Expert Science Tutor for Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Orgo, & more
Expert Science Tutor for Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Orgo, & more
I'm a MENSA member who loves to see students that care get the help they need. I prefer to use analogies, mnemonic devices, and drawings when I teach, so if you learn best through seeing or visualizing material rather than rote memorization or repetitive listening I will be a great match for you. I have previously taught lab sections for Introductory Biology at Cornell University and TA'd for the graduate level advanced plant genetics. I feel very comfortable discussing and explaining...
I'm a MENSA member who loves to see students that care get the help they need. I prefer to use analogies, mnemonic devices, and drawings when I teach, so if you learn best through seeing or visualizing material rather than rote memorization or repetitive listening I will be a great match for you. I have previously taught lab sections for Introductory Biology at Cornell University and TA'd for the graduate level advanced plant genetics. I feel very comfortable discussing and explaining biology and chemistry at any level and have had the chance to do so with hundreds of students throughout my TA'ing and tutoring career. I've been professionally tutoring for over 5 years and have accumulated a ton of resources, experience, and advice for both high school and college students that I'm excited to share!
I have three goals when working with my students so that I become a learning enabler beyond the lessons. The first is to identify what types of problems each student is encountering in their studies. There are so many reasons students seek help. Knowing which applies to each student is the key for me to format my lessons and pick strategies to get the best results. Some reasons that I have experience with are: mismatch between teaching style and learning style, poor teaching, difficult concepts that need additional support, poor study habits, good study habits but poor dedication/discipline, lack of accountability, diagnosed/undiagnosed learning disabilities, and combating a sense of being overwhelmed by material. Sometimes the trouble is less distressing: moving from a B to an A, preparing for or improving scores on standardized science tests (SAT subject/MCAT) where support isn't provided from the school or teacher, or providing expertise on projects and papers.
My second goal is to improve my students' ability and confidence in the subject(s) that we're working on. I do this through explaining the material in ways that resonate with each student, demonstrating how to solve a problem, guiding my students through the problems, and then asking them to do it independently. Depending on where a student is with the material, I can jump right to one of the later steps. I really believe that with teaching and explanations which match a student's learning style, and dedication from the student, true mastery and excellent grades are in all my students' reach regardless of where they are starting from.
The third goal is to demonstrate how to learn and study independently. This third goal is the most important in the long term for my students to improve their study habits and learn how to tackle material independently in future courses. This goal helps me to ensure that students need me less as time goes on and I become an opportunity to schedule studying as opposed to a necessity to get learning done. This kind of teaching isn't always done explicitly. Sometimes I do it using a model or by explaining how to study a concept. Sometimes I'll explain my thought process when setting up for a quiz or test. Ultimately, I want all my students to gain skills that will help them learn throughout their future studies. Helping students engage and conquer science is one of my most enjoyable goals in life, so I've found that this strategy of becoming a learning enabler makes me the most happy and my students the most successful.
Some more background about me is that I received my B.S. in biotechnology from Rutgers (minor in biochemistry), and M.S. from Cornell in plant biology where I was a part of the Plant Cell and Molecular Biology Program. I'm an excellent molecular biologist with a desire to help people understand more about life from molecules and up! I currently help my students with biology, chemistry, physics, genetics, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology. I also help students prepare for the SAT II, Regents, and AP in biology and chemistry as well as the MCAT. I took the MCAT's 2015 updated version and scored very well (521, the top 1%), but ended up deciding that the route to becoming a doctor was not the way for me. For long term lessons (3 months or more), I do offer a discount so please inquire about it if you're interested in long term help from me.
I feel that its best to receive help early, before you get too far behind! The earlier you get to me, the more I can do for you, but don't be afraid to schedule a last minute cram session: sometimes desperation can lead to inspiration! Please contact me with any questions you have.
PS - If you're preparing for the SAT subject test in chemistry, I've published a book and would love to help you work through it! You can find it on the Amazon store by searching for "320 SAT Chemistry Subject Test Problems".
