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Sean M.

College Chemistry Professor and Biology/Math Tutor!

College Chemistry Professor and Biology/Math Tutor!

$65/hour

  • 128 hours tutoring

About Sean


Bio

I've taught college level Chemistry and Organic Chemistry at the Community Colleges since 1998. My expertise is in developing entire courses and designing labs for both Organic and General Chemistry. My tutoring experience started back in 1994 teaching both SAT and GRE study techniques. Because I understand how all disciplines are truly integrated I can teach all High School and College level science and math courses.

I received my BS in Biology from the University of California, San Diego...

I've taught college level Chemistry and Organic Chemistry at the Community Colleges since 1998. My expertise is in developing entire courses and designing labs for both Organic and General Chemistry. My tutoring experience started back in 1994 teaching both SAT and GRE study techniques. Because I understand how all disciplines are truly integrated I can teach all High School and College level science and math courses.

I received my BS in Biology from the University of California, San Diego and my Masters in Chemistry from San Diego State University. While at San Diego State, I won the graduate teaching assistant award for the subjects General Chemistry and upper division Biochemistry.

Students need to know that these subjects can be mastered by learning some key concepts and how to apply them. I can simplify difficult material and explain it in terms that anyone can understand. My excellent communication skills allow me to present information quickly and efficiently, so as not to waste your or my time. Because I have a degree in both Biology and Chemistry, it's very easy for me to show students the relevance of what they are learning and how all subjects are truly related. I love to teach and that enthusiasm is contagious and typically rubs off on my students. I look forward to working with you and helping you succeed in every course you take!

Cancellation Policy:
I have many commitments and need an 8 hour advanced notice for a canceled lesson; otherwise, you will be charged my rate. Cancellations must be done via text, and or phone. DO NOT SEND AN EMAIL to cancel a lesson, because I may be working with students and do not have access to the internet. Text is the number one choice, voicemail is second.


Education

University of California, San Diego
Biochemistry
San Diego State University
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $65
  • Rate details: All appointments start at scheduled time. Please show up on time. $25 charge for missed appointments. Please show up for your appointment! Group Tutoring: Add $20 an hour per additional person.
  • Lesson cancellation: 8 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 5/30/2012

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

GRE

Corporate Training

Spanish

Elementary Education

Elementary Math, Elementary Science

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Topics I can help with include, but are not limited to: simplifying algebraic expressions involving polynomials and rational terms; factoring; solving linear equations; solving quadratic equations using factoring; analyzing graphs of linear equations; and solving applied problems.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Topics I can help with include, but are not limited to: radicals, exponents, rational expressions, concepts of relations and functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, linear and quadratic functions, and the solutions of equations from these topics.
Biology,

Biology

I can help students with the following topics, but not limited to: the process of scientific inquiry, the structure and function of life, the biochemistry of biomolecules, metabolism and manipulation of energy by plants and animals, cell division, classical and molecular genetics, development, and the evolution and adaptation of living organisms.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I can help students learn to analyze and interpret the periodic table to predict and explain the element’s physical and chemical properties, based on the concepts of atomic structure, electron configurations and periodic properties. Students will learn to construct the Lewis structure of a given molecule or polyatomic ion that obeys the octet rule and use the Lewis structure to predict the number and types of bonds (single, double and triple) it has and it’s geometry based on the principles of covalent bonding and valence shell electron pair repulsion theory (VSEPR). Students will learn to analyze a given chemical reaction, including the amounts of reactants to write the balanced equation and to calculate the theoretical yield of the products, based on the concepts of molar mass and stoichiometery.
Geometry,

Geometry

Topics I can help with include, but are not limited to: lines, angle postulates, triangles including the special right triangle ratios, quadralaterals, circles, polygons, postulates, and theorems.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I can help students with the following topics: operations on positive and negative numbers; fractions, decimals, and percents; perimeters, areas, and volumes of geometric figures; fundamental algebraic concepts; square roots; and applications.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Topics I can help with include, but are not limited to: linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions; systems of equations and inequalities; and conics.
SAT Math, Spanish

Language

Spanish

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Topics I can help with include, but are not limited to: simplifying algebraic expressions involving polynomials and rational terms; factoring; solving linear equations; solving quadratic equations using factoring; analyzing graphs of linear equations; and solving applied problems.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Topics I can help with include, but are not limited to: radicals, exponents, rational expressions, concepts of relations and functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, linear and quadratic functions, and the solutions of equations from these topics.
Geometry,

Geometry

Topics I can help with include, but are not limited to: lines, angle postulates, triangles including the special right triangle ratios, quadralaterals, circles, polygons, postulates, and theorems.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I can help students with the following topics: operations on positive and negative numbers; fractions, decimals, and percents; perimeters, areas, and volumes of geometric figures; fundamental algebraic concepts; square roots; and applications.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Topics I can help with include, but are not limited to: linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions; systems of equations and inequalities; and conics.
Trigonometry,

