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I am a creative and passionate science educator with excellent communication skills to explain the science curriculum in a variety of ways and to critically evaluate the quality of sources, making every session engaging and relevant to what students require. Emphasizing learning as an on-going process of discovery and growth, encouraging students to see science and inquiry as activities central to daily life. I have a great passion towards education and I absolutely enjoy teaching and helping students to achieve their grade goals.

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Ruben’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Universidad Nacional de Colombia - Bachelors, Biology, General

Graduate Degree: Vrije Universiteit Brussels - Master of Science, Molecular Biology

Graduate Degree: Ghent University - PHD, Biochemistry

Hobbies

Reading, Kayaking, Jogging, movies

Tutoring Subjects

Biology

Chemistry

Developmental Biology

Graduate Level Biology

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Subject Test in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology

GRE Subject Test in Biology

GRE Subject Tests

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

Middle School Science

Molecular Biology

SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Science

Test Prep

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that successful teaching and learning experiences walk side by side where communication is essential. I foster a teacher-student relationship based on mutual respect and the recognition that teaching-learning is an ongoing two ways process. I understand how important to young minds is to feel valued and treated as an individual while encouraging them to constantly improve. It implies a commitment to innovation and implementation of a variety of learning techniques, being approachable, friendly and honest so the classroom can become a comfortable place for all.

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

On my first tutoring session, I focus on getting to know my student and his/her expectation. I will assess my student's needs, strengths, and learning style so I know where to begin instruction. Knowing where my student needs to be, or where he/her would like to go, is the foundation for a personalized work plan.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I used to provide the right tools and let the students do the work as a first step to help him/her to become an independent learner. By giving control of the process to the student, I will encourage active learning and increase my student's self-confidence.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would help my student stay motivated by emphasizing my recognition to his/her efforts. Getting him/her actively involved while fostering participation and sense of ownership of his/her own learning. Being creative by changing around the structure of my class regularly. Finally, drawing connections to real life showing that a subject is used everyday by real people.

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