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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.
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 Read more

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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

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Biology

I am highly qualified to tutor in the biological sciences. I currently teach Environmental Science at both Washtenaw Community College (WCC) and at the MIAT College of Technology. Additionally, I also teach “Environmental Science and Society” at WCC, which addresses ethics, economics, morality, etc., as they relate to environmental science. I have a B.Sc. in Zoology and an M.Sc. in Environmental Science, both from the University of Oklahoma. I worked 37 years as a professional scientist and consultant, 11 of those in an EPA laboratory doing original research. I was an external advisor to Los Alamos National Laboratory for seven years, and have about four years experience teaching at the college level.

When I teach environmental science at WCC and MIAT my initial focus is on biology and evolution, so my students understand the relevance of the biological concepts they need to understand within the context of both the environment and the information they need to fulfill their college science requirement. I typically address this understanding at the advanced high school level, but will go into much greater detail when the students express an active interest.

As a practicing environmental scientist 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 have had a life-long interest in the biological sciences. Some of my early memories are of studying a book on human anatomy and memorizing it 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, because I remember how it felt to me.

Chemistry

I currently teach Environmental Science at both Washtenaw Community College (WCC) and at the MIAT College of Technology. Additionally, I also teach “Environmental Science and Society” at WCC. I have a B.Sc. in Zoology and an M.Sc. in Environmental Science, both from the University of Oklahoma. My thesis was chemistry-based and titled, "Chromate Reduction and Remediation Utilizing the Thermodynamic Instability of Zero Valence State Iron." During my education I took sufficient hours in chemistry for it to be considered a minor. I have about four years experience teaching at the college level.

I worked 37 years as a professional scientist and consultant, 11 of those as a chemist at the Oklahoma Geological Survey and 11 years in an EPA laboratory doing original research on various aspects of environmental geochemistry. As a consultant, I was an external advisor to Los Alamos National Laboratory for seven years addressing the transport and fate of chemical contaminants in the soils and groundwater that resulted from their nuclear mission during WWII.

As a college instructor in environmental science, I always do a thorough review of chemistry early in the course to provide the students with the background that they need to understand chemical interactions in the environment and to fulfill their science requirement. Part of my teaching process is using examples from my experience to show them how the chemistry they are learning 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.