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Christopher T.

Newtonville, MA

$90/hour

Chemistry Made Crystal-Clear: HS, SAT II, AP, General, & Organic

Background check passed as of 8/15/15
5.0 average from 523 ratings
Amazing tutor ... goes above and beyond...
— Elizabeth, Weston, MA on 8/20/15

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University of New Hampshire - Durham
Chemistry, Cum Laude
Northeastern University, ongoing...
EdD
Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Master's

Education

University of New Hampshire - Durham (Chemistry, Cum Laude)

Northeastern University, ongoing... (EdD)

Northeastern University, Boston, MA (Master's)

About Christopher

Welcome! Thank you for visiting my Wyzant tutor profile! Since 1991, I have helped students at the university, community college, and high-school levels succeed in their Chemistry course work. In addition to holding undergraduate and graduate degrees in Chemistry, and ten years’ experience in industry, I have taught Chemistry for a Boston-area university since 2000, authored standardized-test questions for different states across the U.S., and launched my own private-tutoring business in 2006. In 2012, I partnered with Wyzant in an effort to reach more students across my native New England and across the United States.

My in-person sessions are 2 hours in duration. The increased flexibility of online tutoring allows for any session duration with 1-2 hours as the most requested session lengths. During my tutoring sessions, I guide students step-by-step through key calculations, principles central to mastering chemical concepts, and, for Organic-Chemistry students, mechanistic/synthetic strategies. Feedback toward these sessions, wherein the student acquires both clarity and attentive instruction right at her or his laptop has been consistently positive. I look forward to the opportunity of helping you, as well.

The scope of my tutoring experience spans hundreds of colleges and universities, school districts, and a variety of standardized tests. For High-School students, I can provide tutoring in AP, Honors, and College-Prep Chemistry, in addition to the SAT II and AP Examinations in Chemistry. For college and university students, I tutor the General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry sections of the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) and Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Further, I can offer transitional instruction to students entering College Chemistry, General Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry I, and Organic Chemistry II. The latter is recommended for students who have taken time off from their educations or would like a "jump start" on future coursework.

Please remember Wyzant requires all clients to complete their online profiles before phone numbers can be exchanged or session-scheduling discussions can begin. Please feel free to drop me an email, and I will return your message as soon as possible. For in-person, in-home sessions of students under age 18, a parent or legal guardian must be at home throughout the session.

Thank you for stopping by my profile, and I look forward to helping you reach for academic success this year.
Welcome! Thank you for visiting my Wyzant tutor profile! Since 1991, I have helped students at the university, community college, and high-school levels succeed in their Chemistry course work. In addition to holding undergraduate and graduate degrees in Chemistry, and ten years’ Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Tutoring: I. In-Person: 2 hr II. Online: Any duration Last-Minute Tutoring: $20 hourly premium added Penalties (% Session Cost) I. Cancellation: 100% II. No-Show: 100%

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Newtonville, MA 02460
Background Check: Passed

"Amazing tutor ... goes above and beyond..."

- Elizabeth, Weston, MA on 8/20/15

"Very productive session"

- Janna, Sudbury, MA on 6/10/16

"Sharp as a tack and great motivator"

- Cliff, Lexington, MA on 5/27/16

"Very helpful and clear"

- Joshua, Needham, MA on 4/27/16

"Chemistry"

- Claire, Weston, MA on 2/1/16

"Easy to work with"

- Lesley, Lexington, MA on 1/31/16

"Patient, enthusiatic, supportive tutor"

- Stephanie, Natick, MA on 1/28/16

"Great Tutor!"

- Ann, Milton, MA on 1/25/16

"Great first session"

- Monica, Rumson, NJ on 11/28/15

"BEST CHEMISTRY TUTOR"

- Michelle, Weston, MA on 5/21/15

"Very good teaching mode"

- Euphrasia, Plano, TX on 2/9/15

"Thank You Chris!"

- Laurie, Monroe, CT on 8/29/14

"Perfect Chem Tutor"

- Bing, Bedford, MA on 7/1/14

"Best Tutor in Chemistry"

- Vivian, Needham Heights, MA on 6/4/14

"Fantastic Tutor"

- JoAnn, Watertown, MA on 3/10/14

"Highly competent teacher."

