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Marty W.

Roscoe, IL


Science, Math, Statistics, and Study Skills Tutor

Background check passed as of 12/8/13
4.8 average from 169 ratings
From C to A+ in Physics
— Susan, Rockton, IL on 12/17/15

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Iowa State University


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, Read more

8 hours notice required

Will tutor two students in the same subject for $65/hr.

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

"From C to A+ in Physics"

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

"Really related well to our son! Great teacher"

- Chad, Roscoe, IL on 10/23/16

"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
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Statistics,
Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry,
Organic Chemistry,
Physical Science, Physics
Test Preparation:
Microsoft Excel
World History
Elementary Education:
Reading, Study Skills
GMAT, Microsoft Excel

Approved subjects are in bold.

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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.


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 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.


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?

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).


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?

Iowa State University


Iowa State University (Chemistry)

From C to A+ in Physics — Last night my son handed me a copy of his interim grade in Physics. I was amazed to see that he had gone from a C at the end of the first quarter to an A+ (98.79). We both were very pleased with his progress and accomplishment; owed in large part to Marty for making Physics understandable. I highly recommend Marty if your student needs assistance in Physics. ...

— Susan, Rockton, IL on 12/17/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $43.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Will tutor two students in the same subject for $65/hr.

Travel policy

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