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)
Hi, I'm Dr. Bruce, who establishes high-level mutual trust relationships with (and, therefore, successfully guides), 6th grade and middle school Math, high school Math/PreAP-AP-IB Chemistry, college-level Developmental Math-Algebra-Trigonometry/General-Organic Chemistry/Nutrition-Allied Health Sciences, and ages 22-50+ adult students as per their needs primarily in Plano, Richardson, Garland, the SMU-Park Cities-North Dallas and Frisco-McKinney areas, Allen, Carrollton, Wylie and Rowlett but also considers reaching out to other Dallas suburban locations within a reasonable travel distance.
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 situated either close to the Tollway in West Plano or in Central Plano west of 75.
In order to determine whether I'm a good fit (among the very large pool of qualified individuals out there who will gladly provide the necessary "quick fixes" that may be desired by either you or your student), would you kindly invest what amounts to well-spent time to evaluate my profile in terms of the policies and the breadth and depth of my student reviews and then further explore the blogs under the Resources link to learn more about my personality, what the expectations are for myself and the students whom I reach out to, and my high level of commitment to student achievement? Also of significance is the fact that as an educator positive impacts have been made upon tens of thousands of students in MS, HS and College classrooms.
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 centered around eating an herb/spice-flavored, 90+ percent multi-colored plant-based whole foods diet to also include moderate amounts of low-mercury, wild ocean fish, I'm obviously very passionate about personally following the most up-to-date 21st century optimal macronutrient-balanced/micronutrient-rich and diverse nutritional principles and how they very significantly affect many important aspects of human brain health to include those that enhance one's academic performance, help promote better decision-making abilities, and regulate a wide range of mood-based behaviors).
3) Tutor preparedness will also never go out of style, long after music and fashion have faded away.
My favorite acronym for what most students are really craving:
MMFS--Make Me Feel Special!!!
Along with having privately tutored and also participated as an educator in numerous middle grades, high school and college classrooms steadily for the last 20 years, I am a down-to-earth, direct, and "walk the talk" type of individual with a unique mindset which embraces valuing diversity in many forms, a NONBELIEVER in "quick fixes" for producing successful academic outcomes (again, please refer to my student testimonials), and witty. I seek out the best and end up cultivating the absolute 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 since these are so critical and come into play when Chemistry and Algebra 2 are bundled together most commonly in 10th grade and also when dealing with 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(s) 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; as the need arises just prior to approaching quizzes and/or major unit exams; in preparation for upcoming SAT/ACT/ISEE/ASVAB/GED/STAAR Math test and SAT Chemistry subject test administrations, HS final course Math/Chemistry and early May AP Chemistry exams, American Chemical Society Standardized General Chemistry 1 and 2 semester final exams (all Collin Colleges and Texas A&M-Commerce), and the PCAT; during summers when students face fast-paced (typically 20 day) General Chemistry 1 and 2 course instruction, need instructional guidance through the whole year Algebra 2 course to obtain CBE (particularly for Plano and Richardson school district students) to enable them to proceed onto fall semester Precalculus, or desire a head start for the challenging fall AP Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Precalculus courses; and, finally, long-term with General and Organic Chemistry students aiming for a STEM field or pursuing a psychiatry/neuroscience/pre-med/biomedical engineering/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 and assignments addressing their most immediate needs and wants. Nevertheless, I am always ready with additional pertinent Math and Chemistry reference resources (for either the visual or hands-on learners) and supplemental handouts (as added outside study aids) which are quickly brought into play 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 (re-phrasing, as needed) and in a consistent step-wise manner, resulting in "Got it" and "That makes sense" being regularly heard. These guided approaches ultimately enable them to achieve their most important objectives. Now, what more can you ask for? Hi, I'm Dr. Bruce, who establishes high-level mutual trust relationships with (and, therefore, successfully guides), 6th grade and middle school Math, high school Math/PreAP-AP-IB Chemistry, college-level Developmental Math-Algebra-Trigonometry/General-Organic Chemistry/Nutrition-Allied Health Sciences, and ages 22-50+ adult students as per their
Sessions held in client homes, the Richardson/Plano/Allen Public Libraries, and other spacious/quiet/safe public locales across North Dallas, Richardson, Plano, Allen, Frisco/McKinney and elsewhere.
