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Cornell University (Master's)
Update: I am currently tutoring at my capacity, and to ensure that my current students all receive the attention and time they need I am not accepting any new students. However, I am accepting inquiries for students to be waitlisted for after May 2015 (APs, SAT2s, Final exams) and Summer session courses)
I'm a MENSA member who loves to see students that care get the help they need. I prefer to use analogies, mnemonic devices, and drawings when I teach, so if you learn best through seeing or visualizing material rather than rote memorization or repetitive listening I will be a great match for you. I have previously taught lab sections for Introductory Biology at Cornell University and TA'd for the graduate level advanced plant genetics. I feel very comfortable discussing and explaining biology and chemistry at any level.
I received my B.S. in biotechnology from Rutgers (minor in biochemistry), and M.S. from Cornell in plant biology where I was a part of the Plant Cell and Molecular Biology Program. I'm an excellent molecular biologist with a desire to help people understand more about life from molecules and up! I currently help my students with biology, chemistry, physics, genetics, and molecular biology. I also help students prepare for the SAT II, Regents, and AP in biology and chemistry. I'm looking to start tutoring in organic chemistry and biochemistry as well, so if you are interested in those subjects, please contact me for a discounted rate.
I feel that its best to receive help early, before you get too far behind! The earlier you get to me, the more I can do for you, but don't be afraid to schedule a last minute cram session: sometimes desperation can lead to inspiration! Please contact me with any questions you have.
Chris Update: I am currently tutoring at my capacity, and to ensure that my current students all receive the attention and time they need I am not accepting any new students. However, I am accepting inquiries for students to be waitlisted for after May 2015 (APs, SAT2s, Final exams) and Summer session courses)
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I reached out to Chris after returning to school and, quite frankly, failing my first exams in Chemistry and Biology (pre-med). I was having trouble digesting the material taught in the lectures and did not know how to approach the topics I did not understand. It is clear that Chris has a thorough understanding and passion for math and science, and as so, was able to break down difficult material in different ways that catered to how I learned best. He is a very friendly and personable guy – you can tell that he really enjoys teaching others and gets joy from students understanding the material and doing well. I found myself enjoying the material I once found impossible. After meeting regularly with Chris, I aced my finals and, despite my poor “pre-Chris” test scores, was able to finish the semester with a B+ in Biology and an A in Chemistry. I am confident that the learning tools I have gained from Chris, in addition to starting sessions with him before my first exams this semester, will allow me to ace my future pre-med courses. Additionally, Chris is extremely reliable, easy to contact, and encourages you to reach out to him outside of sessions if any questions arise when studying.
Christopher B. is a fantastic organic chemistry tutor. He went out of his way to tutor my son, who had a number of questions. Chris provided in depth and very thorough answers and explanations. Even one session was enough to jump start things and allow my son to not only get ahead, but also have confidence to tackle more of the tough problem sets himself.
During the Spring 2013 semester, I took a Principles of Biology course as a requisite for applying to graduate school as a second-career student. Having taken HS bio over 20 years ago and coming from a strong humanities background, I was in need of, not only a refresher course, but a teaching of basic biology concepts from the ground up to bring me to speed in my college-level bio class within a very short period of time.
During our first session, Christopher gauged quickly and accurately my understanding level and created an overall study strategy that combined learning basic biology while keeping up with my class's much more advanced material. During our sessions, Christopher exhibited a thorough knowledge of all of the material, using tons of easily understood examples and analogies to illustrate the more abstract and difficult concepts.
I appreciated Christopher's effective use of resources during our sessions, including use of a dry erase board and various digital resources. Christopher was also extremely reliable - always on time and readily accessible. We were able to Skype several sessions as well as meeting in person, which was very convenient for my schedule.
I went from failing my first exam (pre-tutoring) to receiving an A in the class. I literally would not have passed Bio without Christopher's tutelage, much less received an A. I was ultimately accepted into every graduate program to which I applied.
Christopher is the epitome of an educator - someone with an extensive depth and breadth of knowledge who is able to understand where you're coming from and teach the material in a way you will grasp it. His dedication to helping each of his clients is readily apparent - he understands how important this is to you, and is genuinely committed to your success. I would strongly recommend his services to anyone!
