Will J.


Will J.

Tutor

Fultondale, AL 35068

Will travel 40 miles

$40 per hour.

4.83 46 ratings

Learning With Will

I am a former Cancer Biologist who has taught undergraduate biology and biomedical sciences classes at UAB and Birmingham-Southern. I have a great passion and gift for teaching that I am happy to share with anyone that I can help. I worked for nine summers at a local camp teaching classes on subjects that I knew well and that I was learning from experts as I taught. Learning is an important life skill. When you learn "how to learn," any subject becomes much easier. I am happy to help you lear... [more]


American History


Biology

I earned a B.S. in Biology (cum laude) from Birmingham-Southern College and a M.S. in Basic Medical Sciences from UAB. I almost completed my Ph.D. in Cancer Biology at UAB before leaving for work-life balance following a medical absence. My research expertise is in cancer progression and metastasis, disease pathophysiology, genetics/genomics, metabolism/metabolomics, cell biology, immunology, disease modeling, microbiology and molecular biology. I love to teach (help students experience that "light bulb moment"). Most recently I have taught non-majors biology labs and redesigned a junior-level research methods and scientific writing class for junior-level biomedical sciences majors.


Vocabulary


Grammar

In elementary school and high school I served as my schools' newspaper editor which necessitated a very exacting knowledge of grammar and style. While studying Latin and French, I developed a keen interest in etymology and how words and grammar have evolved over time through cultural exchanges. I earned a minor in French in undergraduate where I conducted research on the language politics and history of Canada. I also conducted my honors research in Education, studying the differences in pedagogy for English language learners versus foreign language curriculum, including their approaches to comprehending grammar differences. As a scientist and science educator, I am constantly proofreading and editing my work and that of colleagues.


Microsoft Excel

I have been using excel for over a dozen years in business and science. I've done many budgets and business/financial reports powered by Excel for everything from community non-profits and clubs to my own small business. As a scientist, I regularly use Excel's "nesting" formulas and macros for answering complex questions with thousands of data points. As a teacher, it is a great way to keep track of student grades and information in ways not always quickly usable in institutionalized grade book software like Canvas, Blackboard or Moodle.


European History


French

I have a minor in French from Birmingham-Southern College where I focused on French literature, linguistics and Quebecois history and culture. I conducted an independent study project on the politics and history of language in Canada while conducting research in the National Assembly Archives in Quebec. I presented this paper (in French and English) at the Southern Regional Honors Conference in 2012. I particularly enjoy etymology of words coming from Latin, Greek and German into Romance languages like French, Spanish and Italian and then from Middle French into Middle English. (I also have taken some Latin and Italian.) In college, I also volunteered for four years to help English Language Learners (adults) practice their spoken and written American English skills.


General Computer


Microsoft Word


Microsoft PowerPoint

I regularly use PowerPoint in business and academia. As an instructor, I create my own lecture presentations in PowerPoint (and occasionally Key Note on a Mac) including graphics and standard templates to reuse for the same course. As a research scientist, I use PowerPoint to insert data from experiments from Excel in the form of tables and charts. I also make committee and lab group presentations. When I was in Real Estate, I crafted my own branding for digital and print presentations that could easily be modified to fit the type of client I was working with.


Writing

I am an experienced writer in science and business. As a former Realtor, I have written marketing and sales pitches for print and digital projects of varying lengths. As a scientist, I have written peer-reviewed research articles and grant-style proposals. Recently I redesigned a 300-level biomedical sciences majors course which focused on research methodologies and scientific writing. I have taught persuasive, expository and narrative writing styles. In all of my collegiate biology courses, there is a significant writing component in which I regularly provided critiques and feedback in addition to grades. My students often meet with me to brainstorm, get feedback and work on their writing style (in science/biology). I have experience with citation management in a variety of styles and can help with the use of Endnote.


Geography

I've been a geography nerd since elementary school. I loved to pick up maps (of all types) and study everything from transportation to languages to landscapes to cultures. Geography is really about understanding how themes of history and culture interact with physical attributes of land and sea. As a former real estate agent I also have a thorough understanding of how geography effects everyday situations. Learning geography is about more than just memorization, and most students can benefit from a fresh perspective when learning about natural and societal beauty known as geography.


English

I am an experienced writer in science and business. As a former Realtor, I have written marketing and sales pitches for print and digital projects of varying lengths. As a scientist, I have written peer-reviewed research articles and grant-style proposals. Recently I redesigned a 300-level biomedical sciences majors course which focused on research methodologies and scientific writing. I have taught persuasive, expository and narrative writing styles. In all of my collegiate biology courses, there is a significant writing component in which I regularly provided critiques and feedback in addition to grades. My students often meet with me to brainstorm, get feedback and work on their writing style (in science/biology). I have experience with citation management in a variety of styles and can help with the use of Endnote.


