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Hello science students!

My goal as a tutor is to provide you with all the knowledge and know-how that you need to be successful. My personal belief is that students should enjoy their topics of study, so I try to keep things interesting and light.

Because of my love for birds of prey, I focused on ecological-evolutionary studies as a graduate student, but am no less enthralled by the molecular side of things and physical sciences for the insights they provide on the mechanisms (or "nuts and bolts") by which living things function and interact with the environment.

I look forward to meeting and tutoring you!

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Thomas’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Irvine - Bachelors, Biological Sciences

Graduate Degree: Boise State University - Masters, Raptor Biology

Test Scores

GRE Quantitative: 168

GRE Verbal: 155


Nature observation, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, family time, cooking, computer programming

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Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Ability and drive are the two prerequisites that must be met to achieve any academic goal, and as an instructor, I feel it is my responsibility to help students meet both. I can help with ability by ensuring that a solid conceptual understanding is attained, and with drive by making the subject interesting so that students want to learn more.

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

I would first try to determine a student's needs so that I can provide them exactly what's required of me without a bunch of unnecessary stuff.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Encouraging students to think critically is one way that I help them become independent learners. Particularly in the sciences, evidence-based reasoning is valued as a method for "finding truth" and I'm a big proponent of that.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

One of the things that really stuck with me about psychology class is that positive reinforcement is the best way to encourage specific behaviors. Accordingly, when my students make progress, I am sure to let them know that they're on the right track.

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

Patience, consistency and the ability to know when it's time to deploy a new strategy are useful for overcoming learning hurdles.

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