Christopher continues to exhibit patience and uses multiple teaching techniques to explain the subject. He is reliable and keeps his appointments; if he is delayed due to public transportation he immediately contacts us. However, the majority of the time he arrives five minutes before the lesson is scheduled to start. At the start of the school year my son was barely passing biology and could not focus on the topic. The school year ended and my son passed the NYS Regents with a good grade and did well in the course grade. The tutoring played a critical difference in his ability to learn biology.
Chris is a fantastic tutor! He is presently working with my daughter in AP Biology, he is very knowledgeable in this subject, patient, and very professional. He is also caring and creative in trying to come up with different methods to help my child do well on her AP quizzes and tests.
Chris has been helping my son prepare for his Chemistry Regents exam. It's pretty obvious that Chris has real passion for teaching, and has talent in conveying tough concepts in a way that's easy to understand. Despite the fact that we didn't have a lot of time to work with, Chris was able to put together an effective lesson plan that gave my son the confidence and knowledge needed to succeed on his exam.
Chris is an excellent tutor. He is very patient and understanding and works with the student every step of the way to make sure he/she fully understands what is being taught. I particularly like his "white-board" approach, which ensures a multi-pronged approach to content delivery via diagrams on a portable white-board. I highly recommend him.
Christopher was a positive result of looking for a tutor on line. He was on time and very knowledgeable about chemistry. We are very pleased.
Amazing tutor, helps you a lot and makes the subject understandable and interesting. Dedicated and hard working. Intelligent and funny.
Christopher B. is a flexible and accommodating tutor who is teaching me how to tackle chemistry problems by truly understanding what they ask of me, and, unlike lecture, he makes the material truly digestible. He also keeps in touch through email and spends a good deal of time preparing for our sessions. I highly recommend this tutor for science subjects in general.
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I taught Biology 109/110 lab sections at Cornell for a total of 5 semesters and I have to say that I love teaching and tutoring students in Bio. So much of the coursework applies to understanding the world around us and even our own biology! Putting these concepts into perspective encourages learning and understanding.
Biology is a gigantic subject. It's easy to get overwhelmed, but I focus on breaking down complex ideas so that my students can understand the concepts one part at a time.
My goal is to teach students to understand like a teacher does. Once you can explain it to me, in your own words, the comprehension tends to stick and you're ready for any question!
In the 98/99 NJ Chemistry State Science League I scored 5th in the state. I also scored a 5/5 on the AP chemistry test. Since then I found chemistry to be valuable for my college career, my graduate study, and even cooking!
Chemistry can be a challenging subject for many students. At its most challenging it incorporates calculus with abstract molecular concepts and unrelentingly asks for answers that are precise beyond 6.02x10^23rd!
I prefer to tackle questions by helping my students get a handle conceptually on what is occurring, and then introduce the appropriate formulas or secondary concepts to move us towards the answer. I find that having a framework of conceptual comprehension makes applying the math much more meaningful. To aid me in this I use a whiteboard to visualize the problems for my students which everybody has found immensely helpful.
If you have any particular hobbies, interests, or activities that would be applicable, I like to make analogies to aid in understanding. Cooking is a great one because delicious food involves a lot of excellent chemistry!!
During my graduate work I mentored multiple students in molecular biology and genetics surrounding my research project and the projects which I designed for them. This required excellent comprehension and communication so that they were able to present their research to either their peers, in the case of the summer students, or to write an undergraduate thesis in the case of the fall/spring students. All of my students were able to feel comfortable and give excellent presentations, or received A's for their research credits as a result.
A large part of my graduate work required an in depth knowledge of genetics. I used positional mapping to find candidate genes for a mutation. This required that I understand the structure of genes, genomes, and how to use molecular markers to coordinate physical with genetic distances.
Additionally, I took and then TA'd for the Advanced Plant Genetics course at Cornell.
I'm an excellent Chemistry tutor and have prepared students for the AP Chemistry and the SAT II Chemistry exams. I believe that the Chemistry Regents are simply another extension of standardized testing and that I can show my students all of the tricks and ways that they will attempt to push on your chemistry knowledge!
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