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Bruce H.

DR BRUCE-20+YRS TRUST-ALG-GEOM-PAP-AP-GEN-O-CHEM-DALLAS-PLANO-ALLEN

DR BRUCE-20+YRS TRUST-ALG-GEOM-PAP-AP-GEN-O-CHEM-DALLAS-PLANO-ALLEN

$50/hour

  • 3,703 hours tutoring

  • North Dallas Plano, TX 75075

About Bruce


Bio

Having a firmly-embedded DIRK NOWITZKI work ethic, why not consider the benefits to be gained from my focus on teamwork, preparedness, patience, presentation of many relevant examples, and thorough, step-wise problem-solving talents geared toward various learning styles? Then, let's join ranks to build trust to enable your or your student's self-confidence to skyrocket! All this has been relevant with students having taken Secondary PRE-ALGEBRA/GEOMETRY/ALGEBRA 1,2/PRE-CALCULUS/CHEMISTRY at...

Having a firmly-embedded DIRK NOWITZKI work ethic, why not consider the benefits to be gained from my focus on teamwork, preparedness, patience, presentation of many relevant examples, and thorough, step-wise problem-solving talents geared toward various learning styles? Then, let's join ranks to build trust to enable your or your student's self-confidence to skyrocket! All this has been relevant with students having taken Secondary PRE-ALGEBRA/GEOMETRY/ALGEBRA 1,2/PRE-CALCULUS/CHEMISTRY at the PRE-AP and HONORS levels and also AP/IB CHEMISTRY, and College INTRO/GENERAL/ORGANIC/BIOCHEMISTRY.

MEDICAL FIELD- or NEUROSCIENCE-bound individuals (especially when at the ORGANIC CHEMISTRY and BIOCHEMISTRY stages and to have included women, who have made many ongoing big differences in medicine) have additionally gained career insights and also 21st-century optimal nutritional benefits beyond anything previously experienced in their lives. Even more, for those who have needed to take the MCAT, DAT or the PCAT (Pharmacy College equivalent) I have provided clarity for GENERAL, ORGANIC AND BIOCHEMISTRY and all MATH from ALGEBRA up through PRECALCULUS.

Furthermore, as a very forthright, conceptually-oriented and insightful individual who has fine-tuned development of one's critical-thinking skills to eliminate unneeded memorization, I have used these assets many times to achieve successful outcomes with students having taken HONORS ALGEBRA 2 and CHEMISTRY simultaneously at SHEPTON, JASPER and RICHARDSON High Schools, AP CHEMISTRY at THE HOCKADAY SCHOOL (2 current AP CHEMISTRY teachers), PLANO WEST (also 2 current AP CHEMISTRY teachers), PLANO EAST and PLANO Senior High Schools and also HIGHLAND PARK, RICHARDSON, ALLEN, LIBERTY, McKINNEY BOYD and HEBRON High Schools, IB CHEMISTRY at PLANO EAST Senior High School and also ALLEN and GARLAND High Schools, and the whole year of both GENERAL CHEMISTRY and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY at UTD, SMU and all DCCCD/COLLIN COLLEGE locations.

My general approach toward having achieved successful tutoring experiences is that prior to each session the students have been encouraged to drive instruction by having brought in relevant questions addressing their most immediate needs and wants in connection with classroom discussion notes, online/textbook problem assignments, semester reviews, prior practice exams and quizzes, and lab activities. Nevertheless, I have always been prepared with additional pertinent supplemental resources and handouts to have added clarity and concept reinforcement for either the visual or hands-on learners. Sometimes these extras have even set the tone for a particular lesson. I have then proceeded consistently in very clear English (many times with repetition even phrased in simplistic terms) with accurate and correctly-sequenced steps, having elicited consistent responses such as "Got it" and "That makes sense". These guided approaches have ultimately enabled the students to have achieved their most important learning objectives.


