I have a BS in Biochemistry from Cornell University (with honors and distinction) and a PhD in Biochemistry from The Rockefeller University, although my training also encompasses neuroscience, genetics, and molecular biology. I'm enthusiastic about science, but more importantly, I approach my tutoring sessions with a sense of humor, and I have a creative style to help students better understand otherwise difficult concepts.
I have considerable expertise in the biological sciences, including general biology, genetics, cell biology, developmental biology and molecular biology. I have an extensive and highly successful record of mentoring elementary, middle school, high school, undergraduate and graduate level students (from a career spanning over 25 years). I have taught high school students, undergraduates and graduate courses, as well as medical school coursework.
I am also able to help with writing and proofreading applications, reports and essays in all fields (e.g., history, English) in addition to the biological sciences. In addition, I can help you become a better test taker.
We can meet at a local library or elsewhere, and on-line tutoring is also a possibility. Let me help you increase your knowledge, your confidence, and help you better prepare for exams!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Cornell University - Bachelors, Biochemistry
Graduate Degree: Rockefeller University - PHD, Biochemistry
Animal welfare (especially horses)! Riding, community outreach
Elementary School Science
High School Biology
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Science
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My goal is to increase the student's confidence and understanding, and I try to do that with humor and enthusiasm for the subject.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I want to know what the student hopes to gain from the session(s) and how best I can help them with their goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
It is not about rote memorization; it's about understanding - and applying - the concepts.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated in two ways: by making the sessions successful, to help them gain confidence, and to guide them in the final goal. Sometimes you just have to get through a course to get to the next step in what you really hope to do.