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Furman University (Chemistry)
Furman University (Master's)
McCrone Research Institute (Master's)
Hi. I have BS and MS degrees in chemistry from Furman University and also a master’s degree in chemical microscopy from McCrone Research Institute in Chicago, IL. I have worked for 24 years as a forensic chemist, including 10 years at the state crime lab in Columbia, SC, and I currently own a private forensics lab in South Carolina. Additionally, I have taught chemistry for 12 years as an adjunct instructor at Greenville Technical College.
My current work involves microscopical and chemical analysis of textile fibers, paint, glass, explosive residues, gunshot residues, hair, soil, insulation, inks, and other items of trace evidence. My clients include local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, attorneys, insurance companies, and industries that are concerned with contaminants in products being manufactured.
I have always enjoyed math and science, and it is very satisfying to apply the science I have learned to solving practical problems in forensics and industry. Teaching college students is also rewarding. I take the student-teacher relationship very seriously, try to make myself available to students as much as I possibly can, and I also learn from my students as they ask questions, share ideas, and improve their problem-solving skills.
As a tutor, I will evaluate the difficulty level at which the tutoring should begin, I will be punctual, patient, flexible with my schedule, and do everything I can to help the student succeed. Whether it's talking to a group of students or testifying in court for a forensics case, I have had many years of experience explaining technical information to a wide variety of audiences. I believe this will be an asset in providing a quality tutoring experience to interested students. Hi. I have BS and MS degrees in chemistry from Furman University and also a master’s degree in chemical microscopy from McCrone Research Institute in Chicago, IL. I have worked for 24 years as a forensic chemist, including 10 years at the state crime lab in Columbia, SC, and I currently… Read more
I had the pleasure to have Jeff work with my 10th grader in Chemistry. He was an excellent tutor and I have nothing, but praise for the great work that he did with my son. He was able to raise his performance by a full letter grade.
I wish to share with anyone looking for a Chemistry tutor the experience we have had so far with Jeff.
The initial conversations and communications took place by email and Jeff was very prompt and courteous. Prior to the first session, he explained his credentials and asked us to explain our situation. Our daughter has some learning challenges but puts in many hours of studying trying to compensate. We wanted her to UNDERSTAND chemistry and not just try to memorize stuff in a book hoping to regurgitate it later. Our hopes were that with better instruction, she would understand it and be able to handle anything on her school tests.
We are now 4 sessions into our tutoring with Jeff and, my daughter has pulled her low D up to a low B. Jeff has been very good with our daughter and his goal(unlike her HS teacher) is to get my daughter to understand the material. He has done a superb job for our family and I would hope that others of you out there can have as good of an experience with Jeff as we have had.
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