Education

Los Angeles Valley College, Dual Math and Chemistry Majors, and University of California, Riverside,
B.A. in CHEMISTRY
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Inorganic Chemistry Minor and Organic Chemistry Major,
PhD

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Rate details: Tutoring in-home or at the Plano Davis/Schimelpfenig/ Haggard, Richardson and Allen Libraries and other public spots near UTD/SMU and in Plano, Richardson, N. Dallas and Allen.
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Plano, TX 75075
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 10/19/2015

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

GRE

GRE

I have very keen insight into general Mathematical, Algebraic, and Geometric concepts such that effective problem-solving strategies of the types emphasized on the GRE can be modeled for the student.

Elementary Education

Elementary Math

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 and ultimately master. My approaches are also adaptable to different learning styles.

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I easily deal with the following topics routinely covered in a regular or advanced middle or high school Algebra 1 course: 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 additional resources I possess an Algebra 1 "Teacher's Edition" text and a large assortment of supplemental assignments to provide for my students.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Particularly at either the HONORS or PRE-AP levels, ALGEBRA 2 with CHEMISTRY are one of my favorite pairings of subjects with which to concurrently tutor students. I easily handle most topics in ALGEBRA 2 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, zeroes, 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 taught in both the Plano and Richardson school districts and have had great success working with these districts' students from JJ Pearce, Richardson Arts/Science Magnet, Williams, Shepton and Jasper high schools and Plano West SHS, and also Independence and Liberty high schools in FISD. As readily available resources I have an ALGEBRA 2 "Teacher's Edition" text and a vast array of supplemental assignments on a number of ALGEBRA 2 topics to hand out to students for additional skill fortification. I will provide my newly-acquired students with several diagnostic ALGEBRA 2 readiness tests to help remedy any skill deficiencies carrying over from Algebra 1. I will also be glad to work with any student who desires to fulfill his/her ALGEBRA 2 requirement by doing CBE.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

As dual MATH and CHEMISTRY majors holding a doctorate in ORGANIC CHEMISTRY from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and with extensive CHEMISTRY experience from both the DCCCD/University and private sectors, I use abundant resources to very effectively communicate and illustrate both lecture and laboratory concepts to students who are involved with either TRADITIONAL or ONLINE modes of instruction. All of the aforementioned is in connection with College INTRO and GENERAL CHEMISTRY and HIGH SCHOOL HONORS/PRE-AP and my true specialty AP CHEMISTRY, for which I apply my detail-oriented nature toward achieving enhanced understanding for ANY topic. This is particularly true with regard to high-caliber AP programs such as found at Plano West SHS, The Hockaday School and Allen and Highland Park High Schools and accomplished through my fully developing the student's conceptual skills (also advantageous for success with ORGANIC CHEMISTRY) and then having them successfully applied to problem-solving situations. The results are that my students have typically earned 5's or no lower than 4's on the AP exam given each May by having performed well on both the Multiple Choice and Free-Response sections. No matter whether it's High School or College-level, I use a step-wise approach accompanied by presentation of very relevant visual aids to help clarify difficult-to-understand concepts and increase proficiency with problem-solving. These methods have greatly helped students both complete their written assignments and also effectively prepare for quizzes and exams. Additional practice problems are furnished during sessions and also to work on independently between meetings. I will also help fortify any GENERAL CHEMISTRY deficiency areas for those planning to take the MCAT, DAT or PCAT and even assist those secondary students planning to take the SAT CHEMISTRY subject test.
Geometry,

Geometry

Having begun back in my teens successfully tutoring HONORS-LEVEL GEOMETRY, for which I love providing the proper step-wise guidance, I easily handle any topic, including numerous types of applications problems, covered in a Regular or Advanced GEOMETRY course. This entails, for example, determining unknown angle measures or segment lengths in a variety of situations, training in inductive, deductive and proportional reasoning, demonstrating the various methods for proving polygons both congruent and similar, determining the lateral and total surface areas and also volumes of regular shapes and areas of irregular ones, carrying out 2-column proofs, recognizing the relationships between various angles and line segments associated with circles, and making the connections between Algebra in one or two unknowns and a wide variety of GEOMETRY concepts in word problem situations. A favorite pair of subjects with which I am very effective in concurrently tutoring students is GEOMETRY with CHEMISTRY. I provide a readily available vast array of supplemental assignments for my students and am quite familiar with the GEOMETRY curricula taught in several Dallas northern suburban school districts such as Plano and Richardson. I will also be glad to work with any student who desires to complete his/her GEOMETRY requirement by doing CBE.
Prealgebra,

