BS Kent State University Kent, Ohio (Biology Chemistry)
The University of Akron (Ohio) (PhD)
I have an extensive background in teaching science with a concentration in "chemistry". I enjoy teaching/tutoring chemistry because it's an excellent opportunity to help students improve their math skills (algebra), learn problem solving, and critical thinking. Refining all of these skills will help students to improve in their other classes too.
I understand how students learn so I can adapt a lesson to their specific needs while encouraging them to attempt more challenging questions. Chemistry is particularly rewarding when students learn to master concepts they thought they never could. It's also interesting to learn how chemistry is involved in your daily life.
I've taught chemistry for many years and the mathematical part is mostly algebra based so I've had to teach algebraic concepts in order for students to learn chemistry. Students seem to have an easier time grasping the math when it is applied. In other words, chemistry provides opportunities for students to apply the concepts they learn in math class.
I teach the following mathematical concepts when teaching chemistry, integers, percentages, solving for single variables in algebraic equations, and directly proportional and inversely proportional variables, to name a few. Students seem to enjoy the challenge and are excited about learning math and science as the two are interrelated.
My undergraduate degrees are in biology and chemistry, and my doctoral degree is in chemistry. I've taught chemistry to high school students and first year college students for many years, and most importntly I love my subject area because it provides a continual mental challenge.
Chemistry, however, was not my first love. At first, it was difficult for me because I did not know how to reason or "think like a chemist". I had an extremely strong memory so I relied heavily on memorization in school, and my memory served me well until I got to chemistry class. In chemistry, I could not only rely on memory. I had to learn how to simultaneously solve "word problems" and apply chemical principles, but I persevered and learned "how to learn it". I believe this is what helps me to be an effective teacher and to relate to students who are struggling.
Chemistry can be enjoyable if you possess the tools to learn it. The main tools are determination, a strong work ethic, and grit (the ability to hang in there even when it gets tough). If you consistently utilize these, you will be prepared to do your best.
Many college degrees require chemistry even though it may not be directly related to the student's major because it teaches students how to study, apply themselves, and mostly importantly think critically. Learning chemistry is never a waste of time because the discipline you learn in chemistry can be applied to any class you take. My students often say that their chemistry class helped them become better students.
Please contact me for help with your high school chemistry. I'll help you learn what you've been struggling to understand. You'll find that not only do you improve in chemistry, but your math skills and read comprehension also improve. Chemistry provides a basis for learning and helps you to strengthen other academic deficits in the process.
What an unexpected benefit! You get to learn chemistry and become even smarter in the process. Plus because I've taught college students for many years, I will teach you how to think like a college student and become an independent learner. Who knew you could learn so much from chemistry tutoring? I have an extensive background in teaching science with a concentration in "chemistry". I enjoy teaching/tutoring chemistry because it's an excellent opportunity to help students improve their math skills (algebra), learn problem solving, and critical thinking. Refining all of these skills will help students to improve in their other classes
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