I have tutored online, in-home, and on campus. Most of my work has been in chemistry, but I have also helped students with algebra, geometry, and calculus.
I went to UCLA for graduate school in chemistry (M.S., 2009), UC Davis for training as a science teacher (credential, 2004), and UC Berkeley for a more general education focused on nutritional sciences (B.S., 1998).
I have been tutoring for several years. I have been an online tutor for tutoring companies and I have also been a private tutor on my own and with tutoring outfits.
In the way of college teaching experience, I've had work as a graduate student instructor at UCLA for general chemistry (Chemistry 14A), physical biochemistry (Chemistry 156), and an organic chemistry lab (Chemistry 14BL). I've also done well as a community college chemistry instructor part-time at Cypress College, where my course was Chemistry 101 (Chemistry for Health Professions).
In the way of secondary teaching experience, I was a middle and high school science and chemistry teacher at a private school in San Leandro, California for two years, and I taught middle school science at a charter school in Los Angeles for one year.
My approach to chemistry involves two techniques, which I describe below.
When approaching problem-solving chemistry, you need to put pencil to paper and try different approaches. Often, it's not use to attempt to figure out the best approach in advance; you're better off trying several ways immediately, and seeing what you get.
When approaching difficult concepts, you need to sketch something out immediately. Chemistry tends not to be like history or literature, in that it's important in chemistry to create a representation outside of your brain in order to get the unfamiliar concept into your brain. For better understanding and less frustration, it's a good idea to start sketching drawings and to start building models immediately, whether they are right or wrong.
As a tutor, I believe that students who are willing to use the above learning techniques have a great chance to have their study of chemistry make everyday science in the world around them much more interesting, for life.
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