EducationUniversity of Colorado at Boulder: Senior, Biology/Biochemistry major; GPA: 3.6. Metropolitan State College of Denver: General Studies, freshman/sophomore years. Cherry Creek High School: HS Diploma (early graduation)
Experience__I have been a TA for organic chemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and I designed and edited the lab manual for that course. I love teaching OChem, and I have a lot of experience doing just that.__
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I am a 25 year old lover of language, science and mathematics pursuing a career in biochemistry. Until age 22, I was without focus in my life, having a dismal high school record and merely adequate grades--I applied to CU Boulder with a GPA of 2.5--in my undergraduate studies; however, change is always possible: I now have a GPA of 3.65. I have discovered an immense love for science and mathematics that I hope to share. This on top of my already long-standing passions of art and language. I'm an A student in Chemistry and Biology, I have been an amateur tutor and autodidact all my life and I have worked as a TA for the Organic Chemistry courses at CU Boulder. I earned my high school diploma ahead of schedule, earning a 32 on the ACT exam and a 4/5 on the AP Language and Composition exam, and teaching high school students over the years has reminded me of what it was like in those days, making me an excellent choice for ACT/SAT study help. Furthermore, I have been diagnosed with ADD since age 11, and if this is something you and your child struggle with, I have ample experience as a student with ADD and a teacher of students with ADD.
Subjects I am well prepared to teach up to the undergraduate level include:
-Chemistry, including: "General", organic, bio-, and physical.
-Biology, including molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology experimental/population genetics, evolutionary theory, etc.
-Calculus, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and arithmetic.
-Writing. How to write well, that is: whether you're writing a research paper or a novel, I can teach you to know the English language as well as you feel it.
-Introductory physics (i.e. classical mechanics and electromagnetism).
I have a gift for expressing complex ideas in ways that are easy to grasp, especially in regards to physics as it applies to chemistry, and I do so with the intent of providing a context to the subject matter that makes its importance immediately relevant and its consequences fascinating. If I can go from skipping school to full-fledged academia, so can you or your child (or both!).
HobbiesI'm somewhat stern and serious in demeanor, but I'm friendly and professional, considering integrity, honesty and diligence to be the most important qualities one can have. I have an excitement for the discoveries and evolving intellect of the human race that I try to bring into discussions of the scholastic variety. I've proven patient and committed when asked to explain or teach. I grew up focused solely on art as a skill and ultimate career, but gravitated more to the sciences as I grew older (though I continue to improve my artistic abilities). I know what it's like to hate school and feel detached from academia, and skipped most of the last few years of high school. Somehow I managed to graduate early, get a 4 on the AP Language and Composition exam, and a 32 on my ACT. If you have an intelligent child that loathes school, I may be able to help.
In my spare time, I read a great deal of fiction and non-fiction. I enjoy reading science and engineering blogs such as In the Pipeline and Tetrapod Zoology. I also draw, paint and play the guitar in my spare time, whenever I can get some.
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David has worked with our son twice now for assistance with high school biology. We have been very impressed with his leadership, responsiveness and flexibility when working with our son. My son has remarked that it seems so simple when David explains it! I think he may even be starting to like biology!! We are looking forward to continuing with David to keep our son on track in his class this year.
David is very thorough and makes sure to go over every single concept. He challenges me and asks questions in order for me to understand. He takes the time to explain the details and designs the session based on my ability. He also has made various practice problems for me.
David sat with me for hours to catch me up in my classes. He offered me extra practice help and I will continue to use him until I pass this class!
David has been working with my son for over a year. My son has more appreciation for math and science and is doing well in both subjects. In addition he has worked with him on improving his organizational and planning skills.
I hired David in August of 2010 to serve as my tutor for General College Biology for the course of the semester. He has been a tremendous asset to my academic pursuits and has, without a doubt, assisted me in not only passing the class, but passing with a high grade. With a thorough knowledge of the sciences, David has worked hard to make sure that I knew the material inside and out and never settled for giving subpar lessons that would be forgotten as quickly as I had learned them. David challenged me to not settle for academic complacency and personally taught me how to become a better student with study suggestions and encouragement all along the course of the semester. David is very well organized and strives to create an open learning environment. He is non judgmental, honest, and is passionate about science which shines through in his diligence to ensure academic success. David has set the bar as an exemplary tutor with his professional demeanor and works to make biology come alive. He has an incredible ability to break down complex topics and make them easy to understand, even for someone to whom the sciences do not come naturally. I highly recommend David as a teaching assistant because he has a natural talent for teaching and is willing to go the extra mile for the success of his students.
David has really helped me out with my MCDB class this semester! I sought out a tutor after I failed my first Bio test and a friend recommended him to me. I was worried that it would be awkward or that he would judge my knowledge, or lack there of, of Biology. But he was just the opposite! He assessed my knowledge base, which was basically nil, and focussed on my problem areas. I don't know why I can't learn in class like I can when he explains things to me, but it is an amazing feeling to actually be learning something I was loathing in the beginning. David has brought me from a place where I was sure that I was going to fail this class and was considering dropping out, to now, where I might get an A in the class! Or at least certainly a B. Being the procrastinating and unorganized student that I am David has been so lenient in our meeting times and locations. He works to fit in my schedule as best as he can and I really appreciate that. I would definitely recommend him to my peers and I have.
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