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Marty W.

Roscoe, IL

$49/hour

Science, Math, Statistics, and Study Skills Tutor

700+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/8/13
4.8 average from 202 ratings
Really related well to our son! Great teacher
— Chad, Roscoe, IL on 11/13/16

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Iowa State University
Chemistry

Education

Iowa State University (Chemistry)

About Marty

I provide one-on-one science (chemistry, biochemistry, biology, genetics, molecular biology, organic chemistry, and physics), math, statistics, and Microsoft Excel tutoring to junior high, high school, and college students. I enjoy applying my in depth science knowledge in helping my students learn and improve their test scores. I will tutor in your home, a public or college library, bookstore, your office, or my home tutoring office. I am also WyzAnt certified as an online tutor.

I am a creative and enthusiastic tutor who will find your strengths and help you apply them in better learning and getting better grades. I will also work with you to prepare for your ACT, CLEP test, or teacher certification test if needed. I have also been trained in reading tutoring K-8th grade.

I have a B.S. degree in Chemistry (minor in math) and a Ph.D. in Chemistry as well and have a total of 34 years of post graduate experience in four different industries agriculture, dye chemistry and scientific biotechnology, and currently water technologies.

My Tutoring Approach

In my tutoring I try to put myself in my student's place. This way I better empathize with them and understand what methods will help them achieve their goals. If the student needs more feedback, I try to provide that and find ways for them to receive that while they are studying. If there might be an issue with test anxiety, I try to witness that via a short quiz and observe what contributes to the fears.

For math, science, and multiple choice test taking, I recommend timing homework problems or practice tests to determine which areas need more focused study, and thereby better achieve test completion.
I provide one-on-one science (chemistry, biochemistry, biology, genetics, molecular biology, organic chemistry, and physics), math, statistics, and Microsoft Excel tutoring to junior high, high school, and college students. I enjoy applying my in depth science knowledge in helping my students learn and improve their test scores. I will tutor in Read more

Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required

Will tutor two students in the same subject for $75/hr.

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Roscoe, IL 61073
Background Check: Passed

"Really related well to our son! Great teacher"

- Chad, Roscoe, IL on 11/13/16

"From C to A+ in Physics"

- Susan, Rockton, IL on 12/17/15

"Helps me understand the relation the math has to real laboratory experiences"

- Lie, Rockford, IL on 11/24/15

"Very patient!"

- Christine, Durand, IL on 6/18/15

"Very Patient"

- Rebecca, Janesville, WI on 6/2/14

"Very Helpful!"

- Melissa, Belvidere, IL on 10/28/13

"Very patient! Highly recommend."

- Susan, Baraboo, WI on 8/24/13

"Marty is Awesome!"

- Jennifer, Pecatonica, IL on 1/24/13

"Chemistry Review"

- Mike, Freeport, IL on 10/16/10
English:
Reading
Test Preparation:
GED
Computer:
Microsoft Excel
Language:
Reading
History:
World History
Special Needs:
Reading,
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Reading,
Study Skills
Business:
Microsoft Excel

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Algebra 1

Anyone can improve in solving algebra problems. Whether you are using the quadratic formula, least common multiples, or parabolas you can break down the problem into smaller parts which will lead to the solution.

Graphing the equations especially on a graphing calculator, app, or excel will help understand the behavior of the functions and finding the roots.

New websites now available will show you how to solve example problems step by step and simultaneously provide feedback for hundreds of course books.

I will show you how to reduce your problem solving time, check your answers, and improve your grades.

Algebra 2

For Algebra 2 having the right calculator and knowing how to use it are important to improving test completion and grades. Do you now how to do synthetic division? What are foci, directrixes, and axes of symmetry? Do you know how to check your answers by graphing? All these questions I will help with and many more and provide you with web sites that will guide you step by step to solving your problems.

Biochemistry

After obtaining my BS degree in Chemistry I got my PhD in Organic Chemistry after synthesizing part of the ionophore antibiotic monensin and worked at Monsanto ag R&D learning biochemistry, biology, and microbiology on the job for ten years. I worked at Sensient for five years in developing natural colors and then 13 years at Thermo-Fisher scientific making and researching new biochemical reagents. I specialize in on-line tutoring biochemistry and associated lab courses.

Biology

Through my biology courses in BS and PhD college experience I learned the basics. Then on the job at Monsanto I learned from first rate biologists the fundamentals of plant biology, microbiology, entomology, and agronomy. This knowledge was expanded at Sensient from the study of natural food colors such as anatto cheese color and carmine from the cochineal insect. Then at Thermo-Fisher I learned much more about biology's inner workings and connection to biochemistry.

Calculus

The main emphases of calculus are two new functions beyond +, -, X, / the derivative (the slope of a line or curve) and the integral (the area under a curve). Both of these functions are easier to calculate than long division.

Whether it is U-substitution, the chain rule, or inflection points, I will show you how to work the problems and check your answers.

Learning to use your calculator can help you master calculus just like you have mastered your cell phone.

Chemistry

Chemistry has been a passion of mine since I was ten years old. Chemistry has its own language which few people understand, for example (stoichiometry?, electron affinity?, polyatomic ions?).

Many people now do not get enough feedback on their assignments to really learn the subject or improve their grades. By providing the student with a practice test/answers areas for improvement can be immediately identified.

