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Nancy D.

Atlanta, GA

$50/hour

Experienced Chemistry and Math Tutor - All Levels, All Ages!

Background check passed as of 11/9/15
4.9 average from 115 ratings
Highly recommended
— John, Decatur, GA on 2/1/16

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Carleton College, Northfield, MN
Chemistry
Florida State University
PhD

Education

Carleton College, Northfield, MN (Chemistry)

Florida State University (PhD)

About Nancy

My whole approach to teaching can be summed up by a quote from Albert Einstein: "Imagination is More Important than Knowledge." I teach for long-term retention of concepts - not short term retention of facts. In today's connected world, the facts are at our fingertips. It's what we know how to do with those facts that matters! My tutoring sessions focus on problem-solving skills and interpretation of scientific evidence. Along the way, if needed, I'll also share tips and tricks for memorizing those things your teacher or professor expects you to memorize.

One of my specialties is helping students visualize complex concepts using animations and videos available online. There's so much out there, it's hard to find the good stuff that will meet *your* learning needs. My job is to show you those tools and integrate them into your other course materials.

Math is an essential component of lots of other courses, and it can be a stumbling block to success in those courses. When I'm teaching chemistry, much of the time I'm also teaching essential pre-algebra and algebra skills. "Word problems" are no problem because that's my specialty: "translating" a chemistry or biology question into the numbers and symbols needed to write an equation and solve a problem.

My years of experience teaching and tutoring chemistry at all levels will help me meet you where you are and take you where you want to be! I teach at the college level but have tutored many high school students. When I wasn't teaching, I worked for a software company to develop online AP Chemistry and AP Biology courses. Organic Chemistry is one of my favorite subjects to tutor, because I really love helping students get beyond memorizing, to deep understanding.

I'm ready to meet you where you are - short term "brushing up" to prepare for a standardized test or long-term, full-semester/full-year assistance. Multi-subject tutoring is also an option, mixing and matching each session as your assignments require.

I'm located in NE Atlanta and am willing to travel up to 20 miles to find a quiet and convenient location where we can focus on helping you do your absolute best.
My whole approach to teaching can be summed up by a quote from Albert Einstein: "Imagination is More Important than Knowledge." I teach for long-term retention of concepts - not short term retention of facts. In today's connected world, the facts are at our fingertips. It's what we know how to do with those facts that matters! My tutoring sessions Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

1 hr minimum per session. More than 15 miles from 30340 = $60/hour.

Travel Radius
Travels within 12 miles of Atlanta, GA 30340
Background Check: Passed

"Highly recommended"

- John, Decatur, GA on 2/1/16

"Knowledgable & engaging"

- Laura, Alpharetta, GA on 9/30/16

"Great Start!"

- Theresa, Atlanta, GA on 9/22/16

"Chemistry help"

- Pauline, Duluth, GA on 8/29/16

"Excellent Chem 1212 tutor!"

- Nicole, Atlanta, GA on 5/13/16

"Great tutor"

- Elizabeth, Atlanta, GA on 12/23/15

"Knowledgable & extremely helpful"

- Jackie, New York, NY on 11/9/15

"Knowledgeable tutor"

- Jake, Alpharetta, GA on 10/22/15
Test Preparation:
SAT Math

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Algebra 2

Most of what is taught in this course has application in science - lot of functions, graphing, and polynomial equations. I use this math all the time with my chemistry students. This makes me especially good at the word problems you find in Algebra II.

Chemistry

I've been teaching chemistry to students of all ages for years. At the high school level, I've tutored in regular (basic) courses, honors courses, and Advanced Placement chemistry for students at a range of public and private high schools. At the college level, I have years of experience teaching and tutoring college chemistry courses for science majors. My focus is on conceptual thinking, not memorizing. With a subject as cumulative as chemistry, my approach to tutoring and teaching is to help students "connect the dots" - what does this chapter have to do with the one we just finished, and how will what I learn now be important as I move on?

Organic Chemistry

I have taught organic chemistry at Agnes Scott College and Tulsa Community College. I have taught the second semester of a general-organic-biochem class on numerous occasions. In addition, I coordinated the MCAT Preparation sessions at Agnes Scott, teaching problem-solving in organic as it relates to MCAT-style questions.

SAT Math

Problem-solving for standardized test questions in math is one of my specialties. As a tutor, I'll help make sure you have a solid conceptual base in all of the topics covered on the test. We'll also spend time working on testing strategies - how to narrow down the choices of right answers, use test time efficiently, and make smart decisions about when to guess or skip a question.

Carleton College, Northfield, MN
Chemistry
Florida State University
PhD

Education

Carleton College, Northfield, MN (Chemistry)

Florida State University (PhD)

Highly recommended — Engaged ahead of lesson to be sure she knew what needed to be covered. Very thorough and very knowledgeable. ...

— John, Decatur, GA on 2/1/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

1 hr minimum per session. More than 15 miles from 30340 = $60/hour.

Travel policy

Nancy will travel within 12 miles of Atlanta, GA 30340.