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Robert T.

Passionate and Experienced Biology Tutor

Passionate and Experienced Biology Tutor

$30/hour

  • 670 hours tutoring

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Hello there. Excessive jargon, challenging concepts, and steep learning curves are just a few of the reasons why pursuing a path of science is an arduous journey. However, it's not a journey you need take alone. I did my undergraduate work in psychology and neurobiology, and a masters degree in integrated biology, with an emphasis on neurobiology, all at University of Iowa. I have a research position now at the University but I really miss teaching. I taught both introductory and...

Hello there. Excessive jargon, challenging concepts, and steep learning curves are just a few of the reasons why pursuing a path of science is an arduous journey. However, it's not a journey you need take alone. I did my undergraduate work in psychology and neurobiology, and a masters degree in integrated biology, with an emphasis on neurobiology, all at University of Iowa. I have a research position now at the University but I really miss teaching. I taught both introductory and advanced biology courses in grad school and a biology course for non-science majors while I was an undergrad. Additionally, I tutored many, many biology related courses 3 of my 4 years of undergrad. For me, seeing a student finally understand something with which they have struggled and knowing I can make a difference are what I find most rewarding. Since I did my studies here, I often had the same challenges my students faced which, I think, proved valuable for both my students and myself. For them, I think it put them at ease to know that they are not the only one to struggle in a class or on a particular subject. For me, even though my grades were not always stellar, my self worth and satisfaction was more dependent on how my own students fared than my own.

I should also add that I did tutoring through TRIO and mentored high school students through Upward Bound, so I'm quite comfortable with students from any background imaginable and hope to ensure that students can feel as comfortable with me. Additionally, I want to have fun while I teach and my evaluations suggest many of my students enjoyed my classes as well. I have the most experience with college students, but I do have some high school tutoring experience (including AP biology)

My primary focus is cellular and molecular biology. For me, the beauty of biology is there is, and has been, so much diversity of life at the large scale; at the small molecular scale, there are a great many similarities that connect us to all life that is, has ever been, and will likely


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University of Iowa
Neurobiology
University of Iowa
Masters

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English

Writing

Writing

The largest challenge I see in writing is that people write as if making a transcript of how they speak in real life, and that simply won't do. My writing background is primarily in scientific writing, with an emphasis on biomedical sciences and related fields, but all types of formal writing have similar expectations: the writer is clear, organized, and concise. How something is written is just as important -- maybe more so -- than the content. My work previously with students who need help in writing/editing is to focus the main purpose(s) of the work, organizing it in such a way that it "flows" logically from one point to another, and identify the appropriate amount of detail necessary to convey the information required.

Homeschool

Biology,

Biology

My primary area of expertise is cellular and molecular biology. While that may seem daunting, it is at this level that I can truly appreciate how interconnected life is. I use this appreciation and apply it to my philosophy of teaching; namely, that students learn more, become more confident, and generally perform better when they are encouraged to see how concepts connect and interact with each other and not as discreet bits of information with funny sounding words.
Writing

Writing

The largest challenge I see in writing is that people write as if making a transcript of how they speak in real life, and that simply won't do. My writing background is primarily in scientific writing, with an emphasis on biomedical sciences and related fields, but all types of formal writing have similar expectations: the writer is clear, organized, and concise. How something is written is just as important -- maybe more so -- than the content. My work previously with students who need help in writing/editing is to focus the main purpose(s) of the work, organizing it in such a way that it "flows" logically from one point to another, and identify the appropriate amount of detail necessary to convey the information required.

Most Popular

Biology,

Biology

My primary area of expertise is cellular and molecular biology. While that may seem daunting, it is at this level that I can truly appreciate how interconnected life is. I use this appreciation and apply it to my philosophy of teaching; namely, that students learn more, become more confident, and generally perform better when they are encouraged to see how concepts connect and interact with each other and not as discreet bits of information with funny sounding words.
Writing

Writing

The largest challenge I see in writing is that people write as if making a transcript of how they speak in real life, and that simply won't do. My writing background is primarily in scientific writing, with an emphasis on biomedical sciences and related fields, but all types of formal writing have similar expectations: the writer is clear, organized, and concise. How something is written is just as important -- maybe more so -- than the content. My work previously with students who need help in writing/editing is to focus the main purpose(s) of the work, organizing it in such a way that it "flows" logically from one point to another, and identify the appropriate amount of detail necessary to convey the information required.

