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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.
As part of my regular teacher credentialing process, I received training in mainstreaming students with special needs into traditional classroom settings. When I taught middle school science, I intentionally kept students moving and doing hands-on work as much as possible to maximize the engagement for all of the students, especially the ones exhibiting signs of attention deficits.
For algebra, my tutoring techniques would involve the following strategies:
1. having the student show steps on a whiteboard with two different colors.
2. labeling the parts of word problem for the student, and emphasizing how to identify them.
3. having the student label the parts of a formula (such as y=mx+b) and quizzing the student on those parts.
M.S. Chemistry, UCLA 2009
Teaching credential, chemistry, UC Davis 2004
B.S. Nutritional Sciences, UC Berkeley 1997
From 1998 to 2001, I was a computer programmer for IDX, a database provider for large hospitals. The company has been bought by GE Healthcare since then. Currently, as part of my job as lab technician at a private high school, I occasionally assist students with their robotics programs in C.
Study skills were a part of my teacher credentialing training. Strategies such as breaking up study time into non-intimidating blocks, self-quizzing using online tools, and freeing the study area of distractions are part of the customized package of study tips that I give to all of my students upon request. The first and most powerful advice that I offer to students of my specialty, chemistry, is to study with a studious group of peers. I find that the lack of availability of such groups is often the reason that a tutor such as myself is required; many smart students are simply stymied by their own combinations of distractions and lonely boredom when studying completely new material of high complexity and difficulty.
Look no further, the best chemistry tutor ever — I'm sure there are lots of tutors that have excellent knowledge of chemistry, but what good is it if he/she cannot communicate or share that knowledge in an effective manner. Glen has this uncanny ability to break down the problem beyond the original question being asked to the point of the tutee eventually owning the concept. Once you master the concept, successive problems become easy. This is e ...
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