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. I also use a Pre-Algebra assessment packet to gauge student readiness for handling their next course in Algebra 1. Performance exceeding 90% was achieved on the Texas State Educator's Gr. 4-8 Math Exam.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

With Precalculus I am proficient with general functions and graphs, polynomial, rational, radical, absolute value, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions and their various transformations, solving polynomial, rational, radical and absolute value inequalities, factoring higher order polynomials, 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 trigonometric equations, solving systems of equations in 2 or 3 variables, parametric equations, vectors and their applications, and graphing conic sections.
SAT Math

SAT Math

I have multiple SAT resources which can be used from the very 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.

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have ACT math resources which can be used from the very onset to diagnose students' particular strengths and weaknesses. Skill building strategies in GEOMETRY AND ALGEBRA can then be modeled and implemented to bring students to higher levels of achievement.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I easily deal with the following topics routinely covered in a regular or advanced middle or high school Algebra 1 course: 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 additional resources I possess an Algebra 1 "Teacher's Edition" text and a large assortment of supplemental assignments to provide for my students.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Particularly at either the HONORS or PRE-AP levels, ALGEBRA 2 with CHEMISTRY are one of my favorite pairings of subjects with which to concurrently tutor students. I easily handle most topics in ALGEBRA 2 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, zeroes, 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 taught in both the Plano and Richardson school districts and have had great success working with these districts' students from JJ Pearce, Richardson Arts/Science Magnet, Williams, Shepton and Jasper high schools and Plano West SHS, and also Independence and Liberty high schools in FISD. As readily available resources I have an ALGEBRA 2 "Teacher's Edition" text and a vast array of supplemental assignments on a number of ALGEBRA 2 topics to hand out to students for additional skill fortification. I will provide my newly-acquired students with several diagnostic ALGEBRA 2 readiness tests to help remedy any skill deficiencies carrying over from Algebra 1. I will also be glad to work with any student who desires to fulfill his/her ALGEBRA 2 requirement by doing CBE.
Geometry,

Geometry

Having begun back in my teens successfully tutoring HONORS-LEVEL GEOMETRY, for which I love providing the proper step-wise guidance, I easily handle any topic, including numerous types of applications problems, covered in a Regular or Advanced GEOMETRY course. This entails, for example, determining unknown angle measures or segment lengths in a variety of situations, training in inductive, deductive and proportional reasoning, demonstrating the various methods for proving polygons both congruent and similar, determining the lateral and total surface areas and also volumes of regular shapes and areas of irregular ones, carrying out 2-column proofs, recognizing the relationships between various angles and line segments associated with circles, and making the connections between Algebra in one or two unknowns and a wide variety of GEOMETRY concepts in word problem situations. A favorite pair of subjects with which I am very effective in concurrently tutoring students is GEOMETRY with CHEMISTRY. I provide a readily available vast array of supplemental assignments for my students and am quite familiar with the GEOMETRY curricula taught in several Dallas northern suburban school districts such as Plano and Richardson. I will also be glad to work with any student who desires to complete his/her GEOMETRY requirement by doing CBE.
Linear Algebra,

Linear Algebra

I have particular expertise in constructing linear relationships between variables(x and y) and extending this proficiency to the solutions of word problems.
Prealgebra,

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. I also use a Pre-Algebra assessment packet to gauge student readiness for handling their next course in Algebra 1. Performance exceeding 90% was achieved on the Texas State Educator's Gr. 4-8 Math Exam.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

With Precalculus I am proficient with general functions and graphs, polynomial, rational, radical, absolute value, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions and their various transformations, solving polynomial, rational, radical and absolute value inequalities, factoring higher order polynomials, 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 trigonometric equations, solving systems of equations in 2 or 3 variables, parametric equations, vectors and their applications, and graphing conic sections.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have multiple SAT resources which can be used from the very 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

