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Sam M.

Learn biology with an experienced naturalist.

Learn biology with an experienced naturalist.

$40/hour

  • 57 hours tutoring

About Sam


Bio

Hi, I'm Sam! I'm a naturalist with broad and in-depth understanding of the natural world. I have a master's in Conservation Biology from San Francisco State University and graduated with High Honors from U.C. Santa Barbara with a degree in Biology and a minor in geology. I've worked in several diverse field and lab positions, from marine biology to tropical entomology. I have taught college courses in Ecology and Introductory Biology, tutored high school biology students, given...

Hi, I'm Sam! I'm a naturalist with broad and in-depth understanding of the natural world. I have a master's in Conservation Biology from San Francisco State University and graduated with High Honors from U.C. Santa Barbara with a degree in Biology and a minor in geology. I've worked in several diverse field and lab positions, from marine biology to tropical entomology. I have taught college courses in Ecology and Introductory Biology, tutored high school biology students, given presentations to elementary school students, and led field trips to a variety of museums and natural spaces. In short, I love biology, and I love sharing my excitement with others.

In teaching I stress the importance of fundamental concepts as the core of biological understanding. Whether at the high school or college level, a biology student should become fluent in the basic 'language' of biology: from the process of cell division to the major groups of organisms that live on this planet. I can make learning these concepts fun.

Knowledge Strengths:
- Scientific literacy (e.g. Latin names, terminology, memorization techniques)
- Scientific and general writing (tone, style, grammar, etc.)
- Introductory Biology (the basics: genetics, cell biology, development, anatomy, evolution, biodiversity)
- Zoology (all major groups of animals)
- Ecology
- Paleontology

Research History
- Endangered Snake Research in the Central Valley
- Rare Trout Restoration
- Amphibian Conservation in the Sierra Nevada
- Insect Diversity in the Hawaiian Islands
- Fisheries Biology in Monterey Bay
- Marine Biology in the Santa Barbara Channel


Education

U.C. Santa Barbara
Biology
San Francisco State University (SFSU)
Masters

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Hourly Rate: $40
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Talent, OR 97540
  • Lesson cancellation: 20 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 10/12/2012

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

Schedule

Sam hasn’t set a schedule.


Subjects

Business

Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Computer

General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Corporate Training

General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Elementary Education

Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

Writing,

Writing

I've been writing creative stories since elementary school, and I wrote for my High School newspaper. I have since written peer-reviewed, published scientific articles. I have a strong understanding of clear, well-organized writing, and how to develop a sense of style. I recently proofread over 100 short essays from college students; returning them with corrections and suggestions for clear, concise writing.
English, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

History

Geography

Homeschool

Biology,

Biology

Biology is my passion and profession. As a biology major at U.C. Santa Barbara I studied everything from genetics and development to ecology and paleontology. I graduated with High Honors in 2006, and have since worked in a variety of ecosystems, gaining first hand familiarity with a wide range of topics. I have taught college lab sections in ecology and organismal diversity. I have a knack for remembering the obscure or cumbersome terminology that is key to fully grasping scientific concepts.
Writing,

Writing

I've been writing creative stories since elementary school, and I wrote for my High School newspaper. I have since written peer-reviewed, published scientific articles. I have a strong understanding of clear, well-organized writing, and how to develop a sense of style. I recently proofread over 100 short essays from college students; returning them with corrections and suggestions for clear, concise writing.
Algebra 1, English, Prealgebra, Reading, Spelling

Math

Algebra 1, Prealgebra

Most Popular

Biology,

Biology

Biology is my passion and profession. As a biology major at U.C. Santa Barbara I studied everything from genetics and development to ecology and paleontology. I graduated with High Honors in 2006, and have since worked in a variety of ecosystems, gaining first hand familiarity with a wide range of topics. I have taught college lab sections in ecology and organismal diversity. I have a knack for remembering the obscure or cumbersome terminology that is key to fully grasping scientific concepts.
Writing,

Writing

I've been writing creative stories since elementary school, and I wrote for my High School newspaper. I have since written peer-reviewed, published scientific articles. I have a strong understanding of clear, well-organized writing, and how to develop a sense of style. I recently proofread over 100 short essays from college students; returning them with corrections and suggestions for clear, concise writing.
Algebra 1, English, Prealgebra, Reading

