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Bruce P.

20+ year college biology/genetics teacher; I want you to understand.

20+ year college biology/genetics teacher; I want you to understand.

$45/hour

  • 548 hours tutoring

About Bruce


Bio

I love working with students individually, since that's where real learning takes place. Every student is different, so I work hard to recognize where you need to spend time, have additional discussion, or work things out for yourself. I understand that patience and listening are just as important to your learning as my talking and demonstrating. I think it's important for the student to take the lead in learning discussions; you're the one learning the material!

I don't think that...

I love working with students individually, since that's where real learning takes place. Every student is different, so I work hard to recognize where you need to spend time, have additional discussion, or work things out for yourself. I understand that patience and listening are just as important to your learning as my talking and demonstrating. I think it's important for the student to take the lead in learning discussions; you're the one learning the material!

I don't think that 'drilling' is a useful way to spend time with an expert; you can memorize on your own. My goal is to help you understand material, get a feel for why things make sense, and learn to ask (and answer) the right questions. It's more useful to design exams together and answer your questions than to attempt to memorize previous ones. My focus will always be on guiding you to work through problems and helping you understand correct answers than delivering things-to-know.

Biology is fascinating; understanding it should be a joy and mastering it should be fun. But all of this can only be achieved through thinking about how things work and why the facts are as they are.

I've spent 30 years working with students in classrooms, small groups, and office hours. I've spent those decades thinking about what is important to understand and how to transition students from newcomers to experts. I take pride in doing teaching where students learn through thinking about good questions, exploring ideas, and working on their own and in small groups.

I have also built a large number of software tools that students can use on their own both to practice understanding and to work on 'the dull stuff' (vocabulary!) that is nonetheless essential. If you work with me, these will be available for free as part of your learning opportunity.

I deeply enjoy sharing an understanding of genetics and biology with interested learners. Doing well on tests and homework can be achieved by understanding how things work and why they work that way... this approach is not onl


Education

Ohio University
Botany
University of California San Francisco
PhD
Stanford
Other

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $45
  • Rate details: Group rates: $80 total for 2 students; $110 total for 3 students
  • Lesson cancellation: 3 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 6/2/2017

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Science

Genetics

Genetics

I have taught upper and lower division genetics courses at the University of Arizona, Princeton, and Sarah Lawrence College in the previous 20 years, most often as sole instructor. My Ph.D. work at U. Cal. San Francisco involved genetics research, as did my postdoctoral work and my work as an independent investigator. First author publications resulted from each level. I design software for genetics learning that is currently or recently in use at the University of Arizona, the University of Georgia, and free online.

Examples of Expertise


Bruce has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 51 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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4.9 (196 ratings)
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Reviews


Awesome Genetics Tutor!

I am current student of Bruce for upper division genetics in my university. He has given me tremendous help in making good progress in my class. I have not taken genetics before so I needed some help and guidance. He made genetics more efficient to learn the course material and is very thorough in explaining to make you truly understand the entire concept and not just memorize. Looking forward to continue more lessons with him. I'm glad to have Bruce as my tutor and that he reached out to help me. He's very knowledgable and intelligent professor you can ever have. Thanks Bruce!

RACHEL, 12 lessons with Bruce

An amazing genetics tutor!

I’m an undergraduate biology major and genetics has been by far one of my hardest courses, I just don’t click with genetics. But Bruce really explains the problems so well and breaks them down in a way I can actually understand and apply the concepts. When I get something wrong he doesn’t make me feel less than, he tries to help me come up with the answer by making me think through my original answer and the correct answer which makes me remember the material even more. He also sends outlines of everything we talked about at the end of the session, so absolutely love this as sometimes I forgot something small but I always have something to refer back to! I cannot say enough good things about him and will continue to use his services until the end of the semester. Thanks so much Bruce!

Kristen, 5 lessons with Bruce

Great instructor ! Knowledgeable and patient!

Helped with college Genetics and studies for final⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. He was able to identify my learning style and teach the material in a manner that I could comprehend.

Carly, 3 lessons with Bruce

Excellent, experienced teacher

In our session we covered gene recombination and mapping. Bruce gave me a lesson on recombination and helped me solve many challenging gene mapping problems. It's clear that Bruce loves the subject matter and is adaptable in his teaching style to meet students' needs. He was kind enough to spend as much time as needed to get through my questions.

Leah, 3 lessons with Bruce

Great tutor

Bruce taught my daughter 9th grade honors biology. During this time (weekly lessons for one semester) she was able to raise her grade from a low C to an A! What more can you ask for from a tutor? Besides Bruce is a highly responsible person and is very easy to communicate with. Highly recommended for those who are looking to drastically improve their results. Thank you, Bruce.

Miryam, 19 lessons with Bruce

Made sure I understood everything

Bruce was really helpful and patient when it came to helping me understand concepts. He made sure that I really had a good foundation of the lesson and did a really good job of showing how he got answers, etc.

Chloe, 1 lesson with Bruce

Patient Tutor

Bruce is an amazing tutor, he makes sure the student truly understands the concept and reexplains if need be. A great teacher that makes each concept stick so you remember it!

Alexis, 16 lessons with Bruce

Great AP biology tutor

Bruce guides my daughter so she can reach conclusions on her own, helping her to better understand the material. His lessons make her much more confident in the subject material and have increased her interest in biology. He's been a great help! Cathy M.

Cathy, 13 lessons with Bruce

Great Genetics tutor

Great tutor! He knows so much about genetics and broke down the concepts so that I could understand clearly. He worked out numerous problems and explained them to me!

Kathryn , 7 lessons with Bruce
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