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John T.

Professor of Chemistry and Organic Chemistry, Yale University Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry and Organic Chemistry, Yale University Ph.D.

$100/hour

  • 709 hours tutoring

  • Irvine, CA 92612

"Wonderful tutor, so knowledgeable and gives easy to understand explanations!"

Sophia, 5 lessons with John

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About John


Bio

I am a professor of chemistry and organic chemistry at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA, with 14 years of teaching and tutoring experience.

I teach general chemistry, organic chemistry, and spectroscopy on campus, and I tutor introductory, AP, general, and organic chemistry part-time from my home. I completed two undergraduate degrees in biology and chemistry at the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA, and I completed my graduate degrees (MS, Ph.D.) at Yale University in New Haven,...

I am a professor of chemistry and organic chemistry at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA, with 14 years of teaching and tutoring experience.

I teach general chemistry, organic chemistry, and spectroscopy on campus, and I tutor introductory, AP, general, and organic chemistry part-time from my home. I completed two undergraduate degrees in biology and chemistry at the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA, and I completed my graduate degrees (MS, Ph.D.) at Yale University in New Haven, CT. My specialty is organic chemistry.

As an undergraduate, I tutored general and organic chemistry for three years as an individual and group-based tutor. In 2005 (at the end of my junior year) I was named Tutor of the Year by the University of Redlands Tutoring Center. I continued to pursue my love of teaching in graduate school, teaching organic chemistry as a Teaching Fellow and tutor at Yale's Center for Science and Quantitative Reasoning. In the four years that I served as a tutor, I was nominated for the University's Graduate Teaching Prize three times.

Organic chemistry is notoriously a very difficult subject for young scientists as it is traditionally revered as heavy on memorization and excruciating in its complexity. It is also a very different style of chemistry compared to most others, in that it is much more qualitative than quantitative. As a tutor, I teach organizational techniques that simplify memorization tasks and emphasize thinking in the "big picture" to avoid getting bogged down in minutia. Students often come to discover that mastering just a handful of fundamental concepts can make learning large volumes of material fairly painless. In fact, the rules of chemistry are very simple. Once you master those rules, any problem, no matter how complicated, becomes trivial.

I am 33 years old and come from a family of educators. I am also patient with students and do my best to promote a relaxed, productive, and respectful working relationship. Additionally, I am willing to take on students who are struggling or those who are looking to get ahead in their studies.


Education

The University of Redlands
Chemistry, Biology
Yale College, Yale University
Masters
Yale College, Yale University
PhD

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $100
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 10 miles of Irvine, CA 92612
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 1/22/2013

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Chemistry

Chemistry

I am a chemistry professor at Vanguard University. I have been teaching and tutoring general chemistry and organic chemistry since 2003 and enjoy it immensely. I received my Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Yale University. My undergraduate degrees (I double-majored in biology and chemistry and graduated summa cum laude) are from the University of Redlands.

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Chemistry

Chemistry

I am a chemistry professor at Vanguard University. I have been teaching and tutoring general chemistry and organic chemistry since 2003 and enjoy it immensely. I received my Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Yale University. My undergraduate degrees (I double-majored in biology and chemistry and graduated summa cum laude) are from the University of Redlands.

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Chemistry,

Chemistry

I am a chemistry professor at Vanguard University. I have been teaching and tutoring general chemistry and organic chemistry since 2003 and enjoy it immensely. I received my Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Yale University. My undergraduate degrees (I double-majored in biology and chemistry and graduated summa cum laude) are from the University of Redlands.
Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

I am a chemistry professor at Vanguard University. I have been teaching and tutoring general chemistry and organic chemistry since 2003 and enjoy it immensely. I received my Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Yale University. My undergraduate degrees (I double-majored in biology and chemistry and graduated summa cum laude) are from the University of Redlands.

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Chemistry

Chemistry

I am a chemistry professor at Vanguard University. I have been teaching and tutoring general chemistry and organic chemistry since 2003 and enjoy it immensely. I received my Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Yale University. My undergraduate degrees (I double-majored in biology and chemistry and graduated summa cum laude) are from the University of Redlands.

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Excellent chemistry tutor

John tutored my daughter in AP Chem from November 2016 through May 2017 on a weekly basis. The AP Chem class was hands down the toughest class my daughter took in school. The year before she took Honors Chem and got As in the class without help. AP Chem was altogether a different story. Right away I hired her a highly recommended chemistry/physics tutor used by several of my friends. But after a month my daughter said he wasn't able to explain the concepts to her and had to look up on google many of the questions she had for him. When I looked for a replacement tutor, what drew me to John was his extensive credentials in chemistry. I am so glad I chose him. In the six months he tutored my daughter, she said he was always patient, that he always knew the answers to the questions she asked, and instead of just having her memorize things, he would walk through the steps to each problem and explain the ideas behind the concepts so she would really understand it. From my perspective, John has always been beyond professional in providing prompt responses and very fair and accurate time for his lessons. If you are in need of an excellent chemistry tutor who really knows the subject, give him a try, you will not regret it.

Julia, 24 lessons with John

Helped me passed organic chemistry

I had a hard time in my second organic chemistry class of the series of three classes. I was struggling with the synthesis problems since there were so many different type of reactions. I was overwhelmed. With John's help, he show me an easier way of remembering the different type of reaction. I end up doing really well on my final and I passed my class. John saved my grade.

Cara, 8 lessons with John

Knowledgable and Creative tutor

John is a very knowledgable and creative tutor. From the first meeting, he was able to explain and help find ways to understand complex concepts of organic chemistry reactions. He effectively uses his white boards and give suggestions to study the various reactive groupings and organize the information. We are so happy to find a great teacher for our child! We look forward to more sessions with John!

L, 21 lessons with John

Very knowledgeable and helped explain hard concepts in a way that I could understand!

Very helpful! I highly recommend him! He knows his stuff! He helped me on short notice! He helped explain some very complicated and tough topics in Organic Chemistry and explained them in a way that was easier to understand!

Courtney , 1 lesson with John

Terrific teacher, made chemistry easy to understand!

John is very knowledgeable, accessible, personable, great to work with! Our son had been struggling to finish an on line chemistry class, John was able to review the concepts and help our son not only learn them but really understand them.

Kim, 23 lessons with John

Great Tutor

John was a fantastic tutor for organic chemistry. He taught me all the mechanisms and the theory behind reactions, not just the reagents. His patient style of teaching works really well!

Susan , 19 lessons with John

Absolutely amazing tutor!

Absolutely amazing tutor! Such a sweet guy and is so helpful! He explains everything to me and is always very patient. Finally someone made it make sense to me!

Daniel, 17 lessons with John

Knowledgeable and Informative

I highly recommend John as a cooperative tutor to all students who are seeking help and improvement in organic chemistry. He's very knowledgeable and informative regarding his subject.

Michelle, 5 lessons with John

Great Tutor, Always Available

John was invaluable to my daughter through a very tough AP Chem course. He was exceedingly patient and always available. He would even review problems by phone and email for last minute tests and quizzes. John is extremely knowledgeable and patient. He gave her the confidence to succeed in this class!

Karen, 11 lessons with John

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