Trigonometry

I can handle virtually all 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.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I easily deal with the following topics routinely covered in a regular or advanced middle or high school Algebra 1 course: 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 additional resources I possess an Algebra 1 "Teacher's Edition" text and a large assortment of supplemental assignments to provide for my students.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Particularly at either the HONORS or PRE-AP levels, ALGEBRA 2 with CHEMISTRY are one of my favorite pairings of subjects with which to concurrently tutor students. I easily handle most topics in ALGEBRA 2 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, zeroes, 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 taught in both the Plano and Richardson school districts and have had great success working with these districts' students from JJ Pearce, Richardson Arts/Science Magnet, Williams, Shepton and Jasper high schools and Plano West SHS, and also Independence and Liberty high schools in FISD. As readily available resources I have an ALGEBRA 2 "Teacher's Edition" text and a vast array of supplemental assignments on a number of ALGEBRA 2 topics to hand out to students for additional skill fortification. I will provide my newly-acquired students with several diagnostic ALGEBRA 2 readiness tests to help remedy any skill deficiencies carrying over from Algebra 1. I will also be glad to work with any student who desires to fulfill his/her ALGEBRA 2 requirement by doing CBE.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

As dual MATH and CHEMISTRY majors holding a doctorate in ORGANIC CHEMISTRY from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and with extensive CHEMISTRY experience from both the DCCCD/University and private sectors, I use abundant resources to very effectively communicate and illustrate both lecture and laboratory concepts to students who are involved with either TRADITIONAL or ONLINE modes of instruction. All of the aforementioned is in connection with College INTRO and GENERAL CHEMISTRY and HIGH SCHOOL HONORS/PRE-AP and my true specialty AP CHEMISTRY, for which I apply my detail-oriented nature toward achieving enhanced understanding for ANY topic. This is particularly true with regard to high-caliber AP programs such as found at Plano West SHS, The Hockaday School and Allen and Highland Park High Schools and accomplished through my fully developing the student's conceptual skills (also advantageous for success with ORGANIC CHEMISTRY) and then having them successfully applied to problem-solving situations. The results are that my students have typically earned 5's or no lower than 4's on the AP exam given each May by having performed well on both the Multiple Choice and Free-Response sections. No matter whether it's High School or College-level, I use a step-wise approach accompanied by presentation of very relevant visual aids to help clarify difficult-to-understand concepts and increase proficiency with problem-solving. These methods have greatly helped students both complete their written assignments and also effectively prepare for quizzes and exams. Additional practice problems are furnished during sessions and also to work on independently between meetings. I will also help fortify any GENERAL CHEMISTRY deficiency areas for those planning to take the MCAT, DAT or PCAT and even assist those secondary students planning to take the SAT CHEMISTRY subject test.
Geometry,

Geometry

Having begun back in my teens successfully tutoring HONORS-LEVEL GEOMETRY, for which I love providing the proper step-wise guidance, I easily handle any topic, including numerous types of applications problems, covered in a Regular or Advanced GEOMETRY course. This entails, for example, determining unknown angle measures or segment lengths in a variety of situations, training in inductive, deductive and proportional reasoning, demonstrating the various methods for proving polygons both congruent and similar, determining the lateral and total surface areas and also volumes of regular shapes and areas of irregular ones, carrying out 2-column proofs, recognizing the relationships between various angles and line segments associated with circles, and making the connections between Algebra in one or two unknowns and a wide variety of GEOMETRY concepts in word problem situations. A favorite pair of subjects with which I am very effective in concurrently tutoring students is GEOMETRY with CHEMISTRY. I provide a readily available vast array of supplemental assignments for my students and am quite familiar with the GEOMETRY curricula taught in several Dallas northern suburban school districts such as Plano and Richardson. I will also be glad to work with any student who desires to complete his/her GEOMETRY requirement by doing CBE.
Prealgebra,

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. I also use a Pre-Algebra assessment packet to gauge student readiness for handling their next course in Algebra 1. Performance exceeding 90% was achieved on the Texas State Educator's Gr. 4-8 Math Exam.
Precalculus

Precalculus

With Precalculus I am proficient with general functions and graphs, polynomial, rational, radical, absolute value, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions and their various transformations, solving polynomial, rational, radical and absolute value inequalities, factoring higher order polynomials, 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 trigonometric equations, solving systems of equations in 2 or 3 variables, parametric equations, vectors and their applications, and graphing conic sections.

