Through the completion of my Biology major, I have successfully completed and excelled in a variety of biological science courses, many of which focused on topics such as: Evolution, Genetics, Cell Biology and Ecology. The holistic overview of biological sciences that my education provided allows me to link concepts across various disciplines and provide a greater understanding of concepts for my students.
Regarding chemistry, my experience as a Teaching Assistant for Organic Chemistry I and II labs translates to a greater learning experience for my students by providing understanding of both the material and professors’ expectations for A+ assignments. My role in chemical research at Texas Tech University on a Department of Energy grant provided me the opportunity to preform chemical synthesis and analysis using many of the techniques/reactions discussed in organic chemistry courses.
Science is awesome! Many important questions are answered with basic understanding of scientific disciplines such as biology and chemistry. Being a student of these fields also makes one realize how much remains undiscovered and learning “the basics” positions students to take next steps toward furthering the understanding of our world and everything it encompasses!
Mark was a very professional, personable and attentive tutor. He explained organic chemistry to me in ways that my textbook didn’t, making the concepts easier to understand from a different point of view. He was very good at creating example problems that we could work through together and solidify understanding of the material. Would highly recommend him as your next tutor!
When working with a new student, it is imperative to establish goals for academic success and determine everyday steps that will lead to the completion of those goals. It is important to approach science courses with a plan; therefore, an analysis of the student’s study skills is beneficial to determine potential pitfalls and establish a plan for success.
I hold a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Tech University, where I majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry.
I have participated in Bioinformatics research through Genomics Education Partnership, where I was responsible for annotating a 55,000 base pair segment of Drosophila takahashii DNA to determine locations of genes which were verified using a variety of databases and statistical analysis software.
I have also assisted in a chemistry research laboratory at TTU, performing chemical synthesis and analysis related to the investigation of frustrated Lewis pairs’ ability to act as transition metal-free catalysts for the hydrogenation of imines.