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"Thom was incredibly helpful for the research proposal project. I was struggling a lot with finding direction, but I went in to his office hours 3 or 4 times to talk with him. He was very nice, answered all of my questions, and was even willing to teach me concepts. He made the research proposal a much more enjoyable project for me. Thank you!"
— J.B., Bi380 Evolution
"made me participate more"
"The student-led discussion sections were really helpful and I think they made me participate more than I would have in an instructor-led discussion."
A.R., Bi380 Evolution
“He was super knowledgeable and you could tell that he was definitely into the subject of the lab that he was assisting with."
— V.T., Bi380 Evolution
"Breaks things down"
“He teaches complicated concepts well by using examples and breaking things down to an understandable level.”
A.F., Bi380 Evolution
I believe my role as a teacher is to creatively position my students to make discoveries themselves. This involves providing students with the tools they need to understand biological systems and the opportunities to ask new questions about the world. I aim to provide these tools in the context of an active classroom that functions as a laboratory, in which I encourage students to teach and learn from one another, solve problems collectively, and are allowed to fail. Below, I elaborate on my teaching philosophy, effective teaching methods, and two traits that I admire in effective teachers and strive to practice myself: enthusiasm and empathy.
Read more about my teaching philosophy here.