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I'm NC native, transplanted to Richmond, VA for medical school. Currently a fourth year student Ill be starting a residency in Urology this coming fall. With college experience in Biology, Literature, Scientific Publishing Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry with graduate work in Medicine Ive had the pleasure of working with a number of students and peers over the years and enjoyed helping them master material for courses and exams. I pride myself on my patience and believe that, given the right teacher and motivation, any student can achieve their academic goals. I count myself as living proof of that.

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John’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Appalachian State University - Bachelors, Pre-Professional Biology (Cell, Molecular)

Graduate Degree: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine - Current Grad Student, Medicine


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Tutoring Subjects

Anatomy & Physiology

AP Biology


Cell Biology


College Application Essays

College Chemistry

Conga Drums

Developmental Biology



Evolutionary Biology

GED Prep

GED Science

Hand Drums

High School Biology

High School Writing


Middle School Science

Molecular Biology



SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M

SAT Subject Tests Prep


Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

In all education, and especially in the sciences, understanding the relevance of the material is crucial to mastering it. I approach every student as an individual and find that, in the detail oriented world of science, understanding the big picture is crucial. Otherwise, we lose the forest for the trees and come out the other side of our education having memorized but not truly understood anything.

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

My first session always focuses on assessing student's goals and expectations. Based on those, we can make a study plan for our time together and for independent study to help guide students through the material they need to know. We will also cover study and organizational strategies to make the most out of our study time and, of course, begin covering some of the subject material.

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