I know what it's like to struggle with Chemistry. When I started college, I picked it up as my major (I had a great high school teacher) but quickly felt lost and bewildered in my first semester of general chemistry. My biggest mistake that first year was trying to do it on my own, and honestly, I didn't do very well. I gave up after two semesters and tried moving on to something else. But being away from it, I realized that I wasn't satisfied by quitting. Long story short, I switched my major back and although it took some time, I developed a passion for chemistry and I believe it had everything to do with attitude. Great opportunities came as a result, including an internship at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.
During my senior year, I served as the Chemistry Society President on our campus and planned activities/forums to help students overcome their fears of chemistry and collaborate in their studies. We helped launch a tutor lab, from which I gained teaching experience. I'm familiar with many concepts that students often struggle with. I can adapt to various learning styles by explaining with pictures, using analogies of real-life situations, or combining content from various sources to convey the large picture. Since the majority of students taking chemistry are on track to becoming future doctors, lawyers, or scientists, it is equally important to me that they succeed as it is to them. If you struggle grasping those beginning concepts like I did, or if those two semesters of O Chem are turning into the worst four semesters of your life, contact me soon!
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