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Venkata B.

Chemistry, Math and Engineering Tutor

Woodbridge, VA (22193)

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I graduated in 1975 from University of Madras, Chennai, India with a BS with concentration in Chemistry. Math and Physics were at minor level. I got my MS degree, also in Chemistry, in 1977, from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India.

I then changed lines to study engineering and completed MS (Chemical Engineering) at the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India in 1980. Subsequently I worked for about one year as a Chemist at the "Centre for Rural Development" - a novel rural adoption programme started by the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai. In this role, I designed and constructed solar stills for brackish water reclamation, designed and oversaw construction of a 70 cubic meter bio-gas digester to convert cattle waste from a diary farm.

In 1981 I joined the Chemical Engineering department of the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India as a research scholar to pursue a PhD degree with focus in Environmental Engineering - a division of Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India - and was awarded PhD in July 1987 for my work and thesis tilted "Mass Transfer and Kinetics of Dyestuff adsorption on different adsorbents". During this time, I also designed and took responsibility for contruction and operation of water recycling programs for two student dormitories, each housing 130 students.

I covered Chemistry and Math courses in depth during my Engineering and Chemistry studies. I have also taught one semester Math for University of Phoenix online. No matter what the discipline, I firmly believe that student success requires individualized tutoring plan so that it aligns with student’s learning pace and timelines.

I am a good listener and do not mind interruptions. I will work with the student to plan the tutoring lessons schedule based on what works for the student, while remaining flexible on tutoring session duration. Normally, I like to always a complete a lesson begun unless the student has a reason for a hard stop at a given time. In any case, I always prorate charges based on actual duration of tutoring sessions.

I currently have 30+ years’ industry/consulting experience combining Business and Technology management and have learnt that flexibility and adaptability are key stepping stones in moving towards success. I have broad based knowledge of Math and specialized education in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. I enjoy teaching and helping students hone their skills in these areas.

Besides this, I have been a category judge for the Chemistry division projects in several school and regional science fairs in Prince William & Fairfax counties in Northern Virginia. I have also judged at the Thomas Jefferson High school for Science & Technology in Fairfax, VA. My other hobbies are hydroponics and good vegan/vegetarian cooking and I have made significant inroads into the latter by developing the concept of "theme based" cooking. Some of my dishes are "flower in the pond", "Banana Boat" in sweet and savory versions and "Chargetti" that is a unique style of cooking spaghetti by infusion with several spices.

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Venkata’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Test Preparation:
Career Development, SAT Math
Homeschool:
Business:
Elementary Education:
Math:
Algebra 1, Prealgebra, SAT Math

Algebra 1

I have taken significant load of math courses during my BS, MS and PhD course work requirements. I have also completed the University of Phoenix online teaching program training and completed teaching one semester of Math. I look forward to teaching math at elementary, pre-algebra and algebra I levels to students in primary through high school.

Algebra I builds upon foundations built in pre-algebra. A typical walk-through of Algebra I would consist of studying the following: Integers, rational, irrational and real numbers properties, subsets and operations; order of operations; operations involving number opposites, reciprocal and exponentiation; equation algebraic equation solving including inequalities, solving systems of equations, equations with multiple solutions, linear and quadratic equations; concept and application of modulus values; solving word problems, multi-step equations; Coordinate geometry including equation of straight lines, circles, coordinate location, graphing; Polynomial concepts including degree, operations including addition, subtraction, division and multiplication; Geometric concepts including resolving common geometric figures like perimeter, circumference, area, and volume of common geometric figures; volumes and surface areas of common geometric figures (triangles, circles, parallelograms, trapeziums, Rhombus, Prisms etc.; Understanding statistics and its applications, determining mean, median, mode, range, method of least squares and application to simultaneous equation solving, data distribution graphing including frequency tables, histograms, standard line and bar graph, stem and leaf displays, scatter plots, box and whisker plots, etc; Understanding probability

My strategy for student success is to understand the areas where help is needed, particularly from classroom and homework perspectives. I will work with the students to up to date with classroom math taught and also work with them to understand the reasoning and resolution required to do their algebra homework. Improving subject comprehension will be the key to students developing adequate level of Algebra skills and performing better.

