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Laurent P.

Cotati, CA

$45/hr

Medical student w/ lots of tutoring experience! Young & patient.

Background check passed as of 7/16/13
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Medical student w/ lots of tutoring experience! Young & patient.

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Your Sonoma County Science and Math Tutor!

I specialize in tutoring chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics (algebra I and II, geometry, trigonometry, calculus (single and multivariable)).

Academic Background
As the top student in AP physics, I began tutoring in this subject eight years ago. Since then I have completed a rigorous training in the sciences, earning a BS in Biophysics and an MS in Chemistry at UC San Diego. I began medical school at the University of Queensland in January. As an undergraduate I joined in several scientific research projects at universities all around the United States, including UPenn. I now know firsthand many of the ways that science in the classroom is applied in research, and I bring this perspective into my tutoring sessions.

My Tutoring Approach
Helping students improve their understanding of difficult coursework boosts their grades, and ultimately their curiosity in learning the material. From fluid physics to advanced inorganic chemistry, I focus on tackling the toughest areas first, and directly engage the student through questions rather than uninteresting lecture. I frequently use analogies and "real world" examples to brighten the material, making it easier to understand and remember.

Credibility and Experience
After private AP physics tutoring in High School, I went on to become the only undergraduate tutor working in the UCSD Physics Tutorial Center at the time. Later as a graduate student I became a Chemistry lab TA, teaching sections of students lab skills and chemistry concepts, as well as leading review sessions to over 70 students on my own. I currently tutor many students in science and math, one-on-one and in groups, and work as a substitute teacher for Sonoma Country Day School. Before all of this I worked as a Boy Scout Camp Counselor for 3 Summers, teaching outdoor skills with sensitivity, patience, and humor, to boys ages 10 -16.

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry,
Genetics, Organic Chemistry,
Pharmacology, Physical Science, Physics, Physiology, Psychology
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Speech, TOEFL
Art:
Theatre
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
GRE, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry,
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GED, GRE, MCAT,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TEAS, TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Baseball,
Swimming, Volleyball, Yoga
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Algebra 1

This is the most exciting part of math. Numbers finally come alive! Students' natural approach to this is often a fearful one, but with the right guidance and instruction, this can turn to interest and curiosity. At this stage, I relate algebra back to our everyday lives as much as possible. I also keep encouragement strong since understanding at this level is so critical to student's success in future math courses.

Baseball

Trained for 6 years in baseball in the Rancho Cotati little league. Expert in pitching mechanics, hitting strategies, and basic gameplay. Finished my sixth season as an allstar starting pitcher, and having led my team to win the league championship.

Chemistry

I finished an MS in chemistry in June of 2010, and have been working as a Teacher's assistant and tutor since then. During this program I taught chem lab to groups of 15 to 20 students, and led review sessions to over 70 students at a time. I now specialize in tutoring inorganic, organic, and biochemistry at the university level, as well as high school and middle school level chemistry.

Differential Equations

Received an "A" in differential equations at UCSD. This course taught ordinary differential equations: exact, separable, and linear; constant coefficients, undetermined coefficients, variations of parameters. I also learned series solutions, Laplace transforms, techniques for engineering sciences, and computing symbolic and graphical solutions using Matlab.

Linear Algebra

After scoring an A- in Linear Algebra at UCSD, I became knowledgeable in the following topics: matrix algebra, determinants, linear subspaces, bases of Euclidean spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, orthogonal matrices, diagonalization of symmetric matrices, and computing symbolic and graphical solutions using Matlab. To bring this subject to life during tutoring, I tie in real world applications, some of which can be quite surprising.

MCAT

I scored in the 95th percentile on this exam, without ever taking the MCAT course. I firmly believe that with the right study skills and preparatory work, students can significantly improve their scores. I offer tutoring for all sections of the MCAT as well as student-specific instruction for conquering key weaknesses on this test.

