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Brian

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I recently earned a PhD in Microbiology from Ohio State University. Shortly thereafter, I moved to the Dallas area to be with my fiance. Currently, I am a Research Associate at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas and Associate Professor of Microbiology with Collin County Community College.

I have 4 years of experience in tailoring my teaching techniques to reach individual students. Every person is different, and everyone learns in different ways. I love seeing the moment when the light turns "on" and understanding blossoms.

Brian’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Washington - Bachelor of Science, Botany

Graduate Degree: The Ohio State University - PHD, Microbiology

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 1490

SAT Math: 720

SAT Verbal: 770

GRE: 2350

GRE Quantitative: 770

GRE Verbal: 790

GRE Analytical Writing: 790

Hobbies

Reading history, science and science-fiction; photography (nature, landscapes, plants); football (Ohio State Buckeyes!); learning the guitar

Tutoring Subjects

AP Biology

Biology

College Biology

College English

English

GRE

GRE Quantitative

GRE Verbal

High School Biology

High School English

Microbiology

Quantitative Reasoning

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

Science

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Every student has a unique style of learning. My goal is to help the student discover their 'style' and to help them learn using methods tailored to them.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

The first session is focused on establishing rapport, discovering the student's objectives and finding out what they have and have not already tried.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

People are born learners. Sometimes, a student needs to be reminded that they were born with incredible gifts of memory and problem solving. Keeping a log that shows progress is one way of clearly demonstrating improvement over time.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Everything is possible if broken into small enough pieces. Many students do poorly due to anxiety around passing a big test or scoring "high enough" on the SAT, ACT or GRE. I help them shift their focus to one question at a time. One question is very do-able.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

There is always a new way of approaching a question. I excel at finding analogies from a student's own life that open doorways into challenging concepts.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Reading comprehension is often a question of relationships - between words, between ideas, between characters. Everyone is good at seeing relationships. Reframing the question as discovering relationships often helps students see the connections.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Often a real-world application of the material will help a student be more focused. Even the most abstract math or literature have real-world analogs that students could find relevant.