- Nate, Brookline, MA on 1/19/14

"A true talent for teaching college chemistry concisely and clearly!"

- Marilyn, Needham, MA on 12/10/13

"Responsive and committed."

- Alison, Weston, MA on 11/21/13

"The best of the best!"

- Ann-Marie, Stow, MA on 9/16/13

"Great tutor"

- Chen, Allston, MA on 7/28/13

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Tracey, West Newton, MA on 5/15/13

"Best tutor I've ever had!"

- Maria, Wellesley Hills, MA on 5/6/13

"Very lucky to have Christopher T. as my son's AP chem tutor"

- Kim, Newton Center, MA on 1/11/13

"Cant't go wrong with Chris!"

- Marcia, Waban, MA on 12/3/12

"Great Tutor"

- Tanni, Acton, MA on 8/20/12

"Excellent Tutor for Organic Chemistry"

- Arjun, Boston, MA on 8/19/12

"Very knowledgeable, flexible schedule, but moves very quick"

- Nancy, Gloucester, MA on 8/9/12
Christopher replied on 8/10/2012

Browsing Wyzant Chemistry tutors within a 40-mile radius of Boston, MA reveals hourly rates ranging from $15/hour - $125/hour, resulting in a median rate of $70/hour. As a professor with profound professional experience in education, one could argue that my rate should be set, _at_least_, at this median value. However, I have kept my rate at the current level for six years. The impetus behind maintaining my rate has been expansion of accessibility to my service among different student populations and to steer clear of any adjective resembling "pricey" or "expensive". Cost and quality, of course, are both subjective in how they are perceived.

Tutors, such as myself, who cover a large geographic territory must consider balancing miles traveled and session earnings. Consider, for instance, how much is earned by a tutor who travels 35 miles one way and charges $40 for only one hour of tutoring. If the IRS provides wear-and-tear/mileage coverage of $0.555/mile, what gross compensation can this tutor expect for one hour of work?

Cost of One-Hour Session: $40.00

Cost of Round-Trip Travel: 2 x 35 mi x ($0.555/mi) = $ 38.85

Net Earnings = $40.00 - $38.85 = $1.15/hour (excludes tax and marketing fees)

I think we know how a Boston resident would thrive on this rate.

It has been my experience that a one-hour session can suffer from failure to explore the material to a depth required for development of skills and solidification of concepts. Depending on the student's needs, I often spend the first hour reviewing or offering alternative perspectives on a topic that presented difficulty upon introduction; the second hour is almost invariably focused on problem-solving or attempting examples, both collaboratively and (semi)independently on the part of the student. There is considerable value in the mere process of practice and thinking through the various twists and turns of a subject through examples. Learning and assimilating new knowledge is not a rapid-fire process for everyone. To reference one of my favorite childhood stories, if a 1-hour session feels "too soft", and a 3+-hour session feels "too hard", a 2-hour session feels juuust right!

When student and a tutor mutually agree to meet for two hours weekly to review an extensive content list in a second-semester Organic Chemistry syllabus, it is in their best interest to work as a team to both design and implement a well-balanced strategy. This strategy must incorporate the introduction of content, examples reinforcing each principle, problem-solving protocols, and different exercises to reinforce what the student has learned. Mastering this material, particularly a subject as challenging as Organic Chemistry II, also requires significant effort on the part of the student _outside_ of the session. When a student is not actively attempting problems between sessions, and the student welcomes progressing to new material, without communicating s/he would like more problems to complete together during the session, the student's overall experience can stray from expectation.

I recently published a Wyzant blog post about how to maximize the value for your tutoring dollars. Aside from keeping parking and travel costs low, maintaining a channel of open communication with a tutor offers a value that defies price tags. A tutor's most highly acclaimed pedagogical approach may not work for everyone, and it is important to provide feedback to the tutor in a timely fashion so the tutor can adjust his/her approach in a manner suitable to the student's learning style.

Wyzant thoughtfully allows students to post reviews about their tutors. When a student's review expresses publicly, and, by this, the tutor becomes aware for the first time, after several sessions, the student felt "overwhelmed", that sessions moved "somewhat fast", or they wished they spent "a lot of time on fewer topics" after handing the tutor an extensive list/syllabus at the start of the relationship, it makes the tutor wonder why this _is_ the first time s/he is hearing this. In a century of texting, Twitter, instant-messaging, emailing, Facebook, and (fortunately) lots of venues for good-old-fashioned, face-to-face "coffee talk", there is little room for perpetuating the less palatable through silence. More timely feedback can facilitate change while there is still time for implementation.

