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Kevin D.

Brookline, MA

$85/hour

Friendly and Patient Organic and General Chemistry Tutor

In-person lessons
200+ Hours
Background check passed as of 10/11/14
4.9 average from 42 ratings
Very knowledgeable and patient tutor
— Ilya, Newton Upper Falls, MA on 10/10/16

$85/Hour


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Boston University
Chemistry
Boston University
Master's
New England School of Acupuncture
Master's

Education

Boston University (Chemistry)

Boston University (Master's)

New England School of Acupuncture (Master's)

About Kevin

My Philosophy is that chemistry is really not so hard as it first appears to be. There are a few key concepts that I like to pass along that can clarify and simplify the problem sets that students face. In some cases, it is a matter of being able to express a problem in mathematical terms. In others it is being able to visualize exactly what happens in a reaction. After being pointed in the right direction, and with a little practice, most any student can excel in chemistry.

After a 15 year career in chemistry, I now primarily practice Acupuncture in Brighton. I still love the subject, and enjoy tutoring students in Organic and General Chemistry.

I have been teaching off and on since I was in graduate school. As a teaching fellow at Boston University, I let discussion sections and laboratory sections. I worked through problem sets with the students, and went over concepts from classroom discussions. When I was earning a Master of Oriental Medicine (MOM) degree from New England School of Acupuncture, I tutored my classmates that were working through Organic and General Chemistry prerequisite classes. Most recently, I have tutored college students in the Longwood Medical area in Boston. I always enjoyed working with students, and hopefully some of my enthusiasm for the subject has rubbed off.

At present, my time is split between my acupuncture practice and working with students, tutoring Organic and General Chemistry. I'm fortunate to have found these professions that I enjoy so much.

I was also fortunate to have a rewarding 15 year career in chemistry. After graduating from BU, I worked at Polaroid Corporation. There I helped develop a new film system involving all organic components. It was intended to work with digital photograph printers which were new at the time. I then spent quite a while in a start-up company called Supercritical Combustion Corporation. There I helped develop and formulate a diesel based fuel that burned very cleanly. It was used in Buses, and greatly reduced toxic emissions. Also at SCC, I made electroluminescent polymers that were incorporated into new nano cathode material devices. After that, I worked in some smaller biotechs doing organic synthesis on bio-active compounds and DNA markers. The last seven years of my career I spent at AstraZeneca in Cancer Drug Discovery. I was on various teams made up of chemists and biologists, looking to exploit new mechanisms of fighting cancer.

In the end though, I really most enjoy working with people. Whether it is with students of chemistry, or patients in my acupuncture practice, helping people one on one has by far been the most rewarding aspect of my career.
My Philosophy is that chemistry is really not so hard as it first appears to be. There are a few key concepts that I like to pass along that can clarify and simplify the problem sets that students face. In some cases, it is a matter of being able to express a problem in mathematical terms. In others it is being able to visualize exactly what Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

1 Hour minimum

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Brookline, MA 02445
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Very knowledgeable and patient tutor"

- Ilya, Newton Upper Falls, MA on 10/10/16

"Great Guy!"

- Zachary, Boston, MA on 2/4/16

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Chemistry

I've had a 15 year career in chemistry. My focus has been medicinal chemistry and organic synthesis. I have also worked in many other fields involving chemistry; organic photosystems at Polaroid Corporation, alternative fuels at SCC, as well as electroluminescent coatings and devices. I also synthesized DNA markers at Genigma, Please see my resume.

Organic Chemistry

I was an Organic Chemistry teaching fellow in graduate school, leading discussion sections and laboratory sections. Having graduated, I spent a 15 year professional career as a synthetic organic chemist. I tutored organic chemistry as a prerequisite class in 2006 to 2009 to New England School of Acupuncture Students. Most recently I have been tutoring Organic Chemistry students at universities in the Boston area since 2014.

Boston University
Chemistry
Boston University
Master's
New England School of Acupuncture
Master's

Education

Boston University (Chemistry)

Boston University (Master's)

New England School of Acupuncture (Master's)

Very knowledgeable and patient tutor

Kevin is a very knowledgeable and patient tutor, we are glad that we found him for teaching chemistry to our son who is in 10th grade; we would recommend Kevin to others who are interested in gaining skills and knowledge in chemistry and/or improve grades

— Ilya, Newton Upper Falls, MA on 10/10/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $85.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

1 Hour minimum

Travel policy

Kevin will travel within 10 miles of Brookline, MA 02445.