Mr. H tutored me for a year in chemistry and algebra. He is an excellent teacher who taught me material through several methods such as: working through the problem, presenting different problems about the same topic, and going into depth as to why certain answers are wrong and why one is right. He thoroughly explained the topic in a way that was easy to understand while making it so that I would learn as much he could teach me. I would definitely use Mr. H’s tutoring services.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Thanks very much for your feedback.
I always come away with a good feeling when I've made that positive impact.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Bruce knows organic chemistry like the back of his hands. He explains the concepts very well and makes them easy to understand.
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.
Dr. Bruce was a big help during my Pre-AP/AP Chemistry classes. It was a long road, but it was nice to know that I have an experienced teacher/helper always available. He was always punctual and on time. He has a wealth of information available at all times, and his visuals were a big help. I eventually received a 5 on the AP test thanks to my hard work and his guidance. I would recommend him to anyone who needs help, or anyone who wants that higher level of understanding.
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.
I enlisted the help of Dr. Bruce to help my two children (ages 12 & 13) review various math concepts for enrichment purposes. My intent is to use him throughout the summer as well as the school year! We are very pleased with him so far and look forward to building a strong academic relationship with him in the future! Thank you, Dr. Bruce!!
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.
Everytime my son meets with Dr. Bruce he learns a more effective way to efficiently solve every quiz and exam given. He successfully increased his average and has kept an A in the class. We will keep using Dr. Bruce this summer for SAT prep and Precalculus in the fall
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.
Bruce was really great with his explanations about why and how and I'm sure I'm going to be able to do great on my exam. This was a good first lesson. If I don't pass this class I will most likely use Dr. Bruce again.
Bruce was on time, connected with our son with some common interests, and then began the tutoring session for an hour. He was patient, thoughtful, and gave our son some streamlined examples to take into the competition! Thank you, Bruce.
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.
Bruce H. taught my son David some geometry concepts and was very patient and thorough with his explanations covering how to write out his answers step by step so that he could fully understand how to work problems on his own.
56 %....was the score of my first exam in Chemistry 1411 course. I knew i was in a big trouble, as i felt so clueless and lost in that class. In desperate search for an affordable tutor for the entire semester, i stumbled upon Dr.Bruce and THANK GOD i did!!!! He is professional, patient, reliable, flexible, experienced and VERY, VERY knowledgeable in general, organic chemistry and math. During our first session, i was all over the place and had no idea how and where to begin. His patience and the ability to adjust to my style of learning was just amazing. Throughout the semester he provided me with ENORMOUS amount of different resources. Related problems that were solved by him and explained in step by step process , practice problems to take home, visuals (which helped me the most), test banks, ACS practice exams, list just goes on.. I was so thrilled and excited when i passed my second and third exam with a B and B+. My final exam was one written by ACS which i was the most anxious and insecure about. Dr. Bruce did an outstanding job to help me to prepare for my final. I received a 100% on the final and couldn't be more satisfied!!!
Thank you, Dr.Bruce for your amazing help, knowledge, encouragement and kindness throughout the process.
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.
My daughter was needed one time help on her upcoming Chem Test and Bruce has taught the concept very well and she scored well compare to her past.
Bruce helped me understand my chemistry homework. I was confused until Bruce helped me with a gas law formula but afterwards I felt confident in what I had learned and applied.
Dr. Bruce was prompt for the session. He was methodical in teaching my son Geometry. He gave him some good tips on how to approach problems to improve understanding.
Bruce presented different topic ideas for my son to choose from for his IA project. After the tutorial lesson, my son able to proceed with his IA proposal and now fully understand the lesson he has been struggling.
Bruce is simply a pro. He has extensive knowledge on a multitude of subjects. I especially like that he is willing to bundle chemistry and math tutoring if the student needs it.
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.
Dr. Bruce had helped me understand concepts from my Chem 1405 course, using additional resources from his many years of teaching the subject. I recommend him if you have any difficulty understanding your coursework.
