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Swarthmore College (Chemistry)
University of Chicago (PhD)
Chemistry is the most difficult of the sciences because it requires two unrelated skills -- the ability to handle the math, and the ability to think like a molecule. I help students master this subject by helping them head off the mistakes I've seen many other students make over the years. The student sets the agenda for tutoring sessions; I don't present lectures. I interpret what the course instructor or study guide is saying, just using different words and examples. I prefer one-to-one tutoring, in a quiet neutral venue like a campus room or public library.
I graduated from Swarthmore with a Chemistry major, and earned my Ph.D.in Biochemistry at the University of Chicago. I taught General Chemistry, Organic and Biochemistry for Nursing students, and Environmental Chemistry for 15 years at William Paterson University (tenured), Boston University, and Hofstra University, with positions as a groundwater chemistry consultant and at U.S. EPA in between. Since retiring, I have tutored high school and college students in Honors Chemistry, AP Chemistry, and First-year College Chemistry.
Let me help you. Chemistry is the most difficult of the sciences because it requires two unrelated skills -- the ability to handle the math, and the ability to think like a molecule. I help students master this subject by helping them head off the… Read more
Robert H. helped my son out with both content and test strategies. His chemistry knowledge and communication skills were outstanding.
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I tell students that I have great respect for them for even tackling the intimidating subject of chemistry. Courses and texbooks in Honors Chemistry, AP Chemistry, and General Chemistry all follow the same strategy: teach the student the mathematical concepts needed to perform the calculations they will encounter later; then teach the makeup of atoms, the Elements, molecules, and chemical reactions between molecules. You can see why it's asking a lot for a single student to master all of these new concepts.
But don't despair! With help, you can do it. Chemistry is wonderfully systematic. You don't have to learn thousands of individual facts; you just have to learn the RULES that govern those facts. Then, when you encounter a new situation, you apply the RULES and end up predicting the end result or solving the problem without having to memorize that particular solution beforehand.
And the closer you get to mastering chemistry, the prouder you are of your own achievement and the more in awe you are of the elegance of Nature!
I tell my students: Never be ashamed of a C in chemistry; be proud of a B, and be a chemistry major if you get an A.
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