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Dayalan S.

Collingswood, NJ

$50/hour

Former professor focused on student-centered active learning

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Biology
Harvard Medical School
Master's
Harvard University
PhD

Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Biology)

Harvard Medical School (Master's)

Harvard University (PhD)

About Dayalan

This may sound strange, but my teaching philosophy as a biology instructor has been to teach empathy. This is not the typical emotional empathy, but the broader definition of it: to understand and appreciate the rules and functions by which others live or behave. For a scientist, that means getting outside of our own narrow way of perceiving things and understanding the rules that molecules, genes, proteins, cells, organs, individuals, populations, species, guilds, and systems operate by.

Most of the time, this does not fit with our own natural intuition of how things *should* work. To me, this is a big reason why science is so tough to learn: the natural world doesn't always follow our intuition, or even fit into it! So how can we get to that kind of understanding? It ain't easy, but you wouldn't be a science major or at least interested in science of you didn't like and couldn't handle a challenge.

As a tutor, my goal is to help guide you through the complexity of biology, biochemistry/molecular biology, genetics, physiology, or writing; be there for you when you inevitably struggle with the material; and elicit your real potential.

I have taught and even developed courses in cell biology, genetics, developmental biology, biochemistry, endocrinology, parasitology, and how to read primary scientific literature. On top of that, I have quite a bit of experience in science and in teaching science in the classroom and the lab: a Masters of Medical Science degree from Harvard Medical School; a PhD in Experimental Pathology from Harvard University; a postdoctoral research fellowship in evolutionary and developmental biology at Princeton University; 6 years of undergraduate and medical school teaching experience; training in multiple student-centered active-learning pedagogy methods; and an Innovative Teaching Award in 2015. I am now a Scientific Writer at a major pharmaceutical company, so we can discuss writing, too!

I really enjoy interacting with students and mentoring them to grow into capable and thoughtful adults -- it is one of the most fulfilling things I've done in my career. Feel free to reach out and set up a time so we can see if what I have to offer would be of benefit to you and your goals.
This may sound strange, but my teaching philosophy as a biology instructor has been to teach empathy. This is not the typical emotional empathy, but the broader definition of it: to understand and appreciate the rules and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required

Group rate (ideally 3-4 students): $70/hour Multiple hour rate (block of 2 hours or more): $35/hour

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Collingswood, NJ 08108
Science:
Biochemistry,
Biology,
Genetics,
Physiology
English:
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Biochemistry

More about my expertise in Biochemistry:

I have a B.S. in Biology and a PhD in Experimental Pathology, and I have taken multiple courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in biochemistry and molecular biology. I even took 2 graduate-level courses as an undergraduate: Molecular Biology, and the Cellular Membrane Biochemistry. My PhD research used biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology techniques to identify and characterize proteins required for cell division.

As an professor, I have taught full courses by myself (no TAs!) in Introductory Biochemistry and Introductory Cell Biology. Additionally, I have tutored multiple students from these courses. My tutoring style in biochemistry is to act as the guide or facilitator for your learning, as I have been trained in using POGIL and other active learning strategies. So you can expect a lot of active and deep learning in our sessions!

Biology

More about my expertise in Cell Biology: I have a B.S. in Biology and a PhD in Experimental Pathology, and I have taken multiple courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in cell biology and biochemistry. My PhD and postdoctoral research projects focused on the cell biology of cell division and its evolution. I have 5 years of experience in teaching courses in Introductory Cell Biology as well as Developmental Biology, Biochemistry, Evolutionary Biology, Endocrinology, and Parasitology. Additionally, I have tutored multiple students from these courses and mentored several students in research projects in these areas over the last 7 years. My tutoring style in general is to act as the guide or facilitator for your learning. So you can expect a lot of active and deep learning in our sessions!

Genetics

I have the following degrees and experience that qualify me for tutoring genetics. I have a B.S. in Biology and a PhD in Experimental Pathology, and I have taken multiple courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in genetics and molecular genetics. My PhD and postdoctoral research projects involved aspects of real-world genetics and genomics. I have several years of experience in teaching and tutoring genetics. For example, I taught full courses in Human Genetics and in Introductory Bioinformatics, as well as aspects of Mendelian and quantitative trait genetics in other biology courses. I have tutored multiple students from these courses in understanding Mendelian genetics, molecular genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics. Whether you need to learn dihybrid crosses, DNA sequencing, genome structure, or LOD scores, I can help you out!

Writing

I taught college students how to read and analyze primary scientific literature for 5 years, for which I was awarded an Innovative Teaching Award. Additionally, I tutored many students in the elements of good reading and writing practices, which are absolutely crucial for all majors. I am currently a Scientific Writer at a major pharmaceutical company.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Biology
Harvard Medical School
Master's
Harvard University
PhD

Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Biology)

Harvard Medical School (Master's)

Harvard University (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Group rate (ideally 3-4 students): $70/hour Multiple hour rate (block of 2 hours or more): $35/hour

Travel policy

Dayalan will travel within 15 miles of Collingswood, NJ 08108.