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David L.

San Diego, CA


Chemistry Tutor

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Background check passed as of 2/18/14
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23 Ratings
14hrs Response Time
Excellent AP Chemistry tutor
— Jason, San Diego, CA on 3/1/14

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Bates College
Chemistry and Math
Purdue University


Bates College (Chemistry and Math)

Purdue University (PhD)

About David

I am an experienced college chemistry professor and environmental scientist. I have taught chemistry at the college level for more than 25 years. Courses taught include introductory chemistry, general chemistry, allied health/nursing/GOB chemistry, chemistry in society (for non-science majors), physical science (for future teachers), advanced inorganic chemistry, and analytical chemistry. I can help you with your high school or AP test, on SAT, GRE, and in your college or university courses. If I cannot help on a particular topic, I will do my best to let you know in advance. I don't know everything, but I have a proven track record of helping thousands of students learn chemistry at many levels, from beginning to advanced.

While you're taking a chemistry course, I can provide help when you need it and give you ideas on how to study more effectively. You'll soon find that it's far better to "study well" than to "study hard." As your tutor, I will encourage you to communicate directly with your teacher more frequently so that, in time, you will take charge of your own learning and have need for a tutor less often. If you're studying for an exam, I can work with you, providing practice problems and analysis, up to the exam date. After the exam, I will help you analyze your results so that you'll gain from the experience. I realize that your need for assistance will vary as you learn more chemistry and that some topics are tougher to learn than others, and I will work with you to determine your best use of my tutoring services.

I have high standards for my work and strive to improve with each lesson. To that end, I appreciate getting feedback from you. After each lesson, I will send you a lesson review that summarizes the topics we covered, the objectives for the session, an assessment of student learning progress, and ideas or plans for future lessons. My time is valuable, and I do try to be as flexible as possible. While I do have a 24-hour minimum cancellation policy, I also offer makeups for missed sessions.

My emphasis has always been helping individual students to learn how to learn chemistry. I don't like taking short cuts and I love seeing the moments when students "get" it. I will help you learn the chemistry you need to learn, and I will do my best to help you understand why you're learning it and how you'll apply it in future studies. I want to make chemistry fun, relevant, and easy for you. Let's get started.
I am an experienced college chemistry professor and environmental scientist. I have taught chemistry at the college level for more than 25 years. Courses taught include introductory chemistry, general chemistry, allied health/ Read more

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Travels within 35 miles of San Diego, CA 92129
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"Excellent AP Chemistry tutor"

- Jason, San Diego, CA on 3/1/14

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I have enjoyed learning chemistry and helping people learn chemistry since my first year in college. I was a teaching assistant for chemistry classes starting in my junior year of college and continued teaching all the way through graduate school, where I earned my Ph.D. in chemistry. For the past 25 years, I have been teaching my own chemistry classes at local colleges and universities, where I love helping students learn and learn how to learn chemistry. During most of these years, I have also worked as an environmental scientist, so I have first-hand knowledge of many real world applications of chemistry and other sciences. I've found that my experiences inside and outside the classroom enable me to make chemistry more relevant and interesting to my students.


Many of the skills you learn in pre-algebra are used in chemistry, and I find myself teaching these skills all the time in my chemistry classes. Many of the exercises and problems in chemistry classes boil down to the "word problems" that you encounter in a pre-algebra class. Therefore, I know I can help you learn these skills. I was also a math major in college, so I know I can handle this subject well, even though I have never taught a course called "pre-algebra." One advantage of having a chemistry teacher help you with pre-algebra is that I can help you see some the real-world applications of what you're learning. I love helping students become more confident as they learn to pick apart and solve word problems.

Let's get started.

Bates College
Chemistry and Math
Purdue University


Bates College (Chemistry and Math)

Purdue University (PhD)

Excellent AP Chemistry tutor — This is my daughter's response: Thank you so much for all of your help! The tutoring session really helped me in understanding the topics we were able to cover in the two hours we had. The exam was definitely harder than I expected, but I guess I won’t know how I really did until next week. I will definitely take note of your advice and try to work through the textbook chapters as they are being ...

— Jason, San Diego, CA on 3/1/14

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Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

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David will travel within 35 miles of San Diego, CA 92129.

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