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Bruce H.

Plano, TX

$45/hour

Dr. Bruce--Globally-Minded Support For Math+Advanced Chemistry

In-person lessons
3000+ Hours
Background check passed as of 10/19/15
4.7 average from 629 ratings
Knows his Chemistry
— Kim, Rowlett, TX on 12/4/16

$45/Hour


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Los Angeles Valley College/University of California, Riverside, Math Minor
B.A., Chemistry
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Inorganic Chemistry Minor/Organic Chemistry Major
PhD
Florida State University/Florida A&M University, Tallahassee
Other

Education

Los Angeles Valley College/University of California, Riverside, Math Minor (B.A., Chemistry)

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Inorganic Chemistry Minor/Organic Chemistry Major (PhD)

Florida State University/Florida A&M University, Tallahassee (Other)

About Bruce

I serve (and build relationships with) high school and college Math, Chemistry and Health Sciences students primarily in Plano, Richardson, Garland, North Dallas, Frisco/McKinney, Allen and Carrollton but am also open to reaching out to other areas within a reasonable travel distance, as well.

To avoid rate increases, students residing in 75033 and 75034 zip codes of Frisco are requested to compromise and meet me at safe, spacious, quiet public locales either close to the Tollway in West Plano or in Central Plano west of 75.

Would you kindly invest the time to evaluate my profile in terms of my policies and the breadth and depth of my student reviews and also explore the blogs under my Resources link to learn more about my personality, how I operate, and my high level of commitment to student achievement? Also of importance is the fact that I have made positive impacts upon countless numbers of students in MS, HS and College classrooms. All of this information will help you choose the most effective tutor (among the large pool of qualified individuals out there) to meet either your needs or those of your student.

My live-by slogans:
1) Eat the elephant one chew at a time.
2) Adopting a brain-enhancing lifestyle will never go out of style (having created an international food pyramid, I'm passionate about personally following the latest 21st century optimal macronutrient-balanced/micronutrient-rich nutritional principles and how they affect a good many aspects of human brain health, particularly those bearing on academic performance, decision-making, and a wide range of behaviors).
3) Tutor preparedness will also never go out of style, long after music and fashion have faded away.

My favorite acronym for what students are really craving:
MMFS--Make Me Feel Special!!!

Along with having tutored steadily for the last 20 years, I am a "walk the talk" type of individual with a unique mindset overwhelmingly shaped by valuing diversity, a NONBELIEVER in "quick fixes" for producing successful academic outcomes, and witty. I rank among Wyzant's top Dallas metro area tutors for overall activity and productivity in Middle School Algebra 1; High School Geometry-Algebra 2-Precalculus and Chemistry; and College Developmental Math-Algebra-Trigonometry, Introductory-General-Organic Chemistry, and Nutrition/Health Sciences-related courses. I seek out the best and end up cultivating the very best with the vast majority of my students. As an example, I really enjoy training those who are eager to learn how to sharpen their conceptual thinking abilities (i.e., thinking "outside the box"), especially when these are applied when Chemistry and Algebra 2 are bundled and also to AP Chemistry, IB Chemistry, General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry. My aim is really quite simple--aiding in the development of these skills in order to enable you or your student to achieve both immediate and longer-term goals. Please bear in mind, however, that my typically effective techniques for tutoring may occasionally differ somewhat from the actual instructional approaches being followed in the classroom.

These are the most common examples of different types of YEAR-ROUND tutoring that are provided: on semester regular weekly schedules; in preparation for upcoming SAT/ACT Math test and SAT Chemistry subject test administrations, HS EOC and early May AP Chemistry exams, American Chemical Society Standardized General Chemistry 1 and 2 final exams (Collin Colleges), and the PCAT; during summers when students face fast-paced (i.e., 20 day) General Chemistry 1 and 2 course instruction, need guidance through the whole year Algebra 2 course to obtain CBE (particularly for Plano and Richardson school district students), or need a head start for the challenging fall AP Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Precalculus courses; and long-term with General and Organic Chemistry students aiming for a STEM field or pursuing a psychiatry/neuroscience/medical/pharmacy/dental/nursing school or other health science/nutrition track.