Science

Biochemistry,

Biochemistry

Vast knowledge of General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and 21st century macronutrient/micronutrient-balanced Human Nutrition enables me to explain many Biochemistry concepts that do not delve too deeply into cell biology. I have an assortment of very effective visual resources to help the student master many of the concepts connected with proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleotides/nucleic acids, the functions of DNA and RNA in protein synthesis, and glycolysis and the Citric Acid Cycle as related to energy production. I have also taught multiple times for Allied Health Sciences students a College-level General Chemistry-Organic Chemistry-Biochemistry hybrid course of one semester duration.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

As dual MATH and CHEMISTRY majors holding a doctorate in ORGANIC CHEMISTRY from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and with extensive CHEMISTRY experience from both the DCCCD/University and private sectors, I use abundant resources to very effectively communicate and illustrate both lecture and laboratory concepts to students who are involved with either TRADITIONAL or ONLINE modes of instruction. All of the aforementioned is in connection with College INTRO and GENERAL CHEMISTRY and HIGH SCHOOL HONORS/PRE-AP and my true specialty AP CHEMISTRY, for which I apply my detail-oriented nature toward achieving enhanced understanding for ANY topic. This is particularly true with regard to high-caliber AP programs such as found at Plano West SHS, The Hockaday School and Allen and Highland Park High Schools and accomplished through my fully developing the student's conceptual skills (also advantageous for success with ORGANIC CHEMISTRY) and then having them successfully applied to problem-solving situations. The results are that my students have typically earned 5's or no lower than 4's on the AP exam given each May by having performed well on both the Multiple Choice and Free-Response sections. No matter whether it's High School or College-level, I use a step-wise approach accompanied by presentation of very relevant visual aids to help clarify difficult-to-understand concepts and increase proficiency with problem-solving. These methods have greatly helped students both complete their written assignments and also effectively prepare for quizzes and exams. Additional practice problems are furnished during sessions and also to work on independently between meetings. I will also help fortify any GENERAL CHEMISTRY deficiency areas for those planning to take the MCAT, DAT or PCAT and even assist those secondary students planning to take the SAT CHEMISTRY subject test.
Nutrition,

Nutrition

I am exceptionally knowledgeable in the principles of 21st century macronutrient-/micronutrient-balanced Human Nutrition and have used them, in conjunction with my strong Organic Chemistry background, 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 involving either General or Organic Chemistry, 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

Organic Chemistry

I have a PhD in ORGANIC CHEMISTRY from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and have gained much practical experience having utilized ORGANIC CHEMISTRY in the private sector, having taught ORGANIC Chemistry concepts within both community colleges and universities, as well as having tutored private clients in both first semester (2323 at UTD, 3371 at SMU, and 2423 within the DCCCD and Collin Colleges) and second semester (2325 at UTD, 3372 at SMU, and 2425 within the DCCCD and Collin Colleges) ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. During Fall, Spring and Summer sessions I will assist both ORGANIC 1 and 2 students with homework assignments and in preparation for unit exams. I accomplish these goals by focusing on core GENERAL CHEMISTRY principles and visualization techniques in order to train my students how to think conceptually so that they will be able to substantially cut down on unneeded memorization. Students have typically benefitted from my clear explanations with regard to such areas as STEREOCHEMISTRY, CHIRALITY, CONFORMATIONAL ANALYSIS, REACTION MECHANISMS associated with a variety of functional group transformations, and structural determination via IR, NMR AND MASS SPECTRAL analysis. I will also work with you over the Summer if you desire to get a jump-start with the subject matter in advance of taking either ORGANIC 1 or 2 in the Fall whether locally, in another part of Texas or out of state. When your GENERAL CHEMISTRY deficiencies are also fortified during this introduction, you will confidently proceed into your course and not feel that you have just been thrown into the deep end without having had any previous swimming lessons and can also nix the idea that ORGANIC has to end up becoming the so-called "deal breaker" course. And lastly, I will work with those who are preparing for the MCAT, DAT or PCAT and need to further strengthen any deficiency areas dealing with ORGANIC CHEMISTRY.

