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Bradford D.

Tucson, AZ

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Organic chemistry and mathematics tutor

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University of Michigan
chemistry
University of Michigan
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of Michigan (chemistry)

University of Michigan (Graduate Coursework)

About Bradford

Brad is a graduate student who passed qualifying exams in analytical and organic chemistry and has taught organic chemistry question and answer sections at University of Michigan. He has also taught organic chemistry laboratory. He has nearly 10 years' industrial experience as organic and analytical chemist, so this is material he has excellent knowledge of. Brad has a gift for explaining the complicated nature of organic chemistry to his students. He loves to explain the step-by-step process of organic reaction mechanisms. Brad has worked with many analytical instruments involving the principle of chromatograhic separation and is able to explain the theory and practice of these analyses. For mathematics, Brad will teach students who are preparing to take the SAT or ACT exams. He scored 700 on the mathematics part and will tutor subjects like algebra, geometry and trigonometry. Brad is a graduate student who passed qualifying exams in analytical and organic chemistry and has taught organic chemistry question and answer sections at University of Michigan. He has also taught organic Read more

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Vocabulary
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Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
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Chess

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ACT English

I have been a GED tutor for State of Indiana education department for about 5 years. I know how to teach English communication skills(reading,writing and grammar).
For writing essays, I know how to teach students to compose a strong thesis statement and build strong arguments with good citations to reference materials.
I can teach students to review the proper way to use commas and other punctuation. Each paragraph should say something different than the previous paragraph and have some kind of introductory sentence, expository sentence and a concluding sentence.
For reading skills I teach students to ask what the main ideas the writer is trying to convey.I teach students to keep a good dictionary with them at all times and to look up unfamiliar words right away to learn the definitions and correct spelling.I teach them to review all new words at the end of the day to reinforce learning the new words.

ACT Math

The ACT test is fairly similar to the SAT exam, on which I scored 700 on the mathematics section. I have a good grasp of most math topics like algebra, trig and geometry.
In my college days I completed seven classes in mathematics with grades in the B range.I have a good grasp of the major ideas involved in solving most mathematics problems and can teach these ideas to other people preparing for the ACT exams.
The ACT exam has some story book problems in algebra and I have special skills to translate the words of such problems into math equations that can be solved for the answer.
Usually, on the ACT math test two answers can be eliminated almost immediately.I teach my students to spend their time wisely by analyzing the choice between the remaining two answers.The correct answer can be found by analyzing the relevant data and information given in the problem.

ACT Reading

Reading and writing in any language are closely related to one another. To read well you should first of all find the topic paragraph of the essay. Then you will know the focus of the passage you are reading. As you read ask what examples and ideas is the writer using to support his thesis? Is the writer supporting any claims they list with citations or their original research? Try to read with a critical analytical mindset.
You should also pay attention to grammar,punctuation and vocabulary when you read.
I have taught people various skills in order to pass the reading section of the ACT.

ACT Science

I graduated with Bachelors of Science from the University of Michigan in chemistry. I completed 14 classes in chemistry, 2 classes in physics and 2 classes in biology.
I have taught mostly chemistry to other people taking the ACT battery of tests. I like to teach people chemistry by showing how many things in everyday life involve chemistry one way or the other.
I usually ask people some questions about toothpaste or food ingredients and then I talk about the chemicals in those products.
What I teach most is how to think with an analytical critical thinking mindset. I find that if I stress this to students, they will develop the right thinking habits and become successful in solving problems in math, science or communication.

Algebra 1

I scored about 700 on the SAT test when I took that test. I graduated from Univ. of Michigan with distinction and took 7 classes in math.
I have taught many people algebra before and I have a talent for translating the words of story book problems into math equations where people can solve for the answers!
I like to teach people the idea of riding on a seesaw at a playground and the idea is that the left side of the equation has to equal the right side of the equation. This idea has proven to be valuable in teaching algebra.
I have taught algebra to many people taking the GED and SAT exams before.

