Hello! My name is Dr. James C., and I have been teaching chemistry for over 20 years having started in high school! I was a tutor in chemistry for adults in high school. I was a tutor in chemistry and biology for students at The University of Chicago while I was a student there myself. I was a tutor in biology and chemistry while I was a graduate student as well. After earning my Ph.D. in chemistry in 2001 I went to The Scripps Research Institute to do more research. After two years in my post-doc I started working as a teacher in the San Diego Community College District. I am now a teacher in the chemistry department of a local community college, and have been teaching now for 6 years.
My main philosophy is to teach through discussion and the Socratic method. When a student is having difficulty with a particular aspect of the material I like to ask them questions not only so that I can better understand their confusion, but also so that I can lead them to discover the ideas and concepts and answers! It is very exciting to see students "get" the material and come to an understanding they didn't have before. Depending on the situation I may use models to illustrate a point. I may quiz the student to make sure they understand the previous material or the material that we just went over. I'm very interactive. So a student will need to come prepared to interact with me through dialog.
I have been doing this a very long time, and I am EXCELLENT in what I do. I look forward to meeting you.
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