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Kai G.

Organic chemistry PhD student at top 10 program. Award winning TA!

Organic chemistry PhD student at top 10 program. Award winning TA!

$90/hour

  • 456 hours tutoring

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I am currently pursuing a PhD in Organic Chemistry at an elite chemistry program (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Rank #6 in Chemistry). At UIUC I have taught discussion sections for Organic Chemistry, earning an Excellence in Teaching Fellowship in 2020. I completed a B.A. in Biochemistry with Honors at Grinnell College, a top ranked liberal arts school (#3 for Best Undergraduate Education), and worked as a teaching assistant, leading discussion sections for Organic Chemistry and...

I am currently pursuing a PhD in Organic Chemistry at an elite chemistry program (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Rank #6 in Chemistry). At UIUC I have taught discussion sections for Organic Chemistry, earning an Excellence in Teaching Fellowship in 2020. I completed a B.A. in Biochemistry with Honors at Grinnell College, a top ranked liberal arts school (#3 for Best Undergraduate Education), and worked as a teaching assistant, leading discussion sections for Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, and as a tutor, working with students in small groups. All together, I have worked with more than 200 students face to face (and online!) over the past 5 years.

Organic Chemistry can be a daunting subject, and is often associated with tedious memorization and recall. The experienced chemist knows, however, that organic chemistry is a essentially a pattern-recognition game. By keeping chemical trends in mind, and following fundamental rules, organic chemistry problems can be solved by intuition rather than memorization. My teaching philosophy is to help the student with fundamental understanding and provide tangible and implementable study strategies, so that they can learn to recognize these patterns and become independent problem solvers.

Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry


Education

Grinnell College
Biochemistry
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

I am a PhD student enrolled in a top 10 chemistry graduate program. I have taught discussion sections (online and offline) for organic chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning an Excellence in Teaching Fellowship in 2020. As a tutor, I exclusively tutor organic chemistry due to my thorough understanding and my passion towards the subject.

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Kai has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 3 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

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Patient and very knowledgeable

He helped me to understand a couple topics in organic chemistry that I was a little confused on and he really cleared that up for me. I would definitely recommend him for any organic chemistry or chemistry topics that you may be confused on!

Ayanna, 1 lesson with Kai

Very articulate ; great help

Thanks! Great help last minute before my exams. Was very articulate and to the point in the lesson and knowledgeable

Caroline, 1 lesson with Kai

Great tutor! Very informative, clear, and patient!

Kai was extremely helpful in helping me review NMR and alcohol reactions, will definitely be using him again throughout this semester! Overall great experience!! Highly recommend

Sophia, 4 lessons with Kai

What a wonderful tutor!

I am taking organic chemistry as a prerequisite for a Masters in Nutrition. I was quite nervous about mastering organic chem and so glad I found Kai as my tutor. We met online for an hour last week and he got to work quickly to get me up to speed on the course material. We will meet once a week throughout the semester and I am confident Kai can help me with my practice problems and any questions I have to make me successful in this difficult class.

Claire, 11 lessons with Kai

Great tutor! Helped me get an A.

Kai was a wonderful tutor throughout the entire semester I was working with him. He was patient, and did a very nice job explaining difficult concepts. He was also very flexible and was able to fit me in for last minute sessions frequently. He made organic chemistry so much easier!

Riley, 19 lessons with Kai

good

He showed solutions and explained but also was quick so we could get through many questions. Helpful with Organic. Thanks again.

Tammy, 1 lesson with Kai

Patient and knowledgeable

He guide me how to study the reactions and went over examples to help me better understand. Very thorough and kind. He also went over how to differentiates the substitution and elimination. I

Mariama, 4 lessons with Kai

Very knowledgeable and great to work with

I was able to tutor with Kai for Organic Chemistry 1 and 2 and Kai helped teach me so much! Kai was great at communicating the different teaching points, and he was able to give a great description and explanation for every point. Kai was very patient and gave me all the help I needed, and i would recomemd Kai to any student!

Drew, 45 lessons with Kai

Great at Explanations

Kai not only answers the question, “what,” but also, “why.” This was my first time using Wyzant. Since I am just starting out with Organic Chemistry, Kai explained everything thoroughly to make sure I was following. This lesson has given me the conceptual fundamentals and I feel much more confident about my upcoming quiz.

Chloe, 2 lessons with Kai
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