I worked in a variety of Biological research laboratories until 2012.
Currently I am working to become a high school science teacher and have recently received my MAT from the University of Southern California.