"Perfect Chem Tutor"
- Bing, Bedford, MA on 6/30/14
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 (once a week). He told me that Christopher is a very nice, patient guy, and more importantly he is a very good teacher with excellent teaching skills and experiences. With his help, my son made a big progress on Chemistry (both on SAT subject and school chem exam). I strongly recommend Christopher as your children's chemistry tutor. You will not regret to ask his help!!!
"Thank You Chris!"
- Laurie, Monroe, CT on 8/29/14
I hired Chris for my college student daughter who was struggling with a fast paced Organic Chemistry summer class. He was responsive and accommodating for scheduling, and my daughter appreciated his knowledge, experience, and methodical approach to breaking down daunting problems into smaller steps. My daughter was able to address the specific areas that she needed to focus on in just a few sessions before her final exam. I am also happy to report a very successful outcome.
"Best Tutor in Chemistry"
- Vivian, Needham Heights, MA on 6/4/14
We were very lucky to find Chris when my son needed the most help in Honor Chemistry. Chris knows the textbook very well and he is very organized. With only a few sessions, we saw the great results. My son made a turnaround on his chem exam! Grade is up and so is the confidence. He is getting more interested in the subject and active in the classroom. Thank you, Chris!
- JoAnn, Watertown, MA on 3/10/14
Chris has been an outstanding resource to our daughter as she tackles Honors Chemistry. He has been professional, patient, and is able to breakdown/explain the information in ways that make the concepts easier to grasp. Every tutoring session they have is productive! We are so happy to have found Chris!
"Highly competent teacher."
- Nate, Brookline, MA on 1/19/14
Chris is a straightforward and competent tutor of Organic Chemistry. He is kind and patient with his students, yet has a firm plan for what they need to learn. He sticks to this plan through the two-hour lesson, making the somewhat longer block of time well worth it. Overall, I would highly recommend Chris's tutelage to any student seeking a better understanding of Chemistry.
"A true talent for teaching college chemistry concisely and clearly!"
- Marilyn, Needham, MA on 12/10/13
Chris is an outstanding instructor with a true gift for teaching concisely and clearly. He is very flexible and accommodating in his scheduling -- always ready to add sessions when needed on an emergency basis. Chris is also a superb diagnostician in identifying weaknesses in the way a student may be approaching chemistry problems, and he really cares that his students master the subject matter. My son found out that he enjoys college chemistry especially with someone who "can really teach." Thank you Chris for your passion and dedication in sharing your knowledge of chemistry!
"Responsive and committed."
- Alison, Weston, MA on 11/21/13
Chris is responsive by email and made an immediate positive impression on my son. He arrived on time, wrote a review of the session after they had met, and tailored the work to my son's immediate and longer term needs. In addition, he had previously tutored students who share the same chemistry teacher as my son and knew the likely issues he would encounter.
"The best of the best!"
- Ann-Marie, Stow, MA on 9/16/13
My son has been working with Chris for a few weeks now and I could not be more pleased! He gets right down to business and works with my son to help him understand everything in a down to earth way. The two hours are perfect as there is so much to go over and it gives enough time for practice problems. Chis is easy to reach and very flexible. We are thrilled that we found him. Honors Chemistry may not be the nightmare my son had anticipated this year! Thanks Chris.
- Chen, Allston, MA on 7/27/13
Christopher is really a good tutor. After deal with him for about 3 hours, I felt that he is a great writer, editor and thinker. He helped me to revise my two essays, and I think he is trying to express me is a person who has the characteristic and the spirit that is valuable for the society, which I think is quite great thinking. Also he has the sense of time, so he tried to keep the time on what we already agree with, which I highly appreciated. Thanks again Christopher.
- Tracey, West Newton, MA on 5/15/13
Chris tutored my daughter in AP chemistry and was extremely helpful, reliable,and patient. He also gave detailed and prompt written feedback after every session. We can't say enough good things about him and would recommend him highly!
"Best tutor I've ever had!"
- Maria, Wellesley Hills, MA on 5/5/13
A great teacher! Cares about his students and is an expert in chemistry. He tutored me in AP chemistry and helped me prepare for the chemistry SAT subject test.
"Very lucky to have Christopher T. as my son's AP chem tutor"
- Kim, Newton Center, MA on 1/10/13
My son Jack was ill prepared for AP chem coming from a curr 1 chemistry class last year. Christopher does not make him feel insecure about how much he doesn't know and tactfully zeroes in on Jack's gaps. Jack feels very lucky to have Chris to go through problem sets with because he says he cannot do them himself. Chris is very familiar with Jack's teacher and his style of teaching and knows what he is looking for. I would highly recommend Chris for AP Chemistry and would be happy to discuss this with you.
"Cant't go wrong with Chris!"
- Marcia, Waban, MA on 12/3/12
Chris is a wonderful tutor, I feel confident recommending him to anyone. My son is doing amazing in his AP Chemistry class.
- Tanni, Acton, MA on 8/20/12
Chris is very knowledgeable about chemistry and he is a great communicator. Try a lesson with him and you won't be disappointed.
"Excellent Tutor for Organic Chemistry"
- Arjun, Boston, MA on 8/19/12
I sought out Chris's help the summer before I was set to take Organic Chemistry, in order to build a foundation to learn from and have a confidence in the material, as collegiate organic chemistry has been described as daunting by many. Chris was able to go through many of the points: nomenclature, alkene reactions, conformation analysis, etc. I have to say the way he taught the material was very understandable and logical, and at the same time very meticulous in doing so. He would use a variety of colored pens to highlight the important portions of a bond/ point out key parts. His drawings and stepwise method of going through problems was clear to me, but he did make sure to move at my pace when I asked when covering more complex material. Overall great tutor, and I would definitely recommend. One word though, he does tutor in two hour sessions which I was completely fine with, but worth mentioning.