Career Development

I am Practice Director of Ampcus which is a consulting company that has diversified consulting practice covering information technology, project management, marketing and administrative support services. I have about 5 years’ experience with career development, counseling and placement of talent with over 15 commercial clients and an equal number in the Federal talent resourcing space. I interact with people from different walks of life every day and help them make career choices and find employment. I respect each person’s interest and situation specific choices and work with them to help them prepare resumes, interview well and stay inspired. I do not make judgments on anybody and accept everyone as individuals that all have a common goal of finding and moving forward in career for enhanced life satisfaction. I direct a team of 8 professional recruiters who enjoy consulting with people, compiling information and working with our commercial and federal clients for placement opportunities; I also oversee team efforts in developing solutions to individual or client group situations.

My interest in career development stems from this background on working with people, associating with their needs, helping them understand choices and work towards their placement.


• Work with clients individually or in groups; Career development help can be provided via telecommute sessions with occasional in-person consultation. In-person consultation typically works better with client groups for non-specific discussions such as interviewing techniques, mock interviews, developing confidence in addressing group of people, developing ability to control emotion and be rational in conversation etc.
• Listen to clients on individual career preferences
• Help clients identify individual strengths and weaknesses
• Help select suitable education and training programs
• Explain need to balance time between work and other life situations as applicable individually; help clients identify priorities and recognize accomplishable goals
• Explain difference between career-essential goals and goals accomplishable in life
• Help clients develop strong resumes, prepare portfolios and prepare for interviewing
• Help clients find employment opportunities; help develop appreciation for career enhancement and satisfaction
• Help clients deal with barriers to achieving their career plans
• Help employed clients plan career laddering within organizations, cope successfully with job dissatisfaction, or make occupational or job changes
• Provide clients with current labor market information to help make realistic occupational / employment decisions
• Market clients’ resumes to potential employers and help them find work.
• Provide clients with information on various community outreach groups to help them share experiences and network for identifying employment opportunities
• Highlight pros and cons of using social media when seeking employment; explain difference in impact of social media on employer versus candidate as it relates to employment
• Maintain individual client records; maintain highest level of respect for client privacy and confidentiality.

Chemistry

I have a BS in Chemistry from University of Madras, Chennai, India and an MS in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (Mumbai), India. My Bachelor's degree study covered physical, inorganic and organic chemistry with public exams at the end of each of three years. I also has extensive laboratory training in organic synthesis, inorganic salt analysis extensive volumetric analysis and physical chemistry concepts. This intensive laboratory training combined with the classroom study and clearing the public exams resulted in my earning the Bachelor's degree that established my foundation in physical, inorganic and organic chemistry.

My Master’s degree program was a rigorous exercise with focused attention to Organic, Analytical and Environmental chemistry. The total course and laboratory work completed in this 2-year degree program, combined with the BS degree program focused in Chemistry establishes my subject knowledge and competency to teach this subject.

Besides academic training, I also did a summer internship with Coromandel Fertilizers in Vizag, Andhra Pradesh, India, in summer of 1976. The best proving grounds in unit processes and unit operations for any chemical engineer are either fertilizer plant or a refinery. Each of these manufacturing environments essentially includes most of the unit operations studied bya student in college. The hands-on feel for reality supported by the academic training provides wholesome training towards becoming a chemical engineer.

I have a deep appreciation for this subject that I am very passionate about and enjoy teaching this. AN outline of the course pathway I would follow teaching in a school is given below. Based on the student background in the subject, I can help a student with any of these topics specifically or work with the student through their high school or college years in chemistry. A general scope of non-specific chemistry course is given below. This is generally indicative of middle to high school level chemistry and I will work with the student to customize this to his/her requirement based on where they are at with the subject and the syllabus covered at their grade level.

