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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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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.
Excellent Tutor. Highly recommend. — 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. ...
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Andrew will travel within 15 miles of San Jose, CA 95129.
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