Algebra 2

I graduated from University of Michigan with distinction with Bachelors of Science. I am a chemist who uses math (algebra) quite a bit. I took 7 classes in math during my college days.
I like to use the idea of the seesaw when explaining algebra to my students. The left side of the equation must equal the right side of the equation.I have prepared students to do well in algebra tests, as well as the SAT or ACT.
My math score on the SAT exams was near 700.

American History

I recall completing classes in American history in both high school and college.
In my life experience I have spent some time studying the cultures of countries where chess is quite popular, like Russian nations and East Europe.Many people in those countries live a poor impoverished lifestyle.
I am glad that I've examined how people live in Russian nations and countries in East Europe because it makes me more thankful for the things that I enjoy in the USA.The education that I got here would be much more difficult to achieve overseas.
I teach my students to obtain a world almanac (which has a great section on American history) and a notebook for them to write down their ideas from daily USA newspapers. I think that reading significant articles from the New York Times, Washington Post and other papers is an excellent way to learn about American history in the making!
I teach my students to examine early America and try to compare what happened here with other undeveloped countries in te world. Many people feel that native American Indians were mistreated by European settlers. How does this compare with other aboriginal groups in other nations?
America is made up of North and South America, but American history usually implies the history of the United States, which really is a republic form of government, since the people are represented by senators and reps in Washington D.C. I ask my students to compare USA to other nations like Greeece which had a purer form of democracy. I ask my students to compare early American History with Greek history.
America has used the capitalist form of economic growth. I ask my students to compare the growth in American industry to tghe economic growth which has occurred in mainland China over the past 20 years and make notes on their impressions in their notebook.
Most important of all, I teach my students to write down the major mistakes that were made at different times in American history because we an avoid making mistakes in the future by studying American history!We can learn from the past!

Biology

In college I took two classes in biology and got a B+ each time.I loved the laboratory because we got a chance to dissect animals and find out how body organs worked together in an animal. It was fascinating! I love to teach biology to other people and I stress that they should keep a notebook and write down all the questions they have about the thousands of biological life forms around them in this world. Then at the end of the day or week they should look up the species or questions they don't understand to find the right answers!

Biology is very important for everyone to study and understand. The environment depends upon the specific function of many key species so that the balance of the ecology is not upset. People need to understand the problems that waste amounts of plastic and Styrofoam are causing in the oceans of the world.

People need to cut back on their driving so that global warming will slow down. People will live longer if they do more walking and bicycling for their transportation and less car driving. We can all get closer to our environment with some more camping and hiking!

Chemistry

I graduated from University of Michigan with B.S. in chemistry. MY GPA was about 3.4 and I graduated with distinction. I have about 10 years industry experience in analytical and organic chemistry. I have part of my masters degree completed.
I have tutored chemistry before and helped students with homework and to prepare for tests. I was a teaching fellow in graduate school and taught organic chemistry to undergrad students. One of the classes I taught was recitation and I liked to help with questions on the lecture and questions on homework.
I try always to instill critical analytical thinking in my students so they are finding the key elements in solving any problem.

Chess

I have been a rated U.S. chess expert since 1978 and achieved master 2200 performance rating in 8 tournaments (2011-12). I wrote a chess book with over 800 BETTER moves missed by the world's top 670 masters! I have sold about 200 books via self publishing. My analyses have been verified by the RYBKA3 chess computer and a few grandmasters. I used to write for Michigan Chess as the games analysis editor.

English

On the college SAT my score was about 600. In college I completed two classes on critical writing skills with rhetorical exposition. I learned a lot from these two classes, including how to use MLA and Chicago style footnote citations for references in essays. This is very important for researchers!

I have been a GED tutor of English and I love to teach people how to use words correctly in past and present tenses. I teach my students to keep a notebook and write down their questions about things like "should a comma be in this sentence?" I teach people how to properly use commas and also when and how to use colons and semicolons, periods and other punctuation marks.

I teach people to be careful in how they use contractions and closely spelled words like then,than,they're and their.I teach students to read the sentence out loud and ask themselves what word makes the sentence sound correct.