Dr. Bruce is wonderful. First test before Dr. Bruce, my son got a 57, after working only three times with Dr. Bruce he received an 85 on the next one test.
My son now has confidence when he walks into the classroom. Thanks Dr. Bruce!!
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).
Thanks Bruce! I checked in w Emily and she agreed that your help this week was tremendous. Really appreciate your flexibility in being able to support both her Algebra II needs as well as Chemistry.
Thank you, Miya.
I am totally committed to having Emily succeed to the greatest extent possible with both her PAP Algebra 2 and Chemistry.
Dr. Bruce H. was terrific. He bends over backwards to meet you when it's convenient to you and is kind, patient and thorough.
Bruce teaches at the pace his student can absorb and explains in a way that you can grasp complex topics and celebrates as you make progress.
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.
My daughter goes to a private school in Dallas and her chemistry curriculum was extremely challenging. After trying out a couple of tutors, we found Dr. Bruce last September. The lessons have been very beneficial for our daughter and Dr. Bruce has brought a lot of clarity to her fundamentals of chemistry honors and has continued to build upon it. Chemistry is no longer something our daughter fears.
We have recommended Dr. Bruce to a couple of our friends and they also feel the lessons are beneficial. Dr. Bruce someone who has a chemistry background knows how to teach chemistry at a level that students can understand. And that is the key. I highly recommend Dr. Bruce to anyone who needs an awesome Chemistry teacher.
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.
I reached out to Bruce on Thursday via email exploring if he had any openings over the weekend to tutor my 10th grader. He responded the same day via email that he had openings on Saturday and Sunday. He conveyed the time slots and asked that I call him to reserve one of the two slots. I called him Friday stating that we will take the Saturday slot, if still available. However, I forgot to leave my call back number. To his credit, Bruce located my number from a prior conversation and called me back to confirm the session. His flexibility, diligence to locate my contact number and get back to me and professionalism were very commendable, especially based on recent horrid experience with another WyzAnt tutor or two.
Bruce was there on-time and this being the first session for my 10th grader with Bruce, I will venture that it was a fairly good session. Bruce made an attempt to understand my daughter's learning style and went about teaching her both moles and basic Stoichiometry.
I was impressed by the thoroughness of his summary of the session. He nicely elaborated on the material he taught - a nice thing for parent like me. As far as the quality of the session is concerned, I would rate it as somewhere between an Average to a Good lesson (3.5 stars). But that is not to say that, with few more lessons an Exceptional rating is very possible, as both Bruce and my daughter get to understand and adapt to each other's teaching and learning styles
Again, thank you Bruce and we will stay in touch.
Bruce is a good tutor, very patient and understanding but does not meet my requirements. He took the time to understand my son's deficiencies and helped me go over some of his geometry exercises. I am looking for somebody more dynamic and somebody who will move at a much faster pace.
Thank you very much for your feedback and best wishes.
This is our second session with Dr. Bruce starting with Organic Chemistry I and now II. He is such a wonderful teacher who knows the subject and the student before he starts the session. He evaluates the student's knowledge of the subject and plans the classes accordingly. His sessions are based on the curriculum, which almost matches what the school teaches. I strongly recommend him.
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.
I have been taking general chemistry lessons with Dr.H for about 2 months in preparation for general chemistry courses at college and found the lessons helpful. He helped me refresh topics from AP Chemistry I took in my junior year of high school as well as delving deeper into some of the main topics. I mainly reviewed important general chem topics that pertain to organic chemistry that I will have to take in sophomore year of college and Dr.H has done a nice job teaching and relating critical general chem topics to organic chemistry. He gave a lot of organic chemistry examples as it relate to general chem topics being covered as well as providing practical applications of some of the topics. Dr.H was always punctual and has been a reliable teacher.
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 tutored my daughter in high school Honors Chemistry for the entire second semester (Jan-May 2014) portion of a full year course. She had been having significant struggles in the course for a variety of reasons. However, she is an A student and has not had the need for a tutor in any subjects before. Our decision to hire Dr. Bruce allowed her to turn the corner and ultimately make an A in the course. This was a major feat given how lost she was in the subject matter when they started.
