Boston University (Chemistry and Biology)
The Scripps Research Institute (organic chemistry) (PhD)
Hi there! I am a former scientist who happens to enjoy English and test preparation in addition to math and science. 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. The subjects in which I specialize include Organic Chemistry; General Chemistry; Test Preparation; Mathematics; English language, Writing, and Grammar; Introductory Biology; Biochemistry; and Introductory Physics .
About me: I have worked as a part-time Professor of Chemistry at local colleges and universities; I tutor 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. Through these experiences, I have become expert at relating to students of all ages and educational backgrounds. I earned a PhD in chemistry from The Scripps Research Institute and spent three years as a postdoctoral student in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. Hi there! I am a former scientist who happens to enjoy English and test preparation in addition to math and science. 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. The
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I was completely lost in my Organic Chemistry class until I met with Dr. Thomas. He was really able to accomodate to my learning patterns & truly cared about having me understand the material. Due to Dr. Thomas's help I passed my Organic Chemistry I class! Thank you so much Dr. Thomas!!
Tom was an incredible organic chemistry tutor. I found him the second semester of organic chemistry. Organic chemistry had been a breeze for me the first semester but it unexpectedly ramped up for the second semester and I went from getting A's on my test to having my first B, even though I was studying and participating in class the same way I had the first semester. After getting Tom, my grades leapt from B's to A's by the end of the semester. Tom was able to patiently walk me through synthesis problems and point out what I was doing incorrectly. He helped me figure out my weak spots in organic chemistry and got me from the path to memorizing steps to understanding how to use the tools I was taught in organic chemistry to see the bigger picture of the problems. I was able to maintain A's in a very difficult class thanks to Tom.
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I was studying to take the SAT a second time and started tutoring with Tom. He helped me go from an 1840 to a 2060. I focused on math the most and it went from a 580 to a 700. I'm very pleased with my score results. I'm sure I would have scored much higher if I did not have a lot of school work on my plate as well. Great tutor!
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Thomas and my son reviewed the different types of math problems on the ACT. The session went very well and we will continue to work with Tom over the winter.
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Very helpful and able to provide multiple examples concerning a specific topic. He has helped me understand topics and mechanisms rather than trying to memorize.
Went over how to construct and ICE table from here experimental data for the oxidation of ethanol by NAD+ to acetaldehyde as catalyzed by alcohol dehydrogenase. We talked about how to calculate the equilibrium concentration of NADH from absorbance data, and how to calculate the equilibrium concentrations of the reactants and acetaldehyde.
Thomas tutored me in Organic Chemistry. He was both comprehensive and detailed in explaining the concepts and mechanisms to me.
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Tom tutored me through most of Organic Chemistry I and started me on Organic chemistry II. Tom is great at explaining chemistry and is always willing to try to accommodate my hectic schedule. He was able to try different methods of teaching when 1 didn't work (drawing out the diagrams, listing mechanisms, and repetition). He went out of his way and did the homework with me and handed me the notes he took with me (considering mine weren't legible half the time). Over the months that he has tutored me, I have learned that Tom is committed not only to my success in organic chemistry, but also to my successfully reaching my long-term goal of becoming a doctor. I would recommend Tom to anyone looking for a smart, patient, and caring tutor. He is also very easy to communicate with and will travel.
He is a good tutor. We were unprepared for the session and he still moved forward like a true professional. I would highly recommend this person as a math tutor.
Thomas is very patient and knowledgeable. My son thought he explained chemistry concepts clearly. He was always on time and reliable.
Thomas is punctual for every session and he is very knowledgeable about the lesson he's tutoring. My son has learned a lot working with Thomas over the last several months.
Tom tutored my high school son. Therefore, I am not well versed on exactly what topics were covered on Friday.
Tom was preparing my son for chemistry final next week. He covered most of the review topics.
Tom gives priority to the needs of his students. He schedules according to the student's availability even if it is inconvenient time for him. Overall, Tom is a great chemistry tutor, with a big heart.
