Hello my name is Robert, and I am a student at Texas Tech University, I have been tutoring for 4 years now. I am currently a senior studying biology and chemistry with the intention of attending graduate school for cell and molecular biology or biotechnology. I want to do research on what is collectively known as parasites and their ability to alter host gene expression for application in both research and drug discovery. Prior to attending Texas tech, I worked as an EMT in both clinical and ... [more]
I have been tutoring in chemistry for three years and its essentialism to my degree has been paramount.
I've taught microbiology to both majors and non majors/ nursing students. So I've gotten pretty used to building the material from the ground up and, like all of biology I focus on the bigger picture/ structure and function of everything. I also teach immunology and serology as this has been one of my main areas of research (both come hand in hand with each other )
As noted in all my previous tutoring subjects I am very interested in quantifying the extent to which various pedagogical techniques work to improve not only comprehension but mastery as well. Most of these techniques tend to be practice tests, concept mapping, flash cards, comprehensive questioning, and essay writing. Theses are all active learning techniques and require both understanding of larger and smaller pictures at the conceptual level.
I've worked at my local university with students who were ADD/ADHD. I've used color coordination and physical involvement for students as well as repetitive statement. I also help students with study habits, distraction assessment, and schedule maintenance.
I have been tutoring in genetics for almost a year now. As I have been pursing a career in molecular biology, genetics has been essential for me and my career. Like most sciences people underestimate the need for practice, especially with the many equations and "reactions" of DNA and RNA. I offer many many practice questions and resources that many students are unaware of, both in person and online.
I have tutored students in organic chemistry for 2 semesters now. I think it's difficult for most because they are unaware of the more mechanical ways of doing reactions/configuration as opposed to trying to mentally flip the molecules in their head, I think the best and the ONLY way to do well in any chemistry course as well as ochem is to practice practice and practice. There is no substitute for that, therefore the majority of my sessions are based on this principle