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I earned a BS in Biology and a MS in Biology from Wayne State University, and a MPH and PhD from Walden University in Public Health specializing in Epidemiology. I also am ABD (All But Dissertation) from UT-Austin in Zoology. I have taught full-time for over 25 years, and have retired from academia to pursue other interests. I really enjoy teaching students and sharing my knowledge to enhance the understanding of others. I have taught a wide variety of topics, but focused mainly on Human Anatomy I & II, Microbiology, and Nutrition. I am also certified to teach secondary life and physical science in Texas. I continue to teach one class at UHCL. I look forward to increasing your understanding of science.

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Marilynn’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Wayne State University - Bachelors, Biology, General

Graduate Degree: Walden University - PHD, Public Health specializing in Epidemiology


Traveling, gardening.

Tutoring Subjects


Anatomy & Physiology


College Biology

High School Biology





Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe anyone can understand science. The first step for me is to figure out what someone already understands, and then take it from there. I also believe in explaining something in different ways based on the students' backgrounds. I believe the student also has to take ownership of wanting to learn something better, and if I work hard at explaining difficult concepts, then the student has to spend time studying the concepts for mastery. I will also offer study tips.

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

I would assess what the student already knows, what his/her background is, and what he/she is having trouble with. I would also find out about interests of the student, so I could help use that information to explain things to the student.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I have some study tips that would foster independence that I would share with the student.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would keep reminding them of what this success will help them achieve in the overall picture of their life.

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

I would try to explain this in another way to try to relate it to something the student is interested in. I would also break the concept down farther.

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

I would help them by having them identify words they don't understand, and looking them up. I would also explain what a passage means after they read it and try to interpret the meaning.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Successful strategies include finding out what the students have already tried and how much time they have put into studying. In addition, I would find out where they were studying and how many distractions they are facing while studying. I like to reassure students that they can learn, but it may take more effort on their part than they had realized, like success in most venues.

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