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Christopher T.

Newtonville, MA

$87/hr

Chemistry Made Crystal-Clear: Boosting Grades & Confidence Since 1991

Background check passed as of 8/30/14
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Chemistry Made Crystal-Clear: Boosting Grades & Confidence Since 1991

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Christopher began his career as Lecturer in Chemistry at Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies in the year 2000. Since then, he pioneered Northeastern University’s first online Chemical-Principles lecture curriculum, as well as a 6-week biannual blended sequence of Chemical Principles I, II, and III. Now a Senior Lecturer, Christopher has also taught General Chemistry for Engineers, and General Chemistry I II for undergraduates studying pharmacy and the life sciences.

In addition to teaching General and Organic Chemistry at the university and community-college levels, he writes standardized-test questions for multiple states across the U.S. and has over 10 years’ industry experience in materials research, technical training, and the sale and marketing of laboratory instrumentation. In 2006, he founded Higher Degree Consulting, Inc., an educational consulting firm providing learning and tutorial assistance to Chemistry students from the high-school through adult-education levels. Christopher holds a BA in Chemistry with a minor in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire and an MS in Chemistry from Northeastern University.

Testimonials

"Perfect Chem Tutor"

- Bing, Bedford, MA on 6/30/14

"Thank You Chris!"

- Laurie, Monroe, CT on 8/29/14

"Best Tutor in Chemistry"

- Vivian, Needham Heights, MA on 6/4/14

"Fantastic Tutor"

- JoAnn, Watertown, MA on 3/10/14

"Highly competent teacher."

- Nate, Brookline, MA on 1/19/14

"A true talent for teaching college chemistry concisely and clearly!"

- Marilyn, Needham, MA on 12/10/13

"Responsive and committed."

- Alison, Weston, MA on 11/21/13

"The best of the best!"

- Ann-Marie, Stow, MA on 9/16/13

"Great tutor"

- Chen, Allston, MA on 7/27/13

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Tracey, West Newton, MA on 5/15/13

"Best tutor I've ever had!"

- Maria, Wellesley Hills, MA on 5/5/13

"Very lucky to have Christopher T. as my son's AP chem tutor"

- Kim, Newton Center, MA on 1/10/13

"Cant't go wrong with Chris!"

- Marcia, Waban, MA on 12/3/12

"Great Tutor"

- Tanni, Acton, MA on 8/20/12

"Excellent Tutor for Organic Chemistry"

- Arjun, Boston, MA on 8/19/12

"Very knowledgeable, flexible schedule, but moves very quick "

- Nancy, Gloucester, MA on 8/9/12
Christopher replied on 8/10/2012

Browsing Wyzant Chemistry tutors within a 40-mile radius of Boston, MA reveals hourly rates ranging from $15/hour - $125/hour, resulting in a median rate of $70/hour. As a professor with profound professional experience in education, one could argue that my rate should be set, _at_least_, at this median value. However, I have kept my rate at the current level for six years. The impetus behind maintaining my rate has been expansion of accessibility to my service among different student populations and to steer clear of any adjective resembling "pricey" or "expensive". Cost and quality, of course, are both subjective in how they are perceived.

Tutors, such as myself, who cover a large geographic territory must consider balancing miles traveled and session earnings. Consider, for instance, how much is earned by a tutor who travels 35 miles one way and charges $40 for only one hour of tutoring. If the IRS provides wear-and-tear/mileage coverage of $0.555/mile, what gross compensation can this tutor expect for one hour of work?

Cost of One-Hour Session: $40.00

Cost of Round-Trip Travel: 2 x 35 mi x ($0.555/mi) = $ 38.85

Net Earnings = $40.00 - $38.85 = $1.15/hour (excludes tax and marketing fees)

I think we know how a Boston resident would thrive on this rate.

It has been my experience that a one-hour session can suffer from failure to explore the material to a depth required for development of skills and solidification of concepts. Depending on the student's needs, I often spend the first hour reviewing or offering alternative perspectives on a topic that presented difficulty upon introduction; the second hour is almost invariably focused on problem-solving or attempting examples, both collaboratively and (semi)independently on the part of the student. There is considerable value in the mere process of practice and thinking through the various twists and turns of a subject through examples. Learning and assimilating new knowledge is not a rapid-fire process for everyone. To reference one of my favorite childhood stories, if a 1-hour session feels "too soft", and a 3+-hour session feels "too hard", a 2-hour session feels juuust right!

