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I graduated from Pitzer College with a B.A. in chemistry. For my last two years in college, I tutored extensively in introductory and organic chemistry. I quickly became the most popular tutor because of my patience, dedication, and instructional ability. My emphasis was and still is on understanding the fundamental concepts as problem solving naturally follows. Teaching and drilling the “how” of problem solving mechanics are important, but really understanding the “why” that those problems are based on generates the greatest returns, especially for students interested in continuing in the natural sciences.
Furthermore, early tutoring sessions helped many of my students develop self-confidence in the face of seemingly overwhelming course requirements which helped in their overall performance. While not all of them got A’s, those that regularly attended tutoring did see improvements in their grades.
I believe that mathematics should not get in the way of learning the natural sciences, so I am capable of tutoring in that as well. My passion is in chemistry but the quantitative nature of the natural sciences means that I am fluent in algebra through calculus.
By nature of my coursework and extracurricular research, I also have extensive experience in lab work and spent a fair amount of my tutoring time assisting with lab coursework.
I look forward to tutoring for you!
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Andrew is a very good, patient tutor. He really works hard to ensure his student learns the subject and feels confident. He shows genuine interest in his students. He responds to email and is always available. He is flexible in his hours. We are so glad we found Andrew. He has been teaching Chemistry and Algebra to my daughter and is excellent in both subjects. I highly recommend Andrew.
Andrew has not only helped my son dramatically improve his grades in chemistry, he has also instilled a real interest in the subject.
Andrew is a wonderful tutor! He is patient and explains things in a very clear way. He allows you to reach answers yourself, but helps you along the way. He is also very responsible by email, should questions arise outside of a tutoring session. Andrew also was flexible, understanding, smart, and always prepared. Could not have made it through organic chemistry without him!
I had a great time learning from Andrew! He really knew all the little details and gave great clear explanations on how to solve the problems! He helped me acquire many helpful tips on how to solve my math problems! After an hour of listening to him, I was amazed by how quickly I started to do the problems!! I highly recommend this tutor for anyone who is having trouble in math! I will be contacting Andrew much more during the year to help me more with math! I'm so pleased and it was a pleasure working with him!
I first started getting tutored by Andrew when I decided I needed to get a leg up on organic chemistry over the summer before I started the class in the fall. I had absolutely no background in organic chemistry aside from what concepts I had learned in college and high school general chemistry, and Andrew was very instrumental in helping me form a comprehensive understanding of the material and tackle any difficult problems I might encounter in my class. He was very patient and accessible when I had any questions or needed help outside of tutoring. All in all a great experience working with Andrew!
My son has had difficulty grasping Math concepts during High School lectures which has created gaps in his learning and resulted in low test scores. After several meetings with Andrew, my son started to gain confidence and understanding of Algebra II and eventually scored an A on an exam. He is so comfortable with Andrew, that he will text him on his own to set up their meetings. Andrew is quick to respond, accommodating, and on time.
Andrew is very knowledgeable in Chemistry and is helping my son study for the Chem AP exam. When my son has a question, Andrew knows the answer right away and is able to explain things in a way my son can understand.
I recommend Andrew as a tutor for Chemistry and high school math. His affinity is towards Chemistry, as a subject, but he was effective in helping my daughter with Math as well. He was patient and good at encouraging her to build up her knowledge and thus her confidence in the topics. He was flexible with the timings, on time and easy to reach via email.
I started working with Andrew as I was struggling with Organic Chemistry. I wish I had started tutoring with Andrew earlier in the semester. Prior to tutoring, Organic Chemistry felt like a foreign language to me. Andrew was very patient, and explained concepts in ways I was able to understand them. Rather than simply giving me the answers, he asked me questions and helped me work through problems so that I finally understood the concepts. With his help I was able to finally begin to understand and enjoy Organic Chemistry. I would highly recommend Andrew as a tutor!
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I took two semesters of organic chemistry and one semester of physical organic chemistry with an overall average of an A- grade. During my undergraduate junior and senior years, I was a designated tutor for my chemistry department in organic chemistry. The students who came in regularly and from the beginning saw the greatest gain. Learning organic chemistry, at large, requires a build up from the physicochemical properties of molecules and functional groups, to reactions and mechanisms, to synthesis. Thus, the better the understanding of the prior steps, the better the understanding of the following steps.
About half of my time was spent in helping students with their lab reports. I have refined my ability for lab work from my coursework and from three years of extracurricular chemistry research spent between inorganic synthesis of borane compounds and organic ligand synthesis.
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