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Nancy D.

Experienced Chemistry and Math Tutor - All Levels, All Ages!

Experienced Chemistry and Math Tutor - All Levels, All Ages!

$60/hour

  • 950 hours tutoring

About Nancy


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My whole approach to teaching can be summed up by a quote from Albert Einstein: "Imagination is More Important than Knowledge." I teach for long-term retention of concepts - not short term retention of facts. In today's connected world, the facts are at our fingertips. It's what we know how to do with those facts that matters! My tutoring sessions focus on problem-solving skills and interpretation of scientific evidence. Along the way, if needed, I'll also share tips and tricks for memorizing...

My whole approach to teaching can be summed up by a quote from Albert Einstein: "Imagination is More Important than Knowledge." I teach for long-term retention of concepts - not short term retention of facts. In today's connected world, the facts are at our fingertips. It's what we know how to do with those facts that matters! My tutoring sessions focus on problem-solving skills and interpretation of scientific evidence. Along the way, if needed, I'll also share tips and tricks for memorizing those things your teacher or professor expects you to memorize.

One of my specialties is helping students visualize complex concepts using animations and videos available online. There's so much out there, it's hard to find the good stuff that will meet *your* learning needs. My job is to show you those tools and integrate them into your other course materials.

Math is an essential component of lots of other courses, and it can be a stumbling block to success in those courses. When I'm teaching chemistry, much of the time I'm also teaching essential pre-algebra and algebra skills. "Word problems" are no problem because that's my specialty: "translating" a chemistry or biology question into the numbers and symbols needed to write an equation and solve a problem.

My years of experience teaching and tutoring chemistry at all levels will help me meet you where you are and take you where you want to be! I teach at the college level but have tutored many high school students. When I wasn't teaching, I worked for a software company to develop online AP Chemistry and AP Biology courses. Organic Chemistry is one of my favorite subjects to tutor, because I really love helping students get beyond memorizing, to deep understanding.

I'm ready to meet you where you are - short term "brushing up" to prepare for a standardized test or long-term, full-semester/full-year assistance. Multi-subject tutoring is also an option, mixing and matching each session as your assignments require.

I'm located in SE Houston (League City) and a


Education

Carleton College, Northfield, MN
Chemistry
Florida State University
PhD

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $60
  • Rate details: In-person tutoring: * 1 hr minimum per session. * In-person tutoring more than 15 miles from 77573 = $70/hour.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 11/9/2015

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Homeschool

Chemistry,

Chemistry

I've been teaching chemistry to students of all ages for years. At the high school level, I've tutored in regular (basic) courses, honors courses, and Advanced Placement chemistry for students at a range of public and private high schools. At the college level, I have years of experience teaching and tutoring college chemistry courses for science majors. My focus is on conceptual thinking, not memorizing. With a subject as cumulative as chemistry, my approach to tutoring and teaching is to help students "connect the dots" - what does this chapter have to do with the one we just finished, and how will what I learn now be important as I move on?
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Long-term success in math (and in subjects that use math, like chemistry or physics) depends on a solid foundation of the basic properties of numbers and variables. My focus in pre-algebra tutoring is to make sure a student masters the fundamentals and has the confidence to use them in all sorts of situations. I have experience working with math learners of all ages - middle school through middle age. I especially enjoy helping college students - or prospective college students - dust off their math knowledge in order to score well on college placement exams.
SAT Math

SAT Math

Problem-solving for standardized test questions in math is one of my specialties. As a tutor, I'll help make sure you have a solid conceptual base in all of the topics covered on the test. We'll also spend time working on testing strategies - how to narrow down the choices of right answers, use test time efficiently, and make smart decisions about when to guess or skip a question.

