Harvard-Educated, PhD Tutor for Test Prep, STEM, & English
Harvard-Educated, PhD Tutor for Test Prep, STEM, & English
Hi there! I am a former scientist who happens to enjoy tutoring test preparation and English as well as math and science. In addition to specializing in SAT and ACT prep, I have extensive experience helping students prepare for the CogAT for admission to MCPS magnet middle- and high-school programs, the SCAT (all levels) for admission to the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY), and the TJHSST admissions test (including the ACT Aspire Reading and Science portions and Quant-Q math...
Hi there! I am a former scientist who happens to enjoy tutoring test preparation and English as well as math and science. In addition to specializing in SAT and ACT prep, I have extensive experience helping students prepare for the CogAT for admission to MCPS magnet middle- and high-school programs, the SCAT (all levels) for admission to the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY), and the TJHSST admissions test (including the ACT Aspire Reading and Science portions and Quant-Q math portion). Finally, I am an accomplished tutor for the SSAT, ISEE (all levels for both tests), and Catholic high-school entrance exams. Further subjects in which I specialize include Mathematics; General Chemistry; Organic Chemistry; English Writing, Grammar, and Literature; and Introductory Biology, As a tutor, I am patient and adept at identifying areas in which students may need extra help. My style is informal and approachable, and I relate extremely well to students ranging from elementary-school-age to working adults.
About me: Before training for three years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, I earned a PhD in chemistry from The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA. I have worked as a part-time Professor of Chemistry at local colleges and universities; I have tutored extensively in subjects ranging from science to English to test preparation; and I worked for many years as a scientist, performing experiments and communicating results through written and oral presentations to specialists and non specialists alike. As a published author of over 25 articles that have appeared in numerous high-profile journals, I have become an excellent writer and writing instructor. Through these experiences, I have learned to relate skillfully to students of all ages and educational backgrounds.
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Absolutely the BEST test prep tutor around!
I HIGHLY recommend Tom for test prep tutoring. Tom has helped my daughter, a rising junior, prepare for the SAT over the past four months, and helped her to increase her score by nearly 200 points. Tom is extremely reliable, patient in his delivery of information and clearly explains concepts. He has a vast knowledge of ALL parts of the SAT (reading, grammar, math, essay) and is able to recommend the best and most efficient tools to study effectively for this test. He personalized his sessions based on my daughter’s strengths and weaknesses, and utilized a multitude of material to supplement his sessions. Tom’s calm and measured teaching style always put my daughter at ease when working with him. He is extremely intelligent, an effective teacher, and completely reliable. He was never late and always respectful in our home. I cannot say enough about Tom - he is not only an amazing tutor but also a wonderful person! Do not hesitate one moment to hire him for test prep tutoring!!Emily, 15 lessons with Thomas
Experienced and professional tutor
Tom worked with my 2 kids (entering 5th and 6th) to prepare for an upcoming CTY SCAT test. This test focuses on analogies and quantitative reasoning. Since we procrastinated, we waited until 2 weeks prior to the exam to cram. Tom provided lots of relevant material with many exercises and test-taking strategies. I'm pleased to note that both kids passed with flying colors and were accepted into the program. Thanks Tom! We will connect with you for upcoming standardized testing.Jean, 9 lessons with Thomas
Tom has been tutoring my son for 9 months. He is outstanding- highly professional, extremely knowledgeable, very flexible and kind. My son says he is one of the best tutors he has had. We feel fortunate to have Tom on our team.jeanne, 63 lessons with Thomas
We had different chemistry tutors over the last two month, and he is the best one so far. He has the knowledge and know-how to teach and prepare for a test. We do recommend Tom for chemistry subject.Reza, 29 lessons with Thomas
Great, Polite and very knowledgeable. He taught my daughter Algebra 2. She was struggling with the subject since months ago. He came on time and spent enough time.SHERI, 1 lesson with Thomas
Do not hesitate if you need a Chemistry Tutor contact Thomas
I was in need of a chemistry tutor for my college age sophomore. I am 800 miles away from her and finding the right tutor can be a challenge. I contacted a few as I originally missed Thomas profile. Thankfully he reached out to me before I heard back from the ones I had contacted! So grateful he did. Thomas was easy to work with-- set up her session, at a location that was good for her as she does not have transportation, arrived when he said he would. After the session my daughter texted me "Great tutor, I really like him." Talked to her later in the day she shared how they covered more then she thought possible, he covered the material to her learning style and that the lesson went well. I will be keeping Thomas information should we need him in the future. I will also be recommending him to her classmates who may need help in Chemistry.Kara, 1 lesson with Thomas
Kind, Patient, Thorough
Thomas is genuinely and totally present to the student; teaching, directing and instructing in a very connected way. Our son definitely benefitted from time spent with Tom. We are looking forward to successful results on his SAT. Thank you Tom!Cheri, 5 lessons with Thomas
We had a good session with Thomas. He was friendly. He informed us a lot. We liked him. I recommend himWe had a good session with Thomas. He was friendly. He informed us a lot. We liked him. I recommend himWe had a good session with Thomas. He was friendly. He informed us a lot. We liked him. I recommend him.Izim, 1 lesson with Thomas
Knowledgeable and Reliable Tutor
I would definitely recommend Tom. He has helped my daughter with the fundamental concepts for her AP Chemistry class. He is very knowledgeable and reliable. My daughter is very comfortable with him and he explains things in a way that she understands. At one particular session, he enhanced her knowledge of the Colligative Properties and helped her prepare for an upcoming test.Paula, 12 lessons with Thomas
It was easy to schedule an appointment with Thomas. He was on time and got right to work helping my daughter with her Algebra homework. We need a tutor on an as-needed-basis and Thomas was open to working with us in the future on scheduling those appointments.Sabrina, 7 lessons with Thomas
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