Chemistry (General, Organic and Analytical)
Chemistry (General, Organic and Analytical)
I am a PhD trained Chemist with experience in industry, government research and currently, college level chemistry teaching. I have been teaching chemistry since 2001 and have been fortunate to teach high school, undergraduate and graduate level chemistry to students of all ages. I have also been asked to tutor chemistry to students in middle school, high school (Honors and Advanced Placement), military personnel and college students. I can teach general chemistry, organic chemistry,...
I am a PhD trained Chemist with experience in industry, government research and currently, college level chemistry teaching. I have been teaching chemistry since 2001 and have been fortunate to teach high school, undergraduate and graduate level chemistry to students of all ages. I have also been asked to tutor chemistry to students in middle school, high school (Honors and Advanced Placement), military personnel and college students. I can teach general chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry and biochemistry, which also covers my areas of academic preparation and professional working experience.
Regarding teaching / tutoring, I like to initially assess where students are deficient. Perhaps the student understands chemistry concepts but struggles to mathematically solve problems related to the concept. In this case, I will do some basic math refreshing to strengthen that area of deficiency and show how the math concept applies to the chemistry concept. It is possible that the student may be sound mathematically but lack clear understanding of the chemistry concept. In this case, I will review the concept by trying to relate the concepts to practical examples.
For example, the concept of limiting reagents in stoichiometry can be explained by using an example of making sandwiches. Let's assume that one desires to make a ham and cheese sandwich (product) that consist of two slices of bread, one slice of cheese, and one slice of ham. How many ham and cheese sandwiches can one make if 10 slices of bread, 7 slices of cheese and 6 slices of ham are provided? The answer is five, based on the amount of bread available when compared to cheese and ham. Realize that every sandwich must have two slices of bread. If 10 slices of bread are available, then only five sandwiches are possible according to the available resources. This example can explain the essence of a limiting reagent, because like the bread, the chemical reagent in a reaction that is low in comparison to the other reagents (i.e., cheese and ham) will dictate the amount of product (i.e., 5 sandwiches) a reaction can have. Thus, this illustrates how I try to find tangible / practical examples when explaining chemistry concepts.
Finally, I am passionate about chemistry and my goal is to dissolve the phobia that students have in this subject. I will attempt to increase their confidence and to communicate to them that chemistry is conquerable. It is my desire that they buy into this belief and begin to have some appreciation for the subject. After all, students will perform much better in any class that they have at least an appreciation for learning in. In most cases, if they have confidence that they can learn, they can perform well in any subject.
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Wonderful Chemistry Tutor!
Dr. H. reviewed and clarified our son's college level chemistry lessons. His expertise and wonderful teaching style has really helped our son learn and feel more confident. We definitely recommend Dr. H.!Crystal, 1 lesson with Eric
Dr Eric explains things so I "got it" almost immediately. He's easy to talk to and very knowledgeable. I was really feeling good about chemistry when we left. I'd absolutely go to Dr. Eric in the future if I needed any more help.Kira, 1 lesson with Eric
Hayes is quite knowledgeable and explains concepts well. He helped my son understand the concepts he had been struggling with in AP chemistry.Kim, 3 lessons with Eric
Very knowledgeable, patient, and helpful!
He definitely knows his stuff and helps with seeing the big picture of the matter, and has great encouragement .Arius, 2 lessons with Eric
Very Helpful AP Chemistry Tutor
Dr H. was great at breaking down AP Chemistry so that it was easier to grasp. Very much helped me with some of the areas that I was struggling with.Peter, 2 lessons with Eric
Super Patient Tutor
Lots of experience as an organic chemistry professor. Very patient and explains things thoroughly. Genuinely cares about the success of his students.Alejandra, 7 lessons with Eric
Great tutor for my daughter!!
Dr. H is a kind, patient, soft-spoken gentlemen and very encouraging with my "non-science" daughter. She has had many other tutors but none who have made her feel so good about a topic she struggles with and helped her understand the material as well. I would recommend him without any reservation. He is a gem!!Santa, 9 lessons with Eric
The Best Tutor
Dr. H has to be one of the best chemistry tutors in the state of VA. When we started working with Dr. H, my daughter was very confused about chemistry. After only one session he really boosted her level of confidence and put the concept into perspective for her. We just started working with Dr. H but I feel he was a great fit for our college level chemistry needs.Shameka, 4 lessons with Eric
Dr. H. is awesome and so nice! He explains things very well, is extremely patient, and really wants you to understand the material. He starts teaching as soon as he walks in and keeps you engaged with the material the entire time!Keona, 4 lessons with Eric