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Every student that I have tutored in organic chemistry asks me how I became adept at this rather challenging subject.  I tell them all the same thing: use your resources. A teaching professor that I worked with taught me from his many years of teaching experience, when a student utilizes at least seven resources, their mastery of the subject of organic chemistry increases (linearly), i.e., the average improvement was one to two letter grades over the course of a semester.  These resources include, but are not limited to, going to class, reading the text, taking and reading over notes from class, attending study groups, outside tutoring, supplemental instruction (SI), reading a concise supplemental text, working problems, etc.   Organic chemistry is a difficult subject to understand when you are taking it for the first time (and after!). To become successful at, and to truly master organic chemistry at the level required for graduate school or medical school... read more

Becoming a tutor is a very rewarding experience. If you are interested in beginning a new journey as a person aspiring to touch the lives of students you should practice the following effective techniques.    1-Although you may be extremely knowledgeable and/or passionate about one or two subjects try to become well versed with a few additional subjects; chances are when you are offered a tutoring job for one subject your student will ask for help with other subjects they may struggle with in the near future.    2-When working with a student be careful not to use negative comments. For example, if a student gets a word problem wrong do not directly correct them by saying "you are wrong." Try putting a spin on words of encouragement such as "You are on the right track. Let me show you how to figure out the answer." Negative comments will only further discourage a student who is probably already internally suffering from failure... read more

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