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Cody B.

Clifton Park, NY

$50/hour

New Beginnings: Science, Math, and Test Prep Tutor.

200+ Hours
Background check passed as of 4/21/14
5.0 average from 145 ratings
A Great, Very Patient Chemistry Tutor!
— Nicole, Albany, NY on 5/8/14

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University of Illinois
Biochemistry
University of Virginia
Master's
Ohio State University
PhD

Education

University of Illinois (Biochemistry)

University of Virginia (Master's)

Ohio State University (PhD)

About Cody

I am a molecular virologist who has worked in academia, industry, and with the National Institutes of Health in my career. My Ph.D. in virology comes from Ohio State University, as well as a Master's from University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science from University of Illinois. One of the primary skills I learned while moving from one sector to another is how to teach math and science to non-scientists, which in turn lead to a love of teaching science to students. I've tutored students one on one for several years as part of my official duties as a graduate student, conducted classes and group study sections, and spent time volunteering as a museum docent at the Koshland Science Museum in Washington, D.C.

I tutor in several scientific areas, mainly biology, chemistry, microbiology and related sciences. I also teach math up to the algebra/trigonometry level, mostly math that I have used in the course of my science work, so I have both a theoretical and a practical grasp of what I teach.

My approach to tutoring science is to express often complex concepts in simple terms that students new to the area can understand, rather than using a lot of jargon and trying to make science seem more complex and mysterious than it is. At the same time, I have a belief that anyone with an interest in science can learn it, given time and patience and a good teacher. Depending on individual students' needs, I can ask questions, suggest other approaches to learning their material, steer them back on track, or offer encouragement if they understand the material but are unsure of their ability to master it. I show how learning science is not just useful for budding scientists, but introduces ways of thinking that are useful in many different academic fields and possible career interests the students may want to pursue. Depending on a student's interest, I can discuss science topics outside their immediate classes they might want to learn about independently.

I also am very happy to assist with setting up science fair projects.

For math, I will review the student's notes and class materials to get an idea of what their teacher or professor expects of them, and work closely with the student to better explain concepts, equations, techniques, etc., that are confusing to them.

Finally (whew!) I also design educational games. My current game is designed to teach middle school through early college basic microbiology.

My standard tutoring policies are:

1. I expect students to do their own work for class. I will advice, encourage, explain, question, critique and otherwise assist a student with understanding their science and math topics, but the primary work must be the student's own.

2. It is important for students to share any notes, handouts, or textbooks they have with me during our lessons so that I can understand what their teacher requires. Many times there are several correct approaches to understanding a scientific topic or solving a math problem, but a teacher may only give credit for use of a specific technique or approach he or she has taught.

3. For science fair students: I will show how to explore research topics, make a hypothesis, set up and conduct experiments, collect data and put together a nice presentation, but the actual topic must be the student's own.

4. In order to help ensure a safe environment for learning, I require the presence of a second adult in the vicinity during lessons for all science students of high school age or younger. This requirement is in keeping with similar policies followed by many churches and youth programs. If a parent or other responsible adult will be present in the home, I am happy to offer lessons at the home. In a latchkey situation where the student is home alone, the lessons should be held in a public place such as a library or coffee shop.

5. My late and cancellation policies are as follows:
a. Billing starts 5 minutes after the scheduled time begins, unless arrangements are made in advance.
b. For minors, I will not depart the tutoring site until a parent or prearranged guardian has picked up the student. If you are more then 5 minutes late, billing will continue until you have picked up your child.
c. If I am late to the site, billing will not begin until I have arrived on site and met with you. I will always try to contact you in advance if I am going to be delayed or have to cancel a session.
d. If you cancel a session 24 hours in advance, there is no penalty. If you cancel a session up to 2 hours in advance, 25% of the session cost will be billed. If you are a no-show, I will bill 75% of the session cost. I consider anyone a no-show if I do not hear from them 30 minutes after the scheduled session is to begin.
e. One warning will be issued before these policies go into effect.
f. Students who have built an honest and positive rapport with me may receive a decrease in or waiver of late or missed session fees at my discretion.
I am a molecular virologist who has worked in academia, industry, and with the National Institutes of Health in my career. My Ph.D. in virology comes from Ohio State University, as well as a Master's from University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science from University of Illinois. One of the primary skills I learned while moving from one sector Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Clifton Park, NY 12065
Background Check: Passed

"A Great, Very Patient Chemistry Tutor!"

