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I am a friendly new tutor hoping to help students struggling in first semester organic chemistry. I received my B.S. in Biochemistry from UMBC and my Ph.D. from Pitt in Chemistry. During my graduate career, I taught organic chemistry lab. In this setting, I had many one-on-one sessions with students having difficulty succeeding in not only the lab but also the lecture class. I found that I not only enjoyed tutoring students but, more importantly, the students performed better in the class after tutoring sessions with me.

I like to ask the student questions to see how they learn and which concepts they are not understanding. The best way to demonstrate comprehension is to teach and I encourage my students to teach me about what they have just learned.

If you are having difficulty with the concepts presented in Organic Chemistry, I can help!

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Zach’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Marlyand Baltimore County - Bachelors, Biochemistry

Graduate Degree: University of Pittsburgh - PHD, Chemistry


Foreign Languages, Drumming

Tutoring Subjects

Academic Coaching


College Chemistry

General Chemistry

High School Chemistry

Molecular Biology

Organic Chemistry



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Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Trying different methods of conveying critical concepts in order to find the student's preferred learning method.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Ask how they learn best and what they are struggling with in chemistry. Then having them explain to me basic concepts before tackling larger problems.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Teaching them that teaching is the best test of concept understanding.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Writing down goals or a timeline. Having them institute a reward system for him/herself.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Ensure that the student understands the key components of the concept first before trying other ways to teach the idea.

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