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Mike M.

OCHEM struggles, I'm your man! PhD from Caltech

OCHEM struggles, I'm your man! PhD from Caltech

$80/hour

  • 258 hours tutoring

  • Belmont, CA 94002

About Mike


Bio

I have a B.S. in Chemistry from Cal Poly (SLO), and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech, Pasadena). I currently work for a start-up pharmaceutical company making organic molecules that are tested against several central nervous system (CNS) diseases.

To understand and master Organic Chemistry, it is not about memorization, it's about understanding fundamental properties of atoms, which allows one to then understand why some species react one...

I have a B.S. in Chemistry from Cal Poly (SLO), and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech, Pasadena). I currently work for a start-up pharmaceutical company making organic molecules that are tested against several central nervous system (CNS) diseases.

To understand and master Organic Chemistry, it is not about memorization, it's about understanding fundamental properties of atoms, which allows one to then understand why some species react one way, and other species will react in a different manner. I will break concepts down to a basic level, allowing the student to master the basics, and then return to the more complex problem that the student is trying to understand. Then the student has a better understanding of the fundamentals and can now master more advanced concepts.

I can explain concepts, or specific rxns and their mechanisms. I have now been performing/studying organic chemistry for 13+ years, and can definitely be useful to someone who is struggling with this subject or trying to master it.


Education

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
undergrad
Caltech
PhD

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  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Hourly Rate: $80
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Belmont, CA 94002
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 1/6/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Science

Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

I have a B.S. in Chemistry from Cal Poly (SLO), and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech, Pasadena). I currently work for a startup pharmaceutical company, and I make organic molecules for testing against several central nervous system (CNS) diseases. To understand and master Organic Chemistry, it is not about memorization, its about understanding fundamental properties of atoms, which allows one to then understand why some species react one way, and other species will react in a different manner. I will break concepts down to a basic level, allowing the student to master the basics, and then return to the more complex problem that the student is trying to understand, but now the student has a better understanding of the fundamentals, and can now master more advanced concepts. I can explain concepts (electronegativity, resonance, nucleophile/electrophile, etc.)or specific rxns (Aldol, Diels-Alder, Sn1/Sn2, etc.) and their mechanisms. I have now been performing/studying organic chemistry for 10 years, and can definitely be useful to someone who is struggling with this subject or trying to master it. During graduate school I TA'd and taught several lectures of basic organic chemistry and received high remarks. I communicate the subject matter vary well and won't make the student feel bad for not understanding the material.

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Amazing OChem tutor

I would not have made it through chem 33 at Stanford if it were not for Mike's help! He is incredibly talented at explaining the material in a clear and concise way and always willing and able to help with problems sets or studying for exams. I am so glad and grateful for his help and would strongly recommend him for anyone who is struggling for organic chemistry!

Naomie, 18 lessons with Mike

Great tutor with excellent explanations!

Mike has an excellent background on organic chemistry and has been able to clarify not only the general concepts, but the more detailed points within them. His tutoring has been a great help in my comprehension of organic chemistry, and I highly recommend him as a tutor to others.

Neil, 8 lessons with Mike

So glad I found him!

I could not have found a more perfect tutor for organic chemistry. Mike's enthusiasm is infectious! Each session made me increasingly interested in the subject. His intuition often saved me the need to explain what I was struggling with. He made it a point to teach at the level I was at, gradually building my understanding and made great efforts in doing so. Patient and funny, but professional. I have him to thank for my A!

Sam, 24 lessons with Mike

Great Experience!

Mike was a wonderful tutor - very invested in making sure I understood the concepts and did well in the class. Mike often stayed late and was very flexible with the timings of tutoring. He brought enthusiasm and patience to the sessions and made a great effort to help me learn new and challenging material. I highly recommend him as a tutor.

Lara, 17 lessons with Mike

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