"Very knowledgeable, flexible schedule, but moves very quick "
- Nancy, Gloucester, MA on 8/9/12
I selected Chris to tutor me in Organic Chemistry because of his rapid response to my inquiry and extensive credentials. Chris and I went back and forth a little bit on the phone before meeting in person to figure out a compatible schedule for us to meet. He was pleasant and very professional on the phone. I spilled my heart out saying that I needed to pass just one more Organic Chemistry class before I could be done with it forever. He listened and came up with a plan to tackle all of the things I was struggling with. We met at Barnes and Noble that was about 25 mins away so it was convenient.
Pros: Chris knew his field real well and he had good tricks to helping me learn some of the key concepts. His notes were clear and thorough. He used many different colors, which made complex reactions easier to understand. He arrived on time and made good use of the two hours. I had a very busy schedule and I liked that we scheduled a different time to meet at the conclusion of each session instead of having a set day/time.
Cons: Chris sets up two-hour sessions instead of one hour. This might be okay for most people, but I felt as though I did not get the most out of the sessions because I got a little overwhelmed /mentally drained with all new information thrown at once. My college’s organic chemistry course is 45 minutes and that was more than enough time to learn new material. Chris has an expensive rate so it was not worth continuing if I was not getting the most out of the sessions. Chris moved somewhat fast so that we could get to everything I requested, however, I would have preferred spending a lot of time on fewer topics to ensure that I really mastered the concepts well. I asked Chris if we could do lots of examples and he complied but I wish we had spent more time practicing. While Chris gave me some great notes, I learn best by doing so if the sessions were shorter and a little more interactive (practice problems, having me right out rules, etc..) I would have had a better experience.
In conclusion, I would probably give Chris 3.5 out of 5 stars. Chris was very nice and knowledgeable but the long sessions, very fast pace, and expensive rates made my experience a good one rather than a great one.
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.
- Joe, Allston, MA on 8/6/12
Chris is great. Really knows his stuff and makes chemistry fun and interesting! I would not have made it through general chemistry without his help
"Really great tutor!"
- Rossi, Brighton, MA on 7/28/12
Chris has been very helpful. He is obviously very knowledgeable and passionate about Chemistry. He is able to explain things in various ways, so if I don't understand one explanation he's always able to help me look at it from another angle. Chris has been a really great tutor so far and I look forward to continuing to work with him!
- Marie, Boston, MA on 7/24/12
Christopher is a wonderful teacher, I would recommend him to friends and families. Christopher was very patient with me, he helped me understand the concepts of chemistry.
"Very helpful with tough teacher"
- Holly, Westborough, MA on 7/23/12
Chris was very helpful in reinforcing each concept that my son was expected to learn in class but did not always fully understand. He was always ready to review anything, from going back over problems in class to making up new ones. He picked up on gaps that my son's teacher left in class and filled them in. Thanks!
"Very Engaging and Thorough"
- Yuka, Westborough, MA on 6/18/12
Christopher was very attentive to what I needed help with, and helped me improve significantly on areas I struggled with before. If I asked a question he would provide an appropriately detailed answer that allowed me to understand with greater depth the material I was learning. He was always ready to respond to any questions and would guide me to the answer by hinting at my mistake rather than outright state it; in this sense he made sure I understood before proceeding.
- Sarina, Wenham, MA on 6/3/12
I was very fortunate to find Chris on WyzAnt to help my son with Chemistry. In just a few weeks with Chris my son found chemistry easy and started liking it and his grades improved. Chris is very energetic and makes the sessions very relaxed and engaging. I liked the way he provided detailed lesson summary after each session. He was always available to answer my questions and provided good feedbacks. He was always punctual and never cancelled a class. I found him only by the end of the school year and wish I had found him earlier.
- Mira, West Newton, MA on 5/28/12
We wish we had found Chris sooner. After going through a few tutors, my son was lucky to find Chris. He helped him prepare for both his AP Chemistry exam and his Chemistry final. My son found him clear and very helpful, and we highly recommend him.
"A true champion"
- Richard, Brockton, MA on 5/20/12
The ability of Chris to tutor and prepare me to take the MA. Certification Exam for chemistry was outstanding, especially considering the challenges he faced working with me. I am 59 years old and it was over 30 years ago
that I attended college. I also was not a chemistry major. I recently made a career change to be a teacher, and thru a variety of circumstances the subject was chemistry. Chris not only displayed a tremendous knowledge of chemistry, but the ability to communicate the subject content in an easily understood manner. He was able to teach me strategies for problem solving as well as grasping various concepts.
I believe Chris was the best tutor I could have chosen for this challenge. I would highly recommend Chris to anyone who needs help in learning chemistry or for preparing to take a major exam in this subject.
Thank you Chris for an outstanding job. You are the best!
"Great Chemistry Teacher"
- Arthur, Cambridge, MA on 3/15/12
Chris is a great teacher and very superb in chemistry teaching. I am fortunate to have him helping my son. My son liked him instantaneously at the beginning of their first class. Also Chris gave me a very detailed progress report after each lesson. His teaching is very systematic and organized.
"Helped my son"
- Don, Carlisle, MA on 3/12/12
Christopher spent time with my son recently. Chris showed up on a Sunday morning and connected with my son who is very particular about people that help him. He reported that Chris helped him and he plans to spend more time with Chris through the remainder of this semester.
I found Chris to be very professional in regards to my interactions with him.