The Best Organic Chemistry and General Chemistry Tutor in the Business
The Best Organic Chemistry and General Chemistry Tutor in the Business
Professors are often the worst teachers. While brilliant, most professors teach on a Ph.D. level, not on a layman level. They give you the information in a way that makes sense to them and other experts. Often information is presented in an illogical order, without the shortcuts they used to become awesome in their field, and in a manner so boring that even their mothers would cry. So where does that leave you? Woefully confused, anxious because you’re falling behind, AND cosmically bored....
Professors are often the worst teachers. While brilliant, most professors teach on a Ph.D. level, not on a layman level. They give you the information in a way that makes sense to them and other experts. Often information is presented in an illogical order, without the shortcuts they used to become awesome in their field, and in a manner so boring that even their mothers would cry. So where does that leave you? Woefully confused, anxious because you’re falling behind, AND cosmically bored. Yikes!
That’s where I come in. Unlike your professor, I’m a huge believer in “tricks” and “shortcuts.” THEY WORK LIKE MAGIC IF YOU KNOW HOW AND WHEN TO USE THEM!!! Of course they aren’t everything and don’t always apply, but you better believe I’ll show you every single trick and shortcut I know to cut down the time it takes for you to learn the material. If you’re especially driven, we build from the simple so that you can then rise to the expert-level understanding that your teacher or professor operates on. If you aren’t so inclined, no worries, I’m in the business of helping you earn the maximum points on your assignments and tests, because that matters in your quest to attend med-school, pass your class, or simply get that A in the bag. I work to keep your attention and confidence high during sessions so that you can crush it on your own.
How I work:
•We honestly assess where you are in the class- judgment-free.
•I determine quickly the best course of action to get you caught up with the class.
•We find the simplest way to look at the information based on your strengths, show you any shortcuts and tricks that apply, and then practice the heck out of it.
•We send you home with extra practice problems so that you can continue practicing the heck out of it until you feel great about what you’re doing.
•We create a study plan at the end of each session for how to spend your time wisely outside of sessions, and customize your study tools based on your strengths and how your mind works. Did you know that you’re probably memorizing your flashcards all wrong based on how your brain functions and stores information?
How I Differ From Other Tutors:
•We work to not only get you caught up to the class, but ideally a step ahead of your class once you have caught up. That way, you can go into lectures armed with the simplest approach to the material, with all the tricks and shortcuts up your sleeve to fall back on- my tried and tested way of boosting your engagement during class and doubling your exposure to the material.
•If my first approach to the material doesn’t work or a certain explanation doesn’t make sense, we throw it out the window and find a way that works. No questions asked- I refuse to waste your money or your time with something that doesn’t work great for you.
•9 years of Tutoring Experience with hundreds of college and high school students all over the country (including Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Saint Louis, New Jersey)
•5 years of Online Tutoring Experience via Skype
•Former Pre-med student at Southwestern University (Graduated with 3.98 GPA, Summa Cum Laude), which included 3 years worth of tutoring my peers as the Chemistry and Biology departmental tutor, and 3 years of exposure to a laboratory research setting
•A firm belief that any student can succeed in any class regardless of learning difficulties and background, given a willingness to learn and strong desire to succeed.
Joe has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 2 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.
I wouldn't be headed to med school without Joe!
I have had the pleasure of being tutored by Joe in Biochemistry and cannot sing his praises enough. I highly recommend him to anyone considering being tutored! He is the most patient, reliable, positive, flexible, knowledgeable, supportive, and relatable tutor I’ve ever worked with. It is quite obvious that he genuinely cares and has a passion for helping students understand the material and ultimately become successful in their class. After each tutor session with him, I felt so empowered as if I had just mastered the material and could go teach someone else what I just learned. His tutoring style actually made me excited to do my homework and take my tests. I know that probably sounds crazy because who the heck gets excited to do Biochemistry homework and take tests?! He is extremely adaptable and has many different techniques to help all styles of learning (even via Skype which I admit I was hesitant about initially). Joe is very discerning and intuitive, and he recognized when I was experiencing brain overload and made me feel comfortable about taking much needed breaks. He also recognized when/how to push me when I needed a little boost, encouragement, and accountability. I personally have battled with a long history of extreme test anxiety but he made me feel more confident than I’ve ever felt going into my exams. What a major life hurdle he helped me overcome and I am so grateful! I’ve had other tutors in the past who were certainly knowledgeable about the subject matter (and also confused the heck out of me!), but being knowledgeable about a subject and knowing how to teach it and make it relatable to others are two completely separate things. Joe truly has a gift and is worth every penny (and then some!). Consider yourself to be lucky if you work with Joe. If you’re on the fence, as I was, about hiring a tutor I hope this review has helped with your decision. You will certainly be glad that you’ve made this positive investment in yourself and your future!David, 34 lessons with Joe
Best Tutor I've ever had....ever, any subject!