When student and a tutor mutually agree to meet for two hours weekly to review an extensive content list in a second-semester Organic Chemistry syllabus, it is in their best interest to work as a team to both design and implement a well-balanced strategy. This strategy must incorporate the introduction of content, examples reinforcing each principle, problem-solving protocols, and different exercises to reinforce what the student has learned. Mastering this material, particularly a subject as challenging as Organic Chemistry II, also requires significant effort on the part of the student _outside_ of the session. When a student is not actively attempting problems between sessions, and the student welcomes progressing to new material, without communicating s/he would like more problems to complete together during the session, the student's overall experience can stray from expectation.

I recently published a Wyzant blog post about how to maximize the value for your tutoring dollars. Aside from keeping parking and travel costs low, maintaining a channel of open communication with a tutor offers a value that defies price tags. A tutor's most highly acclaimed pedagogical approach may not work for everyone, and it is important to provide feedback to the tutor in a timely fashion so the tutor can adjust his/her approach in a manner suitable to the student's learning style.

Wyzant thoughtfully allows students to post reviews about their tutors. When a student's review expresses publicly, and, by this, the tutor becomes aware for the first time, after several sessions, the student felt "overwhelmed", that sessions moved "somewhat fast", or they wished they spent "a lot of time on fewer topics" after handing the tutor an extensive list/syllabus at the start of the relationship, it makes the tutor wonder why this _is_ the first time s/he is hearing this. In a century of texting, Twitter, instant-messaging, emailing, Facebook, and (fortunately) lots of venues for good-old-fashioned, face-to-face "coffee talk", there is little room for perpetuating the less palatable through silence. More timely feedback can facilitate change while there is still time for implementation.

Tutors are flexible, creative, and committed individuals whose passion is to help students learn. Talk to them about how you learn best, how you like material presented, or what balance of problem-solving and explanation/discussion works best for you. Watch how intently they listen to you. Note the flood of different suggestions and solutions they will offer to make your tutoring experience more enjoyable and productive. You may be pleasantly surprised at how learning flourishes when both clients and tutors keep an open-door policy with one another.

"Great tutor!"

- Joe, Allston, MA on 8/6/12

"Really great tutor!"

- Rossi, Brighton, MA on 7/28/12

"Great teacher"

- Marie, Boston, MA on 7/24/12

"Very helpful with tough teacher"

- Holly, Westborough, MA on 7/23/12

"Very Engaging and Thorough"

- Yuka, Westborough, MA on 6/18/12

"Outstanding tutor"

- Sarina, Wenham, MA on 6/3/12

"Great tutor!"

- Mira, West Newton, MA on 5/28/12

"A true champion"

- Richard, Brockton, MA on 5/20/12

"Great Chemistry Teacher"

- Arthur, Cambridge, MA on 3/15/12

"Helped my son"

- Don, Carlisle, MA on 3/12/12
Science:
Chemistry,
Organic Chemistry,
Physical Science
Homeschool:
Chemistry

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Chemistry

In my two decades of experience as a Chemistry tutor, I have had the privilege to help hundreds of students from multiple age groups and backgrounds. I have provided students the strategies for success in the following areas:

High-School Level Courses: College-Prep Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, AP Chemistry*

High-School Level Exams: MCAS Exam in Chemistry (Massachusetts Students), SAT II Examination in Chemistry, AP Examination in Chemistry*

College-Level Courses: Introductory Chemistry (General, Organic, & Biological Chemistry), General Chemistry I & II, General Chemistry for Engineers, Organic Chemistry I & II (Undergraduate Levels)

College/Post-Graduate-Level Exams: General & Organic-Chemistry sections of the MCAT and DAT, MTEL Teacher-Certification Exam in Chemistry

* One valuable component of my AP-Chemistry Test Preparation service is my collection of AP Chemistry Open-Response, and selected Multiple-Choice Questions from the years 1970 until 2007! While actual test questions are not re-used, students discover history can repeat itself in numerous ways with this test.

Organic Chemistry

I have been a university chemistry instructor and therefore, have tutored students, both as preparation for Organic Chemistry (the interim between General Chemistry 2 and Organic 1), and the two semesters of undergraduate-level Organic Chemistry for over a decade. Standardized tests for which I have assisted in the Chemistry portion have included both the DAT and the MCAT.

In addition to content-area knowledge, and strategies for both studying and learning, among the tools I impart to students include the following:

1.) Identifying reaction conditions and predicting what product(s) is/are possible.
2.) Collecting spectroscopic data for NMR and identifying molecules consistent with the data.
3.) Performing retrosynthetic analysis of target molecules and planning strategies toward the synthesis of simple organic compounds.

I look forward to helping you and being a part of your success.

