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Shawn S.

Berkeley Grad to Get your Science Game On

Berkeley Grad to Get your Science Game On

$57/hour

  • 161 hours tutoring

About Shawn


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I have over a decade worth of teaching and tutoring experience at UC Berkeley. My favorite classes to teach are those that integrate a wide variety of disciplines, like anatomy, molecular and cell biology labs, and that is partly why I love biology—specifically neuroscience—so much. It’s beautiful since it integrates so many disciplines, and requires building a good narrative, a model, to understand. Thus, while at Berkley, I earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. I have finished...

I have over a decade worth of teaching and tutoring experience at UC Berkeley. My favorite classes to teach are those that integrate a wide variety of disciplines, like anatomy, molecular and cell biology labs, and that is partly why I love biology—specifically neuroscience—so much. It’s beautiful since it integrates so many disciplines, and requires building a good narrative, a model, to understand. Thus, while at Berkley, I earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. I have finished Ph.D. coursework and and qualifying exams, but am finishing my dissertation on neurotrauma.

I was able to succeed by doing problem sets, particularly focusing on meaningful problems (and not necessarily quantity). Having a clear mental model of the system helps me understand the question, to break it down and systematically solve it. Having a clear mental model reduces anxiety and builds the confidence needed to tackle problems with a clear mind, so practice becomes much easier and often times fun.

I have developed, practiced, and tested many strategies that, when used, will help you be a successful student, even for things that do unfortunately require brute force memorization. I have worked with hundreds of students, and hope to bring my experience and perspective to make whatever you're struggling with engaging, manageable, and possibly even fun. Today, I find myself studying math just for the pleasure of it and applying those principle to my experiments.

I look forward to helping you eliminate fear and frustration and make your learning a hero’s journey of discovery and wonder.


Education

UC Berkeley
MCB Neuro, Evolution
UC Berkeley
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Computer

General Computer

Corporate Training

General Computer, Statistics

Elementary Education

Elementary Math, Elementary Science

History

American History, Geography

Homeschool

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Geometry, Physics, Precalculus, Statistics

Math

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Physics, Precalculus, Probability, Statistics, Trigonometry

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Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Geometry, Physics, Precalculus, Statistics

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Geography

Science

Genetics,

Genetics

I am a cell biologist; genetics is at the heart of everything I do. I am an expert in viral vectors and all aspects of transduction and transformation of mammalian cells. I have mentored dozens of students on the techniques of genetic engineering and manipulation, cloning, DNA/RNA extraction and purification, qPCR. I have experience in next generation sequencing techniques, genome assembly, and RNA-seq. I am presently learning techniques to analyze single-cell whole transcriptome sequencing, and am ecstatically excited about the emerging spatially resolved transcriptomics technologies.
Anatomy, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Physical Science, Physics, Physiology, Psychology

Summer

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Geometry, Physics, Statistics

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Highly Insightful & Engaging Tutor

Shawn is articulate and to the point, capable of bringing down high-level biology theories and concepts to my high schooler’s level of understanding. My 15-year-old was initially unsettled that Shawn did not have a pile of test prep questions to walk her through as requested. However, she was then completely blown away by his alternative style of teaching, depth of knowledge, and extreme passion for all the topics covered. This set a different tone, motivated her in an unusual way, and improved her grades from Bs to As. Thank you Shawn for being so patient in answering her endless questions, giving her that extra boost of confidence, and teaching at the perfect speed!

Pamela, 7 lessons with Shawn
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$57/hour

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Shawn S.

$57/hour

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Contact Shawn

Response time: 2 hours