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Michael W.

Ph.D. Tutor: High-End, College Level Chemistry/Organic Chemistry/Math

San Francisco, CA (94114)

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At this time, I am ca 50% booked for the summer semester - best availability right now is weekday early afternoons or evenings. A little bit about me:
I earned a PhD of Chemistry as well as a bachelor of Math oversees in Germany, and worked as a researcher for five years, of those in the U.S. for three; among various enjoyable positions other than Science and Math, I worked as an Information Technology Instructor in Sydney, Australia for several years; in the same country I administered a large eBay Shop (built from scratch) with the assistance of a program employing disadvantaged youth. I also worked as a business project manager for a large corporation in Germany for three years.

I have maintained teaching and tutoring (in class, 1 on 1 or 1:n, as well as online tutoring) of Chemistry and Math subjects since 1992; I have lived in different places worldwide, tutoring/coaching and teaching in Europe, Australia and the U.S. I have over 15 years of experience any Chem / Math tutoring, as well as teaching small & large groups. If you tried tutoring before but didn't get the desired results, I encourage you to try it again - this time you might find it is worth it.

I have mostly taught University/College class level, but also many high school students, and also worked in adult education (in beginning computer science classes). I have many strong references - all recent college students and/or parents of high school students alike, all from the Bay area, where I have taught hundreds of students in the last three years. Most of my students come from referrals from former students.
Also, please take a look at my WyzAnt ratings and feedbacks.

My strengths are pretty much all subjects which have to do with chemistry or math (HW support, thorough test and exam prep, additional practice if needed and so on).

Summary of Areas/Subjects: chemistry - university/college level and level 9-12 high school; general chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, structural chemistry and so on; math high school 9-12: algebra I-II-III, prealgebra, geometry, trigonometry, precalculus, calculus; AP chemistry; SAT subject test chemistry, regular SAT math portions and SAT subject test Math; GMAT math portion; CBEST math portion; ISEE, GRE, CAHSEE, MCAT, GED math and science sections; ACT math and science sections); this is just an extract of subjects - if you need help in a certain area, just email me briefly and I'll let you know if I am able to help you properly or not, usually within 24 hours.

I simply enjoy being a teacher/tutor/instructor and educator. If you need help in Math or Chemistry/Science subjects, please just ask me and I will give you an honest response regarding what I can do for you!

I am covering all of SF as well as the northern half of the Peninsula for in-person tutoring. The advertised price is valid for one or two students.

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Michael’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Test Preparation:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Chemistry, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math
ACT Math, Actuarial Science, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry

ACT Math

I have tutored the ACT Math section successfully for many years.

ACT Science

I have tutored the ACT Science section successfully for many years.


I am able to help with all aspects of the CBEST Math section. My own score in this section is 74, I also passed the CSET Math exams 110, 111 and 112.


I have been tutoring Chemistry for more than 12 years now. Approximately 90% of my students finish with an A.

Organic Chemistry

I have helped more than a hundred Bay area students with their Ochem classes in recent years, and I am able to provide a number of references if you wish. I had Ochem students from all colleges in the SF area: SFSU, USF, UC Berkeley, City College SF, Skyline, San Mateo, Canada College, etc. I am able to help you with all Organic Chemistry I and II subjects, from Alkanes, Alkenes and Alkynes to Alcohols, Aldehydes and Ketones, Carboxylic Acids and its derivatives, Aromatics, Amines as well as Introduction to Biochemistry (e.g. sugars, amino-acids and so on).
The subject list is really pretty much the same in every course, but FYI I know the following Ochem books from cover to cover:
- P. Vollhardt - Organic Chemistry
- D. Klein - Organic Chemistry
- L.G. Wade - Organic Chemistry
- J. McMurry - Organic Chemistry
- W.H. Brown, C.S. Foote, B.L. Iverson - Organic Chemistry

I can help you with:
*exam prep/practice exams/online exams
*any homework prep
*lab reports
*any other Ochem-related tasks

Approximately 90% of my students end up getting an A in class.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Michael is a ROCKSTAR! Michael was an amazing tutor! He was so knowledgeable, patient, and easy to get a hold of. He was very accommodating with my schedule. We met on a weekly basis and his constant encouragement, wisdom, and supplemental resources helped me to get the grade I was striving for! He went above and beyond to help me survive O-Chem and I can't thank him enough. I would recommend him in a heartbeat. You'll ...

— Caitlin from San Francisco, CA on 7/29/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $75.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Two students pay the same rate.

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Michael will travel within 12 miles of San Francisco, CA 94107.

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