• Introduction to Chemistry
• Matter and Energy
• Atomic Structure
• Periodic Tables
• Nomenclature
• Bonding:
• Ionic, Covalent, Coordinate (or “Dative” bonds), Hydrogen bonding
• Reaction types:
o Single Displacement. Double displacement, Decomposition, Acid-Base, Combustion, Synthesis
• Oxidation-reduction (“redox”) concepts
• Chemical Formulae and Chemical Equations; equations balancing
• Stoichiometry
• Gas Laws
o Boyle’s law, Charles’s law, Ideal gas law, Avagadro number, Pressure – velocity relationships
• Solutions
o Electrolytes and non-electrolytes; activities, Degree of dissociation, ion-pair formation, Debye Huckel theory of electrolytes
• Acids and Bases
o Definitions, Lewis acids and bases, Physical and chemical properties, Arrhenius theory
• Thermochemistry
o Heat capacity, heat of combustion, heat of formation, enthalpy, entropy, free energy
• Stereochemistry and symmetry concepts

Elementary Math

Elementary math consists of topics taught at primary or secondary school levels. Elementary math introduces math to students and helps them become mathematically literate. I remain committed to helping students recognize math as a language of reasoning, communicating and problem resolution at the elementary and secondary school grade levels. I have taken significant load of math courses during my BS, MS and PhD course work requirements. I have also completed the University of Phoenix online teaching program training and completed teaching one semester of Math. Besides pre-algebra and algebra I, I look forward to teaching math at elementary and secondary school levels.

At elementary school level, I will devote time to instilling an appreciation of basic math concepts like quantity (counting of objects), number recognition (knowing numbers by name, numeral, pictorial representation, or a quantity of the item), number meaning (quantity or position based; cardinal and ordinary numbers) and basic number operations (Understanding number manipulation and depicting the same using numerals, words or pictures).

My strategy for student success is to understand the areas where help is needed, particularly from classroom and homework perspectives. I will work with the students to be current with classroom math taught and also work with them to understand the reasoning and resolution required to do their algebra homework. Improving subject comprehension will be the key to students developing friendship with math.

Elementary Science

I have a BS in Chemistry from University of Madras, Chennai, India and an MS in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (Mumbai), India. My Bachelor’s degree study covered physical, inorganic and organic chemistry with public exams at the end of each of three years. My study of Chemistry (with minor in physics and math) has given be a "ringside" look at the interaction between nature and life, interpreting these in quantifiable terms, understanding what it means and enhancing knowledge.

Teaching elementary science is basically bringing awareness of nature, its manifestations and varied interactions to the students. The objective is for them to mature in this understanding and demonstrate the same by success in classwork and homework. Elementary science concepts can be broadly classified into an understanding of the elements of nature like air, Water, Land, Matter, Energy, Living organisms and interaction between life and the environment. Concepts presented are simple and focused on building the foundation for the beginner and enhancing the curiosity of the prolific for better grasp and moving ahead in this discipline that combines physical science (physics & chemistry) and life sciences (biology, botany etc.) into one single topic that emphasizes interaction between life and environment through observation, measurement and inference.

My approach to teaching this topic will be based on study of:
Matter
Energy
Air
Water
Living and non-living things
Environment
Observing interactions between all the above.

My strategy for student success is to understand the areas where help is needed, particularly from classroom and homework perspectives. I will work with the students to be current with classroom science taught and also work with them to understand the reasoning and resolution required to do their homework.

Organic Chemistry

I have a BS in Chemistry from University of Madras, Chennai, India and an MS in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (Mumbai), India. My Bachelors degree study covered physical, inorganic and organic chemistry with public exams at the end of each of three years. I also has extensive laboratory training in organic synthesis, inorganic salt analysis extensive volumetric analysis and physical chemistry concepts. This intensive laboratory training combined with the classroom study and clearing the public exams resulted in my earning the Bachelor degree that established my foundation in physical, inorganic and organic chemistry.

