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Southwestern University (Biology)
I'm weird. Weird in the sense that I "threw away" a nearly perfect GPA, a great MCAT score, and a spotless Medical School application to pursue an Acting Career full-time. I didn't become a doctor because I understand the utmost value of personal drive, and although I was extremely successful as a Pre-Med student I was not personally driven in the least to continue as a Medical School student. I was however, driven by doing my absolute best and getting extremely good grades, and found the techniques necessary to get A+'s in the hardest classes most colleges have to offer (including Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry). I also understand that most students are struggling to do the exact same thing- they want to do their best but are struggling to find the techniques that will get them there. This is what separates me from most tutors- I'm here to get your students the maximum number of points on their assignments and pique their interests in the process. We all become most interested in our endeavors when we experience high levels of competence in what we do, and the same holds for any student in any class. Many of my students are driven to pursue careers in medicine, but struggle in the classes required to get them there. However, many of my students are driven in other fields, including the arts, and are required to take a difficult Chemistry or Biology course to fulfill their school's requirements for graduation. With students, I strive to instill increased competence and create an immeasurable boost of self-esteem during classes that are usually so difficult that they can really drag even the smartest individuals down! Students deserve to have free time to pursue their gifts and interests so that they can reach their maximum potential as individuals. I like helping dreams come true, whatever those dreams may be. I'm weird. Weird in the sense that I "threw away" a nearly perfect GPA, a great MCAT score, and a spotless Medical School application to pursue an Acting Career full-time. I didn't become a doctor because I understand the utmost value of personal drive, and although I was extremely successful as… Read more
I have had the pleasure of being tutored by Joe in Biochemistry and cannot sing his praises enough. I highly recommend him to anyone considering being tutored! He is the most patient, reliable, positive, flexible, knowledgeable, supportive, and relatable tutor I’ve ever worked with. It is quite obvious that he genuinely cares and has a passion for helping students understand the material and ultimately become successful in their class.
After each tutor session with him, I felt so empowered as if I had just mastered the material and could go teach someone else what I just learned. His tutoring style actually made me excited to do my homework and take my tests. I know that probably sounds crazy because who the heck gets excited to do Biochemistry homework and take tests?! He is extremely adaptable and has many different techniques to help all styles of learning (even via Skype which I admit I was hesitant about initially). Joe is very discerning and intuitive, and he recognized when I was experiencing brain overload and made me feel comfortable about taking much needed breaks. He also recognized when/how to push me when I needed a little boost, encouragement, and accountability. I personally have battled with a long history of extreme test anxiety but he made me feel more confident than I’ve ever felt going into my exams. What a major life hurdle he helped me overcome and I am so grateful!
I’ve had other tutors in the past who were certainly knowledgeable about the subject matter (and also confused the heck out of me!), but being knowledgeable about a subject and knowing how to teach it and make it relatable to others are two completely separate things. Joe truly has a gift and is worth every penny (and then some!). Consider yourself to be lucky if you work with Joe. If you’re on the fence, as I was, about hiring a tutor I hope this review has helped with your decision. You will certainly be glad that you’ve made this positive investment in yourself and your future!
Joe is a great tutor! He is easy to schedule and always flexible. Most importantly, he has a genuine concern for his students. No question is ever considered dumb or silly and he takes as much time as necessary to ensure you understand tricky concepts and problems. His understanding of organic chemistry is incredible and he answers questions beyond what you can find in a textbook. He has great shortcuts and tips to help you remember the massive amounts of reagents and exceptions of organic chemistry. Joe makes his students feel confident in their knowledge by asking questions that lead to a deeper understanding. I definitely would not have wanted another tutor for such a hard subject!
My daughter couldn't have gotten through PreAP Chemistry without Joe. He helped her fill in the gaps and answered questions that weren't addressed in class. Excellent tutor with a wonderful, positive attitude. Joe is the real deal!
Joe is a very dedicated and patient tutor. He is very thorough in his tutoring and shows great patience with the student. He will note any weaknesses and continue to challenge the student for improvement. I have been very happy with the continued improvement I see in my daughter. He has been a excellent tutor for her.
Junior year isn't easy, everyone says it, and it can't be more true. I'm an IB student, and junior year is not only filled with ACT, SAT, and AP tests, but in my case, IB tests as well. I had IB Chemistry this year, and I was definitely struggling, and with only two weeks before the test did I realize I needed help, ASAP. My mom checked out WyzAnt and looked at IB tutors, and Joe seemed like the perfect candidate. We worked literally every single day the week before my exam, and he was extremely helpful; directed me towards making very specific flashcards, going through every unit and hitting the most important parts of each one, and explaining all of it in the clearest way.
I went into that exam with confidence in the knowledge that I needed to do well, and it's surely not an easy test. After my chemistry exam, I had a biology final three days later, also a bit stressful. Nonetheless, Joe helped me very much with preparing for cell respiration/photosynthesis, cell division, and neurobiology (none of them easy topics to understand the night before), so we worked, just as diligently.
