Hi, I'm Doug! I have a doctorate in Paleontology and a broad history in Earth Sciences. Geology overlaps with many other sciences, such as physics and chemistry, and paleontology shares many of the concepts with biology, so geologists make excellent tutors for any scientific discipline. I have also written research papers for publication and studied communication, so I can help make sure your writing is clean, concise, and communicates your ideas to clearly show your instructors you grasp the concepts of your classes.
I have taught undergraduate courses for many years, so I have experience with students of every background and every situation. I understand the different kinds of challenges that students can have in grasping concepts and putting them together. I have also worked as a curator at a large science museum, where I developed programs and exhibits to bring scientific education to audiences of all levels of interest and experience. That makes me more than just another tutor reading to you from a book or lecturing to you...I try to find ways to not only get you through your studying, but help you find ways to get genuinely interested in what you're learning - find the fun!
I'm available flexible hours during the week, including nights, for on-site tutoring sessions. However, I am not available on Mondays or Wednesdays after 3:00 or Sundays after 5:00. Feel free to contact me with questions on any subject in science (I can help you with your English writing too!) and I'll be happy to discuss how I might be able to help you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Riverside - Bachelors, Paleontology
Graduate Degree: University of Georgia - PHD, Paleontology
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My goal is to help students not only learn concepts but to learn how they connect. When students understand the connection between concepts, things start to make intuitive sense - it's the difference between merely knowing answers and actually understanding them. My approach is a Socratic method. I help students through guiding questions designed to point them towards discovering answers for themselves, and then reinforcing their concepts by having them explain their answers to me. I avoid simply dispensing facts and figures whenever possible. I work with diagrams and analogies to help students see the associations between concepts. Teaching a subject is often the most powerful way to learn about and reinforce your own understanding of it, paradoxically, so I will often turn the tables and have the student tell me about the concepts at the end.