Trigonometry

Topics I can help with include, but are not limited to: solutions of applied problems involving right triangles; graphs of trigonometric functions, including period changes, amplitude changes, and phase shifts; trigonometric identities; trigonometric equation solving; and evaluation of inverse trigonometric functions.
ACT Math, SAT Math

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Topics I can help with include, but are not limited to: simplifying algebraic expressions involving polynomials and rational terms; factoring; solving linear equations; solving quadratic equations using factoring; analyzing graphs of linear equations; and solving applied problems.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Topics I can help with include, but are not limited to: radicals, exponents, rational expressions, concepts of relations and functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, linear and quadratic functions, and the solutions of equations from these topics.
Biology,

Biology

I can help students with the following topics, but not limited to: the process of scientific inquiry, the structure and function of life, the biochemistry of biomolecules, metabolism and manipulation of energy by plants and animals, cell division, classical and molecular genetics, development, and the evolution and adaptation of living organisms.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I can help students learn to analyze and interpret the periodic table to predict and explain the element’s physical and chemical properties, based on the concepts of atomic structure, electron configurations and periodic properties. Students will learn to construct the Lewis structure of a given molecule or polyatomic ion that obeys the octet rule and use the Lewis structure to predict the number and types of bonds (single, double and triple) it has and it’s geometry based on the principles of covalent bonding and valence shell electron pair repulsion theory (VSEPR). Students will learn to analyze a given chemical reaction, including the amounts of reactants to write the balanced equation and to calculate the theoretical yield of the products, based on the concepts of molar mass and stoichiometery.
Geometry,

Geometry

Topics I can help with include, but are not limited to: lines, angle postulates, triangles including the special right triangle ratios, quadralaterals, circles, polygons, postulates, and theorems.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I can help students with the following topics: operations on positive and negative numbers; fractions, decimals, and percents; perimeters, areas, and volumes of geometric figures; fundamental algebraic concepts; square roots; and applications.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Topics I can help with include, but are not limited to: linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions; systems of equations and inequalities; and conics.
Spanish

Science

Biology,

Biology

I can help students with the following topics, but not limited to: the process of scientific inquiry, the structure and function of life, the biochemistry of biomolecules, metabolism and manipulation of energy by plants and animals, cell division, classical and molecular genetics, development, and the evolution and adaptation of living organisms.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I can help students learn to analyze and interpret the periodic table to predict and explain the element’s physical and chemical properties, based on the concepts of atomic structure, electron configurations and periodic properties. Students will learn to construct the Lewis structure of a given molecule or polyatomic ion that obeys the octet rule and use the Lewis structure to predict the number and types of bonds (single, double and triple) it has and it’s geometry based on the principles of covalent bonding and valence shell electron pair repulsion theory (VSEPR). Students will learn to analyze a given chemical reaction, including the amounts of reactants to write the balanced equation and to calculate the theoretical yield of the products, based on the concepts of molar mass and stoichiometery.
Nutrition,

Nutrition

I am capable of discussing both Anabolic and Catabolic reactions involved in metabolism. I have a strong grasp of the biochemistry seen in the digestion of the four macromolecules and how it ties into cellular respiration. I also can easily teach the difference between the dietic calorie and calorie and show their different calculations.
Organic Chemistry,

Organic Chemistry

I can help students with basic nomenclature, stereoisomers, nucleophilic substitution, electrophilic addition, radical mechanisms and other synthesis reactions. I have taught, created, and designed curriculum for college level Organic Chemistry. I can easily implement background information of lab techniques such as melting point, boiling point, simple distillation, fractional distillation, vacuum distillation, steam distillation, recrystalization, acid-base extraction, chromatography, and spectral analysis (Infrared, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Mass Spectroscopy, and Gas Chromatography)into tutoring and discuss the relevance of each technique and the importance for synthesis. Once the techniques are understood and students know when to use them, then the mechanisms can be better understood.
ACT Science, Physical Science

Sports/Recreation

Chess,

Chess

I can assist both the young enthusiast and/or mature learner. I have experience in showing students all the basic moves for each piece, basic strategies including castling and passing pawns, and overall positioning of pieces to put opponents in check or checkmate!
Nutrition