Sports/Recreation

Nutrition

Nutrition

I am exceptionally knowledgeable in the principles of 21st century macronutrient-/micronutrient-balanced Human Nutrition and have used them, in conjunction with my strong Organic Chemistry background, 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 involving either General or Organic Chemistry, 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.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I easily deal with the following topics routinely covered in a regular or advanced middle or high school Algebra 1 course: 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 additional resources I possess an Algebra 1 "Teacher's Edition" text and a large assortment of supplemental assignments to provide for my students.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Particularly at either the HONORS or PRE-AP levels, ALGEBRA 2 with CHEMISTRY are one of my favorite pairings of subjects with which to concurrently tutor students. I easily handle most topics in ALGEBRA 2 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, zeroes, 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 taught in both the Plano and Richardson school districts and have had great success working with these districts' students from JJ Pearce, Richardson Arts/Science Magnet, Williams, Shepton and Jasper high schools and Plano West SHS, and also Independence and Liberty high schools in FISD. As readily available resources I have an ALGEBRA 2 "Teacher's Edition" text and a vast array of supplemental assignments on a number of ALGEBRA 2 topics to hand out to students for additional skill fortification. I will provide my newly-acquired students with several diagnostic ALGEBRA 2 readiness tests to help remedy any skill deficiencies carrying over from Algebra 1. I will also be glad to work with any student who desires to fulfill his/her ALGEBRA 2 requirement by doing CBE.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

As dual MATH and CHEMISTRY majors holding a doctorate in ORGANIC CHEMISTRY from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and with extensive CHEMISTRY experience from both the DCCCD/University and private sectors, I use abundant resources to very effectively communicate and illustrate both lecture and laboratory concepts to students who are involved with either TRADITIONAL or ONLINE modes of instruction. All of the aforementioned is in connection with College INTRO and GENERAL CHEMISTRY and HIGH SCHOOL HONORS/PRE-AP and my true specialty AP CHEMISTRY, for which I apply my detail-oriented nature toward achieving enhanced understanding for ANY topic. This is particularly true with regard to high-caliber AP programs such as found at Plano West SHS, The Hockaday School and Allen and Highland Park High Schools and accomplished through my fully developing the student's conceptual skills (also advantageous for success with ORGANIC CHEMISTRY) and then having them successfully applied to problem-solving situations. The results are that my students have typically earned 5's or no lower than 4's on the AP exam given each May by having performed well on both the Multiple Choice and Free-Response sections. No matter whether it's High School or College-level, I use a step-wise approach accompanied by presentation of very relevant visual aids to help clarify difficult-to-understand concepts and increase proficiency with problem-solving. These methods have greatly helped students both complete their written assignments and also effectively prepare for quizzes and exams. Additional practice problems are furnished during sessions and also to work on independently between meetings. I will also help fortify any GENERAL CHEMISTRY deficiency areas for those planning to take the MCAT, DAT or PCAT and even assist those secondary students planning to take the SAT CHEMISTRY subject test.
Geometry,

Geometry

Having begun back in my teens successfully tutoring HONORS-LEVEL GEOMETRY, for which I love providing the proper step-wise guidance, I easily handle any topic, including numerous types of applications problems, covered in a Regular or Advanced GEOMETRY course. This entails, for example, determining unknown angle measures or segment lengths in a variety of situations, training in inductive, deductive and proportional reasoning, demonstrating the various methods for proving polygons both congruent and similar, determining the lateral and total surface areas and also volumes of regular shapes and areas of irregular ones, carrying out 2-column proofs, recognizing the relationships between various angles and line segments associated with circles, and making the connections between Algebra in one or two unknowns and a wide variety of GEOMETRY concepts in word problem situations. A favorite pair of subjects with which I am very effective in concurrently tutoring students is GEOMETRY with CHEMISTRY. I provide a readily available vast array of supplemental assignments for my students and am quite familiar with the GEOMETRY curricula taught in several Dallas northern suburban school districts such as Plano and Richardson. I will also be glad to work with any student who desires to complete his/her GEOMETRY requirement by doing CBE.
SAT Math

SAT Math

I have multiple SAT resources which can be used from the very 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.

