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Paul S.

Newport Beach, CA

$70/hour

Math and Science Tutor with 4 years experience

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University of New Mexico
Chemistry
Northeastern University
Master's

Education

University of New Mexico (Chemistry)

Northeastern University (Master's)

About Paul

I'm originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico where I attended the University of New Mexico. While there I received my Bachelors degree in Chemistry with a Minor in Mathematics. During my Undergraduate career I also worked as a tutor focusing on college level math and sciences (algebra, calculus, physics and chemistry). After I graduated I moved to Boston to attend Northeastern University where I earned my Masters of Science in Organic Chemistry. Part of my scholarship to Northeastern required that I work as a Teaching Assistant for the department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology where I primarily taught General Chemistry and Chemistry for Engineers. Outside of teaching, I have 3 years experience in academic research labs focusing on organic synthesis, which is where I find the real fun of the sciences is found. I am currently living in Newport Beach while I wait to start a Ph.D program next Fall.

I have spent many years in academia, in different parts of the US, and so I know what colleges are looking for in their students. My years as a Teaching Assistant helped to show me the wide range of abilities that students enter into college with. I have learned what the best prepared students grasp, and how to help students coming from a wide range of abilities master their subjects. I love tutoring because it allows me to focus on the individual, and apply my experiences towards making that individual the best that they can be. Every person is different, and tutoring allows me to tailor the experience to best fit the needs of the individual.

I look forward to getting to know you better and helping with your academic needs. I have a very flexible schedule and can meet with students anywhere within Newport Beach, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, or Irvine areas. Thank you for your consideration and look forward to further discussion.

In the extensive years of advanced math classes I have taken, the one key to success that I have found is practice. To me math is like learning a language, you can't just learn the theory and hope to easily apply it without any practice. You must practice it forwards and backwards until it becomes almost second nature. My approach is working practice problems and examples as much as necessary in order to become fluent in the mathematical language. I also believe in explaining this language to students in a way that makes more sense. It can be difficult to understand the language of math, initially, but with explanation and guided practice, mastery becomes second nature.

Chemistry, like any applied science, requires in depth understanding of the concepts. For some this understanding comes easily, but for the majority of people it takes multiple examples and work to begin to view the concepts as a whole. I've found that, like most learning, certain examples work best for some students, but not all. When I'm teaching chemistry I try to explain the concepts while working practice problems until the student begins to see the connections of all the material come together. Just like in math, the key to understanding comes with the understanding of the language of Chemistry, which can be easily understood through guided instruction.

I look forward to getting to know you better and helping with your academic needs. I have a very flexible schedule, and can meet with students anywhere within Newport Beach, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, or Irvine. Please contact me to schedule lessons, or to discuss your needs further. Thank you for your consideration.
I'm originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico where I attended the University of New Mexico. While there I received my Bachelors degree in Chemistry with a Minor in Mathematics. During my Undergraduate career I also worked Read more

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Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Newport Beach, CA 92660
In-person lessons
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Trigonometry
Science:
Chemistry, Organic Chemistry

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Organic Chemistry

I have a Master's degree from Northeastern University in Organic Chemistry. I earned A's in my Undergraduate and Graduate Organic Chemistry courses. I have also spent 4 years conducting research in various Organic Chemistry research labs.

University of New Mexico
Chemistry
Northeastern University
Master's

Education

University of New Mexico (Chemistry)

Northeastern University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $70.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Paul will travel within 20 miles of Newport Beach, CA 92660.