Oberlin College (Chemistry)
Yale University (Master's)
Yale University (PhD)
I LOVE science and math. I studied chemistry at Oberlin College, and then went on to earn both a Master's degree and PhD in physical chemistry (with an emphasis on quantum mechanics) from Yale University. After that, I taught chemistry at Southwestern University for two years. I recently moved to Pittsburgh, and am looking for a way to continue doing the work I love with students in a part-time capacity.
In my many years as a tutor, teaching assistant, teaching fellow, and then professor, the most rewarding component of teaching has always been working one-on-one or in small groups with students. I love getting to know my students, being able to interact with them individually, and helping them actively engage with the material. Working individually with students also allows me to design lessons specifically for them, taking into account their strengths, struggles, personalities, and interests.
Students learn best by actively engaging with the material – not just hearing and seeing, but by thinking, speaking, writing, and (most importantly) practicing. Therefore, I take a very hands-on approach to student learning.
My hourly rate includes travel time, as well as up to an hour of prep time on my part – so you can be sure that I am ready to dive in with explanations and examples tailored for you from the moment we start. I also include the opportunity to email me after each meeting with follow-up questions or other questions regarding the material.
I am available to meet in your home, or at a local coffee shop or library. I have a 1.5 hour minimum for tutoring sessions. I LOVE science and math. I studied chemistry at Oberlin College, and then went on to earn both a Master's degree and PhD in physical chemistry (with an emphasis on quantum mechanics) from Yale University. After that, I taught chemistry at Southwestern University for two years. I recently moved to Pittsburgh, and am looking for a way to continue
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I have a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Yale University, and two years as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at a liberal arts college.