Test Preparation

ACT Math,

ACT Math

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

ASVAB

I will assist clients with the verbal, mathematics and science sections of the ASVAB test. Particular strengths are in deciphering unfamiliar word meanings deduced from context clues and in mathematics problems requiring both reading comprehension and correct algebraic representations and setups.
GRE,

GRE

I have very keen insight into general Mathematical, Algebraic, and Geometric concepts such that effective problem-solving strategies of the types emphasized on the GRE can be modeled for the student.
ISEE,

ISEE

As assets for handling ISEE test preparation I have a very broad and thorough background in Math to include the middle grades PreAlgebra and Algebra 1 and high school Algebra 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 Math portion of the ISEE test preparation (which I began with a student during the summer of 2016 and continued with still another client during the Fall of 2017) draws on a student's ability to handle, among other areas, many word applications problems involving algebraic representations and also the application of newly-defined symbolism to carrying out mathematical operations. These are situations that I'm very well-equipped to deal with given my extensive prior Math experiences and my step-wise approach toward problem solving. Note: I DO NOT deal with the VERBAL section of the ISEE.
MCAT,

MCAT

I have particular expertise in the most important quantitative and qualitative aspects of GENERAL, ORGANIC and BIOCHEMISTRY that are covered on the MCAT and have successfully tutored students who have taken both the DAT and PCAT, as well. Because of this, I can also provide additional assistance with ALGEBRA, GEOMETRY, TRIGONOMETRY AND PRECALCULUS.
PSAT,

PSAT

I have PSAT resources that can be used from the very onset to diagnose a student's particular strengths and weakness in basic Math, Algebra and Geometry concepts. Skill building strategies can then be implemented in order to help the student improve in weak areas.
SAT Math

SAT Math

I have multiple SAT resources which can be used from the very 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.

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Reviews


Awesome chemistry teacher

My daughter was struggling with chemistry until Dr. Bruce started teaching her. Not only is she axing her class, she loves the subject and is planning to take AP chemistry in her junior year instead of her senior year just because of him. Thank you, Dr. Bruce!

Namrita, 12 lessons with Bruce
Tutor responded:

Hi, Namrita, Thank you very much for your recent feedback. It is, once again, so personally gratifying to have provided that spark that boosted the performance of your daughter in Honors Chemistry at Shepton High School so that she can now look forward to taking on greater challenges with renewed confidence when she enters her junior year at Plano West SHS and begins AP Chemistry. If desired, I'll be ready at that point to help her successfully navigate through the entire year of this higher-level course. Dr. Bruce

Knowledgeable and friendly tutor

He taught me AP Chemistry. He has a variety of resources to accompany his tutoring style including visual diagrams and images, which is very helpful to visual learners. He is thorough in his teaching and easy to follow along.

Mai , 3 lessons with Bruce
Tutor responded:

Hi Mai, Thank you very much for your most recent feedback. All characteristics that you brought up in your review are so vital for one to be a very effective tutor in bringing about enhanced student learning when very challenging AP Chemistry concepts are continually being dished out to the students at Plano West SHS. Let's keep this going within that spirit! Dr. Bruce

Knowledgeable and effective

Dr. Bruce is an extremely knowledgeable subject matter expert in chemistry. Not only does he have this knowledge, he is able to teach and tutor the information in an easy to understand manner. He has a wealth of extra learning material that he shares with students to help them effectively master the concepts.