My general approach toward tutoring is pretty much that for each session students are encouraged to bring in relevant questions addressing their needs and wants. Nevertheless, I am always ready with additional pertinent reference resources (for either the visual or hands-on learners) and supplemental assignments which are quickly brought into play to add further clarity and enrichment to concepts under discussion. Sometimes these extras even set the tone for a particular lesson. I then proceed in a consistent step-wise manner, resulting in "Got it" and "That makes sense" being quite routinely heard. These guided approaches ultimately enable them to achieve their most important objectives. Now, what more can you ask for?
I serve (and build relationships with) high school and college Math, Chemistry and Health Sciences students primarily in Plano, Richardson, Garland, North Dallas, Frisco/McKinney, Allen and Carrollton but am also open to reaching out to other areas within a reasonable travel distance, as well.

To avoid rate increases, students residing
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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Sessions are held at client residences, the Richardson, Plano and Allen Public Libraries, and other spacious and safe public locales across North Dallas, Richardson, Plano, Allen and Frisco/McKinney.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Plano, TX 75093
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Knows his Chemistry"

- Kim, Rowlett, TX on 12/4/16
Bruce replied on 12/6/2016

Thank you very much for your take on how I've been able to connect with your daughter. The IB level of HS Chemistry requires no less than this level of commitment with accompanying effective methods of instruction, with the ultimate goal of enhancing one's proficiency in sharpening conceptual skills.

"Very patient tutor."

- Alex, Plano, TX on 2/10/17
Bruce replied on 2/13/2017

Alex,

Thanks very much for your feedback.

I always come away with a good feeling when I've made that positive impact.

"Wise and extremely resourceful"

- Sharon, Mckinney, TX on 11/9/16
Bruce replied on 11/9/2016

Thank you very much for your objective feedback that, once again, captures the very essence of my tutoring style and whole approach to tutoring.

I hope that I will continue to enable you to achieve both your immediate and longer-term goals through my unwavering support.

"Great communication."

- serena, Plano, TX on 10/27/16
Bruce replied on 10/29/2016

Thank you very much, Serena, for your feedback. I will derive a great deal of satisfaction from doing my part to help your daughter continue to excel with 7th grade math and, at the same time, acquire the skills and good habits that will serve her well for future Math needs.

"Great tutor for organic chemistry"

- Jenny, Plano, TX on 7/1/16
Bruce replied on 8/26/2016

Jeanine,

Thank you very much for your feedback.

The important takeaway from your comments is that my prime focus in explaining and illustrating most topics in Organic is on a set of core General Chemistry concepts that are absolutely essential for student success with O-Chem. Many of these are covered in a typical HS AP Chemistry class, which is why I heartily recommend that a student planning to go to medical, dental or pharmacy school take this level of Chemistry at that point so as to gain that much more from college General Chemistry (if, in fact, they still need to take it) and, therefore, avoid major challenges with the subject matter once immersed in a full year O-Chem. course. Understandably, then, this is why I so much enjoy working with students during the summer in advance of the fall so as to be able to correct any General Chemistry deficiencies. Besides your student, I specifically had the pleasure during Summer 2016 of coaching two additional pre-med clients in advance of their Fall Organic courses. For certain, there's no way with appropriate advanced planning that Organic needs to be the so-called "deal-breaker" course for any student.

"Very good Tutor"

- Thi, Richardson, TX on 6/16/16
Bruce replied on 6/18/2016

Thi,

Thank you very much for your kind, yet objective feedback.

As always, you hit the nail right on the head as far as the ultimate impact upon student success of consistent, sustained teamwork involving both tutor and student.

Best wishes!

"Pre Algebra"

- Pam, Dallas, TX on 6/13/16
Bruce replied on 6/13/2016

You are very welcome, Pam, and thank you for the kind feedback.

I have enjoyed immensely, thus far, my sessions with your two children. They are both very inquisitive and are developing through my guidance some very good habits that will serve them both well come the next school year and thereafter.

"PreAP Chem final exam"

- Audrey, The Colony, TX on 5/28/16
Bruce replied on 5/31/2016

Audrey,

Thank you very much for your kind words and timely feedback.