Other

Geography

Science

Biology,

Biology

Biology is my passion and profession. As a biology major at U.C. Santa Barbara I studied everything from genetics and development to ecology and paleontology. I graduated with High Honors in 2006, and have since worked in a variety of ecosystems, gaining first hand familiarity with a wide range of topics. I have taught college lab sections in ecology and organismal diversity. I have a knack for remembering the obscure or cumbersome terminology that is key to fully grasping scientific concepts.
Ecology,

Ecology

I have taught undergraduate lab and field sections of Ecology at SFSU, and all of my research positions have dealt with ecology on some scale, from insect diversity in Hawaii to amphibian diseases in California.
Genetics,

Genetics

In addition to introductory genetics, development, and cell biology, I've taken advanced, graduate level courses in population genetics, developmental biology, phylogenetic analysis, and evolutionary biology. I am quite familiar with the molecular basis of inheritance, as well as the tools and methods used to study DNA, and I stay current with many new discoveries in the field through seminars and scientific literature.
Zoology,

Zoology

Throughout my collegiate and professional career I have extensively studied animal biology (i.e. zoology). Animals are my true passion. I am currently working on my Masters research in conservation biology at SF State University, where I perform field and lab work on amphibians involving routine dissections, animal handling, and wildlife surveys. My teaching experience includes: * Graduate Teaching Associate at San Francisco State University (2009-Present) where I have guided activities in animal diversity and evolution, led field trips to zoos and museums, and prepared new supplementary teaching material for Introductory Biology and Concepts in Biology. * Leading undergraduates on a Sierra Nevada field research trip last summer, introducing them to current field and lab research as well as natural history, with an emphasis on amphibians. * Leading 1st-3rd grade students on a science field trip to San Francisco State University. My zoological research history includes: * Research Assistant at UC Berkeley: Capturing lizards and mammals for wildlife disease studies. * Internship with National Marine Fisheries Service: Identifying and dissecting coastal marine fishes, and co-authoring a paper on fish biology. * Internship with U.S. Geological Survey in Hawaii: collecting, identifying, and preserving native and introduced insects. My Upper-Division College Courses in Zoology include: * Ichthyology (Biology of Fishes) * Invertebrate Zoology I (Lower Invertebrates) * Invertebrate Zoology II (Arthropods and Annelids) * Herpetology (Biology of Reptiles and Amphibians) * Terrestrial Vertebrate Zoology (Emphasis on birds and mammals) * Parasitology- Biology and diversity of parasites * Deep Sea Biology * Vertebrate Paleontology * Developmental Biology * Ecological Physiology * Macroevolution (Biodiversity in Deep Time) * Ethology and Behavioral Ecology
Anatomy

Summer

Biology,

Biology

Biology is my passion and profession. As a biology major at U.C. Santa Barbara I studied everything from genetics and development to ecology and paleontology. I graduated with High Honors in 2006, and have since worked in a variety of ecosystems, gaining first hand familiarity with a wide range of topics. I have taught college lab sections in ecology and organismal diversity. I have a knack for remembering the obscure or cumbersome terminology that is key to fully grasping scientific concepts.
Writing,

Writing

I've been writing creative stories since elementary school, and I wrote for my High School newspaper. I have since written peer-reviewed, published scientific articles. I have a strong understanding of clear, well-organized writing, and how to develop a sense of style. I recently proofread over 100 short essays from college students; returning them with corrections and suggestions for clear, concise writing.
Algebra 1, Reading

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews

Wonderful tutor that is very knowledgeable about science

Sam was my tutor for zoology, he was very knowledgeable about the subject and was very insightful on ways to help me memorize specific traits about specific phyla. He made my understanding of zoology go from a low "C" level to a mid "B" level in about a month. He is flexible with scheduling and is great at explaining biology. To anyone struggling with biology, I recommend Sam to be your tutor.

Cory, 10 lessons with Sam

Great tutor

Very good tutor, helped my son go from a 66 to 87 in 3 lessons. Sam gives good explanation of the course material, is very flexible with the lesson times and easy to connect with. Highly recommended!

Sasha, 9 lessons with Sam

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