Mount Union College (Biology)
Rutgers Medical School (Other)
Indiana University (MEd)
I am a former high school teacher and medical transcriber, and have long been a linguist. I taught principally science subjects for a total of ten years. I have a Master of Medical Science degree from Rutgers Medical School. As a medical transcriber, I have worked in all disciplines of medicine, including ten years in skin pathology.
In my two years as a medical student, I studied biology, chemistry, anatomy, and physics. I have worked in research laboratories in medicine, animal behavior, and microbiology. I keep abreast of science topics by reading science journals and books. For instance, I recently read Edward O. Wilson's book, The Diversity of Life, mostly about evolution.
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Noel I am a former high school teacher and medical transcriber, and have long been a linguist. I taught principally science subjects for a total of ten years. I have a Master of Medical Science degree from Rutgers Medical School. As a medical transcriber, I have worked in all disciplines of medicine, including ten years in skin pathology.
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You might ask how my interest in languages could help in tutoring anatomy. I have found that familiarity with Latin and classical Greek gives an advantage in recognizing the roots of scientific terms. It helped me while in medical school and has come in handy in many situations since then.
You might well ask how my interest in languages could help in tutoring biology. In fact, I found that a familiarity with Latin and classical Greek gives an advantage in recognizing the roots of scientific terms. It helped me while in medical school and in many situations since then.
I especially help my tutees understand concepts, not just facts. In my view, concepts are much more powerful than simple facts. In biology we discover how organisms - plants, animals, microbes - interact, how they all contribute to the balance or imbalance of nature, how human actions influence nature, how organisms are subject to laws of chemistry and physics, and a lot more. To appreciate how our knowledge of biology is expanding all the time is very exciting and inspiring.
I am a voracious reader of many subjects, including biographies, history, fiction, and science. As a linguist I pride myself on familiarity with several languages and their grammar. I am fluent in Russian and fairly fluent in French and Spanish. Incidentally, in addition to the subjects of English and history, I know a lot about the history of the English language.
I took a special intensive course in Teaching English as a Second Language, and I received certification.
I hope your daughter's English reading and writing classses are as exciting and challenging as some of mine have been over the years. Reading is truly one of my favorite pastimes, so it is a pleasure to share my enthusiasm with others.
For three summers I took part in Summer Slavic Institute at Indiana University, experiencing total immersion in Russian language. At Indiana University I earned a Master's in Education degree and I taught Russian at a High School In Massachusetts. I translated a Russian textbook on the history of evolutionary theory.
Since there is no degree to show one's competence in vocabulary, I will give some evidence of why I feel well qualified.
Before I was a teenager, when I would ask my father the definition of a word, he sometimes would tease me by defining that word with two or more abstruse synonyms. I believe this began my life-long fascination with expanding my vocabulary.
Learning the Latin, Greek and other roots of words can expand your vocabulary immensely. I love this method. I prefer to learn not only the modern meanings of a word and how it is used, but also the word's provenance/origins. You can sometimes use this method to guess the meaning of words you have never met before.
My vocabulary in English has been strengthened by knowing corresponding words (cognates) in other languages.