Once again, the greatest satisfaction that I derived from my most recent Spring semester association with your son was to have recognized that a step-by-step approach in clear English and accompanied by the availability of relevant visual aids proved to be highly-effective in his having achieved the desired course outcome.

I am definitely looking forward to assisting him over the Summer and into the Fall as you stated.

Dr. Bruce

"Great first lesson."

- Yensy, Mckinney, TX on 5/7/16

"First session and first impression of Bruce was excellent!"

- Katherine, Plano, TX on 4/3/16
Bruce replied on 4/5/2016

Katherine,

Thank you very much for your kind feedback concerning your son's interaction with me.

It means a great deal to me to know that I can still effectively connect with a student in the 6th grade and not just with those students who are in high school and college and even years beyond these points. I will continue to do my best to help him be better prepared for his upcoming competition.

"Energetic"

- Daniel, Plano, TX on 2/7/16

"Very kind, knowledgeable and professional!!!"

- Masha, Mckinney, TX on 1/18/16
Bruce replied on 4/27/2016

Masha,

Thank you very much for your completely thorough and objective feedback. When I took note of its post it literally made my day.

Your detailed account of your pathway to success with my unwavering support serves as a potent reminder of the importance of establishing the tutor-student relationship early on in the process and continuing to consistently nurture this over time.

Any HS (any level) or College (Collin, DCCCD, NCTC, SMU, UTD, TWU, UNT) Chemistry student would be wise to seriously reflect upon what you have stated and begin partnering with me soon after a regular semester or Summer session has begun.

I only wish you the very best of success as you continue on your journey toward launching a successful nursing career.

Dr. Bruce

"Helpful"

- Megha, Frisco, TX on 1/14/16

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor."

- Natalie, The Colony, TX on 1/11/16

"Knowledgeable in subject matter"

- Brenda, Desoto, TX on 12/10/15

"Very well-versed in his field and reliable."

- Rowena, Garland, TX on 11/15/15

"Professional and knowledgeable"

- Kristina, Dallas, TX on 11/10/15
Bruce replied on 11/12/2015

Kristina,

Thank you very much for your kind feedback. Chemistry and Math go hand-in-hand in a wide range of circumstances. I love dealing with a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving as it is.

"Thorough and personable"

- Sean, Plano, TX on 10/31/15

"Wonderful"

- Jo'el, Mckinney, TX on 9/28/15
Bruce replied on 9/30/2015

Thank you very much for the objective feedback. It's very heartening to know that I am making a positive impact on your son's Geometry performance at this early stage. I will do everything in my power to provide the continued support and encouragement that it takes so that he will achieve the maximum possible success. Geometry has always been one of my strongest subjects and because of this I want to give back to the students who initially find it to be challenging (and in some cases more so than Algebra 1--please see my blog post for more details on this observation).

"Tremendous Chem and Algebra II tutoring session"

- Miya, Dallas, TX on 9/26/15
Bruce replied on 10/28/2015

Thank you, Miya.

I am totally committed to having Emily succeed to the greatest extent possible with both her PAP Algebra 2 and Chemistry.

"Terrific!"

- Paula, Dallas, TX on 9/17/15

"Taught at my pace"

- Matthew, Irving, TX on 8/6/15
Bruce replied on 8/6/2015

Matt,

Thank you very much for your feedback. I have been thoroughly enjoying helping you review step-by-step the core concepts from General Chemistry so that you will be well-prepared to achieve a passing score at minimum on you upcoming Chemistry CLEP.

"Extremely patient and thorough"

- Rachana, Plano, TX on 2/8/15
Bruce replied on 9/30/2015

I was on cloud nine when I heard back from you that your daughter ended the school year with a B+/A- average in her Honors Chemistry course and still thinks about me and says "Thank God, I had Dr. Bruce, otherwise I would have flunked Chemistry."

I hope that I have the opportunity to continue to be by her side every step of the way when she takes AP Chemistry in her senior year.

"Very accommodating and flexible"

- Sud, Richardson, TX on 2/2/15

"Good tutor but not what I am looking for"

- Anu, Dallas, TX on 1/20/15
Bruce replied on 1/22/2015

Anu,

Thank you very much for your feedback and best wishes.