Dr. Bruce is extremely well versed in, and clearly has a passion for, the subject of Chemistry, but I’m sure that likely can be said about many tutors. I believe the difference maker is that Dr. Bruce has many qualities that allow the student-tutor relationship to work. Most importantly, Dr. Bruce lets the student drive the content to be discussed, in whatever level of detail is needed, and however much repetition is needed for the concepts to sink in. For example, one session might focus on a lab or homework assignment, while another may focus on an upcoming test.
Dr. Bruce comes to each session well prepared. He brings and references many teaching aids throughout the session, helping to reinforce concepts. Obviously, it helps for the student to be prepared prior to each session beginning, and I did make sure my daughter studied and prepared her questions before each session to get the most out of it.
Other qualities worthy of note are Dr. Bruce’s flexibility such as extending a session longer than the scheduled time, scheduling additional sessions during finals, rescheduling (as student’s demands are constantly changing), etc. Additionally, he is very patient with the student when repetition is required. And, I believe he is able to break complex topics down to their fundamentals, individualized to the student’s needs. And, to repeat myself, the additional teaching aids he provides are invaluable.
All in all, Dr. Bruce was a great help to my daughter. I believe he is quite concerned about the student’s overall success and sincerely wants to do what he can to help them succeed. If my daughter continues with higher-level Chemistry course work, and she needs assistance to ace the subject matter, I wouldn't hesitate to use Dr. Bruce again.
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.
Bruce H. is a rare find. He is very knowledgeable in such a difficult subject as organic chemistry, but even more importantly, he fosters great enthusiasm for the subject. He always brings and shows articles about chemistry and its many applications. He explains clearly and in detail all concepts and logic. In particular, many concepts from general chemistry are critical to understanding organic chemistry, and Bruce knows which ideas are important and has a talent for teaching them and how they apply.
Further, Bruce is very flexible and tries to accommodate your needs. When we needed extra time, he was always willing, even if it meant coming at very early or late hours, even on weekends. He is always very punctual, and you can always rely on him coming on time.
He helped my son improve his grades and maintain the higher grades throughout the year they worked together. My son finished Organic chemistry 1 and 2 at UTD with excellent grades.
I highly recommend Bruce H. for anybody who needs tutoring in any chemistry subject.
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.
Dr. Bruce is very thorough. My son is learning quite a bit about calculus from him. I feel confident that Dr. Bruce can get my son where he needs to be in this subject!! Thank you!!
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.
Bruce H. was a good tutor for organic chemistry. He was very knowledgeable in the course material and he explained things very clearly. He helped me get familiar with the topics before I started organic chemistry in the fall.
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.
I needed help for general chemistry and he helped me immensely. He's very great a making you understand the material and providing examples to help you learn. Give him a call and he'll work around your schedule. He was very helpful and knew all about the mastering chemistry online software. I'm coming to him for help with organic chemistry 2!
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.
I worked with Bruce for my Gen Chem II. I must say he is very very strong with the subject matter. He is thorough and is extremely professional. Every Chapter in Gen Chem II demands strong grasp of the concepts that will be put to full use in solving problems. Bruce's strong Math background also comes in very handy when solving problems. All his years of teaching college level really shines through during the tutoring sessions. He will give you additional information about the subject matter sometimes that will be both interesting and will come in extremely handy during exam prep. I completely recommend Bruce for College Chemistry.
I will however add, that to get the full benefit of his tutoring sessions, the student MUST do his/her homework prior to each session. It is best to go in knowing exactly where your problem areas are so Bruce can work with you on that. In other words, you can tap into Bruce's expertise in Chemistry better by letting him know where exactly you need help rather than going through the whole chapter with him and letting him figure it out for you.
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.
Bruce tutored my daughter in AP Chemistry for most of the past school year. He was always punctual and prepared for each lesson. I also need to mention that he is "Mr. High Energy." My daughter is also very focused and desires to learn. With both of them working together, she was able to get a 780 on her Chemistry SAT Subject Test and a 5 on her AP Chemistry Exam.
