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Julie O.

Sunnyvale, CA


AP chemistry and SAT chemistry tutoring

5.0 average from 468 ratings
Motivating and Encouraging
— Joanne, Morgan Hill, CA on 4/5/16

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University of Oklahoma
University of Oklahoma
UC Riverside
Graduate Coursework


University of Oklahoma (Chemistry)

University of Oklahoma (Master's)

UC Riverside (Graduate Coursework)

About Julie

I enjoy helping students in general chemistry, biochemistry, AP chemistry, SAT II chemistry and any other school chemistry test preparation.

I hold a B.S. in chemistry and M.S. in biochemistry. Using molecular cloning, I have also conducted research in biochemistry and neuroscience laboratories at UC Riverside and San Diego State University. I have extensive teaching experience in college-level general chemistry, biochemistry and neuroscience from three different universities, as well as experience in tutoring individuals at both the high school and college levels. My goal is to help any student understand, summarize, and prepare for comprehensive chemistry exams in order to obtain a desired result in a relatively short amount of time.

I am excited to work with passionate students in achieving their goals!
I enjoy helping students in general chemistry, biochemistry, AP chemistry, SAT II chemistry and Read more

36 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Sunnyvale, CA 94085
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"Motivating and Encouraging"

- Joanne, Morgan Hill, CA on 4/5/16

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Udey, Saratoga, CA on 4/26/16

"Excellent Chemistry Tutor"

- Marty, Redwood City, CA on 4/26/16

"Great tutor"

- Sheryl, Sunnyvale, CA on 4/12/16

"Julie is a knowledgeable, patient and persistent tutor."

- r, New Rochelle, NY on 2/21/16

"Positive and patient"

- Sonia, San Mateo, CA on 1/31/16

"Second lesson with Julie, -Excellent!"

- Nina, Cupertino, CA on 1/26/16

"AP Chemistry grade improvement"

- Theresa, San Jose, CA on 1/11/16

"Excellent teacher."

- Maanik, Sunnyvale, CA on 11/10/15

"One of a kind Chemistry tutor with passion for teaching"

- Shalmali, Sunnyvale, CA on 11/4/15

"Very thorough and professional tutor"

- Sahana, Saratoga, CA on 10/26/15

"Knowledgeable and Patient Tutor"

- Mitzi, Atherton, CA on 9/25/15

"Knowledgeable and Patient"

- Purvi, Sunnyvale, CA on 9/21/15

"A wonderful teacher"

- Mary, Palo Alto, CA on 6/5/15

"Fantastic tutor. Excellent at explaining chemistry"

- Liz, San Jose, CA on 6/1/15

"A Great Tutor"

- Nira, Saratoga, CA on 11/22/14

"Julie is the best tutor we have had"

- Ping, Cupertino, CA on 11/21/14

"Very Thorough and Knowledgeable"

- Margie, Mountain View, CA on 10/20/14

"One hour late first time, no show second time."

- Viresh, Fremont, CA on 9/8/14
Julie replied on 9/14/2014

Hi Viresh, thanks for your feedback. On September 7th, I was in a car accident and was recovering in the hospital for almost a week. I apologize for any inconveniences this may have caused, but it was an emergency situation.
Please let me know if we can work out an alternate tutoring plan.

"Excellent Chemistry Tutor"

- Krishna, Salinas, CA on 6/9/14

"Great Chemistry tutor"

- Brian, Sunnyvale, CA on 6/1/14

"Excellent AP chem tutor"

- Rashmi, Union City, CA on 3/15/14

"Highly organized AP prep"

- Karen, San Jose, CA on 3/6/14

"Professional, Knowledgeable, Prepared"

- LISA, Los Altos, CA on 1/18/14
Julie replied on 3/1/2014

Congratulations on your stellar AP result! It was a joy working with the students. Thank you for a great experience.

"Knowledgeable and dependable"

- Kevin, Sunnyvale, CA on 12/2/13

"Great tutor."

- Milind, San Jose, CA on 11/28/13

"Great tutor!"

- Jyoti, Los Altos, CA on 11/27/13


- Geetha, Pleasanton, CA on 9/5/13

"Well qualified tutor."

- Robert, Los Altos, CA on 6/13/13
Julie replied on 7/20/2013

Congratulations on his exciting score, a 5 on AP chemistry!

"Excellent Chemistry Tutor"

- Rita, Los Altos, CA on 6/4/13

"Excellent tutor, very dedicated."

- Rommel, Hayward, CA on 5/3/13
Julie replied on 7/20/2013

Congratulations on his exciting AP results, a 5 on AP chemistry and a 5 on AP calculus!

"Patience and Dedication"

- Melanie, San Jose, CA on 4/29/13

"Awesome tutor!!!"

- Nicole, San Jose, CA on 3/29/13

"Prompt, professional, courteous, very good!"

- Alexander, Mountain View, CA on 3/8/13
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Precalculus, SAT Math
Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Botany, Chemistry,
Genetics, Microbiology, Nutrition, Organic Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics, Physiology, Zoology
Test Preparation:
SAT Math

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AP chemistry should be as high-level as a general chemistry course in college. In order to guide students, I have notes and worksheets organized by topic on my website. My AP students solve practice questions from previous exams created by CollegeBoard on each topic. AP chemistry is usually an easier course to approach due to the plethora of information available online and the types of questions on the test administered by CollegeBoard.
The SAT chemistry subject test is easier for some students because of the simple question types and shorter proctored test time. Although it often requires many months of organized preparation in order to obtain a score over 90%, I have had some very successful students achieve this in only six to ten weeks.
Students lose interest in the subject primarily because of a poor understanding of stoichiometry. Once they understand the concepts of a mole and of molarity, most of them are comfortable with solving comprehensive questions in more advanced topics. In order to help students, I teach a fairly simple approach to Lewis dot structures, and utilize model kits to simulate molecular geometry. I also introduce a shortcut to hybridization that many students find to be helpful.

University of Oklahoma
University of Oklahoma
UC Riverside
Graduate Coursework


University of Oklahoma (Chemistry)

University of Oklahoma (Master's)

UC Riverside (Graduate Coursework)

Motivating and Encouraging — Julie has managed to get our reluctant AP Chem son on board with revision and practice. She felt his reluctance was lack of confidence and how right Julie was. He is producing much better work, taking his time and almost beginning to enjoy chemistry! Well done Julie! Patient, kind, phenomenally organized and by far the best tutor in any subject we have EVER had! ...

— Joanne, Morgan Hill, CA on 4/5/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $85.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Travel policy

Julie will travel within 20 miles of Sunnyvale, CA 94085.