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Kristy L.

Energetic, Enthusiastic and Experienced PhD Chemistry Tutor

Aston, PA (19014)

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Hello prospective students and parents! I am an energetic, enthusiastic and experienced PhD chemist who is knowledgeable in the areas of chemistry, math, and general science. My passion for science, and chemistry specifically, blossomed when I was able to participate in chemistry demonstrations at elementary, middle and high schools local to my alma mater of Penn State University. Seeing students become more interested in chemistry and ask more questions when they saw physical demonstrations encouraged me to get better at explaining chemical principles on their level. I enjoy tutoring and helping students, or anyone who will listen, better understand topics in chemistry and continuing to learn about these same subjects myself.

My expertise is in the field of analytical chemistry. While my Ph.D studies were focused in the analytical area, I have significant experience in both areas of organic chemistry and biochemistry as well. During my doctoral studies I was selected to participate in the National Science Foundation GK-12 program where I worked in the local high school classroom setting with a science teacher. Two years in this program not only helped me improve my communication of science to youth, but also gave me more experience in tutoring high school level science. In addition, local families contacted me to tutor students in high school level chemistry and help with AP Chemistry exam preparations.

As a teaching assistant for four years in graduate school and a tutor as an undergraduate, I have a solid base of experience in tutoring undergraduate students in various levels of chemistry. The material I have covered ranges from general chemistry (for majors and non-majors) to analytical chemistry courses such as quantitative analysis and instrumental analysis as well as organic chemistry.

Personally, I feel that learning is best in a one-on-one setting with consistent meetings. Many students I have tutored found that meeting 1-2 hours per week on a weekly basis was a significant help to their studies. Over time some students realized they needed more or less time per week and we adjusted our meeting times accordingly. While it will be completely up to you to determine what is best, I recommend at least 1 hour per week on a weekly basis to start.

Thank you for taking the time to read about my experience and passion for science and learning. If you are interested in having me as your tutor, I look forward to hearing from you! On the other hand, if you have chosen one of the other talented tutors, keep on learning!

"An expert problem solver must be endowed with two incomparable qualities: a restless imagination and a patient pertinacity." - Howard W. Eves, American Mathematician

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Kristy’s subjects

Test Preparation:
ACT Math, SAT Math
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math, Trigonometry

Algebra 1

My expertise is in the field of analytical chemistry. However, while my Ph.D studies were focused in chemistry, the sciences require an understanding of and a good set of math skills. My goal is to provide a simple explanation to complex ideas at the student's level to help them master math and science skills and concepts.

As a teaching assistant for four years in graduate school and a tutor as an undergraduate, I have tutored various levels of math as well as chemistry. Concepts in pre-algebra, algebra 1, and algebra 2 are necessary for proper equation manipulation in the sciences, especially in upper level courses of high school and college.

During my doctoral studies I participated in a program where I worked in the high school classroom setting with a science teacher. Two years in this program not only helped me better my communication of science and math concepts to youth, but also gave me more experience in tutoring high school level science and math.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 continues the basic principles learned in algebra 1 regarding equations and functions. My goal is to provide a simple explanation to complex ideas at the student's level to help them master algebraic skills and concepts.

I will work with the student to obtain a better understanding of more complex equations, inequalities and functions that use quadratics, polynomials, logarithmic, and radical expressions.

Problems using sequences, series and data analysis are other concepts I can help to clarify for the student studying algebra 2.

Chemistry

My expertise is in the field of analytical chemistry. While my Ph.D studies were focused in the analytical area I have significant experience in both areas of organic chemistry and biochemistry as well.

As a teaching assistant for four years in graduate school and a tutor as an undergraduate, I have a solid base of experience in tutoring undergraduate students in various levels of chemistry. The material I have covered ranges from general chemistry (for majors and non-majors) to analytical chemistry courses such as quantitative analysis and instrumental analysis as well as organic chemistry.

During my doctoral studies I participated in a program where I worked in the high school classroom setting with a science teacher. Two years in this program not only helped me better my communication of science to youth, but gave me more experience in tutoring high school level science.

In addition, local families contacted me to tutor students in high school level chemistry and help with AP Chemistry exam preparations.

Geometry

Providing a simple explanation to complex math principles at the student's level is how I work with students to help them master geometry skills and concepts.

Determining parameters, such as perimeter, area, surface area, and volume for circles, triangles, and quadrilaterals will become a simple task as I work with the student through extra examples and simplified explanations.

While the basic understanding of shapes and size is fairly straight forward, students often find themselves overwhelmed by the various rules for proofs in geometry. I aim to help the student understand what the theorems and axioms mean physically, so the student will better understand the concept theoretically and ultimately feel comfortable solving a geometric proof.

Organic Chemistry

My Ph.D studies, while focused in analytical chemistry, required me to synthesize my own compounds for research. Two years of my graduate research was focused in the study of organic chemistry.

Part of my graduate teaching assistant duties included an organic chemistry laboratory, which included tutoring my students as needed. I also tutored students in organic chemistry in following semesters as well.

During my undergraduate years at the I earned A's in all of my organic chemistry courses and laboratories. While attending, I also tutored fellow undergraduates in organic chemistry.

Prealgebra

The first pre-algebra topic to focus on is knowing and understanding types of numbers, such as integers, fractions, decimals and negative numbers. Once that is clear you will be able to use various operational properties like the commutative, associative, and distributive properties.

Generally, the topics most students have issues with and that I can help to demystify are how to identify constants and variables in basic equations, properly using exponentiation, ratios, logarithms, and simplifying radicals. Science related math concepts in pre-algebra that I can clarify for students include scientific notation and use of significant figures.

SAT Math

My initial SAT Math training comes from working at a local tutoring center. There I interacted with 10-12 students 2-3 times per week over the course of several months to prepare them for the Math section of the SAT.

This experience prepared me for explaining not just how to solve math problems, but also good study techniques to pass on to students. It also provided me with a better understanding of the types of problems the SAT focuses on, as well as some of the simple math tips and tricks we learned so long ago in elementary school that really simplify some of those complicated problems.

While purchasing an SAT book is a good first step in preparation, having someone to guide you through a topic you are unfamiliar with can make all the difference in understanding how to solve a problem. Whether it is just clarification for some problems you are having for a one-time meeting, or meeting on a weekly basis, I look forward to guiding you along your SAT Math journey!

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Education

Pennsylvania State University (Chemistry)

University of Delaware (PhD)

We feel so fortunate to have found Kristy. It was wonderful working with Kristy. She is a warm, friendly person and very knowledgeable. Kristy took the time to not only teach but to make sure my daughter could walk herself through the necessary steps to solve problems on her own. I highly recommend Kristy. ...

— Elise from Media, PA on 1/14/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

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Kristy will travel within 10 miles of Aston, PA 19014.

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