I would recommend Bruce for his dedication and his commitment to his students' success.
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 enjoys a challenge, but his first grades in PreAP Algebra 2 and Chemistry put him at risk of failing both courses. I selected Dr. Bruce to tutor my son because as a high school algebra and chemistry substitute teacher, Dr. Bruce has full access to current curriculum materials and schedules. When Dr. Bruce began tutoring my son, he first assessed my son’s knowledge of both courses. Dr. Bruce then reviewed critical concepts my son had missed in class. They worked together to ensure my son’s understanding of these foundation concepts before moving on.
As Dr. Bruce makes clear in just one of his tutoring sessions, he likes to first take a small piece of the troubled section in algebra or chemistry and then breaks down that section, stressing the importance of each part; which my son found to be very effective to his understanding of the material.
My son asked questions of Dr. Bruce which he did not feel comfortable discussing in class. He was able to take his time and work through problems, complete homework, and prepare for test during tutoring. Dr. Bruce was always aware of testing schedules and upcoming curriculum topics. This was very helpful to me, because my son was so focused on trying to keep up; he often missed important pieces of information.
Dr. Bruce takes his job as a tutor very seriously. He was always on time, always prepared, finished on time, was flexible when needed, and was straight forward about my son’s progress.
When it comes to learning there is no magic, just hard work and effort. With Dr. Bruce’s help, my son can now move on to subjects which accentuate his talents with the proven knowledge that when challenged with subjects difficult for him, he can be successful.
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!
Dr. Bruce tutored my daughter for eight months in AP Chemistry. It is a very challenging course. I was lucky to find Dr. Bruce. If you need an AP Chemistry tutor he is the one. He is able to explain to her in a way that she is able to understand and has provided excellent visuals as well. He is very knowledgeable and works to find out what concepts my daughter doesn't understand. My daughter has made amazing progress in chemistry in just a couple of months. Thank you Dr. Bruce.
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.
Bruce taught Chemistry to my son who's in Junior High this year. My son found a new interest in Chemistry after he started having regular weekly classes with Bruce since the past 6 months, and improved his class grades as well. He's appearing in the AP Chemistry exams next week and targeting a "5".
I'd recommend Bruce for High School Chemistry tutoring and wish him all the best in life.
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.
He knew his stuff and his intellectualism is obvious. But I found him impatient and he made me feel belittled when I did not understand something. At times he seemed quite boastful. One time I came to meet him and he told me about how he got a job offer prior to meeting me but had to cancel to meet with me. He made it clear he would have rather not met me, although it's not like he's meeting me for free. He has also bragged about how he is one of the highest in demand tutors from this site. My experience was not great with him. Although he helped me get my work done, at times I would leave in tears because he made me feel so intimidated and dumb. He has had great reviews, maybe because he is used to working with students that already know their stuff. I have been struggling and I am not up to par or pace with other students. That is why I sought out a tutor in the first place, because my needs weren't just that I needed help with my work. I needed help understanding the material. He could have adapted to my needs or tried to understand that maybe I was a different student on a level he was not used to. Everyone works differently and he just wasn't the right fit for me. If you already understand material from class and just need help with problems then he's good for that, but if you, like me, kind of need someone to reteach you things, then he is definitely not someone I would recommend.
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.
Bruce was prompt, efficient, and thoroughly knowledgeable. He brought our daughter up to speed on her Algebra and Geometry for an SAT retest and she did better the second time around.
Dan, thanks very much for your feedback. I'm delighted that your daughter noticeably improved on her SAT retake. Best wishes.
My daughter's experience with Bruce was highly rewarding. He is very knowledgeable and informative. According to my daughter, he used lot of easy methods to teach Chemistry and made it seem more fun.
I highly recommend Bruce for math and chemistry tutoring! He is extremely accommodating, patient and knowledgeable. I needed a dual math and chemistry tutor for the PCAT examination. This exam is the pharmacy school entrance exam and the testing material had basic to organic chemistry, algebra 1, 2, pre-calculus and calculus 1. Bruce taught me the "unit factor method" along with test taking strategies. Since the calculator is not allowed, he helped me figure out problems the most efficient way to save time and whenever I felt a problem was too tough to solve, Bruce would guide me through it rather than tell me the answer. He is a professional and if anyone wants to master math or chemistry, he is the tutor to select.
