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Thomas O.

San Diego, CA

$40/hour

33-year Poway USD Chemistry teacher

In-person lessons
100+ Hours
4.9 average from 75 ratings
Very knowledgable and able to connect with teens
— Lisa, San Diego, CA on 1/11/17

$40/Hour


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Calif. St. Univ. Humboldt
Zoology
Cal. St. Univ. San Marcos
Master's
Boston University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Calif. St. Univ. Humboldt (Zoology)

Cal. St. Univ. San Marcos (Master's)

Boston University (Graduate Coursework)

About Thomas

I love science and love teaching science. Whether teaching or tutoring my approach is to impart the relevance of the subject to the individual so the value of the knowledge is understood. If a student does not want to learn, the labors will be largely fruitless.
My special skill is most likely my ability to help make content palatable for all learning styles. I do this by listening carefully, encouraging the student questioning process and varying my helping strategies when understanding is not clear.

Chemistry and Ecology are my particular areas of expertise. 33 years teaching Chemistry in the top high schools of Poway Unified (Mt. Carmel, Rancho Bernardo and Westview H.S.) have given me all kinds of great experiences working with a wide variety of learners. I am proud of the performance record of my students. During my eight years at Westview I also taught AP Environmental Science and am up to speed on that demanding, multi-curricular subject. My overall science background is pretty strong, having also taught AP Biology for several years.

I can be very helpful making you more successful in science achievement and bettering your understanding of how this very logic-based field of study can be useful in your everyday life!
I love science and love teaching science. Whether teaching or tutoring my approach is to impart the relevance of the subject to the individual so the value of the knowledge is understood. If a student does not want to learn, the labors will be largely fruitless.
My special skill is most likely my ability to help make content palatable for all
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Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 21 miles of San Diego, CA 92116
In-person lessons

"Very knowledgable and able to connect with teens"

- Lisa, San Diego, CA on 1/11/17

"Great tutor"

- David, San Diego, CA on 12/4/16

"great tutor!"

- Taylor, San Diego, CA on 4/23/16

"Amazing teacher!"

- Rachel, San Diego, CA on 4/20/16

"Helpful"

- Jessica, San Diego, CA on 2/29/16
Science:
Biology, Chemistry,
Ecology, Physical Science, Zoology

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Chemistry

I have taught general and AP Chem. I have tutored several college chem students in 1st year Chemistry.

Calif. St. Univ. Humboldt
Zoology
Cal. St. Univ. San Marcos
Master's
Boston University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Calif. St. Univ. Humboldt (Zoology)

Cal. St. Univ. San Marcos (Master's)

Boston University (Graduate Coursework)

Very knowledgable and able to connect with teens

Thomas helped my daughter with Chemistry when her grades started slipping. He was able to get her back on track and confident after only 5 sessions. He sent detailed lesson summaries after each session as well as his plan for next session. He was proactive about scheduling future sessions so that my daughter had the time she needed with him. I would highly recommend him.

— Lisa, San Diego, CA on 1/11/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Thomas will travel within 21 miles of San Diego, CA 92116.