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Rolf K.

Dallas, TX

$70/hour

Former Med School Prof for Math and Science Tutoring, and Test Prep

Background check passed as of 10/2/14
5.0 average from 70 ratings
Knowledgeable and patient
— Cheryl, Rockwall, TX on 10/10/16

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University of Bern, Switzerland
Zoology
University of Bern, Switzerland
Master's
University of Bern, Switzerland
PhD

Education

University of Bern, Switzerland (Zoology)

University of Bern, Switzerland (Master's)

University of Bern, Switzerland (PhD)

About Rolf

I have always loved to learn and to help students achieve their goals. For more than 20 years, I taught immunology, microbiology, molecular and cellular biology, and biochemistry to medical and graduate students as a professor and research scientist in a medical school. My graduate students have honored me with an award for Teaching Excellence, and my colleagues have selected me for induction into the Academy of Master Teachers at my university. I was also given the title of Distinguished Teaching Professor. While working as a professor and scientist, I have also tutored high school students in Math and Science, and advised students on science fair projects. I am enthusiastic about working with students at all levels.

At the middle and high school level, I specialize in tutoring on MATH and SCIENCE including preparation for the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) assessment and GED. At the college level, I tutor on scientific writing, immunology, microbiology, molecular and cellular biology, and biochemistry, and on preparation for the SAT, GRE, and MCAT.

Extensive experience as an author of scientific research and review articles, and book chapters, and as a reviewer and editor for several scientific journals allows me to be an effective tutor for English writing and reading. I am a native German speaker and thus can provide proofreading for any text in English or German.

My goal for each tutoring session is to challenge the student and provide guidance In problem solving. My teaching method involves providing the basic knowledge of the subject, promoting a thorough understanding of the topic, and then challenging the students with a problem. Solution of the problem requires application of the previously learned knowledge, and thus instills the ability for independent thinking and problem solving. Finally, I always provide feedback on the completed tasks.

Based on several years of experience with admissions of graduate and medical students, I can also advise on preparation for admission to graduate and medical school.

Each student has individual strengths and learning styles. I familiarize myself with each student's style, and adjust the tutoring sessions to optimize learning for the student. To ensure the best possible learning environment, I can meet with students in public library meeting rooms or in the student's home. I am also experienced in distance-education and can organize online learning sessions for students.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you reach your goals!
I have always loved to learn and to help students achieve their goals. For more than 20 years, I taught immunology, microbiology, molecular and cellular biology, and biochemistry to medical and graduate students as a professor and research scientist in a medical school. My graduate students have honored me with an award for Teaching Excellence, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
3 hours notice required

Online tutoring: $60/hr; Online sessions of 90-120 min length: $50hr; In-person group rates: $80/hr for 2 students; $100/hr for 3-5 students; $120/hr for larger groups.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Dallas, TX 75243
Background Check: Passed

"Knowledgeable and patient"

- Cheryl, Rockwall, TX on 10/10/16

"Very Helpful Statistics Tutor"

- Donald, San Jose, CA on 11/26/16

"Fantastic tutor!"

- Matias, Dallas, TX on 10/17/16

"Continued PSAT Prep"

- Lori, Dallas, TX on 9/1/16

"Excellent tutor."

- Jennifer, Dallas, TX on 4/30/16

"Patient and an incredible teacher"

- Gabriela, Mesquite, TX on 2/14/16

"Great College Counseling Tutor"

- Gary, Houston, TX on 9/7/15

"Rolf is a great tutor! Five Stars!"

- Christine, Houston, TX on 2/2/15
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math,
Statistics,
Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science,
Anatomy,
Biochemistry, Biology, Biostatistics,
Chemistry, Genetics,
Microbiology, Nutrition,
Organic Chemistry,
Physics, Physiology,
Zoology
English:
Grammar, Proofreading,
Reading,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ACT Science,
College Counseling,
GRE,
PSAT, SAT Math
Language:
German
History:
European History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading
Business:
GRE
Sports/Recreation:
Fitness,
Soccer

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT Math

As a former professor and graduate program director, I am very familiar with standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, and MCAT. I have also tutored several students in the math section of the ACT, SAT, and GRE.

ACT Science

As a former professor and graduate program director, I am very familiar with standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, and MCAT. I have also tutored several students in preparation for the math and science sections of the ACT.

Anatomy

As a professional research scientist, I have 30 years of experience in several biomedical fields including genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, physiology, and bioinformatics. I have published biomedical research articles in several areas based on work performed in my laboratory. As a former medical school professor and graduate program director, I have also given lectures and organized small group literature discussions on topics in genetics, anatomy, and physiology for graduate and medical students.

Biostatistics

As a professional scientist in biomedical research, I have 30 years of experience applying statistical methods to data analysis. I have published biomedical research articles and described the statistical methods that we used in my laboratory. As a former professor and graduate program director, I have also designed and taught graduate classes on research design, including the use of statistical methods in biomedical research, and have advised students on an individual basis on the proper selection and use of statistics in their research projects.

In particular, I have published research papers utilizing large scale bio statistical analysis on gene expression changes induced by environmental toxicants.

College Counseling

I worked for 21 years as a professor at a biomedical graduate and medical school. For six years, I was the program director for the largest graduate program at my university, and reviewed between 60 and 100 application per year. I am very familiar with the requirements for personal essays and what should be included in such essays to make an impression on the admission committee members.
I have also advised many students on their admissions packets for graduate school.

