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Jordan V.

Irvine, CA


Chemistry PhD for Chemistry, Math, and Physics Tutoring

Background check passed as of 8/10/16
5.0 average from 117 ratings
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— Lynn, Orange, CA on 3/20/13

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University of California at Irvine
PhD, Chemistry


University of California at Irvine (PhD, Chemistry)

About Jordan

Experience: Dr. Jordan V. has over 10 years of college teaching, tutoring and mentoring experience. He works primarily with high school and college students taking chemistry, physics, and calculus courses. As a theoretical chemist, Jordan develops mathematical models to understand the behavior of materials relevant to solar cells, LEDs, and air pollution. This work involves applying the principles of physics, chemistry, calculus, and other higher mathematics on a daily basis. When he was a graduate student at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), he taught general chemistry, scientific computing skills, and computational chemistry research skills to undergraduate students.

Education: Jordan earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in theoretical chemistry from UCI in 2016 and 2011, respectively. In 2007, Jordan graduated magna cum laude from Saint Cloud State University, in Minnesota, with a B.S. in chemistry and a B.A. in mathematics.

Miscellaneous: As a graduate student representative to the University of California (UC) Student Association's Legislative Committee, which represents over 200,000 students in the UC system, Jordan lobbied state and national legislators, advocating for open access to college education and for sustained public university funding to keep tuition costs down. Additionally, Jordan conducted research at Los Alamos National Laboratory. As an undergraduate he received National Science Foundation fellowships to conduct research at Princeton University, The Georgia Institute of Technology, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Jordan has published several scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Fun: As the seventh born of nine children, Jordan has developed a unique capability to connect with almost anyone. When he's not talking in third person, Jordan enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife, friends and family.
Experience: Dr. Jordan V. has over 10 years of college teaching, tutoring and mentoring experience. He works primarily with high school and college students taking chemistry, physics, and Read more

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Travels within 16 miles of Irvine, CA 92617
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Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is the single most important math course a student will take. Understanding chemistry, physics, and calculus is impossible without a strong foundation in Algebra 2. My hope is to instill in my students an awareness of the importance of this course, and help them build a solid understanding of the material.


Success in the sciences starts with a solid foundation in calculus. I have over 10 years of experience tutoring calculus to high school and college students. My success as a tutor is evidenced in the success of my students. I have calculus students who have gone on to pursue studies at top universities such as UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, and Embry-Riddle.

I hold a B.A. degree in mathematics, and employ calculus constantly in my work as a theoretical chemist.


There are two main areas of difficulty that chemistry students encounter: 1) understanding chemical principles (concepts), and 2) solving chemistry problems (applied math). I prepare my students for concepts and problem solving by showing them how to think like a chemist - this is undoubtedly the most effective (and enjoyable) way for students to learn chemistry.

My experience teaching chemistry is extensive. I taught four quarters of general chemistry (CHEM 1LA, 1LC, H2A), one quarter of scientific computing skills (CHEM 5), and even one quarter of graduate-level physics (CHEM 235) at UCI. Beyond my teaching responsibilities, I privately tutored high school and undergraduate students in general chemistry, physical chemistry, organic chemistry, and inorganic chemistry.


As a theoretical chemist, I use quantum and classical physics to compute the behavior of atoms and molecules - this requires a deep understanding of the principles of physics.

Many high school and college students will study Newtonian physics (also called "classical physics"). I will be able to show these students how to work out the problems, and also - to the interested students - can show them how Newtonian physics is applied to real-world problems (i.e., my research).

University of California at Irvine
PhD, Chemistry


University of California at Irvine (PhD, Chemistry)

Practically Perfect in Every Way — My teenaged son has had 11 math tutoring lessons with Jordan so far, and I expect we'll call Jordan anytime he needs additional help with math or science. We've asked Jordan to help with both Honors Geometry and Algebra II/Trig, and he knows these subjects thoroughly. He's easy to reach, incredibly accommodating, and has an easy, friendly, effective style. My son looks forward to working with J ...

— Lynn, Orange, CA on 3/20/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $130.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Jordan will travel within 16 miles of Irvine, CA 92617.