Christopher’s Resources

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Get the Best Bang for Your Tutoring Buck in Five Easy Steps In a profession that has exploded in the 21st Century, value-oriented students wonder how they can optimize the quality of service provided for their tutoring dollars. Below are five easy steps that you, the customer, can take to ensure the highest level of productivity from your experience at the tutoring table. Email Materials... read more

University of New Hampshire - Durham
Chemistry, Cum Laude
Northeastern University, ongoing...
EdD
Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Master's

Education

University of New Hampshire - Durham (Chemistry, Cum Laude)

Northeastern University, ongoing... (EdD)

Northeastern University, Boston, MA (Master's)

Perfect Chem Tutor — Christopher is a really GREAT, GREAT chemistry SAT subject tutor. I am so happy to have Christopher as a private tutor for my son's chemistry SAT subject test. My son is not a motivated student at all and has trouble understanding Chemistry. With Christopher's help, he started to study harder and started to be able to grasp Chemistry concepts. He got Chem SAT high score 750 with only 2+ tutoring ( ...

— Bing, Bedford, MA on 6/30/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $87.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

-Cancellations: Without 24 hours notice, session billed at 50% of session cost. -No-Shows: Clients are billed at 100% of session cost.

Travel policy

Christopher will travel within 40 miles of Newtonville, MA 02460.


About Christopher

Christopher began his career as Lecturer in Chemistry at Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies in the year 2000. Since then, he pioneered Northeastern University’s first online Chemical-Principles lecture curriculum, as well as a 6-week biannual blended sequence of Chemical Principles I, II, and III. Now a Senior Lecturer, Christopher has also taught General Chemistry for Engineers, and General Chemistry I II for undergraduates studying pharmacy and the life sciences.

In addition to teaching General and Organic Chemistry at the university and community-college levels, he writes standardized-test questions for multiple states across the U.S. and has over 10 years’ industry experience in materials research, technical training, and the sale and marketing of laboratory instrumentation. In 2006, he founded Higher Degree Consulting, Inc., an educational consulting firm providing learning and tutorial assistance to Chemistry students from the high-school through adult-education levels. Christopher holds a BA in Chemistry with a minor in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire and an MS in Chemistry from Northeastern University.

Testimonials

"Perfect Chem Tutor"

- Bing, Bedford, MA on 6/30/14

"Thank You Chris!"

- Laurie, Monroe, CT on 8/29/14

"Best Tutor in Chemistry"

- Vivian, Needham Heights, MA on 6/4/14

"Fantastic Tutor"

- JoAnn, Watertown, MA on 3/10/14

"Highly competent teacher."

- Nate, Brookline, MA on 1/19/14

"A true talent for teaching college chemistry concisely and clearly!"

- Marilyn, Needham, MA on 12/10/13

"Responsive and committed."

- Alison, Weston, MA on 11/21/13

"The best of the best!"

- Ann-Marie, Stow, MA on 9/16/13

"Great tutor"

- Chen, Allston, MA on 7/27/13

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Tracey, West Newton, MA on 5/15/13

"Best tutor I've ever had!"

- Maria, Wellesley Hills, MA on 5/5/13

"Very lucky to have Christopher T. as my son's AP chem tutor"

- Kim, Newton Center, MA on 1/10/13

"Cant't go wrong with Chris!"

- Marcia, Waban, MA on 12/3/12

"Great Tutor"

- Tanni, Acton, MA on 8/20/12

"Excellent Tutor for Organic Chemistry"

- Arjun, Boston, MA on 8/19/12

"Very knowledgeable, flexible schedule, but moves very quick "

- Nancy, Gloucester, MA on 8/9/12
Christopher replied on 8/10/2012

Browsing Wyzant Chemistry tutors within a 40-mile radius of Boston, MA reveals hourly rates ranging from $15/hour - $125/hour, resulting in a median rate of $70/hour. As a professor with profound professional experience in education, one could argue that my rate should be set, _at_least_, at this median value. However, I have kept my rate at the current level for six years. The impetus behind maintaining my rate has been expansion of accessibility to my service among different student populations and to steer clear of any adjective resembling "pricey" or "expensive". Cost and quality, of course, are both subjective in how they are perceived.

Tutors, such as myself, who cover a large geographic territory must consider balancing miles traveled and session earnings. Consider, for instance, how much is earned by a tutor who travels 35 miles one way and charges $40 for only one hour of tutoring. If the IRS provides wear-and-tear/mileage coverage of $0.555/mile, what gross compensation can this tutor expect for one hour of work?

Cost of One-Hour Session: $40.00

Cost of Round-Trip Travel: 2 x 35 mi x ($0.555/mi) = $ 38.85

Net Earnings = $40.00 - $38.85 = $1.15/hour (excludes tax and marketing fees)

I think we know how a Boston resident would thrive on this rate.

