University of Chicago (Biology)
University of Florida (Master's)
University of Florida (PhD)
I have a bachelors in biology from the University of Chicago, a masters and Ph. D. in zoology from the University of Florida. I have 29 years of experience as a teacher/tutor, and over that time I have taught a wide range of students, from Ph. D. candidates to middle school. Courses I have taught include general biology, advanced biology, AP biology, human anatomy and physiology, zoology, comparative anatomy, environmental science, paleontology, and mammalogy among many others. When I first started my career in academia teaching and tutoring were things I did on the side to pay the bills while I engaged in classwork and research. However, very quickly I found that I both enjoyed teaching and was very good at it, indeed that it was a calling. Accordingly, though I never gave up scientific research, I made teaching my career. I love teaching in general because I have two very basic personality traits, a need to know and a need to share, and no other activity blends these needs more harmoniously than teaching. One of the greatest thrills I know is to be teaching a particularly difficult or complex topic, and see the "light" turn on in the eyes of a student showing that he/she suddenly understands the topic at a deep level. I have a special love for tutoring because of its intimacy; I teach mainly through conversation (as opposed to droning at or over the students), and no other situation is more compatible with this teaching style than one-on-one tutoring.
My listed course qualifications include all levels of biology, human anatomy and physiology, zoology, and geology, though I also have extensive knowledge of and teaching experience in environmental science and astronomy. I have a number of traits that make me an outstanding teacher/tutor. First, I have a very dry sense of humor, and a talent for incorporating it into explanations (I have found that humor helps make concepts easier to understand, and more importantly MEMORABLE). I also have a great talent for finding metaphors that make complex topics understandable in terms of every day experience. For example, when discussing the function of a cell, I use the metaphor of a factory, each cell feature having a counterpart in an industrial complex. When explaining how cells use information stored in DNA molecules to make proteins, I use the metaphor of a person having to get a recipe out of a library to a kitchen, where the appropriate ingredients can be gathered and combined in the proper order to successfully make some food dish. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I am outstanding as both a teacher and a tutor because I care deeply about my students, and always feel a personal stake in their success.
In summary, I am a highly knowledgeable and experienced teaching professional, able to teach a wide variety of subjects to students over a range of academic levels and abilities whose teaching style has a strongly personal touch. If you are looking for a tutor who can explain nearly any subject in everyday times with a touch of humor thrown in, then please contact me so we can make arrangements to work together and make you more successful. I have a bachelors in biology from the University of Chicago, a masters and Ph. D. in zoology from the University of Florida. I have 29 years of experience as a teacher/tutor, and over that time I have taught a wide range of students, from Ph. D. candidates to middle school. Courses I have taught include general biology, advanced biology, AP
David tutored my daughter, Glory. And she is very satisfied with his method of teaching. She told me that David is very knowledgeable about the subject, and he explained the topics very thoroughly. She is really excited and hopefully as the tutoring continues she will benefit from it and it will help with her final exams coming up in December. Thanks David.
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I have a Masters and Ph.D. in zoology. I have taken an invertebrate paleontology course that was effectively a course in invertebrate zoology. I have taught college level vertebrate zoology and functional/comparative vertebrate anatomy. As a vertebrate paleontologist actively engaged in research, I keep up with new findings in the field of zoology.