I was very happy with my tutoring experience with Bruce. He guided me through the second semester of organic chemistry in a fast-pace summer school session!! After having struggled through the first summer semester of o-chem on my own, I decided to seek help for the second semester. Bruce knows his stuff in chemistry! He was patient, took the time to teach me, and followed my lead as to what I thought I needed to study. I would definitely use him again for future science classes and highly recommend him to other students. Don't struggle through alone -- call Bruce and enjoy his guidance and calm teaching style.
Bruce worked with my son on Pre-AP Algebra II for the past seven months. During that time, he spent many hours going over specific problems and the steps needed to solve them. Showing my son how to break down the steps of each problem was very beneficial to him. Bruce was patient and thorough in his explanations and because of that, my son's problem solving strategies greatly improved, and he was able to finish the school year on a positive note. Bruce was also always professional in his approach, well-prepared, and was always on time for his twice-a-week sessions with us. Both my son and I would highly recommend him to anyone!
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.
Bruce tutored my child throughout the year in Pre-AP Chemistry. He was always prepared, patient and flexible. The sessions increased my child's confidence in Chemistry, and he ended the year with a great grade. Bruce is dedicated to helping students and was a pleasure to work with.
I took Gen Chem II at a university and was struggling a lot during the first half of the semester but after having weekly sessions with Bruce, he showed me how to go step by step for every problem and showed me how to solve multi-step problems easily. If you are struggling with Gen Chem I or Gen Chem II at a university I would definitely recommend Bruce as he is very knowledgeable in the subject area and can help you with problems easily!
Bruce H. was always early to our sessions and was very professional. Easy to work with and very helpful. He has had a positive impact on my grades and has helped me to improve quickly in Chemistry Pre-AP.
Mr. H helped my niece with her Algebra II class which she was struggling with. I found him to be courteous and always on time. I also observed that he takes his time to explain the solution to the student not just provide answers and tries to teach the correct techniques for solving these problems which is what we needed.
My niece was amazed how patient Mr. H was with her and thanks him for all his help. I would recommend this tutor to anyone who is struggling with math.
Bruce is a great tutor, he took me from a C to an A. He is very flexible, he was willing to arrange his schedule for my success. He never missed an appointment. He really knows his stuff and I am lucky to have found him as a tutor. PS. He loves Dirk Nowinski and the Mavs!
I took a Gen Chem 2 class during a summer semester and Bruce taught me the subject matter better than my college professor and was far more patient. I learned more from him in the 2-3 hour sessions we would have than an entire week's worth of information from my very ineffective professor. Thanks alot Bruce.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a Chemistry major, a 2- and 4-year College Chemistry Professor and also an Industrial Chemist, I can effectively communicate and illustrate my extensive academic and practical Chemistry and Math knowledge through use of abundant and very relevant resources in connection with all classroom and laboratory topics encountered in regular, honors/PAP, AP, and IB (SL or HL taught at several outstanding Dallas suburban 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 true specialties are AP and IB Chemistry, General College Chemistry 1 and 2, Organic Chemistry 1 and 2, and the Chemistry connected with 21st century Human Nutrition. With AP Chemistry it is strongly recommended that the student avoid "one-shot deals" and begin partnering with me either during the summer or no later than the start of a new school year to permit sufficient time for me to properly and continuously train them with the ongoing development of their conceptual skills so that they will be better-prepared to handle the FRQs (Free Response Questions) to be encountered on the AP exam given on the first Monday of each May. This will greatly enhance their likelihood of scoring a minimum of a 4 (and in most cases, a 5). These outcomes are particularly significant in view of national 2015 AP exam statistics indicating that roughly only a combined 24% of all testers scored either a 4 or a 5 on the exam. Therefore, if at all possible, please do not wait until halfway through the spring semester to contact me and expect these levels of achievement to be attained.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 visual and tactile 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 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.
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.
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.
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.