"Very Patient-Great Tutor"

- Saurav, Austin, TX on 8/26/14
Bruce replied on 8/27/2014

Venkat,

Thank you very much for your objective feedback. I particularly relished the opportunity to work with medically-bound Organic students such as your son and only wish him the best of success as he continues to strive toward reaching his career goals.

Dr. Bruce

"Dr. H General Chemistry Lessons"

- Kyung, Frisco, TX on 8/17/14
Bruce replied on 8/17/2014

Kyung,

Thank you very much for your insight and best wishes as you embark on your College journey en route to achieving your career objectives.

Dr. Bruce

"Great Chemistry Tutor"

- Katie, Richardson, TX on 6/21/14
Bruce replied on 6/22/2014

Katie,

Thank you ever so much for your exceptionally objective and thorough feedback. You've captured the very essence of my tutoring approach and personality. I enjoyed each and every session that we shared and truly wish you the best of success in your future academic endeavors as you strive toward achieving your career objectives.

"Great tutor!"

- Larisa, Frisco, TX on 6/21/14

"Bruce H. Is A Rare Find"

- Tatiana, Flower Mound, TX on 5/25/14
Bruce replied on 5/27/2014

Tatiana, thank you very much for your kind and objective feedback. It was a true pleasure to have successfully mentored your son through his entire year of Organic Chemistry. I looked forward to each and every meeting because he was always enthusiastic and well-prepared with questions whether they were based on class notes, book problems, or practice exams.

I look forward to assisting him with his future Biochemistry needs as he continues his diligent work toward achieving his career objectives.

"Brilliant Tutor"

- Terri, Richardson, TX on 10/24/13
Bruce replied on 10/24/2013

Terri,

Having successfully guided you son through both Algebra 2 and Chemistry last school year, I have no doubts that he will succeed in precalculus this current school year under my mentorship.

"Good orgo tutor."

- Nina, Dallas, TX on 8/26/13
Bruce replied on 8/26/2013

Nina,

It was a pleasure to have assisted you with clear explanations of core General Chemistry and introductory Organic topics in preparation for your upcoming Fall university Organic Chemistry experience.

Best wishes for a successful academic year and in working towards fulfilling your career aspirations.

Dr. Bruce

"Knowledgeable, Very Patient, Gives Examples"

- Lauren, Dallas, TX on 7/17/13
Bruce replied on 7/18/2013

Lauren,

It was, indeed, a pleasure to have successfully mentored you through both the regular semester of Gen. Chem. I and the fast-paced summer session of Gen. Chem. II. You are correct in that I derive tremendous satisfaction out of presenting numerous examples of the topic under discussion in order for the student to more clearly understand it.

I'll certainly be ready and available to successfully guide you through 2nd semester of Organic Chemistry as you strive toward achieving your career aspirations.

"Chem Guru!"

- R, Coppell, TX on 7/15/13
Bruce replied on 7/15/2013

Thank you very much, R., for your exceptionally well-thought-out feedback. You have captured the very essence of my tutoring style and the types of relationships with clients that are most likely to lead to their long-term successes.

I'm glad that you had a superb experience in Gen. Chem. II through my guidance. I certainly look forward to continuing our working relationship with Organic Chemistry as you strive toward achieving your career aspirations.

"Committed Tutor"

- Marcia, Carrollton, TX on 7/14/13
Bruce replied on 7/19/2013

Thank you very much, Marcia, for your kind feedback.

It was, indeed, a pleasure to have guided your daughter to highly-successful outcomes on both the SAT Chemistry Subject Test and the AP Chemistry Exam. These have been among my major objectives in desiring to work with AP Chemistry students.

You hit the nail right on the head, Marcia, in terms of the value of teamwork in achieving student success.

Best wishes to both you and your daughter.

"My son successfully passed!"

- Deborah, Richardson, TX on 6/12/13
Bruce replied on 6/13/2013

Deborah, thanks so much for your well-thought out response. I thoroughly enjoyed working with your son at each session, be it for just Algebra 2, Chemistry, or a little of both.

The fact that he was receptive and prepared at each meeting and with a clear sense of what he wanted to accomplish went a long way toward his achieving his ultimate success. I was, as always, delighted to have played a major role in helping him attain his goals. Best wishes!

