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Oglethorpe University (Biopsychology)
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (Other)
It is not enough to show someone how to solve a problem. It is more valuable to teach someone to think of a problem as arising from knowable causes. In chemistry, it is not just about memorizing formulas for solving calculations. Atoms and molecules behave the way they do for specific reasons, many of which can be quantified: pH, basicity/acidity, electronegativity, hydrophobicity, polarity, and electron delocalization, to name a few. Simply knowing that plus(+) like minus (-) will take you a long way in chemistry.
Biology's overarching theme is evolution through differential survival of the most fit. This struggle for existence is played out in all living systems from single cells to populations of organisms. Understanding how certain living systems work always and inevitably returns to themes of evolution, form fits function, and most importantly, that living systems are not exempt from the laws of physics and chemistry.
I hold a Bachelor of Science in biopsychology with a minor in chemistry. My main interests are in molecular and systemic neurobiology, and I am seeking an opportunity as a tutor so that I can share my love of science while helping others to also appreciate science and its way of thinking. Science sees the world as a mix of chaos and order, each guiding the other under fundamental and knowable rules. I emphasize fundamentals and how they apply to the specifics, and it is often the case that the student does not have a firm grasp on the fundamentals, thereby hindering that student's ability to grasp more complicated material. Learning and progress requires that one adds pieces of increasing complexity to the simple models developed by experimentation, observation, and study, in order to obtain a clearer and truer picture of reality.
Therefore, I encourage others, and myself, to understand that something like the complex biochemical steps involved in something so quotidian as contracting a muscle are not a result of some unknowable, mysterious force, but are rather due to determinable causes that can be understood by simply knowing that plus likes minus. It is not enough to show someone how to solve a problem. It is more valuable to teach someone to think of a problem as arising from knowable causes. In chemistry, it is not just about memorizing formulas for solving calculations. Atoms and molecules behave the way they do for specific… Read more
Chou is a very patient and easy to understand tutor. I have had Chou tutor me and my daughter. I would highly recommend Chou to anyone.
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The classes of organisms I studied in microbiology include algae, bacteria, fungi, viruses, rickettsias, chlamydias, and protozoans. Also, I have extensively used microscopes and growth medium for various purposes (such as biochemical assays, isolation of certain kinds of microorganisms, identification of microorganism, enumeration, Gram staining). I have taken five credit hours (semester credit hours) in microbiology with laboratory and passed the course with an A-. I have also worked on a project monitoring fecal coliform bacteria in the streams of Blue Heron Nature Preserve in Atlanta, GA.
I have taken 14 credit hours (two semesters with laboratory and a spectroscopy course) of organic chemistry. I earned an A in both Organic Chemistry I and II and their corresponding laboratory courses. I earned a B+ in Organic Spectroscopy. The successful organic chemistry student must understand, among other things, chemical stability based on thermochemical evidence, acid-base chemistry (pH, pKa, Lewis acids, Bronstead-Lowry), chemical periodicity, and stoichiometry. The courses I've taken cover characteristic reactions (with emphasis on mechanism) of certain classes of organic compounds and their physical properties: alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, arenes, carboxylic acids, esters, ketones, aldehydes, amines, amides, and alcohols.
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