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I provide one-on-one science (chemistry, biochemistry, biology, genetics, molecular biology, organic chemistry, and physics), math, statistics, and Microsoft Excel tutoring to junior high, high school, and college students. I enjoy applying my in depth science knowledge in helping my students learn and improve their test scores. I will tutor in your home, a public or college library or bookstore. I am also Wyzant certified as an online tutor.
I am a creative and enthusiastic tutor who will find your strengths and help you apply them in better learning and getting better grades. I will also work with you to prepare for your ACT, CLEP test, or teacher certification test if needed. I have also been trained in reading tutoring K-8th grade.
I have a B.S. degree in Chemistry (minor in math) and a Ph.D. in Chemistry as well and have a total of 32 years of post graduate experience in four different industries agriculture, dye chemistry and scientific biotechnology, and currently water technologies.
My Tutoring Approach
In my tutoring I try to put myself in my student's place. This way I better empathize with them and understand what methods will help them achieve their goals. If the student needs more feedback, I try to provide that and find ways for them to receive that while they are studying. If there might be an issue with test anxiety, I try to witness that via a short quiz and observe what contributes to the fears.
For math, science, and multiple choice test taking, I recommend timing homework problems or practice tests to determine which areas need more focused study, and thereby better achieve test completion.
For my academic preparation, I have taken organic chemistry at Iowa State University and advanced organic chemistry at University of Colorado. For three years at Iowa State University I did undergraduate organic chemistry research on flash vacuum pyrolysis. For my Ph. D. research I synthesized part of the antibiotic monensin. I also taught organic chemistry labs.
In my industrial experience I researched and synthesized novel agrochemicals and also isolated and determined the structures of microbial natural products. Then I worked in research and development (R&D) and production of food, drug, and cosmetic colors especially from natural sources. Subsequently I applied organic chemistry in manufacturing and R&D related to biotechnology, isolation of proteins, cross-linking, biotins, and chemiluminescence. Currently I work in water technologies R&D including organic ion exchange resins and processes to reduce organic impurities in water.
I also have tutored local students in organic chemistry classes. In my tutoring I try to emphasize 3-D molecular modeling on a computer to make it easier for the student to visualize the structures as well as the practical importance of each specific example (i.e. aspirin smelling of acetic acid (vinegar smell) indicates the pill is probably old beyond its shelf life).
Very Patient — Marty has been really good for my daughter. He not only teaches her how to do the math problems, but teaches her how to know she did them right. He has also given her much confidence in her work. Thanks Marty! ...
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