I have successfully completed courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, microbiology, physics, physiology, analytical chemistry, college algebra and calculus. My professional experience spans more than thirty years in chemistry laboratories. Among my accomplishments are coauthoring six U.S. patents. I have been trained and served as an Emergency First Responder and volunteered my time as a mentor to middle and high school students. My first tutoring experiences were servicing remedial science and math high schoolers at a new school in Pittsburgh in the 1970's. Later as a mentor to middle school students in Philadelphia I again supported students in math and science. As a lifelong learner I've found the resources offered on the Internet a powerful tool in helping to explain topics presented in the classroom and I expect to use it while helping students. The number of different ways to teach a topic can be as varied as the number of learners and I expect to continue to expand my menu of teaching tools. Fundamentally, I feel reducing a big complex subject to small teachable units has afforded me success and has served me when guiding others.
The outline of all the areas of math and science is punctuated by rules derived from theoretic understanding of that subject. Similarly, as in a spoken or written language the sciences and mathematics have their rules connecting the theory. To become fluent, the rules must be mastered by each student studying that subject. Repetition and problem drills make the new information part of the student's working knowledge and are a must. Practice is necessary for facility and I believe solving different kinds of problems are needed too. My students and I will spend time organizing the subject into small memorable portions and will end sessions reviewing the material presented that day.
My hobbies include photography and printing and painting. My wife and I share our home with a former rescue dog; a Lhasa Apso named Lucky. We play with grandchildren and travel to mostly warm places.
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