Barbara, 1 lesson with Bruce
Tutor responded:

Hi Barbara, Thanks very much for your recent feedback which gets right to the point that not just having the subject knowledge but also the mindset to go that extra mile for each student every time during a session leads to the desired tutoring outcome and ultimate student success. Dr. Bruce

Great first session

Algebra 1 problems. Worked very well with my son!!! Definitely will use him again!! Straight and to the point. Gave great examples.

Thomas, 16 lessons with Bruce
Tutor responded:

Hi Thomas, Thank you very much for your most recent feedback. Yes, I take a great deal of pride by consistently getting straight to the point in a step-wise fashion when I tutor any level of Math. This approach goes a long way toward contributing to student success. I would most certainly enjoy continuing to operate in this manner in assisting your son with his Algebra 1 challenges at Clark HS. Dr. Bruce

Really Knows Geometry!

Many people can help with algebra, but few really know the tricky algebra Plano schools dish out. Dr. Bruce not only handled each question my student had, he backed the solutions with tremendous in depth explanations.

Mark, 19 lessons with Bruce
Tutor responded:

Hi Mark, Thank you very much for your recent feedback. I derive a great deal of satisfaction from taking an integrative approach melding both Geometry and Algebra concepts together to effectively explain the more challenging Geometry problems that students typically encounter at Plano-area High Schools and, in particular, Jasper in your student's case. Dr. Bruce

Prepared and Helpful Chemistry Tutor

Dr. Bruce was my daughter's tutor for her Pre-AP/Honor Chemistry class. She had a lot of difficulties when starting the class in Jasper High School. She's a visual learner and was not able to understand all material provided by the school. She was frustrated after her first bad test. When we met with Dr. Bruce for the first lesson, we knew that we had found the right and capable tutor. Dr. Bruce came well prepared with lots of extra material and practice questions. Throughout the school year, my daughter has gained more confidence in chemistry and got a 97 in this course. This would not have been possible without the instructions/resources provided by Dr. Bruce.

Wei, 17 lessons with Bruce
Tutor responded:

Hi Wei. Thank you very much for your kind and thorough review describing the positive impact that I had on your daughter's ultimate performance with the very challenging Honors-level Chemistry course taught at Jasper High School. I was particularly impressed by how easily she handled supplemental college-level problems that were provided. Now that she has moved onto Plano West SHS as a junior and will be planning to take AP Chemistry when she reaches her senior year, I will stand ready to again guide her, if need be, to a successful course outcome at that point. Best wishes to your daughter for continued academic success. Dr. Bruce

Knowledgeable and extremely helpful!

I met with Dr. Bruce twice a week for the entire summer while I was taking Organic I and II. I have had trouble with this subject in the past and am SO glad I got in touch with Dr. Bruce! He outlined topics that were confusing to me in detail and we worked my homework problems to make sure I was understanding the concepts. I would recommend Dr. Bruce to anyone who is having a difficult time with Chemistry!

Victoria, 8 lessons with Bruce
Tutor responded:

Hi Victoria. Thank you very much for your kind feedback. I was so delighted to have played a major role in your ultimately having achieved success with both Organic 1 and 2 during the fast-paced 2018 summer sessions at SMU. Your experience is just another example of Organic not having to end up being the so-called "deal breaker" course for any student, especially if their career objective is PREMED. Best wishes for continued academic success. Dr. Bruce

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, 159 lessons with Bruce
Tutor responded:

Hi David. Thank you very much for your recent feedback. It has been a real pleasure to have had a 4-year and now a 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, your daughter through Algebra 2 at Shepton, and am currently forging ahead with Pre-Calculus for your daughter at Plano West SHS. 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, 16 lessons with Bruce
Tutor responded:

Thank you very much, Wade, for your acknowledgement of how I have helped you get off to a good start in your General Chemistry 1311 class at Texas A&M-Commerce. I am also delighted that I have made enough of a positive impact upon you with my guidance through this course that you have chosen to have me further mentor you as you embark during 2018 Maymester upon studying Cedar Valley College's Online Chemistry 1407 which has an Organic/Biochemistry emphasis. Dr. Bruce

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