Dr. Bruce-STEM+PRE-MED Devoted! Math-PAP-AP-IB Chem+Intro-Gen-O-Chem
Dr. Bruce-STEM+PRE-MED Devoted! Math-PAP-AP-IB Chem+Intro-Gen-O-Chem
"Have invited Bruce back to help both kids."
David, 123 lessons with Bruce
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Globally diverse in outlook, I'm Dr. Bruce, passionate about following a nutritionally complete, mainly plant-based whole foods diet and its positive effects on one's academic performance, energy and mood. With patience and kindness, trust is built with students in Geometry-Algebra 1 and 2-Precal-Trig and PAP-AP-IB-Intro-General 1+2-Organic 1+2 Chemistry. PRE-MED and ALLIED HEALTH individuals even gain career-enrichment and personal benefits extending beyond those reaped from the tutoring.
A conceptually-oriented, insightful individual who develops one's critical-thinking skills to their utmost, I am particularly adept at working with students taking Algebra 2/Honors Chemistry at Shepton and Jasper High Schools, AP Chemistry at Plano West SHS, and the whole year of both General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry at UTD. I offer tutoring YEAR-ROUND on semester regular weekly schedules or in advance of quizzes or unit/EOC exams, during summers when individuals face fast-paced (typically 20 days) General Chemistry 1 and 2 and Organic Chemistry 1 and 2 course instruction or desire a head start for the challenging fall AP Chemistry and Organic Chemistry courses, and, finally, long-term with Intro, General and Organic Chemistry students taking either traditional or online courses and ultimately either STEM-directed or pursuing a psychology/psychiatry/neuroscience/pre-med/biomedical engineering/pharmacy-dental-nursing school or other health science/nutrition track. I have tutored for 20+ years (to have also included under a STEM-administered grant at Mountain View College within the DCCCD) and have additionally during this time made positive classroom impacts upon literally thousands of MS, HS and College learners.
My general approach toward tutoring is that heading into each session students are encouraged to bring in relevant questions addressing their most immediate needs and wants in connection with classroom lecture notes/discussions, online/written assignments, prior practice exams and quizzes, and lab activities. Nevertheless, I am always ready with additional pertinent Geometry, Algebra 1/2 and Precalculus supplemental handouts and a variety of HS/College Chemistry and Organic Chemistry resources for either the visual or hands-on learners to add further clarity and reinforcement to concepts under discussion. Sometimes these extras even set the tone for a particular lesson. I then proceed in very clear English (saying it again as many times as needed, even in everyday terms) and in a consistent step-wise manner, resulting in "Got it" and "That makes sense" being regularly heard. These guided approaches ultimately enable the students to achieve their most important objectives. Now, what more can you ask for?
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Have invited Bruce back to help both kids.
Always patient and informative, Bruce has helped both my High school age kids, Algebra 2 with my daughter and algebra with my son. Pleasure to work with over the years.David, 123 lessons with BruceTutor responded:
Hi David. Thank you very much for your recent feedback. It has been a real pleasure to have had a 3-year and continuing relationship with your family during which time I have mentored your son through Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and Chemistry at Shepton High School and currently am forging ahead with Algebra 2 there involving your daughter. Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce knows his stuff!
I had my first session with Dr. Bruce this past weekend. He was so helpful in making Chemistry understandable for me. I will certainly continue to see him for help.Wade, 2 lessons with Bruce
Knowledgeable and patient tutor
This was my daughter's first tutoring session with Dr. Bruce for Pre-calculus. He taught her to solve problems step by step, stopping and correcting her immediately if there was a mistake. We will continue more sessions with him.Reshma, 2 lessons with Bruce
Very experienced, knowledgable and fun tutor.
Bruce helped my daughter gain more confidence just after her first session. He showed her how to go back and review her work, shortcuts by using antonyms and also explained fully what he was teaching. Very organized!Danita, 3 lessons with BruceTutor responded:
Thank you very much, Danita, for your feedback. Instilling a higher level of confidence in the student from the very get-go is one of my top priority objectives toward helping to establish a strong student-tutor relationship. Dr. Bruce
Subject Matter Expert and Personable
Not only is Dr. Bruce a subject matter expert in Chemistry, he knows how to present the lesson in a way that is personable and promotes retention. His passion for the field of Chemistry is exhilarating and it is pleasure to see the glimmer in his eyes as he presents the subject.Scarlet, 7 lessons with BruceTutor responded:
Scarlet, Thank you very much for your kind feedback. Thus far it has been a real pleasure for me and has stretched my thinking abilities to have provided support for your daughter as her IB Chemistry challenges continue to unfold. Dr. Bruce
Very patient tutor.
Bruce helped my son understand his chemistry homework. He has lots of patience and has helped to build confidence in test-taking. I can see that he is getting better in his grade. Thanks for helping!Alex, 4 lessons with BruceTutor responded:
Alex, Thanks very much for your feedback. I always come away with a good feeling when I've made that positive impact.
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, 8 lessons with BruceTutor responded:
Kim, 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 and with accompanying effective methods of instruction, with the ultimate goal of enhancing one's proficiency in sharpening conceptual skills.
Wise and extremely resourceful
Dr. Bruce is a great tutor. He is very direct in how he teaches the topics at hand. We worked on acids/bases equilibriums, equilibrium constants, and other Chemistry II topics. I really find his visual style of teaching very helpful. He makes sure to be able to give several different examples to problems that we go over. He is very resourceful, and is always prepared. I love that he is able to immediately pull out sample questions over the topics we are covering during our tutoring sessions. I highly recommend him to anyone that is serious about improving in their studies.Sharon, 8 lessons with BruceTutor responded:
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.
Dr. Bruce helped my daughter's test and homework on 7th grade math. Overall experience is great. Dr. Bruce is a very patient and clear tutor.serena, 3 lessons with BruceTutor responded:
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
Dr. Bruce knows organic chemistry like the back of his hands. He explains the concepts very well and makes them easy to understand.Jenny, 17 lessons with BruceTutor responded:
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.
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