Learning chemistry is like learning a musical instrument. Practice it enough and you'll be an expert
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: College of the Holy Cross - Bachelors, Chemistry
Graduate Degree: Tufts University - PHD, Organic Chemistry
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Repetition until the student shows me he can understand.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Ask him when he began to fall behind.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Act excited myself.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Explain fundamentals, if necessary.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Have them read aloud, and I help with unfamiliar words.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Make them feel at ease. I'm a regular person.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Teach them about real-world applications of chemistry.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Give a lesson, then ask them what they've learned.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Praise them when they show they understand.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
For first session, see how well they understand the subject; they may need one hour per week, or three hours per week.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Ask them about their study habits.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Books, Internet, pencil and drawing pad.