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Joel S.

Decatur, GA

$40/hour

Down-to-Earth Organic Chemistry Tutor

300+ Hours
Background check passed as of 10/27/15
4.9 average from 98 ratings
Excellent
— Barbara, Port Saint Lucie, FL on 12/6/17

$40/Hour


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Grove City College (Grove City, PA)
Chemistry
The University of Georgia - Athens, GA
PhD

Education

Grove City College (Grove City, PA) (Chemistry)

The University of Georgia - Athens, GA (PhD)

About Joel

Think of getting to play with the biggest set of the tiniest building toys ever made, using the most fascinating construction methods you've never thought of--that's organic chemistry! I spent seven years as a TA in organic chemistry, so I've heard all the horror stories, and know that it's viewed as one of "those" classes. During that time, I earned four teaching awards, and helped students ranging from dieticians picking up a required semester to majors facing their least favorite branch of the subject. You may never love the subject like I do, but it doesn't have to be "that" class--not by a long shot.

My goal is simple: Find the disconnect in understanding, and provide the student with a new model for understanding or visualizing of the material without destroying its integrity; that's just a fancy way of saying "Sometimes you have to explain it a different way." I stress conceptualization throughout the process, and always attempt to identify the material with the student's interests.

The choice of venue is up to the student, but it must have a proper environment for study and no appearance of impropriety. My travel radius is substantial, but certain locations may be subject to higher rates. Also, please note that while I currently have a liberal cancellation policy, giving the most advance notice is highly recommended, especially if you need to reschedule.

I look forward to assisting you as much as I can!
Think of getting to play with the biggest set of the tiniest building toys ever made, using the most fascinating construction methods you've never thought of--that's organic chemistry! I spent seven years as a TA in organic chemistry, so I've heard all the horror stories, and know that it's viewed as one of "those" classes. During that time, I Read more

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Cancellation
1 hour notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Decatur, GA 30033
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent"

- Barbara, Port Saint Lucie, FL on 12/6/17

"Amazing Session"

- Daniel, Stevenson Ranch, CA on 10/5/17

"Joel S. - Specialist in Organic Chemistry"

- Sandra, Tucker, GA on 1/25/17

"Great Teacher"

- Alicia, Atlanta, GA on 11/1/15

"Very Knowledgeable"

- Shelly, Locust Grove, GA on 6/26/15

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Organic Chemistry

I hold a Ph.D. in Chemistry, specializing in Organic Synthesis. During the process of earning this degree, I spent substantial time as a TA, teaching, writing, and grading labs and other course material. I was given four awards based on my performance in this area. In conjunction with these duties, I also served as a private tutor for several students. Most recently, I traveled across the country teaching general chemistry concepts and labs for home schooled students.

Grove City College (Grove City, PA)
Chemistry
The University of Georgia - Athens, GA
PhD

Education

Grove City College (Grove City, PA) (Chemistry)

The University of Georgia - Athens, GA (PhD)

Excellent

I sought the help of a tutor for Organic Chemistry for my daughter. Joel was always prompt, never skipped a scheduled session, gave good clear explanations of the topic being reviewed, and was patient with her many questions as she tried to learn the material. Her grades improved greatly over the semester. I highly recommend.

— Barbara, Port Saint Lucie, FL on 12/6/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Joel will travel within 25 miles of Decatur, GA 30033.