Recently I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a masters in chemistry. Prior to this I received my B.S. in chemistry from San Diego State University. While earning my masters in chemistry at Illinois, I served the university as a teaching assistant in general chemistry for two semesters and as an instructor in organic chemistry for one semester.
As a teaching assistant I lead discussion sessions of approximately 60 students several times per week. In these hour long sessions it was my job to present the curriculum in a clear manner. It was my personal goal to make sure I devoted time to helping individual students, as well as understanding the best way to present material to the class as a whole. As an organic chemistry instructor, I taught the second semester of organic chemistry to a class of approximately 100 students. It was my responsibility to choose and present the curriculum of the course, as well as grading. The course was partially online, and I became well versed at presenting complex organic chemistry concepts not only in person but also over an online medium. During my semester as an organic chemistry instructor I was ranked as excellent (top 10% among instructors) by my students.
Although I am able to tutor mathematical subjects such as calculus, I am most interested in tutoring chemistry. I was in college when I developed into a solid student, making the dean's list, earning scholarships, and working in a research group. During my college experience I first noticed that I learned differently than most students, and I would say that a large amount of my success as a tutor comes from my understanding that one style does not always work.
As an educator I bring an unmatched enthusiasm for the subject, and a firm commitment to helping the student with achieving their academic goals. I am able to present the material in a clear concise manner and also focus on using methods that best suit the student. Chemistry is a unique subject that demands an understanding of many different subjects. One problem can include math, geometry, physical concepts, and more. Chemistry is all about how we choose to construct the subject at hand. As such, I enjoy helping students develop their own understanding of how to construct the subject, to help facilitate their own understanding of chemistry.
On a personal note, I am a huge sports fan and love the Chargers. I am also interested in all types of tech.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: San Diego State University - Bachelor of Science, Chemistry
Graduate Degree: University of Illinois - Master of Science, Chemistry
Chemistry! Research. Athletics. Swimming, running, basketball. Technology