"Excellent tutor"

- Nailya, Dallas, TX on 5/11/13
Bruce replied on 5/13/2013

Nailya,

It was, indeed, a pleasure to have assisted your daughter on a regular basis with her AP Chemistry class. I love challenges, and the AP Chemistry course provided plenty of them on an ongoing basis.

Your daughter was always prepared at sessions and with a clear sense of what she wanted to accomplish. I extend my best wishes to her for future academic success as she strives toward fulfilling her professional goals.

Sincerely,

Bruce

"Great Chemistry tutor"

- Nikhil, Austin, TX on 5/6/13
Bruce replied on 7/18/2013

Thank you very much for your kind feedback concerning the impact that my multi-month tutoring sessions had on Nikhil's achievement. It was, indeed, a pleasure to have worked with him on a twice per week basis and to have consistently observed how focused and prepared he was at each session with the most challenging questions from his AP Chemistry course. Congratulations to him on his having achieved a 780 on the SAT Chemistry Subject Test and a 5 on the AP Chemistry Exam.

"Knowledgeable but Impatient"

- Krissy, Sachse, TX on 3/24/13
Bruce replied on 3/30/2013

Krissy,

Thank you very much for having provided feedback concerning your recent tutoring experience with me for General Chemistry 2.

Several issues that were raised in your correspondence require further clarification in order to put the whole experience in its proper context.

First, you informed me from the beginning that you were weak in General Chemistry 1 and received a subpar grade in this course. The topics in General Chemistry 2 were becoming increasingly more complex and would continue in that fashion as the course unfolded. Problems required a higher level of critical-thinking skills and also incorporation of a number of key concepts from General Chemistry 1. In addition, mathematical skills such as handling logarithms, solving quadratic and simple Algebra 1 equations, and setting up and solving proportions all required mastery in order to successfully handle current problems.

Second, as our sessions progressed, my assessment was that there were just too many past weak links that required remediation in the limited amount of session time I could devote to have eventually brought you up to speed for success. Not having read a chapter (or at least its summary) due to lack of time and prior to a session only compounded matters.

Since many students, particularly those planning to enter the medical field, require an additional year of Organic Chemistry, it becomes even more vital for success to have acquired a strong mastery of both General Chemistry 1 and General Chemistry 2 core topics.

Yes, I admit that sometimes I appear tough, but this comes from many years experience of knowing the necessary skills for success and having had an intense personal interest in both the short- and long-term welfare of all of my students. I was just attempting to be honest and open.

Accordingly, based upon the aforementioned, I was not your best fit for your overall situation.

Best wishes,

Bruce H.

"Did what we needed him to do."

- Dan, Allen, TX on 11/12/12
Bruce replied on 11/13/2012

Dan, thanks very much for your feedback. I'm delighted that your daughter noticeably improved on her SAT retake. Best wishes.

"Great tutor"

- Kavitha, Frisco, TX on 10/8/12

"Very patient and efficient!"

- Monica, Plano, TX on 9/29/12

"Very responsible tutor available according to student's schedule!"

- Troy, Dallas, TX on 8/7/12

"Thorough and Patient Tutor"

- Susan, Richardson, TX on 6/6/12
Bruce replied on 6/17/2013

Susan,

After the positive experience in having worked with your son in Pre-AP Algebra 2, I wish to thank you so much for, once again, having selected me to guide him to success in Precalculus over the majority of this recently-concluded schoolyear. It was very satisfying to know that my style of breaking down complex concepts in both Algebra 2 and Precalculus into simpler parts will serve him well when he proceeds into Calculus.

Best wishes!
Bruce

"A Pleasure"

- Lauren, Dallas, TX on 5/29/12

"Goes step by step!"

- E, Plano, TX on 5/17/12

"Great Tutor"

- Merlin, Allen, TX on 2/13/12

"Very patient and knowledgeable"

- Raya, Allen, TX on 1/17/12

"Very good teacher and tutor"

- Brandon, Denton, TX on 9/10/11

"A very patient and knowledgeable tutor"

- Seth, Lavon, TX on 8/11/11
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ASVAB,
ISEE,
PSAT, SAT Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT Math

I have ACT math resources which can be used to diagnose students' particular strengths and weaknesses from the onset. Skill building strategies can then be modeled and implemented to bring students to higher levels of achievement.

