Calif. St. Univ. Humboldt (Zoology)
Cal. St. Univ. San Marcos (Master's)
Boston University (Graduate Coursework)
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
My daughter literally said as soon as Thomas left "he is definitely the best tutor I have had so far!" If your son or daughter needs a Chemistry tutor - definitely contact Thomas! Thanks Thomas!
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.
Thomas is helping my son with ap chemistry. He did a great job establishing a rapport, and helping Greg fill in the gaps on areas my sin thought he knew. Well be back next week, and have already scheduled.
Thomas was excellent and explaining and going through it many times so that I could fully understand it. He was very patient and knowledgable with the material.
Thomas helped me with my upcoming AP biology test and cleared up many topics I was confused on. With his help I scored an A on my test! He really knows his stuff for biology and is a a great tutor!
Thomas is a very patient tutor; He takes the time to go step by step to make sure you understand the not only the problem you are working, but also the concept behind it.
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.
I have taught general and AP Chem. I have tutored several college chem students in 1st year Chemistry.