Oklahoma State University (Chemistry)
Organic chemistry is a subject that requires competency in a wide variety of challenging topics (conformational analysis, stereochemistry, synthesis, functional group transfomations, reaction mechanisms, spectral interpretation,f etc.) in order to succeed. Many students take to trying to memorize the multitude of facts and processes that organic chemistry throws at them, but this strategy rarely produces desireable results. In the time that I have been tutoring, I have found that the most effective way to improve a student's understanding (and therefore, performance) in the subject of organic chemistry is to assist the student in gaining a firm grasp of the fundamental chemistry concepts and principles that underly and unify the diversity of organic chemistry phenomena. But proficiency in organic chemistry requires more than just being told about these princples and how they relate to each topic--what is required is for the student to *apply* the princples in the working of example problems. This is why I place of great deal of emphasis on students being able to work a problem I pose to them and *explain* to me why they are working the problem the way they are. With this method, I can identify any shortcomings in the student's understanding, if there be any. On the other hand, if the student successfully explains how to work the problem, then he/she gains a stronger understanding and the confidence to do well on exams.
Here's some info about me:
In 2010, I graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and a 4.0 GPA overall. While in college I tutored other students in chemistry through the academic services office. Since August 2011, I have been working as a freelance organic chemistry tutor in the Charleston, SC area. I'm preparing myself for graduate school so that I can eventually teach college-level organic chemistry. Organic chemistry is a subject that requires competency in a wide variety of challenging topics (conformational analysis, stereochemistry, synthesis, functional group transfomations, reaction mechanisms, spectral interpretation,f etc.) in order to succeed. Many students take to trying to memorize the multitude of facts and processes that organic
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