Here's a little bit about me:
I currently work in Columbia, MD, as a Research Scientist at a local biomedical device company full time. I enjoy the outdoors and like to have a good time as well as keep my mind sharp by learning new things all the time.
I have a bachelor's in Chemistry
from the University of Delaware (2006) and a Master of Science
in Materials Engineering from Drexel University (2011). I have a general enthusiasm for History
, and Government and keep up with current events and politics.
My Experience teaching
I recently taught as an adjunct professor of Chemistry at Rowan University. While I don't have a formal teaching certificate, I love teaching and my students appreciate my approach to teaching. Maybe I'll be your chemistry teacher one day!
I have tutored many friends throughout high school and college in chemistry. I have also tutored privately for several years.
Chemistry and science in general are complex topics, but they can be taught effectively using everyday circumstances. Chemistry in its purest form is just about relationships. When people think of chemistry, they get caught up in numbers and complex science, but when the relationships between materials are shown, it all fits together like a puzzle. When it "clicks," it's so incredibly useful in daily life. This the primary technique of how I get my students to realize the cool things about chemistry and how to remember them.
I apply this same technique to history and government. Everything has a reason as to why it happened or existed. We create a mental ladder between events, laws, polices, etc. Whenever we come across a new one, we ask, "why?" As these "why's" are answered, the web of information grows and a greater understanding of the topic ensues.
About Me and My Hours
Currently, I work at a local biomedical company in Columbia, MD as a Research Scientist during normal business
hours and live nearby. For tutoring, I have flexible hours on Sundays. I ask for about 1 week's notice to start a new student. I need that for prep and for scheduling purposes. See my cancellation policy below.
Let's Get Going!
I'm a friendly guy with a lot of energy. The tutor student relationship is crucial to having a successful learning environment. I like to keep the environment relaxed, yet I demand private study and some productive work ethic both in and out of the tutoring session. I am not there to do your homework, I'm there to help you through the concepts so you can do the homework yourself. After all, I won't be there when you take the test!
See you at our first session!
I make every effort to schedule my students around conflicts. I realize that sometimes there are sports practices or games, illnesses, etc and most of the time I can rework my schedule in a short amount of time. I will confirm appointments two days in advance and lock in my schedule. If an appointment is scheduled and then canceled or rescheduled before the 24 hour mark and I cannot "work my magic" to fix the situation, half an hour will be charged. If cancellation or rescheduling is requested within 24 hours of the scheduled start time and I cannot fix the situation, a full hour fee will be charged.