I received my Ph.D. in physical chemistry from UCLA in 1984. Since then, I have applied my degree to work on infrared detector technology, nuclear waste management, environmental monitoring and remediation, and other interesting technical problems. I've recently retired from a career as a research chemist and I realize that chemistry can be a difficult subject, so I want to help students that are struggling with it. In a one-on-one tutoring session, I try to identify concepts and...
I received my Ph.D. in physical chemistry from UCLA in 1984. Since then, I have applied my degree to work on infrared detector technology, nuclear waste management, environmental monitoring and remediation, and other interesting technical problems. I've recently retired from a career as a research chemist and I realize that chemistry can be a difficult subject, so I want to help students that are struggling with it. In a one-on-one tutoring session, I try to identify concepts and techniques that the student has not picked up in the regular classroom. It may be due to a lack of preparation, or to a too brief explanation in class, but if it is a missing piece of the puzzle, it is my job as a tutor to make the student aware of it and go over it to the point that it is second nature.
Chemistry is often called the "central science" since it deals with the matter our world is made of. Without a basic knowledge of chemistry, it is difficult to understand other things happening in that world, from biology to physics to geology. The best way to learn chemistry is to learn those parts that are applicable to your particular area of interest. If you are interested in cooking, there is food chemistry, if you are interested in engines, there is fuel chemistry, if you are interested in art, there is the chemistry of dyes and pigments. If you let me know what you want to get out of your chemistry learning experience, I can emphasize material that has direct applicability to your interests. Once you see the application of chemistry to things that are of more interest to you, you won't be intimidated by it as an unconquerable body of knowledge.
Chemistry also makes use of a good deal of math and it is the basis for a lot of environmental science and engineering. In light of that, I can also help students with math through differential equations and any of the applications of chemistry from environmental monitoring to climate science to biochemistry and materials science.
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John is extremely knowledgeable, and has the patience of a saint
After spending literally dozens of hours studying by myself, and working with so many other tutors that I lost count, I found John. And John helped me finally make sense of atomic orbitals and quantum mechanics, which I had been struggling with for over a month! Thank you John. You're literally the best. John gave me resources to study in between our sessions and we were able to efficiently use our time to troubleshoot whatever difficulties I encountered. John is really kind and patient, he will never rush you, never talks over you, and always answers your questions. I felt like I found a safe haven, where I'm not being yelled at or talked over. It is so wonderful and I have felt a lot more encouraged to learn chemistry.Stacey, 12 lessons with John
Knowledgeable and Patient Tutor
Thank you, John. Appreciate your guidance. Appreciate the way you create love for the subject. I am planning to take a number of lessons with John for my son for the whole year.DEEPAK, 4 lessons with John
Knowledgeable and patient
I liked John because not only does he know the subject he offers outside sources to assist you because a lot of things are just practice and he’s always glad to help.George, 1 lesson with John
I had to have contacted at least 10 tutors who said they were unable to help me before I found John. He went over some Chemistry with me and helped break it down so that I could easily and better understand it. He even sent me a few links to YouTube videos for additional practice after the lesson ended. Very excellent tutor!!!Julia, 1 lesson with John
Knowledgeable AP chemistry tutor
John has been tutoring my son for 7 sessions. He is very knowledgeable in the AP chemistry subject and is patient. I do recommend him if you’re looking for an AP or regular chemistry tutor.Jenna, 17 lessons with John
John E gives thorough knowledge of the subject differential equations. It also helps that he challenges you to understand the material.Naivasha, 6 lessons with John
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