Algebra 1

Easily dealt with are the following topics routinely covered in middle or high school Algebra I: handling equations (particularly in word problems), solving inequalities, explaining a variety of functions (including graphical interpretation), solving systems of linear equations and linear inequalities, handling exponents and polynomials, factoring polynomials, handling exponential and radical functions, and dealing with rational functions and equations.

As an additional resource I also possess an Algebra I "Teacher's Edition" text.

Algebra 2

I can handle most topics in Algebra II and College Algebra and am especially strong in word problems, exponents, solving both logarithmic and radical equations, factoring polynomials, simplifying expressions involving both radicals and complex numbers, and describing the behavior (domain, range, presence of asymptotes) of a variety of functions to include quadratic, absolute value, rational, inverse, logarithmic, exponential and transformed. Conic sections is also a familiar area of expertise.

I am particular knowledgeable with the Algebra 2 curricula in both the Plano and Richardson school districts and have had great success working with students from JJ Pearce, Richardson Arts/Science Magnet, Williams, Shepton and Jasper high schools and also Plano West SHS. In 2016 the PISD curriculum served as a major focal point for teaching the entire year's Algebra 2 course over an eight week early summer period so that a student could obtain CBE and, therefore, head into Precalculus in the fall.

As an additional resource I also possess an Algebra II "Teacher's Edition" text.

ASVAB

I will assist clients with the verbal, mathematics and science sections of the ASVAB test.

Particular strengths are in unfamiliar word meanings deduced from context clues and in mathematics problems requiring both reading comprehension and correct algebraic representations and setups.

Biochemistry

My vast knowledge of General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and 21st century Human Nutrition enables me to understand and explain many Biochemistry concepts.

I have also taught multiple times a college-level General/Organic/Biochemistry hybrid course.

Chemistry

As a Chemistry major and Academic/Industrial Chemist, I have exceptional knowledge of and clearly communicate and illustrate through use of abundant and very effective resources all classroom and laboratory topics encountered in regular, honors/PAP, AP, and IB (SL or HL at several high schools) Chemistry and College Allied Health Sciences Chemistry (Chemistry 1405/1406 within the DCCCD and all Collin College locations) and General Chemistry (Chemistry 1411/1412 within the DCCCD and all Collin College locations and also Chemistry 1311/1312 at UTD). My specialties are IB Chemistry and AP Chemistry, for which I've had (and am still having) great success with students.

Elementary Math

Students at the elementary level, particularly in grades 5 and 6, have been successfully tutored in Math.

With patience I break down problems (particularly word applications) into parts that are simple for students to understand.

My approaches are also adaptable to different learning styles.

Geometry

I easily handle any topic (including applications problems) covered in a Regular, PAP, or Honors Geometry course and am excellent in both inductive and deductive reasoning, the various methods for proving polygons both congruent and similar, and the interplay between algebra and geometry in word problem situations.

ISEE

As assets for handling ISEE test preparation I have a very broad background in Math to include the middle grades PreAlgebra, Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Trigonometry and Precalculus. Along with this, I have helped many individuals prepare for the Math sections of the PSAT, SAT and the ACT. As such, my background is also very applications-oriented.

The ISEE test preparation (which I began with a student during the summer of 2016) draws on a student's ability to handle, among other areas, many word applications problems involving algebraic representations and also application of newly-defined symbolism. These are situations that I'm well-equipped to deal with given my prior Math experiences.

Nutrition

I am exceptionally knowledgeable in the principles of 21st century macronutrient-/micronutrient-balanced Nutrition and have used them to create an international food pyramid after having conducted extensive research on the most micronutrient-rich worldwide eating patterns. Regular adherence to these practices has provided me with consistently high energy and focusing ability, both of which have been major contributors to my success as a tutor.

Based upon sharing the aforementioned knowledge and in addition to my ability to foster development of heightened critical-thinking abilities during tutoring sessions, I am a particularly valued asset to those students who aspire to become doctors, dentists, pharmacists, physicians' assistants, and psychiatrists.

