The University of Redlands (Chemistry, Biology)
Yale College, Yale University (Master's)
Yale College, Yale University (PhD)
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. 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
John is an incredible tutor - his patient and calm demeanor makes for a comfortable learning environment and his easy to follow explanations provide a perfect foundation for further knowledge. He sets you up for success by giving you a way to approach problems and understand what each type is asking for. He works out each problem on a whiteboard and talks through each step-it is insanely helpful! It really allows for you to take things slow and understand what is going where. I used John as a tutor for organic chemistry, I'm a student at UC Irvine and I was in my third quarter of ochem. As a professor himself, John was able to answer ANYTHING I asked and related the ochem I had learned in my previous quarters back to what he was explaining. It really helped me to see the connections between information. Tutoring from John is that one-on-one extra office hour you so need with the professor but never get because of all the students. If you need help in chemistry - this is your guy, he is really really amazing.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
I came to John for help in Organic Chemistry. He was very knowledgeable about basic and more advanced topics. He explained things in a way that was easy to understand. After he cleared up a few concepts that I was unsure about, he even went ahead in my book and taught me future reactions that I learned later in the course. I highly recommend John as a tutor, he was very helpful.
I chose John randomly from Wyzant database. I needed a crash course in HS chemistry. I wasn't really sure what to expect. Well, it turned out that John is a very gifted teacher, not to mention a PhD in OChem! He is able to convey a difficult and tedious subject in a crystal clear and simple way. Within few classes, he helped me cover weeks’ worth of topics in inorganic chemistry. What helped me make the best of John’s time is to prepare a list of questions prior to the class. Some of the resources that I used explained different topics in a convoluted way. Luckily, John was quick to point out easier ways to understand the issue(s) at hand. I also liked that John’s office is quiet and without distractions. I recommend John without any reservation!
He simplified the concept and broke it down so that it was easy to follow, understand, and apply. It made a huge difference in my understanding of that and helped to understand the concept so well that I was able to explain the same concept to others.
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I am currently a professor of chemistry at Vanguard University. I have been teaching and tutoring chemistry for 9 years and enjoy it immensely. I hold a MS/PhD in chemistry from Yale University and a double BS (biology+chemistry) from the University of Redlands.
I am currently a professor of chemistry at Vanguard University. I hold a MS/PhD in chemistry from Yale University and a double BS (biology+chemistry) from the University of Redlands. I have been teaching and tutoring general and organic chemistry chemistry for 9 years and enjoy it immensely. My approach to organic chemistry focuses on developing intuition instead of relying on memorization, which can often be so daunting to students. Organic chemistry is fun! You just need the right approach!