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
, 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
, 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.