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Johns Hopkins University (Chemical Engineering)
Georgetown University (Master's)
I am an experienced tutor with three years of experience with multiple agencies. I have experience teaching organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physics, biology, physiology & anatomy, and all math subjects up to calculus II. High yield sessions are offered for last minute exam prep.
GROUP RATES OFFERED AT SIGNIFICANT DISCOUNT:
Although individualized approaches are optimal for most applications there are few exceptions where I would suggest working with a partner (maximum group of 3), particularly when learning biology, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and physics for the first time. I have students integrate their past knowledge to debate what they believe happens at the molecular level to explain macroscopic phenomena. I then analyze the discussion to find areas in the students' foundation that may need more work. Group rates can be offered for most situations, but if you are interested in learning any of the above subjects for the first time, it may be helpful to consider the small group dynamic!
STANDARDIZED EXAM TUTORING EXPERIENCE:
MCAT (Physical Science and Biological Science)
AP Subject Exams (Chemistry, Physics, Calculus AB/BC, Biology)
SAT Subject Exams (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Math Level 2)
SAT (Math and Verbal)
ACT (Math, Science, and Verbal)
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”
To transform students into independent learners.
Like other tutors, I am a results-based individual with very high standards and have been described by one parent as “hell bent” in maximizing my students' potential. My approach however is unconventional.
I tailor fit my lesson plans to each student. More often then not, poor performance has not been a result of a disability as my students initially claim but a combination of anxiety, poor foundation, and discouragement. My goal is to not only treat the symptom (single test performance) but “cure” their difficulties through motivation and reassessing their foundational understanding. I am able to do this because of my interdisciplinary background and can work with students who are pursuing almost all career paths and integrate the knowledge as they will be doing down the road. I like to work with parents to help create the right learning environment and also to receive feedback so I can make necessary adjustments.
Physics --> I focus greatly on understanding vectors and introduce a bit of calculus concepts. What this does is allow students to began thinking in a more abstract fashion before they approach the core laws in physics.
Inorganic Chemistry --> Rather than force equations on students, I use dimensional analysis to help students understand where the equations come from and why they work. I also spend more time helping students visualize what is happening at the molecular level to explain concepts (ex. Why is the pH at a certain level at every level of a weak acid – strong base titration curve)
Organic Chemistry --> I spend a significant amount of time reminding students of acid-base chemistry and equilibrium (inorganic chemistry concepts) so that mechanisms no longer have to fully memorized but can be understood. This has significantly helped students with the fabricated “intimidation factor” of orgo as well as with the learning.
My students approach the next level of their education much more prepared then their peers in not only the class I tutored them in, but in related classes I have introduced due to my interdisciplinary methods. Because of my diverse background, I offer some insight into what they can expect down the road and how they should prepare for whatever career paths they have an interest in. You will find my students, even my more anxious ones, transform into individuals who are ready for fast-paced environments achieved through being “put on the spot” to simulate test conditions. My students have achieved top percentiles in both their classes and standardized class and more importantly, are ready to independently succeed in their future coursework. My goal is reached when a student who required my assistance everyday during a first semester only has only a few questions the following semester in the more difficult course to clarify some concepts.
B.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Johns Hopkins University
M.S. Physiology and Biophysics
MCAT Physical Science: 14 Biological Science: 14 Verbal: 11 --> Total 39 (99 percentile)
SAT: 800 Math (First attempt) 750 Verbal 740 Writing --> Total: 2290
GRE Math: 800 (First Attempt)
SAT II Bio-M: 800
SAT Math Level 2: 800
-Industry experience in pharmaceutical, textile, agricultural, and petrochemical companies
-Full time employment as analytical chemist
-Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) certified in NJ and VA
-Former Intern at ExxonMobil Research & Engineering
-Worked in various medical research labs in basic research and applied research
-Community Emergency Response Team for Washington, DC
-County tennis champion at local high school (J.P. Stevens for Middlesex County)
-Held various leadership positions in college including HOSTING 200+ attendee conference for American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
Please contact me for more information! I am an experienced tutor with three years of experience with multiple agencies. I have experience teaching organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, … Read more
Group rate negotiable.