Hired Joe for college level organic chemistry tutoring. Organic chemistry is probably one of the hardest subjects to understand. It is the subject that consistently ends premed bound student's efforts to become physicians. My pre-med college son asked me to locate an organic tutor for him. We selected Joe because of his great online reviews. My son has had lots of different tutors for his AP courses in high school and for college calculus, chemistry and physics. He describes Joe as "the best tutor I have ever had in my life." Joe makes organic chemistry easy to understand, he gives positive feedback and provides extra practice problems for improvement. Yes, his rates are very expensive but you have to look at it as an investment in the future. If you see it that way, it's worth it to skip your weekend dinner outing to pay for this tutor. Honestly, hate to write this review because it's already so difficult to get an appointment with him but just can help but let everyone know how great this guy is. Because of Joe, when my son has study sessions with his organic study group, he is the leader of the group and teaches the other students how to do the problems which reinforces his understanding of the material. Book early... Joe's always full.Annie, 9 lessons with Joe
So very helpful
In the words of my son, I feel more confident, Joe is so helpful. My son is taking organic chemistry this semester and likes to tutor with Joe every week. That is saying a lot for a 19-year-old to request this tutor! Highly recommend!!Misha, 4 lessons with Joe
Incredibly knowledgeable and kind tutor
I always leave the session with the understanding I need to work through the material. My questions are always answered and I have exactly what I need to keep moving forward. Joe is fantastic.Amanda, 19 lessons with Joe
Highly qualified Chemistry ll Tutor
Excellent tutor. Your explanations and guidance with all my material make it easier and understandable. Your help makes me feel more confident for my final. Thank you so much!Annelise, 4 lessons with Joe
Best Organic Chemistry Tutor!
Joe was an excellent tutor and helped me tremendously in organic chemistry II. He broke things down in a way that made more sense and gave little tricks to help recognize reactions. I would have been so lost without him! If you have any sort of problems with organic chemistry, he can fix it. During sessions we would figure out what I was having issues with and then he would create practice problems specifically designed to increase my ability and confidence in solving them. He was very flexible with hours and made sessions worthwhile. I learned more from him than I did in class! He knows his stuff and you can tell he really cares about his students. He has been the best tutor I have ever had!Alia, 22 lessons with Joe
"The Best Organic Chemistry Tutor" is NOT an Exaggeration!
As someone who has always struggled when it comes to STEM subjects no matter how much I study and use tutors, Joe was the first Organic Chemistry tutor I've had who was able to identify the missing parts of my foundational understanding and give me tools on how to fix them--and that was just during the first session. As I've continued to work with Joe as my tutor, he has been extremely consistent in being patient, creative when it comes to explaining concepts, and unbelievably knowledgable in his field(s) with a bag of "tricks" and mnemonic devices that give any Orgo Professor a run for their money. In cases where I was still lost after an initial explanation, Joe had no problem teaching a concept again in different ways until I finally understood because as much as the 'tricks' are great for short-answer questions and Elementary-level understanding, he also sees the importance in truly mastering general concepts in way a that makes sense to you as an individual, but is also what a Professor would be looking for as an exam answer. And, in addition to all that, he is an amazingly funny and kind-hearted person to boot!! He is the first person I've had that I am honestly a little saddened by knowing I'll no longer have the privilege of having him as my tutor once I complete Orgo II. If you're still on the fence, know that he is more than worth the price. Please take it from someone like me; for years I had been someone who dreaded STEM courses and would spend nights praying simply to pass, but after only a few sessions with Joe, I have been able to finally understand concepts, I am doing exponentially better on exams, and I'm even confident enough to teach some concepts to my friends. Thank you for everything, Joe!!Morgan, 13 lessons with Joe
Our first encounter with Joe!!
Joe had his work cut out for him when he had to begin working with our son who is struggling with HS Algebra Part A & Part B (2 years) and has since his freshman year. He did not want to have a tutor and was reluctant to the idea. I let Joe know that he was going to be met with resilience. During their first session, I observed my son actually looking engaged and happy. After they ended I asked what he thought and he said Joe was cool and explained things to him in a way he "got it". Thanks for making Algebra fun!Tina, 6 lessons with Joe
The absolute BEST organic chemistry tutor!
I began working with Joe the summer before I took organic chemistry at my university. I'd heard from just about every student in my major (PharmD.) that this class was extremely difficult and had a high failure rate. Needless to say I was pretty overwhelmed however after just my first session I felt a thousand times better. We immediately established a plan for how to get ahead in the course; by the time I attended my first lecture I already felt confident with several chapters. I continued working with Joe over Skype for the next year. I never once felt that the online aspect of our sessions inhibited my understanding (in fact they proved to be more helpful than the face to face tutoring offered by my university). Between the resources Joe introduced me to (such as "Organic Chemistry as a Second Language" and his ability to clearly and consciously present the information, I was able to succeed far beyond my initial expectations. I firmly believe that if it weren't for Joe I would have never passed either organic chemistry I or II. I sincerely can't recommend him enough.Jacqueline, 45 lessons with Joe
Joe is excellent at explaining concepts in a simple yet informative manner. When working through problems, he is patient and offers quintessential explanations for any questions that may arise. Everything is taught crystal-clear, and his teaching has made my son’s Honors chemistry class- which is a notoriously difficult class in his school- much easier.Linda, 10 lessons with Joe
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