My fact sheets, "The Maximum Mental Health Diet," are designed around the core principles embodied in my food pyramid and are offered to any client upon request at the first or subsequent tutoring session.

Organic Chemistry

I have a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry and have gained much experience utilizing Organic Chemistry in the private sector, teaching Organic Chemistry concepts within both two-year and four-year colleges, as well as having tutored private clients in both first semester and second semester Organic Chemistry.

For North Dallas, Dallas northern suburb and out-of-state students who plan to take Organic Chemistry during an upcoming academic year and have heard that Organic is the supposed "deal-breaker" course, it is actually preferable that I use my very effective combination of resources and begin working with them over the Summer in advance of this time. This will help to fortify core General Chemistry concepts and clarify other introductory material so that they won't feel that they are being thrown into the deep end without any swimming lessons. These measures will also boost their confidence levels and cut down on a great deal of unnecessary memorization as they head into the 2-part course. Therefore, what I strongly advise is that, schedule permitting, they begin partnering with me starting as early as possible (usually the beginning of June) by setting up 2-3 weekly meetings of 60-90 minutes each. This turned out very well for 3 aspiring pre-med students who I had the pleasure of working with during the summer of 2016 and headed to such top-caliber schools as Rice University and Boston University. Needless to say, I would much rather deal with Organic in this fashion than to jump into a fall or spring semester or fast-paced summer session course and try to "rescue" a student during a one-time session. If I do assist students during the fall, spring or summer, they have normally had prior association with me for their General Chemistry needs. A notable exception would involve a student who withdraws from their Organic course and plans to retake it during a subsequent semester. I will gladly begin fortifying this student's deficiencies during the interim and continue to support them once re-immersed in the course.

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is that critical point between the student's prior math experiences and the more challenging upcoming courses in algebra and geometry. With my skill set in the basic handling of numbers and the symbolic representation of numbers and ideas, I will build up the confidence level of the student through patience and encouragement. This will establish a strong foundation for future studies.

Performance exceeding 90% was achieved on the Texas State Educator's Gr. 4-8 Math Exam.

Precalculus

With Precalculus I am proficient with general functions and graphs, polynomial, rational, radical, absolute value, exponential and logarithmic functions and their various transformations, fundamental trigonometric concepts, including the Laws of Sines and Cosines in applications problems, the cosine and sine of angle sum and difference formulas, handling trigonometric identities and polar coordinates, solving systems of equations in 2 or 3 variables, parametric equations, vectors and their applications, and graphing conic sections.

SAT Math

I have multiple SAT resources which can be used from the onset to diagnose students' particular strengths and weaknesses in geometry, algebra, and trigonometry. Skill building strategies can then be modeled and implemented to bring students to higher levels of achievement on simulated tests.

I will also help more than adequately prepare those students who are planning to take the SAT Chemistry subject test.

Trigonometry

I can handle most topics in Trigonometry and am especially strong in application-type problems, converting between degrees and radian measure and polar and rectangular coordinates, solving trigonometric equations, simplifying trigonometric expressions and identities, graphing trigonometric functions and their transformations, and applying the Laws of Sines and Cosines to practical problems.

Los Angeles Valley College/University of California, Riverside, Math Minor
B.A., Chemistry
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Inorganic Chemistry Minor/Organic Chemistry Major
PhD
Florida State University/Florida A&M University, Tallahassee
Other

Education

Los Angeles Valley College/University of California, Riverside, Math Minor (B.A., Chemistry)

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Inorganic Chemistry Minor/Organic Chemistry Major (PhD)

Florida State University/Florida A&M University, Tallahassee (Other)

Knows his Chemistry

Dr. Bruce knows his Chemistry. My daughter has had 4 sessions with him now. He comes well prepared and there is no second guessing with his explanations; which is the last thing that any student wants when they are trying to understand a concept. He always leaves her with something that she can build upon and makes her think.

— Kim, Rowlett, TX on 12/4/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Sessions are held at client residences, the Richardson, Plano and Allen Public Libraries, and other spacious and safe public locales across North Dallas, Richardson, Plano, Allen and Frisco/McKinney.

Travel policy

Bruce will travel within 15 miles of Plano, TX 75093.