Science

Anatomy,

Anatomy

My primary background is cell and molecular biology, but I have had anatomy and physiology courses. In undergrad, I tutored many students in both of those subjects, as well. I also taught a biology class for non-science majors which, coincidentally, had a strong anatomy component, so I'm well aware of the barriers to understanding that students face.
Biochemistry,

Biochemistry

While my training is in neurobiology, a very strong biochemistry background is required to fully appreciate the intricacies of our brains function. Biochemistry is a field where the interactions between molecules of life exert their influence over it, whether it be the beating of a heart, turning on or off a gene, or skipping on eating an extra donut. I help students identify these networks, show them how they are regulated, encourage them to find patterns, and apply those concepts to new topics to gain understanding in the material, and confidence within themselves.
Biology,

Biology

My primary area of expertise is cellular and molecular biology. While that may seem daunting, it is at this level that I can truly appreciate how interconnected life is. I use this appreciation and apply it to my philosophy of teaching; namely, that students learn more, become more confident, and generally perform better when they are encouraged to see how concepts connect and interact with each other and not as discreet bits of information with funny sounding words.
Genetics,

Genetics

Genetics is one of the main themes of biology. A full year of genetic courses was required for my undergraduate degree and was also required for my graduate degree. I have experience in Mendelian Inheritance, molecular genetics, transcriptional regulation, transgenics, biotechology, and epigenetics. Furthermore, I use transgenic mouse models in my own research to ask questions about alterations to neurodevelopment and how those changes may be associated with psychiatric illness later in life.
Physiology,

Physiology

Tutored for 2 years Human Physiology, an introductory course for health and physiology majors, sports sciences majors, athletic training, and pre-physical therapy, among others. Taught Human Biology, which is a non-science majors biology course, for 2 years that had a heavy physiology component.
Astronomy

Summer

Biology,

Biology

My primary area of expertise is cellular and molecular biology. While that may seem daunting, it is at this level that I can truly appreciate how interconnected life is. I use this appreciation and apply it to my philosophy of teaching; namely, that students learn more, become more confident, and generally perform better when they are encouraged to see how concepts connect and interact with each other and not as discreet bits of information with funny sounding words.
Writing

Writing

The largest challenge I see in writing is that people write as if making a transcript of how they speak in real life, and that simply won't do. My writing background is primarily in scientific writing, with an emphasis on biomedical sciences and related fields, but all types of formal writing have similar expectations: the writer is clear, organized, and concise. How something is written is just as important -- maybe more so -- than the content. My work previously with students who need help in writing/editing is to focus the main purpose(s) of the work, organizing it in such a way that it "flows" logically from one point to another, and identify the appropriate amount of detail necessary to convey the information required.

Examples of Expertise


Robert has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 32 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

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Funny, knowledgeable and patient.

He truly helped mu daughter to grasp the larger concepts. He put it into bite-size pieces for her and he gave cogent, relatable examples for bio that a teen could understand. She was smiling after studying bio for the first time all semester and that was worth it!

Nadia, 1 lesson with Robert

Excellent and knowledgeable Tutor

Robert is an excellent and dedicated teacher. My son who is a freshman is taking classes from him for biology. He always make sure that my son gets a deeper understanding of his lessons. We are glad to find an excellent teacher.

Srividya, 5 lessons with Robert

Knowledgeable tutor

We used online tutor for first time and the set up to connect with tutor was a challenge but Robert had wait patiently. He is nice and he helped my daughter with her AP biology.

Sara, 1 lesson with Robert

Genetics

Robert was amazing at answering questions on the fly. He verbalized his thought processes that way you could see if you were on the right path or not. This type of teaching is crucial because I’m able to figure it which direction to go in or not, this reduces study time and more importantly reduces my stress levels.

Alexis, 2 lessons with Robert

Wonderful Tutor!

Robert was a wonderful tutor! My son feels 100% more confident going into his Physio test this Friday. I'll be connecting with Robert again for future tutoring.

Sofia, 1 lesson with Robert

Extremely knowledgeable and patient!

I needed help on my genetics homework and made a last-minute request to see if Robert could help me. He was quick to respond and a schedule a lesson. Robert is extremely knowledgeable and patient! He does a great job explaining information and making it easier to comprehend!

Jalisha, 1 lesson with Robert

Knowledgeable and patient

Very good. I wanted to learn more, but I ran out of time. I must say he reoriented me! I look forward to more sessions. He help to break down content step by step.

Chan, 2 lessons with Robert

Able to apply

He was able to apply a lot of general, mundane concepts that I had been learning for years and applied them to real-world applications. Specifically in my field of biochemical pharmacology, too

Kristi, 1 lesson with Robert
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$30/hour

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Response time: 2 hours