I am an assistant professor of chemistry at a nationally ranked New York university and teach Organic Chemistry. Prior to this, I spent 16+ years in the pharmaceutical industry. Greater than 90% of my students are pre-med, pre-dent, or pre-vet candidates and almost universally, they have remarked how well trained they are for the Organic Chemistry section of their admissions exam. Students have repeatedly commended me for my patience and helpfulness, and how available I am to answer their questions. My teaching method for Organic Chemistry relies on teaching fundamental principles that allow my students to understand how and why molecules react the way they do, so that memorization is minimized. Memorization, in addition to being short-term, stores information as isolated facts. This is not very helpful when students are asked questions that require multi-concept answers. By understanding principles, students learn to pull different concepts together and are better equipped to answer complex questions. Students learn to rely on their knowledge base to elucidate answers on their own, rather than searching through a catalog of seemingly unrelated concepts and reactions.
In order for me to best serve you, I would appreciate being given a copy of your syllabus and the title of your textbook. In addition, I would greatly appreciate a list of questions or topics you wish to review IN ADVANCE. This will allow me to come to our session prepared to answer your questions with some notes and problems. The more advanced notice I am given, the better I am able to help you. Typically two days is more than enough time.
Lastly, although I am willing to travel to meet students, I already drive a great distance every day to get to my office, so for convenience and my own sanity, I typically travel only to students that are on my way home – most students meet me on campus.
Thank you for giving me the chance to help you.
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