Love it or hate it, biology is an important class. It helps you get into four year colleges and opens endless academic and professional pathways.
Seattle Tutoring Services has several pre-med tutors who are well versed in biology, among other subjects. Whether it regular biology, honors or AP Biology, we can help. We promise our efforts in tutoring biology won’t be as dry as your high school class.
When I first took biology, I hated it. I’m not proud of it but my high school course felt like a bunch of memorization. Who cares what goes on inside a cell? And what the heck is the difference between meiosis and mitosis?
Teachers don’t always do the best job putting biological concepts and processes into context.
That’s where a good biology tutor comes into play.
But how does that affect my life? One of the types of natural selection you’ll discover is directional selection. For example, imagine an island in the galapagos with two variants of finches: “A” specializes in small seeds with a small beak and “B” specializes in big seeds with its big beak.
Now imagine they hit a terrible drought and the plants that produce small seeds are no longer viable. Almost all seeds are big, therefore selecting for larger beaked finches (type B). The average beak size increases. That’s called directional selection.
But how does that affect me?
When you go to hospital for a simple procedure or a surgery, you don’t want to get a serious infection. Unfortunately, there are deadly bacterial infections that people acquire there all too frequently.
Why are they so deadly?
Over the many decades of use of antibiotics, bacteria has evolved dramatically. The few types of bacteria that can survive antibiotics have now proliferated in hospitals, creating a massive public health problem.
Understanding the finches can now help us understand this situation. With further research, hopefully we can find new antibiotics and better strategies to avoid the directional selection that is imposed on bacteria when we use antibiotics. There are many academic and professional opportunities for research.
For more info about natural selection, check out this Berkley site: https://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/home.php
Our most experienced biology tutor is Tracey. Originally from southern California, Tracey is a pre-med student at UW. She tutors biology at several levels, including AP Biology. Her experience tutoring began junior year at Dana Hills High School and continues as a UW sophomore, where she majors in Economics. Given the nature of AP Bio as a prep class, it helps to learn from someone who has taken the subject in high school and at a challenging university such as UW. In addition to biology, Tracey tutors math and chemistry. In her spare time Tracey volunteers at Swedish Hospital and teaches CPR to our local Seattle communities as part of the Medical Emergency Training Association.
Let us know if one of our tutors can help you develop study skills that are appropriate for biology. Most people find that the subject can require novel approaches compared to other subjects.
My daughter who was taking Physics as a senior in high school wrote this: Jeremy's deep understanding and excitement on the topic created a good learning environment. He was very welcoming to help me with the subject which in turn made me comfortable to ask as many questions as needed. Very good tutor and helped my grade in the class a ton!
Great experience! Quick response to a last-minute request for calculus help. Jeremy was great at quickly understanding where I was and clearly explained the concepts. I will definitely call them again.
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