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Colin S.
Albany, California
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Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
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Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
I have a bachelors in biomedical engineering and I am a graduate student researcher in computational biology, so biology is the science I engage in every day. Sure, biology can be challenging with mountains of new vocabulary words and its propensity for delving deep into the minutiae of biological processes, but it is all so worth it - this is the study of life! Working with me, you will learn the best and most efficient way for memorizing and understanding all of the many intricacies of biology.
About Colin S.

Hello there! My name is Colin, and I have seven years of experience tutoring math and science. I am a PhD student in the UC Berkeley-UC San Francisco joint bioengineering program. My strong background in STEM qualifies me to tutor math and science up through lower-division college courses. Aside from my academic qualifications, I believe that it is my genuine passion for math and science that makes me an effective tutor for students of all learning styles. As a tutor, my goal is not to impress students with how much I know. Rather, my goal is to show my students how easily math and science concepts can come to them when they are presented the material in a straightforward way. The late physicist, Richard Feynman, posited that the ability to explain complicated ideas in a simple manner is the true mark of understanding. I agree with this assertion, and I make it my goal each tutoring session to explain even the most complex phenomena in a simple way, so that my student will come away from the lesson with confidence that they grasped the information. Additionally, I emphasize a strong understanding of the fundamentals, because both math and science are heavily inductive disciplines; many of the theorems and laws are founded on other, more fundamental principles. I have personally experienced the discouragement of trying to learn material that is beyond my level of preparedness, and so I can empathize with students who are in that boat. Fortunately, I have learned that the remedy is always a return to, and a strengthening of, the basics. That is the approach I take with students who find themselves struggling in a course. My online teaching platform is a “black board” drawing program that my students can follow along with as I explain concepts and solve problems. I simply share my screen with them during the session, and at the end, I take a screenshot of the notes and email it to my students for their reference. I hope this brief explanation of my qualifications and teaching style has provided a clear image of what you can expect from me as your tutor. I am eager to hear from you and help you succeed in your academic goals!


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I am taking a doctoral statistics class where the assignments are all theory and understanding of research versus specific math equations. Colin is great at helping me understand the material. I appreciate his tutoring skills. I will be using him again when I take my intermediate statistics and research class.

Posted Sep 18, 2021
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Colin is a great instructor. He makes the class engaging and fun for our son and works with parents to ensure their goals are met.

Posted Aug 11, 2021
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Clarity, insight and understanding after first lesson. Excellent approach. Off to a great start.

Posted Jul 23, 2021
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Math and Science Tutor
Jan 2014 - Present
I have been tutoring math and science subjects through online platforms since 2014, and have provided over a thousand hours of tutoring to students of all ages and educational levels.
Essay Writing Tutor
Aug 2014 - Dec 2014
San Diego Miramar College's The PLACe
At the PLACe I helped students in various English and humanities courses with their essay writing. Generally, students would ask me to read their drafts and I would advise them on grammar, syntax and structure.
Math Tutor
Jan 2014 - Dec 2015
San Diego Miramar College
I was a tutor in the Math Lab at Miramar College. Here, I tutored pre-algebra through multi-variable calculus.
Ph.D. Computational Biology
Aug 2018
UC Berkeley-UCSF
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering
Aug 2015 - Dec 2017
University of California, Berkeley
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Stem Cell Engineering Pre-doctoral Fellowship
Jul 2019
NIH/Berkeley Stem Cell Center
Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship
Jan 2018
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Jack Kent Cooke Summer Internship Stipend
Jun 2017
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
May 2015
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Phi Theta Kappa
Mar 2014
The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

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