PS - my scheduled hours listed are just a general availability. My actual hours change week to week depending on recurring lessons I set up each semester/school year and what is happening that particular week. I also tutor in NJ near NYC, but the circular radius approach this map uses doesn't allow me to capture that.
Excellent pre-med tutor!
I reached out to Chris after returning to school and, quite frankly, failing my first exams in Chemistry and Biology (pre-med). I was having trouble digesting the material taught in the lectures and did not know how to approach the topics I did not understand. It is clear that Chris has a thorough understanding and passion for math and science, and as so, was able to break down difficult material in different ways that catered to how I learned best. He is a very friendly and personable guy – you can tell that he really enjoys teaching others and gets joy from students understanding the material and doing well. I found myself enjoying the material I once found impossible. After meeting regularly with Chris, I aced my finals and, despite my poor “pre-Chris” test scores, was able to finish the semester with a B+ in Biology and an A in Chemistry. I am confident that the learning tools I have gained from Chris, in addition to starting sessions with him before my first exams this semester, will allow me to ace my future pre-med courses. Additionally, Chris is extremely reliable, easy to contact, and encourages you to reach out to him outside of sessions if any questions arise when studying.Katie, 6 lessons with Christopher
He helps get you to your "Aha!" moment...
Chris is tutoring me in Gen Chem 2--a course I have not been so confident about. Chris has helped me reach many "Aha" moments during this semester. He is worth more than his weight in gold. I look forward to working with him more this semester and in the future. If you're seeking a patient and knowledgeable tutor, then look no further.Danitra, 4 lessons with Christopher
Extremely knowledgeable and make the material easy!
I had very very little time before my organic chemistry 2 final and Christopher was able to help me learn all the key material I needed. He is very patient and professional, helped me get a 97 on the final which I thought would be impossible! Had an amazing tutoring session with him, learned a lot and would recommend him to anyone looking to learn material quick.Sarah, 1 lesson with Christopher
Very knowledgeable, organized and simply amazing!
Christopher is an amazing tutor. We reviewed reactions of alfa Carbon from orgo 2 class. Christopher helped me to understand the concepts and we went through mechanisms.Nana, 1 lesson with Christopher
Completely helped me to fully understand the fundamentals of what we did in lab, pieced together the information while having me pick my brain to find the answers instead of just giving me the answers! Showed me how to do all of my figures and was a godsend for this lab paper! Would recommend him to everyone! Worth every penny!Kimberly, 4 lessons with Christopher
My son had a lesson with Christopher on the phone which I could over hear. It sounded like he, my son, was talking with one of those "Crash Course" slightly hyper-active (in a good way) love what they do guys! Christopher made my son straighten up his spine, put on his thinking cap and focus and my son wanted more and more. He learned a lot and in a fun way in a short amount of time. This tutor stands apart from most. So if you have a fantasy that one of those Crash Course guys comes into your life in the flesh, this is the guy for you.C, 20 lessons with Christopher
Gifted and patient teacher
Christopher helped me prep for the MCAT on several occasions. He helped me review the necessary concepts of Biology, Biochemistry, and Physics and provided me with valuable tips for the taking the MCAT. Much appreciated Chris.Yosef, 5 lessons with Christopher
Great session! Chris was very helpful in going over old material and helping me understand new material. He was very patient and accommodating!! Looking forward to future sessions with Chris!Sashie, 8 lessons with Christopher
Thanks for chemistry lesson.
Chemistry lesson, my daughter was satisfied, understandible explanations of material. Well prepared, experienced teacher. Looking forward to the next lessons. The material was prepared well, explanation was performed excellent. Thank you very much.Anna, 10 lessons with Christopher
He was patient, so knowledgeable and a great teacher! He presented info and learning materials that helped my daughter so much! He also followed up to make sure she did well! Thank youDonna, 1 lesson with Christopher
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