GED

I was GED for many years for the State of Indiana Education department. I have taught mathematics (algebra, trig and geometry) and English communication skills (reading, writing and grammar). I know how to show students how to focus on finding the answer in math problems, especially how to set up the correct equations based on the words of a story problem.
I took two critical writing classes in college and I have special ability to teach HOW to write essays:how to write a good thesis statement and how to build arguments and the proper way to cite references.
I have the ability to teach sciences for GED students also, since I graduated from University of Michigan with degree in chemistry and have been a teaching fellow in organic chemistry laboratory and recitation sections.

Geography

In college I completed 3 classes in geography, including a very interesting class on meteorology. The study of different kinds of weather, in relationship to geography, is very interesting!
I stress to my students to always keep a notebook and write down their impressions and questions from all their readings in geography. I recommend that students buy an ATLAS so they can look up countries and cites they are unfamiliar with.
A good atlas will show differences in elevations in different areas of the world and also give latitudes and longitude lines around the globe. Students can use such an atlas to study the relationship of weather to elevations, distance from the equator and other factors.
A good atlas will also give populations of countries and show where national borders are.The atlas may also list the most populous cities of the world.
I teach my students that with a good atlas, and maybe also a world almanac, they can study production of farm products and tons of seafood caught by fisherman and where farmers graze cattle, sheep and other animals around the world.
With an atlas, almanac and a notebook to write down their ideas and questions, students can learn quite a few interesting relationships in geography.They can also learn about the weather.

Geometry

I was GED tutor for State of Indiana education department for about 5 years and have taught math and English communication skills (writing, reading and grammar).
I love geometry and love to teach the ideas in this subject to other people. I know how to translate the words of math problems into drawing of geometrical figures and how to find the answers.
I scored 700 on the math portion of the SAT exam and completed 7 classes in math in college,many of which covered analytical geometry.

Organic Chemistry

I graduated from Univ. of Michigan with distinction. I passed the Ph.D. qualifying exams for organic and analytical chemistry. I made methotrexate, calcium leucovorin, daunorubicin, vidarabine, bis-acridines, nitrogen mustards and other anti-cancer medicines. I taught organic chemistry to undergrads as a teaching fellow at UMIch grad school. I have studied organic reaction mechanisms extensively, including the classic text by Ronald Breslow.

Philosophy

When I graduated from University of Michigan I obtained two degrees: chemistry and philosophy. I do have a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy.
Philosophy is fabulous because it stresses that we should always be critical freethinking analysts! We should not accept any arguments unless we examine what grounds they are based on. Philosophy teaches us to analyze everything and then build conclusions that can't be torn apart.
I love to teach philosophy because you are teaching IDEAS and HOW TO THINK. Philosophy helps students to write English papers by focusing on the thesis statement.
Support your thesis statement with arguments, ideas, research and conclusions.
I have taught philosophy before to people taking this part of the GED or SAT.

Physical Science

I love teaching science to people. I show how things in everyday life are related to chemistry,physics, meteorology, etc. I teach my students to keep a notebook and write down questions they have about science. They can look up the answers later and they will increase their knowledge with this study habit. I teach my students to spend some time in their library to find the answers to their questions.

I graduated from University of Michigan in chemistry and I have a good science background. I have taken classes in chemistry, physics, biology, geology and math.

I have taught as a GED tutor before and helped people pass the science area of the GED test. I have read several books on physics and science in general and have a good ability to teach these ideas and concepts to other people.

Prealgebra

I was a GED tutor for State of Indiana education department for about five years and have taught math to many people. In prealgebra I teach my students right away to think of equations like a seesaw at the playground."Whatever you do to the left side of this equation, you must do the same thing to the right side of the equation." Many students find story problems confusing and intimidating. I teach my students to remain calm and look for the key words and ideas in each problem. I teach them to set up the correct equations based upon the key words given in the problems. I teach my students the importance of doing math operations according to the old rhyme "My dear Aunt Sally.."(multiply,divide,add and subtract) I teach my students to evaluate exponents before they go on to multiply and divide.

SAT Math

I scored about 700 on the math section of the SAT when I took this test.I correctly teach my students that usually you can throw out two answers right away and focus on choosing the right answer from the remaining two choices.
I am able to teach my students to focus on the important ideas to study in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry to do well on the SAT test.For algebra I use the concept of the playground seesaw with the idea that both sides of the equation must be equal.
I have a special talent to translate word problems into equations to solve for the correct answer.
I teach my students how to draw the correct geometrical figures based upon the word description in the problem.
In college days I completed seven(7) mathematics classes and this serves as an excellent background for teaching the main ideas covered in the SAT math test.

