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John E.

Hephzibah, GA

$45/hour

All things chemistry

4.6 average from 5 ratings
Awesome tutor
— Naivasha, Augusta, GA on 3/2/16

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
chemistry
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
PhD

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (chemistry)

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (PhD)

About John

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.
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 Read more

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Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Hephzibah, GA 30815

"Awesome tutor"

- Naivasha, Augusta, GA on 3/2/16
Math:
Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Precalculus, Probability, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
ESL/ESOL
Language:
ESL/ESOL

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Chemistry

I received a PhD in chemistry from UCLA in 1984. My area of specialization was in physical chemistry, specifically, the chemistry of metal surfaces. I have worked on infrared detector technology, nuclear waste management, environmental monitoring, and the development of spectroscopic methods.

My tutoring approach is to make chemistry come alive for the student. Chemistry is present in almost everything we do, so it is a matter of looking at the student's interests and finding the applications of principles that are hidden in the chemistry book.

Organic Chemistry

I have a PhD in physical chemistry and have retired from a career as a research chemist. In my career, I have had many encounters with organic chemistry, more of the analytical type than the synthetic type. I understand why it is difficult for students, and in my tutoring, I work to take the mystery out of it.

There are many resources out on the Internet to help you learn organic chemistry, but these are difficult to find for the student just approaching the material. I will help you to find these resources and use them on your own (even though that might seem contrary to my goal of more tutoring hours).

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
chemistry
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
PhD

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (chemistry)

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (PhD)

Awesome tutor — John E gives thorough knowledge of the subject differential equations. It also helps that he challenges you to understand the material. ...

— Naivasha, Augusta, GA on 3/2/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

John will travel within 20 miles of Hephzibah, GA 30815.