University of Maryland (1975) (Plant Biology)
University of Maryland (1986) (Master's)
The University of Maine (2009) (PhD)
Hello Students. I'm 60 years old and have spread my education through many years of my life. I have entwined my life between Biology and Science and a popular-rock-folk music singer/songwriter avocation. I love almost any area of study. My degrees are: B.S. in Botany (U. Maryland at College Park, 1975), my M.S. in Physiological Ecology (Plants) from U. Maryland in 1986, and I just earned my Ph.D in Biological Sciences at the U. Maine in Orono (2009). I studied and published quite a few papers on the reproductive genetics of Maine's famous lowbush blueberry which actually is a wild species and not sown as in traditional agricultural crops. During these periods of graduate work, together with a three year term as Instructor at the U. Maryland, I have taught many semesters of labs in Biology related subjects. Though I've lectured also, I always particularly liked labs where getting together side by side at lab benches with individuals or small interactive groups is the most effective and personal mode of teaching. I have, of course, through countless office hours through the years, done much individual tutoring also. I won the Fay Hyland graduate student of the year in 2009 at U. Maine which is principally about teaching during my doctoral studies.
I also, in a 2 year post-doc formal position at the U.S.D.A. in Beltsville, MD May,2009 - Nov, 2011, mentored six students in senior year science projects for their science fairs. I had students particularly from C.H. Flowers and some other Washington D.C. area top-ranked schools. One of my students took first place in his class in 2009 with his project on molecular markers and lowbush blueberry yield.
I have always been regarded by my peers and students as an excellent communicator and have an ability to present materials in different ways so that the journey to comprehension of a subject or problem is realized. I am patient... but I do expect the student to work hard. I believe, in the end, that it is the students that teach themselves and that a great teacher facilitates this process. Having the opportunity to learn is one of life's great gifts for those fortunate enough to receive it. A good education will serve in every aspect of your life, for your entire life.
I look forward to interacting with a dedicated student(s) in problem areas or concept issues. My method is highly Socratic... don't be scared... this only means that the teacher asks lots of questions 'leading' the student to arriving at the answer by themselves. It is a time honored method of individual instruction.
Please feel free to email me with any questions as to how my education and skills as a tutor may help your academic efforts. Hello Students. I'm 60 years old and have spread my education through many years of my life. I have entwined my life between Biology and Science and a popular-rock-folk music
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I specialize in a one year, two semester course with both lecture and lab that would normally constitute the 1st year of Biology in college. I can work within the framework of plant and animal biology at this level, plus, and importantly, cover all the fundamental life science core concepts such as metabolism, reproduction, cell division, photosynthesis (higher green plants, and aspects of DNA/RNA and the fundamentals of genetics in organisms.
I will work within what you specifically are getting in the lectures and labs and the textbook you use.
This is highly important as biology is a huge subject and every teacher approaches and highlights general courses differently. My experience has told me that seeing what is important versus every single fact in your text book is the key to performing well in such courses.
In short, you need to know what your teacher is stressing... which is what I'll work with you on.
I use Cambell and Reece: Biology as the definitive text for general biology.