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Hello, my name is Heidi. I am an adjunct Professor, teaching CHM230 (organic chemistry lab).
I hold the CRLA (College Reading and learning association) regular tutoring certificate.
I graduated with a first class bachelor's degree in Chemistry with honors from the University of Liverpool, England. During my degree I spent a year working in industry for Zeneca. During this year I gained practical experience in Ion exchange chemistry. After graduating I gained another years experience in industry concentrating on the field of combinatorial chemistry. I became a mentor for junior team members.
I then returned to my studies and was awarded a PhD in medicinal chemistry from the University of Bath in England. My field of expertise was sugar chemistry. During my 4 year course I tutored many undergraduates in lab work.
I have post doctoral research experience in Cancer research from Arizona State University.
I have chosen to exclusively tutor chemistry as I have a lot of experience in the subject.
My strength lies in the ability to explain organic chemistry into simple language. This includes first and second semester college organic chemistry. I studied inorganic, physical and organic chemistry for 6 semesters in England. I specialized in organic chemistry in my final year.
I am also confident in explaining general chemistry both at high school and college level. Example of topics that I cover are stoichiometry, gas laws, thermodynamics, chemical bonding and VSPER theory, acid/base chemistry, kinetics, equilibrium etc.
My style changes with each individual student. As I was educated in England, a very often have different methods of working out calculations which students find much more simple.
Many students get very confused by stoichiometry. This is an extremely important concept and if a student is confused by this topic they will continue to struggle with chemistry. Most of my students will understand stoichiometry within their first lesson with me.
I am willing to answer questions via email in between regular sessions.
Chemistry-I teach all levels of general chemistry and organic chemistry. As my degree is in Chemistry from England I studied chemistry for 6 semesters. Having problems with the calculations, I can make them easier.
I have been teaching the MCAT chemistry section for the last two years. I have helped a number of students achieve their goal in this area.
I believe I can help people increase their scores on the chemistry sections of the MCAT. There is a lot of information to remember when taking the MCAT from the 4 semesters of chemistry. There is also new information to learn such as doing the math without the calculator.
I have studied organic chemistry as an undergraduate for 6 semesters in an English University. In England particular attention is given for understanding mechanisms. I also did a specific course for retrosynthetic analysis (this is where you are given a product and asked what starting materials were required).
In addition my PhD is in Medicinal organic chemistry. I have a lot of synthetic experience including post doctoral lab work.
Working with Heidi was a great experience for my daughter! — She started working with Heidi part way through Organic Chemistry. My daughter was sure she was going to fail, but I said take the whole class anyway, so if you have to take it again it's familiar to you. She passed! She was one of the only students who had not taken chemistry in high school, so she was struggling. She told me that when Heidi explained things she suddenly understood them. She also ...
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