Nutrition

I am capable of discussing both Anabolic and Catabolic reactions involved in metabolism. I have a strong grasp of the biochemistry seen in the digestion of the four macromolecules and how it ties into cellular respiration. I also can easily teach the difference between the dietic calorie and calorie and show their different calculations.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Topics I can help with include, but are not limited to: simplifying algebraic expressions involving polynomials and rational terms; factoring; solving linear equations; solving quadratic equations using factoring; analyzing graphs of linear equations; and solving applied problems.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Topics I can help with include, but are not limited to: radicals, exponents, rational expressions, concepts of relations and functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, linear and quadratic functions, and the solutions of equations from these topics.
Biology,

Biology

I can help students with the following topics, but not limited to: the process of scientific inquiry, the structure and function of life, the biochemistry of biomolecules, metabolism and manipulation of energy by plants and animals, cell division, classical and molecular genetics, development, and the evolution and adaptation of living organisms.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I can help students learn to analyze and interpret the periodic table to predict and explain the element’s physical and chemical properties, based on the concepts of atomic structure, electron configurations and periodic properties. Students will learn to construct the Lewis structure of a given molecule or polyatomic ion that obeys the octet rule and use the Lewis structure to predict the number and types of bonds (single, double and triple) it has and it’s geometry based on the principles of covalent bonding and valence shell electron pair repulsion theory (VSEPR). Students will learn to analyze a given chemical reaction, including the amounts of reactants to write the balanced equation and to calculate the theoretical yield of the products, based on the concepts of molar mass and stoichiometery.
Geometry,

Geometry

Topics I can help with include, but are not limited to: lines, angle postulates, triangles including the special right triangle ratios, quadralaterals, circles, polygons, postulates, and theorems.
SAT Math, Spanish

Test Preparation

ACT Math, ACT Science, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math

Examples of Expertise


Sean has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 2 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Knowledgeable and Amazing tutor

Sean helped me with my Bio and Chem college classes. He was very helpful and explained everything with clarity. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who needed tutoring!

Katia, 6 lessons with Sean

Patient Tutor and works with

In my first lesson i was able to understand more than I could all semester in my combined gen chem/organic chem/bio chem class. Sean makes things so easy to understand and easy to remember and we got to give a lot in just 70min. He’s an amazing tutor.

Janae, 4 lessons with Sean

Well worth the money!

Sean helped me with Organic Chemistry (College level) and seemed to know it by heart. No time was wasted and I felt 10 times better after meeting with him. Highly recommended to all levels.

Brian, 2 lessons with Sean

Sean is an incredible chemistry tutor.

He simplified a very complex subject for my 10th grade daughter. He filled in many of the missing pieces that have not been taught in her chemistry class. He has the ideal temperament to tutor high school students.

Cynthia, 3 lessons with Sean
Tutor responded:

It's been an absolute joy to work with your daughter, Cynthia, and I look forward to future lessons.

Knowledgeable and friendly tutor

Sean did a great job helping my son with college level Chemistry. My son can be a little difficult at first and Sean did a great job of jumping in and breaking those barriers.

Karen, 10 lessons with Sean
Tutor responded:

It's been a pleasure working with your son, Karen, and he is developing an understanding of the material.

Great Tutor!

Sean instantly established a great rapport with my son. He has a great technique of presenting a hard subject in a very easy to understand way - teaching both comprehension and test taking skills - that has helped my son excel in Geometry.

Ann, 4 lessons with Sean

Awesome tutor

I've worked with Sean for one session so far, but he's made a subject I struggle with very interesting and fun to learn. He's a very patient tutor, and will break down the material and relay it back to you in a way you understand and can apply to your work. I strongly recommend working with Sean.

Ross, 1 lesson with Sean
Tutor responded:

Thanks Ross. It was really easy to show you how to solve those stoichiometry problems. You have a solid foundation. With those additional rules and tricks I provided, you're well on your way to solving problems involving quantitative analysis of reactions!

Awesome tutor

Sean, I would like to say thank you for all your help. This is my third lesson and when I first went to you, I had no idea what I was doing in Chemistry. Every tutoring session is helping me and thanks to you, not only will I pass my test, but your setting me up to pass the class.. looking forward to our next session.

Lisa, 4 lessons with Sean
Tutor responded:

Lisa, you'll do more than just pass the class. You're going to Ace it!

Great Tutor!

Sean knows his stuff and he's very enthusiastic about teaching it. I have been seeing Sean for organic chemistry. The material is hard but he makes it easy to understand. During our sessions we go over material that was covered in class and even get ahead and preview the next topic that will be discussed for my upcoming lecture, which makes it easier for me to follow along and understand my instructor. The last time I took chemistry was almost 10 years ago, so I remembered absolutely nothing about the subject. Prior to our tutoring session, I was worried I wasn’t going pass my class. But now with Sean's help, I know I'll do great.

Karen, 12 lessons with Sean
Tutor responded:

You will do great Karen!!!!

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$65/hour

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$65/hour

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