It has been my experience that a one-hour session can suffer from failure to explore the material to a depth required for development of skills and solidification of concepts. Depending on the student's needs, I often spend the first hour reviewing or offering alternative perspectives on a topic that presented difficulty upon introduction; the second hour is almost invariably focused on problem-solving or attempting examples, both collaboratively and (semi)independently on the part of the student. There is considerable value in the mere process of practice and thinking through the various twists and turns of a subject through examples. Learning and assimilating new knowledge is not a rapid-fire process for everyone. To reference one of my favorite childhood stories, if a 1-hour session feels "too soft", and a 3+-hour session feels "too hard", a 2-hour session feels juuust right!

When student and a tutor mutually agree to meet for two hours weekly to review an extensive content list in a second-semester Organic Chemistry syllabus, it is in their best interest to work as a team to both design and implement a well-balanced strategy. This strategy must incorporate the introduction of content, examples reinforcing each principle, problem-solving protocols, and different exercises to reinforce what the student has learned. Mastering this material, particularly a subject as challenging as Organic Chemistry II, also requires significant effort on the part of the student _outside_ of the session. When a student is not actively attempting problems between sessions, and the student welcomes progressing to new material, without communicating s/he would like more problems to complete together during the session, the student's overall experience can stray from expectation.

I recently published a Wyzant blog post about how to maximize the value for your tutoring dollars. Aside from keeping parking and travel costs low, maintaining a channel of open communication with a tutor offers a value that defies price tags. A tutor's most highly acclaimed pedagogical approach may not work for everyone, and it is important to provide feedback to the tutor in a timely fashion so the tutor can adjust his/her approach in a manner suitable to the student's learning style.

Wyzant thoughtfully allows students to post reviews about their tutors. When a student's review expresses publicly, and, by this, the tutor becomes aware for the first time, after several sessions, the student felt "overwhelmed", that sessions moved "somewhat fast", or they wished they spent "a lot of time on fewer topics" after handing the tutor an extensive list/syllabus at the start of the relationship, it makes the tutor wonder why this _is_ the first time s/he is hearing this. In a century of texting, Twitter, instant-messaging, emailing, Facebook, and (fortunately) lots of venues for good-old-fashioned, face-to-face "coffee talk", there is little room for perpetuating the less palatable through silence. More timely feedback can facilitate change while there is still time for implementation.

Tutors are flexible, creative, and committed individuals whose passion is to help students learn. Talk to them about how you learn best, how you like material presented, or what balance of problem-solving and explanation/discussion works best for you. Watch how intently they listen to you. Note the flood of different suggestions and solutions they will offer to make your tutoring experience more enjoyable and productive. You may be pleasantly surprised at how learning flourishes when both clients and tutors keep an open-door policy with one another.

"Great tutor!"

- Joe, Allston, MA on 8/6/12

"Really great tutor!"

- Rossi, Brighton, MA on 7/28/12

"Great teacher"

- Marie, Boston, MA on 7/24/12

"Very helpful with tough teacher"

- Holly, Westborough, MA on 7/23/12

"Very Engaging and Thorough"

- Yuka, Westborough, MA on 6/18/12

"Outstanding tutor"

- Sarina, Wenham, MA on 6/3/12

"Great tutor!"

- Mira, West Newton, MA on 5/28/12

"A true champion"

- Richard, Brockton, MA on 5/20/12

"Great Chemistry Teacher"

- Arthur, Cambridge, MA on 3/15/12

"Helped my son"

- Don, Carlisle, MA on 3/12/12
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Education

University of New Hampshire - Durham
Chemistry, Cum Laude
Northeastern University, ongoing...
EdD
Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Master's

Education

University of New Hampshire - Durham (Chemistry, Cum Laude)

Northeastern University, ongoing... (EdD)

Northeastern University, Boston, MA (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

-Cancellations: Without 24 hours notice, session billed at 50% of session cost. -No-Shows: Clients are billed at 100% of session cost.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Newtonville, MA 02460

Christopher’s Subjects

Science:
Chemistry,
Organic Chemistry,
Physical Science
Homeschool:
Chemistry

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Christopher’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Christopher. View all of Christopher’s resources

Get the Best Bang for Your Tutoring Buck in Five Easy Steps In a profession that has exploded in the 21st Century, value-oriented students wonder how they can optimize the quality of service provided for their tutoring dollars. Below are five easy steps that you, the customer, can take to ensure the highest level of productivity from your experience at the tutoring table. Email Materials... read more


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