My Master’s degree program was a rigorous exercise with focused attention to Organic, Analytical and Environmental chemistry. The total course and laboratory work completed in this 2-year degree program, combined with the BS degree program focused in Chemistry establishes my subject knowledge and competency to teach this subject.

Besides academic training, I also did a summer internship with Coromandel Fertilizers in Vizag, Andhra Pradesh, India, in summer of 1976. The best proving grounds in unit processes and unit operations for any chemical engineer are either fertilizer plant or a refinery. Each of these manufacturing environments essentially includes most of the unit operations studied bya student in college. The hands-on feel for reality supported by the academic training provides wholesome training towards becoming a chemical engineer.

I have a deep appreciation for this subject that I am very passionate about and enjoy teaching this. AN outline of the course pathway I would follow teaching in a school is given below. Based on the student background in the subject, I can help a student with any of these topics specifically or work with the student through their high school or college years in chemistry.

• Importance of organic chemistry as a separate branch of science
• Structural approach to understanding Organic Chemical reactions and importance
Introduction to Organic Chemistry & functional group concepts
• Commonly known organic compounds;
• Conventional and IUPAC naming
• Understanding structure and properties and reactions of:
o Aliphatic compounds
o Alicyclic, Bicyclic and Polycyclic compounds
• Conformational and Geometric Isomerism
Concept of resonance and aromaticity
• Distinction between alicyclic and aromatic compounds
• Organic reaction mechanism concepts
• Carbonium and carbanion stability; molecular size considerations
• Electrophiles, Nucleophiles and leaving groups
• Substitution and Elimination reaction mechanisms
• Free energy considerations and product distribution in organic reactions
• SN1, SN2, E1 & E2 reaction mechanisms in aliphatic, alicyclic and Aromatic compounds; free energy and structural considerations; molecular size considerations; hindered reactions and applications
• Stereoisomerism
Structure Determination by Spectroscopy
Organic functional group IR fingerprint region
• NMR spectroscopy; chemical shifts and application in aromatic compound structure determination
• Heterocyclic Compounds, Organo-metallic compounds, Grignard reagents
• Synthetic Polymers
• Lipids and Detergents
• Carbohydrates
• Amino Acids, Peptides, Proteins, Nucleotides and Nucleic Acids

Prealgebra

I have taken significant load of math courses during my BS, MS and PhD course work requirements. I have also completed the University of Phoenix online teaching program training and completed teaching one semester of Math. I look forward to teaching math at elementary, pre-algebra and algebra I levels to students in primary through high school.

Pre-Algebra sets the foundation for building into this fascinating subject. Typical pre-algebra course consists of introduction to variables, expressions, order of operations and basic problem solving. It will also include the concept of absolute value, and algebraic properties. I will work with student to build on this basic knowledge and teach how to solve multi-step equations, inequalities and associated algebraic functions. I will help my students build on their existing knowledge of fractions, ratios and proportions, probability, converting to and from decimals and percentages. I will address word problem solving and teach the student to understand the math in the word description of a situation.

I will work with the students to up to date with classroom math taught and also work with them to understand the math behind the homework they need to do. Improving subject comprehension will be the key to students developing adequate level of math skills and performing better.

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University of Madras , India

Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India (Master's)

IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), Madras, India (PhD)

Very patient The tutor is very devoted and dedicated, he knows how to motivate children, he understands them very well, the children feel understood, and he makes the children use the time he gives his help. I hope that you use him to help your sons or daughters, I really enjoy what he does, thanks for your time Mr. Venkata. El Sr es muy entregado y dedicado, sabe motivar a los niños, se le entiende muy bien, ...

— Alan from Woodbridge, VA on 3/12/13);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Weekend Chemistry/Math tutoring available for minimum group of 10 or more students, at my place. Rate is $16/hr for a specific subject.

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Venkata will travel within 20 miles of Woodbridge, VA 22193.

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