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

Problem-solving for standardized test questions in math is one of my specialties. As a tutor, I'll help make sure you have a solid conceptual base in all of the topics covered on the test. We'll also spend time working on testing strategies - how to narrow down the choices of right answers, use test time efficiently, and make smart decisions about when to guess or skip a question.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Long-term success in math (and in subjects that use math, like chemistry or physics) depends on a solid foundation of the basic properties of numbers and variables. My focus in pre-algebra tutoring is to make sure a student masters the fundamentals and has the confidence to use them in all sorts of situations. I have experience working with math learners of all ages - middle school through middle age. I especially enjoy helping college students - or prospective college students - dust off their math knowledge in order to score well on college placement exams.
SAT Math

SAT Math

Problem-solving for standardized test questions in math is one of my specialties. As a tutor, I'll help make sure you have a solid conceptual base in all of the topics covered on the test. We'll also spend time working on testing strategies - how to narrow down the choices of right answers, use test time efficiently, and make smart decisions about when to guess or skip a question.

Most Popular

Chemistry,

Chemistry

I've been teaching chemistry to students of all ages for years. At the high school level, I've tutored in regular (basic) courses, honors courses, and Advanced Placement chemistry for students at a range of public and private high schools. At the college level, I have years of experience teaching and tutoring college chemistry courses for science majors. My focus is on conceptual thinking, not memorizing. With a subject as cumulative as chemistry, my approach to tutoring and teaching is to help students "connect the dots" - what does this chapter have to do with the one we just finished, and how will what I learn now be important as I move on?
Prealgebra

Prealgebra

Long-term success in math (and in subjects that use math, like chemistry or physics) depends on a solid foundation of the basic properties of numbers and variables. My focus in pre-algebra tutoring is to make sure a student masters the fundamentals and has the confidence to use them in all sorts of situations. I have experience working with math learners of all ages - middle school through middle age. I especially enjoy helping college students - or prospective college students - dust off their math knowledge in order to score well on college placement exams.

Science

ACT Science,

ACT Science

Helping students interpret scientific information across many disciplines has been the focus of my teaching. My chemistry and biochemistry degrees include coursework in physics and biology, and I've always been fascinated by astronomy and geology. For students preparing for the ACT science test, my background in helping students prepare for standardized tests by critically reading and interpreting complex information will help you get a high score on this section of the test.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I've been teaching chemistry to students of all ages for years. At the high school level, I've tutored in regular (basic) courses, honors courses, and Advanced Placement chemistry for students at a range of public and private high schools. At the college level, I have years of experience teaching and tutoring college chemistry courses for science majors. My focus is on conceptual thinking, not memorizing. With a subject as cumulative as chemistry, my approach to tutoring and teaching is to help students "connect the dots" - what does this chapter have to do with the one we just finished, and how will what I learn now be important as I move on?
Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

I have taught organic chemistry at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Agnes Scott College, and Tulsa Community College. I have taught the second semester of a general-organic-biochem class on numerous occasions. In addition, I coordinated the MCAT Preparation sessions at Agnes Scott, teaching problem-solving in organic as it relates to MCAT-style questions.

Summer

Chemistry,

Chemistry

I've been teaching chemistry to students of all ages for years. At the high school level, I've tutored in regular (basic) courses, honors courses, and Advanced Placement chemistry for students at a range of public and private high schools. At the college level, I have years of experience teaching and tutoring college chemistry courses for science majors. My focus is on conceptual thinking, not memorizing. With a subject as cumulative as chemistry, my approach to tutoring and teaching is to help students "connect the dots" - what does this chapter have to do with the one we just finished, and how will what I learn now be important as I move on?
SAT Math

SAT Math

Problem-solving for standardized test questions in math is one of my specialties. As a tutor, I'll help make sure you have a solid conceptual base in all of the topics covered on the test. We'll also spend time working on testing strategies - how to narrow down the choices of right answers, use test time efficiently, and make smart decisions about when to guess or skip a question.