Government & Politics


Biochemistry

I earned a B.S. in Biology from Birmingham-Southern College where I took advanced coursework in biochemistry, cellular biology, genetics and microbiology. I worked on my Ph.D. in Cancer Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, studying cell signaling, biochemistry, immunology, cellular physiology, disease pathobiology and genomic/proteomic/metabolimic changes in breast cancer progression. I am familiar with bioinformatics, genetic and molecular biology techniques and mouse models of disease. I have taught biochemistry concepts as part of a non-majors biology lab course that I designed and in hands-on lab training for trainees.


Anatomy

I graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a B.S. in Biology where I conducted research in yeast genetics. I received an M.S. in Basic Medical Sciences from the University of Alabama while working towards a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology. My research has focused on cancer progression and metastasis, cell biology and metabolism, genetic/genomic manipulations, bioinformatic analyses, metabolomics, disease modeling in cell and animals, immunology and disease pathophysiology. I have designed and taught undergraduate non-majors biology labs and a junior-level research methods and scientific writing course. Mammalian anatomy and physiology at the level of organism, tissue and cell has been central to the courses I've taught and my research.


World History


GRE

I successfully took the GRE in 2011 to enter a Ph.D. program in 2012. I earned a score above the average for my desired program with minimal studying because I learned which test taking strategies I needed to employ for the GRE. The best way to prepare for these types of tests is to become familiar with the types of questions and learn how to approach each.


Proofreading

I am an experienced writer in science and business. As a former Realtor, I have written marketing and sales pitches for print and digital projects of varying lengths. As a scientist, I have written peer-reviewed research articles and grant-style proposals. This includes proofreading my own and others manuscripts, posters and presentations. Recently I redesigned a 300-level biomedical sciences majors course which focused on research methodologies and scientific writing. I have taught persuasive, expository and narrative writing styles. In all of my collegiate biology courses, there is a significant writing component in which I regularly provided critiques and feedback in addition to grades. My students often meet with me to brainstorm, get feedback and work on their writing style (in science/biology). I have experience with citation management in a variety of styles and can help with the use of Endnote.


Microbiology

I have a B.S. in Biology from Birmingham-Southern College (cum laude) where I did my senior research project working with the budding yeast S. cerevisiae and served as a teaching fellow for an Advanced Cell Biology lab utilizing the fission yeast S. pombe. I received an A in undergraduate Microbiology and other relevant genetics/molecular/cellular biology advanced courses. I have an M.S. in Basic Medical Sciences from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where I have regularly worked with different bacteria for genetic and genomic manipulation of mammalian cells. Most recently I re-designed a non-majors lab course which utilized yeast and bacteria to understand the basic concepts of biology. I have taken graduate coursework in various areas of genomics, cellular and molecular biology and immunology which incorporate important microbiology concepts.


Spelling


ACT English

I am a trained scientist and teacher including teaching coursework in reading and writing science for undergraduates. As a student, I received a 35 on the ACT English section and regularly employ many of the grammar, reading and writing skills used in this section as part of my job. I have experience helping students of all backgrounds master these skills.


Elementary Math


Elementary Science

I am a trained Cancer Biologist who has taught undergraduate non-majors biology and research and writing coursework to biomedical sciences majors. Understanding science is really all about understanding how to use the scientific method to ask questions like "how," "why," or "when." I began helping elementary school science students with dissections and studying for science olympiad events (egg drop, science boggle, anatomy, orienteering, etc.) when I was in high school. I still enjoy helping curiosity seekers of all ages understand the basic concepts of what we call science.


Genetics

I majored in Biology in undergraduate, receiving an A in both Genetics (with lab) and Evolutionary Ecology. I received a B in Genetics as part of my Ph.D. core curriculum and an A in the cancer biology/cell biology-specific "Genomic Structure and Function" course. I have basic science research experience in in silico genomic data analysis and data mining (RNA-seq, microarrays, pathway analyses, etc.) and have used various genetic technologies to alter human, mouse, and yeast cell gene expression. I am also familiar with proteomics, lipidomics, and metabolimics as thy relate to the genome.


Microsoft Outlook

I have used Outlook as an integral part of my professional responsibilities for more than a decade including managing single and multi-user calendars, complex email functions for multiple accounts and integration with other Microsoft products like Sharepoint, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Videos. As part of my job, I have taught co-workers how to utilize these features for business and academia.