SAT Reading

When I took the SAT exams before college I scored about 600 on the reading section.
I took an advanced class in reading classical English literature.We studies some classics like Beowolf,The Canterbury Tales,and several Greek mythology writings.
I teach my students the importance of keeping a notebook where they can write down the main ideas in the books and papers they are reading.I teach my students to write down some notes on everything they read like "what is the main thesis statement of this paper?" Does the author develop that thesis with good arguments? Do they offer citations to relevant reference materials?
Do they consider possible counter-arguments and offer a rebuttal to those ideas?
For good retention of reading material I think it is vitally important to take notes down in a notebook so the student can review this material at the end of the day.I teach my students the importance of taking notes in this fashion.This follows the correct formula of read,recite and review!
I also correctly teach my students that in multiple choice questions based upon reading a passage on the SAT test, one can usually throw out two answers right away. The student can then focus on choosing between two answers and make the right choice based upon a critical analysis of the reading material in relation to the question.

SAT Writing

In college I completed two classes on how to write essays from a critical analysis point of view. It was important to develop the rhetorical, expositional method to compose essays.
I know how to teach students to select a strong thesis statement that will convey to their readers the main idea/argument they are writing about. I am able to teach students how to build arguments in their writing and back them up with citations to good reference material.
It is vitally important on the SAT writing exam to use proper grammar and punctuation and I teach my students to always leave some extra time to recheck their work before going on to the next section in the test.
I teach students to separate their ideas with paragraphs. I teach them that each paragraph should have a main introductory paragraph that says something distinct and different from other paragraphs.Each paragraph should have one or more expository sentences with development of the ideas listed in the topic sentence. Then each paragraph should have some kind of concluding sentence and a transition sentence that leads to the next paragraph.

Trigonometry

In college I completed seven classes in mathematics with grades in the B area.Most of these classes covered something about trigonometry and analytical geometry.
I teach my students to know the six important special functions like secant, cosecant, cotangent,etc. I teach my students how to handle irrational numbers and how to handle equations with square roots,cube roots and other exponential powers.
For word story problems I teach students to draw out all diagrams they need to solve the problem and write down the equations involved. Then solve for the answer.
On the math portion of the SAT I scored 700 and I have a good grasp of the major ideas involved in trigonometry like polar coordinates and equations,working with radians and degrees, etc.

Vocabulary

I took two classes in college where we wrote critical analysis essays with rhetorical exposition of our main thesis idea. We tried to use action verbs and dynamic vocabulary to convey our ideas.
I teach my students good ideas to learn and remember new words each day!I teach my students it is very important to have a dictionary with them at all times,along with a notebook they can write in. I tell them to read something new every day and look up all new words that they are unfamiliar with.
Then I teach them to write at least one or two sentences that uses that new word in the sentence. In this way, they are incorporating the idea and usage of the new word into their everyday experiences.
Then I teach students to review all new words at the end of the day. This reinforces the learning and increase the likelihood they will remember the new words in the days and weeks to come.
Another good idea to teach new words is to grab a vocabulary word list for a practice SAT and look up several new words that you don't know the meaning of.I teach students to learn as many words as they have time for in order to increase their vocabulary.

Writing

I completed two classes in English during my college days. These were critical analysis writing classes where you learned the art of rhetorical exposition in writing essays.
I know how to teach the right way to find a good thesis statement and how to build logical arguments for the paper. I know how to teach how to cite reference materials and how to correctly use MLA,Chicago and other citation footnotes for essays.
I have knowledge of how to use dynamic vocabulary in essays and the importance of using action verbs also. One of the most frequent errors in writing is the proper use of commas and I have spent many hours reviewing and teaching people how to properly use commas in their papers.

University of Michigan
chemistry
University of Michigan
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of Michigan (chemistry)

University of Michigan (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Bradford will travel within 30 miles of Tucson, AZ 85735.