Update: Victor is truly an excellent tutor. We are now into the new school year (2013-2014) and my daughter as well as the family is confident that she will do excellent in her courses because of Victor's teaching and mentor-ship. The value you receive that makes Victor a stand out is, for example, when my daughter gets a 95 or 100 on her quizzes and tests he doesn't let her feel that's it. This is where his positive mentoring comes into play. He gives her more challenging examples and lets my kid know that she doesn't have limits. That is invaluable.
I am very happy with Victor and his tutoring. He is awesome! I look forward to working with him again. He is truly one of the best and you will get more than your money's worth. I came to him in a rush because my daughter's teacher unfortunately had to take a leave of absence for an emergency at home. Thus she left no time to review for the mid-term and she wasn't available for most of the marking period. My daughter and I were extremely concerned about her being prepared for the test. I spoke to 2 tutors who were definitely qualified for the job, but they said because of the short notice they could not commit (week and 1/2 prep time). Victor never hesitated and my daughter got the highest grade (90) on the AP Biology Exam out of all 4 classes! I am now seeking him out for the final and state test.
I love that Victor keeps me in the loop with my daughter's tutoring sessions! He communicates his plans regarding the assignments he assigns to my daughter, and even suggested a game plan for the future. Also, I love that Victor can be easily contacted and shows up on time for every session. I'm really excited for my daughter to work with Victor consistently on a weekly schedule.
Victor met with my daughter yesterday and was able to review the chemistry and show her how to do whatever she was struggling with. He showed her that she knew more than she realized, and he was really nice! We are so glad that we got her such a fine tutor!
I came to Victor last minute knowing nothing a week before my final for pre-calculus. In just a few lessons, he was able to teach me both the theory and high yield strategies for the entire syllabus. What made his tutoring different from my classes and what made it more interesting in the end was the way he correlated topics like limits and logarithms to things I am encountering now in calculus and biology. He is patient, a great motivator, and his affable personality makes it easy to express any questions I usually feel too reserved to ask.
Victor knows his Math. For anyone needing help you should know what I mean. I truly recommend Victor!
I provided information to Victor prior to our having met. I have to take a test the Praxis II for High School math. Victor did an excellent job of analyzing the information I provided and highlighting the areas I needed to work on as well as provided insight into how I could break down the problems into a more simplistic fashion. The result was an ability on my part to really accelerate my understanding of the material and how to strategically work the problems. He also presented the problems in such a way that would simulate the test and test taking scenarios. I was very impressed and would highly recommend his services. Indeed, following our session together, a student a table over in the library immediately came over and introduced herself and asked if he would be able to provide tutoring for her physics exam. Victor was able to, gave her his number and informed her of the times he would be able to work with her. I think this is about as good a recommendation as one could give: clearly this student was impressed by his methods and abilities.
Victor is an excellent tutor. He not only helped my daughter understand the subject matter, he also cultivated in her a love for Chemistry. Since our schedule is on a need be basis, whenever that need arises, Victor will find a way to help his student. There was a time when my daughter needed help for a test and Victor was in Taiwan on a vacation. He still found a way to help my daughter that time via skype. Very impressive. Not to mention very resourceful. But most importantly, he explains things clearly and in a way that his student can understand.
Victor is a great Math teacher. He explains the problem thoroughly. I am pleased with his teaching method. My son took few classes with him and I can see the improvement in his SAT.
Victor is a talented tutor. He was very efficient in his teaching methodology and very knowledgeable in his subject area. We were fortunate to have found a tutor of his caliber. Unfortunately, more time will be required on this end to prepare properly. Therefore, we have postponed tutoring and test temporarily.
Very patient and understanding, great tutoring skills, and he has been one of the most helpful tutors I have had!!
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B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University
I have experience tutoring at a local elementary school in all subjects when I was in high school and did so weekly.