Tom has been tutoring my 20 year-old son in community college chemistry, biology and calculus this semester. He is been a terrific help in keeping him on task and motivated. Tom is professional, prompt and let's the student help determine what areas need focused attention. We needed help in assuring homework was done and in preparing for exams. Tom's involvement has really helped our son keep up with the work and he has been able to explain all subjects. We have used many tutors in the past and Tom is by far the best we have ever seen.
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I excel at teaching the basic knowledge of English and the strategies required to perform superlatively on this important section of the ACT. Let me put my years of experience and study to work in helping you you to ace the English section of the ACT.
ACT vs SAT? For the old-format, the SAT is probably a more difficult test, but the new format SAT tries to remedy this situation. Whether you choose the SAT, ACT, or both, I am here to ensure that you are well prepared for the math portion of both tests. I have am an experienced student of standardized testing procedures, and I am eager to share with you my strategies for success!
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Algebra 1 is one of the most important branches of mathematics because students will use algebraic skills in every math class that they take afterward. I have a PhD in Chemistry with a strong background in mathematics and a great deal of experience tutoring algebra and more advanced math. When I tutor algebra, I use a conversational approach to try to remove the subject from the formalities of the classroom and thereby make it more accessible and less intimidating. I also teach students multiple ways of solving algebraic problems, which I believe leads to a deeper and longer-lasting understanding of material compared to alternative approaches that focus on a single method of problem solving.
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In addition to teaching part-time at local colleges and universities, I have a Bachelor's degree in chemistry with a minor in biology from Boston University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from The Scripps Research Institute.
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My work as a professional scientist and educator requires excellent skills in written and verbal communication. From a young age I have been a serious student of the English language. In my teaching I emphasize the importance of recognizing and mastering Standard English as means to increasing one's credibility and winning the confidence of one's audience.
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Organic chemistry is my specialty. I hold a PhD in Organic Chemistry from The Scripps Research Institute with three years postdoctoral experience at Harvard University. When I tutor Organic Chemistry, I encourage students to recognize trends and themes rather than engage in rote memorization. In my experience, this approach leads to a deeper understanding of the course material, which not only aids in memorization, but also empowers students to bring together seemingly far-flung bits of information to solve those tricky questions that show up on tests and exams.
About my background in Organic Chemistry: I have tutored Organic Chemistry to students from at least fourteen different colleges and universities; I am therefore familiar with the teaching styles of different professors, as well as the content and rigor of all major Organic Chemistry textbooks. I have worked part-time as a Professor of Organic Chemistry; I tutor extensively in Organic Chemistry; and I have many years experience working as a Research Organic Chemist at universities and national laboratories. As your personal tutor, I am eager to apply these experiences to help you succeed in your course!
My love of physical science stretches back to when I was about nine years old. Since that time, I earned a bachelor's degrees in Chemistry with a Minor in Biology, followed by a Ph.D. in Chemistry. I also acquired a strong background in Physics and Mathematics. Currently, I teach college-level Chemistry and tutor several students in general Physical Science as well as specific disciplines such as Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Mathematics.
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The Preliminary SAT, or PSAT, is an excellent early indicator of how well students will do on the SAT. Perhaps more importantly, however, PSAT scores are used to determine eligibility and qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Many students and parents view the PSAT as a Practice SAT use the results of this test to determine in which areas the student needs improvement to perform well on the SAT. However, practicing for the PSAT is extremely important for those students seeking merit scholarships. I have extensive experience in all areas of SAT and ACT preparation and can help you boost your chances for a merit scholarship by helping you ace the PSAT.
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To master any language, a student needs a broad and deep vocabulary. My work as a professional scientist and educator requires excellent skills in written and verbal communication. From a young age I have been a serious student of the English language. In my teaching I emphasize the importance of recognizing and mastering Standard English as means to increasing one's credibility and winning the confidence of one's audience.
Helping others to develop their writing skills is a passion of mine. In editing, writing, and teaching others to write, I strive to improve style, including clarity, precision, and conciseness. I have consulted for World Book, reviewed and edited scholarly articles for several prestigious publishers, and personally authored over 25 academic publications. I have also taught writing to native and non-native English speakers alike, from undergraduates to postdoctoral fellows.