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!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Marlyand Baltimore County - Bachelors, Biochemistry
Graduate Degree: University of Pittsburgh - PHD, Chemistry
Foreign Languages, Drumming
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.