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I am an assistant professor of chemistry at a nationally ranked New York university and teach Organic Chemistry. Prior to this, I spent 16+ years in the pharmaceutical industry. Greater than 90% of my students are pre-med, pre-dent, or pre-vet candidates and almost universally, they have remarked how well trained they are for the Organic Chemistry section of their admissions exam. Students have repeatedly commended me for my patience and helpfulness, and how available I am to answer their questions. My teaching method for Organic Chemistry relies on teaching fundamental principles that allow my students to understand how and why molecules react the way they do, so that memorization is minimized. Memorization, in addition to being short-term, stores information as isolated facts. This is not very helpful when students are asked questions that require multi-concept answers. By understanding principles, students learn to pull different concepts together and are better equipped to answer complex questions. Students learn to rely on their knowledge base to elucidate answers on their own, rather than searching through a catalog of seemingly unrelated concepts and reactions.
In order for me to best serve you, I would appreciate being given a copy of your syllabus and the title of your textbook. In addition, I would greatly appreciate a list of questions or topics you wish to review IN ADVANCE. This will allow me to come to our session prepared to answer your questions with some notes and problems. The more advanced notice I am given, the better I am able to help you. Typically two days is more than enough time.
Although in some instances, I am willing to travel to meet students, I already drive a great distance every day to get to my office, so for convenience and my own sanity, most students meet me on one of our two main campuses.
Finally, I understand that sometimes schedules are difficult to keep, requiring prearranged sessions to be cancelled. Please be aware of my cancellation policy:
More than 24 hours notice: no charge.
Within 24 hours of a scheduled appointment:
Between 12-24 hours notice of cancellation: 25% of the normal rate per hour scheduled.
Between 6-12 notice of cancellation: 50% of the normal rate per hour scheduled.
Less than 6 hours notice of cancellation: 100% rate per hour scheduled.
No notice: 100% rate plus $10 per hour scheduled.
Thank you for giving me the chance to help you. I am an assistant professor of chemistry at a nationally ranked New York university and teach Organic Chemistry. Prior to this, I spent 16+ years in the pharmaceutical industry. Greater than 90% of my students
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Martin D. is the perfect tutor for explaining complicated processes in simpler terms. After lessons with Martin I feel that I have grasped the true meaning and reasoning for a problem rather than just learning "how" to do it.
I understood material explained by him for 2 hours which I couldn't understand for 1 semester. It's bad I didn't find him earlier.
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Martin is an excellent organic chemistry tutor. One of the reasons I found the tutoring sessions helpful is because Martin is able to break down difficult information so that the topic is easier to understand. In the beginning of the course, I had trouble drawing resonance structures and identifying Lewis acid and bases. For our first lesson, Martin had notes ready for me and explained the topic clearly. By the end of the session, I was able to solve questions by myself. Martin is also very patient. When I didn’t understand a certain problem, Martin showed me how to approach the problem with a step by step explanation. He would give me similar problems until he saw that I fully understood the topic. Consequently, I would highly recommend Martin.
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I have a BS, MS, and PhD in Organic Chemistry and spent more than 16 years as a synthetic medicinal chemist in a major pharmaceutical company. Recently I returned to academia and am currently an assistant professor at a nationally ranked New York university. I am a patient teacher and stress understanding the basic principles of Organic Chemistry in order to answer complex questions (as opposed to relying exclusively on memorization). I have been commended repeatedly by my students for my teaching ability.
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