Building confidence in chemistry comes from knowing how to solve the problems and recognizing an easy problem.

GED

How can you prepare for this test? Usually math problems need work in my GED tutoring experience.

What steps do you need to take to learn how to solve the problems?

Geometry

Geometry forms the basis for many STEM subjects such as physics, organic chemistry structures, biology structures. My BS in chemistry and PhD in organic chemistry serves as a good background for this subject and applications thereof. For geometry tutoring I have learned a lot including working with twins, public school geometry, catholic high school geometry niche areas.

Microsoft Excel

I learned my Excel basics on the job in a business setting. Through real marketing, cost of goods, presentations, graphs, and scientific data, proposals, and problems I learned the hard way how Excel works, how trends can be modeled, predicted and expressed mathematically through formulas. Excel can be used to generate business profits, provide scientific and engineering insights, and discover root causes at a basic level.

Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

For my academic preparation, I have taken organic chemistry at Iowa State University and advanced organic chemistry at University of Colorado. For three years at Iowa State University I did undergraduate organic chemistry research on flash vacuum pyrolysis. For my Ph. D. research I synthesized part of the antibiotic monensin. I also taught organic chemistry labs.

In my industrial experience I researched and synthesized novel agrochemicals and also isolated and determined the structures of microbial natural products. Then I worked in research and development (R&D) and production of food, drug, and cosmetic colors especially from natural sources. Subsequently I applied organic chemistry in manufacturing and R&D related to biotechnology, isolation of proteins, cross-linking, biotins, and chemiluminescence. Currently I work in water technologies R&D including organic ion exchange resins and processes to reduce organic impurities in water.

I also have tutored local students in organic chemistry classes. In my tutoring I try to emphasize 3-D molecular modeling on a computer to make it easier for the student to visualize the structures as well as the practical importance of each specific example (i.e. aspirin smelling of acetic acid (vinegar smell) indicates the pill is probably old beyond its shelf life).

Physical Science

I began my physical science training in junior high school and continued through two years of high school chemistry and one year of high school physics.I completed my science course work for my BS in Chemistry and PhD in organic chemistry. I also have experience tutoring science fair students. I have also tutored online students doing "kitchen labs with selfies" to prove they have completed their lab work.

Physics

Starting out with taking high school physics I continued my physics education getting my BS in chemistry and PhD in organic chemistry with thermodynamics and statistical mechanics courses. I began my high school physics tutoring by learning physics classroom.com and online physics course tutoring with "kitchen labs and selfie proof" learning. My training and tutoring in math and calculus and graphing calculator tutoring also comes in handy here.

Prealgebra

Growing up I first learned how to do simple calculus functions from library books by age ten. This helped get ahead in math in school and I took advanced math through high school calculus. Then at Iowa State University I took calculus and differential equations which gave me a minor in math for my chemistry major. At the University of Colorado I completed my PhD in Organic Chemistry. I have greatly enjoyed working with young prealgebra students.

Precalculus

Growing up I first learned how to do simple calculus functions from library books by age ten. This helped get ahead in math in school and I took advanced math through high school calculus. Then at Iowa State University I took calculus and differential equations which gave me a minor in math for my chemistry major. At the University of Colorado I completed my PhD in Organic Chemistry. I am experienced in year round Precalculus tutoring.

Reading

I was trained in reading tutoring and tutored for Rockford Public Schools students at the Junior High level. I also teach reading as a part of study skills vocabulary building. Scientific reading is different and focuses on in depth understanding. I am a proponent of Quizlet use to improve vocabulary for math subjects and test score improvement.

Statistics

Statistics shows us how to analyze data. Is the data signficant? Is it above average? How do we know?

Statistics has its own language. What is the mean, mode, variance, factorial, or normal distribution?

Do you know how to use your graphing calculator for statistics?

There are many websites which can help you step by step with the computations.

How about Excel statistics?

Study Skills

While studying for my BS degree in Chemistry and my Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry I learned how to study better and how to help others learn in my lab sections and in grading tests and quizzes. I further developed these tutoring skills with Platform Learning in helping students learn to read better and improve algebra skills in the Rockford public schools. Finally I have gained more study skills experience tutoring with Wyzant now for nine years especially reading comprehension, calculator skills, notetaking, time management, and test taking skills.

Trigonometry

Growing up I first learned how to do simple calculus functions from library books by age ten. This helped get ahead in math in school and I took advanced math through high school calculus. Then at Iowa State University I took calculus and differential equations which gave me a minor in math for my chemistry major. At the University of Colorado I completed my PhD in Organic Chemistry. I have tutored trigonometry at both the high school and junior college levels.

World History

I began my world history qualifications by taking Russian history in high school and participating as a leader in a model UN simulation. At Iowa State University I continued this with a history of technology course and have continued my interest with world history by traveling through Europe, Brazil, Jamaica, Mexico, and Canada. I have also tutored history through study skills and note taking methods.

Iowa State University
Chemistry

Education

Iowa State University (Chemistry)

Really related well to our son! Great teacher

We couldn't be happier with Marty's approach and our son is already starting to feel better about his skills in Algebra. Today they focused on learning his new calculator

— Chad, Roscoe, IL on 11/13/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $49.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Will tutor two students in the same subject for $75/hr.

Travel policy

Marty will travel within 25 miles of Roscoe, IL 61073.