Fitness

I am a Certified Personal Trainer with a diploma in personal training and certifications in Nutrition and Kettlebell Training from the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI). In addition, I am certified in First Aid, CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation), and in the use of AED (automated external defibrillator).

I am an active trail runner and have participated in races ranging from 5 to 50 km. I have also coached youth soccer, holding a state D license. I have kept up with the current research on fitness and strength training for runners and soccer players, and am familiar with planning a fitness program targeted to improve fitness of individuals and teams.

Genetics

As a professional research scientist, I have 30 years of experience in several biomedical fields including genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, physiology, and bioinformatics. I have published biomedical research articles on gene transfer, transgenic organisms, and gene expression based on work performed in my laboratory. As a former professor and graduate program director, I have also given lectures and organized small group literature discussions on topics in genetics for graduate and medical students.

German

German is my first language. I have studied Biology at a German-speaking university and written many essays in German.

GRE

As a former professor and graduate program director, I am very familiar with standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, and MCAT. In my capacity as graduate program director, I have advised many students on ways to better understand the questions asked and how to improve their scores on tests.

Nutrition

I am a Certified Personal Trainer with a diploma in Personal Training and a certification in Nutrition from the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) Houston. The curriculum at NPTI includes 100 hours of training in nutrition. This curriculum covers macro- and micro-nutrients; includes detailed analysis of the body’s energy systems; extensively discusses popular and fad diets and nutritional myth; instructs on proper diets for fitness, performance, and health; and provides practice in simulation of nutritional consultation.

Organic Chemistry

I have studied zoology with a minor in chemistry and physics at the University of Bern in Switzerland from 1974 to 1978, and subsequently received a Master's degree from the same university in 1980 for a thesis investigating hormonal regulation of insect development. Both my undergraduate studies and Master's thesis research required organic chemistry, and understanding of chemical structures. Insect development is regulated by sesquiterpenoids and steroidal hormones, highly complex organic chemical compounds.

During my PhD dissertation research, I investigated the biochemistry of insect hormone and transport protein receptors, again requiring organic chemistry to synthesize and isolate compounds that could bind to these receptors as agonists or antagonists.

My tutoring methods relating to organic chemistry emphasize an understanding of the structural relationships between compounds and the basis of chemical reactions. I focus on promoting understanding of basic principles and thus coach the students to develop independent thinking and acquire the understanding that will allow them to solve new problems.

Physiology

As a professional research scientist, I have 30 years of experience in several biomedical fields including genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, physiology, and bioinformatics. As a former medical school professor, I have also lectured, and organized and guided small-group literature discussions on topics in genetics, anatomy, and physiology for graduate and medical students.

Proofreading

I have reviewed and edited multiple articles and book chapters for different organizations. I have extensive experience in writing and publishing scientific research and review articles, and book chapters.In addition, I currently serve on the board of editors of several journals.

Reading

I have reviewed and edited multiple articles and book chapters for different organizations. In addition, I currently serve on the board of editors of several journals. More details can be found in my professional profile which is available upon request.

SAT Math

As a former professor and graduate program director, I am very familiar with standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, and MCAT. In my capacity as graduate program director, I have advised many students on ways to better understand the questions asked and how to improve their scores on tests. I have also tutored several students in the math section of the ACT, SAT, and GRE.

Soccer

I have coached youth soccer teams from 1996 through 2003 (both girls and boys teams from U-10 through high school), and hold a Texas State D license for coaching youth soccer.

Statistics

As a professional scientist in biomedical research, I have 30 years of experience applying statistical methods to data analysis. I have published biomedical research articles and described the statistical methods that we used in my laboratory. As a former professor and graduate program director, I have also designed and taught graduate classes on research design, including the use of statistical methods, and have advised students on an individual basis on the proper selection and use of statistics in their research projects.

Writing

I have extensive experience in writing and publishing scientific research and review articles. I have also written book chapters. I have reviewed and edited multiple articles and book chapters for different organizations. In addition, I currently serve on the board of editors of several journals.

Zoology

I have studied zoology at the University of Bern in Switzerland from 1974 to 1978, and subsequently received a Master's degree from the same university in 1980 for a thesis investigating hormonal regulation of insect development. During my studies, I have also worked on research projects in vertebrate biology, physiology, and animal behavior. In addition, as a student assistant, I instructed medical students in embryology and histology. My tutoring methods relating to zoology emphasize an understanding of the phylogenetic relationships between different animal phyla, and of the functional relationships between different body plans and the ecological niche inhabited by a species.

University of Bern, Switzerland
Zoology
University of Bern, Switzerland
Master's
University of Bern, Switzerland
PhD

Education

University of Bern, Switzerland (Zoology)

University of Bern, Switzerland (Master's)

University of Bern, Switzerland (PhD)

Knowledgeable and patient

Chemistry. Rolf was very patient and made sure he covered each step of the process, so that my daughter understood everything they were doing.

— Cheryl, Rockwall, TX on 10/10/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $70.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Online tutoring: $60/hr; Online sessions of 90-120 min length: $50hr; In-person group rates: $80/hr for 2 students; $100/hr for 3-5 students; $120/hr for larger groups.

Travel policy

Rolf will travel within 15 miles of Dallas, TX 75243.