EducationMissouri Western State University (Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry)
University of Missouri at Columbia, Biochemistry (PhD)
The University of Kansas (KU), Chemistry (PhD)
ExperienceAs an experienced tutor, I enjoy helping students reach their full potential. Having tutored, taught, designed lectures/labs and produced online tutorials since 2000, I am excited about every chance to improve someone’s life by passing on my scientific (biology, chemistry and physics) insight (= how stuff works) and explain the very precise language of math used to pass on important information.
When a student experiences difficulties in biology, chemistry or physics, it is often due to a lack of assimilation, disconnection between abstract concepts and real-life application. Comparing already learned and understood information to new concepts will allow the material to ‘make sense’, which, in turn, will built a solid foundation for increasing intellectual property.
Math problems are much like puzzles, best handled by breaking them down into individual steps (making them look like ‘old’ problems/concepts) and allowing students to make the connection between new and old material presented. The common threat is logic and the realization that more than one concept can be applied to solve an equation. If you like puzzling, there is no reason you should not like math… and who does not like to puzzle…
I feel, it is also noteworthy, that I taught a nine year old home-schooler, who has mastered beginning algebra and geometry, as well as many scientific concepts.
Equipped with patience, a wide array of problem solving skills, a ‘down to earth’ approach and the understanding that students learn in different ways, I am able to produce results and often change a students’ attitude towards the previously ‘problematic’ subject, reducing stress & frustration, making it fun and worth further exploration.
I have tutored chemistry, biology and math throughout college and graduate school, helping undergraduates, high school and middle school students catch up on their studies. Since then, I have added entrance and exit exams to my repertoire/experience, such as the GED, ACT, SAT, GRE, MCAT, TEAS, ASVAB, TOEFL, ESL/ESOL, ISTEP, TASC etc., knowing these students will go on to realize their dreams and make a good life for themselves.
I graduated from Missouri Western State University with majors in chemistry, molecular biology and biochemistry. Here, aside from being an honors geek and being selected for five independent research projects [including working with/for the Missouri Department of Conservation at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge(MO) (won second place at the Missouri Academy of Science) and initiating a research project, working with/for a local car battery manufacturer to build ties between Mo-West and the surrounding community], I was a lab assistant, teaching general and organic chemistry labs and tutoring chemistry and biology undergraduates, including Tri Beta Biology Honor Society peers. I then started a Ph.D. program in biochemistry at UMC and changed to a Ph.D. program in chemistry at KU, where I taught chemistry lab and tutored.
Hobbiesspending time with my children and my animals, working out at the gym, spend time outdoors, hiking, biking, trying new stuff/things, reading, baking and create arts and crafts
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