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Matt S.

Syracuse, NY

$30/hour

Enthusiastic about science, math, botany.

10+ Hours
4.9 average from 14 ratings
Knowledgeable and Engaging
— Angela, Pasadena, CA on 2/20/17

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University of Delaware
Plant Sci Food Sci
Penn State University
PhD

Education

University of Delaware (Plant Sci Food Sci)

Penn State University (PhD)

About Matt

Teaching is something that I have always enjoyed. I have a strong background in science, and with that, a desire to learn and to share that knowledge. Although I do not plan to pursue a career in teaching, it is something that I have always enjoyed and valued, and I try to include it in my life. As a graduate student, I received the Graduate Student Teaching Certificate from Penn State which involved training courses and 4 semesters of teaching. Additionally, I have been active for several years as a workshop leader with various community organizations covering topics related to botany, gardening, and food preservation. I am also involved with outreach at our local community center where graduate students and staff from the biology department at Syracuse University lead bi-weekly science activities with 8 - 14 year olds.

I believe that the best way to learn is through hands-on activities, and that learning happens through understanding, not just memorization. Diagrams, props, and games are all visual and interactive tools that I use for teaching. I find that by keeping the student engaged, they are able to maintain their interest and learning will follow. This style of teaching was inspired by my 8th grade Life Science teacher, a man who started me on the scientific path early in life that led me to where I am today and someone who I still consider a role model. Even now, I vividly recall many of his lessons and was able to apply that knowledge through graduate school. Never before or since has an educator had such an impact on me, and my teaching style is a reflection of that. I strive to pass on that same experience and passion that made me successful by having a positive influence on a new generation.

I was given lessons in basic operations and later, prealgebra, during elementary school, which I enjoyed very much. I believe it gave me a strong advantage in preparing me for future math courses. My high school education reached the level of calculus BC and I took an additional calculus course in college, along with several statistics courses. I want to provide an opportunity for others to build solid basic math skills early in their education so that they can succeed later in life.

I received a Bachelor of Science in Plant Science and Food Science with a minor in Environmental Soil Science from the University of Delaware. During that time, I was an Ag Ambassador, a member of the Horticulture Club, Vice President of the Food Science Club, and an active member of the Institute of Food Technologists. I recently finished a Ph.D. in Plant Biology at Penn State where I studied tomato breeding and genetics, mapping disease resistance genes from wild tomatoes. Currently, I am working as a laboratory assistant in the Biology Department at Syracuse University where I research epigenetics in the nematode germline.

If you would like me to be a part of your learning experience, or if you would like to learn more about my background and teaching style, please feel free to contact me. Currently I am available for tutoring any time and day of the week, but in the future may only be available evenings and weekends. I look forward to working with you!
Teaching is something that I have always enjoyed. I have a strong background in science, and with that, a desire to learn and to share that knowledge. Although I do not plan to pursue a career in teaching, it is something that I have always enjoyed and valued, and I try to include it in my life. As a graduate student, I received the Graduate Read more

Policies
Cancellation
1 hour notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Syracuse, NY 13210

"Knowledgeable and Engaging"

- Angela, Pasadena, CA on 2/20/17

"Great tutor! Very helpful"

- Jeanne, Medford, NY on 3/31/16
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math

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Biology

I earned my PhD in Plant Biology from Penn State, which was ranked as the top Plant Biology program in the country. The coursework included plant physiology and my research involved tomato breeding and genetics. Courses for my undergraduate degrees in Plant Science and Food Science included both animal and plant biology. Currently, I am involved in research on the germline of the soil roundworm C. elegans.

Botany

I received a Bachelor of Science in Plant Science with a minor in Environmental Soil Science from the University of Delaware. During that time, I was an Ag Ambassador and a member of the Horticulture Club. I recently finished a Ph.D. in Plant Biology at Penn State where I studied tomato breeding and genetics. During that time, I was a teaching assistant for a class on Plant Breeding and Genetics; my responsibilities included running weekly lab sessions, grading assignments, and assisting students with their work. Additionally, I am a workshop leader with various community organizations where I teach botany, gardening, and seed saving.

Genetics

I received a Bachelors of Science in Food Science from the University of Delaware where I learned basic DNA sequencing for foodborne pathogen identification. I later performed undergraduate research where I studied small RNA in Arabidopsis under abiotic stresses. For my graduate work at Penn State, my dissertation was on the identification and mapping of disease resistance genes from wild tomatoes. This involved RRL construction, SNP identification, QTL mapping, and various inheritance studies. During that time, I was a teaching assistant for a class on Plant Breeding and Genetics; my responsibilities included running weekly lab sessions, grading assignments, and assisting students with their work. Currently, I work as a laboratory assistant in the Biology Department at Syracuse University where I research epigenetics in the nematode germline.

Microbiology

My doctoral work involved tomato breeding and gene mapping of genes for resistance to late blight disease. This highly destructive disease is caused by the oomycete (a fungus-like organism) P. infestans. The work required extensive knowledge of the behavior and life cycle of the organism. Additionally, I have experience with a variety of bacterial, fungal, and viral pathogens common to greenhouses.

Courses include undergraduate microbiology and food microbiology, and two semesters of graduate level plant pathology.

University of Delaware
Plant Sci Food Sci
Penn State University
PhD

Education

University of Delaware (Plant Sci Food Sci)

Penn State University (PhD)

Knowledgeable and Engaging

My son had his first session with Matt tonight and it went well. Matt was engaging on the lesson and discussed a variety of key concepts as well as supplementary concepts to enhance his learning.

— Angela, Pasadena, CA on 2/20/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Matt will travel within 15 miles of Syracuse, NY 13210.