Organic Chemistry

I have gained a real-world understanding for this subject by taking graduate seminars, and having worked in an organic chemistry research lab. After 3 quarters (plus lab) of undergraduate ochem, I have developed a solid foundation in the fundamentals as well. The UCSD courses I have taken in this subject are as follows:
Chem 209, 250, 140A-C, 143A

Laurent’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Laurent. View all of Laurent’s resources

One of the most useful inventions I've come across is a software program developed by Lumosity, called Dual N-Back. This is a simple, free training program, which constantly challenges your brain to hold onto more information by flashing squares in distinct locations with distinct sounds played simultaneously. Simple enough. But when the 20 minute session is finished, what results--the clarity... read more

Soon after this blog is published, I can assure you will be seeing an entry on the medical school application process. Because while the rigmoral of preparing for, and sitting the 5 hour MCAT exam seems challenging enough, it is just one of the many hurdles and hoops that an aspiring medical student will need to negotiate on the path to becoming a doctor. For now though, I will focus on just... read more

I have been tutoring in the natural sciences for many years now, and studying them for much longer. This blog is a way of sharing my thoughts on academic science, and giving students and their parents real tools for success in this environment. I will go over strategies and tips for performing well in classes, on standardized tests, college applications, during research experiences, and more... read more

UC San Diego
Biophysics
UC San Diego, Chemistry
Master's
UNiversity of Queensland
Graduate Coursework

Education

UC San Diego (Biophysics)

UC San Diego, Chemistry (Master's)

UNiversity of Queensland (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Laurent will travel within 0 miles of Cotati, CA 94931.


About Laurent

Your Sonoma County Science and Math Tutor!

I specialize in tutoring chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics (algebra I and II, geometry, trigonometry, calculus (single and multivariable)).

Academic Background
As the top student in AP physics, I began tutoring in this subject eight years ago. Since then I have completed a rigorous training in the sciences, earning a BS in Biophysics and an MS in Chemistry at UC San Diego. I began medical school at the University of Queensland in January. As an undergraduate I joined in several scientific research projects at universities all around the United States, including UPenn. I now know firsthand many of the ways that science in the classroom is applied in research, and I bring this perspective into my tutoring sessions.

My Tutoring Approach
Helping students improve their understanding of difficult coursework boosts their grades, and ultimately their curiosity in learning the material. From fluid physics to advanced inorganic chemistry, I focus on tackling the toughest areas first, and directly engage the student through questions rather than uninteresting lecture. I frequently use analogies and "real world" examples to brighten the material, making it easier to understand and remember.

Credibility and Experience
After private AP physics tutoring in High School, I went on to become the only undergraduate tutor working in the UCSD Physics Tutorial Center at the time. Later as a graduate student I became a Chemistry lab TA, teaching sections of students lab skills and chemistry concepts, as well as leading review sessions to over 70 students on my own. I currently tutor many students in science and math, one-on-one and in groups, and work as a substitute teacher for Sonoma Country Day School. Before all of this I worked as a Boy Scout Camp Counselor for 3 Summers, teaching outdoor skills with sensitivity, patience, and humor, to boys ages 10 -16.

Education

UC San Diego
Biophysics
UC San Diego, Chemistry
Master's
UNiversity of Queensland
Graduate Coursework

Education

UC San Diego (Biophysics)

UC San Diego, Chemistry (Master's)

UNiversity of Queensland (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 0 miles of Cotati, CA 94931

Laurent’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry,
Genetics, Organic Chemistry,
Pharmacology, Physical Science, Physics, Physiology, Psychology
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Speech, TOEFL
Art:
Theatre
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
GRE, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry,
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GED, GRE, MCAT,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TEAS, TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Baseball,
Swimming, Volleyball, Yoga
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Laurent’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Laurent. View all of Laurent’s resources

One of the most useful inventions I've come across is a software program developed by Lumosity, called Dual N-Back. This is a simple, free training program, which constantly challenges your brain to hold onto more information by flashing squares in distinct locations with distinct sounds played simultaneously. Simple enough. But when the 20 minute session is finished, what results--the clarity... read more

Soon after this blog is published, I can assure you will be seeing an entry on the medical school application process. Because while the rigmoral of preparing for, and sitting the 5 hour MCAT exam seems challenging enough, it is just one of the many hurdles and hoops that an aspiring medical student will need to negotiate on the path to becoming a doctor. For now though, I will focus on just... read more

I have been tutoring in the natural sciences for many years now, and studying them for much longer. This blog is a way of sharing my thoughts on academic science, and giving students and their parents real tools for success in this environment. I will go over strategies and tips for performing well in classes, on standardized tests, college applications, during research experiences, and more... read more


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