Joe is an extremely knowledgeable tutor and really knows what he's talking about not only with chemistry but with biology as well. Biology went very well with the final and now the wait begins with the exam results for chemistry; without Joe's help, I wouldn't have ended with a B in biology and be as confident as I am in my chemistry score. It was a tough week of studying non-stop, but it wouldn't have been as productive or successful without Joe as my tutor!! I would totally recommend him for ANY science tutoring help you need with!!
You don't often meet someone who is super-bright and open and approachable as well. Joe is certainly all these things. Our 16-year old daughter has been frustrated in her Honors Chemistry class all year. She had gone to her teacher many times for clarification on several concepts, but remained frustrated. We turned to WyzAnt and were drawn to Joe's bio immediately. We made arrangements to meet with Joe. Our daughter is very shy. We really had concerns that she might not be communicative enough to make the tutoring worthwhile. Joe put her completely at ease. He knows his subject matter through and through. Our daughter now has complete confidence; it's so wonderful to see. Joe also shared some terrific advice on our college search. In our daughter's words: "Joe makes everything clear, very clear". There aren't too many 'home runs' in parenting, but our 2 sessions with Joe definitely qualify. We highly recommend Joe.
Update 5/31/14: Our daughter received a grade of 98% on her Chemistry final, which bumped her up to an 'A' for her semester grade. She's so happy and full of confidence. All because of Joe. Thank you so much Joe!
My tutoring sessions with Joe have been one of the best experiences in my undergrad education to date. My O Chem I grade was heavily skewed towards performance on the end of semester ACS exam. I met with Joe 5 times in the last month of the course and I honestly learned more from him than I did from my professor the entire semester. Joe is amazingly able to teach without the assistance of a textbook or notes and he knows the concepts, mechanisms and reactions so well it makes learning incredibly easy. With his help I was able to score in the 90th percentile on the ACS exam (which was 3rd highest in my class) and I finished this difficult course with an A! I really wish I had found Joe earlier in the semester so that I would have felt as confident during the spring as I was heading into the final. I have Organic II coming up in the fall and I won't make the same mistake twice. I'll be meeting with him consistently throughout the semester and fully expect to finish with another great grade! I'm also taking the GRE next week and Joe was great for reviewing and refining my Algebra, Geometry and Statistics skills I will need for getting into Grad school. Thanks Joe for all your help!
My son received an 87 on his last AP Chemistry test after working with Joe for only 3 sessions. That's an 33% increase over where he was at the end of last semester!
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In addition to the Sciences, I have 3+ years of experience tutoring students in Math from the middle school to high school level as well. During college, I worked at the Mathnasium Tutoring Center in town and learned many of the "Mental Math" tricks and shortcuts they taught. You are coming to the right place if your high school student needs combined Science and Math help through Algebra I.
In addition to the Sciences, I have 3+ years of experience tutoring students in Math from the middle school to high school level as well. During college, I worked at the Mathnasium Tutoring Center in town and learned many of the "Mental Math" tricks and shortcuts they taught. You are coming to the right place if your high school student needs combined Science and Math help through Algebra II in addition to Algebra I and Prealgebra!
I can help you get through the beast that follows Organic Chemistry- the dreaded Biochemistry!
My Biochemistry qualifications include:
1. 100th Percentile on the ACS National Biochemistry Exam.
2. B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry.
3. Two years of university Biochemistry laboratory research!
4. I make sure that we speed up all the memorization you will be doing by putting all the information into context!
I graduated at the top of my college class with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. I have tutored college Biology as well for the past 5 years, and have tutored scores of AP and IB Bio students in those 5 years. My Biology students have seen success because I focus on making the material relatable to each individual student's unique interests, instead of a bland game of "How well can I help you memorize this junk?"
General Chemistry is an old friend of mine. I graduated with a Minor in Chemistry from Southwestern University, but was the top Chemistry student at the school during my 4 years there. I have tutored General Chemistry for 7 years and counting, and most of my students increase by a letter grade or more. General Chemistry mostly comes down to crunching numbers on a calculator, along with a few concepts that are presented often like treatise on Constitutional Law. I provide proven shortcuts and memorable (not to mention much simpler) explanations to tricky concepts to help my students plow through General Chemistry.
Organic Chemistry is my specialty, and I've helped my students steamroll this class for 5 years and counting. In addition to winning the prestigious award at my university for the top Organic Chemistry student (believe me, I'm not as big of a nerd as it seems).
My organic chemistry qualifications include:
1. A perfect score (100th Percentile) on the ACS National Organic Chemistry Exam.
2. 1 year of Graduate Level Organic Chemistry (A+ both semesters)
3. B.S. in biology with a minor in Chemistry.
4. One year of university Organic Chemistry laboratory research.
5. I make the class understandable and interesting!!!!!!
6. Oh, and I have lots of study materials for my students.
In addition to the Sciences, I have 3+ years of experience tutoring students in Math from the middle school to high school level as well. During college, I worked at the Mathnasium Tutoring Center in town and learned many of the "Mental Math" tricks and shortcuts they taught. You are coming to the right place if your high school student needs combined Science and Math help.
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