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Joel S.

Down-to-Earth Organic Chemistry Tutor

Down-to-Earth Organic Chemistry Tutor

$40/hour

  • 461 hours tutoring

  • Decatur, GA 30033

About Joel


Bio

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...

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!


Education

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

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $40
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 25 miles of Decatur, GA 30033
  • Lesson cancellation: 1 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 10/27/2015

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Science

Organic Chemistry

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.

Ratings and Reviews


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4.9 (160 ratings)
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Reviews

Patient, clear, and knows his stuff

Great tutor for organic chemistry, shares tips and tricks to tackle tough questions and clearly explains everything. One session helped me get over some o.chem mental blocks.

Divya, 1 lesson with Joel

Very knowledgable!

Joel helped me review some very tough organic chemistry topics. He was very thorough and easy to understand. I will definitely be having more sessions with him.

Vicki, 3 lessons with Joel

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, 34 lessons with Joel

Amazing Session

Went over organic chemistry. His knowledge was beyond expectation, he easily and efficiently answered all my questions. Wonderful tutor and will definitely be trying to book again

Daniel, 1 lesson with Joel

Joel S. - Specialist in Organic Chemistry

Great Organic Chem tutor! He has helped our son for a few months now and is always on time and very informative. He works through problems and is patient. We are thankful that we found Joel.

Sandra, 7 lessons with Joel

Great Teacher

Joel was great with my daughter. He started by trying to figure out how he could connect with her and speak science in a way she could understand before he started the lesson. He was very enthusiastic about chemistry and excited about sharing his enthusiasm with his new student. He covered a range of topics with her and she came away from the session with a better understanding of the material, and an excitement about working with Joel to study for her test in 2 weeks. She went from feeling frustrated about chemistry to laughing and being totally excited about the topic and understanding the information. He also could answer any wild and silly kids "What If" chemistry explosion question that my daughter could come up with based on the Periodic table that made her think he was pretty awesome!! Thanks Joel!

Alicia, 17 lessons with Joel

Very Knowledgeable

Joel is sharp when it comes to organic chemistry. He knows his stuff off the top of his head. He is patient and an excellent tutor if you need help with organic chemistry. He gives simple explanations & helped me understand things I wasn't getting before. I tried 2 others before finding him, he is top notch.

Shelly, 5 lessons with Joel
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$40/hour

Joel S.

$40/hour

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  • Only pay for the time you need

  • Find the right fit, or your first hour is free

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Response time: 2 hours