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Justin D.

Austin, TX

$40/hour

15 years of professional chemistry teaching experience

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The University of New Orleans
Chemistry
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
PhD

Education

The University of New Orleans (Chemistry)

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN (PhD)

About Justin

My first semester of college (15 years ago) I failed general chemistry. While most people would avoid publicizing failure in a subject they tutor in, I think it makes me uniquely qualified. My initiation into chemistry was humbling, but it gave me insight into what it feels like to struggle with chemistry. My struggles in chemistry have long passed. I have a PhD in organic chemistry, and I teach college level chemistry part-time at The University of Texas at Austin. My interest in tutoring stems from a desire to help students realize their potentials.
I think a lot of students internalize their struggles in chemistry. They say things like, "I'm not smart enough," or "I'm just not good at chemistry." I have never met a student that wasn't smart enough or good enough to do well in chemistry. No one is born 'good' at chemistry. Chemistry is not intuitive. Chemistry happens in a microcosm that is beyond human experience. It is the opposite of intuitive. I try to help students accept that chemistry is inherently difficult, and like all difficult things it takes work and constant effort to understand it.
In a perfect world, students would ask for help before they needed it. Typically, students come to me for tutoring when they're already in trouble. I work with students and/or their parents to develop a path forward. Sometimes a path forward for students (in college) is to just drop the course altogether and start again next semester. Other times a path forward means bringing an "F" up to a "C", but often times with commitment from the student a failing grade can be turned into an "A" or a "B". The goal is not just to help with a problem set or a homework assignment. The goal is to develop a strategy to improve the overall grade outcome for the course.
I have a minor in mathematics. I like to teach math by connecting numerical calculation to geometry and graphical representations.
I have a PhD in organic chemistry. I teach college level chemistry. Science is my life. I fell in love with science as a child, and my love has only strengthened in adulthood.

If you're interested in working with me, please reach out. We can talk about what your goals are and whether we would make a good fit.
My first semester of college (15 years ago) I failed general chemistry. While most people would avoid publicizing failure in a subject they tutor in, I think it makes me uniquely qualified. My initiation into chemistry was humbling, but it gave me insight into what it feels like to Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Discounts for groups or for a certain number of hours.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Austin, TX 78723
Math:
Algebra 1
Science:
Chemistry, Organic Chemistry
Elementary Education:
Elementary Science

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Organic Chemistry

I have a PhD in organic chemistry, and I teach this subject at the college level. I have also published original research in this field.

The University of New Orleans
Chemistry
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
PhD

Education

The University of New Orleans (Chemistry)

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Discounts for groups or for a certain number of hours.

Travel policy

Justin will travel within 30 miles of Austin, TX 78723.