- Nicole, Albany, NY on 5/8/14

"Patient and caring tutor"

- Elena, Slingerlands, NY on 5/24/16

"Excellent Tutor"

- Colin, Rexford, NY on 10/25/15

"Very Knowledgeable and dependable.. always caring."

- Sand, Greenfield Center, NY on 6/19/15

"Kind and knowledgeable tutor"

- Frances, Greenfield Center, NY on 6/6/15

"Well prepared and knowedgeable tutor"

- Allison, Clifton Park, NY on 6/3/15

"Very Skilled SAT Math Tutor"

- James, Mechanicville, NY on 12/2/14
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Calculus, Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GRE, PSAT, Regents,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
GRE, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

In addition to utilizing algebra regularly during my scientific research, I've tutored many students in Algebra I, including several Regents Algebra I (Common Core) students.

Biochemistry

With a B.S. in Biochemistry, an M.S. in Immunochemistry and a Ph.D. in molecular virology, I have laboratory and classroom biochemistry experience spanning nearly 25 years. I also have extensive one on one teaching experience in the area as part of my graduate student duties.

Biology

As part of my undergraduate classwork, I studied taxonomy, animal physiology and ethology. In addition, I've spent many years performing volunteer field surveys for the Audubon society and, as a hobby, I am an avid birder and avian ethologist. I believe in both hands-on and book-related teaching to learn biology, as well as integrating it with the other sciences (chemistry, etc.) that I teach.

Biostatistics

In addition to the classwork I performed in biostatistics as part of my graduate degree, I have participated in field nesting surveys (which involved some statistical analysis prior to submission of data) and have published several papers which made extensive use of biostatistics as part of their data analysis.

Chemistry

With degrees in biochemistry (B.S.), immunochemistry (M.S.) and molecular virology (Ph.D.), I've got basic chemistry experience spanning 25 years. I also have extensive one on one teaching experience, as part of both of my graduate degrees.

Genetics

As part of getting all three of my degrees (B.S. in biochemistry, M.S. in Immunochemistry, and Ph.D. in molecular virology) I took a number of classes in genetics. Most of my genetics courses concentrated on molecular genetics and molecular mechanisms of gene expression, but I also took courses in population genetics and human genetics, and my virology courses also included some background in genetics.

Microbiology

I have extensive experience both in classroom microbiology and field microbiology. Microbiology, generally, is a huge part of my day to day work as a molecular virologist, both as a tool in my labs and as a subject of my research.

Organic Chemistry

As part of my undergraduate biochemistry degree, I was required to take several classes in organic and synthetic organic chemistry at the University of Illinois. I continued to take organic chemistry classes at the graduate level as part of my Master of Science from the University of Virginia. Both of these degrees gave me a good basic background in the area, which has been kept current by my published work in protein biochemistry.

Public Speaking

Over the course of my graduate career I've given numerous oral presentations of varying length, to technical, professional and public audiences. My presentations are well acclaimed and I've a good grounding of the basics of public speaking, including organization, styles of verbal and visual presentation, projection and audience engagement.

Regents

I've worked extensively in test prep at the high school and college level, as part of my graduate training. In addition to my test prep experience, I've also taken sample Regents tests myself in several subjects (Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra 1) so I have some idea of what the tests involve. As with most standardized tests, I would take students through at least a couple of past exams, first untimed, then timed, score them and discuss the missed questions. Most of my approach is to help the student figure out the weaknesses in how they take the test, combined with a solid review of the core concepts the specific test would cover.

Zoology

Though it was not directly a part of my degrees, my undergraduate minor was in ornithology, where I became the first sophomore to receive an "A" in the Ornithology class under Scott Robinson at the University of Illinois. This minor involved classwork in general animal classification, animal physiology and ethology. In addition, I've spent many years performing volunteer surveys (nesting surveys, bird counts) for the Audubon society and am an avid birder and avian ethologist.

University of Illinois
Biochemistry
University of Virginia
Master's
Ohio State University
PhD

Education

University of Illinois (Biochemistry)

University of Virginia (Master's)

Ohio State University (PhD)

A Great, Very Patient Chemistry Tutor!

At our first meeting for chemistry tutoring, Cody took his time to give us a little background about himself, which put my son at ease. Then he started the first session with my son. He did a great job conversing and explaining things. My son came home feeling good about his tutoring session and upcoming Regents exam. Highly recommend Cody B.

— Nicole, Albany, NY on 5/8/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Cody will travel within 20 miles of Clifton Park, NY 12065.