Drexel University (Chemistry)
I first discovered my love of education when I was assigned, one day, to tutor an under-performing section of sophomore organic chemistry students. I had worked for the professor who taught this course for over a year as a laboratory technician, and had become quite skilled in the subject. I stood at attention, at the front of the lecture hall, as my supervisor warmly informed the class that they were one of the worst groups of students he had ever taught, and forcefully volunteered my assistance to the class.
I dove head-first into this new role, and began hosting weekly study sessions where I gave each student ample practice and reinforcement on the fundamental concepts and common mechanisms of organic chemistry. While initially dejected, each student I tutored saw at least a full letter grade of improvement in their exam average, and by the end of the semester, all succeeded in passing one of the most notoriously difficult courses available to an undergraduate. I grew, as well, during this time, and found tutoring to be an extremely gratifying endeavor - I loved the fact that I could provide a meaningful contribution to a student's success.
Using this experience as a springboard, I began offering private tutoring on the side to other students. As a science major, I am also skilled in mathematics, and all of my math tutoring clients have in turn shown at least one letter grade of improvement in the amount of time I've been working with them.
Finally, I've found that I must continually challenge myself, in my own academic pursuits, in order to better develop my skill as a scientist and as a tutor. It's well-known, in academic circles, that one of the most effective ways to attain mastery of a subject is to teach it to others. At least once during every tutoring session I give, I am forced to reinterpret a difficult concept from a perspective I would never have considered myself, which only further reinforces my own knowledge of the subject. In a very unique way, I benefit from the exchange just as much as the person I am tutoring!
I look forward to working with you, and doing what I can to help you find success. Please contact me today! I first discovered my love of education when I was assigned, one day, to tutor an under-performing section of sophomore organic chemistry students. I had worked for the professor who taught this course for over a year as a laboratory technician, and had become quite skilled in the subject. I stood at attention, at the front of the lecture hall, as
Brendan was great! Highly recommend this tutor, and he is willing to travel to NJ. Much appreciated for his services with less than a days notice.
My primary expertise in tutoring is in organic chemistry - I've tested in the 98th percentile on the nationally-standardized two-semester ACS organic chemistry exam, and I am currently employed as a laboratory technician working to develop and test procedures for student-run experiments in organic chemistry lab courses.