I am Kim, I have the bachelor and master degree in chemistry, not biochemistry. In the past I used to be a graduate teaching assistant and taught general chemistry, organic chemistry and quantitative analysis chemistry. I directly taught undergrad students to prepare, set up and run undergrads experiments. I also taught, explained and graded students' homework problems. At present I am a part time instructor at one college in LA, so I have a spare time to work as a chemistry tutor for the students who like chemistry, but don't know how to learn this subject well.
For many years of learning and teaching chemistry, I see that many students, even my friends who choose chemistry as their major because they want to be chemists, researchers, or pharmacists, however, many of them change their major just because they cannot handle this subject. In fact, chemistry is not really so hard that you cannot handle it and you have to give up your dream. If you want to learn a subject well, the first requirement is that you have to know and master its basic knowledge (for example, you cannot realize which salt is KCl or CaCl2 if you don't know its distinguishable chemical and physical properties). In addition, there are some requirements of some skills to help you learn it well: math skills, critical thinking and some methods to solve it. You can know the subject well, and can do the problem in the text, however every subject has special methods to solve their problems, but they are not covered in the text books. and your teachers don't teach you. These methods often help you have skill to learn faster, solve problem faster,
I want to share my experience with you if you really want to learn chemistry. You can contact me through WyZant, however, if you just want me to be your tutor on the day right before the test to comply with the test, that is not the way to learn chemistry and become a good student of chemistry and I cannot help you. If you need a tutor who can help you for a long time, and help you study it well, and once you are good, you don't need a tutor any more. You can contact me.
I am Kim, I have the bachelor and master degree in chemistry, not biochemistry. In the past I used to be a graduate teaching assistant and taught general chemistry, organic chemistry and quantitative analysis chemistry. I directly taught undergrad students to prepare, set up and run undergrads experiments. I also taught, explained and
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My major is chemistry and I graduated by writing a thesis about of synthesis of an organic compound for drug delivery, not by taking a comprehension test. I told you this because I just want you to know that I worked with organic compounds and did many organic syntheses for my research, therefore I know about organic chemistry.
I also used to be graduate teaching assistant to teach undergrad students who took organic labs.
Organic chemistry at lower levels is not hard if you understand, learn by heart the chemical properties of functional groups. Knowing this will help you solve problems easily. Similarly, the nomenclature of organic compound is long , but there is a rule for compounds in a same homologue, so you don't need to learn by heart the name of each compound, and spend much time for it.
The chemical equation of organic compounds are simple, the reactions mainly happen at functional groups. For complicated reactions like synthesizing huge compounds, you should know mechanism well and know how electrons can move in a compounds, etc. However, at the undergrad levels, if you are not doing research in organic field, you don't need to learn it much.
In my opinion, inorganic is more difficult than organic, but many students think that organic is harder
With my experiences for years studying organic chemistry, I can help you to improve this subject, and learn org. chem. more easily.