Tutors are flexible, creative, and committed individuals whose passion is to help students learn. Talk to them about how you learn best, how you like material presented, or what balance of problem-solving and explanation/discussion works best for you. Watch how intently they listen to you. Note the flood of different suggestions and solutions they will offer to make your tutoring experience more enjoyable and productive. You may be pleasantly surprised at how learning flourishes when both clients and tutors keep an open-door policy with one another.

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- Joe, Allston, MA on 8/6/12

"Really great tutor!"

- Rossi, Brighton, MA on 7/29/12

"Great teacher"

- Marie, Boston, MA on 7/25/12

"Very helpful with tough teacher"

- Holly, Westborough, MA on 7/23/12

"Very Engaging and Thorough"

- Yuka, Westborough, MA on 6/18/12

"Outstanding tutor"

- Sarina, Wenham, MA on 6/4/12

"Great tutor!"

- Mira, West Newton, MA on 5/28/12

"A true champion"

- Richard, Brockton, MA on 5/20/12

"Great Chemistry Teacher"

- Arthur, Cambridge, MA on 3/16/12

"Helped my son"

- Don, Carlisle, MA on 3/12/12

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Chemistry

In my two decades of experience as a Chemistry tutor, I have had the privilege to help hundreds of students from multiple age groups and backgrounds. I have provided students the strategies for success in the following areas:

Standardized Examinations
High School
SAT II Examination in Chemistry
• AP Examination in Chemistry
• Chemistry MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) Examination

Higher Education (College/University Level)

• General & Organic Chemistry sections of DAT (Dental Admissions Test)Course
• General, Organic, & Biological Chemistry sections of MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test)

Academic Coursework
High School
• Chemistry (College-Preparatory & Honors)
AP Chemistry

Higher Education (College/University Level)
• General, Organic, & Biological Chemistry (1 or 2-semester Chemistry course for students pursuing Health Careers)
• General Chemistry I & II
• Organic Chemistry I & II


Transitional Tutoring (Recommended for students who have taken time off and/or seek a refresher).
• Getting Ready for College Chemistry
• Getting Ready for General Chemistry II
• Getting Ready for Organic Chemistry I
• Getting Ready for Organic Chemistry II

Organic Chemistry

I have been a university chemistry instructor and therefore, have tutored students, both as preparation for Organic Chemistry (the interim between General Chemistry 2 and Organic 1), and the two semesters of undergraduate-level Organic Chemistry for over a decade. Standardized tests for which I have assisted in the Chemistry portion have included both the DAT and the MCAT.

In addition to content-area knowledge, and strategies for both studying and learning, among the tools I impart to students include the following:

1.) Identifying reaction conditions and predicting what product(s) is/are possible.
2.) Collecting spectroscopic data for NMR and identifying molecules consistent with the data.
3.) Performing retrosynthetic analysis of target molecules and planning strategies toward the synthesis of simple organic compounds.

I look forward to helping you and being a part of your success.

University of New Hampshire - Durham
Chemistry, Cum Laude
Northeastern University, ongoing...
EdD
Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Master's

Education

University of New Hampshire - Durham (Chemistry, Cum Laude)

Northeastern University, ongoing... (EdD)

Northeastern University, Boston, MA (Master's)

Amazing tutor ... goes above and beyond... — Chris has been tutoring our daughter for about a year and it has made all the difference in the world. His enthusiasm and passion for chemistry combined with his vast knowledge of the subject and genuine care for his pupils made the entire learning experience wonderful. Our daughter finished the year with an "A" in Honors Chemistry and has decided to take AP Chemistry this upcoming year. He has al ...

— Elizabeth, Weston, MA on 8/20/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $90.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Tutoring: I. In-Person: 2 hr II. Online: Any duration Last-Minute Tutoring: $20 hourly premium added Penalties (% Session Cost) I. Cancellation: 100% II. No-Show: 100%

Travel policy

Christopher will travel within 40 miles of Newtonville, MA 02460.