Test Preparation

ACT Math,

ACT Math

Problem-solving for standardized test questions in math is one of my specialties. As a tutor, I'll help make sure you have a solid conceptual base in all of the topics covered on the test. We'll also spend time working on testing strategies - how to narrow down the choices of right answers, use test time efficiently, and make smart decisions about when to guess or skip a question.
ACT Science,

ACT Science

Helping students interpret scientific information across many disciplines has been the focus of my teaching. My chemistry and biochemistry degrees include coursework in physics and biology, and I've always been fascinated by astronomy and geology. For students preparing for the ACT science test, my background in helping students prepare for standardized tests by critically reading and interpreting complex information will help you get a high score on this section of the test.
PSAT,

PSAT

My background as a faculty member at liberal arts colleges includes teaching writing and reading across the curriculum. In addition to helping you with key math concepts on the PSAT, I'm also an accomplished writer and teacher of writing. To help you prepare for success on this test - and pave the way for National Merit scholarship funds, I'll help you master some of the fine points of grammar and sentence structure. Critical reading is also an essential skill on this test - my experience teaching first-year seminars at the college level gives me a wealth of interesting material to pick from to help you learn to read critically in many different subject areas.
SAT Math

SAT Math

Problem-solving for standardized test questions in math is one of my specialties. As a tutor, I'll help make sure you have a solid conceptual base in all of the topics covered on the test. We'll also spend time working on testing strategies - how to narrow down the choices of right answers, use test time efficiently, and make smart decisions about when to guess or skip a question.

Examples of Expertise


Nancy has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 1 question submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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Amazing tutor!!

I’ve seen Nancy about 4-5 times now and each time she has been a tremendous help. She really understands how to break down the material we are reviewing so it makes sense and is easier to understand. She also lets me keep all the notes she’s made during the session so I can review them later. Would highly recommend using her if you’re needing help with Ochem!

Savannah , 5 lessons with Nancy

Helpful and knowledgeable tutor.

Nancy tutored my son in AP chem and found her to be extremely helpful. She really had a great method of helping him find the right path for difficult problems. We will definitely be using Nancy again.

Stacy, 1 lesson with Nancy

Very knowledgeable and helpful

Very knowledgeable and helpful. Nancy is wonderful she broke down a fundamental chemistry concepts that I’ve been struggling with within seconds of starting the session. She presented the concepts in a way that’s easy to learn and memorize I cannot thank her enough I’ll definitely be doing more sessions with her. She’s extremely kind and personable.

Shydai, 1 lesson with Nancy

Very knowledgeable Gen Chem tutor

Nancy helped me with GenChem 2. She went out of her way to make sure I understood the problems and was genuinely interested in my education. She explains things well and breaks them down. She is a great teacher.

Courtney, 3 lessons with Nancy

Outstanding tutor!

Nancy is an amazing tutor, extremely knowledgeable and is great at simplifying and explaining dense concepts. I am currently tutoring with her for chem 1 and I can honestly say that I am making significant improvements in understanding material such as stoichiometry, limiting reagents and redox reactions. I would highly recommend looking into her services. 5 stars all the way!

Devin, 11 lessons with Nancy

Very helpful.

Thank you Nancy for helping with direction when I was floundering. She was very patient and helpful with identifying areas of weakness and fundamentals that I should focus on. Will definitely meet again.

Jake, 1 lesson with Nancy

Fantastic Tutor

If you're looking for an excellent Tutor who makes complex problems easy to understand, Nancy is your girl. She explains things in a way that is easy to understand. I highly recommend her and if I ever need more Chemistry help I will definitely be contacting Nancy.

Marc, 7 lessons with Nancy

Great chemistry tutor!

Nancy worked well with my son and was able to relate to him. She presented the information he needed in easy to understand concepts. He felt confidant that he will do well on his exam tomorrow!

Kim, 17 lessons with Nancy

Knowledgeable, Prepared Tutor

Nancy has been the perfect tutor for our son for over a year now. She has an impressive background that has allowed her to tutor him in high school math and science honors courses. Not only have his grades improved, but his confidence in these subjects has also improved. We were so impressed with Nancy's knowledge base and the rapport that she quickly established with our son, that we engaged her to tutor him for the SAT and ACT. She identified his weaknesses and is addressing these weaknesses with him. A keen observer, Nancy does not permit him to "slack" in any areas and gives him test-taking tips based on his learning style and approach to problem-solving. In short, Nancy is a Godsend!

Correggio, 19 lessons with Nancy
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