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Robert P.

Pontiac, MI

$45/hour

Science tutoring, specifically biology, chemistry, environmental

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University of Oklahoma
Zoology
University of Oklahoma
Master's

Education

University of Oklahoma (Zoology)

University of Oklahoma (Master's)

About Robert

I am a lifelong scientist who has loved science since I was seven years old and practiced it non-stop since graduation. I like to generate the same level of excitement about science in today’s students, those who will be operating our increasingly technological society in the very near future. I have years of practical experiences that I invoke as relevant examples when teaching. This helps students understand the value and utility of what they are being asked to learn.

I’m offering science tutoring, specifically in general biology, zoology, chemistry, environmental and the other earth sciences. I have a Bachelor's Degree in zoology with a chemistry emphasis and a Master's Degree in environmental science, both from the University of Oklahoma. In addition, I am an experienced college instructor for the MIAT College of Technology, an active environmental consultant, a former research scientist at an Environmental Protection Agency research laboratory, a former chemist at the Oklahoma Geological Survey, and a former research technician in genetics at the University of Oklahoma Zoology Department.

During my career I've written numerous peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and encyclopedia articles, as well as doing reviews for scientific journals and government agencies. In short, I keep current with technology and the sciences and I have the qualifications and knowledge to get you up to speed and ahead of the rest of your class. I won’t just tutor you in the facts, I will help you understand how to think like a scientist when confronted with a new problem; how to adopt a generalized version of the scientific method to achieve better understanding of the topics you are studying.

I am available to tutor at either the college or secondary level. Tutoring can be done at a public location or online to suit your needs. I would be happy to speak with or meet you to assess your needs, learn what your particular curriculum and syllabus require, and to begin designing the best strategy for overcoming any learning obstacles and achieving the requirements. My standard fee is $55/hour, but that is somewhat negotiable based upon your specific tutoring needs and circumstances.
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Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Pontiac, MI 48341
In-person lessons
Science:
Biology,
Chemistry,
Ecology, Physical Science, Zoology

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Biology

I am highly qualified to tutor in the biological sciences. I have a B.S. degree in zoology from the University of Oklahoma and worked in both a genetics research lab and on a grasslands ecology project while achieving that degree. My coursework familiarized me with everything from comparative anatomy through neurophysiology and ecology. As a practicing environmental scientist (M.Sc. environmental science, University of Oklahoma) and long-time consultant, I've addressed the impacts of contaminants and environmental cleanups on animals, plants, ecosystems, and human society for many years. An in-depth understanding of the various aspects of biology has been critical in this regard.

I teach college-level environmental science, and I include a section on biology and evolution so my students understand the relevance of the environment as a topic required for their degree. I typically address this biological understanding at the high school or advanced high school course level, but will go into much greater detail when the students express an active interest. I incorporate everything from writings and reference materials by noted biologists through videos from the National Science Foundation, National Geographic, and so on, in addition to my own knowledge and experience.

I make certain that all my students understand the diversity of life on Earth, how this diversity has been attained through natural selection, the processes of natural selection as the fundamental underpinning of all biology, and the interactions of various species with one another and with the rest of their environment. I bring this same level of understanding to the students that I tutor.

I have had a life-long interest in the biological sciences. Some of my early memories are of studying a book on human anatomy when I was about seven years old. Partly due to this, I really enjoy the moment when I see a student of any age get that look of realization and understanding in his/her eyes; I remember how it felt to me.

Chemistry

During my formal education I took enough hours in chemistry for it to be considered a minor. I subsequently worked in the Oklahoma Geological Survey Chemistry Laboratory and had the official title of "Chemist;" I was in this position for about 10 years.

I then went to work at the Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Laboratory of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where my first responsibilities included the repair and rebuilding of one of the analytical chemistry laboratories, followed by doing original research all of which involved chemistry.

I completed my M.S. in environmental science with a focus on environmental geochemistry. My thesis was based upon chemistry and titled, "Chromate Reduction and Remediation Utilizing the Thermodynamic Instability of Zero Valence State Iron."

As a consultant, chemistry is almost always one of the issues of concern that requires my attention. My knowledge of the subject allows me to help my clients understand what is going on with their processes or environmental concerns.

As an adjunct college instructor in environmental science, I always cover a chapter on chemistry early in the course to provide the students with the background that they need to understand chemical interactions in the environment. Part of my teaching process is using examples from my experience to show them how the chemistry subject matter relates to real-world problems and solutions to those problems.

Zoology

I have a B.S. degree in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma and worked in both a genetics lab and on a grasslands ecology project while achieving that degree. As a practicing environmental scientist (M.Sc.) and consultant, I've addressed the impacts of contaminants and contaminant cleanups on animals, plants, and human society for many years. An understanding of zoology and, therein, evolution, has been critical in this regard because environmental science is, at its basis, about protecting animal life (in particular) from excessive stresses and harm. This requires a substantial understanding of the physiological processes and physical characteristics of animals and how these differ throughout the animal kingdom down to the genus and species levels.

When teaching college-level environmental science I include a section on biology and evolution for my students so they understand the relevance of the environment as a topic. I incorporate everything from writings and reference materials by noted zoologists and biologists through videos from the National Science Foundation, National Geographic, and so on. I make certain that all my students understand the diversity of life on Earth, how this diversity has been attained through natural selection, the processes of natural selection as the fundamental underpinning of all biology, and the interactions of various species with one another and with the rest of their environment.

University of Oklahoma
Zoology
University of Oklahoma
Master's

Education

University of Oklahoma (Zoology)

University of Oklahoma (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Robert will travel within 40 miles of Pontiac, MI 48341.